“Feed your dogs as wolves, or you’re an abuser!”

As vegans who also feed our dogs well-balanced vegan diets, we often are scathingly condemned for going against dogs’ wild nature and their desire to eat meat either cooked or raw. On the web I’ve been called an animal abuser for feeding vegan, with nasty blowhards saying my dogs should be taken away, etc. This implies that my claims of how healthy my dogs are are the lies of a delusional zealot.

Besides, no one else wanted my dogs when they were out running the streets, or when I tried to find homes for them, so taking them away from me after all these years (Mattie since 2005) would mean…what? Anyone who tried to take my beloved dogs away from me would have to be a complete fool (and may end up in the hospital). My dogs are very well cared for and happy.

I do have one dog who died last year at age 9 of lung cancer, but understand that has nothing to do with diet, but with genetics and exposure to toxins at some point in her life. My current two, Mattie and Tyler, are obviously doing very well on all vegan foods, both being full of energy, strong, playful, tireless actually, and Mattie is close to 17 years old now. She’s been vegan since 2011, and Tyler has been since I adopted him in May 2016.

“Dog Food”

Mattie does have lipomas which began growing in 2010 when I had her on meat kibble, the grain-free stuff that’s supposed to be the best. I’m not saying that caused her lipomas, but it certainly didn’t help. Since about 2012 after she’d been on vegan kibble for a couple of years, the lipomas stopped growing and have remained the same (albeit one is quite large) for going on 5 years now. Many vets do say that dietary toxins cause lipomas in dogs, so eliminating all the toxins in slaughterhouse products does seem to have helped.

The reason I don’t have Mattie’s lipomas removed is because I went through that three times with my dog Heidi back in 2004–2006, spent $1800, and each time after her traumatic experience and painful recovery, the tumor began growing back promptly and each time it got worse. The last time it recurred it got huge quickly and actually turned cancerous. I had to have her euthanized at age 14 when it was causing her discomfort in breathing, keeping her awake at night (it was behind her ribcage on her back, left side). So, cutting out lipomas is often not the answer. The answer is to get the weird toxins out of their diets. Heidi was on the grain-free premium meat foods, was rarely if ever fed vegan.

As for these very selective nature worshippers…

People cry out about the cruelty of feeding dogs vegan and how unnatural that is, while ignoring the huge pink elephant in the room: the glaring unnaturalness of dogs’ whole existence with us in human civilization. This little guy should still be with his dog family…

We are to feed them like wolves when they live nothing at all like wolves. Yet, even wolves eat plant foods and berries to satisfy certain nutritional needs. But one thing wolves do not do is split up their families when their puppies are a couple of months old, and send them off to live among strangers in some human abode, too often kept in sad and deplorable conditions, treated like trash.

Wolf families often remain together for years before some will go off to start other packs as adults, to avoid genetic problems caused by incest. Wolves plan cleverly and hunt together and travel great distances, and so forth. They don’t wear clothes or have vaccines shot into them. They don’t have bizarrely long matting coats or any of the other hindrances people have bred into them for fun and profits. What people do to dogs and their families is truly deplorable. Wholly unnatural!

If one is going to bring a litter of puppies into this world, one needs to be fully willing and capable of keeping all of the puppies for life (15-20 years) and caring for them properly. Actually, no one should be bringing puppies into this world, not deliberately and certainly not for sale. The way things are, we will always have dogs throughout the world needing homes, with not one dog breeder in existence. Dog breeders are a tremendous burden.

It would be a great thing if dogs were extremely hard to come by and truly valued and respected as individuals, not thought of as mere things you can buy and sell. That cruel mistake has led to our nightmarish puppy mills of today and our shelters being nothing more than death row prisons full of frightened dogs desperate to get out.

Anyone want to call that “natural”?

People breed dogs as commodities in cages and put them through all sorts of terrifying and grotesquely unnatural treatments to feed the continual greed of the “pet” industry. And people call that, and feeding them slaughterhouse byproducts “natural.” People become enraged that anyone would feed them all plant foods while caring carefully for them and keeping them from reproducing. Just WTF is wrong with people?

People seem to have no problem with dog breeders and the awful abuses they subject those canine families to, not to mention their adding continually to the overpopulation of dogs and their being killed by the millions yearly, everything from “shelter” executions to street injuries, to outright abuse and torture done to them by poor crazy fools due to dogs (and cats and others too) having no one to watch out for them.

