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Can Dogs and Cats Be Vegan?

Can a dog or a cat be vegan? That’s what we explore on this episode of The Exam Room™ podcast!

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Veterinarian Dr. Armaiti May has been studying plant-based diets and animals for years and joins “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll to discuss her findings.

According to Dr. May, it may be possible for both dogs and cats to live healthfully on a plant-based diet because they don’t appear to have “ingredient requirements,” but they do have nutrient requirements that, in theory, could be satisfied through nonanimal sources. But more evidence and data would be helpful.

Dr. May and Chuck will also explore how a plant-based diet can impact animals who are prone to certain conditions such as heart disease. Research has shown that a vegan diet can improve cardiovascular health in humans, but does the same hold true for animals?

And what fruits and vegetables are toxic to dogs and cats? You’ll learn that as Dr. Mark Liberto joins the show. Then Chuck puts his colleagues and his wife, Julie, in the hot seat to quiz them on which foods are safe to feed their furry friends! Careful, there are some tricky ones on the list!

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