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We all want what is best for our dogs to ensure that they live as long as possible and love their food. As a vegan vet who feeds her own dog a 100% balanced diet, it IS possible to achieve and we ALL know that a wholefood non-processed plant-based diet is what is healthiest for all our dogs!

The most cost-effective way to feed your dog and allow you full control of all the ingredients that you use, is to homecook. With homecooking for your dog, it is possible to source ingredients such as choosing misshapen cheaper vegetables, eating the same food as you prepare for your pet or even growing the vegetables yourself!

Most of the ingredients needed are probably already in your kitchen cupboard, and it is possible to source the ingredients from our favourite online store and buy in bulk if you have the space – Buy Wholefoods Online

We highly advise using a supplement when you homecook to ensure that the meal you prepare for your dog is 100% balanced and has added probiotics to support your dog’s healthy digestion. It can be made with no supplement, but you are more likely to get it wrong than right and your dog could end up deficient in certain vitamins and minerals.

Our supplement works out to be only 80p a day if feeding an average 25kg dog our healthy recipes so definitely worth considering if you feel a vegan diet is out of your price range – and you can eat the same foods as your dog to make it even more cost-effective:) 

Homemade dog food advice vegan vet

*Further tips to save you money*

 

Vegetables at a UK market stall and Tesco to make vegan homemade dog food

 

Buy ‘own label’ products: branded items are often double the price of the shops own label, so if looking for lentils, chickpeas and tinned beans, go for these to save money.

Get a slow cooker or large pot to batch cook for your dog. Make a large pot with all the vegetables, beans, lentils and quinoa needed. This can last for days in the fridge or you can freeze it.

Plan your meals ahead: this will prevent buying expensive items in a hurry and extra trips to the shops where you may spend more money than you planned. Look for reduced items or visit your local market which can often be cheaper for fruit and vegetables.

Look for fruit and vegetables in season or try tinned or frozen. Kale or spinach can be frozen, and handfuls taken out as required, this saves on waste and saves you money. If you have any fruit that needs using up, bake it in the oven and give it to your dog on porridge, or chop it up and freeze in containers so it can be used later for a smoothie. Berries, bananas, nectarines, melons and plums are all good for this. Did you know that you can freeze bananas in their skin and use later once defrosted as a topping to add to your dog’s supplement on their homemade food?

Plant based protein costs on average a third less than animal protein, when calculating the same amounts of protein eaten and you are selecting the pure source of the protein in beans, lentils, chickpeas or vegetables!

 

heartHow Charlie’s Mum makes his vegan diet affordable

Charlie Chops the rescue Labrador absolutely loves his Solo Vegetal food and Greta, and his Mum just wants to do the best for him but is finding it hard to keep his weight down (as yes dogs can  put on weight on a plant-based diet when it is so palatable:), but equally she finds feeding him all  his meals with the foods expensive.

SHE HAS THE IDEAL SOLUTION!…… Charlie is fed 50% of his diet as the foods he loves – Solo Vegetal, Greta or Green Crunch, and 50% as homemade vegetables that you would possibly cook for yourself in the day, with the addition of some JUST BE KIND Supplement to ensure that nothing is then lacking from his diet. He absolutely LOVES this as shown in the video below and it makes feeding Charlie such a high quality daily vegan dog food diet affordable!
 

Vegan Labrador Charlie looking down at Solo Vegetal tins and Greta
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