South Africa! Shop local for vegan products – online here!

If you live in South Africa – then this link is for you! Why are we posting this you may ask – because we care. We care about animals, we care about our environment, and we care about you and your health. We want you to go green! Shopping online has never been easier.

Taking good care, living consciously with those around us, both human and non, means less violence, less harm, to everyone that we have the capability to care so much about. Everyday we sob our hearts out at the harm, the horror, that is unnecessarily inflicted upon the animal kingdom, we ask ourselves how can we change it for them – what can we do to stop their suffering and pain.

Everyday, we read, we hear about climate change, methane Co2, how over 51% of this noxious gas, is derived from the animal agricultural sect. We hear how the ice caps and glaciers are melting, how we are destroying the forests, how we are acidifying the oceans, poisoning our waterways, polluting our air, and destroying the fundamental ecosystems that we have all become so reliant upon, and whole species who are going extinct.

There are solutions, we’re not at a complete and utter loss – there are phenomenal alternative ways we can refine our lives, to improve and change the tragic situation, as South Africans we are capable of embracing the concept of going green, to start living consciously, to reverse this violence, violence to animals, violence to ourselves, and violence to our mother earth.

We encourage you to check out this link offered by Faithful to Nature – your online organic shop. Check out the hundreds of vegan products on offer here in South Africa, on our very own soil – our land, and know, that what you purchase is free of animals, free of animal bi-products, free of harm, it’s organic – no chemicals or pesticides, environmentally safe and green.

We have spoken to so many people who say that it is difficult to go vegan and hard to live consciously – it’s not. Going vegan, living our lives nonviolently, has never been easier, it’s just a simple mind switch. There are mega products which have hit local supermarkets today! And if you can’t find them in some stores – you will find them here on line. Vegan restaurants are booming, stores are getting with the programme, so many more South Africans are starting to embrace this gorgeous way of life today. The movement is growing exponentially, the markers are up – the demand Is growing. Join in, have fun, live life ethically, make the switch, make the difference! Let this be the day that you say – ” I have had enough of violence, this is my stand, my choice to no longer be a part of violence. I am going vegan for ethical reasons. I am doing it for animal rights”.

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Another excellent link that you may be interested in : www.howdoigovegan.com

‘Game’ exploitation – another reason to go vegan.

Wildlife for sale – that is the site that this picture was copied from. To be clear all animals are exploited. Those without voices – innocent individuals shall always be exploited for as long as you allow them to be. In South Africa – massive shift from exploiting domesticated animals to exploiting wildlife has been on the rise for decades and gaining momentum –  demand for It from abroad and the rise in exploitive associations and stakeholders internally – including South Africa’s own Deputy has resulted in the wildlife crises that she and other countries face today –  focus has shifted primarily on how to make a quick ‘ching’ – ranchers, game hunters and agricultural farmers continue to punt their violent business to the media and onto the public.

Gullible followers are swooped up in the mass hysteria – as they themselves continue to violate animal rights – whether it be a dog, or a sheep, or a chicken or a fish, or a buck, or a child etc. – exploiting animals shall always continue whilst you yourself choose to consume and wear them. You can no longer rely on welfare organisations and business corporations, suits and ties, governments and scientific experimental labs to make those changes for you. Cruelty shall simply shift from one specie to another as it has done over millennia – taking full circle – getting absolutely no where fast. You and only you can make that change –  by refusing to be a part of animal exploitation – then educating others to do the same.

Ranchers, hunters etc. shall always drive exploitation to where the ‘ching’ is – whether it be cows, pigs, geese, buck, elephant, lions, rhino – it doesn’t really matter to them who they exploit – as long as it is lucrative business for them. These adrenalin junkies get away with shooting their bullets because they can – because you allow them to and because you support their follies – dwindling numbers of wildlife, increasing figures in hunting and poaching, spurring demand for horn and other body parts, increasing violence, disrupting volatile ecosystems, destruction of land – air – water, violating poor impoverished communities, punting slaughter facilities – taxidermists – butcheries, violating both human rights and rights that all animals ought to have. These are the demons in today’s world – in todays society – the very same people who continue to say that they fight for conservation, who say that they care, who say that they love animals, who say they care about animal welfare – they don’t – let’s all be honest – they only care about the ‘ching’ in their pockets – and you who continue to support them – care about your own palette pleasure. You can only say that you really care when you stop exploiting animals completely – until then you are part of a vicious circle encouraging the rise in violence. You are wasting your time fighting for lost cause until you go vegan – until the world goes vegan – wilfully and conscientiously choosing to live non-violently for them – for yourself – for future generations – for the planet.

