Let it be known that dogs are not carnivores. You may have heard them referred to as carnivores, but the fact is, a dog’s diet isn’t confined to just meat. They’re omnivores, and here are the top three reasons why:

Dogs get their nutrition from plants and animals

Dogs are true to the definition of what an omnivore is – an animal or person that eats food of both plant and animal origin. Your dog can eat and digest nutrition from vegetables, fruits, grains, and meats.

Dogs’ teeth are built to handle the consumption of plants and meats

Towards the back of your dog's jaws, you can find many molars that are used to grind plants. Towards the front, you’ll see large incisors, which are used to tear meat apart.

Dogs’ digestive systems can break down plant and meat sources

Dogs’ bodies have longer intestines to assist in the process of breaking down vegetables, fruits, grains, and meats.

While you may have heard that dogs have the need for a purely animal-based diet, it’s important to remember that your dog is an omnivore and that there are many sources of nutrients other than meat that can help support a long, healthy life. You can also watch a video interview with Just Right® expert Chris to learn more about why dog food should be formulated by an expert pet nutritionist.