Yesterday we rescued a boxer and she has heartworm which will need to be treated ,it is a rough treatment,our 2 other dogs are learning to be vegans and everyone is saying we need to 'fatten her up" with meat.Does anyone have any experience with this she has loved the vegan food i have given her so far but she is soo thin and we want to give her a good life. Thanks so much
It's kind of weird that people are telling you to "fatten" up your ailing dog. We all want to be thin and know that being thin is healthier so why would we want to "fatten" up our pets? Especially if they are sick? I would say if she's eating well then I wouldn't worry. Seems like it would be that much easier for her to go vegan completely and so much healthier? I don't know, i'm not a vet. Just kind of rambling. I would say just keep her vegan if she's eating. Healthier for her in the long run. Good luck!
I agree - if your dog is eating, that's what's important. If he's very skinny (ribs are showing), then he does need to put on weight, so that's what people probably mean when they say "fatten him up." And they probably don't understand that vegan food is generally healthier and you can still put on weight eating vegan. If your dog IS very skinny, I'd suggest feeding him high-calorie food. Not junk, but something that's still healthy, just higher in calories, to help him gain some weight. You should be able to slightly feel the ribs of an animal when you run your hands down their sides. But you definitely shouldn't be able to SEE any ribs!!
People just can't grasp pets being vegan. This even goes for vegetarians, vegans, even some people on this site. My dog Mochi came from a shelter in Mississippi that was shut down in January because there were over 400 dogs in addition to the cats in one room and they all had heartworms. So she was released from restricted activity from being treated for heartworms just a few days before I adopted her from the Atlanta Humane Society. I have had her now for 6 weeks and she has been vegetarian the whole time and healing beautifully and gaining weight. So don't listen to these people. You know better. Pets are healthier on a vegan diet. My vet says so and I've had another one say that even vegan cats are the healthiest he has ever seen.So this definitely applies to dogs too. I also have 2 cats that recently went vegan and are doing great.
I feed my dog 50%superhero 50% Evolution dog food. But we just started the Evolution 4 days ago. It has been Natural Balance Vegetarian Formula but we're trying out the Evolution because that is what my cats are eating. I bought the 2 lb. sample kit like 3 weeks ago which came with 2 lbs. of the dry food and 2 large cans of cat food. My cats LOVED the cat food and even the canned food. One preferred the dry and other one preferred the canned but they liked both of them. We transitioned to 100% Evolution and they are loving it and doing great. I bought the 20 lb. bag. And have no regrets. I did it because of what my vet said and another vet agreeing with him. And because I kept catching the cats eating the vegetarian dog food.
So I wholeheartedly believe dogs thrive on veggie food and I'm trusting my vet about the cats. So far so good.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE RESPONSES. I have ordered the Dr Harveys and then I plan to try the Evolution-they do not like the Natural Balance.I am concerned about the heartworm treatment she is facing-so far tho she has been eating.She is so sweet.