More and more people are adopting a vegan lifestyle. It is estimated that around 1 in every 200 people in the USA are now vegan but that number is increasing every year. Concern about animal welfare, coupled with a desire to protect the environment, drive many people’s transition to veganism. Inevitably, this will impact the four-legged friends in their lives.
Some dog owners investigate whether they could change their dog over to an entirely vegan diet. If they do, vegan dog treats would be a part of that but it is important to consult a vet first. On the other hand, some owners are reluctant to cut out meat altogether from their dog’s diet and are looking for a compromise. Vegan dog treats can be a part of that lifestyle choice. They are healthy, nutritious and excellent for dogs with allergies. Here’s our guide to the best vegan dog chews.
This product is a lot more than simple vegan dog chews. They are designed to help control dental disease in dogs by scraping off plaque which reduces tartar and freshens the breath. Their unique ‘Z’ shape reaches all areas of the mouth and is highly effective in preventing gum disease. They can be used before and after professional cleaning sessions.
The treats contain cornstarch and glycerin. The protein content is provided by soybeans and there is added rice flour. The chews contain a minimum of 17 percent protein. There is no wheat gluten and no animal protein so they are suitable for dogs with wheat and raw-hide allergies. They come in a pack of 30 chews but smaller packs are available.
‘Z’ shape to scrape off plaque
Protein provided by soy beans
Can be used after professional dental cleaning
Minimum of 17 percent protein
These super-healthy treats are made from nothing but natural ingredients and contain no flavors, colors or preservatives. They have no meat, gluten, wheat, grains or GMOs and so they are suitable for most dogs with allergies and are highly digestible. They deliver a nutritious treat to your pooch which includes potato starch, glycerin, powdered cellulose, lecithin, malt extract, and yeast. They contain a minimum of one percent crude protein so they are not a high-protein snack.
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Your dog’s dental health will also benefit from these treats. They are a quirky alligator shape which has a combination of hollows, grooves, and knobbly bits. This shape is highly effective at scraping off plaque from teeth and preventing the build-up of tartar. The grooves are also useful for increasing the blood supply to your dog’s gums which helps to prevent bad breath. They come as a pack of 24 treats but other sizes are available.
Not a high protein snack
Promotes dental health
A totally vegan treat for your pooch that is packed with plant-based and healthy ingredients. These are also suitable for pooches with allergies because they have none of the ingredients that often trigger hotspots and skin irritation in dogs such as corn, soy, wheat, and artificial fillers. They are shaped like a bone and as your pooch chews on them, they help to remove plaque and freshen breath.
The ingredients have been specially chosen to promote excellent canine health. There’s broccoli to provide antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin k; chia seeds to provide Omega 3 and promote strong bones and teeth and sweet potato to provide vitamin A and help with digestion – to name just a few. This snack contains a minimum of six percent protein and comes in bags of six bones although packs of other sixes are available.
Totally natural ingredients
Suitable for dogs with allergies
Packed with essential nutrients
Minimum six per cent protein
There is nothing but sweet potato is this healthy treat so you can be assured that your pooch is getting a 100 percent natural snack. They are made from a thick chunk of dehydrated sweet potato and so have a hard surface which is great for scraping off plaque and keeping gums healthy. They are also highly chewable and will keep smaller breeds occupied for around 15 minutes although larger dogs will polish them off more quickly. Because they are a little softer than many other types of treats, they will suit senior dogs who have sensitive gums.
These treats are suitable for dogs with allergies as they contain no wheat or gluten or any of the other common canine allergens. Sweet potato is naturally high in fiber (to aid digestive function) and antioxidants and many other nutrients that promote excellent health. These include Vitamin A and Vitamin B6 and minerals (calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin). They contain a minimum of four percent protein and come in 14-ounce packs although other packs are available.
Dehydrated sweet potato chunks
Soft, healthy chews for senior dogs
Full of nutrients
100 per cent natural
Carefully designed to tackle doggy bad breath, you can’t go wrong with these all-natural treats. Each treat is shaped like a bone and has a chewy but firm texture so they gently remove plaque from the teeth and gums leaving a healthy mouth. The alfalfa and fennel freshen the breath. They are highly digestible and completely free of common allergens such as corn, wheat, soy or gluten.
The snacks are manufactured to the highest standards from plant-based ingredients including ground potatoes and peas, vegetable glycerin, apples, and spinach. They are fortified with added vitamin E and flavored naturally with rosemary and fennel. With a minimum of 9.5 percent protein, they are a high-protein snack without any of the health and ethical issues associated with meat-based treats. They come in a pack of eight bones but other there are other sizes available.
Freshen breath naturally with alfalfa and fennel
No corn, wheat or soy
Contain a minimum of 9.5 per cent protein
Upcycling is a way of using food that was intended for human consumption but never actually made it to the shelves. Instead of wasting the food, it is turned into tasty treats for your pooch. Therefore, when you buy this snack, you are doing your bit to help farmers, to save resources and to help the environment.
At the same time, your pooch is getting a totally delicious and healthy treat that will help them to maintain a healthy coat, teeth, skin, and digestion. As they contain no artificial ingredients or GMOs and are completely free from grains, soy and corn, they are suitable for most dogs with allergies. The totally natural ingredients list includes flaxseed meal, fried blueberry fiber, cassava root flour, glycerin and ground beets. Despite the absence of meat and meat-products, this is a high-protein snack and contains no less than 15 percent of this essential nutrient. The heart-shaped snacks come in 5 oz bags.
Made from upcycled food
Contain no grains, soy or corn
Healthy, natural ingredients
High protein – minimum 15 percent
If you are keen to give your pooch the highest quality snacks that are made with human grade ingredients then you will love this product. The treat is made from sweet potato that is not genetically modified and which is entirely natural. There is added Vitamin E to promote general overall health.
