For example, dogs are known to be omnivores. Their body is able to convert some nutrients – proteins, amino acids – into others, which means that dogs can eat fully without meat. For lacto-ovo vegetarians, this shouldn’t be a problem, as eggs are a wonderful animal protein. At the same time, exclusively plant-based foods, including beans, corn, soy and whole grains, can make up a complete dog diet. Difficulties with the transition to a vegetarian diet can be purely psychological. At first, your friend will be waiting for a chicken or a sugar bone, so all changes in his bowl should occur gradually, without causing psychological trauma to the pet.
It’s not so easy with cats. Although many of them are happy to eat corn, fruits, cereals, the cat’s body is tuned to protein foods of animal origin. So they get taurine and arachidonic acid, the absence of which can lead to blindness and even death. Fortunately, these substances are available in synthetic form as supplements. For a complete vegetarian diet of a cat, consultation with a veterinarian is necessary. Perhaps the right solution would be to feed the animal with industrial dry food without meat.
The basic principles for transitioning pets to a vegetarian diet are as follows:
· Vegetarian or vegan diet is not acceptable for puppies and kittens, as well as for animals that you plan to breed.
It is necessary to more carefully monitor the health of the pet – twice a year to be shown to the veterinarian and do a blood test.
· Synthetic nutritional supplements must be included in the animal’s diet.
We are responsible for those we have tamed. Protecting the rights to life of one living soul, one cannot harm another. Often people use dumb pets to satisfy their personal ambitions. True love for animals is not a fashionable manicure for a cat or a dress for a dog to match the owner’s wardrobe. Vegetarian beliefs can only be transferred to pets if you are willing to take responsibility for their health and give them extra attention. Only then will your love for animals return with a vengeance and bring joy and harmony.