All About Dog Food Forum
Dog food and feeding => Dog foods => Topic started by: Seaweed on Nov 09, 2019, 11:48
Vegan dog food, GATHER Endless Valley by Petcurean (US) is available in the UK.
also on Amazon UK
Vegan vet, Just Be Kind homemade vegan dog food....early days! https://vegan-dogfood.co.uk/
VEGDOG Green Crunch is now available from Just be Kind. https://vegan-dogfood.co.uk/green-crunch-now-in-the-uk/
28% Lentils, 27.9% Peas, 15.10% Sweet Potatoes, Pea Protein, 0.1% Algae Oil, Pumpkin, Sunflower Oil, Carob Bean, Mineral Nutrients Taurine, Vit D3 and L-carnitine, Rapeseed Oil, Carrots, Brewers Yeast and Yeast Extract, Monocalcium Phosphate, 0.1% Blueberries
VEGDOG GREEN CRUNCH is not suitable for puppies and lactating bitches, as they have greater energy and nutrient requirements
I guess my main problem with vegan dog food is that like all other processed dog foods it has to have nutrients added. Does it require more nutrients to be added to feed an animal that is a carnivore with adaptations that allow nutrients to be supplemented with plants and fish? If so is it really better than feeding other less processed foods which may contain meat and fish?
I am still not convinced that a vegan diet is suitable for dogs. It is still a bit of an unknown. Many have argued that it is not suitable for humans as B12 has to be taken as a supplement or added to food. In reality, lots of people who aren't vegan lack this vitamin and others and lots of processed foods have them added. Whereas there is lots of evidence to suggest humans can do very well on a vegan diet, there just isn't that kind of data for dogs for me to be happy to omit meat at this time. Whatever you feed, you have to feel comfortable with it.
The other problem in my opinion is dog food manufacturers. They are notorious for adding too much of a vitamin or mineral on occasions, if they don’t add the right amount of the amino acids back in then I would take a guess it would have wider repercussions on dogs mental and physical development.
I too would be reluctant to feed a vegan diet to a dog. That particular recipe has an awful lot of legumes (nearly 50%), presumably to provide protein. As the owner of a dog who is very likely intolerant of them it would be a definite no.