Yet if you really want to see people get loudly and self-righteously outraged, just tell them your dog is vegan. While those same people’s eyes will glaze over at the actual unspeakable abuses going on out their due to the whole “pet” industry. They’ll accuse you of being “negative” and even causing people to abuse animals by speaking about it. I have seen this firsthand. Something is truly rotten, not only in Denmark (of animal “brothel” fame), but in all nations where dogs and animals are allowed to be treated as products for sale.

Treating animals as commodities or things has got to end before people will ever be justified in claiming any sort of moral “superiority.” As it all stands now, we’re nothing but monsters, despite the good among us which cannot ever compensate for the horrors incalculable numbers of animals live and die through under our “care” every minute of every day.

So no, I will not support the slaughter industry by buying meat or animal products for my animals. Now, put a sock in it, those of you who rail against feeding dogs vegan. You seriously need to direct your outrage elsewhere.

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13 thoughts on ““Feed your dogs as wolves, or you’re an abuser!”

  1. Very well stated! I’d like to have seen just a little more about the injecting of poison vaccines and implanting foreign objects (RFID chips) into them, which many “natural” diet enthusiasts think is just FINE, and consider you an ‘animal abuser’ if you don’t do those things, either.

    A vegan dog named Bramble lived to 27 years old in excellent health. I don’t know of any meat fed dogs who lived so long.

  2. Why am I even on this newsletter? I don’t feed my dog a vegan diet and have been on the receiving end of vegan hatred…. enough with the victim complexes. Veganism isn’t about perfection. Do the best you can.

    • Lynette: What? Why indeed are you here? I certainly didn’t send anything to you, I’ve no idea why you’re here being rude. Apparently you missed the point of the article or didn’t read it. It’s not showing a “victim complex” to address nasty attacks and explain issues. Nice gaslighting you did there though. If you’re one of those nasty attackers of vegans for their feeding dogs vegan, then no wonder you reacted the way you did and consider it “vegan hatred” when people confront you in return.

  3. Another fantastic piece. I agree with everything you say. I also would not willingly allow my dogs to be microchipped (and that was before I read your excellent link) but alas that is shelter policy. You are spot on with everything else. Not a fan of vaccines either . Not sure about Rabies vaccines because we don’t have that in australia
    Both my dogs are thriving on a vegan diet.

  4. Thanks for your post Laura. I’m glad to see a reasoned discussion of this subject. I have been feeding my 15 year-old 70 lb Pit Bull a locally-sourced fresh meat and vegetable diet for nearly 10 years. I actually buy the product frozen raw and cook it before feeding to him since he won’t eat it raw. Previous to that he had been on premium grain-free (meat, poultry, fish) kibble and did not do very well. I went Vegan in my own diet 6 years ago but have not switched Molson to vegan kibble because I’m afraid to risk relapse of his arthritis or allergies which are under control with very little veterinary intervention on fresh cooked food. After he passes I may not adopt another dog, but if I do I will explore vegan diets and very carefully transition any dog that comes into my care. I am more likely to experiment with fresh-cooked recipes than to buy commercial vegan kibble. Fact is you will draw haters whatever you decide to feed your animals; I’m glad there are people sincerely trying to give their critters the best life possible.

    • I hope that you are not vaccinating the dog, or use pesticides or herbicides around him. The commercial foods are poison, but the vaccines (and other toxins put on dogs and in their environment) are very bad, too. My dogs have done well on vegetables and legumes, rice, etc., but I did fight some serious vaccine damage in the beginning, having rescued the dogs from other people or agencies.

    • Thank you Vicki; as always I hope people will transition away from animal foods as much as possible. But stopping dog/cat breeders would also be quite effective in reducing a huge amount of cruelty as well, for dog/cats and “food animals.”

      It’s always good to adopt a dog when you have a space opened up in your home, so don’t be discouraged, as long as you’re young/healthy enough to be with them their entire lives or have someone very trustworthy ready to take them in if needed.

      I know one thing for sure: My 2 dogs do really well on V-Dog and my mostly raw vegetable and fruit bits shared with them. They really love raw broccoli stems, kale stems and raw asparagus, but also peas, carrots, bananas, blueberries, etc., etc. Chow hounds! 🙂

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