Solo Vegetal Plant Based Dog Food
As a UK based vet, Solo-Vegetal remains the only plant-based dog food that is currently stocked in veterinary practices in the UK.
We are very limited as vets with treating skin and ear conditions in dogs that suffer with a food intolerance (that is usually due to an allergy to animal protein, dairy or wheat). Our choices as vets are Purina HA which is basically plant-based with the addition of fish oils (which we want to discourage to protect our oceans and stop over-fishing) and it has the addition of sugar (!), and Royal Canin Anallergenic. I find it so hard as a vet that all we have been offered to feed our itchy food-intolerant pets are 2 diets that unkindly damage the environment and offer no thought to birds or the health of our pets as RC Anallergenic’s main constituent is ‘hydrolysed chicken protein’ or broken down chicken feathers as a protein source!! Yes you read that correctly!!
Royal Canin also have a Hypoallergenic diet that is described as containing hydrolysed soya to make it sound vegetarian, but upon checking the ingredients, it is full of animal fats, chicken livers and fish oils too so not sustainable and not kind.
When we were finally offered another healthier and kinder option with the plant-based diet Solo Vegetal, as vegan vets, we are going to do our best to promote it.
We highly commend these UK based veterinary practices for being forward thinking in stocking Solo Vegetal for their clients to choose from – Riverside Vets Benfleet and Jurassic Vets in Sidmouth. We hope that as clients and vets become more aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet for their dogs, that more and more practices will stock it.
Solo-Vegetal is a premium diet that can be fed exclusively without the need to homecook and supplement. It contains the addition of taurine for heart health, the amino acid methionine for urinary tract health, and natural plant-based Vit D3 from UV radiated yeast for a healthy immunity. It is also very tasty and highly recommended.
Our only negative that we have with it is that it is badly branded (I never thought it was dog food when I first saw a bag of it); and as Vetruus are a company targetting skin conditions in dogs with food intolerance, they also sell a rabbit version of food, so not a vegan company.
“He absolutely loves the food, by the way. His relationship with food has completely changed (there’s a lot more begging for food now, which we’ve never really known!), he’s rarely sick and the shuddering which suggested some GI discomfort has completely stopped. He maintains his weight well now and looks in great condition, so thank you. Looking forward to our next delivery of Solo-Vegetal.”
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
This is what the company (Vetruus) has to say about their food:
Solo Vegetal is a complete vegetable based food that can be given in conjunction with meat based diets or used on its own as part of a vegetarian / vegan diet. It is also very useful when meat needs to be avoided, for example if your dog has a food sensitivity or intolerance. It’s also great to use as a treat as it really is tasty.
What Is In Solo Vegetal?
It contains a unique blend of ingredients including: Spinach, Apple, Tomato, Carrot, Chicory, Alfalfa, Hulled oats, Einkorn wheat, Buckwheat, Spelt, Wheat germ, Evening Primrose and Borage oil. that combine to offer your dog a complete food with all the necessary protein, vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Is It Safe For My Dog To Eat A Vegetable Based Diet?
Oh yes! While it is true that dogs belong to the order Carnivora, like us, they are actually omnivores; this means they can get all the energy, nutrition and protein they need from a plant based diet. This isn’t the case for cats though, they have to eat meat or they will become ill or even die.
What Are Food Sensitivities?
Some dogs may be sensitive to an ingredient in their food and skin problems can be a common symptom of this. Studies show meat, dairy, egg and soya can cause food sensitivities and these are common ingredients in some diets, but are completely absent from Solo Vegetal.
What Are Food Intolerances?
Some dogs are unable to break down certain components in food, typically protein sources from meat. This can lead to poor gut health resulting in symptoms such as diarrhoea and flatulence.
Can I Feed My Dog Solo Vegetal For Life?
Absolutely! Solo Vegetal can be fed either on its own, or in conjunction with other meat based foods to increase vegetable and fibre in the diet. As well as making up a complete diet, Solo Vegetal’s ingredients also have a number of health benefits for the body, in particular helping to maintain healthy skin and gut function.
How Can I Find Out If My Dog Has a Food Sensitivity Or Food Intolerance?
If you suspect a food sensitivity or intolerance, it is important to try and find out what ingredient or ingredients are causing the problem so they can be removed from the diet. To do this we use an elimination food trial as this is the only way to identify what is causing the problem. Solo Vegetal is perfect for this.
What Is An Elimination Food Trial?
An elimination food trial means your dog is to be fed a new diet which does not include ANY food they have previously come into contact with. This way, we will be able to determine if your dog has a food sensitivity or a food intolerance and find out what ingredient(s) your dog should avoid in future.