V-Dog Review and Sample Giveaway

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Lucky has a Giveaway for your dog!

It’s been a week since our first shipment of V-dog arrived! From day one, it was clear that Lucky preferred V-dog to his other up-market brand dog food. Hardly a surprise since most commercial dog food is greasy and smelly. V-dog smells fresh, because it is! He loves the breath bones too (we love them even more, his breath is totally fresh after eating them)!  More importantly though, adjustment has been easy and Lucky hasn’t experienced any gastrointestinal upset or problems with the switch!

Since V-dog was kind enough to send us 2 five-pound bags of dog food to review, we want to share with you. I was gonna give the second bag to one lucky winner, but what’s the fun in that? I know lots of you want to try it. So, we are breaking up the second bag to send out samples to the first 10 20 comments here that request a sample! If I get more requests than that, we’ll see what we can work out ;) Requests only for followers of this blog within the U.S. please.

Update: I’ve received far more than 20 requests and cannot accept any more. Sorry!

IntroDid I mention the bag is compostable?

Why switch to V-dog?

Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward gave me permission to share part of this article of his:

As a long-time vegetarian vet, I’m often asked whether I feed my pets meat. I’m never certain whether it’s an honest question or an attempt to trip me up. It’s similar to being asked, “If you don’t eat meat, where do you get your protein?”

My protein comes from the same place the animals people eat happen to get theirs — plants.

Can Your Cat or Dog Be Vegetarian or Vegan?

The simple answer is that dogs can do just fine on a carefully balanced vegetarian or vegan diet, while cats cannot. Sure, you can try to work around the whole cats-are-obligate-carnivores thing by supplementing certain synthetic amino acids, but it gets tricky — not to mention dangerous to the cat’s health.

So the answer is yes for dogs, but no for cats.

The comment that I most often hear after I state that dogs can be fed a vegetarian or vegan diet is that canines do better on a meat-based diet. Again, I’m not going to argue. There aren’t any studies that I’m aware of that have compared longevity and disease occurrence in dogs who’ve been fed meat versus canines on vegetarian diets.

Interestingly, one of the world’s oldest dogs, Bramble, who lived to a reported 27 years old in the U.K., was never fed an ounce of meat by her strictly vegan owner.

Ingredients

Still not convinced? Check out the ingredient list above. It’s human grade people!

After lots more research, this particular article really pushed me over the edge: Article used with permission from V-dog:

Vegetarian Diets Can Be Healthy for Dogs

by Dr. Armaiti May, D.V.M., C.V.A.
For both ethical and health reasons, many vegetarians and vegans choose to feed their companion dogs vegetarian or vegan diets. Up to 50 % of commercial pet food brands are comprised of “meat meal” and “byproducts,” which include various body parts (such as beaks, brain, spinal cord tissue, bones, lungs, intestinal tracts) slaughterhouse wastes, 4-D meat (from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals), supermarket rejects, as well as rendered dogs and cats from animal shelters. Other contaminants which have been found in commercial pet foods include old restaurant grease containing high concentrations of dangerous free radicals and trans fatty acids; PCBs, heavy metals and other toxins, particularly from fish; bacterial, protozoal, fungal, viral, and prion contaminants, along with their associated endotoxins and mycotoxins; hormone and antibiotic residues; and dangerous preservatives.
Many speculate that the increase in incidences of cancers, kidney failure, and other degenerative diseases in our companion animals recently may be due to the harmful ingredients in many commercial meat-based pet foods. This has led people to feed alternative diets. Dogs can be healthy and in fact, thrive on a vegetarian or vegan diet, as long as all necessary nutrient requirements are met. Dogs are biologically omnivorous, but can adapt well to a plant-based diet which meets all their nutritional needs.

SmileLucky loves V-dog!

The final convincing: one of my Facebook friends, Veterinarian Dr. Michael Roth (Veggivet) mentioned to me that he feeds his own dogs V-dog.

There are other vegan dog foods on the market, but V-dog is the only fully vegan dog food company. To learn more about their company, please visit their site here.

