Before we consider this food let’s consider what comprises of a native canine diet. What would a dog eat in the wild? As a predator would they be stalking wild animals or stalking wheat crops? The answer is an obvious one, so a Vegan food should ring alarm bells. Pure and simple fact.
Let’s take a look…
The main ingredient is wholegrains. This isn’t very descriptive, and could be anything from wheat to popcorn. It could be a decent grain like oats or barley, but if these were used over cheaper “filler” grains then I guarantee they would be written on the label.
Malt comes next, which is again very nondescript. It’s a process of soaking grain in water then dried, a process that converts the starches to sugar. This ingredient will be included to enhance flavour. Cereal Meal is yet more grain, as is rice, and maize gluten (read corn) and wheaten millmix found further down, which are grain ingredients of worsening quality.
On the upside we have a few nice inclusions of veggies – peas and beans for protein and fibre (in the absence of any meat ingredients), and it’s nice to see alfalfa, carrots, and seaweed meal. But as a whole I’m really struggling to find anything positive to say about a vegan food for dogs.
I find this food very clever. Don’t be lured in by marketing. I see this as being a very cheap to produce food marketed in such as way to attract new age dog owners into feeding something not right for their furry friends. The absence of meat ingredients ensures the cost of production will be minimal.
Dogs may well be omnivores like us, but they have a shorter digestive tract more appropriate for absorbing meat proteins than vegetable proteins. You may be a vegetarian or vegan yourself, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend imposing such a diet on a dog.
Definitely not recommended. Don’t buy it.
Wholegrains, malt, cereal meal, rice, field peas, soybean meal, sunflower meal, green beans, maize gluten, wheaten millmix, vegetable oils, limestone, dicalphos, molasses, alfalfa, carrots, potatoes, seaweed meal, garlic, iodised salt, vitamins, trace minerals, natural antioxidant, yukka extract.
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- Not an appropriate canine diet.