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When I learned about animal testing and factory farming, I started to switch everything in my household to cruelty-free. From makeup, clothes, food, and dog products. In this blog post, I want to share with you about great cruelty-free products for dogs. I found out that many websites were missing pictures, categories and/or a little bit of more information about the products. I hope this information helps you! <3
Why did I start feeding my dog vegan/vegetarian products?
I used to feed Rocky brands that claimed that the more meat the product had the better it was for my dog, over time Rocky started to scratch a lot. I thought it was a specific brand that I was buying, so I switched his dry food bags several times. From turkey to lamb to fish, but his skin allergy or constant scratching would not go away. I did a lot of research and found several reviews claiming that meatless dog food helped their dog’s skin allergies or scratching problems. Vegan/vegetarian dog food was my last resort, seen him scratch so much was driving me crazy! I bought him the Natural Balance Vegetarian Formula Dry Dog Food and it reduced his constant scratching problems. I also switched his doggie treats to vegan ones too, because they weren’t harsh on his stomach and he really enjoyed them.
- You may read my article about my involvement in the animal rights movement to learn more about me and my vegan journey.
- Pet Food & Animal Testing: A Horror Story
There are several great dry food brands out there. I feed my Rocky Natural Balance (14 lb). My dog is extremely picky and sensible to food (as I explained above), I usually mix his dry food with sweet potato, baked potato, spinach, steam broccoli… etc.
If you are thinking about switching your dog to a vegan dry food. Natural Balance is the most affordable one from the list.
Over time, I want to stop feeding Rocky dry food. I want to feed him a fresh homemade meal with fresh fruits, vegetables, potatoes, grains… etc. I have tried a couple of this recipes before and he loves them!
Here are several vegan homemade meals for dogs:
- Say ‘No’ to Kibble: Vegan Dog-Food Recipe
- Making Your Own Vegan Dog Food
- Good Nutrition for Healthy Vegan Dogs
- Vegan Dogs (and homemade dog food!)
- Share a Meal with Your Dog! Homemade Dog Food Nutrition (with a Recipe)
- Vegan Dog Food Nutrition: Guide to Feeding Your Dog a Vegan Diet
- Feeding Vegan Dogs (with recipes!)
2. Treats and/or doggie bones:
Whimzees x-small and Super Breath are the most affordable from the list. V-dog bones are great, but they are a little bit too expensive. You can click on each image, it will take you to amazon and you can do your own comparison and read the reviews about each product.
I haven’t tried dry cookie treats because Rocky does not like dry treats for some reason. I bought him fruit and peanut butter cookies (insert excitement here). He takes them in his mouth, spits them on the floor and walks away from me lol. If your dog does love dry cookie treats please leave it in the comment section. <3
The main things I look for in this products are minimum ingredients, vegan ingredients and cruelty-free. Click on the images if you want detailed information about each product.
- Shampoo – I only bath Rocky once a month and this is what I use:
- Ears – Whenever Rocky’s ears are itchy, I use a home remedy that the vet gave me. Half vinegar and half water, I soak a cotton ball in the solution and squish it in his ears.
- Dental Care – I haven’t found other ones that are cruelty-free and affordable than these ones. You can click each image to learn more about each product.
- Elbows – if your dog has dry elbows, try coconut oil. I damp a cotton or piece of paper and softly rub it on his elbows.
If I did not list products that are important, please leave me a comment. I’ll be more than happy to add them to the list.
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