The 10 Best Vegan Dog Foods in the UK for 2024

Following a lot of research, we are confident that the products listed in our Top Picks below are fully vegan, nutritionally complete and amongst the best vegan dog food brands available in the UK today.

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Coco, a vegan white lhasa apso dog, standing on a tree trunk in the sunshine looking into the distance to illustrate the best vegan dog foods in the uk guide

Changing your dog’s diet is a big decision to take on behalf of your furry pal and I’m sure, like me, you want to get it right. But with an increasing number of pet food brands out there jumping onto the vegan ‘bandwagon’, the choices can seem overwhelming. It’s important to note:

  • the term ‘plant-based’ does not necessarily mean that a product is ‘vegan’
  • just because the brand is well known doesn’t mean that the product is nutritionally complete and suitable for a permanent diet switch for your dog (some of the traditional meat-heavy pet food brands have produced plant-based foods that are really only suitable as ‘meat-free Monday’ options)

So, I have researched the marketplace and identified those brands that demonstrate a commitment to producing high quality, totally vegan, and nutritionally complete products to help you choose the best vegan dog food for your canine companion.

Here are the best vegan dog foods in the UK

Ratings are based on range, quality, price and service.

Coco, the white lhasa apso dog is to the left of the picture, looking up towards the package in front of her. Next to her on the right hand side of the picture is a large red and white bag of dry dog food biscuits, the packaging branded with the brand name 'omni' in red lettering against a white background. Beneath the brand name, text identifies the product as a plant-based food for senior dogs, with an illustration of a dog with its tongue out on the bottom right of the packaging. This image also shows the key nutrients contained in the product, and the fact that it is vet formulated.

Omni

This vet-formulated, high protein, low fat vegan dog food is very popular, and remains very competitively priced. From the outset, Omni has continued to develop new products to add to their original soy-based kibble product too, so has a very comprehensive range including separate age-appropriate dry foods, tinned wet food, and toppers – a sachet of wet food specifically designed to add occasional interest to your dog’s kibble.

A key ingredient in the majority of Omni’s products is soya (which a few dogs can be sensitive to) although they still avoid most of the major allergens associated with dogs, like wheat. However, they have now produced a soy-free dry dog food too which has been formulated with sensitive dogs in mind – a good choice if you want to eliminate known allergens from your dog’s diet.

Overall, this is one of the most reasonably priced vegan dog food brands I have found, but without compromising on quality. Add to that the dry food packaging which is now fully recyclable, a subscription service which attracts a discounted price, and free monthly online video consultations as part of that package, and you have a brand that is difficult to ignore!

You can read more details about this product in Vegan Mum’s Omni Dog Food Review

Omni Dry Dog Food RangeAge-appropriate range of dry dog foods
Omni Wet Food RangeTins and Toppers

Pros

  • Good value
  • Great range
  • Free online vet consultations for subscribers
  • Recyclable dry food packaging
  • UK & EU deliveries

Cons

  • Mainly soy-based

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15 tins of The Pack vegan wet dog food stacked in rows of 5, on top of each other

The Pack

These high quality, nutritionally complete tins of dog food are also grain-free, an important factor for many dogs with sensitivities. And now The Pack have also launched their vegan dry dog food – a slow-cooked, oven-baked kibble that has not been extruded and is full of yummy things like peanut butter and plants! It is also nutritionally complete so can be used on its own, or in conjunction with their wet food to provide your pooch with even greater variety. Only comes in 5kg bags currently.

Although in the higher price range, they offer free deliveries over £30, an ongoing discount for subscriptions and free vet nurse consultations as part of the subscription package too. Made with premium, high protein ingredients, and delivered in plastic-free, recyclable packaging, this brand also has B Corp accreditation, making this a very sustainable dog food option.

The Pack vegan dog food really is a great choice: the wet food comes in 3 great flavours, and all from a fully vegan company into the bargain!

