3 Virchew-ous Statements
Updated: Oct 18, 2021
Good for Our Dogs. Good for Our Earth. Good for Our Hearts.
For all of us here at Virchew, these three statements are not just nice, virtuous thoughts. They are life!
Over the next few posts and blogs, we will explore these three areas in more detail and do our best to share fresh, new perspectives.
3 Virchew-ous Statements that Guide Us!
Good for Our Dogs: When we choose plant-based, vegan foods for ourselves, the health and longevity benefits are enormous. The research is indisputable. We know, without a doubt, not only based on recent studies and anecdotal vegan dog stories worldwide, the same could be the case for our dogs.
“A significant and growing body of population studies and cases suggest that dogs may be successfully maintained on nutritionally sound vegetarian diets long-term, and indeed, may thrive. ...with benefits such as improved coat condition, allergy control, weight control, increased overall health and vitality, arthritis regression, diabetes regression, cataract resolution, and decreased incidences of cancer, infections, hypothyroidism and more.”
- Dr. Andrew Knight, Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, and Founding Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare, at the University of Winchester (among many other credentials)
Just like we hoomans are recognizing that nutrition, and more importantly plant-based nutrition, plays a crucial role in attaining and maintaining health, for the love of dog, why would we ever want to deny our pooch pals that same benefit?
Good for Our Earth: When we grow more plant-based foods that are undeniably sustainable at every level - rather than burn rain forests or use valuable land for feed to support more animal agriculture - we are doing the right thing for our shared home, our Mother Earth.
The carbon pawprint from pet food alone is considerable. In 2017, it was estimated the carbon emitted from meat consumed by animals was responsible for dumping the equivalent of around 64 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air every year – the equivalent of driving 13 million cars for a year. We can breathe a sigh of relief knowing we are taking big steps not to be a part of that heavy footprint. Wouldn’t that feel good to walk alongside us every day?
Good for our Hearts: In our modern world, we no longer need to harm other animals for food or our dog’s food. When we treat all animals, domestic or wild, as equal to humans, its positive impact on hearts is not only emotional but also physical. A growing body of evidence suggests that loving and caring for animals (dogs especially) can lower the risk of heart disease.
Did you also know that research shows that simply gazing into your canine companion’s eyes increases the level of oxytocin (the aptly named 'love' hormone) in both of you? And studies show that oxytocin positively impacts social behaviours, which in turn improves mental and physical health. Take a minute now to gaze into your fur baby’s eyes. Can you feel the love they have for you, and more importantly, can they feel the love you have for them?
This post was contributed by Virchew crew member, Shannon Rose, Lead - Customer Care and Happy Wags. Shannon is also a Certified Holistic Nutritionist.