Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has been criticised by experts after claiming his dog’s vegan diet had cured his health problems.
His pet – an eight-year-old British Bulldog called Roscoe – had apparently been suffering from skin and breathing problems until he was swapped to a completely vegan diet eight months ago.
The racing superstar, who has been an advocate of veganism for several years, wrote on his Instagram account that Roscoe was now ‘like a puppy again’ with easier breathing and a lot more energy.
However a number of experts told the Mail Online that vegan diets could be ‘extremely dangerous’ for dogs.
Nicole Paley, of the Pet Food Manufacturers’Association, said: “We advise that vegan diets – with no animal products – are carefully checked by a vet or animal nutritionist.”
And TV vet Dr Scott Miller said a vegan diet could be ‘extremely dangerous’ for pets and, often, removing meat from them was purely due to the preference of the owner.
He said: “Dogs and cats have sharper teeth for catching meat. As much as it makes sense for you to be a vegan, when it comes to our pets it’s going to prove problematic.”