196: Vegan Dogs?

with Lindsay Rubin

Lindsay Rubin is the Vice President of v-dog; the vegan and family-owned, dog food brand based out of San Francisco.

In this episode, Lindsay not only shares her personal story of veganism, but also squashes some common misconceptions about the ideal doggie diet!

Website: https://v-dog.com 
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Vdogfood 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vdogfood 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vdogfood/ 
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user56587092 

More v-dog:

Since 2005, v-dog has seen dogs of all shapes and sizes thrive on our nutritionally complete plant-based kibble. We are a vegan owned and operated family business with high quality standards and zero product recalls to date. Hooray for healthy, cruelty-free dog food!

Based here in beautiful San Francisco, our team is made up of animal lovers, most of us with fur babes of our own. We work each day to ensure you and your dogs are happy and that our products are providing them with the ultimate source of nutrition and joy. 

V-dog is currently available for online ordering in the US only. Are you outside of the US? Good news! Our international brand, v-planet, is available in a growing number of countries -- click here for links to purchase v-planet outside of the US. Learn more at v-planet.com and @v_planet_pets.

Vegan Doggie Myths and Facts:

Myth 1: "Dogs are carnivores and need meat to thrive."

Fact 1: As long as a dog's diet is complete and balanced, their nutrition can come from 100% plant-based sources. Thousands of dogs have and continue to live happy, healthy, long lives, some into their 20's, on complete vegan diets.

Resource: Senior vegan dogs thriving

Resource: Bramble the Vegan Collie lives to 189

Myth 2: "Dogs need meat for protein!"

Fact 2: Dogs do need protein, but "protein" is not mutually exclusive to "meat" (animal flesh). Protein is found in plants as well as animal substances. This means we can provide dogs with plenty of the protein they need by going directly to the source for nutrition - plants and organic compounds.  Certain plants, like peas, are naturally high in protein. Dogs can and do thrive on a complete and balanced plant-based diet filled with nutrient-dense plant proteins.  

Resource: MDPI: Vegetarian versus Meat-Based Diets for Companion Animals

Resource: MCBI: An experimental meat-free diet maintained haematological characteristics in sprint-racing sled dogs

Myth 3: "A dog's health will decline if fed a vegan diet."

Fact 3: As long as a dog's diet is complete and balanced, their nutrition can come from 100% plant-based sources. Thousands of dogs have and continue to live happy, healthy, long lives, some into their 20's, on complete vegan diets. 

Resource: Senior vegan dogs thriving

Resource: Bramble the Vegan Collie lives to 189

Myth 4: "Feeding your dog a (complete and balanced) plant-based diet is animal abuse!"

Fact 4: According to the official definition of "animal cruelty," feeding a dog a well-researched, balanced diet like v-dog does not fall under either "neglect" or "intentional" cruelty to animals.

According to USLegal.com, "Generally, animal cruelty can be divided into two categories: neglect and intentional cruelty. Examples of intentional cruelty include, among others, overt abuse, when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal, dog fighting and cock fighting. Acts of neglect include companion animals being neglected or denied basic necessities of care, such as food, water, shelter, or veterinary care."

We do know what does fall under physical and intentional abuse towards animals: common industry practices of animal agriculture. This is why we've created a tried-and-true solution to feed our dogs with complete and balanced nutrition - 100% cruelty-free and made 100% from animal-free sources. 

VIDEO RESOURCES ON ANIMAL CRUELTY: 

Mercy for Animals: "If I were born a dog"

MEAT CRUELTY

DAIRY CRUELTY

EGG CRUELTY

Myth 5: "Veterinarians don't think a (complete and balanced) vegan diet is appropriate for dogs."

Fact 5: There are many veterinarians around the USA and the world who accept and/or promote a complete and balanced vegan diet for dogs.

Resource: Vegan Diets for Dogs: DVM Dr. Armaiti May

Resource: VegePets: Veterinarians

Resource: V-dog veterinarians

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