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Dog Tip: Vegetarian Dog Foods

A vegan diet of rice, lentils and organic vegetables helped a border collie named Bramble reach her 27th birthday in good health and earn consideration by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest living dog in 2002. As noted in the article listed directly below, the ailments associated with meat consumption in humans, such as allergies, cancer, and kidney, heart, and bone problems, also affect many nonhumans.

Following that are articles about research indicating that a vegetable-rich diet can halt age-related mental decline in dogs. In some cases, deterioration was reversed, along with geriatric canine ailments, such as arthritis and vision loss. From a 2005 article in Medical News Today: "During the two-year longitudinal study, William Milgram, Ph.D., of the University of Toronto, Elizabeth Head, Ph.D., and Carl Cotman, Ph.D., of the University of California, Irvine and their colleagues found older beagles performed better on cognitive tests and were more likely to learn new tasks when they were fed a diet fortified with plenty of fruits, vegetables and vitamins, were exercised at least twice weekly, and were given the opportunity to play with other dogs and a variety of stimulating toys. The study is reported in the January 2005 Neurobiology of Aging."

Folks have been asking about plant-based dog foods, and this food-centric holiday season is a good time to rethink diet choices. Many sources of information and products can be found on the internet. Here are a few:

Article about the health value of pet foods and considerations in switching companion animals to vegetarian diets


Articles about a study showing a link between vegetarian diets and canine mental acuity. Also includes a helpful list of food sources of immunity-strengthening antioxidants


Vegetarian Diets for Dogs book


Vegetarian and Vegan Dog Food


Should you keep your dog vegetarian?



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Last Updated: April 26, 2018 (LET) PawSupport