Did you know dogs can be vegans too? While this may be a topic of controversy, some vegan dogs have shown that, like humans, vegan dogs live longer and healthier. Bramble, the vegan dog, lived a fulfilling 27 years! My eleven year old rescued Weimaraner, Mason, also enjoys a protein-rich vegan diet and is full of muscle and energy!
Whether your dog is vegan or not, here are five easy at-home vegan dog treats you can incorporate into your favorite canine’s diet:
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
My guy was trained using baby carrots! Apple slices, oranges, watermelon, carrots, green beans, and fresh or canned pumpkin are healthy and tasty treats for humans as well as those with waggly tails. Do be cautious of foods that can be harmful or toxic to dogs such as seeds, pits, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and avocado.
Bakeable Barkable Biscuits
This vegan dog biscuit recipe is quick and easy (…and delicious; I’m not going to lie— I’ve tried them). You can use any cookie cutter shape or roll the dough into little balls for easy hand to mouth delivery. Homemade vegan dog treats are a great gift for dog lovers too! The recipe is as follows:
3 cups flour
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup grated carrots (optional)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup water
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine ingredients, roll out, and cut out with cookie cutters. Bake 10 minutes. Then, flip cookies over, and bake until golden brown (usually about 10 more minutes). Cool and serve.
Stuffable and Frozen Treat-Filled KONG
Durable, stuffable, hollowed out dog toys like the KONG come in various fun and challenging shapes and sizes for all dog types and sizes. You can stuff these with various vegan dog treats like applesauce, peanut butter, vegan yogurt, dog biscuits or a combination of these for hours of lickable entertainment. I have five different KONGs that I stuff at the beginning of the week and place in the freezer. Freezing these treats makes them last longer and makes it more challenging, which gets your dog’s brain working too!
Dehydrators have come a long way since their bulky and expensive days; you can now get a compact and decently priced dehydrator for only thirty-five dollars. There are many delicious vegan dog treats a dehydrator can make, but the best ones are dehydrated sweet potatoes and apples. Make a batch ahead of time (they stay fresh for a few weeks), and dole them out to Fido as you please.
One Pot Wonder
If your dog is vegan, remember that dogs need more protein than humans do, so if you are not using a vegan kibble (engineered for a dog’s nutritional needs), make sure you do your research. Dogs usually eat about three percent of their body weight (keep in mind, your dog may become leaner on a vegan diet). My buddy Mason enjoys a diet of vegan kibble for breakfast and the “one pot wonder” for dinner (you can also make ahead and portion out meals into freezer bags). The typical ingredients (which can vary by seasonal produce) include: boiled rice, lentils, beans, oats, peanut butter, pumpkin, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, spinach, blueberries, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, and olive oil.
Even if your dog is not vegan, your little buddy will enjoy these treats! Send us photos of your creations and videos of your dogs going crazy over them here!