According to a recent study report published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, owners of over 2,500 canines found connections between diet and the health of dogs, these connections suggest that nutritional vegan diets may be healthier, less risky, and less dangerous than usual or raw meat-based diets.

Based on this study conducted by the researchers at the University of Winchester, there are many factors including concerns regarding the environment, the treatment of animals used as food, and the health of their pets that can influence the guardians of dogs to choose unconventional diets for their lovely pets.


Canines who followed the raw meat diet also had better results in some studies than the vegan dogs, but they were about a year younger on average.

This peer-reviewed study involves 2,536 canines. Results suggest that there could be some benefits for vegan dogs. The study shows dogs following plant-based diets were healthier than some dogs eating a conventional diet. Also, the study found that these vegan dogs required comparatively fewer medications and veterinary visits.

According to the study leader Andrew Knight from the University of Winchester, results of previous research showed that dogs that were on raw meat diets suffered more from pathogenic bacteria and parasites.

Taking the new and prior findings into consideration, the researchers suggest that a nutritionally sound vegan or plant-based diet may be the healthiest and less dangerous choice for

vegan dog

“Our study is by far the largest study published to date,” said Knight, as reported by The Guardian. “It revealed that the healthiest and least hazardous dietary choices for dogs are nutritionally sound vegan diets.”

“The key limitation of our study is that we didn’t have a population of animals locked up in a research facility and fed one specific diet without any alteration,” Knight continues. “We studied what real dogs in normal homes ate and their health outcomes. It gives us a good indication as to what the outcomes are for dogs in the real world.”

However, further deep and detailed research is needed to make a confident confirmation whether raw meat or a vegan diet is good for canine health.


The authors said, “We believe our study of 2,536 dogs is by far the largest study published to date, exploring health outcomes of dogs fed vegan and meat-based diets. It analyzed a range of objective data, as well as owner opinions, and reported veterinary assessments of health. It revealed that the healthiest and least hazardous dietary choices for dogs, are nutritionally sound vegan diets.”

So we’re sending this message to pet lovers, dog lovers, and pet guardians that please don’t make a sudden or nasty switch to plant-based diets for your beloved dog. Slowly motivate them. Keep a balance between raw-meat diets and plant-based diets.


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