Top 5 Vegan Dog Myths and Facts

"Dogs are carnivores and need meat to thrive."

FACT: All of those commercials and ads depicting your dog and a wolf as one and the same? According to science, they got it all wrong. Dogs have evolved alongside humans for over 10,000 years. On a biological level, domesticated dogs have a different genetic component that allows them to thrive and make excellent use of starchy, plant-based foods. Thanks to evolution, dogs can thrive on a complete and balanced vegan diet like v-dog

"The researchers found that dogs have more copies of a gene called AMY2B, crucial for amylase production, than wolves. And in dogs, this gene is 28 times more active in the pancreas than in wolves...Dogs also showed changes in specific genes that allow for the breakdown of maltose into glucose, another key starch digestion step, and in genes allowing for the body to make use of this glucose." (Animal Genetics)

Resource: Animal Genetics Journal - Amylase activity is associated with AMY2B copy numbers in dog: implications for dog domestication, diet and diabetes

Resource: Nature: The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet

"Dogs need meat for protein."

FACT: Dogs do need protein, but "protein" is not mutually exclusive to "meat" (animal flesh). Protein is found in plants as well as animal substances. This means we can provide dogs with plenty of the protein they need by going directly to the source for nutrition - plants and organic compounds.  Certain plants, like peas, are naturally high in protein. Dogs can and do thrive on a complete and balanced plant-based diet filled with nutrient-dense plant proteins.  

The definition of "protein" via Merriam and Webster: 

Resource: MDPI: Vegetarian versus Meat-Based Diets for Companion Animals

Resource: MCBI: An experimental meat-free diet maintained haematological characteristics in sprint-racing sled dogs



"A dog's health will decline if fed a vegan diet." 

FACT: As long as a dog's diet is complete and balanced, their nutrition can come from 100% plant-based sources. Thousands of dogs have and continue to live happy, healthy, long lives, some into their 20's, on complete vegan diets. 

Resource: Senior vegan dogs thriving

Resource: Bramble the Vegan Collie lives to 189


"Feeding your dog a (complete and balanced) plant-based diet is animal abuse." 

FACT: According to the official definition of "animal cruelty," feeding a dog a well-researched, balanced diet like v-dog does not fall under either "neglect" or "intentional" cruelty to animals.  

According to, "Generally, animal cruelty can be divided into two categories: neglect and intentional cruelty. Examples of intentional cruelty include, among others, overt abuse, when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal, dog fighting and cock fighting. Acts of neglect include companion animals being neglected or denied basic necessities of care, such as food, water, shelter, or veterinary care." 

We do know what does fall under physical and intentional abuse towards animals: common industry practices of animal agriculture. This is why we've created a tried-and-true solution to feed our dogs with complete and balanced nutrition - 100% cruelty-free and made 100% from animal-free sources. 


Mercy for Animals: "If I were born a dog"





-- Videos of happy, healthy vegan dogs -- 



"Veterinarians don't think a (complete and balanced) vegan diet is appropriate for dogs."

FACT: There are many veterinarians around the USA and the world who accept and/or promote a complete and balanced vegan diet for dogs. 

Resource: Vegan Diets for Dogs: DVM Dr. Armaiti May

Resource: VegePets: Veterinarians

Resource: V-dog veterinarians



As a company that has seen thousands of dogs thrive on our plant-based kibble since 2005, at v-dog we feel very confident in the power of plants for our furry companions. Story after story, time after time, we hear of dogs bouncing with energy, losing weight and ridding their bodies of arthritis, allergies and tummy troubles. In addition to the ethical and environmental benefits of feeding your dog a plant-based diet, there is clear scientific evidence that over the thousands of years they've spent around humans, their bodies have evolved to digest and thrive on starchy foods.




  • Hi! I am a 40+ year vegan and have a few questions regarding VDog. Firstly, I recently read that dogs are being poisoned across the country because it’s becoming increasingly common for even High end dog food companies to grind diseased animals into wet and/or kibble. I read some of these ground animals were euthanized and still have the drug that killed them in their systems- which is then passed onto the dog food and the pet being fed. I do not want that for my dog!! He is a 110# American Bulldog and is my life. I would like to try V-Dog- but he won’t eat kibble dry and only eats it if mixed with a wet food. I have scoured dog food companies and the only vegan or vegetarian dog foods contain soy – which is not ok for dogs. I don’t even eat soy

    So- If I were to transition Rocky to VDog- what can I mix in with the kibble so he will eat?
    Oh- today I saw an article by Dr Mercola (Who I find pretty cool mostly) and he even said Dogs cannot thrive on vegan dog foods because vegan dog foods do not contain the correct amino acid ratio to sustain a dog. He even said that is true for vegans- and I have been vegan for over 40 years and never had a problem. Can yourecommend a wet food Rocky can eat with Vdog if I go that way? Thank You!

    Jody Noller
  • I’ve heard dogs need taurine and that it is added to commercial dog food to ensure they get it in their diets. Is that true and if so is it in your dog foods?

    Thank you!

    Nancy G
  • My dogs are happy and healthy on v-dog. My only concern is they seem very itchy…and they don’t have fleas or ticks, so I wonder if it’s the v-dog? I hope not, as I love feeding it to them but if that’s the cause I may have to switch…

    jean vitale
  • Another fact re wolves, is that they DO thrive on a lot of roots, berries and grasses. The biggest part of their meat diet is also rodents. They eat the Whole thing. The rodent is full of wild berries, roots, grains and grasses too.

    Zara Lunden

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