Environmentally minded pet owners are choosing to feed their animals meals made out of crickets, mealworms and black soldier flies in an attempt to curb the huge carbon emissions produced by raising livestock for traditional, meat-based diets.
The 16-year-old dog was so unfit she had to be carried on her walks (Picture: Caters News Agency)‘Initially, I spoilt her with treats and more treats until I started to actually note how she wasn’t really living a quality life.
Lulu before her weight loss (Picture: SWNS)Lulu the nine-year-old Rottweiler could hardly move and experienced pain in her back legs when she tipped the scales at 9st 10lbs.Owner Gill Jones, a 66-year-old grandmother of six, said: ‘She was a rescue dog and was born with a problem with her genes.
Harmful pathogens in raw food "This research offers further compelling evidence to support vets' concerns about the potential animal and public health risks associated with feeding pets a raw meat-based diet," said veterinarian Dr Daniella Dos Santos.
Sarah soon transitioned her dog Brioche onto a plant-based diet (Picture: Sarah E Brioche/ Facebook)Sarah wasn’t aware that dogs could live on vegan foods but began researching when she decided to give up meat and dairy products herself.
“Increasingly, consumers have started extending their own food philosophies onto their pets, choosing options that reflect the same growing trends in human food, such as no added preservatives and non-GMO ingredients,” Beach says.
Diet is a huge part of the program, and veterinarians typically recommend prescription foods for pets with kidney disease. Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Kidney Care Chicken & Vegetable Stew canned cat food provides all of the above as well as omega-3 fatty acids to combat inflammation.
If your pet is exhibiting cat or dog food allergy symptoms, your vet likely will recommend an elimination diet trial to try to pinpoint which food ingredients are causing your pet’s symptoms, or at least identify which ingredients do not cause problems.
They typically utilize alternative carbohydrate sources, such as sweet potato, white potato, peas, legumes and so on. Several grain-free dog foods utilize sweet potatoes as a carbohydrate source. Many grain-free diets are formulated with pea protein or legumes as the carbohydrate and fiber source.
The fruits and vegetables contained in this freeze-dried raw dog food include certified-organic kale, carrots, squash, broccoli and apples.
Two months on, the eight-year-old moggy now weighs in at a slimline 12.7lbs (5.79kg) having lost an incredible five-and-a-half pounds.Mitzi was re-homed earlier this year but was returned to Woodside Animal Welfare Trust in Plymouth, Devon, in August.Staff at the centre are trying to find another new home for the glutenous cat.Lisa Darcy, Woodside's assistant manager, said: "She's a quirky girl.
Only recently, it was shown that the gut microbiome of dogs is quite different to that of wolves, with more evidence of bacteria that can break down carbohydrates and to some degree produce amino acids normally sourced from meat.
A Youtuber has been criticised for feeding her pet fennec fox a vegan diet after photos of the animal looking worryingly thin were shared online.
Just like their owners, cats need a balanced diet which contains just the right amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates and various vitamins and minerals to ensure they stay in peak condition. Cats require relatively large amounts of taurine in their diet.