The legal, ethical and welfare implications of feeding vegan diets to dogs and cats

Lauren Katie Bennett
Friday, April 2, 2021

Veganism is on the rise both in humans and in companion animals, with many owners citing animal welfare as their primary reason for adopting a vegan lifestyle. Feeding vegan diet to dogs and cats significantly impacts their welfare as it puts them at undue risk of developing diet-induced disorders, leaving owners liable to prosecution if they are unwilling to adhere to expert recommendations. As commercial vegan diets are a relatively new phenomena, more research needs to be conducted to understand the full effects. In the meantime, veterinary professionals should continue to educate owners on suitable diets based on the individual's requirements.

Table 1. Required nutrients for a nutritionally complete pet food diet
Table 1. Required nutrients for a nutritionally complete pet food diet

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