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Exploring a Vegan Dog Food Diet: What Every Pet Parent Should Know

The start of a new year represents a time for change and new beginnings — as a pet parent, this can mean choosing to embrace a healthier lifestyle, making more time for self-care or even adopting a new vegan dog food diet.

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With January also known as Veganuary, the timing might be right for you to consider exploring a vegan dog food diet for your canine companion. There are many reasons why you may be interested in feeding your dog a vegan diet.

These include health or ethical reasons – often an important factor for pet parents who are vegan, themselves. Another reason is the environmental benefits of a vegan or plant-based diet.

In fact, many plant-based proteins have less impact on the environment as they require as much as 80% less land and water resources compared to traditional protein sources, yielding a smaller carbon footprint.

Regardless of the reason, there are several important considerations to keep in mind when considering a vegan dog food diet. Check out these tips to learn more about what you need to know before getting started – you might decide to give peas a chance, after all!

1. Do your research about vegan dog food.

The first step before embarking on any new diet for a pet should involve research. Taking the time to educate yourself on the benefits as well as important considerations of a plant-based diet is essential before making a commitment.

Even if you or another member of your family already follows a vegan diet, pets and their dietary needs can be a game-changer. Pet food retailers can be a great resource in helping you to choose the right pet food – and the more you learn, the more likely that you’re able to make a decision on a diet that works best for your best friend.

2. Consider the individual needs of the pet.

It’s true, we are all unique and special individuals. And, the same is true for our pets. No two pets are the same and it’s for this reason that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to pet nutrition. Adopting a vegan diet may be worth considering for dogs who experience sensitivities to more traditional, animal proteins as vegan recipes feature plant-based or alternative proteins.

These recipes can be highly digestible and usually feature grains and pulses, such as peas and lentils, as the primary ingredients. Not sure if your dog has a food sensitivity to animal proteins? Watch for symptoms like itchy skin, excessive licking, or digestive upset and don’t hesitate to speak with your veterinarian.

3. Follow a diet that meets nutritional requirements.

Set your pup up for success by giving them a complete and balanced diet. You might ask yourself whether that’s attainable with a vegan diet – and the answer is, yes!

Unlike cats who are obligate carnivores, dogs are able to meet their nutrient requirements with a plant-based diet, so long as the pet food recipe is formulated to meet all their nutritional needs.

When choosing a vegan recipe, be sure to pick one that has adequate and balanced amounts of protein and amino acids, as well as sufficient amounts of taurine, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12, as these are all nutrients that are primarily found in animal food sources.

Gather Endless Valley Vegan Recipe for Adult Dogs is an excellent option as it is packed with protein and achieves a balanced amino acid profile by using complementary protein sources including certified organic, sustainably grown peas, organic barley and lentils. Crafted by our team of expert nutritionists at Petcurean, this science-based recipe provides complete and balanced nutrition.

4. Transition to new diets slowly.

No matter which recipe you choose for your dog, be sure to introduce any new pet food slowly. A quick change in their diet can lead to digestive issues – something all pets and pet parents prefer to avoid. When looking to adopt a vegan pet food diet, we recommend taking a measured approach over a 10 day period.

Start with mixing a small amount of the vegan recipe in with their regular pet food, increasing the amount every few days until they are completely switched over. Another approach is to integrate a vegan recipe as part of a rotational diet. This is especially beneficial when wanting to add in more plant-based pet food, while still providing your pup with a diet that includes meat.

5. When in doubt, consult a vet.

We love our pets unconditionally and their health and wellness are integral to our own wellbeing. If you are considering introducing your pet to a vegan diet and have questions about whether it is the right decision for your pet, be sure to consult a trusted veterinarian.

They can discuss the benefits as well as key considerations, taking into account the overall health and medical history of your pet. Regardless of whether you feed your dog a vegan diet, it’s important to schedule regular vet visits and health check-ups so that any potential concerns can be identified and addressed.

Exploring a vegan diet for your furry friend can represent a whole new world for pet parents. It can be fascinating but also overwhelming. Start by following these tips and checking out additional resources, like this article which provides more details on the benefits of a vegan diet.

Remember that what works best for one pet, might not be optimal for another. Ultimately, choose a diet that meets the individual needs of your pet so that they can maintain their overall health and happiness.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Natalie Williams, Nutrition Manager, Petcurean
Natalie Willams
Nutrition Manager at 

Natalie Williams graduated with a master’s degree in companion animal nutrition from the University of Guelph. Her MSc research resulted in a number of peer reviewed publications, and she remains active in academic research. In 2022, she was featured in the “Women in the Pet Industry” series in Pet Food Processing and has contributed to numerous industry publications. Her work in the pet food industry focuses on product development, quality assurance, and nutrition education for consumers. She is currently the Nutrition Manager at Petcurean Pet Nutrition, a Canadian company committed to offering superior quality pet foods.

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