A woman who put her dog on a vegetarian diet left stunned when the pooch chose to eat meat over vegetables live on This Morning.
Lucy Carrington who is not a vegetarian herself decided to put her white Siberian husky Storm on a meat-free diet when she started going off her food in this summer’s heatwave.
She bought Lucy vegetarian dog food and allows her to eat the family’s leftover vegetables and claimed that it helps ‘perk her up’.
However, when Storm was asked to choose between a bowl of vegetables and meat she walked straight over to the meat.
Veterinarian Scott Miller said making a dog follow a vegetarian diet is denying them a choice, but host Eamonn Holmes had a solution.
He said: ‘’You say dogs can’t make the choice, but on this programme, they can make the choice.’’
Two assistants came with dog food bowl of meat and another of vegetables, and Lucy was told to let Storm’s choose what she would choose to eat.
Without a second thought, Storm ran over to the meat and tucked in.
‘’Oh you little. I didn’t swear,’’ Lucy said. ‘’In fairness, the weather has cooled down quite dramatically.’’
Ms Carrington said: ‘’’During the summer months she just went off her food, strangely. I’m certainly not one of those, I’m not a vegetarian I’m not a vegan, far from it, though I’ve reduced my meat consumption.’’
She said that she wouldn’t want to impose vegetarianism on the dog permanently, but did it for health reason.
She continued: ‘’I wouldn’t want to impose it on anybody because my mother-in-law and father-in-law are vegetarians and we often had many debates. I’ve got a large family, they’re all boys. We’re doing burgers and sausages every night.’’
Speaking about Storm’s reaction to the veggie food, Lucy said: ‘’She seemed to perk up be a lot happier. She really took to it.’’
Lucy’s decision was criticized by viewers, they said she was being cruel to the dog by denying her meat.
One user wrote on Twitter: ‘’Animal cruelty dogs are carnivores.’’
‘’Meat Vs Veg. What will a Dog choose I wonder?? Great bit of Live TV,’’ wrote another.
Veterinarian Scott Miller explained, “People make this decision for all sorts of reasons; people are making it for cultural reasons, for religious ones, for reasons of animal welfare, but the point is it’s a choice and our pets can’t make that choice so it’s something we have to be exceptionally careful about.
“They can’t make the choice so we need to do look at the natural history which dictates that dogs are omnivores they eat a mixture of meat and plant in order to get all the essential minerals and vitamins they need.’’
Lucy said that now she will her dog meat again.
She said: ‘’If this is what she wants then obviously I’m going to adapt accordingly.’’