The Plant-Powered Dog

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Diana Laverdure-Dunetz
W. Jean Dodds
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Dogwise Publishing
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The Plant-Powered Dog: Unleash the healing powers of a whole-food plant-based diet to help your canine companion enjoy a healthier, longer life

A vegan diet for dogs?! But aren't dogs carnivores? Can dogs really get all the nutrients they need, even protein, without eating meat? Would switching my dog to a plant-based diet be too expensive to sustain?

In her newest book, The Plant-Powered Dog, Canine Nutritionist Diana Laverdure-Dunetz, MS, along with W. Jean Dodds, DVM reference the most up-to-date scientific research to explain the detailed nutritional needs of our canine companions and explore the many benefits of switching to a plant-based diet, including increasing longevity and preventing chronic disease.

It’s no coincidence that staggering numbers of modern companion dogs suffer from one or more chronic inflammatory diseases. Our canine companions have fallen victim to the same lifestyle-related conditions that are skyrocketing among people living in developed societies. As a culture, we and our companion animals are overfed and undernourished, and we are all traveling down the same dangerous inflammatory path.

Fortunately, we have control over dietary choices that affect health! The more research that is done in the field of epigenetics, the more we learn that a plant-based diet is superior for promoting optimum gene expression, disease prevention and longevity. The best part is that you don’t have to choose between your dog’s health and compassion for all animals and our planet.
This book will give you a solid foundation for understanding how epigenetic factors such as the foods you put in your dog’s bowl (and on your own plate) regulate gene expression to help promote either optimum health or chronic disease. The Plant-Powered Dog is in-depth guide that provides:

• Action Steps to Ensure Success
• Individual Chapters Offering Plant-Based Solutions for Chronic Diseases (including Cancer and Diabetes)
• Nutrient Comparison Charts
• Blank Recipe Creation Charts
• Sample Recipes (with photos)
• Extensive Resources and Cited Works

There is just no denying it: Plant-based nutrition is not a fad, for ourselves or our canine companions. It is the healthy, sustainable diet of the future.

Diana Laverdure-Dunetz is the co-author (with Dr. Jean Dodds) of the double-award-winning book The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answers You Need for Your Dog (Dogwise Publishing, 2011) and Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health (Dogwise Publishing, 2015). As these were written prior to her personal and nutritional evolution to veganism, she is thrilled that this current book showcases the latest scientific research on the benefits of a whole-food plant-based diet for modern companion dogs.

Diana and her husband, Dr. Rodney Dunetz, support many animal rights organizations. In 2019, they adopted their dog, Moo, from Vietnam. He resides with them in South Florida, where he enjoys basking in the sunshine and thrives on a whole-food plant-based diet.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM, earned her veterinary degree with honors and distinction in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, becoming one of only a handful of women to enter what was the male-dominated veterinary field. Jean has published more than 175 research papers and holds 27 patents. In 1986, she founded Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities includes providing canine blood components and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions; and the Hemolife diagnostic division focused on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine (

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  • 5
    Fabulous resource for a healhty dog.

    Posted by Ashley B. on 22nd Feb 2023

    From the science-backed physiological reasons dogs thrive on a vegan diet to discussions of the digestibility and efficacy of an array of fabulous plant-based ingredients, this book has it all. Despite my experience researching and working with people feeding their companion animals a vegan diet (and knowing those animals to flourish), The Plant-Powered Dog presented me with exciting new scientific studies, explained complicated physiological processes in easy-to-understand ways, and sparked renewed creativity in the way I approach vegan, home-prepared recipes for dogs. Beyond that, you get animal nutritionist formulated recipes for $29.95! Recipes are included for healthy dogs AND a dogs facing some of the most common health challenges, including cancer, kidney disease, GI issues, or food intolerances. You also get all the information you need to design your own recipes. Fun and risk free! The recipe building section of The Plant-Powered Dog lays out the fundamentals you need to consider when feeding your pup a home-prepared diet, then gives you a user-friendly guide complete with individual recipe ingredient options and their nutritional makeup. You just puzzle your plant-based recipe together and get rewarded with the peace of mind that your dog is getting all he or she needs…without all the toxins and undesirables he or she doesn’t need from a meat-based or commercial diet. This wonderful resource will dispel any uncertainty those inclined to feed a vegan diet might have and will likely convince many others less inclined to move away from an inflammatory meat-based diet to embrace the benefits of a cleaner, more compassionate, plant-based diet. Rarely will you find so much detailed information so palatable. The Plant-Powered Dog belongs next to Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (2017) on your bookshelf, or, better yet, on your kitchen counter. Both books are invaluable.