With a name like Veggie Dog, you would expect that it is a vegan dog food. Just like Yarrah dog food, at first glance it looks very nutritionally complete with many of the ‘superfoods’ in its ingredient list like algae, fruit and herbs and its base is potato, but we are reluctant to support this product as it contains 0.01% Vitamin D from sheep wool fleece (lanolin). It may only be 0.01% of the content, but animals are still being harmed in the making of this food, so we would not recommend its use. The wool is from sheared sheep that are released back into the field (or they would not be able to advertise the food as vegetarian if from abbatoir byproducts, but there is nothing kind involved in the rough handling of sheep for shearing). This is also still a concern as the sheep’s wool may be treated with insecticides (sheep dip) that have been absorbed into the fat.
Our vegan vet Arielle met the owner of Veggie Dog – Klaus Wagner at a Petcare Convention in London in February 2020. He explained that the 0.01% sheepwool was to satisfy the PFMA (pet food manufacturing association) ruling that a pet food can only be balanced if it contains Vit D3 from sheep’ wool (lanolin) as the PFMA can only test for Cholecalciferol (Vit D3) from sheep’s wool. Proof that the PFMA supports a meat-based diet as there is so much profit in it. So sadly, although so well balanced, we cannot support this plant-based food as there are kinder alternatives (such as Green Crunch) that use pure plant-based Vit D3 in their foods.
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)