And can I just say BRAVO to the secret-sender. I don’t care if YOU want to be a vegan - that’s your call, and your business, and if you like it that’s awesome. Animals have differently functioning digestive systems from humans. DOGS AND CATS SHOULD NOT BE FED VEGAN DIETS, because you could cause SERIOUS health problems. From WebMD Pets:
The risks of feeding dogs or cats vegetarian or vegan diet include:
- Inadequate total protein intake (less than the 25 grams per 1,000 calories recommended)
- Imbalance of the certain amino acids, such as taurine and L-carnitine (dogs and cats) or essential fatty acids arachidonic acid (cats only), in particular
- Deficiency in vitamins and minerals (such as B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and iron) that are obtained ideally, or only, through meat or other animal products
If allowed to continue long enough, these dietary problems can lead to serious and sometimes irreversible medical conditions. The one veterinarians mention most often is taurine-related dilated cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart with weak contractions and poor pumping ability). Low taurine can also lead to reproductive failures, growth failures, and eye problems.