Dog with carrot in mouth.

While vegans do not consume (or often use) animal products, many vegans have the desire to provide love and care to animals. Some pets are not able to be like their owner and live the vegan lifestyle. There are many fluffy and not-so-fluffy friends that don’t need meat and can be fantastic pet companions. If you are a vegan and find yourself asking what kind of pets can fit in with your lifestyle, Androscoggin Animal Hospital has you covered.

  1. Dogs

Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not require meat to thrive. Dogs by nature are omnivorous and can obtain many important nutrients from plant nutrition, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains. They do have high protein requirements, so it is essential to provide plenty of plant protein. Dogs make wonderful pet companions as they can keep you active, provide unconditional love, and give you a purpose. It is important to speak with your veterinarian about dietary requirements at your new pet’s wellness visit to ensure they receive the best nutrition to support growth and development. 

  1. Rabbits

Rabbits are adorable, fluffy little creatures that have always been herbivores. Rabbits consume mostly hay, but still need a balanced diet that includes a small amount of hay pellets, some fruit, and vegetables. With a balanced diet, they can live up to 10 years.

  1. Guinea Pigs

If you are looking for a small herbivorous pet, a guinea pig may be the best option. They are quite social, enjoy daily interaction, live to be 4-8 years old, and consume mostly grass hay. They do need to be provided with supplemental vitamin C, which you can do with fruits and vegetables. 

  1. Tortoises 

If you would like a vegan pet that may live much longer than others and are relatively easy to care for, a tortoise can be a great option. Tortoises can live between 10-80 years, are very gentle, and live the vegan lifestyle as fresh vegetables and fruits make up most of their diet. 

Be sure to bring up any nutrition concerns or questions at the beginning of your next wellness visit, and discuss any findings, follow-up, or changes recommended to keep your cuddly (or not-so-cuddly) critters healthy all year long. The team at Androscoggin Animal Hospital is excited to work with you and your pets!