WHY TRANSITION YOUR DOG TO PLANT-BASED?
Will a plant-based diet help my dog that is constantly itchy and chews their paws and shakes their ears?
As a plant-based diet can be made to include none of the allergens that dogs react to in food ie NO ANIMAL PROTEIN | NO DAIRY | NO WHEAT | NO SOYA | NO CORN, then yes it is the ideal ‘novel protein’ diet that will have a positive effect on your pet’s health if their allergic, atopic skin condition is due to allergens in the food that seriously affect their quality of life.
Do you worry about the health of your pet as you know your dog has put on yet more weight, especially over lockdown?
We can help with this as on a healthy plant-based diet, you can literally see the weight falling off and your pet’s energy returning. They breath more easily (especially all the flat-nosed breeds) and our older loved pets need less medication for crippling arthritis so we have them around for longer as happier, healthier dogs
Is it true that dogs on a plant-based diet live longer?
Yes, if you want to have your dog with you for as long as possible and lead a healthy life, then the proof comes from Bramble – the oldest dog in the UK. She died at the age of 25, and she lived on a diet of brown rice, lentils and fresh vegetables. Read more about the benefits of plant-based in our elderly pets.
Do you want to fully appreciate the bond you have and homecook for your pet?
So many owners want to homecook for their pets. They are our family members and there is nothing more satisfying than providing them with a balanced, wholesome and nourishing meal, but with plant-based, so many owners worry about getting it wrong. See our expert advice on homecooking for your pet using wholefood ingredients and a balanced and UK formulated supplement.
Are you concerned that dogs need meat and that a plant-based diet is unnatural for your pet?
We reassure you that this very real concern voiced by most dog owners is unnecessary as dogs need protein not meat. We make sure that all 10 essential amino acids (plus extra non essential ones for heart health such as like Taurine, l-Carnitine & Methionine) can be found in a healthy balanced plant-based diet where under our guidance, you have full control over what your dog is eating whether choosing dry, tinned or homemade food.
Do you have limited time and worry that you will not be able to homecook but you still want to feed the best?
We highly advise trying DoGood fresh food that arrives frozen to your door and is completely balanced and delicious. Another option is Fleetful Hearty Hemp & Chickpea Recipe Pack as it offers the best of both – homecooking with a carefully balanced nutritional pack……and it is absolutely delicious!
Are there any dangerous foods I must NOT feed my dog?
There are some foods that must NOT be fed to dogs and these are grapes, raisins, onion, garlic, leeks, macadamia nuts and dark chocolate….and that’s it!! It goes without saying that your dog should not be fed mouldy food but we know you would never feed that and ensure bins are kept tightly shut. Plant-based foods tend to be much lower in saturated fats and cause far less problems with the very painful condition pancreatitis that is seen in dogs being fed animal fats and meats.
Are you so worried about what family members, friends and your vet may say when you transition?
This concerned me too as a vet, but by explaining to your vet and family that you have chosen to only go with vet recommended plant-based foods and recipes, you will win them around around easily and effectively. Never mention the word vegan as that tends to put everybody off!! When family members see how well and happy your dog is and how suddenly they are not scratching as much as they used to and their fur is so soft; they will not doubt your new sustainable decision!
It cannot all be positive, what negatives are there with plant-based feeding?
The only negative that dog owners who have transitioned have mentioned, is that their dog produces a lot more poos – especially in the early days of transitioning. Expect to let them out many more times than normal, but this settles down and interestingly, there is hardly a smell from what they produce so it makes picking it up so much easier!
What extra supplements will my dog need on a plant-based diet?
If feeding one of the good brands of plant-based foods available that we send to you, then supplementing your dog’s diet will not be necessary. If homecooking, we advise using JUST BE KIND supplement to add to the wholefood ingredients that contains all the extra essentials needed that may be lacking, and our homemade recipes with supplement are worked out to be 100% accurate for the weight and size of your dog. There is just one extra supplement that is worth giving to your dog with whatever diet you choose, and that is the purest form of Omega 3 found in Algae oil where fish get their Omegas’ from. We advise this brand that is the most cost-effective and the dose is 1 capsule a day for a 25kg dog or 1 every other day for a 10 -15 kg dog. (Dogs love these ‘no fishy’ capsules!)
If my dog does not go fully plant-based will it still have an impact?
Absolutely! If you prefer to just go with meat-free Mondays instead of fully changing over to a plant-based diet, you will notice a difference in your pet’s health as you are building up their vital good bacteria through a high fibre diet. 70% of your pet’s immunity is in their gut, so even one day of plant-based will impact positively
Any dogs going plant-based, and cutting back on meat diets will have a positive impact on the environment. A small dog eating a high meat diet has the same carbon footprint as driving a 4×4 over a year!
What if my really fussy dog does not like to eat such a different diet?
This does pose a challenge as like us, our dogs have specific tastes to familiar foods that we treat them with. There are certain plant-based foods that dogs find irresistible such as tahini paste, nutritional yeast, pure peanut butter and tofu. We use these in our homemade recipes and all can be added to your dog’s food to make it more appetising if they are really fussy.
Isn’t it going to be really expensive to change to plant-based?
Just like with our food where meat products and highly processed foods are so heavily subsidised and are very cheap to buy, plant-based fresh ingredients do tend to be more expensive. If you choose to homecook however, you reduce all the costs as you can choose ingredients that you would eat yourself. The advice we offer should ensure a longer, healthier life with less vet visits for your pet so you are ultimately investing in their long-term health – You cannot put a value on the health of your pet!