My Dog’s Gone Vegan!

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Since going vegan, I’ve wondered if I could healthfully transition my dog, Mambo, to a vegan diet. I’d heard about people who had healthy vegan dogs. I’d even read that Brambles, the worlds oldest living dog, was vegan.

At the same time, several people I trusted about dogs, including my vet, told me that dogs were carnivores and could not be healthy on a vegan diet. Uncertain, I wrote the post, Can a Dog Be Vegan? to gain more insight about the issue. The response I got was an overwhelming YES.

Renard Moreau sent me a link to the video; Dogs THRIVE on a Vegan Diet! I was further encouraged when  Violet shared that she had raised a healthy vegan dog. And the clincher came from animal nutrition student, Poppy, who said, “It is absolutely fine for your dog to be fed a vegan diet.”

After reading the links Poppy suggested as well as other literature on vegan dog nutrition I decided to transition Mambo. I ordered Vegedog supplement, and followed their simple directions for making vegan dog food. I slowly transitioned Mambo and he’s been vegan for two weeks now.

So far everything’s going great! Mambo loves his new food and he seems just as healthy, energetic and happy as ever.

The photo above is not of my dog, it’s courtesy of Wide Screen Wallpapers. I’m buying a camera today, however; and I’ll replace the above photo once I get a nice picture of Mambo.

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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39 Responses to My Dog’s Gone Vegan!

  1. vegansavy says:

    I just recently put my dog on the vegan diet and she is doing amazing! More energy, she was a little over weight being on the diet for a month now she is back to normal! I usually stick to the rule with combining half from a protein source, quarter complex carbohydrates, quarter finely chopped or shredded veggies and a tablespoon of a healthy oil 🙂 I will post a great link that I think you will love!

  2. allyhope18 says:

    Yay!! That’s so exciting! Do you make Mambo’s food now ?
    Can’t wait to hear more, and see a cute picture of your pup!
    ❤ Ally

  3. I’m really interested to see how this goes for you, Celeste. I go back and forth on this idea for our dog, Ike. The thought of removing one more consumer of animal products is appealing, but of course, I want him to be healthy and happy – and to live a long, long time.

    • Hi Annie! Always a pleasure to hear from you girl!! Anyway, I feel positive about how I’m feeding Mambo, but it’s only been two weeks. I’ll be monitoring him for any signs of problems and I’ll have him checked by a vet in a couple of months. I’ll keep you posted for sure!! Celeste:)

    • Thanks so much for stopping by Ivonne!! I know your Missy is resistant to going vegan, but she might like the Vegedog recipes. Mambo has never been a big eater, but he loves the Vegedog recipes. I’ve honestly never seen him so excited for mealtime! Celeste:)

    • You are so wonderful to cook for your pets! And yea, I’ve heard that cats can’t go vegan. Still, it sounds like you are feeding all of your animals mostly vegan which I think is awesome. Although I’ve heard that cats can’t go vegan, the Vegepet supplements I’m using do have a vegan supplement for cats. They say that even cats can go vegan with it. I think I’d be more wary about transitioning my cat however. In case you’re interested, here’s the link for their vegan cat supplements:
      http://vegepet.com/vegetarian_cats.html I’m always appreciative of your comments!! Celeste:)

  4. Poppy says:

    So glad to hear so far Mambo is doing well as a little doggie vegan! Keep us posted 🙂

    • Hey Poppy!! Thanks again for your help with this. I’m feeling good about Mambo’s diet, but of course I’ll monitor him and have him checked out by his vet in a couple of months. I’ll keep you posted!! Celeste:)

      • Poppy says:

        No need for thanks, it’s a pleasure. I look forward to hearing about his progress in the future! Also look forward to the new picture – he’s such a cutie 🙂

        The cynic in me must say this – based on what you said about your vets reaction to a vegan diet. It would be interesting for the vet to check Mambo’s health before you say that he is eating vegan so that you are sure that any feedback from the vet is genuine and not based on any prejudgments against vegan dogs. :/

      • Very wise!! I’m actually thinking about finding another vet – one who’s not so old school!Celeste:)

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  5. Thanks for posting this, Celeste! I’ll have to check out the links to transition Dali to a vegan diet!

  6. megyarcia says:

    This post reminds me of a time when our dog was having a bad case of flea infestation. My mother fed him with only bananas and rice and in weeks, the scabs were gone and his fur thickened and became shinier! 🙂

    • Hey Meg! What an interesting way to deal with fleas and so much healthier than dousing your dog in poison!! Thanks so much for sharing, I’m going to share this tip with my sister who has four dogs that often have flea issues. Celeste 🙂

  7. Sophie33 says:

    That’s great to hear! Then you will be having a great happy dog! 🙂 Yeah!

    • Thanks for your comment Sophie, it’s always a pleasure to hear from you girl! Yes, my dog seems healthy and happy on this diet. So far it’s going well. Celeste 🙂

  8. Marty Murray says:

    My cat has been eating vegan for a few months now after a few more months of transition. Seems to be doing well.

    Karma is key. Want a healthy companion animal? The animal needs good karma.

    So there’s another reason to go vegan.

    Still watching the cat.

    Definitely liking that I am no longer providing mashed up, dead after torture chicken.

