Study finds significant health improvements in dogs fed a vegan diet – vegconomist

A peer-reviewed study by a UK pet food brand Omni concluded that dogs fed a vegan diet experienced noticeable improvements in their health.

Three to 12 months after switching their pets to Omni’s plant-based food, dog owners reported several statistically significant changes, including improvements in:

  • Anxiety
  • Activity levels
  • coat shine
  • Dandruff
  • Redness of the skin
  • Itching
  • stool consistency
  • Stool frequency
  • Flatulence (passage of gas).

According to the study, which was published in the Archives of Clinical and Biomedical Research, more than three-quarters of the 100 dogs had previously been on a meat-based diet.

“The study is a valuable addition to the scientific evidence that proves the benefits of vegan diets for dogs,” said Shiv Sivakumar, co-founder and co-CEO of Omni.

Omni Founders, Image courtesy of ProVeg

Although the results are encouraging, the study authors stress that further prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trials will be needed to validate the findings. However, the new research supports the results of a separate study published earlier this year, which revealed that nutritionally sound vegan diets are the healthiest and least dangerous option for dogs.

Vegan dog food in the UK

The UK is now home to several brands of plant-based dog food, including THE PACK – which offers fish, chicken and beef flavored wet foods – and noochy poochywho developed a nutritionally complete vegan formula for dogs.

Omni, the company behind the new study, is also all-vegetable. The brand has enjoyed growing success since its participation in the ProVeg incubator in 2021, raise £1.1m earlier this year to launch functional plant-based dog treats.

“This is the first time that health benefits have been documented in dogs fed UK vegan dog food, and we are delighted with the results,” Sivakuma said.