Scientific Evaluation of Veganpet Dog & Cat Food (Guest Post)

Scientific Evaluation of Veganpet Dog & Cat Food (Guest Post)

This Article is Courtesy of Veganpet. Written by Veganpet

Trial methodology and management:

A twenty-day feeding, feed acceptance and digestibility trial was designed, supervised and analysed by a University nutritionist. The trial was conducted at a commercial breeding and boarding kennel and cattery where the daily feeding data were recorded and faecal samples were collected for further analysis. There were no invasive procedures such as blood samples during this trial.

Summary of Evaluation – Veganpet Vegan Dog Food

Purpose: 

To evaluate through a feed trial using adult dogs, the intake, palatability, overall apparent digestibility of the dry matter, protein and fat of a vegan dog food formulated and manufactured for Sandy Anderson Pty Ltd named Sandy’s Veganpet Dog Food.

Feed: 

The Vegan Dog Food Formulation has listed specifications of minimum 24% protein and minimum 11% fat. On analysis of a representative sample of Sandy’s Veganpet Dog Food by an independent laboratory (Venturetech Pty Ltd; NATA endorsed), protein for Sandy’s Veganpet Dog Food was 24.4% (0.4% higher than minimum). Fat for Sandy’s Veganpet Dog Food was 11.1% (0.1% higher than minimum). Sandy’s Veganpet Dog Food easily meets the specifications of the formulation.

Main Findings:

  • All dogs ate the Sandy’s Veganpet Dog Food Formulation and the palatability was very high. The dogs ate 100% of food within 15 minutes except for day one, where one dog ate 90% of the food in 15 minutes.
  • Dry matter digestibility of Sandy’s Veganpet Dog Food Formulation was 84% on Day 14, which is an excellent result for a commercially prepared dog food.
  • Protein digestibility was 68.9% on day 14; which is excellent and consistent with the protein digestibilities expected for a premium dog food.
  • Fat digestibility was 87.4 +/- 9% on Day 14; an excellent result for a vegan dog food.
    • Faecal quality measured as % dry matter was very good at 28% on Day 14. The stools were consistent across all dogs.

    Summary of Evaluation – Veganpet Vegan Cat Food

    Purpose:
    To evaluate through a feed trial using adult cats, the intake, palatability, overall apparent digestibility of the dry matter, protein and fat of a vegan cat food formulated and manufactured for Sandy Anderson Pty Ltd named Sandy’s Veganpet Cat Food.

    Feed:

    The Vegan Cat Food Formulation has listed specifications of minimum 27% protein and minimum 10% fat. On analysis of a representative sample of Sandy’s Veganpet Cat Food by an independent laboratory (Venturetech Pty Ltd; NATA endorsed), protein for Sandy’s Veganpet Cat Food was 28.5% (5.5% higher than minimum). Fat for Sandy’s Veganpet Cat Food was 11.7% (17% higher than minimum). Sandy’s Veganpet Cat Food easily meets the specifications of the formulation

    Main Findings:

    • All cats ate the Sandy’s Veganpet Cat Food Formulation and the palatability was very high. The cats ate on average 24.0 +/- 6.9% of food on offer eaten within 15 minutes and more importantly, the cats ate 69.1 +/- 2.2% of the food on offer each day.
    • Dry matter digestibility of Sandy’s Veganpet Cat Food Formulation was 76.8 +/- 1.9% on Day 20, which is better than expected for a vegan pet food.
    • Protein digestibility was 82.7 +/- 1.5% on Day 20; is excellent and consistent with the protein digestibilities expected for a premium cat food. Also pleasing was the small variation in the overall result showing the consistency of the product and outcome.
    • Fat digestibility was 90.1 +/- 2.3% on Day 20; an excellent result for a vegan cat food and even higher than commonly observed for premium cat food. Moreover, the fat digestibilities were very consistent.
    • Faecal quality measured as % dry matter was excellent at 34.5 +/- 3.8% on Day 20 for a premium cat food. The stools were consistent across all cats.

     


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