New Research Increases Confidence in the Benefits of Vegan Diets for Dogs

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND / ACCESSWIRE / May 15, 2024 / A new study has increased confidence in the apparent benefits of vegan diets for dogs. The study reanalysed data within a key 2022 study of 2,536 dogs – the largest published study within this field. That study concluded that the healthiest and least hazardous dog foods were nutritionally-sound vegan diets. However, owner opinions of health were included, which may not always be reliable. For example, owners committed to feeding vegan or meat-based diets might sometimes fail to recognise or report subsequent health problems.

The new study used additional statistical methods, including machine learning, to analyse owner opinions of health. It found these were minimally affected when vegan diets were fed. Stated Prof. Andrew Knight – lead author of the original study, "I was relieved to see confirmation that feeding vegan diets had minimal impact on owner opinions about health. This increases my confidence in the reliability of the owner opinions we used."

The new study focused specifically on subjective owner opinions of health, in contrast to the original study which examined seven general indicators of illness, including more objective data such as the frequency of medication use, therapeutic diet use, and veterinary visits. The original study also analysed the reported assessments of veterinarians concerning dog health, as well the prevalence of 22 of the most common health disorders in dogs. Stated Knight, "The large number of health parameters we studied, and the very large number of dogs included, provide a high degree of confidence in the results."

By May 2024 there were 10 studies in dogs, and three in cats, demonstrating equivalent or superior health outcomes when vegan diets are fed, as well as one systematic review covering both species. In April 2024, the longest, most comprehensive peer-reviewed study demonstrated that dogs fed nutritionally-sound vegan diets maintained health outcomes as well as those fed meat. The study comprehensively analysed blood cells and biochemistry, blood nutrient levels, urine, veterinary clinical parameters, and monthly pet owner questionnaires. It studied 15 dogs fed solely vegan diets for an entire year – just under one tenth of an average dog lifespan, or around seven human years. Another 2022 study demonstrated that 1,052 dogs fed vegan diets lived 1.5 years longer, on average, than dogs fed meat. Stated Prof. Knight, "This equates to around an extra decade of life for a human. Additionally, dogs fed vegan diets appear less impacted by certain health problems that impair quality of life. However, it is essential that any diets fed be nutritionally-sound."

Prof. Knight also analysed the environmental benefits of vegan pet diets in a major recent study. This demonstrated that if all the world’s pet dogs went vegan, more greenhouse gases than those emitted by the UK would be saved. Knight stated that "Climate change is becoming a major threat to life on Earth. With the livestock sector a leading cause, substantial dietary change is now essential, and that includes pet diets."

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KUALA LUMPUR, While many athletes ramp up their training regimes ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, that may not be the case for national track cycling ace, Datuk Mohd Azizulhasni Awang.

National track cycling head coach John Beasley said he will try to avoid overloading the 36-year-old with excessive training loads, ensuring the latter remains fit and raring to blaze the track in the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome.

‘Honestly we are on track with regards to our preparations for Paris, the only area we need to pay very close attention to is his health.

‘Yes we still work really hard though we don’t do the volume that we used to do and that is the key because if I can keep him healthy, he will perform well in Paris,’ he told Bernama.

Recently, Azizulhasni, nicknamed ‘The Pocket Rocketman’, vowed to clinch Malaysia’s first gold medal at the Paris Olympics in his fifth and final appearance at the quadrennial Games.

Azizulhasni had previously won silver and bronze for the keirin event at the Toky
o edition in 2020 and Rio in 2016, respectively.

In 2022, the Dungun-born rider underwent open heart surgery due to a rare heart condition known as anomalous aortic origin of the right coronary artery (AAORCA) at the Epworth Richmond Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Meanwhile, Beasley was truly delighted at his charges’ performance in the Japan Track Cup series in Izu Velodrome, Shizuoka last week after taking home two bronze medals in the individual sprint discipline and keirin.

‘We got exactly what we were looking for, 10 races on day one, eight races on day two and three races on day three.

‘The races were extremely high standard, so I could not be more than happy with our preparation at this moment in time. I am never surprised when it comes to Azizulhasni as he still finds a way to get onto the podium,’ he added.

As such, the coach believed that the former men’s keirin world champion would be in his best shape and would leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of excellence at the upcoming Olympic Ga

In the meantime, Beasley also shared that Azizulhasni will take part in probably one last competition in Belgium at the end of June before heading to Paris.

