A vegan diet for dogs? Could it be? Would it be something a dog would even want to eat? When my Mom and sisters came home from BlogPaws last month and told me about a vegan diet, I was skeptical. At my house, veggies are not usually on the favorites list for edible items.
My GBGV Life received the Halo® Holistic Garden of Vegan™ Recipe in this post to review. My GBGV Life receives no additional benefits for barking about Halo products or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinion of My GBGV Life. Halo is not responsible for the contents of this post.
Can a dog eat a vegan diet?
At our house, we are all carnivores, including my mom. We all eat some veggies, but meat is our love. When Mom met with Halo, and heard that dogs could actually eat a vegan diet, and it would be healthy for them she was shocked. She always thought dogs had to have meat in their diet, but that is not true at all. Because she is a curious human, Mom was happy to take home a bag of the Garden of Vegan™ Recipe for us to try. Honestly, she expected us to all turn up our noses and walk away, especially our little food snob, Madison.
Why choose a vegan diet for dogs?
- Your dog suffers from food allergies? These days with all the processed, unnatural ingredients in many dog foods, many dogs have developed allergies to many ingredients. By feeding a vegan diet, there is a good chance your dog will react favorably, and after a time, possibly be able to add back in a meat protein if it is a natural, holistic one. The proteins in Halo Garden of Vegan are plant based from sources such as chickpeas.
- You eat a vegan diet yourself and would like your dog to enjoy the same diet.
- Some pet parents feel a vegan diet would be more healthy, but are afraid by attempting to make the food at home, some vital nutrients may be lacking.
What Makes Halo Garden of Eden so healthy?
- Halo uses a holistic diet, made with whole ingredients creating complete and balanced nutrition for your dog.
- All the fruits and vegetables in the Garden of Eden Recipe are non-GMO.
- No fillers! Forget the rice, and add in healthy items like peas and chickpeas.
- You won’t find any artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, rice, corn, soy, or wheat gluten.
Will a dog eat without meat?
I tried out the Garden of Vegan food first. Being as I’m always honest with you all, I will say at first I sniffed, and wondered, “What the heck is this?” After some encouraging words from my mom, I dug in and really enjoyed the food.
Bailie as you probably know, will eat just about anything. Of course, she got into the bag Mom left on the floor while she went to grab the camera. Obviously, the smell was enticing as she stuck her head right into the bag, and started chowing down!
What about the true test of a vegan diet? Yes, our favorite food snob, who is pickier than any other dog on the planet, actually dug right in, and munched down her portion without any hesitation!
Remember, The Proof is in the Poop®!
My mom has a thing for picking up our poop. We are only allowed to poop on our walks, not in the yard, and she always picks it up. She knows that if we process foods in our bodies, we will have less and better poops. Actually, we found out when we met with Halo,that with the vegan diet for dogs, there may be more poop, but nice ones. It was totally true too. The Proof is in the Poop.
We had no issues switching over to the Garden of Vegan food, starting by mixing it with our other food for a few days. All in all, we went vegan for two weeks. Since we don’t really need to eat vegan, we will be switching to another Halo food with meat protein, but for any dogs who might be interested in a vegan diet, we highly recommend Garden of Vegan by Halo. It put a smile on my face. Halo also offers vegan wet food, and treats.