Pet Food Industry Event Highlights Plant-Based Ingredients – V-dog

As is the case with human foods, the choice between plant- and animal-based proteins is one of contention, but is one that may influence the environmental impact of pet foods. The anthropomorphism of pets continues to increase and has influenced the way in which companies formulate and market pet foods and treats to consumers. The quality of ingredients and having meat-based diets are important factors that pet owners consider when choosing a pet food (, ). However, most owners do not know or consider that dogs and cats, like all animals, require specific nutrients—not ingredients. Although dogs and cats have unique metabolic and nutrient requirements (e.g., protein, arginine, taurine, arachidonic acid, vitamin A, vitamin D, niacin), these targets may be reached with a wide variety of ingredient sources.

Here is a list of plant-based foods that you should NEVER FEED TO YOUR DOG:

Natrual Balance’s vegetarian dog food is actually vegan! It’s designed to provide completely balance plant-based nutrition for all adult dog breeds.

Vegan Canned Dog Food for Plant Based Pups

This plant-based dog food contains no preservatives or meats found in other petfoods. There are also some excellent supplements available for dogs, cats and other companion animals that are made from dark green leafy vegetables and other highly nutritious plant foods. One such product (which also happens to contain all the essential digestive enzymes as well as a comprehensive probiotic mixture) is called , produced by Health Force Nutritionals. Green Mush is a whole food, green plant based powder, that includes large amounts of CoQ10, which is a powerful antioxidant involved in energy production and longevity. The owners of Health Force state that the product can be helpful for dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, ferrets, squirrels, other mammals and human animals too! Health Force Nutritionals is an excellent resource for both human and nonhuman nutritional needs.

Plant-Based or Meat-Based Diet for Your Dog: Which is Best? – V-dog

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

v-dog | Vegan Dog Food | Healthy Dog Treats – V-dog

Dogs can be healthy and in fact, thrive on a vegetarian or vegan diet, as long as allnecessary nutrient requirements are met. Dogs are biologically omnivorous, but can adapt well to aplant-based diet which meets all their nutritional needs. It's important that the food be digestedeasily as well as have good palatability. The transition to a plant-based diet should be a gradualchange (mixing the 2 foods in different proportions until the new food is given exclusively) tominimize the occurrence of gastrointestinal disturbances (such as diarrhea and sometimesvomiting).Perhaps my pugs are the luckiest dogs in the world, at least in terms of their food (they're still envious of dogs with big backyards!) but hopefully with this post I'll convince a few more dog owners to nurture their pets with natural, plant-based foods!