Feeding companion animals commercial pet foods may be jeopardizing their health.
Store bought pet foods are often composed of ground-up parts of animals that U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors have deemed unfit for human consumption. The meat that goes into your pets food is dead, dying, diseased or disabled. Also pet food has also been recalled during mad cow disease. Most pet foods have the same hormones, antibiotics and pesticides in them as they do in meat for humans.
Make sure dogs receive plenty of protein, vitamin D and calcium. For cats make sure they get plenty of vitamin A. If you have not switched your pet yet, to help them with the adjustment you can slowly add the vegan/vegetarian food with what you usually give them.
Many dogs like spaghetti, rice, lenthils, organic vegetables, apples, cherries and peaches.
Many cats like melons, mashed chickapeas, veggie burgers and nutritional yeast.
After switching your pets diet watch them closely to make sure that their new diet agrees with them, especially if they are still puppies or kittens. One way to know that it is not agreeing with them is skin change. Note any new health problems. Most dogs and cats health improves on a vegan/vegetarian diet, but occasionally with some pets it will not.
There are some things you can not give to your pet such as:
- Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Onions can destroy red blood cells and cause anemia.
- Chocolate, coffee, tea and caffeine can cause seizures, comas and death.
- Macadamia nuts, wulnuts or any other kind of nuts (including peanut butter) can cause weakness, muscle tremor and paralysis.
- Fried foods, sugar and corn syrup.
- Tomatos can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias.
- Avacodos, pit and plant are all toxic. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart.
- Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and death.
- Seeds from fruits contain cyanide which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans.
- Salt can cause kidney problems.
- Mushrooms (only safe “food” mushrooms are shitaki, maitake and reishi).