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Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton has praised a vegan diet for improving his dog’s health.
The racer first announced his British Bulldog Roscoe was following a ‘fully vegan’ diet back in July – where he described him as ‘super happy’.
Now, Hamilton has told his 20.2 million Instagram followers that Roscoe’s plethora of health issues have been alleviated.
‘He’s like a puppy again’
He said: “This is Roscoe, I’ve had him for eight years now… He ate normal dog food all of his life, as well as food with meat in it.
“His breathing has always been bad, which meant he was never able to walk very far and his joints would hurt. He also had skin allergies.
“Three months ago, I decided to transition him to a vegan diet. It has changed his life. He now doesn’t have any breathing issues, his throat is no longer restricted, and he doesn’t overheat like he did before and he loves to run. He also has no allergy issues.
“He’s like a puppy again! It’s been amazing to see these changes in Roscoe and I’m so grateful to be able to share this.”
Hamilton added that he recommends consulting with a vet before changing your pet’s diet to ‘ensure their nutritional needs are being met’.
According to animal rights charity PETA, with ‘the right planning and care’, dogs can be plant-based, adding that ‘it’s important to ensure that their nutritional requirements are met’.
“Dogs require two amino acids, L-carnitine and taurine, which are usually added to vegan dog foods or can be added as supplements,” the charity said.
“Many vegan…dogs enjoy excellent health. One remarkable example is that of Bramble, a 27-year-old border collie whose vegan diet of rice, lentils, and organic vegetables earned her consideration by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living dog in 2002.”