VEGETARIAN DOG REFUSES TO EAT MEAT - “…Theodor’s adorable 10-pound pup has been turning his nose up to filet mignon, fresh roasted turkey and chicken breasts — even the highest-grade dog chow and fancy kibble.”
A Maltese named Wall-e has unusual tastes for a canine. Wall-e refuses to eat all forms of meat and his owner feeds him vegetables supplemented with vitamins. His favorite meal is a mixture of carrots, broccoli and lettuce. Read more from nydailynews.com:
But Wall-e goes wild for his daily medley of carrots, broccoli and lettuce, with a side of potato slices or brown rice and the occasional skim mozzarella cheese added into the plant-based mix.
The Romanian-born stylist always tries to balance his meals with nutritional supplements that provide his essential proteins and vitamins…Despite the widespread belief that dogs are strict carnivores, canines are omnivores and do not “need” meat to survive.
“Dogs can do just fine on a carefully balanced vegetarian or vegan diet,” said Ernie Ward, a West Coast veterinarian who specializes in canine nutrition. He notes that there is little scientific data to determine whether a meat or vegetarian-based diet is healthier than the other.
Most scientists do agree that, anatomically, the dog is still a carnivore and requires a high protein diet.
But unlike cats — who cannot survive without ingesting nutrients derived from other animals — dogs are not “obligate” carnivores that must consume essential nutrients found only in meat.
I know that each dog has their own preferences, but this is the first I have heard of a dog refusing to eat meat. Wall-e seems to truly be a vegetarian dog by his own choice. Click here for the full story.