A vegan diet is not recommended for a dog. Dogs are really meat eaters and it is difficult to provide them with the nutrition they need without using meat or animal products of any kind.
The ingredients of this food are great and top quality but there are some ingredients that are sometimes used as fillers. Beet pulp and potatoes are inexpensive fillers but they are useful sources of calories.
Reading the ingredient list shows that attention was taken to use a diverse array of ingredients; that is always important when looking for a quality dog food.
This dog food would be useful in the case of dogs that have very sensitive stomachs or that are just old and having some digestive issues.
New Formulation: Green Peas, Chickpeas, Pearled Barley, Oat Groats, Pea Protein, Whole Flaxseed, Sunflower Oil, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Potato, Sweet Potato, Alfalfa Meal, Carrot, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Dicalcium Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dried Kelp, Natural Vegetable Flavors, Flaxseed Oil, Carrots, Dried Apple, Dried Blueberry, Dried Cranberry, Chicory Root, Taurine, Rosemary Extract, L-Carnitine, Potassium Chloride, DL Methionine, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D-2 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylene Diamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite).
Pet food ingredients, nutritional values, and the way they are labeled for consumers are monitored by several organizations in the United States including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the NGO, Association of American Feed Control Officials
Each year the AAFCO publishes two sets of nutritional minimum standards for dog food intended to help specify if a food is suitable for:
1. Dogs in the growth & reproduction phases of life
2. Adult dogs maintaining a healthy weight and activity level
3,400 kcal/kg, 386 kcal/cup
|Nutritional Component||Value||Meets AAFCO Growth & Reproduction Standards||Meets AAFCO Adult Maintenance Standards|
|CRUDE PROTEIN||20.0% min||–||–|
|CRUDE FAT||10.0% min||–||–|
|CRUDE FIBER||8.5% max||–||–|
|OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS||1.75% min|
|OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS||4.25% min|
* – indicates not yet analyzed
Over 7-10 days slowly replace your dog’s current food with Halo Holistic. Some dogs may not need as long a transition as others.
|Weight||Daily Feeding (cup)|
|UP TO 5 LBS||1/2|
|6 – 15 LBS||1 1/4|
|16 – 30 LBS||1 3/4|
|31 – 50 LBS||3|
|51 – 75 LBS||4|
Provide plenty of clean and fresh water. Make sure you do not overfeed. This formula offers concentrated nutrition so serving sizes may be less than what you are currently feeding.
The idea of a vegan dog food is a selling point that Halo is taking advantage of. Ask your veterinarian about switching a dog to a vegan diet. It is a different lifestyle that not many dogs follow. Food choices are very limited and while Halo is doing a good job providing a quality dog food, it is expensive for a meatless dog food. If you are truly dedicated to having a vegan dog then this is quality but otherwise, spend your dog food dollars on a different brand.
Loving this dog food? You might also like to check our review for the Halo Holistic Beef Recipe for senior dogs.