In this episode of the Vedge Your Best podcast, I’m pleased to welcome vegan canine nutritionist Diana Laverdure-Dunetz, author of The Plant-Powered Dog. Diana holds a master’s degree in animal science and is an advocate for feeding dogs a plant-based diet. During our talk, we discuss the health benefits and feasibility of transitioning dogs to a plant-based diet.
Diana discusses her journey from formulating meat-based dog diets to advocating for plant-based diets for dogs. She initially believed that dogs, being descendants of wolves, required meat in their diet. However, after extensive research and interviews with veterinarians and scientists, she realized that dogs can thrive on a nutritionally sound plant-based diet. This revelation led her to change her practice and write her book to spread awareness about the benefits of plant-based diets for dogs.
The episode covers the common health issues in dogs, such as chronic kidney disease, gastrointestinal issues, cancer, and diabetes, and how a plant-based diet can help address these. Diana emphasizes the importance of a nutritionally balanced diet, whether it’s plant-based or meat-based. She also discusses the evolution of dogs alongside humans and how their dietary needs have changed over time.
Diana shares how her personal experiences with her rescue dogs, Chase and Moo, influenced her journey toward advocating for plant-based diets for dogs. She also provides practical advice for dog owners interested in transitioning their pets to a plant-based diet, stressing the importance of doing it gradually to allow the dog’s gut microbiome to adjust.
To learn more about Diana and plant-based diets for dogs, visit Listeners are encouraged to visit the Plant-Powered Dog website.