He said he planned to put the 2010 Asian Games men’s keirin gold medallist in the sprint event only to avoid potential crashes before the Paris Olympics.

‘In sprint event, we only have one other opponent on the track so in lots of ways we can tune up our tactics without placing him in any sort of danger,’ he said.

Apart from Azizulhasni, two other national cyclists Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom and Nurul Izzah Izzati Mohd Asri have also secured their spots for the 2024 Olympic Games will be held from July 26 until Aug 11.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia’s interest in the 2023-2024 Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Championships came to an end when both S. Sivasangari and Ng Eain Yow failed to move to quarter-finals of the tournament held in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday.

In the third-round action at the Palm Hills Club, women’s world number 13, Sivasangari came up short against second seed and home player Hania El Hammamy, 13-15, 6-11, 5-11 in a 44-minutes duel.

Meanwhile, national men’s number one player Eain Yow fall in 39-minutes to second seed from New Zealand, Paul Coll, 9-11, 4-11, 6-11.

Yesterday’s result saw former women’s world number one, Datuk Nicol Ann David remained the last Malaysian to taste the glory in 2014 edition in Cairo when she defeated home player, Raneem El Weleily, 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 11-5.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


KUALA NERUS, Terengganu FC (TFC) team gets a morale booster during their training yesterday with the return of their agile winger, Akhyar Rashid.

After almost a fortnight of rest due to injuries sustained in a robbery earlier this month, Akhyar appeared fit enough to warm up and do light exercise with the team to regain confidence.

While admitting that he was still traumatised by the incident, the national player said he just could not wait to play in the Super League matches that kicked off on May 11, and is looking forward to being fielded to play in the match against Penang FC next Sunday.

‘The stitches in my leg might be removed tomorrow.

‘In two or three days, I’ll start full training to regain fitness,’ he said after the training session at the Gong Badak Sports Complex.

Akhyar, who is on a year-long loan from Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), also expressed his gratitude to local football fans for their continuous words of encouragement and prayers for his health.

He said the unwavering support from eve
ryone has been a source of strength for him to recover quickly and forget the unfortunate incident.

‘InsyaAllah, with the support from family and friends, as well as the fans, I’ll come back stronger.

‘I also pray that this incident will not recur or happen to anyone else. There have been no developments related to the case, so far. I leave it entirely to the police to take action,’ he added.

The assault and robbery at his residence at about 8.30 pm on May 2, left Akhyar with four stitches on his head and two on his leg, as well as a loss of nearly RM5,000.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


PUTRAJAYA, The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) urges all sports associations to ensure that all athletes under their purview are covered by the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO).

Deputy Minister Adam Adli Abdul Halim said that social protection, especially through SOCSO, is crucial to ensure athletes are covered and protected in all aspects.

He said that athletes under the National Sports Council (MSN) are currently covered by SOCSO, and this should serve as an encouragement for sports associations to follow suit.

‘We strongly encourage sports associations to contribute to SOCSO, and there have been meetings where SOCSO was asked to provide information about the schemes available for athletes.

‘Many athletes need to become SOCSO contributors immediately, and sports associations play a crucial role in encouraging contributions from the athletes under their purview,’ he said after flagging off Khairil Aslan Ab Rasid’s solo cycling expedition across Peninsular Malaysia here today.

A local news portal
previously reported that some football associations and clubs, as employers, have been negligent in contributing to SOCSO, and that their SOCSO registration and contribution records are usually disorganised.

Adam Adli said several incidents involving athletes, such as the acid attack on Harimau Malaya and Selangor FC’s winger Mohamad Faisal Abdul Halim, should serve as reminders for athletes to obtain social protection.

‘Athletes, regardless of their sport, need to prioritise social protection, whether they are in high-risk sports or not,’ he said.

On May 5, Faisal Halim sustained fourth-degree burns on several parts of his body after being splashed with acid by an unknown individual at a shopping centre in Petaling Jaya.

On the case involving kayak athlete Siti Nurul Masyitah Elias, who was reported to have been seriously injured after being hit by a car driven by a man believed to be drunk in Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) heading towards Southkey here on Saturday, Adam Adli said that the ministry would a
ssist the athlete in obtaining medical treatment.

‘Currently, we are gathering detailed information about the incident and the athlete’s condition,’ he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency