A woman from Sydney, Australia is making international headlines for feeding her dog a completely vegan diet. Though she is far from the first person to feed their pooch a non-meat diet, the folks at Daily Mail Australia wrote, “Although Ms. Dallera insists Brioche is a healthy happy dog, experts warn a plant-based diet could pose health risks such as renal problems.”
Sarah Dallera has been a vegan since 2014 and switched her nine-year-old dog, Brioche, to an entirely plant-based diet, too. Dallera decided not to support the meat industry and made the switch. The dog eats things like quinoa, fruit, broccoli, and hemp seeds.
“I had no idea dogs could be vegan, it didn’t even go through my mind,” Ms. Dallera, who worked as a veterinary nurse for 10 years said in a piece for The Australian.
Not everyone supports the idea of dogs eating a meatless diet. Mark Lawrie, CEO the Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital reported, “The downside of vegetarian dogs is you can get some health-related problems. Some dogs can do quite well, but it does increase the volume of food that has to be fed.”
Since veganism is growing in the mainstream for people, the pet industry is following the trend. We’ll be following this hot topic closely and always advise you check with your dog’s veterinarian before making any dietary adjustments.