“Thrive, THrīv, verb: (of a child, animal, or plant) grow or develop well or vigorously. Prosper; flourish.”
The topic of vegan dogs can be a sensitive, polarizing one, but one that needs to be talked about. This topic significantly improves and saves the lives of so many, and is a movement that is only beginning. Before we go any further, here is an excellent scientific study done on meat-free dogs: Sprint Racing Huskies Thrive on Meat-free Diet.
Our customers have heard it all.
“Your dog isn’t thriving.”
“Your dog needs meat.”
“Depriving your dog of meat is animal abuse.”
“You don’t know what it means for a dog to thrive.”
So, what does it mean for a dog to thrive?
- Tons of energy
- Shiny, healthy coat
- Mobile, pain-free joints
- Lean bodyweight
- Bright, clear eyes
- A+ vet checkups
- Perfect blood test results at the vet
- Happy at meal time
- Enjoying their delicious food and treats
Health Ailments and Recovery
Every day, we see living proof of these types of dogs - thriving dogs - shining bright on a meatless diet.
We’ve seen miraculous turnarounds from dogs with seemingly incurable tummy troubles. We’ve seen dogs with chronic joint pain bound up and down stairs like puppies. We’ve seen dogs who itch relentlessly on every other food their human has tried, finally relax, comfortable for the first time in their life. We’ve heard from dog parents in awe who break down and cry when their picky dog finally enjoys meal time with their new vegan kibble. We’ve heard from dog parents whose dogs have weaned off of their seizure or diabetes meds, lost unwanted weight and gained happiness and energy for the first time in years.
Don’t take our word for it -- You can view hundreds of dogs with these characteristics on our testimonials page to see for yourself what it means for a vegan dog to thrive.
The Carnivore Myth
Dogs are omnivores and can be completely healthy and happy on a 100% complete, meat-free diet. Although TV ads often depict your pet and a wolf as one of the same, the scientific truth is that the genes of the dogs we know and love today are far from their wolf ancestors. Due to thousands of years of evolution and increased copies of the AM2YB gene (that wolves do not have), your dog has the capability to digest and make excellent use of starches.
Choosing a dog food
To ensure your dog is as healthy as can be on their meat-free diet, be sure to choose a fully-supplemented food that meets AAFCO guidelines for nutrition. This will ensure your pup receives the proper nutrients including plenty of protein, taurine, vitamin D and all other essentials. If you need more proof, you can take your dog to the vet before switching them to their new meat-free diet and get a blood test done. A few months into the diet, bring them back for another routine blood test to check in on the numbers.
Dog Food for Animal Lovers
We want the best for your dog. We also want the best for all animals and for this planet we all share. This is why we make 100% complete nutrition for dogs that has all of the healthy, sustainable stuff your dog needs (like clean pea protein, quinoa, lentils and blueberries) without any of the stuff they don’t (animal products, fillers, corn, soy, wheat). If we can feed our beloved fur babes a food they love without harming other animals in the process, we ask the simple question: why not?
Join us in the conversation on Instagram and tag your healthy, happy pup’s photos to #VeganDogsThrive and #vdog.
Additional Science/Links on Vegan Dogs
Dog's dinner was key to domestication (Nature Journal)
Veterinarians approve a meat-free diet for dogs: link
D.V.M. Armaiti May on Vegan diets for Dogs: video link
Vegan Dog Videos