|Barked: Mon Apr 9, '12 11:30pm PST |
|Dogs and wolves are interfertile, with fertile offspring. They are not far removed enough to be a different species, let alone have entirely different digestive systems.
Dogs and wolves are scientifically classified as carnivores. Sure, they will consume some plant matter, but they do not require it. The classification has little to do with their sporadic eating habits in time of little prey.
By your logic, if carnivores need plant matter, then herbivores should need meat.
ETA: When you post "sources", it doesn't exactly raise your credibility to reference websites that are selling a product like.. I don't know, pet diets.
BTW, this really is basic textbook science. Since you're the one rejecting it, it is YOUR job to prove that canines need plants. Prove that they have rumen, extra chambered stomachs, a large cecum, and cellulase-producing bacteria.
http://books.google.ca/books?id=2E-cPfyZQKMC&pg=PT154&lpg=PT15 4&dq=carnivore produce cellulase&source=bl&ots=eTxHfflyrf&sig=oBe7GKzuuCbRc6N6TXLrC6o1_8g&h l=en&sa=X&ei=x9aDT_buHMXPiAL9_8T_BQ&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=carn ivore produce cellulase&f=false
Edited by author Mon Apr 9, '12 11:49pm PST
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