This is a slightly different snack because the chunks of dehydrated sweet potato are threaded onto a chemical-free hemp rope. It will keep your pooch occupied for a while as they work their way through it. As a totally natural product, it is easy on the digestion and suitable for many dogs with allergies.
Completely natural snack
Presented as dehydrated chunks on a hemp rope
Suitable for dogs with allergies
Anxiety and stress can be a worrying issue in some dogs. It can cause a range of physical and emotional problems. Sometimes the stress is triggered by a particular event such as a storm or house-move whereas at other times it is more generalized. The Shed Dog calming chews are a way of giving your pooch a healthy treat and helping them with their anxiety symptoms at the same time.
The treats contain hemp seed meal, Canadian hemp oil extract, valerian extract, chamomile extract, and passion flower. These supplements are known for their soothing and calming properties. There are plenty of other nutritious ingredients to help with your dog’s overall health including cucumbers, apples, and beets. The chews are flavored with peanut butter to make them delicious for dogs. There are 103 bites in each bottle and it may take a few weeks for you to notice the effect on your dog’s anxiety levels.
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Calming ingredients to tackle stress in dogs
Packed with healthy ingredients
Peanut butter flavor
There is plenty of vegan dog treats to choose from! Here are a few things for you to consider when you are choosing which would be best for you.
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A decade ago, dog vegan treats were unheard of. However, these days they are becoming more and more popular. Here are a few reasons why so many dog owners are choosing to give their dogs vegan treats.
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Vegan dog chews can contain some ingredients that some dogs are allergic to or which can harm them. In general terms, the more natural the product the better. However, even though the ingredients are natural, they can still trigger an allergic reaction in some dogs. Always read the label carefully. Here are a few examples of ingredients that you may want to avoid.
Some pet treats have been known to contain Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), and Ethoxyquin. All three are powerful chemicals that are used as preservatives in pet foods and treats. Unfortunately, they are also listed on the Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (California) as known carcinogens and reproductive toxicants. This means that they could potentially cause cancer and interfere with your pooch having pups. BHT has also caused kidney and liver damage in experiments on laboratory rats. Ethoxyquin is so dangerous that it is actually banned in human foods in the US.
Propylene Glycol (which may be written a PG) is used as a moistening agent in some dog treats. It is manufactured from the same ingredients as antifreeze which indicates how toxic it could be.
Looking for human-grade ingredients in the snack can be a good way of avoiding some of these problems.
Artificial coloring is completely unnecessary in animal feed as dogs don’t care what color their treats are! Always choose a product that has no coloring added. Some food dyes such as Blue 2, Red 40, and Yellow 5 and 6 have been linked to hypersensitivity reactions and cancer in humans so they are likely to affect animals too. Caramel color contains 4-methylimidazole (4-MIE) which has been linked to cancer in animals.
Some ingredients can be totally natural but are still capable of making your pooch ill through an allergic reaction. Allergies in dogs can cause digestive, behavioral and skin problems. Here are some common dog allergens that you may want to avoid. However, it should be noted that if your dog has no allergies, there is no need to avoid them.
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Making your own vegetable dog chews for your pooch is a lot of fun and there are loads of ideas online. You can mold them into attractive little shapes such as bones and hearts and store them in an airtight container for a week or so. Most need to be baked for a while in the oven. You will know exactly what is in each of the treats and this places you in total control of your dog’s diet.
They make an ideal Christmas or birthday gift for the other doggies in your life and look lovely when gift-wrapped or secured with some colored twine. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Many vegetables make simple, healthy and low-calorie vegetable dog chews for your pooch. You just have to make sure that they don’t present a choking hazard. Most dogs will happily munch away on sweet potatoes, carrots, and broccoli.
However, some human foods can make dogs very ill and this list includes avocado skin, grapes, and unripe tomatoes although there are many more.
A: There is no consensus on whether dogs are best fed a diet with or without meat. As with many debates, there are strong opinions on both sides. Some people insist that dogs are carnivores which means that they must have a diet that is predominantly meat. Others argue that they are omnivores which means that they are able to eat both plants and meat.
Dogs have several anatomical features which suggest that they could do well on a diet that does not contain meat. For example, they have large teeth (called molars) with flat surfaces which are good at grinding up fibrous plants. Also, their guts are able to break down carbohydrates found in plant material. Their small intestine makes up almost a quarter of their total gut capacity and this is typical of omnivores. It is very different to the guts of true carnivores like the cat family. Your dog’s body is able to manufacture vitamin A from beta-carotene found in plants and that is a typical characteristic of animals that eat plants.
So, the science indicates that whilst dogs may prefer meat and may do better on a diet that contains some meat, they are able to derive nourishment from plants too. Therefore, vegetable dog treats can be a vital part of a balanced, healthy diet for your dog.
A: Many vegetable dog treats do not contain any artificial preservatives and so they may have a shelf-life that is shorter than other snacks. However, most of them have limited moisture content and so spoilage will not be too rapid.
The best advice is to store them in a sealed, air-tight container and to buy them in small packs. Always follow the manufacturer’s advice about storage and usage of veggie treats for dogs.
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A: You can batch-bake DIY veggie treats for dogs and store them in your freezer. They can last here for several months but the longer you store them the more likely they are to lose texture. The flavor may also be affected and freezer burn can make them unpalatable if they have been in the freezer for too long.
An excellent choice of vegan dog chews. These treats will help to control gum disease in dogs because their ‘Z’ shape scrapes off plaque and freshens the breath.
The key ingredients are cornstarch and glycerin with protein provided by soybeans. They contain no wheat gluten and are suitable for dogs with wheat and raw-hide allergies.