We have reviewed the more popular commercial plant-based brands currently available so you can see exactly what is in each one and where to purchase.
Organic Soya Beans, Organic White Rice, Organic Barley, Organic Oats, Organic Sunflower Oil, Brewer’s Yeast, Beet Pulp, Vitamins and Minerals, Fructo-oligosaccharides (prebiotic FOS; min 0.1%), Yucca Schidigera Extract (min. 0.05%)
Protein 20%, Fat Content 12%, Fibre 4%, Ash 3.5%, Linoleic Acid (Omega 6), Linolenic (Omega 3) 0.46%, Moisture 8%, Calcium 0.29%, Phosphorus 0.35%
UK based company and most popular commercial plant-based food in UK as very reasonably priced. Can cause digestive upsets and flatulence in dogs with an intolerance to corn and soya. The wheat free Benevo does NOT have the addition of taurine and l-carnitine for heart health.
Pumpkin (15%), Quinoa (4%), Lentils, Oat Flakes, Pea Protein, Hemp Protein (2.5%), Sunflower Oil, Lupins, Brewer’s Yeast (1%), Moringa (1%), Blueberries, Beetroot, Minerals, Seaweed, Dried Potato.
Crude Protein 6.2% Crude Fat 3.3% Omega 3 0.24% Crude Fibres 2% Moisture 75%
Hownd’s tinned 100% plant-based food started being sold in February 2021 and took 2 years to develop. It has the addition of l-Carnitine and Taurine that is lacking in Lily’s Kitchen Rainbow Stew, and we are very happy with the superfood ingredients that have been included in the food. We are always happy to support British businesses not associated with the large pet food manufacturers, so we do highly recommend.
Potatoes (10%), Courgettes (6%), Carrots (6%) Millet (6%), Lupin (4%), Lentils (3%), Peas (3%), Pea Protein (3%), Sunflower Seeds (2%), Sunflower Oil (2%), Minerals, Yeast, Chia Seeds (0.3%), Algae, Parsley (0.2%), Basil (0.2%).
Herbs & botanicals: Golden Rod, Nettles, Aniseed, Rosehips, Marigold Petals, Cleavers, Kelp, Alfalfa, Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root, Burdock Root, Celery Seeds.
Crude Protein 6% Crude Fat 4.2% Crude Ash 2.1% Crude Fibres 1.8% Moisture 74%
Lily’s Kitchen Rainbow Stew arrived on the market in autumn 2020 to keep up with the demand for a UK plant-based and nutritious product and we applaud this big company for moving with the times. It does not contain taurine and l-carnitine for heart health, or added methionine for urinary tract health, so it cannot be fed exclusively, but is ideal for meat-free Mondays.
Yellow corn*, peas*, soy beans*, sunflower seed husks*, coconut oil*, minerals, brewers yeast, white lupine*, baobab*, and dried seaweed*.
* = organic
Crude Protein 21% Crude Fat 14% Crude Ash 8% Crude Fibre 7% Moisture 42%
Yarrah Organic wheat-free dry food is readily available in the UK and contains nourishing ingredients and is very popular although it is not ideal for dogs that are allergic to corn or soya as these are its main ingredients. It does contain taurine and l-carnitine for heart health, but its Vit D source is from sheep wool fat rather than from the pure plant-based source in the other foods we recommend. All the Yarrah products do have the valuable addition of Methionine (although not mentioned on their packaging).
Corn, Corn Gluten, Corn Oil, Rice Protein, Whole Peas, Beet Pulp, Linseed, Bicalcium Phosphate, Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein, Potato Protein, Brewer’s Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Rapeseed Oil.
Moisture 8,00%, Crude protein 24,50%, Crude oils and fats 12,00%, Crude fibres 2,80%, Crude ash 6,00%
Ami is another very popular brand as reasonably priced. It comes from Italy and its protein source is corn and rice so not good for dogs with an intolerance to corn. It does not contain taurine for heart health, added plant-based Vit D3, or added methionine for urinary tract health.
Whole Wheat, Maize Gluten, Dried Peas, Sunflower Oil , Whole Maize, Sweet Potato, Whole Linseed, Rice, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Brewers Yeast, Minerals, Alfalfa, Vegetable Stock, Botanical Blend (Seaweed, Chicory extract, Spinach, Blueberry, Parsley, Rosemary, Yucca extract, Turmeric).
Crude Protein 24.0%, Fat Content 12%, Crude Fibre 4%, Crude Ash 8%, Calcium 1.2%, Phosphorus 0.9%
V-dog crunchy nuggets new recipe is now soya free and contains wheat, maize gluten, dried peas, sunflower oil, rice, dried beet pulp and minerals. It is affordable and your dog will receive all its amino acids from this food as there is a good mix of legumes and maize. It would not suit dogs with any form of food intolerance or food allergies however as it does contain high amounts of wheat and corn (maize). They have included the important addition of Taurine for heart health, but no Methionine for urinary tract health.
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%
Only plant-based food sold by vet practices in the UK as marketed for dogs with protein allergies – it contains premium ingredients and is very palatable with round biscuits. It contains the required amount of taurine and methionine for heart health and Vit D3 from natural plant-based sources; and the addition of methionine for urinary tract health. THERE IS ALSO A VERY PALATABLE TINNED FOOD IDEAL TO BE FED WITH SOLO VEGETAL DRY FOOD.
Greta from Vegan4dogs
Rice (from certified organic cultivation 24%), Potatoes (23%), Pea Protein (9,5%), Canola Oil, Potato Protein, Lentils, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Carrots, Brewer’s Yeast, Banana Meal, Beetroot, Monocalcium Phosphate, Seaweed Calcium, Cranberries, Sea Salt, Marjoram, Savory, Tomato Powder, Lovage, Seaweed Meal, Horse Chestnut, Papaya Leaves, Fructooligosaccharides, Schizochytrium Limacinum (rich in Omega 3)
(* from certified organic cultivation: DE-ÖKO-006)
Crude protein 24.1%, crude fat 9.5%, crude fibre 2.8%, crude ash 5.1%, moisture 8.7%, 0.8% calcium, phosphorus 0.52%, Ca: P 1.5: 1 (calcium / phosphorus ratio), purine content 40mg / 100g
100% ethical company in Germany Vegan4Dogs and very palatable dog food with NO wheat, corn, soya, preservatives and Vit D3 derived from pure plant sources, plus the addition of methionine for urinary tract health. 2 sizes of biscuits with mini sized biscuits for small dogs. It is highly recommended.
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%
Veggiedog is ideal for vegetarian dogs with an intolerance to rice as it is one of the plant-based foods that is balanced but has no rice as one of its ingredients; they use potatoes as a protein source instead. Veggiedog is very reasonably priced, but it has a low protein content at 20% without the added extra amino acids mentioned such as Taurine or Methionine.