Is it safe to give cats and dogs a vegetarian diet?

After stopping meat for ethical, health or environmental reasons, some pet owners want their pets to join them on a plant-only diet. But is it safe to get our carnivorous felines and omnivorous puppies to completely forgo meat or animal protein?

The short answer is that this is a gray area: it is a possibility for some pets, but not all. And switching your pet to a plant-based diet on your own is never recommended. Plant-based diets are newer to the market, and the science is still developing. To make sure your pet is getting enough of all the essential nutrients, you’ll probably need a little help.

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