First a bit of background. My 11 year-old mate has a whole bunch of health issues. He’s always had issues throughout his life. When he was 3 months old, he contracted parvovirus. He spent almost 2 weeks at the vet hospital and was very much touch and go for a full 10 days. He was born in the street, you see. He had no protection. So he got parvovirus.
But, we found each other. I brought him home and nurtured him back to health. It’s been 11 years. His name is Mondego. And he has always had a gut issue. If I as much as change his diet, I know I will be dealing with diarrhea for at least 48 hours. It’s tough. But I love him. And the consequences of parvovirus will be with him for life.
In the last 5 years, all my dogs have been given 75% homemade food. And I noticed that Mondego was having less issues. Then last year, I started transitioning them towards a vegan diet. I didn’t do this earlier simply because the local market didn’t really provide quality vegan alternatives for my pets. But this year there’s been a burst of new products entering the market worldwide and I am happy to inform that Mondego is a vet-approved vegan dog. As are all my other dogs.
One of my dog’s worst issues in the last few years is his swollen paws. He was having difficulties walking and was slowing down. My vet put that down to allergies. Fact of the matter is, since transitioning to a plant-based diet for dogs, he clearly feels stronger, and his paws are no longer swollen. He has other issues, of course, which won’t go away overnight. But, at 11, Mondego has never looked healthier. His hair is shiny and soft, and he no longer smells like he used. If you have ever cared for a dog with parvovirus, you know the smell stays with them! It’s weird.
Anyways, now that I have my vet’s full approval, I am on a mission to support other dog-lovers who wish to convert their pets to a vegan diet.
So, first, here’s a recipe I follow at home. I don’t like to make food for a week and keep it in the fridge. I prefer to give my pets a meal that is as fresh as possible. So, I make a small batch at a time. If they’re healthy, my vet bills are lower. Simple maths.
But there’s always those days where my schedule is out of whack (3-4 times a week) and I need to have something ready-made for my hairy kids.
With so many new products coming up in the market, you might get lost with so many options. My pets are picky because they’ve been raised on a home-cooked diet. And 2 of the 3 are seniors now and age also makes them more demanding. If they don’t like it, they don’t eat. Full stop. So, I tend to go for vegan home-baked snacks for my dogs. First and foremost for me is no additives and no preservatives. I don’t consume them, so neither do my pets.
And I’ll finish off by featuring a brand that is not only selling vegan dog food, but has gone a step further by using compostable packaging. Kudos! The world is finally transitioning to a more responsible existence, even in the vegan dog world.
So, talk to your vet. Discuss what nutrients your dog needs for his or her specific needs. Don’t go by the half-baked “opinions” you find on the web, on either side.
For now, though, why not trade the usual snacks you give your dog with a vegan alternative for dogs?