How To Make Vegan Food For Your Dog
I’m not a veterinarian nor a professional dog dietician. I can’t and don’t want to provide nutritional or medical advice in this post. I’m simply sharing my personal experience with vegan diets for dogs. If you have a question regarding your dog’s specific diet, please seek professional advice.
Putting your dog on a vegan diet? This doesn’t sound right, does it? That’s exactly what I thought at first. But after doing a ton of research and experimenting, I can definitely say that vegan dogs live at least as healthily as every other dog on a regular meat-based diet.
Take Piggy as an example. She was rescued and nursed back to full health and never had as much as a single grain of meat during her recovery!
Like humans, dogs are omnivores, which means that they too can live on a vegan diet. The only difference is that their demand for protein is higher percentage-wise. That’s what you have to keep an eye on, when planning your dog’s diet.
You should also try out different supplements for optimal mineral and vitamin intake. Vegedog and Green Mush is what I like to recommend. V-Dog offers high-quality dry food, which is rich in vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is an essential component of your dog’s diet. Deficiencies can be dangerous.
Here’s a list of foods that I like to mix at my own discretion. I like to alternate every now and then to make sure that my dog gets all the micro and macronutrients that she needs. Foods are listed in alphabetical order:
- Coconut Oil
- Flax seed Oil
- Linseed Oil
- Olive Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Sweet Potatoes
You should also pay attention to certain types of foods that are an absolute no-go, such as cocoa, mace, onions and paprika.
*I understand that many dog owners don’t feel comfortable putting their furry friend on a vegan diet. So if you want to take a slightly different approach, go ahead and try out some of these vegetarian dog food recipes. Although I’d choose a vegan over a vegetarian diet all day, I still believe vegetarian to be better than a customary diet for sure.*
Putting your dog on a vegan diet has to be a gradual process. If you change the diet all at once, it may lead to digestive issues. You should make sure to spread the transition out to about 2-3 weeks.
How Much To Feed
There’s a simple formula: Take your dog’s full body weight and divide it by 50. This is the amount of food that you should be feeding an adult dog on a daily basis. For super active dogs, you might need to divide the body weight by about 35 or something between 35-50. It makes sense to experiment a little, since there’s no way around testing this out. Also, puppies are likely to need more food, while senior dogs need a little less.