I’ve come to learn that many of my dog’s medical issues are heavily influenced by his dry dog food. After some research, I found that my dog’s health and energy increased when he was fed fresh, organic raw meat (from fish and rabbit)and insects (black soldier fly and mealworms). I plan to convert to vegan and wish to start farming organically to supply most of my food. However, is it ethical to farm insects and other animals like rabbit and fish to support my dog’s health? I want to know that my dog is living as healthy as he can with me.
My dogs eat a pretty much raw diet; they have mixer biscuits and essentially what’s ever left over…they any left over meat from the rest of my family and get their own rice as well plus the extra veggies. Dogs are in some kind of sense *less* of a meat eater than a cat, they are able to safely and happily consume some vegetables but of course you need to research which are safe for them and it could depend on your dogs taste but they may enjoy having a side of veggies also.
Personally I would say it’s fine because it is for them and it’s what they are designed to eat. What about chickens at all also or instead of rabbits? Some morning my two get their own scrambled eggs made up to go with their mixer if that’s what my mum is eating that morning and they both quite like it.
I would say though to think everything through properly in terms of what you’d want to keep and also check out any laws in regards to animal slaughter in your area as you don’t want to clash with anything. If there’s any farms local to you also you might be able to work out a deal with them to get some meat or eggs for them also.
A few friends of mine feed their dog foods with no meat. But sustaining a dog’s life and making sure the dog’s life is full and healthy are two different things. Not feeding a dog meat is like not feeding a cow grass. They are adapted to eat meat and not even their teeth are designed to to cope with plant matter though I know that they can to an extent. They don’t have molars and cannot break down plants like us or other animals like cows and greatly lack in enzymes to break down plant food in digestion though they can to an extent due to the remaining plant matter in their prey. We are adapted to this but they aren’t. The longest living dogs are fed raw meat. And I’m not farming these animals for my own benefit but for my dogs. Ever since I’ve been feeding them meat I have raised organically, their health and amount of energy has increased. Wouldn’t it be worse to put my food preferences on my dog and as a result decrease his health and vitality? When I “own” any animal, I make sure to put its health first and if I do not have the resources to do so, I would rather not own any pets. I have too much respect for my companions to hurt them in such a way. A vegan diet may sustain their lives, but I want them to thrive under my care because I owe them that much and more.