You can read more details about this product in Vegan Mum’s The Pack vegan dry dog food article

Pros

  • Wet and dry food options
  • Dry food is slow-baked and not extruded
  • Vegan founders
  • Great website
  • Vet nurse online consultations for subscribers

Cons

  • Bit pricey
  • 5kg bags only
  • No EU deliveries – yet

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Saru, the fox red labrador with her nose in a bag of Noochy Poochy Vegan dry dog food

Noochy Poochy

A fully vegan and nutritionally complete dry dog food product founded by a vegan vet. There is also a ‘puppy’ option available, still suitable for adult dogs too, but just a smaller nugget – what a great idea! Not only that, but it is harnessing the power of…yes, you guessed it…Nooch! Nutritional yeast, that firm favourite of the vegan world, now available in a vegan dog food. I know my dog is not alone when it comes to enjoying cheezy flavours, so this is inspired.

Made in the UK, this is a very sustainable and eco-friendly option for your dog companion, with recyclable packaging and although it is a little pricey, you are getting good value for money from high quality, organic, ethically-sourced ingredients, produced by an enormously ethical company.

You can read more about this product in Vegan Mum’s Noochy Poochy Review

Pros

  • Vet formulated
  • Adult & Puppy range
  • Vegan founder
  • Largely organic ingredients
  • Wheat-free

Cons

  • Little pricey
  • Only 2 kibble-based products

6 tins of Hownd plant powered superfood fpr dogs - fresh blueberry and coconut flavour

Hownd Plant Powered Superfood

Originally producing cruelty-free grooming products for pets, the founders went on to develop this great range of vegan dog food. It’s high in protein and lower in fat than many of its vegan wet food competitors – I’ve used the Blueberry & Coconut Porridge wet food for my dog, Coco, who has had pancreatitis and needs to stay on a low fat diet. Hownd is nutritionally complete and is also hypoallergenic, so it’s very good for dogs with sensitivities too.

With a range of both wet and dry food, and a useful subscription service that can save you some money, this is another great plant-based company offering high quality food for your doggie companions.

The wet food comes in 3 flavours, using nutritious ingredients like berries, chia, lentils, quinoa and vegetables – it’s tasty and wholesome stuff!

And if you’d like to find out more about Hownd’s grooming products, take a look at Vegan Mum’s guide to the Best Vegan Dog Shampoo

Pros

  • Reasonable range of wet & dry food
  • Low in fat
  • Wheat free

Cons

  • Mid range price

a box containing a Fleetful homecooking kit for homemade dog food, with fresh fruit and vegetables in front of it

Fleetful

This is probably the most sustainable way to feed your dog a vegan diet, and it gives you absolute control over what they eat. This is particularly important if your dog has allergies or sensitivities.

When you buy this kit, it comes with the supplements too so you don’t have to worry about whether your dog is getting all the nutrients they need – they will be! The only other thing you have to remember is to just make you get additional vegetables in your shop! And although your dog may take a little time to get used to the different textures (or they may just snaffle it down regardless!) it’s worth it. 

If you are concerned about preparing your dog’s food yourself, Holly at Fleetful is incredibly helpful if you have any questions or need some advice. You never know, you might just find cooking for your dog a whole lot easier than you thought!

Vegan Mum has written more about Cooking Food for Dogs here

Pros

  • Easy kit form
  • Value for money
  • Nutritious food
  • Great advice

Cons

  • You have to cook it yourself!
  • Dogs may need to get used to it

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bag of V-Dog crunchy vegan dog food, with a list of symbols down the left hand side illustrating accreditation by the vegan and vegetarian societies, and PETA

V-Dog

What a reliable, tried and tested brand! V-Dog (originally under a different trading name) was established in 1980. This company really knows what it’s talking about when it comes to vegan food for dogs. I used the flakes back in the 1980s to feed my rescue greyhounds, and they really thrived on it.

This food is really good for dogs that have meat and protein allergies, and the flakes particularly are pretty low in fat too, so quite helpful for slimming down those podgy pups, or dogs that have had pancreatitis in the past. V-Dog have more recently brought out nuggets too which can be pre-soaked like the flakes.

