Barking Heads Plant-Based Dog Food Review

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Updated on 12 February 2021

Do you eat a plant-based diet?

If you’re a vegan, you may be looking for a plant-powered dog food to introduce to your pup’s diet on a semi-regular basis.

There’s a growing number of plant-based dog food options on the market in the United Kingdom to cater to dog owners who believe in plant proteins.

Barking Heads have a new Plant-Powered Pooches recipe to supplement their range of high quality recipes.

The company are looking to cater to dog owners who have been seeking out a more nutritionally balanced plant-based dog food option.

Website: www.barkingheads.co.uk

Even if you’re not eating a 100% plant-based diet, you can get your dog to join in on a meat-free day once a week or multiple days a week with Plant-Powered Pooches.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at Barking Heads’ Plant-Powered Pooches recipe, what goes into their plant-based recipe, take a look at customer reviews as well as give our verdict on this meat-free dog food.

It’s important to note that Barking Heads write on their website that they recommend feeding their Plant-Powered Pooches recipe as part of a balanced diet – it shouldn’t be used as an alternative to meat.

Editor's note: The content on this website is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as veterinary, medical or professional advice. The content of our articles does not constitute veterinary advice. It’s always best to speak with your vet or a certified pet nutritionist before making any changes to your pet's diet or feeding routine.

Barking Heads – Main Points

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads' Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads’ Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Barking Heads are one of the leading dry dog food companies in the UK, providing a range of different recipes to British pups.

Their website explains that they’re a small team of passionate pet owners who want to make sure British dogs get the food they deserve.

Barking Heads believe their food is different because they create clean and natural doggie dinners that use high quality meat and vegetables without fillers or nasties.

They’ve got a team of in-house taste testers who ensure the recipes are delicious, while they ensure your dog will get all the necessary vitamins and minerals in their diet to take care of their needs irrespective of their age.

They already offer Bowl Lickin’ Chicken, Chop Lickin’ Lamb, Pooched Salmon, Fish-n-delish, Doggylicious Duck and Top-Dog Turkey.

If you’ve got a puppy, overweight dog or senior canine, they’ve also got food ranges to cater to your furry friend’s specific needs.

Barking Heads have now launched their Plant-Powered Pooches recipe to provide British dog owners with the chance to feed a meat-free diet to their dogs.

Plant-Powered Pooches

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads' Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads’ Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Barking Heads write on their website that vegetables are an awesome source of power and nutrients for both humans and dogs.

They’ve designed their Plant-Powered Pooches recipe to give pet parents the chance to add vegetarian power to their dog’s regular meals.

Barking Heads explain that it’s difficult to create a balanced and complete meal created in your kitchen using vegetables you’ve got at home. That’s why they’ve created Plant-Powered Pooches.

It’s worth nothing that Barking Heads believe that meat is still the cornerstone of a dog’s diet, so they suggest using their Plant-Powered Pooches recipe for a meat-free Monday.

Barking Heads use their Plant-based Protein Blend in the recipe, containing rice protein, potato protein and pea protein. They’re blended together to create what Dr Scott Miller describes as the perfect-protein profile.

Dr Miller, who is Barking Heads’ resident vet, adds that there’s a lot of potato in the recipe as it’s a grain-free source of carbohydrate.

Here is the full list of ingredients in the Plant-Powered Pooches recipe:
Dried Potato, Brown Rice, Plant-based Protein Blend (Rice Protein, Potato Protein, Pea Protein) (19%), Sunflower Oil, Linseeds, Peas, Minerals, Sweet Potato, Yeasts (incl. MOS), Vegetable Stock, Pea Fibre, Dried Algae (0.5%), Mixed Herbs (Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme) (0.35%), Chicory, Egg Powder, Seaweed, Carrot, Tomato, Apple.

Why Feed Plant Based?

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads' Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads’ Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Barking Heads list four reasons why you should consider a plant-based diet for your dog on their website:

• Better for the environment – They explain that plant protein produces far less carbon dioxide, so you can leave a green paw print on the planet and still feed your canine companion balanced and complete meals.

• Variety for your dog – Just like humans, dogs benefit from a balanced and varied diet. So you can add Plant-Powered Pooches – and other recipes – to give them a lot of variety in their pet food.

