VegePup™ is a supplement used by caretakers to cook nutritionally complete home-made meals for puppies under 12-months of age and for pregnant and lactating dogs.
Puppies and pregnant or lactating dogs have very specific nutritional requirements - they need roughly 30% protein in the diet and require some nutrient levels to be higher than those for an adult dog (higher calcium and phosphorous levels, as well as enhanced amino acid profile to include threonine). For this reason, caretakers are advised to use VegePup™ supplement to meet these requirements. The supplement is also safe for large breed puppies.
- Meets the nutritional requirements for puppies under 12-months of age
- Safe for large-breed puppies
- Meets the nutritional requirements for pregnant and lactating dogs
- Provides taurine, vitamin D2 and vitamin A
- Not tested on animals
Advantages of preparing home-made meals with VegePup™ supplement
Preparing home-made dog food with VegePup™ has a number of advantages:
- Your puppy is getting 100% of nutrients from a home-cooked diet
- If you cook puppy food at home without any supplements, you must ensure that your puppy is getting enough of Taurine, Vitamin D2, Vitamin A, and the essential fatty acids; these are rare nutrients, which is why supplementing is the best way to provide these nutrients for anyone cooking vegan pet food at home
Full control over the ingredients
- Cooking puppy and dog meals at home gives the ability to select the ingredients you want; you can include the ingredients your dog likes, and exclude those your dog doesn’t
- By cooking dog food at home you have many options when it comes to formulating various flavours, so your dog can always have something different, which adds excitement and energy to your dog
- Cooking dog food at home and supplementing it is the most affordable way to feed your dog because you pay for shipping of only the vitamins and minerals, which have a small weight. The majority of the weight (and of the shipping cost) in dry kibble or canned food comes from other ingredients, but since you cook at home you buy all other ingredients from the local store and don’t have to pay for shipping of those ingredients.
Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Organic Dried Kelp, Threonine, Choline Bitartrate, L-Methionine, Taurine, Ferrous Fulmarate, Selenium Yeast, D-alpha tocopherol, Zinc Oxide, Copper AAC, Vitamin A Palmitate, Ergocalciferol, Riboflavin, Vitamin B12
(per 100 grams) Phosphorus 11082 mg, Calcium 20261 mg, Iodine 3.8 mg, Threonine 5472 mg, Choline 2154 mg, Methionine 2934 mg, Taurine 1499 mg, Iron 91.4 mg, Selenium 0.65 mg, Vitamin E 122 IU, Zinc 111 mg, Copper 7.5 mg, Vitamin A 8170 IU, Vitamin D2 1045 IU, Riboflavin 6 mg, Vitamin B12 0.065 mg
Feeding Amounts, Product Sizes, and Duration
Typically a 15-pound puppy (~7 kg) gets 1.5 tsp (8.1 g) per day of VegePup™. Don’t add VegePup™ to commercial foods labeled as nutritionally complete. That would result in over supplementation.
Each bag of VegePup™ comes with instructions with recipes (see suggested use section below). Each recipe says how much of VegePup™ should be used.
VegePup™comes in 2 sizes
- 765 g (27 oz), which would last 1.5* to 3** months
- 1502 g (52.9 oz), which would last 3* to 6** months
*for large breed puppies (assuming the average puppy weight during the period is 30 lb); estimates are approximate since the weight of the puppy changes as the puppy grows
**for smaller breed puppies (assuming the average puppy weight during the period is 15 lb); estimates are approximate since the weight of the puppy changes as the puppy grows
The VegePup™ supplement is intended for use with VegePup™ recipes. Please read the introductory portion of the recipe brochure thoroughly before preparing meals.
Recipes list the amount of supplement required for that recipe. You may increase or decrease the amount of food you prepare by proportionally increasing or decreasing all ingredients in the recipe.
It is best to mix the supplement into prepared warm food, but the supplement can also be added during the cooking process. If you modify our recipes, only substitute legumes for legumes or grains for grains, and be mindful of the protein content in your animal’s diet. Puppies and pregnant or lactating dogs need roughly 30% protein in the diet.
You can add a variety of fresh vegetables to our recipes, but they should not make up more than 10% of the diet. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are particularly important during the growth stage. The specific oils and flax ingredients in our recipes provide EFAs in the correct ratio.
All recipes include food yeast. We highly recommend using VegeYeast, a brewer’s yeast modified for acidity that is especially good for your dog’s or puppy’s urinary health. See the recipe brochure for substitutions and additional information.
You will also find wonderful recipes in Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats
The best time to begin the transition to solid food is when the puppy is around 4 weeks of age. During this time, have a small amount of the home-cooked kibble available. The puppy will automatically seek out the food and gradually wean away from mother’s milk. Ideally puppies will continue to nurse, but the consumption of solid food during mid-lactation helps pup's mother to maintain her weight.
If you acquire an older puppy weaned onto a commercial formula, make a gradual transition to avoid digestive upsets. This is true whenever a change in diet is performed. Mix a little of the new food into the old food and gradually change the proportions.