Roles of plant-based ingredients and phytonutrients in canine nutrition and health

<strong>◦ Our findings:</strong> This review article examines current published evidence on the relationship between consumption of plant-based foods and phytonutrients (such as plant-derived fibers, carotenoids, flavonoids) and biomarkers of canine health and diseases. We also highlight current research gaps in existing studies and provide future research directions to better understand  the impact of incorporating plant-based ingredients in canine diets.<br /> <strong>◦ Why is it important?</strong> Many consumers don't understand the benefit of vegetables and plant-based ingredients in dog food. This review highlights the nutritional and health benefits of including these ingredients as a part of a balanced canine diet.