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Best Vegan Dog Food Brands

Best Vegan Dog Food Brands

So in an article that we published a few weeks ago we asked the question can my dog be vegan? By looking at the evolution of the current domesticated dog hopefully we proved conclusively that the answer is yes.

Of course if the science didn’t convince you then maybe it was the story of Bramble the Welsh border collie who made the Guinness book of records living to the ripe old age of 25. Or possibly it was that fact that Nelo our 13 year old chocolate Labrador has been vegan for 5 years now and still causes as much trouble as most puppies.

Either way knowing that our dogs can not only survive, but thrive on a vegan diet, what should we feed him (or her)? Of course dog nutrition isn’t something we usually think about that much, but if you are considering changing from a traditional meat based feed to a vegan option, it’s extremely important that you do your research.

There is now an extensive range of vegan dog food brands to choose from and of course you have the option to prepare fresh food as well. We have tried most vegan brands with Nelo our labrador and we are going to share those results with you today

We do however recommend that you talk with your vet about dietary changes particularly so if you dog is older and has or has had health problems. Make sure you transition your dog off traditional food by mixing a little more vegan food each day into his diet to avoid any upset or irritation. Ok so on to our best vegan dog food brands.

 

benovo adult vegan dog foodBenevo Adult Original Vegetarian Dog Food, 15kg

What is it?

Benovo adult original vegetarian dog food is made in the UK and despite being called vegetarian is actually vegan. Launched is 2005 it is a nutritionally complete and balanced feed that is wheat free and has added Fructo-Oligosaccharides (a probiotic) to help aid digestion.

It is guaranteed to have no GM ingredients and no artificial flavours or colourings. The newest recipe now has added Taurine and L-Carnitine as well as a yucca extract to reduce odour’s. The recipe has evolved over the past 13 years and offers complete vegan nutrition for your dog.

What we love

It is wheat free and has an addition probiotic. It is great for dogs that may have sensitive stomachs and/or wheat allergies. Benevo’s experience has allowed them to improve the recipe. This is the feed that we now use for Nelo to complement his home cooked food. We also love that Benevo are a vegan company and do not produce meat alternatives like many other suppliers.

Any downside?

Not really other than it is not organic. Benevo do produce an organic option but it isn’t always available locally. It ticks all the boxes in terms of nutritional value and we have never seen any negative reviews of Benevo.

Rating: 9 out of 10

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Yarrah Vegan Dog FoodYarrah Adult Organic Vegan Dog Food 10kg

What is it?

Yarrah adult organic vegan dog food is made in the UK by Yarrah, who have been producing organic pet fed since 1992. This is their vegan option and is 100% organic. It is a complete food and its main components are soy beans, whole grain wheat, wheat bran and yellow corn.

It has a range of natural additives including coconut oil, vitamin B12, Taurine and L-Carnitine. The soluble vegetable proteins make it highly digestible and the further addition of baobab seeds and organic seaweed add to the nutrient value as well as aiding digestion.

What we love

A fully organic high quality feed that has added natural supplements to add both vitamin and mineral content and aid digestion and health. We tried a small bag and Nelo was very happy with it (although being a Labrador he eats anything).

Again we have never seen a negative review of Yarrah and would happily recommend.

Any downside?

It is a wheat based product so could be an issue for intolerant dogs. The bag we had wasn’t resealable. It appears cheaper but is actually a 10kg bag rather than 15kg. Yarrah aren’t a vegan company.

Rating: 9 out of 10

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V-dog vegan Dog Food FlakesV-dog Dog Food Traditional Flakes 15 Kg

What is it?

V-dog was the first commercially available vegan dog food available in the UK all the way back in 1980. It was originally known as Happidog later changing its name to the V-dog brand we have now.

V-dog traditional flakes are actually a muesli style blend of flakes that offer a complete balanced food for adult dogs. Its main components are wheat, barley, maize and soya and as with both Benovo and Yarrah had added Taurine and L-Carnitine.

There are no artificial colours or flavours and there are no GM ingredients.

What we love

The fact they are a vegan company who have been offering vegan products for almost 40 years. We actually love the muesli style as it mixes well with vegetables and a little tepid water. We have only ever heard good things about dogs transitioning from a meat based diet on to the V-dog flakes

Any downside?

Again, not an organic product and does have a wheat base which could cause a problem for dogs with an intolerance. Also needs to be moistened before serving, although for us it was an opportunity to add cooked moist food and juices but if giving on its own we recommend tepid water.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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Ami Dog Vegan Dog foodAmi Dog Vegan Dry 3kg

What is it?

Ami are an Italian pet food company and all of their products are 100% Vegan. It is a complete dog food and what makes it unique is that it is both soya and wheat free.

Its main components are corn, rice, peas and potatoes and this combination still manages to supply one of the highest levels of protein at 27%. Ami dog has added omega 3 and 6 oils and contains no GMO’s, artificial colours or preservatives.

What we love

The fact that they are vegan company and have produced a high quality nutrient dense food without wheat or soya. We haven’t tried Ami dog with Nelo but we can only find positive reviews both on UK and Italian sites

Any downside?

Not an organic product and the cost is considerably higher with 6kg usually costing close to £60

Rating: 8 out of 10

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V-dog nugget vegan dog foodV-dog Crunchy nuggets 15 Kg

What is it?

Again, from V-dog who make the traditional flakes but this is a nugget based version with the same base ingredients with the addition of pasta, rice and additional vegetables.

It is also supplemented with rosemary which is a natural antioxidant and parsley which aids the digestive process. As with the flakes it has added Taurine and L-Carnitine. There are no artificial colours or flavours and there are no GM ingredients.

What we love

As we have said the fact they are a vegan company who have been offering vegan products for almost 40 years. The ingredients are all natural and the addition of rosemary and parsley is a benefit. We rarely see any negative reviews and this was the first vegan food that we tried for Nelo our Labrador. As always, he loved it!

Any downside?

As with the flakes it is not an organic product and does have a wheat base which could cause a problem for dogs with an intolerance. It has a slightly higher fat content at 8% when compared to the flakes. We stopped using it as it wasn’t stocked locally.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

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Yes, I know I said our top five but at number 6 how about our own brand of home cooked food. Ivonne will soon be writing a post with some of her favourite doggie recipes, well to be honest we eat lots of them to. But below is a simple home cooked recipe of leftovers that Nelo loves. Try it and let us know what your dog thinks

Home Made Vegan Dog Food – Rice Quinoa Veggie Mix (our leftovers!)

Ingredients:

1 cup of cooked brown rice

1 cup of cooked quinoa

3 cups of (dog friendly) mixed vegetables

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1.5 cups of veggie stock

Preparation:

Put the rice, quinoa oil and water/stock all in a pan and stir together. Put the vegetables in to a blender and blend slowly until it has a creamy consistency. Add the creamy vegetable mix to the pan and warm for 3 or 4 minutes until fully mixed and slightly warm.

Alternatively, this can be mixed in the pan without heating and be served cold, or you have the option of using warm water to make the veggie stock. Serve and in our case watch as it all disappear within a few seconds!

Rating: 10 out of 10

 

Home made vegan dog foodLots of Options

So, the good news is there are now lots of options for healthy vegan dog food. It’s easier than ever to find an option that will suit your dog. Even if he is a picky eater or suffers from an intolerance or allergy, there is bound to be convenient and affordable vegan option for him. Good luck and let us know how you get on.

 

 



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