Whether it be Instagram foodies posting their latest snack or the booming popularity of meatless menus at restaurants, the vegan diet has grown tremendously in popularity. Many people are ditching their carnivorous habits and reaching for plant-based specialties, and the health benefits are clear.
Veganism is intertwined with the upkeep of one's physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Other than taking a moral stand against the mistreatment of other creatures, people who forgo animal products lower their chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, or even cancer. The benefits are evident, and more and more people are converting to this prosperous lifestyle.
Although some people enjoy the feeling of nourishing their body without the need for animal products, many others refuse to give up their hearty meat with a side of potatoes. It's a matter of personal choice, and but some see no other option. Some serious vegans have decided to share their lifestyle with their pets, and this has stirred up some serious controversy.
This person is vegan, and only feeds their dog, Maggie, a meatless diet as well. They captioned this picture by describing their dog's intricate vegan meal as "pureed sweet potato, pureed brown rice, sprouted organic tofu, chia seeds, and digestive enzymes. Does she look excited? She is." Some Tumblr users begged to differ.
These animals are known to rely on meat and its protein to survive, so could a dog really thrive from the nutrients of a plant-based diet? It turns out that a dog's body needs special care—and one Tumblr user decided to school everyone on intricate process of digestion in dogs. *Grabs popcorn*
This individual's response to Maggie the dog's vegan meal? "This dog does not look excited, this dog looks malnourished," they stated. They did not just say this out of opinion, and they also wrote a lengthy response as to why this is simply irresponsible. This Tumblr user left no stone unturned—and they didn't skimp on credible facts.
A purely vegan diet when it comes to a dog is problematic—starting with the pancreas. The dog's digestive system cannot efficiently break down plants—even with added enzymes—and use them as a reliable source of protein. This diet leads to a bacterial situation in the dog's intestines, not to mention severe irritation throughout their entire digestive system.
Although a vegan lifestyle can be extremely beneficial for humans, it's probably best to keep your furry friends acting upon their carnivorous instincts. Despite the Tumblr user's science-based evidence that claims a vegan diet is detrimental to a dog's health, another Internet-goer stepped in to defend a plant-based diet for pets. *Refills popcorn*
9. Another Tumblr User Defends The Vegan Doggy Diet
This Tumblr user states that the dog in the picture "seems healthy to me, and also seems interested in the food you're about to feed them." They provide anecdotal evidence of a different family with vegan dogs that "look very well nourished" and "energetic." Although their points seem reasonable, science comes back with multiple truth bombs to bestow upon them!
The animal biology-based Tumblr user comes back with a vengeance. They explain that dogs rely on a carnivorous diet to thrive, and "since a dog's internal physiology does not differ from a wolf, dogs have the same physiological and nutritional needs as those carnivorous predators." But they don't stop there.
They state that the dog's nose is dried out signaling dehydration, and its eyes are puffy and red along the edges. This pup also looks very uninterested in the meal, with its nose not even pointing towards the food, which is also "a sign of lethargy." The animal advocate goes on to say that "this dog is begging for this meal to be something nutritious," and that dog's face does not lie.
This Tumblr user reveals that they "work at a highly respected veterinary hospital" and they "see this more often than you would think." "I know how to tell when a dog looks malnourished," they stated, "and so would you if you worked and studied every day in the field of veterinary medicine." CASE. CLOSED.
13. This Veterinarian Gained A Lot Of Internet Support
After this animal expert's epic response, the post was flooded with comments in support of their claims. Numerous people reblogged the post for animal awareness, and one user even stated, "that is the most apathetic look about a meal I have ever seen a dog have." A nice, juicy steak would have done the trick.
Although human beings can massively benefit from a plant-based diet, not all species are created equal. Our biology is much different than our furry companions, and a healthy, prosperous lifestyle to us may not bear the same result in our pets.
Our animals can't speak for themselves or express their needs to us as owners, so it is up to us to know what is best for them. It's your job to put a little meat on your dog's bones, and if that involves not forcing your animal to follow your specific values and beliefs, so be it.