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FAQ: Your Top Vegan Dog Food Questions Answered

Here at PawCo, we’re committed to providing your furry friends with the highest quality, sustainable, and ethically sourced vegan dog food. 

As more pet parents embrace a vegan lifestyle, we often receive questions about our vegan dog food products and their benefits. In this handy guide, we address some of the most frequently asked questions so that you can feel informed and confident in your decision to nourish your pup with our vegan dog food.


What makes PawCo’s vegan dog food different from other dog foods?

PawCo’s vegan dog food is made from 100% plant-based ingredients carefully selected for their nutritional value and sustainability. Our recipes are formulated by expert animal nutritionists and food scientists to ensure that they meet the specific dietary needs of your dog while reducing the negative effects of meat consumption on the health of your pup, the environment, and animal welfare. 

We are committed to avoiding animal products and by-products. PawCo products are based on our revolutionary GreenMeat™ —a plant-based meat alternative formulated specifically for dogs! Our meals are flavored with fresh fruits and vegetables and topped with all the necessary vitamins and minerals to make a complete and balanced vegan diet, ensuring your furry friend receives only the best nutrition possible.


Can a dog thrive on a vegan diet?

Absolutely! Dogs are omnivores, meaning they can obtain all the necessary nutrients from both plant and animal sources. With the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals, a vegan diet can provide all the essential nutrients required for a dog’s optimal health. Your dog’s body doesn’t discriminate – as long as their meals are complete and balanced, it doesn’t matter health-wise whether they are meat-based or plant-based. Our team of nutritionists and food scientists have meticulously crafted our vegan dog food recipes to ensure that our meals are nutritionally optimized for your dog’s needs.


Will my dog get enough protein from a vegan diet?

Yes! Our vegan dog food is formulated with high-quality plant-based protein sources, such as pea protein, textured soy protein product, and brewer’s dried yeast, to ensure that your dog receives the necessary amount of protein for optimal health. These plant-based proteins are easily digestible and provide all the essential amino acids required for your dog’s growth, maintenance, and overall well-being.


How do you ensure that your vegan dog food contains all the essential nutrients my dog needs?

Our vegan dog food is formulated by board-certified food scientists and animal nutritionists to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles. This means that our products contain the appropriate balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals to support your dog’s overall health. We use high-quality plant-based ingredients, such as pea protein and brewer’s dried yeast, to provide essential amino acids, and we supplement our recipes with the necessary vitamins and minerals to ensure complete nutrition.


How does a vegan diet support my dog’s overall health?

A well-balanced vegan diet can offer various health benefits for your dog, such as:

  • Improved digestion: Plant-based diets tend to be higher in fiber, which can help promote regular bowel movements and a healthy digestive system.
  • Weight management: Vegan dog foods are lower in fat and calories than many conventional dog foods, which can help manage your dog’s weight and prevent obesity-related health issues.
  • Allergy relief: Vegan dog food is free from common animal-based allergens, which can provide relief for dogs with food sensitivities or allergies.
  • Increased energy levels: A balanced vegan diet can provide your dog with a steady source of energy, helping to support an active lifestyle.


Is PawCo’s vegan dog food suitable for dogs of all breeds and sizes?

Yes, PawCo’s vegan dog food is designed to be suitable for dogs of all sizes and breeds, from the tiniest chihuahua to a mighty Great Dane. During the subscription process, you’ll be asked about your dog’s size, age, and breed. This helps us ensure they receive the appropriate balance of nutrients to promote optimal health and well-being. 

PawCo’s food is designed for adult dogs. Our current recipes are not recommended for puppies. This is a work in progress, and we will have Pawco meals specifically formulated for puppies in the near future.

Keep in mind that all dogs are different. We recommend consulting your veterinarian about any diet change, as they are familiar with your pet’s medical history and dietary needs.


Is PawCo’s vegan dog food suitable for dogs with food allergies?

Many dogs suffer from food allergies, and common allergens include animal proteins such as chicken, beef, and dairy. Since PawCo’s vegan dog food is 100% free from these common allergens, it may be an excellent option for dogs with food sensitivities. However, it’s always wise to transition slowly and watch for reactions when making any changes to your dog’s diet, especially if they have a history of allergies or intolerances.


How can I safely transition my dog to a vegan diet?

When transitioning your dog to a vegan diet, it’s essential to do so gradually to minimize the risk of digestive upset. Start by mixing a small amount of PawCo’s vegan dog food with their current food, gradually increasing the proportion of vegan food over 7-10 days. This slow transition allows your dog’s digestive system to adjust to the new diet, ensuring a smoother and more comfortable change.


Don’t worry if you’re unsure how to transition your dog! The first box you’ll receive after subscribing will be your transition box, which includes the right amount of food for your individual dog’s transition period, along with detailed feeding instructions.


Is it more expensive to feed my dog a vegan diet?

PawCo’s meals are more affordable than many other fresh, premium dog food brands. Our prices start at as little as $1.50/meal, and the total cost of your subscription depends on your dog’s age, size, and breed.

While it’s true that some fresh, premium vegan dog foods, like PawCo’s, may have a slightly higher price point compared to conventional kibble, the long-term benefits of a healthy, plant-based diet can outweigh the additional cost. By feeding your dog a fresh, high-quality, nutritionally balanced vegan diet, you may save on veterinary bills and expenses related to poor health, allergies, or food sensitivities. Plus, you’ll be supporting a more sustainable and ethical pet food industry. 


What is PawCo’s commitment to sustainability and the environment?

At PawCo, we are passionate about creating products that are not only beneficial for your dog’s health but also have a minimal impact on the environment. Our commitment to sustainability includes the following:

  • Sourcing ethical and sustainable ingredients: We use plant-based ingredients that have a lower environmental footprint compared to animal-derived ingredients.
  • Reducing waste: We prioritize recyclable and eco-friendly packaging materials to minimize waste and reduce our carbon footprint. Our dog food cups are made from recycled paper.

By choosing PawCo’s vegan dog food, you’re not only providing your dog with a nutritious and balanced diet but also contributing to a more sustainable and ethical pet food industry.


How does PawCo ensure the quality and safety of its vegan dog food?

At PawCo, we take the quality and safety of our products very seriously. Our vegan dog food is manufactured in facilities that follow strict quality control and food safety standards, and we work closely with our suppliers to ensure that the ingredients we use are of the highest quality. Additionally, our recipes are developed under the guidance of expert food scientists and animal nutritionists to ensure they meet your dog’s nutritional needs.


Is there a satisfaction guarantee or return policy for PawCo’s vegan dog food?

At PawCo, we stand by the quality, taste, and nutritional value of our vegan dog food, and we want you and your dog to be delighted with our products. If, for any reason, you or your dog are not satisfied with our meals, please contact our customer support team at [email protected], and we will be happy to assist you and address any concerns or questions you may have.

Unfortunately, since our product ships frozen, we cannot accept returns. However, our starter package comes with a 100% money-back guarantee so that you can give PawCo Foods a chance—risk-free!

Remember that you can make changes to your subscription anytime by logging into your account at! You can adjust the frequency of your shipments, pause your subscription, and try different recipes to find your dog’s favorite.



At PawCo, we’re dedicated to providing your dog with the best possible nutrition while prioritizing sustainability and ethical sourcing. We hope this guide has addressed some of your concerns and questions about our vegan dog food. We’re here to support you and your furry friend on your journey to a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle! If you have any further questions or need additional information, check out the FAQ section of our website, or feel free to reach out to our friendly customer support team at [email protected]

Order your starter pack today and give fresh, plant-based dog food a go! Together, we can make a positive impact on the health of our pets and the environment.


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