Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vegan Dog Food

The idea of my dog eating meat has been lurking in my head for a couple months now. Purchasing dog food with meat is supporting factory farming, so I really need to give it up. But, I of course will not sacrifice my dog's health. I've finally researched it and have decided to give it a go. Lark (my dog), has a somewhat sensitive stomach so it took some time initially to find the right food for her. I'm hoping she transitions to this new vegan one OK.

I've been giving her about 10% of her vegan food a day for the past 2 days, and I plan to slowly increase it over the next 2 weeks. So far, she's had no issues. I went with Natural Balance. It has good reviews online, and my local pet store's employees also said they've heard good things.


If she seems to be OK with the food, the next step will be veterinarian approval. I'll have them do a full blood screening to be sure she's 100% healthy. I'm hoping this works out!

9 comments:

  1. I'm vegetarian, and i have 2 cats, so i know what you are thinking, but cats and dogs (as well as other domesticated animals) are obligate carnivores, this means, they NEED meat to live!!
    If you want your dog to be healthy and you don't like the factory farming shit, i suggest feeding your dog a raw food diet of organic meat. that way you know the animals weren't suffering before they were slaughtered.

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  2. I totally understand your dilemma but I'm kind of in agreement with Eat It on this one. Myself and my husband were thinking of doing this for our cats until we found out a high protein diet isn't good for cats with kidney problems, which two of them have..
    But there's some great websites dedicated to this topic, here's one http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-make-your-own-dog-food
    Just wanna say that I absolutely love your blog and am an avid reader. You're an inspiration. Keep up the great work.
    x Shivers

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  3. Shivers,
    I think you're right regarding cats, they need meat.

    Eat it,
    Do you have some resources you can cite regarding dogs being obligate carnivores? In my research I've found they are in the class "carnivore" along with many other animals such as bears and raccoons that eat diets high in plant material. Obligate carnivores get their nutrients solely from animal flesh, which is not the case with dogs.

    The food I feed my dog has the following written on it: "Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance® Vegetarian Formula For Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the A.A.F.C.O. dog food nutrient profile for adult dogs."

    I'm not saying I will force this. But, it's worth a try. And so far, she's liking it, and everything is normal.

    Here are some links regarding veggie dogs:
    http://www.peta.org/factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=34

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnivore

    http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/Vegetarian.html

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  4. Natrual Balance is a great choice becuase they don't test their products on animals either!

    And last I checked, dogs are omnivores like humans and everyone I know who has a vegan dog says their dogs do really well on a vegan diet.

    My cats (yes, cats are carnivores) are transitioning to vegan food made by AMI. It is the only vet approved vegan cat food. They are doing really well on it! Vegan cat food has come a long way.

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  5. Good to know Joanne, thanks! My dog is up to about 40% vegan food now, and it's a smooth transition so far.

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  6. Cool blog, I like what you're doing.

    But just to let 'Eat it' know:

    Organic doesn't mean suffering did not occur to the animal. It means organic.

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  7. I just got a new dog on Sunday and didn't have the privilege of transitioning my dog to her new food.

    Apparently the shelter I got her from fed their dogs Old Roy, so I'm really not too upset.

    I'm using the same vegan food you are and, so far, I haven't had any problems. Even going straight from cheap meat based food to quality vegan food (which is NOT the recommended way to switch pet food) has been fine. I'd prepared myself for a few days of upset stomach and accidental messes. Instead I've got a happier, healthier, more energetic dog than the one I initially brought home.

    I hope you have the same luck I did with this food.

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  8. My dog is up to about 75% vegan food now. She's really sensitive so I'm transitioning slowly. But, it's been better than I thought! No bad effects—she seems to being doing great. And she loves the taste.

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  9. I have a whole blog on vegan dogs! : ) My companion has been vegan since I got her at around 11 weeks old. www.ecovegandog.com

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