If you are a pet parent, you may have occasionally made your own dog food or thought about it. After all, your dog is one of the most loved members of the family and you want to give it the best care possible.
We all know the benefits of eating fresh food, then why should our dogs be an exception to the experience.
While human diets have taken a more healthy and natural approach, many of our dogs are still chowing down on kibble made from ingredients that we can’t even pronounce.
There are many benefits to a fresh, preferably vegan or vegetarian dog food diet:
- More energy
- Shinier coat
- Healthier skin
- Brighter, healthier eyes
- Quality of life
Have you noticed that most veterinarian’s offices and pet stores sell vegetarian formula? They wouldn’t do so if the food was bad for the dog’s health.
In fact, many vets recommend a vegetarian formula for dogs to help with several ailments including arthritis which is quite rampant in dogs.
In particular, if your dog has any of the following symptoms, then vegan food is highly recommended:
- Dry and itchy skin
- Digestive issues
- Healthier coat
- Higher than normal activity
- Dental benefits
- Eye discharge
- Joint pain/arthritis
This is because plant-based foods are much easier to digest than meats. They can help your dog with issues like constipation, poor motions, gas etc. Secondly, plants are not acidifying like meat-based foods. They are quite gentle on the digestive system and have many anti-inflammatory properties.
It is because of the anti-inflammatory properties that vegan foods help with joint pain. Especially if your dog is a senior. Vegan food gives dogs better mobility, better muscle strength and endurance.
Not to mention that vegan food is definitely better for the environment.
Without further ado, let’s look at some easy to make vegan dog food recipe:
Our favorite vegan dog food recipe #1
3 cups of Indian basmati rice (preferably organic)
16 ounces of organic mixed vegetables
½ cup of organic red quinoa
½ cup ground flax seed
6 cups water
¾ cup of organic oil of your choice
20 ounces of tofu, crumbled
A 15 ounce can of organic black beans, drained
A 15 ounce can of organic garbanzo beans, drained
1 teaspoon salt
Take a large soup pot and bring the water to a boil. Now, add quinoa and rice. Cover and reduce the heat to medium until rice and quinoa seem cooked. This should take about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat.
Now add the chopped vegetables to the pot, cover it and cook for a bit to let them steam. Allow this mix to rest for 10 minutes and now add the rest of the ingredients and mix them.
Our favorite vegan dog food recipe #2
3 cups of cooked chickpeas (ensure chickpeas are well cooked)
3 tablespoons of organic oil
3 tablespoons of peanut butter
2 cups of water or vegetable stock(preferably low sodium or salt-free)
I medium sized carrot diced finely
1 celery stalk chopped finely
1 thinly sliced beet
Take the cooked chickpeas and mash them up in a large bowl. The consistency should be that of hummus. Now take the organic oil of your choice and add it to this mix. Mix it well and add the peanut butter and vegetable stock or water.
Again, mix thoroughly. The consistency is now slightly runny. Put this all in a blender and pour the rest of chopped vegetables and celery.
Now blend this on medium speed allowing the whole mix to blend together thoroughly. It is ready to be served and it tastes best when it is warm.
In short, dogs can eat a fully vegetarian or vegan diet and continue to thrive. If you are toying with the idea of choosing more healthy and vegan foods for your dog, then try your hand at a few vegan dog food recipes. They are quite easy to make and you will get a better understanding of how your dog likes them. You may like this make your own dog food recipe.