My mother’s dog Mia (a shih tzu-maltese cross) died yesterday morning in her sleep at the age of 2 and a half. I think the vegan diet she and my sisters dog (Jack, same breed) are being kept on is at least partially to blame; they’ve both had a few minor health issues that I think could be traced back to malnutrition- Mia especially had a problem with nervously chewing on herself (she had to wear a cone at all times). Back when I moved in, my sister and mother both assured me that they had done their research and knew what they were doing, so I didn’t press the issue, despite being against the idea of keeping meat away from dogs. But Mia’s death has brought that into question. She didn’t show any signs she was in distress before she passed, other than lethargy, and she had started to refuse to eat about a day before. I don’t know what it was that ‘dealt the final blow’ so to speak. I guess I kinda want some advice on how to broach the issue to a grieving family so that at least Jack won’t suffer the same fate. And if you know anything notable about the vegan pets debate, I guess that’d help too.
While I don’t think anyone should feed their dog vegan unless there is no other option, I’ll reserve judgement on whether or not diet is related to the dog’s death.
Things to consider in this situation:
Dog Food Advisor is a good place to start if looking for a commercially prepared food.
raw-fed-pets has answers and resources for anyone curious about switching to a raw meat diet.
If anyone wants to weigh in on the human side of the matter - and on where to find correctly balanced dog food recipes…