V-Dog Dog Food Review

V-Dog Dog Food Review
6 Total Score
  • Good choice of ingredients for a vegan food
Country of origin:America (California)

I aim not to be biased when reviewing pet foods, but from a nutritionist perspective dogs are essentially carnivores and shouldn’t be fed a vegan diet. It’s possible for a dog to live a healthy life on a vegan diet but it should be considered a dog is under your care and is it right to force a carnivorous animal to adhere to your dietary beliefs? Probably not.

V-Dog is one of the better vegan dry foods available. It’s made in California and sold by specialist retailers in Australia.

Let’s take a look…

V-Dog Dog Food Review

The main ingredients are peas and pea protein (so essentially lots of peas). These are a source of protein and fibre and one of the best vegetable ingredients used in pet food. Pea proteins aren’t as bio-available as meat proteins when you consider a dog’s shorter digestive tract, and feeding peas in excess can prove problematic. They’re otherwise a decent ingredient. We often see peas alongside meat as a cheap way to bulk up protein, and with this being a vegan food we just have the peas. We’d expect that to be reflected in the price, but this food is actually more per kilo than most meat-based kibbles. We also find potato protein as a further source of protein, which again isn’t as digestible for dogs as meat proteins.

Next we have a combination of brown rice and oatmeal. These are decent grain inclusions, and it’s great to see oatmeal as a solid source of slow burning energy. A bit further down the ingredients we find the cheaper starchy grain sorghum.

Canola oil isn’t the best choice of oil, but being a vegan food they can’t use anything like fish oil as a better source of omega fats. Other ingredients offer much needed omega 3 and 6, including flaxseed and sunflower chips. Other ingredients really highlight this as a vegan food – lentilsquinoaalfalfa – each with nutritional merit and extra protein.

V-Dog Dog Food Review

There are no added probiotics to aid digestion, and none of the minerals are chelated so will be harder to absorb. Price wise it’s very expensive per kilo if you consider there’s no meat content. It’s also very low in fat, and dogs utilise fat (animal fat) for energy.

Overall for a vegan food it’s better than others we’ve reviewed. Dare I say it, but if you add raw meat to this you’ll be offering your dog a decent diet.

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Dried Peas, Pea Protein, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Potato Protein, Sorghum, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols) , Natural Flavor, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dicalcium Phosphate, Flaxseeds, Millet, Calcium Carbonate, Lentils, Peanut Hearts, Quinoa, Sunflower Chips, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Dried Carrots, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate), Dl-methionine, Dried Parsley, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D2 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hyrdochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid), L-Ascorbyl- 2-Polyphosphate (A Source Of Vitamin C), Preserved with Citric Acid, Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, Dried Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Dried Celery, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lettuce, L-carnitine, Dried Watercress, Dried Spinach, Rosemary Extract.

6 Total Score
Vegan food for a Carnivore

  • Good choice of ingredients for a vegan food
  • No meat (it has to be said)

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4 years ago

Bringing your willfully ignorant prejudices to work is not OK when these people have given you all the evidence you need to understand the nutritional needs of dogs.
“Daring to say it” will end the lives of animals that you are unnecessarily responsible for. At some point in the future your remarks may be thought of as criminal.

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4 years ago
Reply to  RockSteady

I don’t think I’m a criminal for pointing out a canine is a carnivorous animal, regardless of what the manufacturer says.



4 years ago

“Dare I say it, but if you add raw meat to this you’ll be offering your dog a decent diet.”
Love it haha.
I’ve actually had a similar thought tbh (just wouldn’t do it due to the price and reasons 😉 although I’d consider using it as a training treat to mix things up)

I am not a fan of feeding dogs (albeit facultative carnivores are still carnivores!) a plant based diet if there are more appropriate options available but at the end of the day the market for vegan dog food is growing so it would be nice to see (from a nutritional standpoint) higher protein (preferably in the low to mid 30s) and higher fat to offset the less complete proteins found in plants (with the added benefit of lowering carbohydrate %).
Which could be achieved fairly easily by pushing lentils up much higher on the ingredients list and including chickpeas close to the top too (MfM does that and their food is slightly cheaper than this!), and bumped sorghum down bellow to the last of the main ingredients, after quinoa.
The addition of nutritional yeast would also be highly beneficial (and would make the price *almost* justifiable).
The addition of algae oil would introduce much needed sources of marine omega 3 (DHA/EPA; more bioavailable than ALA) whilst still remaining “vegan”.
Coconut oil wouldn’t add much on the micronutrient front but at least it would boost the fats on the macronutrient front so would also be a good addition.
It’s a pity they don’t make changes like that because even though vegan will never be species appropriate they could at least make it more nutritionally appropriate for the dogs that are fed that as their primary source of nutrition…

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