How should I transition my dog to homemade vegan food? We recommend a gradual transition. Start with 25% or less of the new food and, slowly increase the proportion over at least a two week period. If your dog is already eating commercial vegan food, they may need less time to adjust.
How do I know how much to feed? When we send you the recipe, we will tell you how many daily servings it is expected to make it will usually be for the amount of days you requested). When you have completed making the recipe, measure the total final quantity and divide by the daily servings. Then, feed that amount per day, divided in portions consistent with how many times a day you normally feed your dog. For example, if the recipe is for 10 days and makes 20 cups, you will feed 2 cups per day. If you feed your dog twice per day, they will get 1 cup per meal.
What changes might I see with my dog? That is a great question! There are lots of possible things you might see...increased energy, increased interest in food, healthier coat, less aggression...to name a few. You might also see some changes in the poop as he/she adjust to the diet. Expect to see more bowel movements as well as an increase in softness and volume. If you aren't already using probiotics and enzymes, it is recommended to help with general health and digestion.
Are there any books available if I have more questions? Yes! A good place to start is Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (make sure you get the 4th edition from 2017, as it gives the most attention to vegan diets.
Do you make Vegedog or sell it on your site? We are not the manufacturer of Vegedog and are also not a distributor for them. Compassion Circle is the company that manufactures and sells Vegedog. You can order Vegedog directly from Compassion Circle here. You can learn more about Vegedog and Compassion Circle at https://compassioncircle.com.
Do I need to add anything else to the food? Depending on the breed and your dog's individual needs, l-carnitine and Cranimals are sometimes recommended. L-carnitine is sometime suggested as a preventative measure for dogs that are predisposed to dilated cardiomyopathy. Cranimals can help increase the acidity in the diet as vegan foods tend to be alkalizing. It is important that your dog's urine stays in a certain range so that it isn't too acid or too alkaline.
Where can I find out more information about Vegedog? Here is a good place to start https://compassioncircle.com/Vegedog