So, I turned to the internet and looked for information about alternative meals and found my way to reading about vegan food for dogs.
I am keenly aware that not all vegetables are good for them and meat is best since they're supposedly carnivores. But having read information from this BARF site, it turns out, dogs can eat just about any greens and other vegetables, save for a few types.
"Dogs need vegetables because they contain many important health promoting nutrients. The fiber your dog obtains from raw vegetables includes both soluble and insoluble fiber. Vegetables supply many other nutrients. Many of those nutrients are the ones that have been found to be in short supply in the modern dog's "civilized" diet. This includes difficult to obtain omega 3 essential fatty acids, most of a dog's vitamin needs, masses of enzymes and various anti-aging factors, including antioxidants and phytochemicals"Convinced my dogs needed this, I searched online for vegan recipes meant for dogs and have found a few that I thought were good enough to be eaten by people! But while vegetable is their main staple for now, I still include a few meat in their diet because they still need that protein source.
They're so far loving their zucchinis, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash,eggplants and leafy greens which I sometimes mix with Pedigree or Alpo. They're also enjoying their fruits. But I have to say their tummies are still adjusting to the changes since I found one of the dogs' poop was a bit runny (ate too much mashed squash!).
But so far, it's good and I hope to stick to this. Vegetables are a lot cheaper too, considering we're feeding 7.
I also found this story of a dog who lived to be 27 years old in human years (roughly about 200something years old in dog years!!!). It's all because she loved eating veggies most! Amazing, huh?