Why vegetarian? Can dogs be vegetarian?
Why does Green Petfood offer vegetarian dog food?
In all our activities, we ask ourselves how we can act sustainably. In addition to the use of insects in InsectDog hypoallergen, the avoidance of meat is also a good alternative to help protect the environment. Up to 15,000 l of water is required to produce 1 kg of beef. However, only 1,300 l is required to produce 1 kg of potatoes. By feeding your dog a vegetarian diet, you are contributing to climate protection.
With VeggieDog grainfree and VeggieDog light, we offer you a 100% vegetarian and 99.99% vegan alternative for your four-legged friend. But wait: doesn’t your dog need meat?
Is a vegetarian dog food even possible?
The widespread belief that dogs are purely carnivorous is tough to let go of. It is true that dogs descended from wolves. However, in the course of evolution, they have adapted to the lifestyles of humans. Unlike wolves, dogs have the enzymes required to digest starch. They can therefore easily absorb and digest plant food.
And what about protein? Proteins are long chains of amino acids. During digestion, proteins are decomposed into individual amino acids. Only then can your dog use them to build muscle or other body tissues. It is these small building blocks that your dog requires. Some of these amino acids are essential for dog, who must absorb them through the diet because they cannot produce them endogenously. It does not matter whether the individual amino acids are derived from animal or vegetable protein. It only matters that the requirements of the individual amino acids are covered. Thanks to a well-thought-out combination of different plant proteins, your dog’s requirements for essential amino acids are covered – even better than with meat. It is therefore no problem at all to feed your dog a vegetarian diet.
Why 100% vegetarian, but not 100% vegan dog food?
Our top priority is making sure your dog receives an excellent supply of all necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Vegan vitamin D3 is unstable during production and storage. If the vitamin is degraded, it cannot cover the needs of your dog. Vitamin deficiency can lead to porous bones, among other things. We have therefore decided not to use this compound in our VeggieDog varieties. It is also likely that the authorisation for its use in pet food will be withdrawn in the foreseeable future. For the safe and complete supply of your dog, we use 30 μg vitamin D3/kg food. Thus, only 3 ppm of the food is not vegan. Vitamin D3 used for food production is generally prepared from an animal fat (e.g. a wool fat molecule or a cholesterol molecule). The sheep from which the wool fat originates are only shorn. If scientific developments enable the production of a completely vegan product with the same quality characteristics, we will respond as quickly as possible.
We know that the topic of vegetarian dog food is often met with resistance. From a nutritional perspective, it is quite possible to feed your dog a vegetarian diet. There are also many ecological reasons for this. If you are still unsure about how to explain it to your friends, we will be happy to assist you. Simply give us a call at 09371 – 940 951.