You can’t buy this food direct from V-Dogs currently, but it is available on Amazon. A downside is that it only comes in 15kg bags – that’s quite a big bag! But it does work out to be very good value for money, and without compromising on quality. Other than that, it is grain-based, so it may not be suitable for some dogs with known grain sensitivities.

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Nutritious food
  • Trusted, long-established brand

Cons

  • Only available in 15kg bags
  • Grain-based

Green bag of Benevo vegan dry dog food with a picture of a brown dog on the front, against a green and cream background

Benevo

This vegan pet food company has been around since 2005, producing both cat and dog food, and with a puppy version available too. As with many vegan dog foods, they have factored in the common sensitivities that dogs experience and their food accommodates many of them, including grain-free options.

They have a good variety of food on offer which is great, including a choice of wet and dry products, but the non-recyclable plastic trays in the wet food are a shame. Worth noting too that the organic range requires further, additional supplementation – not sure they make that clear enough. I’m also a bit puzzled by one of their products that is supposed to be suitable for cats and dogs – really? Whilst their other products are very reliable, I’m not sure I’d buy that one.

It’s not the cheapest, but you can purchase samples from them first before you invest in moving your pooch over completely. They do have a subscription service as well with a 10% saving.

Pros

  • Most products are very reliable
  • Grain-free options
  • Trusted, long-established brand
  • Good range

Cons

  • Pricier than some
  • One puzzling product

image of a black, white and tan dog sitting behind a box of Wilsons vegan protein cold pressed dog food

Wilsons Vegan Protein

Wilsons has been making pet food for well over 100 years, so you have all the reassurance of a well-established, UK based company. The really great thing about this Wilsons vegan dog food though is that it is cold pressed, so isn’t heated and extruded in the way that many kibbles are. It is pressed at much lower temperatures which helps to retain its natural nutrients and means it isn’t being overly processed.

Wilsons is not a vegan pet food company, but they have still put a lot of thought into this vegan product. It is nutritionally complete, and avoids the main allergens including soy and wheat, so a good choice for those more sensitive pooches out there. The protein comes from lentils, sweet potato, peas and rice and the fat content is good at 10%.

Their packaging is also very environmentally friendly being recyclable, compostable and biodegradable, with refill bags available too. This dry food comes in 2kg and 10kg boxes – the 10kg option gives you quite significant savings and if you sign up for a subscription, you get an initial 5% discount.

Pros

  • Cold-pressed
  • Avoids main allergens
  • Good fat content
  • Environmentally-friendly packaging

Cons

  • No wet food option

an image of one large tin and one small tin of Solo Vegetal branded vegan dog food on a white background

Solo Vegetal

If your pooch is suffering from serious sensitivities and allergies, then Solo Vegetal could well be the answer, and many vets will recommend it for elimination diets. 

All the ingredients have been carefully thought through to ensure that even the most sensitive dog can have a well-rounded, highly nutritious diet, without exposure to the common allergens that can be so serious for some dogs. Although it contains wheat, this is einkorn wheat which is nutrient dense, and much easier to digest than modern wheat varieties.

So if your vet has suggested an elimination diet, and you want to avoid the ultra-processed meat-based alternatives, then talk to them about trying this instead. It is vet formulated and has a good reputation.

Available in wet and dry options.

Pros

  • Avoids all animal proteins
  • Uses Einkorn wheat
  • Wet & dry options

Cons

  • Limited availabilty
  • Cost

Bag of VegDog Green Crunch dry dog biscuits on a shelf amongst some houseplants

VegDog Green Crunch

This well-respected German dog food has great reviews, and is perfect for those dogs who also have sensitivities to grains and soya because it uses lentil and pea protein. It’s brimming with antioxidants and the magical algae oil too, and the biscuits are small and easy to eat and digest too.

Recommended by Vegan Vet Dr Arielle from Just Be Kind Dog Food, as it is particularly good for dogs with allergies and sensitivities, you can buy this vegan dog food online at Amazon.

