I no longer eat meat; what can I feed my dog?

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The demand for vegetarian products for dogs is growing.

Vegan cookies, vegetarian kibbles, cell-based feed... Vegetarian food for our pets is a booming industry, offering something to fill Fido's bowl and hopefully satisfy him.

How do you convince your faithful four-legged friend to switch to a non-meat diet? More and more dog owners who have adopted a vegetarian or vegan diet are asking themselves this question. .

"Supermarket pet foods are often composed of ground-up parts of animals that US Department of Agriculture inspectors have deemed unfit for human consumption....The flesh of animals who fall into one of the categories of the four D's -- dead, dying, diseased, or disabled -- is what often goes into pet food," outlines the website of animal rights association PETA .

But health and respect for animal welfare are not the only elements that are taken into account by people who are concerned about making their pet's diet more "green." As a recent survey conducted by the American platform First Insight shows, the desire to give one's pet a more sustainable diet is gaining momentum, especially among Generation Z (73%) and millennials (68%).

And it's a trend that has not escaped the attention of the pet food market. Indeed, the number of vegetarian and plant-based initiatives especially designed for our furry friends have been increasing exponentially in recent years.

Plant-based kibbles

Rice, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, broccoli and quinoa... A growing number of vegetarian kibbles are available for our dogs' meals. Some of the brands offering such options are V-dog, Ami, Benevo, PetGuard, Wysong and Halo Garden. In the same spirit, there are 100% vegan, "organic" and mineral-rich canned food.

Chewy vegan cookies

Because your pet deserves a little treat from time to time, you should know that there are gluten-free and meat-free chewy cookies (an alternative to poultry-flavored treats). For example, Wet Noses apple and ginger treats, or Wholesome Pride banana bites.

Cultured protein

American company Bond Pet Foods has recently developed a cellular meat recipe especially for dogs. The principle? Restore the taste of chicken by isolating the DNA of the bird, thanks to a microbial fermentation process. The mash is then macerated in a vat with sugars, vitamins and minerals, dried and transformed into powder. It is then simply added to Fido' s meal, which will remind him of the taste of chicken. This product should be on the market by 2023.

Léa Drouelle