Many people nowadays eat a vegas diet. I’ll be honest, it’s not my thing, but whatever floats your boat. You’re a free person in a free country who can make your own decisions. However, a dog cannot make their own decisions. They are limited to food and exercise choices that you present to them.
Perhaps that is why the internet was so unkind to a vegan girl who posted a photo of her dog’s vegan diet on Tumblr. The comments weren’t too pretty.
The above photo was posted along with the caption:
On the menu for Maggie tonight is puréed sweet potato, puréed brown rice, sprouted organic tofu, chia seeds, and digestive enzymes. Does she look excited? She is!
Well. As you might expect, the comments that came after that post were not especially kind. Here is the first one:
THIS DOG DOES NOT LOOK EXCITED, THIS DOG LOOKS MALNOURISHED.
The diet you are feeding your dog places a huge burden entirely on the pancreas, forcing it to produce large amounts of amylase to deal with the starch, cellulose, and carbohydrates in plant matter. (yes, even with your supplements) The carnivore’s pancreas does not secrete cellulase to split the cellulose into glucose molecules, nor have dogs become efficient at digesting and assimilating and utilizing plant material as a source of high quality protein.
When this stuff sits in the pet’s intestine (YES EVEN WITH YOUR SUPPLEMENTED ENZYMES) it not only irritates the lining of the bowels but also provides the perfect warm, wet environment with plenty of undigested sugars and starches as food for bacteria.
I respect your choice in leading a vegan lifestyle, but please do not force this on your pet who does not recognize the difference, your dog absolutely needs a healthier diet or it is going to develop health issues and I guarantee you, will not live as long as it could otherwise.
That was actually the calmest and least belligerent response to the post. Here are a couple more (slightly edited for profanity):
f**kin animal abuse
your dog cannot be vegan you sick f**k
how can you even tag this as “vegan dog”, youre screaming to the world that you are knowingly depriving this dog of what it needs.
And another one:
Another yet another one (required GIF when you say “another one” more than once in an article):
DOGS AND CATS ARE NOT VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN! STOP IT, YOU’RE EMBARRASSING AND SADDENING THE REST OF US
And finally, this little gem:
Welcome to another exciting round of “My Animal Isn’t Dead So I Must Be A Good Owner!”
In case you aren’t aware, dogs are descended from wolves and share about as close to 100% DNA with them as they can without actually being wolves. Wolves are carnivores. They very clearly eat meat and they’ve been succeeding living that way for a few millennia now. Plenty of animals are herbivores, canines are not one of them.
This clip from the popular series Futurama comes to mind: