Lewis Hamilton reveals his beloved bulldog Roscoe 'is now fully vegan'

Lewis Hamilton reveals that his beloved bulldog Roscoe ‘is now fully vegan’… following the death of his other pet pooch

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that his beloved bulldog Roscoe ‘is now fully vegan’ following the death of his other pet pooch.  

The Formula One pro, 35, made the announcement on his pet’s Instagram page, which boasts more than 178,000 followers.

He uploaded a picture of the adorable dog alongside a caption that read: ‘Hey guys, so Roscoe is now fully vegan.

All change: Lewis Hamilton has revealed that his beloved bulldog Roscoe ‘is now fully vegan’ following the death of his other pet pooch

‘Since he has gone vegan, his coat is much softer, his swollen paws have healed up, he is no longer limping with pain of arthritis and his breathing has opened up.

‘Super happy with the result and he is too.’

Roscoe, whose parents are both champion show dogs, has previously found success as a model with Lewis revealing the pooch earns $700 for a shoot.  

Update: The Formula One pro, 35, made the announcement on his pet’s Instagram page, which boasts more than 178,000 followers

He is so important to the sportsman that he has had his sperm frozen so after retirement he can use a breeder to get more puppies. 

But the announcement comes after scientists warned that pet owners were putting their cats and dogs at risk of infection by feeding them homemade, raw, vegetarian and vegan diets.

The DIY meals – which unlike shop-bought foods are not boiled to kill harmful organisms – also risk spreading antibiotic resistant bacteria.  

Strike a pose: Roscoe, whose parents are both champion show dogs, has previously found success as a model with Lewis revealing the pooch earns $700 for a shoot

And a survey of 3,100 pet owners revealed one in five dogs and one in 20 cats are already fed a solely vegan or vegetarian diet by their owners. 

Study author Dr Sarah Dodd, from the University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College in Canada, said: ‘These “unconventional” diets may help nurture the bond between pets and their owners, but they may also be storing up health problems for these animals.

‘Avoidance of conventional pet foods in favour of home-made and raw food products may put the health of dogs and cats at risk.

‘Home-made raw food diets pose an additional risk of infection in the absence of chemical or heat treatment steps to kill potentially harmful bacteria.

Asset: Roscoe is so important to the sportsman that he has had his sperm frozen so after retirement he can use a breeder to get more puppies

Beaming: But the announcement comes after scientists warned that pet owners were putting their cats and dogs at risk of infection by feeding them homemade, raw, vegetarian and vegan diets

‘(They could also) act as a potential reservoir of antibiotic resistant microbes which can be passed on to people.’   

Last month Lewis was left heartbroken following the death of his other beloved bulldog, Coco.

He took to Instagram to reveal the upsetting news and thanked his family and friends for loving and caring for her. 

In a lengthy post, the racing driver said he was ‘lucky’ to have had Coco for so long as she suffered with various health problems. 

Upsetting: Last month Lewis was left heartbroken following the death of his other beloved bulldog, Coco

Lewis began by explaining Coco had died at home despite his attempts to revive her. 

He penned: ‘Last night at around 9pm, my beautiful little girl Coco died at home with the family by her side. 

‘Her little heart gave in, we think it was a heart attack. I tried to revive her but it was no use.’

Sad loss: In a lengthy post, the racing driver said he was ‘lucky’ to have had Coco for so long as she suffered with various health problems

Recalling their final moments, he continued: ‘She’d had the best day, happier than I’d seen her in a long time. She was such a special dog, born with so many problems and I feel so lucky to have adopted her. 

‘Her breeder said she was going to have to put her down as she wouldn’t be able to afford all the things she would need to survive, she went through a lot to become the bouncy, lazy loving dog she was. 

‘On her last day, we shared a special moment playing together which I will never forget. I will miss her snoring and how happy she was always to see me. She was only 6, healthy and happy.’

Upsetting: Lewis began by explaining Coco had died at home, despite his attempts to revive her, after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack 

Troubles: Recalling their final moments, he continued: ‘She’d had the best day, happier than I’d seen her in a long time. She was such a special dog, born with so many problems’

Lewis concluded by admitting he hopes his late aunt Diane, who died from cancer in 2012, would be looking after his dog now.

He wrote: ‘Naturally, my heart is broken but i hope she’s in a better place with my Aunty Diane. 

‘Wanted to share with you and thank those of you who loved and cared for her. #coco #restinpeace [sic]’. 

Loss: Lewis concluded by admitting he hopes his late aunt Diane, who died from cancer in 2012, would be looking after his dog now

British bulldogs are often riddled with painful diseases and deformities, with vets warning that centuries of inbreeding have made it one of the unhealthiest breeds in the world. 

The breed now has a head so out of proportion with its body that almost all births have to be done by C-section.

Natural mating is also difficult, leading to claims that the breed would not exist today if it were not for vets’ assistance.

The catalogue of health problems also includes breathing difficulties, hip abnormalities, cataracts, heart defects and autoimmune diseases.

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