Transitioning tips


transitioning tips for vegan cats and dogs

It may seem like a difficult task, but switching your dog or cat from a meat-based diet to a complete and balanced plant-based one is nothing to worry about. The good news is that it can be done very easily over a period of two weeks. While some sensitive animals may need longer time and extra care, vast majority of cats and dogs of all ages and sizes do very well when transitioned with the proper guidelines.

Transitioning and Feeding Guidelines

Gradual transition is the key to success, as it will give the body the time it needs to adapt to new food. To get your dog or cat started, mix 1 part plant-based food with 4 parts of their current food. Gradually increase the proportion of the plant-based product until you only feed 100% plant-based meals at the end of two weeks. Add some water to soften the kibble, and be sure to always have a clean bowl of water available.

While this is not a requirement, we also recommend adding enzymes for better digestion. Enzymes allow greater absorption of the nutrients found in your pet’s food, while decreasing the food requirement. Read about benefits of enzymes here 

Picky Eaters

While most transitions to a plant-based diet go smoothly, some cats and dogs may need more time and extra care during this period. Your pet may not like the taste of the novel food right away. If this is the case, we recommend adding nutritional yeast to the plant-based product (1 tsp. yeast : 1 cup of vegan food). Then during the following two-weeks gradually reduce nutritional yeast to Zero. Nutritional yeast makes the food taste like cheese, which is the flavor pets like very much. In addition, our yeast has important health benefits.

After the Switch

Once the transition is complete, you will start seeing the benefits of complete and balanced plant-based diet in your pet. You might see health problems disappear, coat and breath improve, increase in energy level and overall well-being. You’ll know that you did the right thing for your pet and for the planet.

Contact us at info@vecado.ca for questions regarding transition or use our Chat window and someone on our team will assist you. We are here to help!


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