Top Reasons to Feed a Healthy Plant-Based Dog Food Diet
You can have loving licks from your dog (or your new puppy) safe in the knowledge that their kisses carry no harmful bacteria found in raw meat or even meat-based dog biscuits that are coated with ‘digest’ to make them more palatable, but all meat products carry risks. The bond we have with our pets (that is needed now more than ever as we socially isolate from people) can be stronger in this knowledge that they can safely eat what we are eating…..and enjoy it as much as we do.
Dogs need protein, not meat and the essential amino acids can all be obtained from natural sources such as lentils and peas that contain not only proteins, but vitamins A, K and B and iron, potassium, magnesium, and they are high in fibre. These are all essential natural nutrients that will benefit and enhance the quality of life of our pets.
A plant-based diet contains no saturated fat that we find in high meat diets that are detrimental in humans to heart health and the same effect can be seen in our dogs with underlying genetic heart conditions. Plant-based diets offer the best diets for heart health, especially if they are properly balanced with added taurine and L-carnitine for heart muscle function. Low saturated fats also fully supports dogs prone to pancreatitis.
A healthy gut is key to your dog’s health, with 70% of the immune system found in the intestines. Plant-based diets made with natural prebiotics and fibre provide all the elements to feed your dog’s immune system and produce a healthy and balanced gut microbiome.
A novel protein diet made of 100% plants with no soya and corn as found in the Green Crunch biscuits and premium dry food Solo-Vegetal that we support, and the homemade recipes we provide; are the kindest way to manage all those pets with chronic itching and scratching due to food intolerances from the top allergens in dogs – none of which are found in a balanced plant-based diet.
We all tend to treat our dogs and overfeed them on foods they love that are often not good for them and so many of our pets are overweight. Carrying extra weight in our loved pets, puts extra strain on their joints as well as affecting their breathing, heart and energy levels and makes them more predisposed to cancer. Plant-based diets are low in fats and high in fibre and you can visibly see the excess weight just drop off and the energy levels increase after just a few weeks on a healthy plant-rich diet.
It is ethically better and so much kinder, as it doesn’t require hundreds of other animals to die over the course of one favoured dog’s lifetime, just to keep your one pet alive.
You will sleep better at night as you are doing what is right to protect our fragile planet. A dog’s carbon footprint on a meat-based diet is the same as driving a 4×4 over a year!
‘Bramble The Dog Who Wanted To Live Forever’ holds the record for the oldest dog in the UK as she lived until the wonderful age of 25 on a diet of brown rice and lentils and fresh homegrown vegetables. Bramble’s owner is Anne Heritage – a devoted vegan and animal lover growing up in the North West of England in the 60’s. In her words she not only had Bramble, but “I’ve had seven dogs – three of them lived to 19-years-old, one lived to 20-years-old, and then Bramble lived to 25-years-old.”
Remarkable – and all fed a plant-based natural diet! See how a plant-based diet benefits our elderly pets that we love so much.
“As a vet, I believe in a kinder, healthier way to feed our pets that does no damage to our environment, harms no animals and uses fresh, healthy plant-based ingredients for a balanced and delicious diet”
Dr Arielle Griffiths MRCVS Vegan Vet and Ruff vegan family dog 2020
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Most Commonly Asked Questions
We are so passionate about plant-based feeding in dogs, that we want to support you and hopefully make it affordable for you
Only by convincing vets that it is the way forward, will we together have any success as plant-based feeders of ensuring that it becomes a very viable and superior option to feeding our dogs
The maned wolf really blows the theory of our pet dogs needing meat in their diet completely out the water
We have Bramble the dog who wanted to live forever as proof that vegan diets help our pets live longer healthier lives
An online survey in 2019 revealed that around one in three owners may be willing to consider switching to a vegan diet for their pet in the future
This is one of our biggest concerns as pet owners that we are not getting the balance just right for the health of our pet