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….and I’ve got no doubts your dog will eat it, love it and thrive on it!

Update: I’ve received far more than 20 requests and cannot accept any more. Sorry!

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108 comments

  1. So funny, I would never have imagined having out Schnauzer go vegetarian! But the quality of supermarket brands is definitely not acceptable. I would have him try it though…it is definitely his decision and he may just love V-dog! :) Thank you for sharing!

  2. We have two dogs: a 12-year-old pointer-terrier mix and a 9-year-old German shorthair pointer. We got both from the local animal shelter. The older dog hasbeen with us for nearly 12 years; the other a little more than a year. They’re great dogs!

    Mike

  3. I would love love love to try this with my bichon/toy poodle Charlie. Thanks for the info too. I’ve been wanting to read up on this. I know he eats all of the veggies I drop as I cook, so I think he could do well!!!

    1. It was definitely interesting to me! So glad we made the switch I have a much cleaner conscience about what I’m feeding him! And the fact that he really enjoys it is just awesome! I’ll email you for your address!

  4. Totally hoping I can get this stuff for my pooch! I was having serious mental dissonance feeding my dog the very stuff I refuse to spend my money on for myself. Seems to make sense that dogs can be vegan, they’re scavengers and eat whatever they can get their mouths into! :) I’d like to see this sold in the mainstream pet stores. Time to write a letter!!

    1. I know, right! I’m not feeding that garbage to my children and my dog is a family member. It didn’t take long for me to figure out this is the best choice! I’ll tell V-dog we want this in stores! In the meantime, help build the demand to get it there! I’ll send you a sample and if your dog likes it, order from V-dog. They have free shipping and their prices are comparable to any holistic or true quality dog food out there! I’ll be emailing you for your mailing address!

  5. I have wanted to switch our newly adopted “only supposed to be a foster” dog to V-Dog. I rescued her from thailand where she was going to be eaten, believe it or not :( Would we be able to have a sample?

  6. I have wanted to switch my newly adopted “only going to be a foster dog” to V-Dog. I didn’t at first because I thought that if I chose an easily found, high quality, meat based food her adopter wouldn’t change it and case her belly upset. Now that she is *ours* I would like to feed her what we think is best. She was rescued from a dog meat truck from Thailand and I had her flown to the US. I don’t like the idea of anyone being eaten. Her or what is in her “food” :)

      1. Sorry about that double post. I was writing it on a Kindle, while I left supper on the stove, to take Shallot outside! I was all excited and couldnt remember my password so just tried a million times. Thank you and I will let you know what she thinks! <3

  7. I know that I am too late but I have been hesitant about purchasing a bag just in case my “pack” doesn’t like it. Looks like I may just have to invest and hope all works out well!

  8. Our three dogs have been eating V-Dog, switching from Natural Balance Vegetarian two months ago. Zero problems with the transition and they all love it We love it too, it smells so fresh. Thanks, V-Dog!

  9. I would LOVE to try V-Dog though we have two German Shepherds so that might be too much asking for free samples for both. Luke has horrible allergies and currently I make their food but have been seriously researching and wondering if switching their diet and getting them off meat would end the allergy issues or at least ease them. I am vegetarian myself, so…. :-)

  10. When I read about this the first time I was thinking that our dog would never go for it, but then I remembered that his favourite treats are the leftovers I have after running the roast tomatoes and vegetables through the food mill. He absolutely gobbles the remnants of that up.

    Your dog looks like he loves it.

    1. Dogs love veggies! Mines particular to carrots, sweet potatoes and green beans, but apples are hands down his favorite treat! I’ll make an exception on the Canada rule for you if you’d like to try it. V-dog ships to Canada :)

    1. He’s such a cool dude! Best running companion a girl could ask for. He’s still smiling at mile 10! I absolutely think this would meet your geriatric dog’s needs. It might even prolong his life! I’ll include you!

  11. Whenever our dogs are ill, we make them a “stew” with veggies and brown rice and they love it. I would love to feed them vegan food all of the time and know that they are getting adequate nutrition.

