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Bow-wow! Great New Dog Food!

Published on July 13, 2010 by   ·   15 Comments Pin It

As we know, selecting a high-quality pet food is one of the most important decisions a pet parent can make. To celebrate pets, The Humane Society of the United States has announced the nationwide launch of a cruelty-free, all natural, and certified organic dog food called “Humane Choice.” The HSUS developed this new product to offer consumers a wholesome and nutritious dog food that does not contain animal-based proteins or support the factory farming industry (how cool is this?!).

The Humane Choice recipe is certified organic and is rich in whole vegetables and grains.  It has been specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of adult dogs as established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials.

What many may not realize is that dogs are not obligate carnivores and that their protein intake can come from both animal- and plant-based sources.  In a recent article, Dr. John Bauer, Professor and M.L. Professor of Clinical Nutrition at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences says, “Dogs are opportunistic carnivores…As for pet dogs, they can easily be converted to vegetarians, and if done properly, it is just as healthy as an omnivorous diet is for a dog.”

In “Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs: A Science Based Guide For Pet Owners,” the National Research Council (part of the National Academies of Science) states that dogs are not strict meat eaters and can adapt “to a wide range of ingredients, texture, and form in terms of what they will eat.”  (If any of you would like a PDF of the pamphlet, please email me.)

Currently, Humane Choice is available at select Whole Foods in New York and New Jersey and will be available soon at 328 PETCO Stores nationwide. Click here to see if your local store carries it or you can simply make your purchase at

Having said all of this, though, please consult with your veterinarian before you make any changes to your dog’s diet.

Dog bless.

Via Mary Max

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Readers Comments (15)

  1. I Love Inky says:

    Happy happy, Joy joy. Will check it out! XOXO

  2. Candice says:

    Wow! This is TERRIBLE! I love GGA and everything you post. But this is terible and as a dog expert I should tell you it isn’t wise to endorese products that ca nhurt our dogs because of our own ethical choices. Dogs are carnivores, not omnivores and certainly not vegans. Also, dogs don’t make ethical choices, because they’re dogs.

    75% of the ingredients in that food are the #1 cause of dermatitis (skin allergies) in dogs. The first ingredient in this food is Organic ground canola seed….which means that’s what your pup is getting the most of. Soybean meal? Brown rice? Dogs can’t eat that! This is a cruel joke!

  3. Chloe says:


    With all due respect.. I have two BEYOND HEALTHY vegan dogs.. and many of my friends do as well. They are WELL into their Senior years and both act like puppies. Check out this GGA piece:


  4. Chloe says:

    ps… “Dog Expert” … can you clarify? Are you a Vet? What makes a “dog expert”?

  5. Liz says:

    Dogs are not carnivores; if you do not feed them any vegetables or grains and only give them meat, you are depriving them of nutrition they need and giving them excessive protein, which will lead to other health issues. And having a dog as a pet doesn’t make someone an expert any more than having a baby imbues people with magical knowledge (that last part isn’t a slam at anyone, just a point that I’ve noticed many women don’t realize). No one is above some good, fact-based research.

  6. suz says:

    yaaaay!!!!!!! thanks for the info!!!

  7. suz says:

    p.s. ordering this dogfood asap!!!

  8. Loli says:

    I am definitely forwarding this to my parents- when they brought home their youngest daughter, Leah, I was still in high school and living at home, and we spent the summer of her puppyhood eating watermelon, carrots, cucumbers and raw corn together- I’m sure she would be into ditching meat and being a veggidog again!

  9. Thanks for the shout-out for Humane Choice. :) FYI, the food is also available through with free shipping. Loli’s story reminds me of a friend’s basset hound who would eat tomatoes and cucumbers right off the vine. Quite a funny image!

  10. Nin Andrews says:

    I think I read that dogs can go the vegie route, but cats can not. I’ve heard a lot on both sides of this, even folks who say some people (Tibetans like the Dalai Lama, for example) do not do well without some meat. Dogs are the wolves we could tame and in that respect, they are genetically different to greater and lesser degrees. At the same time they have been eating our scraps, all of them, for ages now. I have a dog who is allergic to corn and wheat but loves bananas, peas, apples, avacado . . . The vet told me just to avoid garlic and chocolate–both are bad for dogs. She also said some pups are now allergic to beef, hence the new heart guard pills are made with pork. So who knew? I think there’s a lot we don’t know . . .

  11. I saw this food at the Natural Products Expo and I was told its not actually 100% vegan. It is vegetarian, but there was some ingredient that was derived from animal sources. I just don’t remember which one it was. Can anyone clarify? My friends who run a vegan grocery store couldn’t carry it in their store. Did they refomulate? Also, my dogs are both on veggie diets (Avoderm wet and Natural Balance dry) and they are VERY healthy. My one dog actually has a really hard time digesting meat and we (the vet and I) tried everything including a bland diet. Once I put him on a veg diet, he loved eating again.

  12. Pamela says:

    Thank you, Thank you!! Humane Dog Food to help me feel more in integrity with my choices, minimize suffering and help our beautiful mother earth. XOXO

  13. Eve says:

    Brilliant :). As a teen I bought home a puppy from the vet where I volunteered. Mega vet bills later we nearly had to have her but down as she could no longer walk and was in a lot of pain (looked like arthritis)…enter v alternative and fringe dwelling vet…and ta-da! Our dogs were veg before I was (my mother put her foot down).

    Am just about to help lovely new boyfriend to veganise his lovely old dog. She is overweight, tiring and smells really doggy. (Vegan dogs don’t smell :) )I just know that dogs need a source of protein in each meal.

    Anyone need further reading on this. James Pedan has done much much work on this over the years and owns the VegePet brand.

    Going to work with boyfriends cat as well until she is happy too. To anyone who takes issue with that, first I’d ask them to go and put in some volunteer hours at a local vet and just see how really ill and distressed many cats get from their SAD diets..then we can debate it :)

  14. Reuben says:

    Thanks! More choices for us vegan doggies!
    We went doggy vegan over a year ago and at ten we play all day. Everyone says I’m like a pup and have a new sparkle after the switch. (10 is the new 5-if you don’t eat death:)

  15. Tru says:

    This is great news!! The only thing I don’t like is this product been sold at PetCo :( What a bummer! With the history this company has of supporting Puppy mills and selling diseased and abused animals… I don’t know if I could buy from them.

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