If you follow me on Instagram then you are familiar with my son, my beautiful dog Chuck.
He is the most important being in my life besides my niece and taking care of him is my priority. Being his mother is my priority. He may be of different species and he may have different needs than a human child does, but I adopted him and that makes him my family.
So when I learned that dogs can thrive on a plant-based diet I knew I had to try it.
Chuck has had problems with his eyes for many years now and they cannot be healed again, but he is healthy and does not show any signs of pain whatsoever – we did consult with the vet when the changes occurred in his eyes, don’t worry – so I am not worried about his sight.
But still I wanted to do something for him; to improve his health overall because if I cared enough to start eating healthier foods for my own body, then the least I can do is to feed my son – I will call him my son I don’t care what anyone thinks – a healthy diet as well.
Years ago we stopped giving him canned food because it was high in salt and his eyes were even redder than they usually were. When his diet only consisted of dry food and plant-based food, he felt better and the redness in his eyes became less visible. But still, on days when he would only eat dry food for many days in a row, I could feel that his eyes weren’t reacting well. He was also more prone to getting his urinary tract irritated and inflamated and would sometimes have traces of blood in his urine.
All of that disappeared once he started to eat more plant-based foods.
But it wasn’t until two months ago that I decided to put him on a fully plant-based diet with tons of pasta, vegetables and fruits. He eats what we eat; he gets all the best sauces and all the best ingredients that are fresh and full of nutrients.
The thing with Chuck is that he eats everything. There are a few foods that dogs are not supposed to eat – like grapes, raisins and onions among others – but he is healthy as a fish, even after 8 years of eating a fist of raisins a month or eating grapes straight from the source every late summer and sometimes he eats onions with rice too.
The only thing that we are avoiding is chocolate and other candy because I am not risking his health with those things.
His diet is mostly cooked food with occasional fruit for dessert. He loves to eat nuts, grass, apples, oranges and carrots. He doesn’t shy away from green salad or broccoli either. Chuck truly listens to his body and knows what is good for him. After 8 years of living in nature and adapting to different seasons, he is not spoiled like most dogs are and he doesn’t live on food that is filled with animal fats and salt.
Chuck eats real food.
Unlike cats, dogs can thrive on a plant-based diet and they can heal minor health problems too. If you eat plant-based and you have a dog, why not try feeding him with the food that you eat?
I truly recommend you incorporate more plants into your dogs’ diet and if your dog is not a fan of plants, then give them a tiny amount of meat with lots of veggies, or use a little bit of sauce that is made with meat but only put it on top of a full plant-based meal. Trick your dog, he won’t even know.
Let me know in the comment if you are a parent of a vegan dog and what has your experience been like.
And if you want to keep updated with Chuck and his healthy lifestyle, make sure to follow me on Instagram. I am always posting new photos of him.
p.s. – If you are thinking of adopting a dog, please read this post that I wrote for all future dog parents. It’s a must read, trust me!
p.p.s. – Since this post was published, Chuck has not been fully plant-based due to living close to my uncle who gives him meat at times. He is still 98% plant-based though, but I wanted to be honest.