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Healthy vegan dog recipe 3

We present you with our third healthy recipe in this series, to keep your pup absolutely delighted!

Cooking for your pup has never been easier. We do so with pleasure and love.

His health is of vital importance, and he is not going to get health out of a commercialized ‘meat’ bag which has come straight off a conveyor belt of cruelty. Commercialized ‘meat’ based dog foods contain dangerous, unwanted chemicals, antibiotics, and left over sludge and slop from slaughter facility floors, there is nothing within those bags that offer your dog good nutritional health.

The rise of cancer rates in canines has become rather alarming. Not to mention the increase of skin irritations, ear and eye infections, congenital problems, tooth decay, mouth ulcerations, degenerative eye diseases, dementia, lethargy, obesity, premature death, gosh the list is endless.

Many people are surprised to learn that not only can dogs enjoy vibrant health on a vegan diet, but just like people, their physical condition actually improves as a result of eliminating animal products and bi-products from their meal plans.

Read more here: https://activevegandotorg.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/healthy-dog-food/

Your pup deserves the very best! Just as you are concerned about your own good health, we ought to be concerned about theirs, and therefore deliver the very best for them, in order to encourage and maintain optimum health and happiness.

This recipe is an inspiration to encourage, and to show you how very easy it is to improve your dogs health on a well balanced vegan diet. The recipes are shared with all of our rescues whom have embraced, and are currently fully enjoying their new, healthier way of dining!

Within the two week window period, commencing Feb 1st 2015, we have already noted positive improvement in skin and coat condition, and body weight. We are therefore delighted to share this information with all who have canines as companion friends, and no longer want to ‘guilt’ about feeding them cruelty! There is no reason why canines cannot thrive on a proper well balanced vegan diet!

So without further ado, we present his royal highness dinner, made for 2 medium sized dogs, enough for three meals.

3 sweet potato (chopped and boiled)

1 cup brown rice (boiled)

3 raw carrots (grated)

1 plateful of pumpkin (chopped, roasted in olive oil, without the seeds)

1 cup oats (boiled)

1 cup non gmo soy chunks (soaked in 2-3 cups water, then boiled)

To make:

P.S. All of these food items are quick to prepare, I like to do them separately, then add them together once prepared.

Once cooked or prepared, you can bung portions of each together and mix, and refrigerate the rest in separate containers.

Add a couple of t of flax seed ground, and a couple of t of brewers yeast flakes to each meal.

You may want to add additional supplements such as Taurine, L-Carnitine

Portion the balance of your recipe, and refrigerate for a follow up meal. Remember to serve warm, you can do this by bringing your kettle to the boil and pouring a little water over the next follow up meal, then drizzle a little hemp, olive, or sunflower oil for added nutritional value and great taste.

Note: Refrain from adding salt or sugar to your dogs diet. It is not good for them, and they cannot digest this. And do keep your pup hydrated at all times with fresh water!

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Has this article inspired you to switch your canine to a healthy vegan diet? Please do let us know! We would love to hear from you, and do share your vegan recipes with us!

Switching from dairy to vegan alternatives.

Switching from dairy to healthy plant based alternatives is easier than you think! All you really need to know is that there are hundreds of  alternatives out there! Many people are still are not aware of this as yet. We have spoken to so many people who have no knowledge of healthy milk alternatives, and still are not aware of the health risks associated with the consumption of dairy.

It has been estimated that 75% of today’s modern population is allergic to dairy! The dairy industries around the world are responsible for many debilitating illnesses caused to man through the push and continued advocacy of dairy products. False and misleading advertising campaigns for profit gain and consumption has been the cause of immune system breakdowns, excess mucous increase, allergen rise, increase in osteoporosis, bone fractures, operations, hypertension, obesity, heart attacks, cancer, flu’s and pneumonia, dementia, arthritis, herpes simplex, diabetes, high blood pressure. The list goes on and on and yet the ‘dairy’ industry continues to punt their toxins onto unsuspecting humans as humans demand it. It a vicious cycle of violence.

