Cats and dogs are known for their carnivorous traits... Yet have significant omnivore ability! Therefore, incorporating a diet that includes vegetables can be extremely beneficial. Since February is Sweet Potato Month, let's take a moment and explore the benefits of a vegetarian diet for you pet...
It's been questioned whether it is "unnatural" to omit meat from a pet's diet. However, wild animals commonly eat a regular supply of plant matter. Whichever your belief - integrating vegetables into your pet's diet, or not - one fact that cannot be argued is that pet health depends on great nutrition.
How you feed your dog or cat can have a significant impact on his/her overall health and potential lifespan. Unfortunately, many pet foods have been found to be inadequate nutritionally and may contain harmful chemicals that can harm your dog (not Evanger's, of course!). Adding vegetables to your pet's diet seemingly has the same health benefits as humans eating veggies - Not only do vegetables add healthy antioxidants to your dog's diet, they also are a significant source of soluble fiber and roughage which can promote intestinal health in your dog. Dogs and cats who are eating only cooked or processed food also benefit from the addition of digestive enzymes to their food.
Another benefit: vegetables help control obesity in pets. They are also great to use as treats! Try any of our Grain Free Jerky Treats - they contain both fruits and vegetables, and are less than 6 calories per treat. Your pet can enjoy a choice from pheasant, chicken, buffalo and venison.
If your on the fence about omitting meat from your pet's diet, even if for select meals, try mixing in our All Fresh Vegetarian Dinner with some of his/her dry food. Or, better yet, combine our All Fresh Vegetarian Dinner with ANY of of our Grain Free Game Meats for a completely balanced, overall nutritious meal for your pet! BONUS: Feed this to your cat, your dog, or BOTH! Feed the whole four-legged family, without needing multiples foods!
Have any questions or comments about your pet's diet & how you can improve your pet's overall health? Feel free to reach out to us! We'd love to answer your questions & hear from you!