Why are vegetable ingredients important in pet food?

Why are vegetable ingredients important in pet food?

A long and healthy lifestyle is what pet owners try to accomplish for their pets.  A well-balanced and high quality nutritious diet with health benefits is a key factor in achieving this. 

Vitamins and Minerals

Vegetable ingredients are a fantastic source of fibre, minerals and vitamins. Vitamins keep a pet’s skin and coat healthy, strengthen bones and teeth, and give them the overall energy to function. They also help to aid the body’s ability to resist disease.

Research shows that vitamin A, is a fat-soluble vitamin that mainly occurs in the liver. Dogs are able to produce vitamin A from carotenoids (pigments in plants, algae, and photosynthetic bacteria. These pigments produce the bright yellow, red, and orange colors in plants, vegetables, and fruits).

Vitamin B is very important for dogs to convert carbohydrates into energy. However, the way in which it needs to be added to the pet food varies.

Natural Ingredients

The current humanisation and clean labels trends, are seeing pet owners looking for more natural ingredients in their pet’s food, whilst also being sustainably sourced. Vegetables can very much be the answer to this. All of our ingredients are responsibly sourced from people and farms that we know and trust.


Covid 19

Dear all,

We very much hope you’re well. As you may know, we are keeping the shop open but as we’re operating with a minimal crew, we have decided to reduce our opening hours slightly.

Please be aware that for the time being, our new hours will be as follows:

Monday – Saturday 9am – 1pm
Sunday – CLOSED

We’ll let you know as soon as things start getting back to normal!

We are currently offering a contactless delivery service, just call 01795530222, place your order and pay and your products will appear on your doorstep !

Outside of our opening times, you can use the website to make purchases. Select a delivery or collect option in the shipping options and we’ll contact you to arrange times.

If you need any other help please message or email us and we will respond as soon as practically possible.

Look after yourselves,

Team Bongo

Grain Free Turkey

50% Turkey

Rich is amino acids, vitamins & minerals, turkey is a delicious source of protein.

Sweet Potato

An excellent alternative to grains, sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate high in B Vitamins.

Minimum 26% Freshly Prepared Turkey

A responsibly sourced and highly digestible protein source.

Added Omega 3 Supplement

To help support healthy skin & coat.

No Added Artificial Colours & Preservatives

Naturally preserved using rosemary extract.

Turkey at Christmas!

Why Turkey?

Turkey is a rich source of protein and amino acids. It is a lean white meat which is low in fat and helps with muscle development. It is also a good source of phosphorous and vitamin B12, niacin & vitamin B6.

Why Sweet Potato?

Great for digestion as sweet potatoes are high in fibre which helps to promote a healthy digestive system and good stool; formation. They are also soothing on the stomach so are great for more sensitive animals.

Why Cranberry?

Cranberry is a very good source of vitamin C, E & K as well as a good source of dietary fibre. Cranberries have a high content of antimicrobial properties. In medicine, cranberries can be applied to treat bladder and kidney infections.

All of your Grain Free Turkey recipes include a selection of the finest prepared nutritious and highly digestible animal protein sources. They are also natural, complete and balanced with no added colours and preservatives.

Keeping your dog safe at Christmas

Christmas is a time to spend time with family to celebrate and indulge in festive treats. Many of your customers may consider their pet’s part of the family and are keen to involve them in their Christmas celebrations too.

It’s important to remember that the festive period can present hidden dangers to our furry friends in the form of toxic foods.


Chocolate should be avoided at all costs as the chemical theobromine is toxic to dogs, even in small amounts. The darker the chocolate, the more potent the levels of theobromine. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, restlessness, excessive urination, and a racing heart. In severe cases, muscle tremors, seizures, and heart failure can be seen.

Grapes, Currants, Sultanas & Raisins

Grapes and their dried forms are also toxic, as even small quantities can cause severe kidney failure. Other symptoms can be loss of appetite, lethargy, dehydration, vomiting and diarrhoea. Foods such as mince pies and Christmas puddings will include these ingredients.

Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Shallots & Chives (Allium species)

Even when cooked, foods such as onions (and other allium species) can cause toxicity. These plants contain organosulphur compounds, which are what gives these plants their distinctive flavours and smells. Unfortunately these compounds can lead to damaging effects of the red blood cells in dogs, resulting in anaemia. The onset is typically delayed by several days, however symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea and digestive upset may be visible beforehand.

Artificial Sweeteners

The sweetener xylitol is often found in sweet treats consumed around Christmas and is thought to be even more dangerous than chocolate for dogs. Only a very small amount is needed to stimulate the release of insulin, leading to dangerously low blood sugar levels. Toxicity can lead to seizures, comas and fatal liver failure. Xylitol is becoming popular in things such as peanut butter, which many people use as an occasional sweet treat for their pet.

Turkey or Chicken Bones

Turkey and chicken bones can easily splinter, especially when cooked, which can cause obstructions, gut irritation or may penetrate the stomach or intestinal wall. As long as the meat is pulled from the bone, turkey and chicken can be great tasty Christmas treats.

Your Grain Free Turkey with Sweet Potato & Cranberry is the perfect Christmas meal for dogs to join in the celebrations.