Can your dog be a vegetarian?
The answer is yes!
Dogs can be healthy and in fact, thrive on a vegetarian or vegan diet, as long as all necessary nutrient requirements are met. Dogs are biologically omnivorous, but can adapt well to a plant-based diet which meets all their nutritional needs.
A vegetarian diet is especially helpful for dogs suffering from skin problems and food allergies.
At Animal Nepal we book good results with veggie dog food. For lunch and dinner we cook a veggie khichuri (see recipe below) using the pressure cooker. Note that vegetables retain most of their nutritients when pressure cooked. We supplement this with a breakfast consisting of milk and roti (or bread).
How to cook a delicious (almost) veggie hotpot for your pet? This recipe serves two dogs for 4/5 days. For a single pet you can half the ingredients.
What you need:
3 cups of rice, 1 cup of dahl or lentils, 1 pumpkin or squash, 2 carrots, turmeric powder, veg or chicken cube
Fill the pressure cooker half with water. Add a spoon of turmeric powder and 2 veg or chicken cubes. Now add rice, lentils and vegetables cut into small pieces
Close the lid. Let the pressure come up 3 or 4 times. Put aside to cool.
Open the cooker. Now your healthy, homemade pet food is ready! Keep cool in fridge during Summer.