We cannot wait for anyone to change the laws. We cannot wait for anyone to make the change for us. We cannot wait for ‘welfare’ groups and associations who continue to promote ‘happy exploitation’ – who punt their animal products to us. No such thing exists. Animals are being exploited and they are running out of time.  We have to take the information that we have today and run with it, we have to make the change ourselves. It has become logical that we have to start thinking for ourselves.  What we do with this information is up to us, and those who are willing to listen and make the switch shall benefit soonest!

With an ever increasing population of 7 billion people around the globe – rising exponentially, 55 billion land animals are being tortured annually currently. They are being raped, mishandled, bred, and chopped up solely for profit margins, and promoted for unnecessary and detrimental palette pleasures. The  tragedy that is happening to nonhuman beings is outcry of grief. Governments are doing nothing to stop this. Those figures are growing rapidly. Animals are slaughtered at an alarming rate and placed onto industrial conveyor belts that are moving faster than the speed of light to keep up with public demand. No care is given to them, they have become profit making machines with numbers worse in volume to that of Auschwitz.

Antibiotics are pumped into them, chemicals are added to their foods, and absolute garbage is being fed to them in order to save on costs. This in turn is being consumed by those who choose to eat and drink it. Milk is not only not nutritious, it is toxic, it is filled with antibiotics, chemicals, blood and puss, but most of all it is fuelled with absolute cruelty and violence – breaking down peoples immune systems – damaging the ecosystems that we have become so reliant upon.

There are hundreds of healthy alternatives out there, there are healthy solutions and everyone deserves the right to this knowledge. Try alternative products made of Soy milk, Oat milk, Coconut milk, Almond milk, Flax milk, Quinoa milk, Hazelnut milk, Rice milk, Cashew milk, 7 Grain milk, Sunflower milk, Hemp milk. You may not be open to such alternatives at first, or they may taste a little odd to some, but you shall never know until you try them! You can find wonderful vanilla or chocolate versions, try those too! All it takes is knowing that these are out there, trying them, and knowing that whilst you take dairy out of your diet,  give yourself a 2-3 week allowance for your palette to adjust! Once you have made up your mind that you no longer want to be a part of this cruelty, and you are concerned about maintaining your health, as well as the health of the environment, the switch is so easy! You shall never go back again as your body becomes ‘cleaner’, healthier and is attracted to cleaner ‘fuel sources’.

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There is no need to support the dairy industry. We do not benefit from dairy at all. Yet so many continue to suffer. Know your rights, acknowledge those who are continually abused – do something meaningful about it, give your own bodies and minds a chance to heal to become healthier. Every single recipe that you are so used to making using ‘dairy’ can be replaced by a non dairy alternative – every single one! (cheeses, milks, yoghurts etc).  A great hint when looking for recipes on the net is to type ‘vegan’ before each recipe request – that shall point you in the right direction. Make the switch today, right now, and share your knowledge with everyone!

Did you find this article helpful? Please do let us know!

Healthy vegan dog recipe 2

Our initial project to stop cruelty by consciously switching canines diets, from cruel meat based commercial dog food brands, to that of healthy vegan home cooked meals, resumed in February. When we investigated the subject, we were horrified to find out what actually goes into meat based commercial foods, and the harm that they cause to domesticated canines. Most of the content is scraped off the floors of those dreaded slaughter houses. Commercial ‘meat’ dog foods are also full of the same preservatives and chemicals that we all have been trying to avoid. They are not healthy for canines, not healthy for other animals, and not healthy for our environment. Time to make the concious switch for them in order for them to benefit for optimum health!

Many may be sceptical still but there is nothing to terrified of. Just as we value our own health, we want to do better for our very best friends. There are a few simple steps to follow. I.E.: Which food we ought not feed them, and which foods are totally nutritious for them. Our main aim is to show you how easy it actually is, to switch them from an unhealthy diet to one that is completely healthy and most enjoyable, and compatible for them, without compromising your pups health in any way what so ever! Many are currently moving into the mainstream of this switch, and the living proof that their canines are happier, healthier and absolutely love their meals is proof in itself!

