WENATCHEE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A ground-breaking new book has answered the controversial question: “Can dogs thrive on a vegan diet?” Drawing on the latest scientific research, The Plant-Powered Dog: Unleash the healing powers of a whole-food plant-based diet to help your canine companion enjoy a healthier, longer life (Dogwise Publishing, January 2023) demonstrates that a well-balanced plant-based diet is the healthiest and safest for modern companion dogs. Authored by globally renowned vegan canine nutritionist Diana Laverdure-Dunetz, MS, with contributor W. Jean Dodds, DVM, The Plant-Powered Dog draws upon research in canine evolution, genomics and epigenetics to dispel the myth that dogs are carnivores; showcases the best food sources for vegan dogs; teaches readers to prepare nutritionally sound vegan dog food recipes; and showcases plant-based solutions to common canine chronic diseases.
The book’s publication is timely, as consumer research shows that 35% of dog (and cat) guardians who do not already feed a plant-based diet are open to doing so if they feel it is nutritionally adequate. New research also demonstrates that vegan dogs are healthier than meat-fed dogs based on a variety of parameters.
“We know that animal ingredients promote inflammation and that switching to a whole-food plant-based diet is healthiest for people,” said Laverdure-Dunetz. “Through rigorous research, The Plant-Powered Dog demonstrates that our canine companions can experience many of the same benefits. The book also serves as a complete action guide for anyone wanting to raise a thriving plant-based dog.”
The Plant-Powered Dog book features two main sections:
Part 1: Steps to Raising a Thriving Plant-Based Dog. These seven chapters guide readers through the process of transitioning their dog to a well-balanced vegan diet, along with how to select an appropriate commercial vegan dog food.
Part 2: Plant-Based Diet Solutions for Common Canine Chronic Diseases. These five chapters dive into a plant-based approach to cancer, diabetes, food intolerances, chronic kidney disease and gastrointestinal disorders.
The book also contains an Appendix containing supplemental recipes, a comprehensive Resources section and a Cited Works section of the research.
“I’m excited that The Plant-Powered Dog debuted as the number one new book release in Amazon’s Pet Food & Nutrition category. This achievement is testimony to the growing popularity of plant-based diets for dogs,” said Laverdure-Dunetz. “Now, dog guardians who want to raise healthy canine companions with respect for all animals and the planet have the essential resource to do so.”