    • That’s wonderful that you’ve been able to successfully transition your cat to a vegan diet. A lot of vegans I know don’t believe it’s possible to transition a cat to a vegan diet, but I’ve known other vegans who have done it. And yes, karma is key! Celeste 🙂

  9. naturalannie says:

    I have always wondered about this, since we hear dogs are carnivores. And I also hear that pets are getting fat and sick and have all the human diseases, like arthritis and even dementia! So their diets affect their little mind-bodies, too. A Vegan diet can help them! I’m glad you are doing this for your dog.

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I actually have to do a follow up post to this one, however. After a couple of weeks of feeding Mambo vegan using Vegedog supplement, he started refusing to eat. Then I discovered that he was sneaking to the neighbors house and stealing their dogs food. He just didn’t like the Vegedog supplement, so I’ve switched him back to a half meat kibble and half bean and pea diet. I plan to attempt to switch him to a vegan diet again, but I haven’t done so yet. I’m not saying that the Vegedog supplement is bad, just that my dog didn’t like it. Anyway, thanks again for your comment and hopefully it will motivate me to do a follow up to this post! Celeste 🙂

  10. Ralph says:

    Hi Celeste 😀 I must wear my glasses as I thought the title of this post read “My dog’s gone and eaten a Vegan” 😉
    To follow or not to follow. That is the question. I do eat fish and white meat so if I follow I may be drummed out, have my sword or whatever snapped in two and sent packing. Ralph xox 😀

    • Hey Ralph! Me drum you out? You’ve got more personality in your pinky finger than I’ve got in my whole skinny vegan body! I’m the one who should wonder if you’ll drum me out. That being said, I’d love for you to add some spunk to my little blog. And who knows, if you time it just right you might be my 700th follower and then we can both celebrate again! Celeste 🙂

      • Ralph says:

        I may follow you after I get an answer to one simple question. How many followers to go before 700 is reached ? I mean, if you have 699 1/2 then I had better follow now, but if you have 51 then we are both going to have a long wait. 😀
        Another plus in your favour is that many of my commenters think I need some form of psychotherapist analysis and I may be coming to the right place especially as my personality is only in my pinky finger 😉 xox

    • Oh Ralph! I saw your comment this morning when I had 697 followers, but I was too busy to get back to you. I figured that this was okay because I couldn’t imagine getting 3 followers before tonight. As luck would have it, however; I’ve had an especially good day and got my 700 followers (can you see me doing my happy dance?). So darlin’ you missed the boat! No matter, because if you follow me it will still be a cause for celebration. You are the funniest dude I’ve come across on the blogosphere – and having YOU follow me will certainly be a reason to jump for joy. Celeste 🙂

    • I’ve never googled myself. I should do it one of these days just to see what skeletons come up! 🙂

  11. Ralph says:

    Aw shucks !! I missed the boat !! But congratulations Celeste, in passing the 700 followers mark. Yes I saw you doing your happy dance and have the YouTube video on my sidebar 😉
    I am not quite ready to follow you yet as I am sooo disappointed in not being your 700th follower. 😥 Maybe you have something else to tempt me with, so that I will happily press your button ….. the following button !!
    I love your Bichon Frese by the way 😀

    • Hey Ralph! I don’t know why, but I didn’t put a photo of my dog on this post. But, my dog is really cute too. Here are a couple of posts with “actual” pictures of him:
      http://honkifyourevegan.com/2013/08/17/mambo-me/
      http://honkifyourevegan.com/2013/04/29/specialty-vegan-cupcakes-delivered-for-mothers-day/
      Anyway, I was disappointed that you weren’t # 700 too. I’ll tell you what, if you follow me, I’ll buy you a new car!!! No wait, how about a trip to California. Yea – I’ll buy you a ticket to California and you can come visit me. No wait, my husband might get mad if I spend that much money to have a guy come visit me. Darn! I guess all I’ve got offer is my lovely blog, my awesome posts and my charming personality. Oh, and photos of my cute dog! I suppose you’ll have to decide if that’s enough for you. Cheers! Celeste 🙂

      • Ralph says:

        Hey Celeste I saw your cute Mambo & husband (and his great demo ) just now. 😀
        I am going to follow you after your “almost” tempting offer. This blog and your charming personality swung it !!
        I am probably coming to California next year as I already have an invite from Marsha http://tchistorygal.com/ who has a dog like yours, who lives in Tuppaware County ……. noo….. Tulare County. I stayed for 6 months with other friends in Julian in 1986 so I know how wacky Californians are 😉 While there, I was roped in to play Fred in the “Christmas Carol” at the Pine Lodge Theatre. So…… consider yourself followed my friend !! 😀

    • Then I’ve got something to celebrate tonight – Ralph’s following me!!! I’ll be doing the Ralph toast tonight!!

      So you’ve been to Julian, the apple pie haven of California – how cool!! And you’re coming out again (see, you didn’t need a ticket from me!). Well maybe we’ll get to meet in person when you’re here, that would be fun. And you’re an actor, I’m not surprised. How can someone with all that personality in their pinky finger not act? And yes, Californian’s are an odd bunch!! Life’s too short not to be a little wacky, that’s what I say anyway.

      Welcome to my little blog Ralph! Cheers!!

      • Ralph says:

        That’s not very vegan of you Celeste by having Ralph on toast 😉 I hope we do meet if I do come. Let me guess where you live. LA ?

    • Haha – you do crack me up!! Actually, I live in Southern Orange County (Laguna Beach). A very nice place to visit, I might add!!

      • Ralph says:

        I Googled you. I hope you enjoyed it 😉 Google Earth is very good for finding where other bloggers are or where they are on vacation etc.

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