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 with 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 (very similar to our homemade recipes). Read more about how a kind and wholesome plant-based diet benefits 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. We send you five 100% balanced homemade, easy and delicious diets formulated by top veterinary nutritionists…..and even better – it is tailormade to the size and weight of your own dog!
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 like Taurine and l-Carnitine) can be found in a healthy balanced plant-based diet where under our guidance, you have full control over what your dog is eating
Do you have limited time and worry that you will not be able to homecook?
There are new plant-based diets coming onto the market in the UK regularly and we keep you fully up to date with them. The latest one for example is Lily’s Kitchen Rainbow Stew that is not too expensive and very tasty and we include it in our Green Paws Pack Challenge for your dog to try
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 I offer all the advice to win your vet around easily and effectively, and when family members see how well and happy your dog is, 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 (we advise on these), then supplementing your dog’s diet will not be necessary. If homecooking, we advise on the best supplement to add 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
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 about Omega 3 fatty acids that we give to our dogs as fish oil?
Omega 3 fatty acids are SO important in not only our diets, but in the diets of our dogs as they act as anti-inflammatories for so many conditions such as in the skin and joints. It is possible to get the Omega 3 that is present in the liver of a fish, from Algae which is where the fish get their Omega 3’s from. This is Omega 3 in its purest form with no heavy metals or Vit A added such as found in cod liver oil!
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 and I share those with you! I offer advice on not only the best plant-based treats to use, but also on how to make feeding fun for your dog. We send samples of the plant-based foods that we use on our own dog (that he loves), as well as some high nutrient homemade treats for your dog!
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!
More Important Questions Answered
Where to purchase the main plant-based dog foods in the UK
I’ve had seven dogs – three of them lived to 19-years-old, one lived to 20-years-old (a German Shepherd), and then Bramble lived to 25-years-old!
What important nutrients are needed in a balanced homemade plant-based diet?
I work with 2 top vet nutritionists who have formulated the VegDog supplement to ensure that all essential nutrients are present in a homemade 100% plant-based dog food diet
Having an itchy allergic and scratching pet drastically reduces your dog’s quality of life
The contestants had no idea that the family dog, fed two predominantly meat-based meals a day, had a higher carbon footprint than driving the family car