So without further ado, we offer our second very easy home crafted simple healthy recipe for your canine to enjoy! 

In our very first inspiration, we mentioned to fill half of his bowl with a high protein base, the balance you can fill with carbs or grain, and a good variety of veg (both from the green side for iron, as well as something from the yellow/orange rainbow for vitamin A. Here we varied it a little though offering a slightly different ‘zing’ to his well deserved, balanced meal.

Our base was brown rice and sweet potato (roasted in their jackets together with roast butternut with skins, in a little olive oil). You can chop these up prior to roasting. If you prefer to boil, by all means do, (we simply wanted to do something with a little difference and flavour).  We added chopped, boiled kale for an added green mix (iron),  and pinto beans boiled then (mashed) for that extra boost of protein, a little flax for omega, and a little kelp for superfood vitamins. There was no need to add further oil to this recipe, since we already roasted his sweet potatoes and butternut in it.

You may want to add an additional supplement such as  L-Carnitine or Taurine to your pups meal for additional amino acids which are the ‘building blocks’ for good health. And mix all together with your above recipe. Serve up their meal warm!

You could bulk up and make for the week and then simply refrigerate, and warm up with hot boiled water on the next meal. Remember no salt and no sugar, it’s bad for them, they cannot digest this, and they don’t need it in their diets!

Note: When you cook items such as legumes you may want to bulk up on, for your own convenience on saving time, then portion, and freeze as they do take longer to cook. I do recommend this as opposed to using the tinned variety. It’s always nice to have these on hand, then simply defrost and make use of when ever you need. I like the convenience of this.

Do try this! My guys once again loved their meal and cleaned their bowls completely! Smiles all round !

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Healthy dog food.

Many people are surprised to learn that not only can dogs enjoy vibrant health on a vegan diet, but just like people, their physical condition actually improves as a result of eliminating animal products and bi-products from their meal plans.

By genus, dogs may be classified as carnivorous, but metabolically, they are actually omnivorous. This means that their nutritional requirements can be adequately met with a plant-based diet – as they can source or synthesize all the nutrients they require from plant foods with supplementation. This is wonderful news for many of us who are already vegan and feel completely out of our comfort zone  feeding our companion friends unhealthy torture and cruelty. It therefore makes perfect logical sense to transition them for health reasons mostly but also in order to decrease our carbon foot print on the planet.

If you have never considered this option or thought that it was not possible then we shall with confidence help you in the right direction.  We have spoken to many vegans who have already done so and their canines are in perfect health! There is no reason why you can’t make the switch for them. It is very easy to cut meat, eggs and dairy from his diet for health and ethical reasons. With the vegan diet enjoying a positive widespread exposure, it should come as little surprise that  ‘pet’ owners might want to project those ideals onto their canine companions.

The health hazards of commercial meat-based:

The health hazards of commercial meat-based pet foods are extensive, and difficult to avoid. They  include slaughterhouse waste products; 4-D meat (from dead, dying, diseased and disabled animals); old or spoiled supermarket meat; large numbers of rendered dogs and cats from animal shelters; old restaurant grease, complete with high concentrations of dangerous free radicals and trans fatty acids; damaged or spoiled fish, complete with dangerous levels of mercury, PCBs and other toxins; pathogenic bacteria, protozoa, viruses, fungi and prions, and their associated endotoxins and mycotoxins; hormone and antibiotic residues; and dangerous preservatives. The combined results are rendered so delicious to cats and dogs by the addition of ‘digest’ – a soup of partially dissolved chicken entrails – that more than 95% of companion animals subsist primarily on commercial meat-based diets.

Unsurprisingly, diseases described in the scientific literature following long-term maintenance of cats and dogs on commercial meat-based diets include kidney, liver, heart, neurologic, eye, muscoloskeletal and skin diseases, bleeding disorders, birth defects, immunocompromisation and infectious diseases. Degenerative diseases such as cancer, kidney, liver and heart failure are far more common than they should be, and  many are likely to be exacerbated or directly caused by the numerous hazardous ingredients of commercial meat-based cat and dog diets.

