Thursday, January 10, 2008

Vegan Dog Food Recipe #3

This sample diet is from the Animal Protection Institute (API). They note that the diet has not been formulated for daily feeding over a long period of time. (I'd like to stress again, no recipe should be fed daily for a long period of time. "Variety, Variety, Variety" is essential for a balanced diet.) Please read their full instructions for feeding using this recipe. I've provided the recipe utilizing their vegan food options only to simplify it for you. Be aware that the taurine and carnitine dosage suggestions they list on their page are much much lower than usually recommended, and are not (I feel) high enough for vegan dogs.


Amounts given are adequate for one day’s feeding of a 20-35 pound dog (depending on age & activity level). Adjust amounts proportionally for your dog’s weight. Starches may be decreased or omitted in case of digestive problems or for weight loss.


  • 1/2 cup tofu, firm
  • 1 cup soybeans, cooked
  • 1 cup lentils, cooked


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups cooked potato, with skin, chopped or mashed
  • 2 cups cooked macaroni
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup plus cooked black-eyed peas
  • 2-1/2 cups rolled oats, quick, cooked (1-1/4 cup raw)
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked brown rice plus 1 cup cooked kidney beans


  • puréed veggie mix (up to 1 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, or 1/2 Tbsp olive and 1/2 Tbsp flaxseed oil
  • 400 mg calcium (elemental, as calcium citrate or carbonate)
  • 1/4 tsp salt substitute (potassium chloride) — give 3 or 4 times a week
  • 1 multiple vitamin-mineral supplement (human quality)
  • 1 probiotic/digestive enzyme supplement

Vegetarian dogs should get Vitamin B12, carnitine , and taurine supplements.