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A healthy and happy dog is a strong dog.

Vegetarians and Vegans generally appreciate the wellness benefits that are derived from a greener and holistic life-style. Vegans, in particular, aspire to a moral and ethical life-style.

However, most people acknowledge the positive impact that a natural, wholesome and organic diet can have on health and the great value that vegetables offer in terms of mineral and vitamin wealth.

A wholesome diet, including vegetables, fruits and legumes, is also essential in producing natural antioxidants and thus, protects us from sickness and in controlling free radicals, which is the cause of many dread diseases and general poor health.

The abstract discussion as to whether our dogs evolved from a wolf or dingo is of no real consequence at all. Dogs have evolved over thousands of years to eat a balanced home prepared diet, very similar to what we eat.

In fact, the Chow evolved to be almost vegetarian in nature, after been fed only grains and veggies by the Tibetans. Its entire physiological make up has changed over the centuries to metabolize a diet rich in vegetables and quality grains.

Historically our pets have been fed table scraps and stolen tidbits and their metabolism has adapted to accommodate the variation. Our dogs can no longer digest copious amounts of raw meat and actually prefer a diet that is rich in vegetables and nutritious pulses’.

Fruit in smaller quantities can be also very beneficial, although most contain high sugar levels. Banana is a pure carb and may exacerbate energy levels. The best fruits would be berries and apples.

Here is a list of some vegetables and legumes that are great value for money, effective and nutritional for both humans and animals:


Lentils are a “superfood”. They are a good protein, high in fiber and a fantastic source of iron.

Brown Rice

Brown rice is a great source of healthy carbohydrates and energy. The Chinese believe that it has the perfect balance between Yin and Yang.


Millet is high in Protein and is rich in B vitamins, especially niacin, B17, B 6 and folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Millets contain NO gluten.


Peas are also high in energy and rich in Vitamin B1, B3, B6 and B9. It is also very rich in Vitamin C and Phosphorus.

Pearl Barley

Barley contains all eight essential amino acids. Considered a whole grain, dehulled barley still has its bran and germ, making it a healthy and nutritious food.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is a concentrated source of several essential nutrients including Vitamin E, folic acid, phosphorous, zinc and magnesium… It also contains essential fatty acids.


Beetroots are rich in the nutrient betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health. Betaine also protects against liver disease, particularly the build up of fatty deposits in the liver caused by

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta carotene, vitamin c and vitamin B6.In 1992, The Center for Health in the Public Interest rated the sweet potato as the highest vegetable in nutritional value. .


Carrots have a wealth of minerals and a must for any pet food. It builds strong teeth, bones, cartilage and nails. It gives energy, vitality and strength, promotes healing of wounds and aids with digestion.

So whether you are cooking for the family, two legged or four, make sure that you include vegetable and legumes in their diet.



  • Win Posted 14 August 2012 15:21

    The only thing I disagree with in this entire article is the statement that “Vegans, in particular, aspire to a moral and ethical life-style.” I am vegetarian and I can assure you I also aspire to a moral and ethical life-style. I view vegans as the radicals of the vegetarian group!

    • vondislifestyle Posted 14 August 2012 15:29

      Hi Win, thanks for the comment. We are only referring to the approach to the production of food in this context. As people we all should aspire to a moral and ethical life-style, regardless of what we eat. Didn’t mean to stand on any toes. 🙂

  • Lieveke Koelma Posted 15 August 2012 07:57

    My two pugs have been vegan now for nearly five months are doing really well on it – lots of energy when we take our beach walks! They love every morsal of their meals and lick the entire bowl clean every time. I give them the above as well as butternut and squash – seeds and all. I mash everything up everytime and if its a little on the dry side add a little rooibos and some olive oil. Grated carrots get added every time and when I cook the brown rice I cook it together with the barley, split peas and a little red lentils. Veganism is extreme- extremely against animal exploitation. Thank you Vondi’s.

  • Rene Posted 15 August 2012 08:32

    Thanks for the article! I have been feeding my dogs left over veg for some time now and they just love it, even salad! We grow wine grapes and our dogs help themselves to some of the fruit in summertime, some people said grapes are like poison to dogs…but ours does not seem to experience any problems…

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