We love spreading the word about the latest vegan products, pineapple leather accessories, and plant-based CBD gummies, but sometimes we feel our favorite family members are left out of the fun: our pets! Our furry companions deserve fun holiday gifts, too, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best cruelty-free goods for you to surprise your companion with this season. 

Dogs and veganism

Today, pet supply store shelves are lined with dog food made from chicken, turkey, salmon, lamb, beef, rabbit, or some other type of meat. The choices then get more granular, with options for grain-free, high-protein, single-source protein, limited-ingredient, weight control, organic, natural, raw, and human-grade. 

But even despite all the choices, the conventional dog food industry has come under public scrutiny over what’s allowed in pet food. So hang on now, can dogs be vegan? “Even though domestic dogs are members of the order Carnivora, they are technically omnivores,” says Tiffany Ruiz Dasilva, VMD, and Professional Services Veterinarian at Wild Earth, and the veterinary community accepts this as fact nearly across the board. 

In short, your canine companion has different nutritional needs from their wild-born cousins, and they can get everything they need from a plant-based diet. A growing body of research backs this. A study published earlier this year found that a well-balanced vegan diet may be healthier for dogs than conventional or raw kibble meat-based diets, leading to fewer vet visits. Additonally, a new study shows that a vegan diet can improve dogs’ health, including gastrointestinal issues and dandruff. 

Gifts for animals

Everyone can benefit from a vegan treat, comfy bed, or fun gift, whether your animal companion is a pooch or a cat (or a rescue pig or a tortoise or rabbit). Check out these 14 vegan gift ideas to include your pets in the holiday fun. 

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1 Litter Robot Cat Box

The absolute holy grail of cat litter boxes, this is a gift to you as much as it is to your cat. Save yourself from daily cat litter scooping, eliminate smelly litter boxes, and keep your home smelling fresh and looking clean with the Litter Robot. Never having to worry about coming home to a stinky house or forgetting to scoop the litter box is well worth the price tag. 
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2 Furb Dog Bed

Gift this plush corduroy bed to your favorite dog parent (or if you’re a dog parent, put this under the tree for your furry friend) and they’ll quickly be obsessed. Not only does it look stylish and gorgeous in a home, it also has a stylish, easy-to-remove slip cover making the times you have to clean it simpler than ever. 
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3 Wild Earth Treats

This sustainable pet food company attracted mainstream attention after a successful showing on the popular ABC investment reality show Shark Tank. They offer three flavors of dog treats that are a complete protein for dogs and provide omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty acids along with a healthy strain of prebiotics. With flavors such as Peanut Butter, Strawberry Beet, and Banana and Cinnamon, we’re even tempted to try them!
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4Pup Pack Dog Water Bottle

Are you a hiker? An avid dog walker? This convenient 3-in-1 dog water bottle carries water, a food dish, and water dish in one sleek package for easy transport. Take it on outdoor outings or to brunch or out on a walk, and enjoy the day without having to carry separate bottles and dishes. 
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5Brutus Vegan Bone Broth

Add some extra nutrients and hydration to your pup’s meal time with this vegan salmon-flavored “bone” broth for dogs. Featuring omegas 3, 6, and 9, that help promote skin and coat health, this flavorful broth will have your pup looking forward to meal time more than ever before. 
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6 Calming Peanut Butter For Dogs

We know our dogs, and even the most chill pooches can get riled up during specific situations such as Halloween, New Years fireworks, and the dreaded trips to the vet office (even if we spell it out—”V-E-T”—they always know). Be proactive and give them a spoonful of this calming peanut butter. 
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7Petaluma New Pup Starter Pack

Do you know someone who just adopted their first dog? Or is planning to? Gift them this beautiful new pup starter kit from plant-based dog food brand Petaluma Foods. Each kit includes a leak-proof travel water bottle for dogs, Petaluma’s dog sweet potato jerky, gentle no-rinse foaming paw cleanser, durable poop bag dispenser and poop bags, and a mini pack of superfood-packed treats.
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8Spark Paws 90’s Retro Harness and Leash

Let your pup strut her stuff with this beautiful vegan leash. Make walk time a little more fashionable with this gradient blue and purple-hued leash set. It’s made with extra strength nylon to keep you and your pup safe while out and about and is padded with soft neoprene on the inside so the collar is gentle on your dog’s skin.
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9 Save a Dog Hat from MaeDay Rescue

What’s better than a hat that proclaims your love for rescue dogs? One that gives 100-percent of proceeds to saving MaeDay dogs, a Los Angeles-based dog rescue. Available in 5 different hues, this hat also makes a lovely gift for any dog parents in your life.
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10Newton’s Orthopedic Pet Bed

This is the gold standard of pet beds. Keep your cats or dogs in comfort at any age and any size (they even have super sized beds for the largest of dogs) with this ultra-plush, easily washable, temperature regulating bed. It has long lasting support to ensure it will hold up for years to come and the easy-to-remove cover helps you keep things fresh and clean. 
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11 Fable Dog Toys

This Twin Falcon treat and tug toy is designed for maximum enrichment for both you and your pet. Play tug-of-war with the dual sided handles, or hide little vegan dog treats in the two treat cavities (or spreads like peanut butter) to support independent, quiet play for your pup. This durable, long-lasting toy is sure to bring hours of play time. 
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12 Hera the Dog Vodka Cocktail Kit

This one’s for the pet parents! Give everything you need to make an excellent cocktail with one of these holiday mixology kits. From the booze to the garnish to the shaker, these comprehensive vegan cocktail kits have it all. They even have a dessert martini kit complete with Milkadamia vegan coffee latte drink! Bonus: 100 percent of proceeds go toward animal rescue organizations. 
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13 CiyvoLyeen Green Bean Catnip Toys  

These green hyacinth bean-shaped cat kicker toys with organic catnip are sure to be a hit your cat companions. Toss a few out and watch your cats go absolutely nuts for them. Bonus points for being shaped like adorable veggies. 
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14 Cat Window Hammock

Become your cat’s favorite person with this super secure window seat. They’ll hang out for hours watching the birds and passerbys and soaking in the sun rays with this fuzzy blanket-lined window hammock. 
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