• Part of a balanced diet – Barking Heads believe Plant-Powered Pooches should be used as part of a balanced diet that contains meat. They add that they don’t recommend this plant-based recipe as an alternative to meat.

• Just as much protein as meat – Their Plant-Powered Pooches recipe contains 20% crude protein, which is within the same range as their meat-based options.

Price

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads' Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads’ Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

If you would like to introduce a meat-free option to your dog’s diet, you can purchase Plant-Powered Pooches directly from the Barking Heads website. It costs £6.49 for a 1kg bag. If you sign up to their subscription plan, you can save 15% and your bag will cost £5.52 every month and delivered to your home monthly.

What Customers Are Saying

Barking Heads get an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 based upon over 2,500 reviews on independent review website Trustpilot.

Given the Plant-Powered Pooches launched in early 2021, there aren’t many reviews of the meat-free offering so far.

However, we can get a sense of how the company are performing by looking at some of the reviews on Trustpilot.

Marsh provided a review of their Plant-Powered Pooches recipe.

Tintin loved Plant-Powered Pooches straight away but Maisie took a bit of persuading. Mixed with Golden Years, she scoffs the lot. She’s a Romanian [rescue dog], only been here since mid September last year. Thank you for your quality products. Tintin also doesn’t go to bed without Nitie Nites, whereas Maisie is a Top Banana or Apple Snaffle fan!

Jeanette gave the plant-based recipe a glowing five-star review.

Hope and Grace love the new power to the plant dried food! They have always loved vegetables and I have to add some to their food each day. They have a mixture of dry and wet food and these are a good size for Yorkshire Terriers And they make a nice small walkies treat. I think their verdict is yum yum!

Zora shed light on the impact of Barking Heads on her Beagle.

Our rescue Beagle was itching himself all the time and couldn’t work out why! It wasn’t until I was advised by a customer that worked for Barking Heads that his food would be causing it. He informed me the ingredients in his current food was what was causing the problem. I had a sample bag given to me and after four weeks Harley was a different dog. He stopped itching and his coat looked beautifully glossy. We have the salmon for Harley but he’s tried the chicken which he also loves.

Our Verdict

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads' Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads’ Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

As a dog owner who eats a flexible plant-based diet, I was intrigued to try the Plant-Powered Pooches recipe.

My Alaskan Klee Kai are fussy eaters that are currently enjoying fresh dog food meals provided by another dog food company in the UK.

However, I embraced the idea of a meat-free Monday put forward by Barking Heads, especially with the benefits to the environment of a plant-based dog food.

My two mini huskies really enjoyed their Barking Heads plant-based dog food, woofing it down without a second thought.

I liked the ability to really make meat-free Monday a family event, incorporating both humans and dogs.

On a side note, my dogs were obsessed with Barking Heads’ plant-based treats, Apple Snaffles, which I used to play games of hide and seek with my Klee Kai.

If you’re a British dog owner like me who cares about the health of our planet, you can do your bit by feeding Plant-Powered Pooches (or another plant-based dog food option) once a week or a couple of times a week.

Anything Else To Consider?

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads' Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads’ Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

As we mentioned above, Barking Heads recommend feeding their Plant-Powered Pooches recipe as part of a balanced and varied diet. They aren’t suggesting you should stop feeding your dog meat and replace it with their plant-based dog food.

You should speak to your vet to learn more about feeding plant-based dog food. Your vet can help with advice and guidance about how to introduce a meat-free dog food option into your canine companion’s diet as part of a balanced diet.

Wrapping Up

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads' Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Alaskan Klee Kai with Barking Heads’ Plant-Powered Pooches (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

We’ve reached the end of our review of Barking Heads’ Plant-Powered Pooches recipe.

As someone who tries to be a flexi-vegan, I love that Barking Heads have provided me with the opportunity to feed my Klee Kai some plant-powered dog food once a week.

Although my mini huskies have a history of being picky with dry dog food, they enjoyed Plant-Powered Pooches.

While it passed the taste test, I really appreciated the ability to make a little impact on the planet by feeding plant-based dog food even just once a week.

Given the range of Barking Heads recipe, you can order Plant-Powered Pooches along with one of their meat-based recipes to ensure your dog gets a balanced diet.

If you set up a subscription plan, you can save 15% and you won’t have to worry about going to your local pet store or supermarket again given your Barking Heads food will be shipped to your door.