Finding the correct balance of nutrients for your dog on a vegan diet is especially challenging as we only want what is best and what is right for our pets.
According to the European Pet Food Industry Fediaf, they state that –
Vegan diets for Pets
Vegan foods (no animal products) should be carefully checked by a vet or animal nutritionist as they may be deficient in arginine, lysine, methionine, tryptophan, taurine, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin A and some B vitamins. Meticulous attention to detail would be needed to assure nutritional adequacy and palatability.
When embarking on a homemade diet for your dog, it is very important to feed the healthiest plant-based ingredients that you can – locally sourced or homegrown and ensure that the diet is supplemented adequately to address the possible deficiencies as mentioned above. It is possible to source all the nutrients in plant-based form that may be missing from a traditional meat-based dog food diet, even down to Vit D3 that can be sourced from its purest plant-based form as included in the Vegdog supplement ™ we recommend.
The richest and purest form of Omega 3’s is in Algae oil that is recommended in our recipes; and the essential amino acids that dogs require can all be sourced in a combination of lentils, leafy vegetables, peas and again the addition of the Vegdog supplement with its added Taurine and l-Carnitine.
Keeping a balance is always beneficial to ensure that your dog receives the full complement of nutrients so vary the food fed with the homemade diet. We have reviewed the more popular commercial plant-based brands currently available in the UK so you can see exactly what is in each one.
Soya, Corn, White Rice, Sunflower Oil, Peas, Brewer’s Yeast, Beet Pulp, Tomato Pomace, Yeast Based Palatant, Minerals, Vitamins, Yucca Schidigera Extract (0.1%), Fructo-Oligosaccharides (Prebiotic FOS) (0.01%)
Protein 27%, Fat Content 12%, Crude Fibre 4.5%, Ash 5.5%, Moisture 8%
Additives per Kg:
Vitamins; Vitamin A (as Retinyl Acetate) 17,300IU, Vitamin D2 (as Ergocalciferol) 2,400 IU, Vitamin E 120 IU, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 57mcg
Trace Elements: Iron (as Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate) 159mg, Zinc (as Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate) 133mg, Manganese (as Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate) 1.5mg, Copper (as Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate) 45mg, Selenium (as Sodium Selenite) 0.6mg, Iodine (as Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) 1.5mg, Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) 1.75%, Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) 0.09%. Calcium 0.67%, Phosphorus 0.5% Amino Acids: Taurine 910mg, L-Carnitine 480mg. (100% vegan dog food company and UK based)
Corn, Corn Gluten, Corn Oil, Rice Protein, Whole Peas, Beet Pulp, Linseed, Bicalcium Phosphate, Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein, Potato Protein, Brewer’s Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Rapeseed Oil.
Moisture 8,00%, Crude protein 24,50%, Crude oils and fats 12,00%, Crude fibres 2,80%, Crude ash 6,00%
Nutritional Additives per Kg:
Vitamin A 26.000 IU/kg, Pentahydrate (Copper) 50mg/kg, Iron Carbonate (Iron) 348mg/kg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous (Iodine) 25mg/kg, Sodium Selenite (Selenium) 20mg/kg, Zinc Oxide (Zinc) 160mg/kg, Manganous Oxide (Manganese) 56mg/kg, L-Carnitine 300mg/kg. (100% vegan and from Italy)
Organic Whole Soya Beans, Organic Corn, Organic Whole Grain Wheat, Organic Wheat Bran, Organic Sunflower Seed Husks, Minerals, Organic Coconut Oil, Brewers Yeast, Whole White Lupine, Organic Baobab, Minerals, Organic Dried Seaweed.
Crude Protein 21.09%, Crude Fibre 8.0%, Crude Fat 13.0%, Crude Ash 8.5%, Moisture8.0%, Calcium 1.2%, Phosphorus 0.9%, Kcal (g/100) 329
Nutritional Additives per Kg:
Vitamin A (as Retinyl Acetate) 19.100IU, Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) 00IU, Vitamin D2 (as Ergocalciferol) 1.910IU, Vitamin E (as DL-a-tocopheryl-acetate) 110mg, Taurine 465mg, L-Carnitine 230mg
Trace Elements (in mg/kg): Iron (as Ferrous Sulphate, Monohydrate) 47mg, Iodeine (As Calcium Iodate Anyhydrous), 1.4g, Zinc (as Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate) 115mg, Manganese (as manganous oxide) 47mg, Copper (as Cupric Sulphate, Pentahydrate) 9mg, Selenium (as Sodium Selenite) 0.27mg (Yarrah are not a 100% vegan dog food company – they do produce meat-based foods too)
Wheat, Corn, Soya, Wheatfeed, Corn Gluten Meal, Sugar Beet Pulp, Sunflower Oil, Rice, Pasta, Yeast, Minerals, Linseed, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Fructo-Oligosaccharides, Organic Rosemary, Organic Parsley, Yucca Extracts.
