Are Dogs Healthier Vegan?

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Plant-based pups… Say whaaat?!! Trust me, no one was more alarmed than I was when I first heard about dogs on vegan diets. I mean, they do have actual canines after all, right? With their glossy, soft and shiny fur, all the plant-based doggies I have encountered looked as healthy as could be, but I still needed far more convincing. It wasn’t until I came across the story of a little four legged doggie named Bramble when I started to reconsider that veganism could really in fact be better for dogs. Bramble’s diet regimen of lentils, rice, and organic vegetables landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records as the 27 year old longest living dog! But Bramble was not the only doggo to thrive from veganism; other vegan dogs have gotten rid of ear infections and improved allergies, excessive shedding, kidney and bone problems. Some modern veterinarians are even starting to recommend plant-based diets to combat some of these issues. Part of the reason dogs might benefit from going plant-based is that a majority or dog food is made up meat from animals who were dying, diseased or disabled. By USDA standards, the meat in mainstream dog food is not even fit for human consumption! If humans could potentially get extremely (or even lethally) sick from certain meats, there is a good chance dogs bodies will react the same way. There are several vegan options when it comes to brand dog food, including V-Dog, Halo, Natural Balance, Ami Pet Food, and Nature’s Recipe. Dog food is always optional, though! The veggie-loving pups I’ve met go bananas for sweet potatoes, peanut butter, mangos and watermelon! With all the health benefits and knowing feeding our puppy loves will not harm any other animals, there’s pretty much no reason to keep dogs from going plant-based, right?

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Sammi

Saving Sunny

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It’s no secret that Saving Sunny is one of our favorite local organizations! Saving Sunny works for equal treatment of Pit Bull Terriers by reducing the number of Pit Bulls that go into shelters, rescuing them and giving them a safe home. Two years ago, the Saving Sunny team noticed that a lack of resources seemed to be a common theme among families who were considering giving up their dog pals, so their Community Dog Resource Center was created to make assistance and vital dog necessities more accessible. Even the dogs in shelters have largely benefitted from Saving Sunny’s work. Their dedicated circle of Foster Families teach the dogs manners and integrate them into their homes. On top of all of Saving Sunny’s amazing efforts for our pupper community, no contributor in the organization gets a paycheck, so you know every cent of donations are being put to the best use possible by the most passionate dog lovers. We love the work Saving Sunny Inc. puts in for our four-legged pals, and are so grateful for the positive changes they have made in our Louisville community of animal lovers! Sydni McClain LaFollette, a senior at Western Kentucky University, also admired and appreciated all Saving Sunny does and made a documentary about their work for her capstone. The viewing is at Louis the Ton at 6pm next Tuesday, January 10th (all ages until 8pm). Come out to show Saving Sunny Inc. your support, learn more about everything they do and watch Sydni’s lovely documentary! See you there!

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Sammi

Health Benefits of Cashews

At V-Grits, we got a love for cashews that can’t be contained! We’re also pretty passionate about health, so thank goodness cashews exist to make creamy, cheesy, delicious and healthy dairy replacements! Cashews start as seeds that form at the bottom of cashew apples. Crazy, right?

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The US doesn’t seem to love cashew apples as much as they’re adored in Brazil and the Caribbean, but we’re nuts for the seeds! The health benefits of cashews are infinite! They have over eighty different nutrients. They may be known for their still relatively low fat content, but there’s nothing to fear! 82% of their fat is made up of unsaturated fatty acids. Cashews are additionally filled with magnesium and phosphorous which can lessen migraines and lower blood pressure; and copper which is high in antioxidants, works against heart disease and cancer, and protects our skin from sun damage. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, these gnarly nuts even contain zero cholesterol! So grab a bag of cashews as a snack, or get that cashew-based cheese (wink wink 😉 )! It’s only good for you, after all!

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Sammi