Dogs can adjust to a vegetarian diet quite easily, particularly if they begin on such a diet as puppies. In addition to the following recipes, they can be fed items such as Vegetarian Pedigree/Drools pellets, Threptin biscuits, bread, roti, grains, rice, pasta, porridge, lentils/beans, pulses/dals, milk, curd, cheese, paneer, butter, ghee, tofu, rusks, corn, beetroot, carrots, potatoes, apples, bananas, etc. They could even be healthy vegans by eliminating milk derived products. 

Cats can also be kept vegetarian. They can be given the same food as dogs. Supplements such as Marmite (to be mixed in their food), Threptin biscuits, Vegetarian Pedigree/Drools pellets, Complan and vegan/non-animal origin Taurine powder is very important in a cat’s diet as compared to a dog’s diet.

Do not feed them chocolate, almonds or tomatoes. Also, onions and garlic could be toxic for some.

Below are a few basic nutritious recipes for home and shelter animals.

Vegan Biscuits for Dogs & Cats

Approximately 24 biscuits, adapted for vegan animals from the Vegetarian Biscuits recipe given below.

50 grams wheat/gehu flour
50 grams maize/makai flour
50 grams millet/bajra flour
50 grams soy bean flour
1 teaspoon turmeric/haldi powder
1 tablespoon cooking oil (coconut/sunflower)
2 teaspoons Marmite
1 teaspoon vegan Taurine powder
100 ml water

Kneed the flours along with turmeric, oil, Marmite, Taurine and water into a smooth dough.
Roll out portions of the dough like chapattis. Using a round cutter about 2 to 3 inches in diameter cut the dough.
Place the cut rounds on a baking tray and bake them for 20 minutes at 120°C in a preheated oven. Turn the biscuits 2 or 3 times in-between baking. 

Vegetarian Biscuits for Dogs

The following recipe was specially formulated for BWC by the Protein Foods & Nutrition Development Association of India: 

480 grams de-fatted soy bean flour
160 grams wheat/gehu flour
160 grams millet/bajra flour
160 grams maize/makai flour
20 grams edible oil
10 grams skimmed milk powder
5 grams dried yeast powder
5 grams salt

The mix may be cooked with sufficient water and made into small chunks or rolled out into chapattis and baked as biscuits. 


Recipe used by Blue Cross to feed thousands of dogs daily in Chennai during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

For 10-12 adult dogs

1 kg rice
300 grams tuar dal (Tuvaram Parupp)
2 tablespoons Turmeric/haldi

Pressure-cook the rice and dal after adding a little turmeric and salt for colour and taste. Mix in some ghee after it has cooled.

Serve sprinkled with Vegetarian Pedigree or Drools pellets. 

Khichadi with Soy Chunks

For one big dog 

100 grams raw rice
50 grams moong dal
100 grams soy chunks
1 carrot/cauliflower (optional)
1 teaspoon turmeric/haldi
1 teaspoon whole barley (optional in summer)

In about 1½ litres of water cook the above for about 30 minutes. 

Nutritious Broth with Rice or Rotis

For approximately 40 dogs

Vegetables like carrots, spinach/palak saag, French beans, potatoes or cabbage
4-5 tablespoons mustard oil
3-4 tablespoons turmeric/haldi powder

Soup: Heat the oil. Add the cut vegetables and slow fry for 10 minutes, after adding the turmeric/haldi powder. Add salt. Add 4-5 litres of water, cover the lid, and allow it to cook till vegetables are tender and soup looks presentable. Keep it aside.

Either of the two is used in the soup to add variety to the food. Khichadi or atté ki roti is added to the above soup, which is mixed well, and then distributed to the dogs in their individual dishes, ensuring that there is enough soup for easy mastication.

Khichadi: 2 kilograms rice and 2 kilograms moong dal or channa dal (both are pulses) are boiled in water with some salt and turmeric/haldi to a soft semi-dry consistency.

Atté ki roti: These are flat ‘bread’ made of wheat/gehu flour and cooked over fire on top of a flat saucepan-like utensil. Approximately between 80 to 100 rotis are cooked for one meal and broken into pieces and mixed into the vegetable soup. 

Diwali Crackers

Bach Flower remedies are known to help dogs cope with the loud frightening sounds of Diwali crackers. Available in pills and drops at some Homeopathy outlets, irrespective of the size of the dog, but depending on how frightened the dog gets, 1, 2 or 3 drops/pills of each of the following should be administered together, with or without water, no more than 3 to 5 times in 24 hours:
• Rescue Remedy
• Star of Bethlehem
• Mimulus

In severe cases it is best to begin giving 1 dose per day when Navratri begins and increase gradually – may be 2 doses a day from Dassera onwards depending on the number of crackers expected to be burst in the area.

Another precaution that could be easily taken is to keep dogs indoors but not alone in a room, and make them wear doggie ear-plugs or ear-muffs. Even a scarf would help if suitably tied. 

Tick Repellent

20 drops lemongrass essential oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil 
4 tablespoons water

Mix together and shake well each time before use. 

Mange Cure

For external use 

120 grams Sulphur Sublime powder
30 grams Pix Liquida I.P.
40 drops Eucalyptus Oil 
500 grams Sesame Oil 

Powder Sulphur fine.
Mix in Sesame Oil using mortar and pestle. 
Pour in bottle Pix Liquida and Eucalyptus Oil. 
Shake thoroughly. 

Rub against coat of dog once a day. 

For internal use 

250 grams Sulphur Sublime powder I.P.
250 grams Calcium Gluconate powder I.P. 

Mix together till fine. Keep dry in bottle. 

Administer 1 level teaspoon by mixing into feed twice a day. (This quantity is for a small sized dog, big ones should be given double the quantity.)

Page last updated on 11/09/20