Vegan homemade dog food with chickpeas – top dog tips

Very few commercial vegan and/or vegetarian dog food products are available in the United States. The vegan diet is controversial for pets, but it may be necessary for your pup. It is important to discuss this diet change with your veterinarian. If they approve the move, you can make it vegan homemade dog food that provides the nutrition your dog needs.

There can be several reasons to feed your dog a vegan or vegetarian diet. The most common reasons are either ethical – that is, if owners have become vegan to fight cruelty to animals, they want the same for their dogs – or health reasons.

dr Cailin R Heinze, wrote an article on Cummings Veterinary Medical Center’s website about veganism for dogs. She makes some great points about the pros and cons of going vegan/vegetarian with your pup. She also points out that there are pets that haven’t done well on a vegan diet, but explains why that’s not a reason to go completely against veganism.

Do your own research, consult your veterinarian, and reach out to experienced animal nutritionists who may be able to assist you with this dietary change. No matter what food you choose for your pet, you need to be sure your dog is getting a complete and balanced diet.

Vegan Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Vegan Homemade Dog FoodIf not done properly, a vegan diet can lead to protein deficiencies, an amino acid imbalance, and/or vitamin and mineral deficiencies. That’s why it’s so important to work with a trained professional to create a healthy balance of vegan recipes for your dog. You can offer him a variety of meals while still meeting his nutritional needs.


Recipe: Vegan Homemade Dog Food with Chickpeas

Vegan Homemade Dog Food

Vegetarian and vegan diets are not typically recommended for dogs unless they have a medical condition that requires a low-protein diet or they have severe food allergies and stomach sensitivities. Typically, these diets are fed by pet owners who choose to follow a vegan or vegetarian diet themselves.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Total time: 10 mins
  • Yield: above 6 cups 1x
  • Category: vegan food
  • Method: food processor
  • Kitchen: Dog Food
  • Diet: Vegan
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 6 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 turnip
  • 1 big carrot
  • 1 celery stalk

Cook the chickpeas according to the package directions. Dice all vegetables.

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Puree the vegan homemade dog food until it drips from a spoon.


  • Serving size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 255
  • Sugar: 7.1g
  • Sodium: 60mg
  • Fat: 9.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.4 g
  • Fiber: 9.5 g
  • Protein: 11.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

How to store: You can store leftover homemade vegan dog food in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days or freeze it and it will keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives, so it won’t last nearly as long as commercial dog food.

For more informations

We post many homemade dog food and treat recipes each month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips, and advice, visit our Recipes section. What supplements to use” to prepare balanced meals and “Storage” for tips on making homemade dog food easy and simple to store in a fridge or freezer.

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