Going plant-based is tough in the beginning, so when my husband and I first made the transition, we watched a lot of plant-based movies to keep us motivated. One night we watched Vegucated, a documentary that follows three meat loving New Yorkers who agree to go vegan for six weeks.
Vegucated was different from the other movies we’d seen. Instead of touting the health bennies of eating plant-based, it exposed the shocking horrors of animal agriculture. And let me tell you – what I saw disturbed me.
When I scooped a cup of kibble to feed my dog the next morning, the image I’d seen the night before of chicks being ground up alive popped into my head. Vegucated taught that on factory farms, male chicks are separated from females, and, because they are unable to be raised to lay eggs, are often ground alive and used for dog food.
I felt sick as I fed Mambo that morning, so I later that day I did an online search to see if dogs could go vegan. I found no clear consensus. Some people, including many vets, declared absolutely not, whereas other people spoke of how they’d been feeding their dogs a vegan diet for years.
Although uncertain about it, I transitioned Mambo to Natural Balance Vegan Kibble. This went fine for a few weeks. Then, however; he started throwing up yellow bile every day. I switched him back to his old kibble, and he hasn’t thrown up since.
Maybe it was just the particular kibble I was feeding him, and not a vegan diet, that was making him sick. I don’t know. I’d still like to feed Mambo vegan if I can do so healthfully, so I’m asking: Can a dog be vegan? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.
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