It’s all about vegan dogs! And they can eat a lot of the foods we do! We are LIVE on #JaneUnchainedLive as Michelle May of Benjii’s Canine Cuisine and Seva Foods and Tracy Childs of Veg-Appeal and PlantDiego discuss #vegandogs and show how to MAKE Tracy’s recipe for Vegan Dog Food for her pups, Louie and Puka! We will discuss nutritional aspects of feeding dogs. We are excited to announce that vegan vet Dr. Armaiti May of @Dr. May’s Veterinary House Calls will be on-line to answer veterinary nutrition questions, so please comment on this post below with your questions and we will answer during the broadcast and afterward! We will also discuss the status of the important study on vegan dogs!
Michelle is working on launching her dog food company which features the first dog food that is organic, plant-based and human grade. She explains that dogs are like us and should eat real food. Many times they want to eat what we’re cooking and can’t so why not make them their own home cooked meal. Currently there are efforts to study the effect of a vegan diet on dogs. In Los Angeles there is an initiative to feed shelter dogs a vegan diet. Hopefully with science and determined people, we can stop feeding one sentient animal to another unnecessarily.
Tracy recommends mixing a new dog food with the old dog food until the dog acclimates to the new food. Michelle suggests feeding dogs a variety so they are able to process new foods. If you suspect your dog has an allergy, Tracy and Michelle suggest doing your research about what dogs shouldn’t eat. You can also try eliminating foods from your dogs diet until you determine the food they are reacting to. Michelle recommends a multi vitamin like Vegedog for your dog when you are doing a homecooked dog food regimen. Try making your own vegan dog food for your four legged dog friend at home with the recipe below!
Check these sites for more info:
Armaiti May: http://veganvet.net,
V-Dog (kibble) https://v-dog.com,
Check out this book: Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s Fourth edition of “Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats”
Tracy’s Lentil Vegan Dog Food
Makes about 4 quarts
- Soak these ingredients with plenty of water in a large sauce pan for 1 – 10 hours, then drain.
1.5 cups red lentils
1 cup brown lentils
1 ½ cup millet, brown rice, quinoa, or steel cut oats (I usually use a mix)
- Then put it back the pan and add:
8 cups filtered water
1 inch (or more) piece wakame seaweed, cut into small pieces
1 sweet potato, or 2 large carrots, grated or chopped finely
1 teaspoon turmeric and a bit of black pepper
- Bring the mixture to a boil then simmer/cook, partially covered, for 30 – 40 minutes (until soft)
- Remove from heat, uncover and stir in these options
4 cups finely chopped kale
1 cup frozen peas (optional)
1 cup cooked chickpeas or other cooked beans (optional)
1 cup apple sauce (my dogs love this)
½ cup ground flax seeds
½ cup nutritional yeast
2 or more tablespoons coconut oil or other oil (optional – omit if dog is overweight)
- Allow the food to cool well then store in quart containers, freezing 3 and putting 1 in the fridge.
TO SUPPLEMENT: If you do feed some commercial dog food which is supplemented, you may not need to worry about this but for those who only do home cooking, Dr. Armaiti May (vegan vet in LA) recommends adding in a supplement such as Vegedog (https://compassioncircle.com/vegedog-2/) for appropriate balance of nutrients including taurine which is available from https://compassioncircle.com/.
MORE RECIPES ARE AVAILABLE on above website and are linked in the post and mentioned in the video.