Pros

  • Good for sensitivities
  • No soya
  • Small biscuits

Cons

  • Large bags
  • Cost

Vegetarian Dog Food

I have provided below a list of some of the dog foods that may look vegan, perhaps because some are referred to as ‘plant-based’, but that are actually vegetarian. From both an animal welfare and environmental perspective, these may be better than meat-based options, although I would obviously still recommend the best vegan dog food options above.

More vegan dog posts

We hope you have enjoyed this guide to the best vegan dog food in the UK. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know via the comments option. You may also find answers to further questions in the FAQ section below.

Other Vegan Mum posts related to vegan dogs are below should you wish to read more:

You can also find guides and reviews on other topics on Vegan Mum’s Lifestyle pages.

FAQs

Do vets recommend vegan dog food?

Well, it really depends on which vet you speak to! And remember, they are not all experts on nutrition. However, all the brands I have selected below have taken lots of advice from vets, animal nutritionists and from the FEDIAF (the pet food industry’s European-based federation).

Enlightened vets like Arielle Griffiths, Director of Just be Kind Dog Food Ltd, will always consider plant-based dog food as an option. After all, it should be about whatever is best for your dog.

So essentially, yes. Whilst you will find some vets who are sceptical (just as GPs can be about us vegan humans) there are many vets who are well-informed, open-minded, up to date on the latest research and who are very happy to recommend vegan dog food.


Is it healthy to put a dog on a vegan diet?

I believe the answer is yes, based on the following evidence?

Firstly, it’s important to remember that dogs are omnivores, not carnivores. This means that they are very well-equipped, just like us, to digest and absorb food and nutrients from plant-based sources. Increasingly, research is showing that dogs not only thrive on a vegan diet, they positively benefit. The Pack have written a great blog about whether it’s safe to feed vegan dog food. You will find that they cite a lot of really useful research links in their article too.

However, the British Veterinary Association says the jury is still out as far as they’re concerned (at the time of writing this blog), so I have linked to their article on this so you can take a balanced view. But, whilst I’m no scientist, logic makes me question the main thread of their argument about the poor bio-availability of nutrients added to vegan dog food. Those same nutrients are regularly added to meat and fish-based dog food – so why are they more bio-available I wonder?

Vets are not necessarily experts on animal nutrition, any more than your GP is an expert on human nutrition (and most will admit they’re not). Additionally, with big questions now being raised about ultra processed foods, that’s got to include the intense processing of meat for animal consumption right?

Research also came out of Winchester University from Andrew Knight, a professor of animal welfare and ethics. He said that providing plant-based pet food is carefully formulated and contains appropriate synthetic nutrients, dogs can even have better health outcomes than when fed on meat pet foods. All of this research is incredibly reassuring and dogs’ human companions are certainly beginning to see some of the positive results a plant-based diet is having on their canine compadres.

Plant-based eating for your dog may not be absolutely perfect, but nor is the meat-based pet food industry. But with the amount of research now going into the best vegan dog food brands, I am very confident that it is the better option. However, it is still important that you find them the best vegan dog food. Not all of it is complete, or appropriate for every day eating. And some ‘plant-based’ dog food contains eggs – not sure which plant eggs come from, but there you go…


Is a vegan diet good for dogs with sensitive tummies?

Whilst a vegan diet is likely to be better than meat-based food for dogs with sensitive tummies, you may still need to consider certain factors like grains and proteins. If your dog has any sensitivities or suspected allergies, it is always worth consulting with your vet. Some of the best vegan dog food producers below also offer free online vet consultations when you sign up for a subscription, so they can support you too.

If you want to go straight for a product designed with sensitivities in mind, there are 3 options to consider, all of which are nutritionally complete:

Penny Barkas


Comments

2 responses to “The 10 Best Vegan Dog Foods in the UK for 2024”

  1. Thank you. Just what I was looking for Please wil you continue to update as new products come on the market?(Also some indication of price range/kg might be helpful even though change/offers etc eg low, medium, high ££) Thanks again

    1. Thanks for the feedback AJ. Yes, I do update this as new products become available, although will only add those that meet the quality criteria. And I will consider price ranges next time I update, although as you rightly say, these can vary quite a lot.

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