    1. That’s the greatest thing about this is that the homework is all ready done, this is a perfectly prepared formula with all the nutritional requirements a dog needs. It’s irresistible! I may be outside my 20 giveaway, but I’ll see what I can do for you :)

  12. Wow, now I am really interested in trying this food. I like Dr.Ward, he is a great speaker if you’ve ever seen him live. I have a golden retriever who is 5 years old this saturday!

    1. He seems like a really great guy! I’ve never seen him live, but he was super friendly when I asked if I could share his article. I’ll bet your golden retriever will eat this right up!

  13. Would love to try this. Havent bought any meat since I began FOK 8 weeks ago, cant make myself do it…..been wondering about the dogs so this is great! Thanks for being here.

    1. Isn’t FOK incredible! I wondered about my dog as soon as I went vegan too. I don’t know what took me so long! I’ll see what we can do to get you a sample!

  14. Love this post Somer… It is great you are thinking about the non humans amongst us that are eating food that will kill them. It pleased me a lot that through becoming vegan through your health you have gone further and moved towards vegan education which this basically is….. :)

    1. Thanks Thom! I love that I can do this and that Lucky still gets everything he needs. I think trying to cook for him myself and get him all the required nutrients would be too tricky.

  15. I would love to try Vdog with my senior Rottweiler Gypsy. I am vegan, my husband has transitioned to vegetarian and is working on vegan. We are trying to be a cruelty free household!

  16. Hey Somer! If it’s not too late, can I try a sample too? I just took in an abandoned Chihuahua. I’m sure he will share share with his new brother and sister too :-) So happy to see a company like this. We have an older dog who is having liver failure due to too much animal protein in his early years (he’s a vegetarian now)

  17. You know I would love a sample for the girls! And I’m so buying those breath bones- I’ve been looking for a vegan version of these for the last year or so. :-)

    1. Done and done. I’m totally a weirdo, nibbled on the breath bone. Couldn’t really bite it because it’s made tough for dogs but could taste the cinnamon and minty-ness. They rule!

  18. I would love to try this. I am vegan and have really been considering switching my two big dogs over to a 100% vegan diet, but never knew where to get the food. This company sounds amazing!

  19. I would love a sample of V-dog! I would love to feed my 2 dogs the same vegan diet we eat, but due to a string of circumstances are getting our food from the food bank (which is far from organic, vegan, or gluten free and our health is suffering) and get whatever dogfood we can get cheapest. Needless to say, my german shepherds are not eating healthy either.

  20. I am vegan and it just makes sense to switch my beloved Schnauzer to a more ethical diet, and hopefully it will help with Hus skin conditions!

  21. Hey Somer! Though our foster doggie, Seymour, found another family home, we still have the bag of vegan dog food — for the next time, just in case. Thanks for sharing your vet’s advice. People need to be persuaded to ask the right questions of their doctors (pet and human) and not just “go with the flow” because “that’s the way it is.” Pshaw.

    PS — I love the protein question. It gives me an opportunity to answer, “We get our protein in the same way that gorillas and elephants get theirs.”

  22. I have never heard of this brand and will order a sample. I have two small dogs and feel guilty buying regular dog food for them knowing that I am contributing to the killing and torture of animals even though I don’t eat meat. I don’t know if I will ever put them on a 100% vegan diet but I am willing to try to see how they do on a plant-based meal plan for a few months.

  23. Just wondering when samples would be sent out? You emailed for my address 12-21. NOT rushing you, just trying to get an idea of when to be looking for it. Thanks again SO much!!

    1. Sorry Debbie, I just barely sent out a response a few minutes ago via email. You read my mind. Headed to the post office today. Sorry for the delay. xx

      1. Yes, I just received your email! Please…. no apologies needed from someone who’s doing us such a wonderful favor. My dogs and I look forward to the sample, and they will gladly share for the opportunity to try it. Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!

  24. Hi Somer,

    I know this is an old post but was wondering what you feed your dogs now. I have 2 dogs that are being fed a vegan diet for the last 3 years and is always good to know what alternatives are out there. We are currently preparing their foods…

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