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Can Dogs Be Vegan? This Dog Food Brand Is Proving They Can

Sustainable pet food brand Petaluma is changing the game, one bag of dog food at a time.

Choosing a diet to feed your pet can be a challenge—even more so when you’re trying to make sure your decision includes what’s best for their health, the planet, and animals as a whole. Although it’s a bit of a hot topic, recent research has proved that dogs are true omnivores and can thrive on a diet of protein-forward plant-based ingredients. So yes, dogs can be vegan. But not all dog food is created equal. Enter Petaluma.

Petaluma was founded on two main principles: sustainability of ingredients and preservation of nutrients.

Petaluma’s Sustainable Vegan Dog Food

As vegans, we know that what we eat contributes significantly to our environmental footprint, and ditching the meat can significantly reduce it. But what about the food we feed our pets? It turns out that dogs in the US alone consume as much meat as the 80 million citizens of Pennsylvania, California, and Texas combined. That’s a monumental footprint, and due to the commercialized production processes involved in making dog food, our furry friends aren’t even getting the nutrients they should from the meat they consume.

Petaluma sources their ingredients from organic and small farms, avoiding crops like corn and soy and, instead, opts for biodiverse, plant-based ingredients that require less land, water, and greenhouse emissions than commercialized dog food. The environmental impact of opting for this sustainably harvested dog food over traditional kibble is huge. In fact, replacing the kibble of two Chihuahuas with Petaluma’s dog food has the same environmental impact as commuting to work via bike once a week!

Oven-Baked Vegan Dog Food Made from Brown Rice, Peas, Chickpeas, Oats, and Peanut Butter

Did you know that traditional dog kibble is pressure-cooked at high temperatures? This causes the food to lose much of its flavor and nutrients and is why many brands add that chalky, flavored dust to make the food taste better. Petaluma oven-bakes all of its food, which helps preserve both the flavors and the nutrients—allowing your pets to enjoy the food while simultaneously getting all of the nutrients they need from it.

Petaluma’s dog food is made from protein sources such as brown rice, peas, chickpeas, oats, and peanut butter. These proteins are carefully formulated and balanced by veterinarians to ensure that pets consuming Petaluma’s formulas are not missing any essential nutrients. Aside from being packed with plant protein, Petaluma’s pet food contains delicious functional spices, organic veggies, and a complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. And what do the pups think about it? Dogs preferred Petaluma’s oven-roasted food over conventional kibble brands in every single taste test!

Get Petaluma’s Vegan Dog Food Delivered to Your Door with Nationwide Shipping

Petaluma currently offers five-pound and eighteen-pound bags of their original flavor: Roasted Peanut Butter and Sweet Potato. They offer a subscription service that includes free and carbon-neutral shipping every two to eight weeks, or the option to buy one bag to test it out. Currently, the brand is shipping to all 48 states in the contiguous US.

Petaluma is currently offering 30% off for VegOut readers with promo code VEGOUT (valid through 10/31/2021), so head over to feedpetaluma.com to browse the selection. The website also offers several resources on pet food and sustainability, such as the “Measure Your Pawprint” tool (which helps you determine how much of an impact switching your dog’s food could have on the environment) and the “Sustainable Pet Manifesto” (which highlights all the research Petaluma has incorporated into its formulas).

Cayla White

@cayla__white

Cayla has been writing for VegOut since 2020 and has been plugged into the LA vegan food scene since Veggie Grill was pretty much the only vegan restaurant in the city. Aside from writing articles, Cayla enjoys embracing their inner 85-year-old by listening to classical music, making playlists for their friends, and staying active through swimming, hiking, cycling, and yoga. In their free time, Cayla likes writing poetry, learning about outdoor survival and alternative lifestyles, and is always searching for the best loaf of sourdough bread.

Must-have products: Trader Joe’s Tangerine Juice, Miyoko’s Vegan Butter, Chef Hak’s Plant-Based Caesar Dressing, Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce

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