Besides being very healthy, there are many reasons why a plant based diet is a better option for your dog and the planet as well. A 2012 study in the journal Ecosystems by Mesfin M. Mekonnen and Arjen Y. Hoekstra, both at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, tells an important story. The study shows changing one’s diet to replace 50 percent of animal products with edible plants like legumes, nuts and tubers results in a 30 percent reduction in an individual’s food-related water footprint. Going vegetarian, a better option in many respects, reduces that water footprint by almost 60 percent. Meat production and consumption not only increases our water footprint but it also increases pollution of streams, rivers, and the coastal oceans, increases green house gas emissions, aids in the decline of marine resources, increases the need for fertilizers for crops used to feed livestock animals and much more. By consuming a plant based diet instead of animal products, you will not only be aiding in the health of your dog, but the health of your planet as well.