Best Vegetarian Dog Food
Vegetarian dog food is one of the most popular diet choices among pet owners. However, there are many different types of vegetarian dog foods available. Some of them contain meat or fish ingredients while others do not. There are some vegetarian dog foods which have been formulated with grains and vegetables in mind but still contain meat or fish ingredients.
Vegetarian dog food can be classified into two main categories: organic and conventional. Organic vegetarian dog foods are made from plants grown without using synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals. These products are usually free of antibiotics, hormones or artificial dyes. They may also contain trace amounts of nuts and seeds. Conventional vegetarian dogs foods come in several varieties including dry, canned and powdered forms.
Most of these are manufactured from soybeans, corn, wheat and rice. They are often fortified with vitamins A, D and E.
There is no clear consensus on what constitutes a healthy vegetarian diet for your pet. Many factors need to be considered when choosing a suitable product. For instance, a dog’s digestive system needs certain nutrients in order to function properly. A vegetarian diet for a Great Dane may not be suitable for a Chihuahua. One of the most important factors to consider is the age of your dog.
Puppies require nutritional elements that are essential in helping them grow and develop. Senior dogs may lack certain nutrients necessary for general good health.
It is recommended that you consult your veterinarian before putting your dog on a vegetarian diet.
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Carnivorous cats, vegetarian dogs, and the resolution of the vegetarian’s dilemma by RE Kelly – 2012 – d.lib.msu.edu
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Soy-containing dog food by CB MacDonald – 2004 – books.google.com
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