Lewis Hamilton revealed a few months ago that his pet pup Roscoe has gone ‘fully vegan’ and is ‘super happy’ with his new diet, but it’s now being criticised by animal experts.
The Formula One ace, 35 has been advised that feeding Roscoe a meat-free diet could prove ‘problematic’ for his dog.
Animal nutritionists have warned that as a result Lewis’ dog could end up with a vitamin deficiency.
Dr Scott Miller, a Crufts expert and This Morning’s resident vet, agreed, as he revealed vegan diets can be ‘dangerous’ for animals and aren’t always the best answer for pets, despite the owners preferences.
‘Dogs and cats have sharper teeth for catching meat, as much as it makes sense for you to be vegan, when it comes to our pets it’s going to prove problematic.’
Deputy chief executive of the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, Nicole Paley said: ‘We advise that vegan diets – with no animal products – are carefully checked by a vet or animal nutritionist.’
Hamilton, a vegan himself, has, however, said that giving Roscoe a plant-based diet seems to have been beneficial for his canine pal and has his dog ‘feeling like a puppy again’.
He shared an update on Roscoe to Instagram in July and revealed: ‘So Roscoe is now fully vegan. Since he has gone vegan, his coat is much softer, his swollen paws have healed up, he is no longer limping with pain of arthritis and his breathing has opened up.
He hasn’t revealed exactly what Roscoe’s diet consists of and it should be said that Lewis, who hasn’t responded to the criticism, may have gone to a vet or nutritionist for advice on making his pup’s food vegan friendly.
He had urged his followers to do exactly that if they were considering doing the same with their pet, as he explained his dog’s needs have always been his main priority.
‘Her little heart gave in, we think it was a heart attack. I tried to revive her but it was no use. She’d had the best day, happier than I’d seen her in a long time,’ he wrote.
‘She was such a special dog, born with so many problems and I feel so lucky to have adopted her,’ the sports star revealed on Instagram.
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