Crude Protein 20.0%, Fat Content 8.0%, Crude Fibre 4.0%, Inorganic Matter 8.0%, Calcium 1.0%, Phosphorus 0.8%
Nutritional Additives per Kg:
Vitamin A 18,000mg, Calcitriol Glycoside 1,800 IU, Vitamin E 86.8mg, Vitamin B1 2.8mg, Vitamin B2 5.6mg, Vitamin B6 2.6mg, Vitamin B12, 28mcg, Vitamin B3 Niacin 28mg, Vitamin B5 Panothenic Acid 21mg, Folic Acid 1.4mg. Trace Elements: Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 2.2mg (Iodine 1.4mg), Sodium Selenite 4.7mg (Selenium 0.21mg), Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 83mg (Copper 21mg), Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 232mg (Iron 69.5mg), Manganous Oxide 202mg (Manganese 125mg), Zinc Oxide 397mg (Zinc 289mg),Taurine 195mg, L-Carnitine 100mg. Additives per Kg: Antioxidants, Preservatives. (Vegan company and UK and US based)
Dried potato 41.0 %; pea flour, 14.0 %; potato protein; sunflower oil; partially hydrolysed yeast; minerals; beet fibre; apple fibre 3.0 %; hydrolysed vegetable protein; grounded chicory root (natural source of inulin); herbs, fruits 0.1 %; dried algae 0.05 %.
Crude Protein 20.0%, Fat Content 12.0%, Crude Fibre 2.5%, Ash 6.8%, Calcium 0.85%, Phosphorus 0.65%
Antioxydants: tocopherol extracts of natural origin, iron (ferrous (II) sulfate, monohydrate), zinc (zinc chelate of glycine, hydrate), manganese (manganese-(II)-oxide), copper (cupric chelate of glycine, hydrate), iodine (calcium iodate), selenium (sodium selenite), (VitD3 from 0.01% sheep wool lanolin – cholecalciferol so not 100% vegan)
49% vegetable mix (dried, ground peas, dried, ground carrots, beetroot, parsnip, leek, celery, chicory), 21% sweet lupin (dried, ground), hemp (dried, ground), rice germ, dried, ground potato 5% linseed, 5% oil mix (rapeseed, nut, wheat germ), 5% fruit mix (apples, pears, blackcurrants, aronia berries, rose hips, blueberries), beet pulp, algae mix (ascophyllum nodosum, schizochytrium), 2% milk thistle seeds, 1% herbs (dried), mineral clay, silica (diatomaceous earth), yucca schidigera (dried, ground)
Crude Protein 24.0%, Fat Content 9.3%, Crude Fibre 2.1%, Ash 6.6%, Calcium 1.37%, Phosphorus 1.17%
Vitamin A 10,000 IU, vitamin D3 1000 IU, vitamin E as all rac-alpha-tocopheryl acetate 210mg, vitamin B1 as thiamine mononitrate 3.7mg, vitamin B2 as riboflavin 7.5mg, vitamin B6 pyridoxine hydrochloride 4mg, vitamin B12 41mcg, vitamin C 138mg, biotin 215mcg, folic acid 0.38mg, niacin 20.5mg, pantothenic acid as calcium D-pantothenate 6.8mg, choline choloride 1100mg, manganese (as manganese ( II) -oxide) 47mg, copper (as copper [II] oxide) 11mg, zinc (as zinc oxide) 63mg, iodine (as calcium iodate) 1.6 g. (VitD3 also derived from sheep wool as confirmed by Lukullus, so also not 100% vegan)
Micronised rice, potato and pea protein, white oats and hulled oats, einkorn wheat, buckwheat, spelt, vegetable oils and fats (including evening primrose oil and borage oil), potato flakes, dried beet pulp and chicory, isolated vegetable protein, hydrolysed vegetable proteins, wheatgerm, micronised dried carob flour, dry brewer’s yeast, minerals, flaxseed, dried carrots, tomatoes, apples, spinach and medicinal herbs, fructo-oligosaccharides, yeast hydrolysates.
Crude Protein 24.0%, Fat Content 11.25%, Crude Fibre 3.7%, Ash 5.2%
Nutritional Additives per kg:
Vitamin A 22,000 IU, vitamin D3 1500 IU, vitamin E as all rac-alpha-tocopheryl acetate 180mg, DL-Methionine 1500mg, Taurine 1000mg, Iron 80mg, Copper Sulphate 15mg, Manganese Oxide 88mg, Zinc Oxide 120mg, Potassium Iodide 0.90mg, Sodium selenite 0.12mg (Only vegan food sold by vet practices in the UK as marketed for dogs with protein allergies – premium ingredients)
Green Crunch from Vegdog
28% lentils, 27.9% peas, 15.10% hydrolysed sweet potato, pea protein, sunflower oil, carob, minerals, rape seed oil, carrot, yeast extract, calcium carbonate, yeast, monocalcium phosphate, 0.1% blueberries, pumpkin, 0.1% seaweed
Crude protein 24.1%, crude fat 9.5%, crude fibre 2.8%, crude ash 5.1%, moisture 8.7%, 0.8% calcium, phosphorus 0.52%, Ca: P 1.5: 1 (calcium / phosphorus ratio), purine content 40mg / 100g
Nutritional Additives per kg:
Vitamin A 5600 IU; Vitamin D3 784 IU; Vitamin E as all-rac-alpha-tocopheryl acetate 22.4 mg; Vitamin B1 1.4 mg; Mg Vitamin B2 as riboflavin, 4.2; Vitamin B6 1.4 mg; Vitamin B12 ug 42; Niacinamide 7 mg; Calcium D-pantothenate 14 mg; Folic acid mg 0.28; Choline chloride 1,568 mg; L-carnitine 672 mg; Taurine 700 mg; Lysine 0.14 mg, methionine, 4.2 g; Threonine 1.036 mg, Tryptophan 364 mg; Valine 868 mg, iron 4.2 mg; Mg copper as copper chelate glycine hydrate 1.96; Zinc as zinc oxide 36.4 mg; Selenium (E8) 0.22 mg; Calcium Iodate 0.62 mg (Our top choice as NO wheat, corn, soya, preservatives and 100% vegan with Vit D3 derived from pure plant sources)
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