Can dogs eat vegan food?


It sounds mad doesn’t it, but thanks to advances – firstly that key canine requirements have been identified and understood, and secondly that we have the food technology ability to supplement individual nutrients into a recipe, for example, specific amino acids –  it is now possible to make nutritionally complete vegan dog food. 

This is great for 3 massive reasons

Vegan dog food doesn’t contain any animal ingredients (hurray for the farm animals!)

Vegan dog food doesn’t contain any of the highly processed animal by-products that the conventional pet food industry is built on (hurray for our dogs!)

Vegan dog food is around 300% more sustainable than conventional dog food (hurray for the environment!)

Can dogs really be vegan?

Yes they can. A vegan recipe for dogs must be formulated to make sure all the nutrients we know dogs need are available – and then the dog food company should carry out checks and audits regularly to make sure that the nutrients are all present as they are expected to be.

Noochy Poochy is fully balanced, carefully formulated and checked by animal nutritionists and vets to ensure that your dog is getting all the nutrients they need. In fact, it took a blend of 22 balanced, natural ingredients to ensure Noochy Poochy Adult met our standards in every way.


In a nutshell 

Here are the four recommendations we make about vegan dog food  – in order to ensure your dog is getting their fully complete set of nutrients. We believe there’s no point doing great by farm animals and the planet unless we are doing great by our dogs too.

All of our complete vegan diets are formulated to abide by The ‘PlantLabs Complete’ Promise

A fully nutritionally complete diet according to FEDIAF

As a dog food produced in the UK, Noochy Poochy voluntarily complies with nutritional guidelines set out by the European trade body called FEDIAF in order to call ourselves ‘complete’. The FEDIAF guidelines cover protein, specific amino acids, fatty acids and vitamins & minerals for different canine life stages and energy requirements. 

The amino acids methionine, carnitine and taurine 

In order to be certain that these 3 amino acids are not lacking, we highly recommend that as well as meeting all the FEDIAF guidelines, these 3 are supplemented. Most vegan dog foods do supplement these, but not all.

The ingredients list contains only those that you would be happy reading on something you would pick up for yourself 

Pets have long been fed by-products (animal and plant) by the conventional pet industry. We think they should be fed with ingredients we recognise and would like find in a meal or protein shake we might pick up for ourselves.

There are no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives

No prizes here for why, we all want natural food – and we want the same for our dogs.

Is vegan dog food good for dogs? 

A recent study has indicated that dogs on nutritionally complete vegan diets may be more healthy than dogs eating conventional dog food. Considering the source and processing of much of the meat used in conventional pet food, we think it likely that as more research is done, more evidence will come out and support nutritionally complete vegan feeding  as a healthier alternative to conventional pet food feeding. 

Don’t dogs need meat?

The 3 amino acids we supplement would either be low or absent in a vegan diet, so all plant-based dog food really should add these in to make sure that the dogs are getting everything they need and are not at risk of any deficiencies. 

Your dog’s nutrition remains the focus and the priority of our formulations 

– as well as being sustainable and ethical.


As we explained in our earlier blog, our domestic dogs – our labradoodles, poodles and even huskies and malamutes of today…. are not wolves. Not only are they genetically different (splitting off on a different lineage up to 40,000 years ago), dogs have actually evolved over the last 6,000 years to digest starches more efficiently – a direct result of wandering round after us after the human farming revolution started and adapting to a more plant-based diet as we humans started to harvest crops.


Amazing to think that we have been close for so long, and that this closeness has actually resulted in physiologic changes. Dogs have adapted to living close with us and evolved to gain more from our association than they did at the beginning of domestication.