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10 Homemade Vegan Dog Food Recipes (Vet-Approved)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Are you ready to try a vegan dog food recipe? Vegan diets are all the rage among humans, so you may wonder if your pup can join you in a new diet. The answer is yes—as long as you make sure your furry friend is getting plenty of protein and other nutrients.

Keep reading to find our favorite vegan and vegetarian dog food recipes! Whether you want to whip up a peanut butter feast or a tofu scramble, these recipes will have you covered when learning how to make homemade vegan dog food.

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The Top 10 Homemade Vegan Dog Food Recipes Are:

1. Peanut Butter Vegetable Vegan Dog Food Recipe

This vegan dog food recipe is easy to make and free of animal products! Peanut butter provides plenty of protein, and your pup will enjoy a variety of vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and zucchini. Get the recipe here.

2. Spiced Chickpea Vegetarian Dog Food

Want to spice up your dog’s food? Add turmeric to the vegetable mix for a healthy and tasty vegetarian dog food. Get the recipe here.

3. Gourmet Lentil & Vegetable Dog Food

Lentils, applesauce, and classic vegetables like kale come together with unusual ingredients like seaweed, flax seeds, and nutritional yeast to form an unusual but tasty vegetarian dog food! Get the recipe here.

4. Tofu & Black-Eyed Pea Dog Food

This Vegan Dog Food Recipe uses protein-heavy tofu, along with vitamin supplements, sunflower oil, rice, and black-eyed peas. This is an unusual but tasty dog-friendly recipe! Get the recipe here.

5. Customizable Vegetable & Grain Dog Food

Here’s a vegetarian dog food recipe that’s easy to customize depending on which vegetables and grains you have in your kitchen. Choose your pup’s favorite vegetables (beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, or zucchini) and combine them with grains like buckwheat, barley, or lentils! Get the recipe here.

6. Easy Vegetable & Brown Rice Dog Food

This vegetarian dog food recipe comes together quickly using simple ingredients. But what we really love is how easy it is to freeze for later! Get the recipe here.

7. Cassy’s Dog Food Recipe

This vegan dog food recipe was inspired by a sweet rescue dog named Cassy. Her favorite homemade dog food includes quinoa, tofu, and garbanzo beans—among other things—and takes just 20 minutes to prepare! Get the recipe here.

8. Dog-Friendly Chickpea Stew & More

The Collienois offers not one but six vegan dog food recipes, ranging from chickpea stew to barley and lentil loaf soup! Your dog will be feasting for days… Get the recipe here.

9. Sweet Potato Banana Dog Food

Quinoa, sweet potatoes, peas, and—bananas? This vegetarian dog food recipe may sound a little strange, but trust us: your dog will love it! Get the recipe here.

10. Easy Dry Vegan Dog Food

This homemade vegan dog food isn’t much to look at, but it’s full of healthy vegetables and protein. Best of all, you can easily substitute whatever veggies you have on hand! Get the recipe here.

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What’s the Difference Between Vegan and Vegetarian Dog Food?

Vegetarian diets are free of meat, while vegan diets take it a step further, cutting out all animal products. Vegan dog food doesn’t include ingredients like eggs, cheese, or butter. All of the recipes on this list are both vegan and vegetarian—perfect for the discerning dog owner!

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A Quick Note on Nutrition

In the wild, your dog’s ancestors were mostly carnivores, eating meat and the occasional vegetable. So if you decide to transition your dogs to a vegetarian diet, you’ll need to make sure you’re still providing all of the nutrients they need.

Talk to your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet, and consider adding supplements to round out the nutrition.

Ready to get started? So are we!

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There you have it: 10 easy and healthy homemade vegan and vegetarian dog food recipes. All of these recipes will teach you how to make homemade vegan dog food that can be made with a range of dog-friendly vegetables, like kale, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Top it off with a vegan protein like peanut butter or tofu and you’ve got a doggy feast!

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