In complete dog foods (whether vegan or conventional), vitamins and minerals are usually added to complete the food.


But are these additives vegan?

We already had to ask ourselves this question about vitamin D. Now this question came up again regarding vitamin A. And here, too, the same answer is valid. It can, but it doesn't have to. But I'll start from the beginning. We have already had to deal with various disasters in the course of our Vegan4Dogs time, and yet every time it is a shock that results in sleepless nights, considering the lack of solutions. And so it was this time too. Ramona from Veganpaws approached me asking if the vitamin A in our products was vegan, or if I had ever heard of vitamin A not being vegan. This topic was new to me and it was not easy to find information about it, because usually nobody is interested in it. However, it gave me a stomach ache, as there was the possibility that we were using non-vegan vitamin A. So first I had to clarify what about vitamin A could not be vegan. To do this, I contacted our production department, which actually told me that vitamin A powder is usually stabilised with gelatine. This means that the powder 'crumbs' are coated with gelatine so that the vitamin A does not break down. It is a pity that the vitamin A is contaminated by the coating with gelatine. It is also a pity that our production, although we only want to produce vegan products, did not point this out. But as I already said, this topic is not yet so present when it comes to vegan (especially in the animal food sector), and the fact that gelatine is an animal component and therefore has no place in vegan products is also not yet so clear to some people. But this is where the odyssey really began. A vegan vitamin A had to be found. This journey turned out to be quite difficult and I was afraid of not finding a solution. Knowingly using a non-vegan vitamin A was not an option for me. But we couldn't leave it out, because we offer Greta and Pauline as complete foods and they have to contain everything a dog needs, including an adequate amount of vitamin A. V-Complete also contains vitamin A. This made it even more difficult. I had the idea to use a liquid vitamin A, as these are partly not stabilised with gelatine. But that would not have been an option for V-Complete. For a short time I thought about providing vitamin A separately in a bottle as a second component of V-Complete. But that would have been rather complicated to use. Furthermore, additional costs would then have been caused by further packaging, etc, etc. Then I thought of beta carotene. Dogs are able to convert this into vitamin A. Yay, that would be a possibility to add beta carotene instead of vitamin A. So I talked to our consultant vet who confirmed this. Finally, a solution. Unfortunately, she approached me a few days later and told me that the beta carotene was also stabilised with gelatine. And there it had gone, the solution. At least this time we received the information about the gelatine coating in time. I had no choice but to write directly to countless suppliers of vitamins and ask whether they stock a vegan vitamin A. I received just as many rejections. But at least it put the issue on the agenda of many people. They all know now that vitamin A is not animal-free by default. What a nerve-wracking time. But I have to say that giving up is not one of my weaknesses, but confidence is one of my strengths, even if I have to keep finding it again and again. So I didn't give up. And I am glad, because I have actually found a supplier who can offer me the vegan vitamin A in powder form. Unfortunately, as with vegan vitamin D, this comes at an additional cost. For one thing, the product itself is more expensive and then I have to buy a larger quantity, which we can't currently consume so quickly (there is a best before date). But it's worth it to me. That's why I'm a vegan entrepreneur, because it's important to me that everything is vegan. And that I can educate people about where animal suffering is hidden. That is what I see as my task. And I know what I'm doing it for. Because love of animals doesn't end with dogs. So I'm pleased to say that we now have vegan vitamin A in all our products with added vitamin A. If you want to know whether vegan vitamin A is included in products, you should ask the manufacturer directly. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of unawareness (see myself) and you can actively contribute to enlightenment. Yours Leni Lecker Animals Say Yeah!

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GretaLet your dog decide!Greta is our complete food for adult dogs by Vegan4Dogs.Developed in collaboration with experts from the field of animal companion nutrition it meets the nutritional requirements for a balanced diet for (vegan) dogs.To provide your dog with energy, Greta comes with easily digestible rice in organic quality combined with potatoes. Canola oil complements the energy of the carbohydrates and provides strength.The best of pea protein along with lentils, sunflower seeds and flax seeds provide your dog with protein for its maintenance metabolism. Carrots and beet root refine Greta's taste. Lovage adds its aromatic flavour.Savory, papaya leaves and fructooligosaccharides support the digestion along with chestnut.Cranberries encourage urine acidification.The algae Schizochytrium limacinum provides omega 3 fatty acids (DHA).Sea salt and seaweed meal provide essential minerals and are optimally complemented by carefully chosen additives.With L-carnitine and taurine as well as essential vitamins like B12 and minerals Greta is a complete and balanced food.Feeding RecommendationEach dog is different; you know your dog the best. Adjust the amount of food according to the vitality, age and health of your dog. Take care to always provide sufficient amounts of fresh water.Animals Say Yeah!
Variants from €0.30*
€14.80*

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V-CompleteSupplement for homemade vegan dog food 'Made in Germany'.Complementary Food for DogsDeveloped by Leni Lecker in cooperation with experts from the field of veterinary medicine. V-Complete rounds up your homemade dog meal with vitamins, minerals and trace elements as well as methionine and tryptophan which are essential for the health of your dog.V-Complete offers you the opportunity to be your own chef and to satisfy your dog's preferences. That enables you to show consideration for allergies and to create a menu according to your dog's needs. What is more satisfying than cooking for the whole family and eating together.With V-Complete you supplement everything that is necessary such as vitamin B12 and calcium and you can prepare a complete and delicious meal. Here you find our recipe recommendations.Feeding recommenation is 2g per 5kg body weight added to your homemade meals following our general feeding recommendation for V-Complete.V-Complete contains L-carnitine and taurine.V-Complete is suitable for adult, non-pregnant, non-lactating dogs.V-Complete is also suitable for dogs with an allergy to animal protein.All ingredients are carefully selected and of course vegan.We wish you pleasant meal preparations
€14.90*

Olaf 250 g
Vegan Dental Care
Size: 250 g
OlafOur little helper for daily dental careComplementary Food for DogsMmmmm the teeth feel so nice and Olaf has a delicious taste, too.Best of all, the breath has a lovely scent of mint.Sodium hexametaphosphate gently cleans the teeth, protects the gums and prevents tartar build-up and discolouration.Wellness for the snout.Feeding RecommendationSmall Dogs 1/2 piece per dayMedium - Large Dogs 1 piece per dayTake care to always provide sufficient amounts of fresh water.Animals Say Yeah!
€4.70*

Content: 250 Gramm
(€1.88* / 100 Gramm)

Pauline Lid Small
Can Lid for Wet Food Can
Size: klein
Pauline Dosen DeckelPauline immer schön frischDer Deckel mit dem Familienportrait unserer Vegan4Dogs Family hält deine angebrochene Pauline Dose frisch, damit sie auch am nächsten oder übernächsten Tag noch gut schmeckt.Pauline, Curly und Lorelai als Familienbild in deinem Kühlschrank.Animals Say Yeah!
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