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PoST-GAZETTE' MAY 6, 2011 Page7 Multi Chamber Networking Event at First Priority Credit Union You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-heartedt. Thanks. From left to right: FPCU President Bill French, FPCU Business Banking Officer Paul Travaglini, Wendy Millar-Page, Eric Gaynor, Jermaine Wiggins, Bob Upton, Pat Todisco III, and East Boston Chamber of Commerce President Neffo Cappuccio. First Priority Credit Union on Swift Street, East Boston held a multi Chamber of Commerce net- working event which included area Chambers such as East Boston, Winthrop and Revere. Special guest was East Boston native and former New England Patriots' Superbowl Champion Jermaine Wiggins. East Boston Chamber of Commerce Board Member Sal Amico and Jermaine Wiggins. Biggio Insurance from Winthrop representatives John Biggio, Marie Biggio, Donna Ebba and Heather Oliver. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Governor Declares April 29 "Consuls Da' As always I try to write my column that would interest my pooch friends and their human companions. Can pets be vegetarians too? If you're a vegetarian, you may naturally wonder whether a meat free plan is a good idea for everyone in your house- hold including your pets. Pet health depends on good nutrition. For dogs and cats, that usually means limited (or no) people food, and spe- cially balanced commercial dry or canned pet food. But how far could you or should you go to make that diet plant-based? The debate rages nationally with many veterinarians opposing veg- etarian diets even as the Human Society of the United States recently entered the fray with their own commer- cially available vegan adult dog food. Vegan means that the food doesn't contain meat or any animal byproducts, such as dairy or eggs. The first thing you need to know is that, yes, your dog or cat can probably digest an en- tirely plant-based diet. Dogs in particular are like hu- mans -- omnivores -- which means they (technically) can eat almost anything. The Pros and Cons of a Vegetarian Diet for Pets Protein is a. concern when creating a vegetarian pet food diet. Some manufactur- ers use soy products (such as tofu} or beans (such as lentils) to add protein. The benefits of a vegetarian diet for pets, therefore, are mostly about your principles. Choosing vegetarian pet food means you might have greater knowledge about how the food was processed than friends who are not researching alternative food products. You might have greater knowledge about the food's ingredients. You can choose not to support a manufacturing process that involves killing other ani- mals to feed your animal. However, there are some drawbacks to a vegetarian diet for dogs and cats, includ- ing the food might not taste as good to your pet. A veg- etarian diet might be lack- ing in certain essential fatty acids and nutrients if it is not carefully constructed. It could be more expensive for you to try to create a healthy vegetarian pet food plan. Specialty pet food products simply costs more. "I do not generally recom- mend vegetarian diets for dogs and do not recommend them for cats," says veteri- narian Robert C. 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