By personal convictions or to save the climate. Sometimes even by simple taste. Some of us have gone vegan. A diet that, if implemented correctly, can also be beneficial for our health. But is it the same for the health of our dogs? Possible, say researchers today.
Some humans who share the life of a dog have already taken the plunge. They chose to make their best friend follow the same diet as them. A. By conviction, in general. Because eating meat has a huge impact on the environment. Or because the conditions for processing the animals used as food leave something to be desired. But until then, they did not have a study on which to base themselves in order to know whether such a diet could be good or not for the health of said dogs.
Fromfrom the universities of Winchester (United Kingdom) and Griffith (Australia) have finally tackled the question. They interviewed over 2,500 humans about the of their dogs. Taking note of the number of their visits to the , their use of medication and more generally, their health problems. Depending on whether these dogs were on a vegan diet or ate meat or raw meat.
Raw meat, really better for the health of dogs?
Result: dogs that follow a classic meat-based diet seem to be those who live in less good health. Next come those who follow a vegan diet. And finally, those who eat. A little surprise. Because previous studies have suggested that the consumption of raw meat leads to an increased risk of pathogens in dogs. and of nutritional.
The researchers acknowledge that their findings should be viewed with caution. Because the humans ofeating raw meat seem to be naturally more reluctant to consult a veterinarian for their pet. And the vegan dogs who took part in the survey were, on the whole, younger than the others. Pending further studies, however, researchers believe that a nutritionally sound vegan diet may be the healthiest and least dangerous for the health of our four-legged friends.