It really wasn’t that bad. Truly. I was shocked- it kind of smelled like refried beans, which is what I told myself as I ate it. FWIW the brand was Evanger’s. I did a test run of a different brand of vegetarian dog food earlier this week and
it was quite a bit grosser.
Someone asked me during chat what I thought about vegetarian diets for pets. Obviously I’m glad they exist, because otherwise I would have had to eat something much more horrific, but I have been known to recommend it at times for dogs.
Cats shouldn’t be on a vegetarian food. They are carnivores. They are made to metabolize meat.
Dogs, on the other hand, can do OK with a vegetarian diet. It can be a godsend to people whose dogs have food allergies, depending on what they are allergic to. I used it for Mulan, a senior dog with renal disease and food allergies that precluded use of the prescription renal diets.
I think people who choose to become vegetarian themselves for whatever reason are pretty awesome, but I don’t know that I would recommend that a vegetarian diet be imposed for ethical reasons on a dog who has no ethical concerns whatsoever with their food sources. I don’t think it’s a huge problem if the food is still balanced, but the diets I’ve seen have been lower in protein than other over the counter diets (which is why it was great for a renal failure dog.)