I'm vegan and I was wonder if there are vegan/ vegetarian dog food brands out there. Also I leave my dog with my (meat eating) bf's mother every once in a while so she can play with their dog. But I do not want her to eat the "normal" dog food when she's there! Seeing as my life style isn't very "popular" with the family I feel as though even if I tell them NOT to feed her NON-vegan food they would when Im not home =( I don't know what to do!!!
It's frustrating, I know, to have meat in the house even if it's for your pets. But dogs and especially cats need meat in their diet. So I've looked around over the years to find some good foods. Try Evangers for meats including game meats like (cover your eyes if you must) rabbit, pheasant, chicken and more. My opinion is they should stick closely to what they would go after in the wild. I also like Blue Buffalo's dry and canned foods. I'm not a vet but do your research and you will find what you like. Btw, on Halloween I was a cat that was eating an avocado and bean sprout sandwich lol.
Dogs really don't need meat in their diet as long as they're getting the proper amount of protein. Wilds dogs and canids are omnivorous, eating meat when they can get it but supplementing with grasses. They also get tons of exercise. It's kind of like the relationship between early humans as omnivores and us now - we get so much less exercise, live indoors, have completely different lifestyles, and so we need different diets! I exercise my dogs all the time, but I know they get nowhere near the amount they'd get if they lived outside. I feed my dogs Evolution dog food, which I believe to be the healthiest brand (that I've come across). My older dog was constantly having digestive problems on meat-based foods (several different brands) and actually didn't really care for any of them. Even though he's a large dog it was always a struggle to get him to eat enough, and that plus the fact that he was regurgitating a lot of it meant that he was always very thin. He's been eating Evolution for eight years now and he's in perfect shape, and he just had bloodwork done which the vet said was astonishingly good for any dog, but especially for a dog his age.