Veganism has been a huge trend for a while, but new research suggests it has also started to gain interest in the animal kingdom.
More than 3,670 dog and cat owners participated in the survey. The survey found that 35 percent of them are keen to put their pets on a vegan diet while 27 percent who follow a vegan diet have already done so.
55% of the people responded that if they were to commit their pets to a vegan diet, they would need to consult with their veterinarians to ensure that the change of diet would meet their pets nutritional needs.
It is a misconception if you think people who are considering the vegan diet for their pets are vegan themselves. In fact, only 6% of the people who participated in the survey followed the plant-based diet.
Dr. Sarah Dodd of the veterinary college at the University of Guelph, Canada, the survey’s lead author said that she was amazed at how many people are already feeding their pets vegan food.
Dodd also said that the study predicts this momentum will continue to increase.
“People have been hearing about how vegan diets are linked to lowered risks of cancer and other health benefits in humans. There is also growing concern about the environmental impact of animal agriculture.
“So, while only a small proportion of pet-owners are currently feeding plant-based diets to their pets, it is safe to say that interest in the diets is likely to grow.”
An RSPCA spokesperson concurred, telling The Independent that there is not enough evidence to truly conclude vegan diet benefits for animals.
“Dogs are omnivores and can eat a wide variety of food types so they can survive on a vegetarian diet as long as the diet is well-balanced,” they said.
“We are aware of vegan/vegetarian pet food which includes these nutrients but these are relatively new to the market and we have not seen any long-term studies about the effects of feeding cats a diet like this,” the spokesperson added.
“However, we are also not aware of any cases of health problems associated with them. We would like to see more scientific evidence about the effects of such specialized diets on cats and cannot advise feeding them at this time.”
The RSPCA suggests consulting with the vet first before transitioning their pet to a vegan diet.
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