Meat-Free Dog Diet: Fact or Myth?
I thought dogs need to be eating meat? Can my dog be vegan and thrive on a meat-free diet? It’s a common question. Part of the myth of your dog needing meat is based around amino acids. These building blocks of protein are required for a dog’s health, similar to humans. Over thousands of years, dogs have developed the ability to digest nutrients from a variety of sources, not just meat.
Here are some basics about a meat free diet for your dog, how protein works and why it’s so important for your dog:
- A dog’s body uses amino acids to build different protein molecules, which then work to grow and maintain muscle, fur, and nails; produce hormones; transport nutrients; and aid in the functioning of the immune system.
- A dog needs around twenty common amino acids for health and vitality.
- There are 10 essential amino acids that a dog must get from their diet. The remaining amino acids are created by the dog internally.
These ten essential amino acids are - yes - found in meat, but that’s not the only place they’re found. High-quality plant, fungi (that’s yeast!), bacterial or algal protein sources also carry these essential amino acids.
What does that mean? It means that your dog can thrive on a high quality vegan dog food diet from Wild Earth. Yes, there are other vegan dog foods out there like Halo Vegan, V-Dog and other dry foods, but none of them have the protein content of Wild Earth vegan dry food!