Transitioning My Dog to a Vegan Diet: What to Expect

You're getting ready to order your first bag of vegan dog food and you're excited, but maybe a little nervous, to make the switch. Will the transition be difficult? Will your dog be missing any nutrients? We've broken it down in the simplest way possible so you can feel confident about your dog's new diet.

The food

As long as you choose a formula that is nutritionally complete and balanced, your pup will be getting all the nutrients they need in their diet. Look for a food that meets AAFCO guidelines, which ensures that the formula has been third-party tested for nutritional content.

Learn more about vegan dog nutrition here.

The transition

Transitioning your dog to a vegan food is just like transitioning to any other new food. A period of 5-10 days is generally a good transition period, starting with 1/3 new food to 2/3 old food and gradually increasing to 100% new food. Easy peasy!

Once your pup is fully transitioned, you should expect normal, healthy digestion.

Your pup's long-term health

A vegan diet can benefit your dog in many ways, including (but not limited to) the following:

Read hundreds more stories from happy, healthy vegan dogs here.

Questions about making the switch? Check out the resources below or email us at for more info.

Is a vegan diet a good fit for my dog?

Vegan Dog Studies & Resources

Ask the Vegan Vet


V-dog has been serving up delicious kibble and treats since 2005 -- all 100% vegan! Our nutritionally complete kibble formula is AAFCO approved, veterinarian recommended, and free of fillers, byproducts, and common allergens. V-dog is the healthiest choice for your pup and for the planet!

Learn more about vegan diets for dogs

Plant-Based or Meat-Based Diet for Your Dog: Which is Best?

Ask the Vegan Vet: Does my dog need to eat meat?

Hundreds of stories from happy, healthy vegan dogs


  • Thalli is a beautiful 10 year old long-haired 13 lb Chihuahua mix that’s been vegan since I got her at 9 months of age. She eats all fruit, vegetables, grains and beans with tomato’s a real favorite. Sauerkraut and weiners(vegan) are special especially the sauerkraut part. Leafy greens are OK if there’s dressing. The only meat and I think it’s the fun of catch n kill are lizards and they’re rare and quite small.
    I moved to the minibites because her previous Natural Balance kibble was to big and didn’t digest well. It’s really helped both of us when she rides in the car. I roll up Natural Balance vege wet food into 20-25 balls and freeze them. She gets 2 thawed balls a day. Her energy never ceases so I think her food is working well for her.
    Thank you, Ron

    Ron Rothe on

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