Plant-based diets offer a wide range of health benefits, which makes them a great fit for dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages. If your pup suffers from chronic symptoms like itchy skin, digestive issues, joint pain, or eye discharge, it might be time to try a nutritionally complete vegan diet. Below are 5 incredible health benefits that you can expect when switching your pooch to plant-based. (But don't take our word for it...read hundreds of stories from happy, healthy vegan dogs here!)
According to experts at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University, "The most commonly reported food allergies in dogs are chicken, beef, dairy, and egg...What surprises many pet owners is that grains are actually uncommon causes of food allergies – most pets are allergic to animal proteins." Food allergies can cause a variety of symptoms in dogs, including rashes, dry and itchy skin, loose stool, constipation, gas, vomiting, eye discharge, yeast infections, and fur loss. Exposure to allergens over time is a health concern, as it compromises the immune system. Plant-based diets are naturally allergen-friendly, meaning that your pup can finally get some relief from those chronic, uncomfortable symptoms.
"My lil baby Rocky is so much healthier since he started taking V-dog. After almost 12 years of vet visits, numerous allergy medications we finally found out from an allergy test he was allergic to an enzyme in meat. This posed a challenge as almost every pet food has meat or meat by products. Finding V-dog was perfect for my little man. He since has celebrated his 12th birthday and has been itch free and only sees the vet for checkups instead of biweekly vet visits. His energy is back up since he was able to be pulled off all his allergy meds that made him drowsy. He has the energy of a 3 year old dog. Thank you V-Dog for offering a solution that gave my dog a better quality of life."
#2 Easily digestible
Vegan formulas commonly help dogs with a whole range of digestive issues, from loose stool to constipation to gas. Conversely, meat-based dog foods are often hard on the digestive system due to the acidifying and inflammatory effects of animal protein. Because plant-based ingredients are gentle on digestion and often free of irritating allergens, they can help clear up symptoms in even the most sensitive of pups.
"V-dog basically saved my dog Laydie’s life, and also saved me thousands of dollars in additional testing ordered for her intestinal/digestion issues. It was an incredibly difficult time and I’m so grateful for V-dog. She loves the food so much and I’ve never seen her so excited to eat. Her digestion is better than it was before she got ill and she’s just a completely different dog."
Compared to animal-based foods, plant-based foods are naturally anti-inflammatory, which means they can help relieve joint pain and arthritis (making them an excellent fit for senior dogs). Dogs who switch to a vegan diet often experience improved mobility, which means stronger muscles, longer walks, and more endurance at the dog park.
"When I went vegan to reduce animal suffering just over 4 years ago, I switched my German Shepherd, Tock, over too. She's now 10.5 years old. Her arthritis became much better, her coat is beautiful, and she has lots of energy.
I have had no less than 4 veterinarians tell me what great shape she's in for her age, especially having been diagnosed with hip dysplasia at age 2. They go on and on with a sort of wonderment then ask THE question: 'What do you feed her?' It's pretty fun to watch their faces."
#4 Improves energy levels
Switching your dog to a vegan diet can help them regain puppy-like energy due to the clean, readily-available nutrition (without the negative effects from meat-based and byproduct-heavy food). Plant-based pups often find boundless energy on their new diets, which contributes to a higher quality of life.
"Phoenix was taking anti-inflamatories twice a day for constant hip pain. We switched her to V-dog at the urging of a couple of persistent friends and we are so glad we did! Within a week, Phoenix no longer had pain and now she jumps into the back of our Subaru Forester like a dog years younger. As a matter of fact, she could never do that before. In six months, she has had no need of medication and is active and healthy at 9 1/2 years old. I tell everyone I meet about V-dog! We even took a bag to our vet! Thank you for this amazing product. I feel like you've given me another five years with the best dog in the world."
#5 Helps manage weight
Made with lean and easily digestible ingredients, vegan dog food formulas are a great choice for dogs who have trouble maintaining a proper weight. Overweight dogs often shed excess pounds after making the switch, helping them stay lean and live longer, more active lives.
"I am so grateful that your wonderful product exists. Kerby loves it more than any other food he has ever had before. After 6 months he lost the 5 lbs his vet suggested he lose. We walk for over an hour almost every day and his energy is always full on."
Is your pup ready to make the switch to a cleaner, healthier diet? At v-dog, we've seen thousands of dogs reap the health benefits of our 100% plant based products, receiving A+ checkups at the vet. Our kibble is nutritionally complete and balanced, AAFCO approved, and free of byproducts, fillers, and common allergens. Learn more about what we do at v-dog.com, or check out the resources below!