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Vegan dog food healthier than conventional meat, claims new study

Nutritional deficiencies may also occur with raw feeding and may take many years to manifest in clinical signs.

Veterinary surgeons at OMNI welcome the findings of a new scientific paper published yesterday by Plos One that a vegan dog food diet is healthier than the conventional meat diet.

In the paper a survey was conducted of dog owners and 2,536 completed the questionnaire. The majority (54%) were feeding a conventional meat diet, 33% were feeding a raw meat diet and 13% a vegan diet.

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The authors concluded that the healthiest and least hazardous dietary choices for dogs are nutritionally sound vegan diets.

Preliminary findings from OMNI’s own survey of nearly 100 UK dog owners who switched to feeding its foods in the last year have revealed similar findings:

  • 49 % reported that their dog had a shinier/glossier coat
  • 40% reported their dogs stools were firmer and easier to pick up
  • 23% reported reduced smell due to breaking wind
  • 30% reported that their dog had increased energy levels on walks
  • 17% reported that their dogs’ anxiety behaviour improved

OMNI also said Nutritional deficiencies may also occur with raw feeding and may take many years to manifest in clinical signs.

Dr. Guy Sandelowsky, veterinarian and co-founder of OMNI, said: “Survey based studies have their merits over kennel/lab orientated ones as they can better represent the natural living environment of dogs.’ At OMNI, we’re looking to support these findings with randomised, controlled clinical trials to further validate these observed health benefits.”

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