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Tales from Veggie Doggie Diners

Tales from Veggie Doggie Diners

the dinner on their pet’s plate. Be re-assured, dogs do not need meat to be fighting fit and healthy. “Despite their fearsome teeth, dogs are omnivorous so, as long as they get all the nutrients they need, they don’t have to eat meat!” says Damian. “In fact, some common doggy health problems, such as obesity, arthritis and skin and fur problems can be alleviated by cutting out meat,” he adds. Complete vegetarian dog foods are well balanced and nutritious, supplying all of the essential nutrition your dog needs. Or with good planning, you can even adapt your own veggie meals to feed your dog!

Damian agrees that veggie dogs can be happier and healthier than their meat guzzling counterparts, just like humans! He says: “Many people tell us that their dogs seem to have fewer problems as they get older on a veggie diet and that vets often comment on their dog’s fitness and shiny coat! In one case, a dog who had a serious problem with epilepsy was switched to one of our foods. The epilepsy stopped immediately and he hasn’t had a seizure for the last two years and is enjoying life again.” For more information about switching your dog to a healthy, wholesome veggie diet, check out the tips and products at www.veggiepets.com or call 0239 245 3355.

The world’s oldest living dog, recorded in 2002, was a 27 year old vegan border collie named Bramble who enjoyed a big bowl of rice, lentils and organic vegetables every evening! Record breaker!


A newly-vegan dog is Barney, a springer spaniel/collie cross. He was quite skinny when the Ashwell family first started looking after him, so to help him gain weight they fed him meals such as porridge with full fat coconut cream for breakfast; chopped raw red peppers and mushrooms and dog biscuits for lunch; and grated carrot and apple, dog biscuits and low sodium gravy for tea, all supplemented with one tablespoon of Good Oil per meal. Mum Hannah says: “Barney has now put on weight so he eats less, but still raids the compost bin for mushrooms and red peppers! He’s fit and healthy and the vet says he has excellent skin and fur.” Barney


Ox is one happy veggie dog is Ox, a five year old English Bull Terrier cross, who lives with our very own Kat Himmel. He enjoys a varied diet of cucumber, kale, raw cabbage, melon, carrots, mushrooms, apples, peaches, blueberries, oranges, hummus, tofu and baked beans, along with Ami or Yarrah biscuits. His least favourite food is celery! Ox is a strapping, stocky chap, who is obsessed with footie, and is a far cry from the ‘weedy vegetarian’ stereotype!


Jake, a deerhound cross, is five and has been veggie for one year. His friend Cy, a male greyhound cross, is about 12 years old and has been veggie for nine years! Their diet consists of V-Dog biscuits, pasta, rice, potatoes, gravy and their absolute favourite baked beans! Owner, Chris Iles, told Viva!LIFE :“The dogs are very healthy, with shiny coats. Cy is unofficially the fastest dog in town, having never been beaten when out running! He is an escape artist, and once he even scaled a sheer 50ft cliff"