FOR A VEGAN DIET & MORE COMPASSIONATE WORLD
FOR A VEGAN DIET & MORE COMPASSIONATE WORLD
Our Favorite Calorie Calculator for Dogs & Cats:
Find out how many calories to feed your dog, cat, or puppy per day based on age, weight, and whether they are spayed/neutered. You can also determine how many cups of food to feed if you’ve determined how many calories one cup of your food contains. (Our recipes list the amount of calories in the recipe. Measure the number of cups the recipe yields for you, then divide the total number of calories in the recipe by the number of yielded cups. That number is how many calories per cup your food contains.)
Good Grub for Pets Recipe Builder:
The GoodGrub4Pets.com software is a wonderful tool for those of your creating your own recipes or modifying ours. This third party site will calculate the amount of calories and nutrient levels in your meals, and compare them against AAFCO standards for dogs. Compassion Circle uses some of the same USDA ingredient sources for our in-house calculations, but not all. The variations should not be extreme.
The GoodGrub user guide states the following: The AAFCO requirements are provided both as: (1) a percentage, based on dry matter, and (2) units (g, mg, and IU) per 1000 kcal (commonly referred to as calories). GoodGrub offers a comparison based on nutrients per kcal. So AAFCO recommended minimums (and in some cases maximums), as specified for each 100 calories of dog food, are compared to 100 calories of your recipe.
Self Nutrition Nutrient Ranking Tool:
If you are looking to add more or less of a specific nutrient to your loved one’s diet, check out the Self Ranking Tool.
The Self Nutrition site will also allow you to build recipes and look at nutrient facts. The site shows nutritional totals against the human daily value, so some interpretation is necessary. If you use this recipe builder, please, also be mindful of the source of the ingredient values. They are listed in small print at the bottom of page and are not always credible. We recommend using Good Grub for Pets (above) to calculate canine meal totals.
You’ll find the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and the National Research Council (NRC) nutrient requirement lists for dogs, cats, and growth at the following website.
Find out what the experts have to say about plant-based feeding for dogs. The veterinarian and animal nutritionist participants feed their own dogs vegan or have experience with clients doing so, and will share a wealth of information about the benefits of plant-based feeding with you. You’ll find interviews with James Peden, Susan and Dr. Richard Pitcairn, Dr. Andrew Knight, Dr. Armaiti May, Dr. Lorelei Wakefield, Jan Allegretti, and more. For $99, you will get Lifetime Access to all 16 in-depth videos, plus audio downloads and written transcripts.
Purchase Lifetime Summit Access at www.plantpowereddogfoodsummit.com
You’ll find a number of informative books listed on our Recommended Reading page. Click the link below to visit the page.
There are a lot of great books out there that are not on our list – vegan cookbooks for animals and humans, books about natural remedies and holistic healing modalities, books about the environmental impact of a meat-based diet, the book Obligate Carnivore, and the list goes on. We encourage you to seek out all the information you can and to share it with others. You’re welcome to share it with us, too!
Many in the veterinary community are becoming more supportive of a plant-based diet. If your veterinarian isn’t immediately supportive, try educating them. A quality vet will be open to learning something new, and a healthy cat or dog is quite convincing! Find our suggestions and list of recommended vets and nutritionists on our Referrals page.
Susan Pitcairn’s Compassionate Living Diet Handouts for Humans and Companion Animals: http://susanpitcairn.com/blog/90422/diet-handouts
Uncooking with Jameth and Kim by: Jameth & Kim Sheridan: A raw, vegan recipe & nutritional information book for humans. Purchase or read more in our Shop
Vegan recipes for those transitioning to a vegan diet:
Simple Vegan Recipes: http://www.simpleveganrecipes.co.uk/
PETA.org Recipes: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/recipes/default.aspx
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