Vegetarian diets: a healthy alternative:

On the other hand, studies and numerous case reports have shown that nutritionally sound vegan companion animal diets appear to be associated with the following health benefits: increased overall health and vitality, decreased incidences of cancer, infections, hypothyroidism, ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, lice and mites), improved coat condition, allergy control and less irritations, less dandruff or excess shedding, weight control, arthritis regression, diabetes regression and cataract resolution, improvement in breath and no stinky poos, longer life, and a general positive boost to their immune systems.

Creating a balanced diet that makes up for the loss of animal protein with substitutions of beans, soy and, to a lesser extent, vegetables and grains is key!

Many dogs with food allergies, benefit switching to a vegan diet.  They also avoid taking in animal by-products from commercially produced dog food, including slaughterhouse waste products and rejects that wouldn’t be fit for human consumption. We’ve seen so much cancer and other degenerative diseases in dogs in recent years so it’s easy to suspect that pet food is a contributor.

For those who have embraced a vegan diet for their dogs,  say they have living and breathing proof that it works.  Their dogs are normal, healthy, energetic and rambunctious!

The important thing is that you put together a well balanced  diet following a few easy guidelines that have been tried and tested over the past 30 years or so.  Today it is absolutely possible to find a good quality commercial vegan dog food from a reputable vegan supplier that doesn’t have animal products in it. Please check that they have gone through proper feed control trials. If you have the time and prefer to cook meals from scratch to save on costs, it is easy to do so, once again on advice from tried and tested recipes that offer all the nutrients and a good balance of essentials needed (this is much easier than you think).  We shall show you how.

You can now find all the vegan alternatives and you are able to produce nutritionally-balanced food for both cats and dogs.

Putting Together a Basic Meal:

At least a third to a half of your dog’s meal should consist of a quality protein source. The remaining portion can be made up of a variety of whole grains, raw and cooked vegetables, as well as certain supplemental items.  (please refer some of our suggested listing below).

The Vegan Dog Nutrition Association recommends that the base of the meal be comprised of soybeans, lentils, rice, oats and sweet potatoes. Pinto beans are the most non-allergenic food for vegan dogs, and (along with sweet potatoes and carrots),  they provide a good basis for their diet. Pinto beans and sweet potatoes can also be used exclusively for up to 6 to 8 weeks to determine whether your dog is suffering from food allergies.

Note: All legumes should be well-cooked (until very soft) and preferably mashed or puréed in a food processor.

Adding a sprinkling of sea vegetable flakes such as kelp or dulse helps to ensure a dietary source of minerals.

Dogs can enjoy fruit in small amounts  if they will eat it. Our dogs enjoy a variety of fruits, ranging from bananas, apples and orange, to watermelon! Just make sure that you don’t feed your dog fruit too close to a high-protein meal. The enzymes are different and can cause digestive discomfort.

Protein & Carbohydrates:

A dog’s protein requirement need is higher than ours. To ensure that your dog gets enough, make sure that approximately a third to a half of their meal consists of a high-quality protein source (such as well-cooked legumes – pintos, chick peas, soy beans, lentils, sprouted lentils, garbanzo beans, and split peas, tofu,  and tempeh (are all good).

Unless your dog requires a grain-free diet for health reasons, well-cooked whole grains are good sources of both protein and carbohydrates, as well as other nutrients such as B vitamins. We’ve found that whole grains in moderation work really well for our dogs, including brown rice, quinoa, millet, polenta (corn grits) or blended fresh corn kernels, oats, barley, and buckwheat.

Seitan (wheat-meat) is a high-protein vegan ‘meat’ made from gluten flour. Dogs absolutely love it, and (just like with humans) seitan can be a great help when ‘veganizing’ a formerly carnivorous dog. But since wheat gluten should not be consumed to excess, seitan ought to remain just an occasional treat for dogs as they are not very healthy to eat on a regular basis.

Enzymes & Beta-carotene:

Sweet potatoes, carrots and other orange-colored root vegetables are important sources of beta-carotene, and should be included on a regular basis (cut finely and/or mashed). Regular potatoes (in small pieces or mashed) are also fine to include on occasion, but they do not include this important nutrient. Dogs convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A, which is a necessary nutrient that is hard for them to get elsewhere in a plant-based diet.

