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What you need to know before putting your ‘pet’ on a vegan diet

Ultimately, healthy eating requires effort and attention to detail to make sure your animal is getting the proper nutrients and isn't developing dietary issues.

MARTHA SORREN: ‘In recent years, there’s been an uptick in interest around putting dogs and cats on a vegetarian or vegan diet. But not everyone is in agreement about whether vegan diets are acceptable for cats and dogs, especially since both species have very specific nutritional needs… PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch told INSIDER in a statement: “A nutritionally balanced vegan diet can offer dogs and cats health benefits, such as healthier skin and coats, cleaner teeth, better digestion, easier weight management, and better protection against diseases.”

There have also been studies that show the benefits of veganism for pets. A 2014 Austrian study of 174 dog owners reported that 38 owners said their pets had healthier and shinier coats after eating vegan food. A blood test of 20 dogs found that their vitals were all normal even on a vegan diet… Both species need supplements to maintain a vegan diet. Notably, dogs need taurine and L-carnitine and cats need vitamin A, taurine, and arachidonic acid, according to PETA… Ultimately, healthy eating requires effort and attention to detail to make sure your animal is getting the proper nutrients and isn’t developing dietary issues’. SOURCE…

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