V-dog contains wheat, barley, maize, textured vegetable (soya) protein, high protein soya, soya oil and minerals. It is fine and your dog will receive all its amino acids from this food as there is a good mix of legumes and maize.
There are no extra high quality ‘superfoods’ and the packaging is plastic so not as sustainable as the other newer brands, but it seems to be a popular source of feeding your dog a plant-based diet and is affordable. It would not suit dogs with any form of food intolerance or food allergies however as it does contain high amounts of wheat and soy (2 of the 5 top allergens in dogs).
V-Dog has been around since 1980 (it was originally called Happidog) and is a very popular brand, and the only concern that we have with it, is that it contains Vit D3 in the form Calcitriol Glycoside instead of the more natural lichen or algae or yeast-based Vit D3 as found in Hownd, Greta, Solo-Vegetal and Green Crunch. When the Calcitriol Glycoside (derived from a plant) is added to the food prior to extruding the biscuits (cooking at a very high temperature); the staff have to wear face masks to avoid inhaling it as it is not safe for humans. This is the only concern we have with V-Dog, but so many dogs seem to do really well on it and it has been around for the longest compared to all the other foods available.
(Please note that this concern with the addition of Calcitriol Glycoside is only a concern in the UK with V-Dog as it is not a requirement to add Vit D3 to dog foods in the US as it is in the UK, so they are the only company who have found this unusual Vit D3 plant-based source).
They have included the addition of Taurine and l-Carnitine for heart health.
Wheat, Maize, Soya, Wheatfeed, Maize 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 Pantothenic 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.