Other vegetables (also cut finely and/or mashed) are good to include whenever possible, for the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fiber. The best choices are pumpkin, squash, yams, carrots, and also other small bits of broccoli, brussels sprouts, cooked cabbage, etc. Raw, grated carrot and/or beetroot is good, as well as sprouts, and/or raw, dark leafy greens, finely chopped and mixed in well with their meals.

Some authorities recommend adding digestive enzymes to a dog’s diet, though this is not something we’ve had reason to be concerned about. The company Harbingers of a New Age sells a product called Prozyme; a supplement for dogs that contains all of the enzymes they require.

There are also some excellent supplements available for dogs, cats and other companion animals that are made from dark green leafy vegetables and other highly nutritious plant foods. One such product (which also happens to contain all the essential digestive enzymes as well as a comprehensive probiotic mixture) is called Green Mush, produced by Health Force Nutritionals. Green Mush is a whole food, green plant based powder, that includes large amounts of CoQ10, which is a powerful antioxidant involved in energy production and longevity. The owners of Health Force state that the product can be helpful for dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, ferrets, squirrels, other mammals and human animals too! Health Force Nutritionals is an excellent resource for both human and nonhuman nutritional needs.

Taurine, L-Carnitine & B12:

Vegetarian dog specialists and most companies that sell vegan dog food advise adding taurine and L-carnitine to the diets of vegan dogs. These are two amino acids that are naturally found in animal flesh, but do not naturally occur in plants. Dogs cannot synthesize these nutrients themselves. Deficiencies can be potentially serious, so a supplement is an important preventative measure. Both of these nutrients can be bought at your local health food store, and they are also included in many commercial vegan dog products.

Another supplement that we have included in our dogs’ diets is nutritional yeast; either Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula or Lotus Brands – both of which are rich in B vitamins, and are fortified with Vitamin B12. Whether or not you include nutritional yeast in your dog’s food, you should make sure that they receive an adequate source of B12.

Note:  Harbingers of a New Age provides a supplement called ‘VegeDog’, which provides two of these: Vitamin B12 and taurine. One month’s supply of this fantastic product costs just $12.00. That’s only 40 cents per day to make sure that your dog is getting these important nutrients, as well as other essential vitamins and minerals.

Oils & Essential Fatty Acids:

Dogs need a certain amount of oil in their diets, and if they’re lacking it, their coat will be a clear sign. A lusterless coat can transform after a few days of including a nutritious oil in the diet, such as flax. A dog’s oil requirements can also be met with 1-2 tablespoons of tahini (sesame seed butter), flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, or ground flax seeds, coconut oil is great too.  A teaspoon or two of organic sunflower, olive, or coconut oil poured over their food will get them to eat anything! Flax and hemp have the added benefit of being Omega-rich.

There are many studies that confirm the powerful healing benefits of giving dogs flax seed oil or another fatty acid blend. To ensure your dogs are receiving the necessary essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6, & 9), add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of vegan essential fatty acid oil.  Flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, or 1 teaspoon of ground or soaked flax seeds. (This is beneficial for vegan humans as well). ‘Total EFA’ oil also serves other purposes such as helping joint function and coat health. These oils are especially important for senior dogs.

Vega EFA Oil Blend is made from a combination of antioxidant and phytonutrient rich seed oils including green tea seed oil and blueberry seed oil. Deva and V-Pure are now producing vegan DHA, long chain fatty-acids from seaweed in a capsule for humans, which you can share with your companion animals.

Cranimals organic supplements contain vegan EFAs like DHA and ALA, as well as beta-carotene and a host of other valuable phytonutrients (urinary tract, dental and heart healthy antioxidants from berry extracts and vitamins and minerals from organic spirulina). The powdered and liquid Cranimals supplements for dogs and cats, as well as their Zendog biscuits, supply EFAs from algae, flax and cranberries.

Conclusion:

Being a responsible guardian for any animal means making an effort to ensure that his or her diet is nutritionally complete, just as you would for yourself. The best thing you can do for your animal friends is to continue to keep yourself informed, as  new research being released all the time.

