Plant-Based Homemade Dog Food
Today, early in the second decade of the 21st century, there are a number of dog food trends gaining increasing momentum. One of them is homemade dog food, a cause we have been more than happy to champion with the help of our own two wonderful dogs, Ava and Marco. We’ve witnessed first hand the enormous health benefits to be gained by feeding dogs proper food, which in turn brings us satisfaction beyond measure seeing our guys thrive and enjoy life to the full on the nutritious homemade food we provide for them.
Another ‘trend’ which is rapidly gaining momentum is plant-based dog food, something we’ve hitherto been slightly sceptical of. But we are starting to think about this more and more as evidence increases that we may all need to change our dietary ways to some degree if we have any hope of surviving much further into this millennium let alone the next.
Like human beings, dogs are omnivores. That is to say, our collective digestive systems are designed to process and benefit from both animal and plant-based material. Dogs may have started out as carnivores, (although they have always eaten some plant material), but that was 15,000 years ago. After sharing their lives with man for all these millennia, their digestive systems have adapted considerably. And just as human beings have proven that it’s perfectly possible to survive and thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet, providing we make allowances for our dog’s essential need for calcium, it seems perfectly feasible that our companion animals are capable of doing the same.
According to Guinness World Records, (formerly known as The Guinness Book of Records), a Border Collie from Somerset named Bramble who passed away in 2003 lived to the ripe old age of 27 years 211 days, some twelve years longer than the norm. At the time the longest-lived female dog, remarkably, Bramble, from Somerset, like her owner, ate an exclusively vegetarian diet. So the subject of feeding our dogs more or less exclusively on plant-based food is something we cannot ignore. If it’s at all feasible, it would be wrong of us to ignore its possibilities.
This is definitely a subject we’ll be returning to again and again. Watch this space, and do please get in touch if this particular subject interests you or if you are keen to learn more about feeding your dog a plant-based diet!
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