Pet owners who feed their dogs and cats vegan or vegetarian food only have said it had changed their lives as their animals ‘lost weight, had more energy and looked years younger’.
Holly Johnson, who has a ten-year-old cocker spaniel called Charlie who is vegan like her and her daughter, said: ‘Like many of us, Charlie put on weight during lockdown and subsequently developed health problems, including difficulty getting up the stairs.
‘He’s 10 years old, so it was important he lost weight to keep him fit and healthy into old age.
‘After doing some research and talking to a friend, I switched him from a traditional meat dog food to an organic vegan one.
‘He lost weight, has more energy and acts like he’s two years old again. It’s the best thing we could have done for him – and it’s better for the environment too.’
Holly Johnson has a ten-year-old cocker spaniel called Charlie who is vegan like her and her daughter
Hannah Brown has two King Charles cavaliers called Coco, nine, and Sophie, two.
She said: ‘Both my dogs are vegan, I love all Ananias’s and it’s hypocritical to slaughter other animals to feed to pets.
‘My dogs are thriving on a vegan diet, have more energy, coat is shiny, my 9 year old is looking years younger than she actually is.
‘It’s a joke that people breaking the ‘Animal welfare act’ by feeding their dogs a diet which does not constitute of pain and suffering of the animals used to make this food.
‘Maybe the animal welfare act should focus on the welfare of the animals who are slaughtered in the billions rather than pet owners who are not being hypocritical.’
Hannah Brown is pictured feeding one of her King Charles cavaliers vegan food in the car
Hannah Brown has two King Charles cavaliers called Coco, nine, and Sophie, two, who are not fed meat
Francesca Blunt said she feeds her cat Ace a vegan diet and said he was ‘very healthy’.
She said: ‘I actually don’t own a dog but I feed my cat a vegan diet. He is very healthy, 11 months old are very big for his age.
‘He eats on a combination of pre bought vegan dry cat food Benevo. And my partner makes him wet food, consisting of potatoes, fruits and vitamins.
‘He has no health problems. I have just been to ‘vegan camp out’ and there was a stall selling vegan dog food.
‘A lot of vegans feed their animals a plant based diet and looking further into it ‘than what good throws out at you’ if you read study’s you can and they thrive and even some vets agree with it. I expect my cat to outlive cats who eats meat.’
Nigel Clements, who lives on Leyte Island in the Philippines, said he gives his dog Jeanne d’Arc a mixture of vegetables and boiled meats.
He said: ‘Here dogs, cats too, are lucky if they get fed at all beyond a thin rice gruel with leftovers and that just once a day and most likely out of unwashed bowls.
‘My four legged daughter whom I rescued at three weeks when she was orphaned has grown on a mixed diet… boiled meats, oatmeal, kibble, goat’s milk, and those fruits and veggies that are beneficial.
Nigel Clements, who lives on Leyte Island in the Philippines, said he gives his dog Jeanne d’Arc (pictured) a mixture of vegetables and boiled meats
‘Boiled potato, sweet potato and tops, carrot, cabbage, cucumber, bitter gourd, pumpkin, pear squash… in small amounts and combined in rotation. It is about 7½ per cent of her diet mixed with her wet food and boiled meats.
‘Fruits, again in smaller portions especially the sugar rich ones: apple, watermelon, banana, pineapple, pear, an orange slice, blueberries & mango.
‘She is flourishing and has a Crufts class shining coat. ‘Common sense is what is necessary here. Dogs are carnivores. They do not need additional carbohydrates.
‘Though I have seen claims that making a diet 30 per cent veggies and fruit will add a couple of years to a dog’s life.’