My Learnings

I recently invited you to my vegan dog kitchen and shared my experience of preparing Lotti's food


As promised, here are my tips and learnings for you! There are many situations out of the ordinary. Especially here, your dog's diet should be practical.


For on the road

When I don't have much time to cook or when I'm spending the night with Lotti at a friend's house, I also use ready-made food. "Pauline" and "Greta" are among Lotti's favourites. To save time, I like to use canned lentils or peas and carrots from a jar as ingredients. But of course, fresh is always better! You can also freeze meals. Unfortunately, I have a small freezer. That's why I'm currently trying my hand at canning daily portions. If you'd like a post about that too, feel free to let us know in the comments!


In stressful situations

Since licking and chewing help to reduce stress, Lotti gets her licking mat, which I spread with her pureed food, for example when we have visitors. In summer, these can also be frozen. Sometimes I also fill the Kong with the puree. It keeps her busy for a really long time and it's really healthy for her teeth. You can also freeze the Kong. Lotti's favourite recipe for the frozen Kong is a mixture of soy yoghurt, coconut oil and peanut butter. By the way, Lotti still has snow-white teeth at the age of 11! We are very proud of that. Between, have you ever heard of conditioned relaxation? Lotti gets an aroma oil on her pillow in very relaxed situations. I also apply it to myself in bed, for example, then massage her a little and give her some coconut oil to lick. This way she associates very positive, calm situations with the oil. I can also highly recommend relaxing dog music on YouTube! Lotti always lies next to me drooling. CBD oil is also great, e.g. "Curly".


For in between

As a reward or for search games, my dog gets joint sticks with rose hip powder. They are easy to crush because they are very soft. Lotti really likes them and they help with her arthritis. For in-between meals, she thinks "Lorelai" is scrumptious! At the moment I'm trying to find something perfect to fill the cone with. And we haven't yet found something great to chew as a substitute for pig's ears or beef rumen. But everything has its time! Speaking of time!


This brings us to my learnings, which I would like to share with you

  • Please don't stress yourself! Don't forget that cooking should be fun for you.
  • You don't weigh the ingredients for your own food and you are certainly still fit! However, keep in mind the approximate amount you weighed at the beginning.
  • If your dog doesn't like to eat a lot at the beginning, don't despair. Dogs are creatures of habit - just like humans. Conventional food often contains flavour enhancers and old fryer fat from restaurants1. Your dog may have to get used to this.
  • The first impression is through the nose. To make the meal attractive, you can warm it slightly, add some salt or vegetable broth and use a good-smelling oil such as sesame or coconut oil.
  • Especially at the beginning of the transition, use flavour-enhancing foods such as smoked tofu, peanut butter, yeast flakes, vegetable broth, nori seaweed, spirulina powder and vegetable oils.
Believe me: the routine comes quickly and so you will also become faster and faster. Maybe you have some tips and experiences for me? Feel free to write anything you can think of in the comments. That way we can support each other!


Sources

1 https://sustainablepetfood.info/meat-based-dietsupdated-version-1/#2.2

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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!
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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
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