Plant Based Nutrition

I know most people say that we cant feed a plant based diet its not fair or cruel as they are meat eaters. Dogs can be on a plant based/vegan diet and be healthy so long as its kept balanced and supplement vitamin D it's okay. Just like every other diet has to be balanced in order for them to stay healhty! 

Vegan/plant based fed dogs still however need a source of protein. Legumes are a plant-based protein and low in calories.. Legumes are in the plant family called Fabaceae or Leguminosae. Examples of some legumes are chickpeas, lentils, and beans (like black beans). They contribute to the dogs diet in ways of being a source of fibre, protein and lots of micronutrients. Legumes have vitamin B1 (Thiamine), vitamin B3, vitamin B6, phosphorus, magnesium, and molybdenum.  So these should be included in the balanced day to day diet of your dog. 

A lot of plant matter can be fed to dogs, but must be prepared correctly. This is because carnivores especially dogs don't have the digestive. system to digest plant material efficiently. Make sure at least half of this plant matter is leafy greens, such as parsley, carrot tops, and spinach. 

Vitamins are classed as micronutrients and are needed in only small amounts, but are essential in a few enzyme reactions and metabolic processes. Most vitamins cannot be made/produced in the body and need to be included in the diet. They are divided into fat soluble which are Vitamin A, D, E and K and water soluble which are Vitamin C and complex B. In general, vitamins are present in both plant, grains and more therefore, dogs being carnivores have easy access to them as long as they receive a varied diet. If the diet isnt varied and lacks nutrients vitamins and things they can cause medical problems. Such as dogs can get vitamin E deficiency easier than other animals and if this happens then the muscle can degeneration.