Dogs are omnivores just like us – they are not obligate carnivores that crave meat and hunting (as cats do – dogs just like to chase as it is rewarding if a squirrel or cat runs away:), but just like us they do crave fat, salt and the familiarity of foods that they have been given – usually all meat-based.
This makes transitioning to a plant-based diet more challenging as your dogs are primed to want what they have always had as they are creatures of routine.
Changes are best made gradually, eg by feeding a 90% old/new plant-based mixture for a few days, then 80%/20%, until gradually over a matter of 2 – 4 weeks, your dog is used to their new food. Some dogs may take even longer.
Gradual changes allow the appropriate changes of digestive enzymes and intestinal microbiome (all those healthy gut bacteria). Transitioning slowly minimises all the changes you may expect such as abdominal discomfort, wind and diarrhoea. We do have to confess that our little Ruff went plant-based from 1 day to the next and he was fine! The other theory is that dogs are natural scavengers and they have gut bacteria and enzymes that will adapt, so it is up to you the owner how you choose to transition.
Do not be tempted to heat up the homemade food as the vital ‘icing’ or ‘topping’ made with the supplements we recommend must not be heated to protect the valuable nutrients. We do feel however that with the ingredients in our homemade foods, your dog should find their new plant-based diet very tasty and you should not have to warm it up! Our JUST BE KIND supplement contains essential pre and probiotics to support your dog’s microbiome gut health.
What about Probiotics?
Should your dog develop diarrhoea with the change to a plant-based diet, then just like us, probiotics can play a very important role as they at least help to let your dog’s gut adapt quicker to the new diet.
The gut bacteria that we recommend supplementing your dog’s diet with must contain essential probiotics which are beneficial to dogs. We have been able to source one that we use in vet clinics that does contain these probiotics and it contains pectin to help bind the soft faeces.
Protexin is another option or the cheapest option is shown below.
Another good produce is from Viovet called ReguTum that is possibly a little cheaper than Pro-Kolin.
A very old fashioned recipe is to grate an apple with its skin and let it ‘brown’ or oxidise for 15 minutes. This is a perfect prebiotic and the pectin in the apple helps the diarrhoea (we love that this benefit was discovered 87 years ago!)
Our JUST BE KIND supplement powder contains the vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids that are essential for dogs fed a purely plant-based diet
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