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Vegetarian Dog Lives to 189 Years

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:31+00:00 March 31st, 2009|Health Tips|

dogHave you heard about the vegetable-eating dog who lived to the ripe age of 27? That’s 189 in dog years!

“Bramble”, a blue merle collie, lived in the UK and held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest living dog at the time.

What’s most amazing about this story is that Bramble lived on an exclusively vegetarian diet of rice, lentils and organic vegetables.

She ate once a day  and exercised a lot.

The owner of the dog, Anne Heritage, was a vegan herself, and she simply fed Bramble a big bowl of vegan fare every evening.  She explains that Bramble “is an inspiration and just goes to show  that if you eat the right things and keep on exercising you can extend your life”.

Converting Human Years To Dog Years

Bramble is considered to be 189 years  old because of the common usage of counting 7 dog years for every human.  This number is controversial because it is inaccurate.  Different dog breeds have different lifespans, and dogs, like humans,  age more rapidly at different stages of their lives. Any way you count it though, Bramble lived a long life.

There have been long living non-vegetarian dogs also.  Dogs like Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog who lived to be 29 years and 5 months. We also don’t know what Bramble ate at the beginning of its life since she was a rescue dog.

You might be wondering… aren’t dogs carnivores?

Some experts say that dogs are scavenging carnivores which means that they are naturally meat eaters but can sustain themselves on other protein sources.

Other experts say that dogs are omnivores, which means that they can live on a diet composed of meat, fruits and vegetables. They are capable of digesting and combining various forms of proteins in just the same way a human’s system can.  Everyone agrees that cats are different. Cats really are completely carnivorous.

Experts say if you are thinking of switching your dog’s diet  to be vegetarian, it is easier if you start young so they don’t have a difficult adjustment period.   They should also be in good health.  The people who do this are usually vegetarians or vegans themselves.  You might be a vegetarian for health reasons, for humane reasons, or for environmental reasons.  A medium sized meat eating dog for example, has more of an environmental impact than a gas guzzling SUV due to the amount of energy, land and water that meat production requires.

I’m not an expert on dogs but I do know we have tested a small sampling of them with our Vital Health Testing.  This testing,which normally tests humans, has been used by concerned pet owners as  well. The dogs that were vegetarian did NOT test as needing more protein any more than the meat eating dogs. Perhaps they were […]