November 20, 2012
Wow, is all we can say. After they had already eaten dinner for the night, both Copper (the 2 year old basset hound) and Apollo (the 8 week old pitbull puppy) DOWNED a can of Halo Vegan Garden Medley for Dogs (wet formula). At the price it costs, its certainly a treat and not a go-to meal replacement. Plus their V-Dog kibble is higher in protein, but as an added calorie boost for the puppy and a treat for the basset, we’re surprised they love it so much. Or maybe we shouldn’t be surprised…they are, after all, vegetarian-but-mostly-vegan dogs as is.
Dogs, unlike cats, are omnivores. Our cats remain on a meat-based soft food diet thanks to Watson, who has urinary tract/stress issues and needs the moisture. Even if wet food wasn’t an issue, there really aren’t good cat vegan options available because they haven’t been able to formulate a good alternative that works well for felines.
Luckily, our pups can share in on our vegetarian-but-mostly-vegan lifestyle. And they don’t protest about it either. Copper transitioned to V-dog food sometime in the last year (can’t remember) and has been eating more than he did on a meat-based diet. We think he may have had a meat allergy…to which meat, we cannot say because he basically snubbed it all. With V-dog, Copper began eating more and steadily gained 7 pounds which was good for his size and frame.
We had been feeding him a local brand of dog food then switched to Halo meat-based products (which he ate more of, but still snubbed) before we switched to V-dog. Sometime in the switchover to V-dog, Halo started producing their own line of Vegan dog food (wet and dry). V-dog is formulating a wet food but doesn’t have it out yet. (They do have tasty greenie type treats that Copper devours.)
We’re glad to see more vegan dog foods on the market. This allows us to rotate their food source bag to bag, filling potential nutritional gaps. Even meat-based diets normally suggest rotating the type or meat source just to round out nutrition.
We just wish Halo’s vegan kibble came in a larger bag! Its 4 lb bag ($14.99) is so small compared to V-Dog’s 30 lb bag ($52). Pound for pound, V-dog is cheaper. For $14, you can pick up a $5 bag of V-Dog with free shipping ($2.80/lb). For the largest bag, V-Dog is just 1.73/lb. Halo’s (only) small bag is a lot more expensive: $3.74/lb…not including shipping (add a few more dollars there). For its canned food, Halo charges $47.88 for 12 cans ($3.99/can–more than we can handle on a regular basis). Let’s just hope V-Dog’s wet food beats that price!
Vegan dog kibble is good for dogs who have meat allergies or have owners who are vegetarians/vegans.