Go  organic where you can.

Quality protein source:

Beans/legumes

Garbanzo beans (cooked, ground/blended).

Pinto beans are the most non-allergenic food for vegan dogs

Lentils (cooked, mashed and or processed)

Sprouted lentils

Chick peas

Split peas (cooked, mashed and or processed)

Chia seeds

Soy

Soybean

Sprouts

Tempeh

Tofu

TVP (textured vegetable protein)

Variety of whole grains:

Brown rice

Oats

Quinoa

Millet

Polenta

Barley

Buckwheat

Vegetables raw and cooked:

Orange-colored root vegetables are important sources of beta-carotene

Carrots

Pumpkin

Squash

Yams

Sweet potatoes

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Cabbage cooked

Sprouts

Dark leafy greens (raw and cooked = calcium and iron supplementation)

Supplemental items:

Taurine

Niacin

L Carnitine

Glutamene

Ground flax

Amino acids

Essential fatty acids

Nutritional yeast (great source of  B12)

Sea vegetable flakes such as kelp or dulse helps to ensure a dietary source of minerals

Seaweed

Oils:

Flax seed oil

Hemp seed oil

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Sunflower oil

Fruits:

Cranberries

Bananas

Apples

Orange

Watermelon

Herbs:  In small amounts and always check with your vegan vet

Ginger

Goldenseal

Milk Thistle

Valerian

Calendula

Basil

Hawthorn

Please share your successes with us in switching your canines to a healthy cruelty free diet and do help us update our page here for others to share. We would love to hear from you! Are your dogs vegan yet? Have you stopped supporting the cruel factory farming industries, pet, zoo and other entertainment trades, as well as domestic breeding programmes? Do let us know!

Healthy, happy, vegan dog.

Innocent victims of dog food negligence.

Legal loophole: pet food companies have dangerous preservatives added before they receive the ‘raw’ products to exploit a legal loophole. Pet foods labels as chemical and preservative free are actually choc full of deadly poisons.

All animal derived commercial dog foods are garbage.

Before materials used for pet food are shipped from the slaughterhouse to the rendering plant, the by- product is ‘denatured’. This means that crude carbolic acid, cresylic disinfectant and citronella is sprayed on the product

The most powerful and toxic preservative, called ethoxyquin, linked to cancers, allergies and immune system collapse is not listed in the ingredients label, because ‘pet ‘ food companies don’t have to let you know about dangerous chemicals added before they receive the ‘raw’ products.

Please don’t let ignorant tragedy become your own. Years of research through dog experts, vets and dog owners from all over the world  on commercial dog food and proper canine health and nutrition has proved  that major dog food companies fill their brands with toxic processed foods also containing preservatives to increase its shelf life and maximise their profits. The preservatives found in some commercial dog food could destroy your dogs kidneys and other organs. Preservatives are not the only reason that dog food kills dogs.

If you think that foods that you buy with foods labels that say they are chemical and preservative free makes them safe, then think again.

Commercial dog food contains at least 6 dangerous chemicals which are banned from human foods because they cause kidney cancer, stomach cancer, bladder cancer, skin cancer, spleen cancer, leukaemia, liver dysfunction, major organ failure, immune system collapse, severe allergic reactions, blindness, chronic diarrhea, hair loss, behaviour problems including increased aggressiveness.

Another dirty trick pet food companies pull on us as well as on our companion friends:

Your dogs food contains pets  (cat’s and dog’s), killed by lethal injection.  The city of L.A alone sends some 200 tons of euthanized cats and dogs to a pet food plant every month.  The true horror is the drug used to kill these stray and abandoned animals, called sodium pentobarbital, is not broken down by the manufacturing process and is still present in active form in your dogs food.

Some veterinarians and animal advocates have known about the dangers of sodium pentobarbital residue in commercial pet food, yet the danger has not been alleviated.

The euthanized pets are thrown into the rendering vats still with their collars, ID tags and plastic bags they arrive in.

Dog food companies don’t stop with pets.

Your dog is also eating euthanized animals from zoos, animal control and putrid, decaying road kill scraped off the road with a shovel, as well as left over animal parts from slaughter facilities whom have been fed and injected with various chemicals.

