Lewis Hamilton's "dangerous" vegan pet diet has been criticized by pundits after claiming it helped cure his dog's skin allergies and breathing problems
Lewis Hamilton has been criticized for promoting potentially “dangerous” pet diets after alleging a vegan diet cured his British bulldog's ailments.
The Formula 1 world champion said his pet – Roscoe – has been "completely vegan" since July.
He wrote online that the eight-year-old suffered from skin allergies and breathing problems – but that he was "like a puppy again" after a diet change by Roscoe.
The Formula 1 world champion said his pet – Roscoe – has been "completely vegan" since July (pictured together).
However, animal nutritionists have warned that meat-free food for dogs can be deficient in essential vitamins.
Nicole Paley of the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association said, "We recommend that vegan diets – without any animal products – be carefully reviewed by a veterinarian or animal nutritionist."
And the television veterinarian Dr. Scott Miller, who has acted as an expert on BBC's Crufts, said a vegan diet can be "extremely dangerous" for dogs, and meat removal is often only down to the owner's preference.
He said, “Dogs and cats have sharper teeth for catching meat. As good as it makes sense for you to be vegan when it comes to our pets, it will prove problematic. & # 39;
Hamilton has been vegan for several years and advocates such a lifestyle.
Commenting on Roscoe on Instagram, he wrote, “His breathing was always bad, which meant he could never run far and his joints were sore. He also had skin allergies.
He wrote online that the eight-year-old suffered from skin allergies and breathing problems – but that he was "like a puppy again" after Roscoe's diet changed.
“I decided three months ago to switch him to a vegan diet. It changed his life.
"He no longer has breathing problems, his throat is no longer restricted and he no longer overheats as before and he loves to run."
The 35-year-old driver, who said his dog's nutritional needs have always been his priority, added that others should consult their veterinarian if they are considering doing the same with their pet.
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