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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Have You Ever Purchased Vegetarian Dog Food?

Has anyone up here ever tried their dogs on a vegetarian food? Several years ago when I was still trying to decide what I was going to feed, I purchased a sample pack of Evolution for my dogs and they wouldn't eat it,so that was the end of that.There was a lot of hype about dogs/cats being 'guaranteed' to live twice as long on this brand of food,but there was also some backlash about those claims.
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Well considering my dogs aren't vegetarian and there is no point for them to be...No. In fact, Zoey eats a carnivorous diet of raw muscle meat, organ meat and bone. No fruits, veggies, grains, ect. Those things caused yeast infections over her whole body therefore being useless additions to her diet, something that would make up ALL of her diet on a vegetarian food. (Which would lead to nothing but medical bills and suffering for her!)

Only thing I'd find it half useful for would be to supplement real meat for those who feel that the non-animal products in this food would be useful to their dogs diet without having to feed them fresh which some dogs don't take very well to and/or for the added vitamins in the food if they feel they can't "balance" a real diet. Even then I feel if you're going to feed kibble and meat, just go for a regular kibble with meat in it. I wouldn't JUST feed a vegetarian kibble by it's self. JM2C.

As for guarantee of living twice as long, do you get a refund for all the food you buy if the dog dies "early"? What about medical bill coverages if the dog has problems on it? I mean "twice as long" for our breed would be roughly 18-24 years. Heck, many small breeds average 15+ years. Does this mean they'll live to 30+ years old?? Where are all the dogs at to prove these double lifespan claims?! :O

Are you interested in feeding a vegetarian diet? Is there any specific reason? If someone absolutely HAD to feed a vegetarian diet because they couldn't stand the thought of the "poor animals dying" then I'd at least put forth the effort to research and make your own diet than feeding kibbles that are mostly soy.

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Since all vegetarian foods use soy, no, I'd never feed that.
Ever.
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To me, that would be a case of refusing to meet the dog's nutritional needs because of the human's beliefs.

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To me, that would be a case of refusing to meet the dog's needs because of the human's beliefs.
Oh there's billions of examples of this going on daily though, not just diets
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No. In the wild, dogs are not vegetarians, and I think it's cruel to try to put a dog on a vegetarian diet.

I don't eat soy; I sure wouldn't feed it to my dog.

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I'm a vegetarian-but feed my dog a raw diet. Not eating meat may be healthy for me, but my dog is A DOG and needs meat! It actually really bothers me when people feed their dogs or cats a vegetarian diet. If they are so concerned with the treatment of animals, 1)they should purchase humanely raised animal products, or 2)they shouldn't have dogs or cats if they refuse to provide a healthy diet. Get a rabbit!

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I'm a vegetarian-but feed my dog a raw diet. Not eating meat may be healthy for me, but my dog is A DOG and needs meat! It actually really bothers me when people feed their dogs or cats a vegetarian diet. If they are so concerned with the treatment of animals, 1)they should purchase humanely raised animal products, or 2)they shouldn't have dogs or cats if they refuse to provide a healthy diet. Get a rabbit!
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I didnt even know there was such a thing.

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I don't know why this food is even made. There must be a niche market for it, otherwise, they wouldn't be making it... but it's hard for me to understand how that many people think a soy and grain based diet is a proper diet for a canine.

Now, if you made a kibble out of egg and milk products, it could be a decent kibble and still vegetarian. But a vegan diet is just so inappropriate for dogs. They are not obligate carnivores like cats, but they are not really omnivores either, their teeth are not like a bears' which have grinding molars in the back. A dog's teeth are designed for eating meat and bone. Sure, they can survive on plant proteins, but they won't really thrive.

I'm surprised to hear a claim that dogs will live "twice as long" on a vegetarian kibble, was that a claim made by the manufacturer?
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