Did you know that as the digestion of dogs has adapted alongside man for over 40000 years, we have a fascinating published study showing that bones found of dogs living over 3000 years ago, that they ate a primarily plant-based diet for their energy?

A fascinating study proving how  mutations in key genes occurred allowing increased starch digestion in dogs relative to wolves. These results indicate that early ancestors of modern dogs could thrive on a diet rich in starch which constituted a crucial step in the early domestication of dogs.


Did you know that dogs have a similar gut microbiome to humans and that research on obesity in humans has focussed on studying the gut microbiome of the dog?

70% of a dog’s immunity and our immunity is regulated by the gut flora, so by enhancing the gut flora through feeding pure natural plant-based fibres and protein, inflammation and a dog’s immunity can be enhanced by feeding plant-based as shown in this fascinating study.

Very few dogs have greater energy needs than sprint-racing huskies. Accordingly, a 2009 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition compared the health, and in particular, the haematological parameters (focusing on red blood cell counts) of six such dogs eating plant-based with six others maintained on a commercial meat-based diet for 16 weeks, including 10 weeks of competitive racing.
Haematology results for all dogs were within the normal range throughout the study and the consulting vet assessed all dogs to be in excellent physical condition. No dogs developed anaemia. On the contrary, red blood cell counts and haemoglobin values increased significantly over time in both groups.

Fresh Food Consumption Increases Microbiome Diversity and Promotes Changes in Bacteria Composition on the Skin of Pet Dogs Compared to Dry Foods

This is where the fresh wholefood ingredients found in Give A Dog A bean tinned food are essential nutrition for dogs with any form of skin condition.

“A balanced plant-based diet is a good choice for a truly novel protein diet when food trialling dogs with potential cutaneous adverse food reactions.
They are often more palatable than hydrolysed protein diets and dogs with an intolerance can be maintained on a complete diet indefinitely.”

Veterinary Dermatology Specialist Dr Sue Paterson

“From the findings of a study of 2639 dogs, that “the pooled evidence to date indicates that the healthiest and least hazardous dietary choices for dogs, are nutritionally sound vegan diets.”

Professor of Animal Welfare Prof Andrew Knight

“I decided to put my own dog Jumble on a fully plant-based diet. And OH MY…the transformation was unbelievable!!
The weight just dropped off, he had his energy back, and his coat was just SO shiny that even other vets commented on how good he looked!”

Oncology Specialist Prof Clare Knottenbelt

“I have been feeding my two rescue dogs Arthur and Elsie on Solo Vegetal complete dry food for the past 18 months.
Both were in poor physical health when we took them on. Solo Vegetal has been so beneficial for both dogs and has really helped their gastrointestinal and skin issues. It seems to be extremely palatable (they love it!), they remain at an ideal body weight and both dog’s coats are thick and lustrous.
As a cardiology specialist I am very aware of the importance of feeding a balanced diet to ensuring cardiac health. Arthur and Elsie’s hearts are regularly scanned in the cardiac ultrasound CPD courses that I teach, so I know that their hearts are in great shape and their exercise tolerance is phenomenal!”

Veterinary Cardiology Specialist Dr Nuala Summerfield

“Nutritionally complete soya-based dry food Omni is having every batch analysed post-production in partnership with the Nottingham Vet School to confirm that their dry foods do comply with FEDIAF.”

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Dr Mike Davies

Pax was fed organic raw meat. She used to have all sorts of issues – allergies with constant hot spots, mystery lumps, bad staining around her eyes and mouth, problematic anal glands. The vet said her bloods were outstanding – literally everything was spot on – and that if she had a 9 year old dog with such good bloods she’d be very happy so whatever we’re doing for her, it’s working.

Vegan dog Pax

Without wanting to sound dramatic, Solo Vegetal has literally saved and brought our boy back. We saw many vets including specialists and not one suggested a vegan diet so we didn’t even know this was an option for dogs. I dread to think where we’d be now if we hadn’t transitioned Duke!

Weimeraner with IBS and very thin prior to being on a meat-based diet

“The diet change to plant-based has been the game changer…and we have not been back to the vets for 4 weeks and counting! (which is incredible considering what we have been through with Lottie and her itchy ears)

Lottie on her bed

“Plant-based dog food has been life changing for Tommy. I decided to try Solo Vegetal and after just 3 months his skin became clear and his brown gungy saliva returned to normal!

Vegan Bassett Tommy eats Solo Vegetal

“As a breeder of Italian Bolognese dogs the biggest challenge is the tear staining. I have bred for 18 years.
My dogs have never looked so good, no stains and really healthy, so far we have been plant based for 5 months and are learning everyday.

italian bolognese vegan dog