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Petplan debate: can a vegetarian or vegan diet be good for cats and dogs?

Ginger cat cuddling up to a white dog

Dog and cat owners are often on the lookout for new and innovative ways to keep our pets fit and healthy – and our pets’ diet is one area that often receives plenty of attention.

Pet food is no longer unappetising-looking meat served from tins with little thought of the nutritional benefit. There are hundreds of products and supplements available and the choice can sometimes appear overwhelming.

However, there are an increasing amount of pet owners who are going back to basics by feeding their pets simple, natural food.

We spoke about the pros and cons of a raw food diet previously, but some pet owners are going even further and are advocating the benefits of veggie or vegan food, with many sighting ethical and environmental concerns about how pet food is produced.

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Debate: should dogs only eat raw meat? Part 2


Last week, Dr Ian Billinghurst told us about his view that dogs should only eat a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) diet. Now here’s the other side of the argument, from vet Brian Faulkner

“The BARF diet is based on the assumption that dogs are the same as their ancestors: wolves. But they are a domesticated species with different DNA to wolves; a distinction going back many thousands of years.

Furthermore, all dogs are not the same. A Great Dane or a St Bernard may grow more in one week than a Yorkshire Terrier will grow in its whole life. The nutritional requirement of these dogs is significantly different.

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Debate: should dogs only eat raw meat? Part 1


The use of Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) – a simple diet of raw meat and bones – is dividing vets worldwide: some swear by it, while others advocate caution. In this first of two posts, BARF-devotee Dr Ian Billinghurst tells us why it works for him.

“I believe that the healthiest diet for dogs and cats is a natural one. Raw meat, bones, vegetables and organ meats – anything that mimics the diet of a wild or feral animal is ideal. I call this the Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) diet and it’s what our cats and dogs have evolved to eat.

My views come from almost 35 years as a practice vet, witnessing the harm that commercially produced food can do to pets. It also comes from seeing at first han

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