Can it get any worse than that?

All of these dead animals and other ghastly materials are processed until the portion left over for dog food is a brown powder, which consists of 25% fecal matter.

Pet food is a 13 billion dollar ultra competitive industry.

The pet food industry is dominated by gigantic companies with thousands of shareholders, who care about share prices and profits, first and foremost not your dog.

Does any of the above actions from dog food companies sound respectful to your dogs! Do you still trust the dog food ads featuring smiling vets and dog breeders telling you the food they present is everything that your dog needs?

If you continue to feed your dog on commercial animal derived pet food, you are dooming them to a painful, traumatic death, an innocent death.

3 step solution

Stop using animal derived commercial dog food as your only or main source of food. This step is the most important and you ought to make the switch within the next couple of days.  But you can’t make this change unless you have a good alternative plan of action in place.

Also learn how to read all commercial dog food labels. The grocery Manufacturers Of America, the National Food Processors Association, and The Pet Food Institute join together and lobby against the FDA to keep the labelling terms used as confusing and misleading as possible. Make the switch to a reputable vegan dog food label gradually but as soon as possible.

Get some healthy , well balanced vegan dog food recipes and start feeding your dog healthy,home made vegan food. It’s very easy if you know how to specifically cook for dogs.  You can even cook a large batch and then freeze portions which can be eaten over several days or even over a couple of weeks.  But we sure to have a good source of recipes written as they have specific requirements.

Benefits of survival guide to help make your dog live a longer, healthier life.

Your companion friend will live longer.

He looks and feels much healthier.

He maintains a perfect weight.

He loves what you feed him.

You save a fortune on veterinary care.

His teeth are cleaner and his breath smells better.

He passes up to 80% less gas.

He has smaller less stinky poos.

No artificial additives and no unidentified rotting objects in his diet means he is healthier, better behaved and safer around children.

You actually save more money as you do in every well balanced, well planed, healthier diet.

You are no longer contributing a fortune to companies who feed your companion poisonous food they know is actually killing your dog.

You can add the single most important ingredient that is only possible in vegan home made food and dehydrated vegan food (your love).

Take a look at the continued promotion of the suffering of animals across the board, whether we choose to  feed our companion friends with both commercialised animal derived products, and or raw materials which comes from the suffering of other animals.  There is no reason at all that domesticated dogs cannot thrive on a wonderful variety of healthy, well balanced, home cooked plant based meals as well as dehydrated vegan brands with healthy nutritional supplements.  It is not ethical to feed your companions other slaughtered animals.  We’re not saying that anyone is a bad person for doing so, we’re simply saying that all animals deserve to live. Wouldn’t you as an animal lover agree that feeding other slaughtered beings to your companions is cruel?  Making that switch not only improves your best friends health though also decreases the unnecessary suffering of other sentience that are used to feed the ever exploding unwanted population of canines that have been  bred in the world today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdT9R1QbZwI

How to make healthy vegan meals for your favourite pup:  here are just a few ideas for you to try, there are many!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9w1Rgyk__I

P.S.  We do recommend that you add the water from your veg to your pups food for optimum health and incorporate this into your recipe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQPTDcmAOPY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V76UAL7PgJA

Ready made vegan dog food, again there are many reputable varieties to try. Here’s just one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfHo5kk2V4I

Happy healthy vegan dogs! :

Whilst wild dogs may naturally hunt and eat meat in the wild, they can actually thrive even better on a well balanced vegan diet when domesticated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cRpMjZneuI

Closing thoughts.

Ask yourself:  Would you feed yourself from a can or bag on every meal every day, knowing that you are eating cruelty with toxins, chemicals and antibiotics that make you sick?

Just because your dog is still smiling and is not complaining doesn’t mean that you’re feeding him well or doing the right thing. He trusts you 100% . Let’s honour that trust and put to practice what we preach.

We love and care for our companion friends as if they were human. When they are joyous we smile, when they are sick we worry, and when they pass on we are distraught, saddened and heart broken.  We sincerely hope that your companion friend has an extra long and happy, healthy life through a healthy diet that you provide him with, and that he lives happily right by your side until he passes on from a very old age.

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