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Hi all! Do any of you folks who are owned by dogs happen to have any experience with Nature's Recipe "vegetarian" formula of foods? I am seriously thinking about my girls making the switch, but I wanted to see if anyone had had any luck with this product. The price is comparable to what they eat now, and the ingredients look great. I am also excited that there are both dry and wet varieties.<br><br><br><br>
I am sure that vegan dog food is a well covered topic in here! Sorry if this question has been asked a million times already........<br><br><br><br>
Please let us know!<br><br><br><br>
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awhile back i was considering switching my dog to vegetarianism.<br><br>
I tried feeding the vegetarian Natures Recipe (wet) to her couple times, and she LOVED it. And that is saying a lot, because my dog is extremely picky and rarely touches any food if it doesn't have meat in it. So if she will eat it, almost any dog will eat it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
And I agree, the ingredients do look great. It is one of the best dog foods i've ever seen.<br><br>
hope that helps!
 

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RedWolf: Considering that one of the two dogs (Tippie, 9 pound poodle mix) in question is perhaps the PICKIEST eater in the world (right now, I microwave her food and feed it to her with a spoon or she won't eat, lol) that is great news. Thanks for your input!!<br><br><br><br>
I am going to do this, definatley for the one dog. I am thinking of talking to our vet about the other dog (Sadie, 20 pound schnauzer mix), because she is on a prescription diet (hills science diet prescription g/d formula) but I have been comparing the ingredients and I really think that the Nature's Recipe is better than what she is on now. The Nature's Recipe is certainly lower in fat!! Does anyone have any experience with this food and with dogs who have heart disease?
 

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I say give it a try.<br><br><br><br>
I tried giving it to Bruno for a while, but he's got a very sensitive stomach & it just didn't agree with him. I've also tried the Evolution brand and that didn't work at all. He did like both of them, though. So, now I've found that California Natural is what works for him, which isn't vegetarian, but at least I tried.<br><br><br><br>
Once you do get the Nature's Recipe formula, be warned. It's white! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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I feed this to my dogs because one of them has severe food allergies. They've been doing fine on it for a few years now....but I'm switching their food to homemade stuff.
 

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Herself:<br><br>
I've read some about making homemade food for dogs, I'm just a little nervous that I wouldn't get the nutrition aspect of it correct, and that they would wind up with deficiencies. Let me know how it works out for you!
 

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there are a couple of nutrients that are really important for dogs and are only found in meat unless they're added artificially. taurine is one, i can't remember the other main one.<br><br>
i'd heard that most vegetarian foods and even some non-veg foods are too low in these nutrients and it's important to get a good supplement.<br><br>
you can buy it just in powder form and sprinkle it into their food, it's expensive though
 

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I used to spend a LOT of money on buying supplements for my dogs and this stuff has actually helped me save money....and it comes with recipes!<br><br>
But if you're not in the habit of spending money on supplements to begin with, then perhaps this could be quite pricey.<br><br><br><br>
Here's the link:<br><br><a href="http://www.eurekamontana.com/vegepet/fordogs.html" target="_blank">http://www.eurekamontana.com/vegepet/fordogs.html</a>
 

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I tried the vegtarian food a long time ago, it worked for one dog and not the other, so I switched back to traditional high quality brand I used before. Depends on the dog and the stomach and the food, I guess. I did a lot of research before switching and taurine is the ingredient cats need, not dogs, dogs produce this amino acid, cats do not, thus rely on their food. Dogs can be very sucessful and healthy on a veg diet if their stomach can take it. Some dogs are allergic to wheat, or soy or dairy, and some can handle it just fine. Word of warning, some have a tendency to eat more of the veg stuff because depending on the brand it may not be as filling, on the other hand some veg brands are more filling, or claim to be, some also claim you'll have less waste to dispose of too. Taurine is good for the dog, and some foods do not put it in the food, but the dog itself produces some taurine.<br><br><br><br>
Cats need an amino acid called taurine, found mainly in meat and cannot be successful on a 100% veg diet, unless the supplement is added to the food, which some foods do not supplement this amino acid into their food, so please read labels. Taurine can be found in some algae, and other sources. Most other animals produce this amino acid but cats do not, and must rely on their food source to provide it for them.<br><br><br><br>
Some veg foods are very expensive: Here's some prices of some, this may vary on where you get it. you may want to check with your local pet supplies dealer, they may be able to carry a particular kind or order it for you, if you find one your dog likes and can stomach....<br><br><br><br>
Natural Life 20# for $17.50<br><br>
Natural Balance 30# for $35.00<br><br>
Wysong (vegan) 20# for $33.00 (actually this food is made about 20 miles from me in Midland, MI <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Nature's Recipe 37.5# for $30.00<br><br>
AvoDerm 20# for $18.00<br><br>
Evolution (vegan) 40# for $65.00<br><br><br><br>
Just some helpful hints and tips, from someone who's tried. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Yeah, one of my dogs has severe food allergies and it's actually the reason she became veg in the first place. She can't have any meat, as well as soy, corn, wheat, or dairy. I noticed that when I switched her to homemade food that she didn't have diarrhea during or after the switch like dogs normally do when you change their food. My other dog didn't have it either. And also...LOL...they were psychotically happy about having fresh food like rice, millet, beans, broccoli, carrots, nuts and seeds, etc. They literally do crazy flippy things in the air. I'ts rad. Anyhoo, I just wanted to say that I feel that fresh food is always better than anything processed....because of how sensitive the dog's intestinal tract is. I make sure that everything fresh that I feed them is ground up so it's easier for them to digest...AND I just began adding digestive enzymes to their food...which I'm not sure is necessary given their ability to handle the food just fine without it so far. The enzymes are really a trial run. I have definately noticed a major change in their energy as well as their mood since I've made the change. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Greyhoundgirl:<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the great info! After a long talk with my very cautious omni veternarian, it has been decided that Tippie (9 pound poodle mix) will be able to eat a veg diet just fine. She already is on a sensitive skin formula, and the ingredient and nutrient list for Nature's Recipe was right up her alley. Unfortunatley, Sadie (20 pound schnauzer mix) will need to stay on her prescription diet due to her enlarged heart and reduced kidney function. So at least one dog will be making the change, and I feel better already that I am at least reducing some of the suffering involved in feeding my dogs.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks to everyone for the great advice, it really helped me make a good argument with my vet... she went from being totally against it to being pretty much for it.. which is saying alot! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Ruth
 
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