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I've been writing a lot about food allergies in dogs recently, because Rodrigo's butt has been keeping me busy. As I've shared in previous posts, Rodrigo can't eat chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, and salmon. Because he can't eat beef, I've been advised not to feed him bison or buffalo; although he does fine on treats made from those proteins.
Whenever I find a new protein source, it's exciting, because the more variety in our dogs' diet, the healthier the diet. Each protein offers something different regarding vitamins and minerals. I want our dogs to have a nice mix of red meat and white meat. And I've read that a dog's digestive system works differently with each protein. Of course, half the crap I read online is probably bogus, but that sounds right, right?
Regardless of my desire to give Rodrigo a varied diet, eventually my budget catches up to me, and I'm limited to what I can feed to our dogs.
What About Feeding Crickets to our Dogs?
A friend of mine forwarded a KickStarter to me for EntoBento: Human-Grade Dog Treats Made from Cricket Protein. I don't usually promote KickStarters, because most have nothing to do with raw feeding or dog nutrition. But this one is right up my alley.
If you're raising a dog with severe protein allergies or if your dog is like Rodrigo and allergic to enough proteins to create a challenge in the nutrition department, then Crickets might be an option.
“Ounce for ounce, crickets provide more than twice the protein of beef. Plus, that protein is the best kind, containing all nine essential amino acids. Crickets also pack nearly five times as much magnesium as beef.” Source: MensHealth.com
Crickets provide calcium, vitamin B12, and zinc; and…
- crickets contain 2.2 times more iron than spinach
- crickets produce 100x fewer greenhouse gasses than cows
Finding Protein Variety in Dog Treats
Earlier this year, I stopped shopping at Petco and PetSmart, because I can't find healthy treats that all of our dogs can eat in those stores. Next time you're in one of these stores, start checking out the ingredients on the dog treats. Many have chicken and beef, even if the treat is supposed to be lamb or fish. Plus, some dog food and treats don't list everything in their ingredients. Which sucks for Rodrigo's butt.
So now I have a dedicated list of brands that I buy from and I recently added Finest Fetch to our list of acceptable treats, because of the limited, human-grade ingredients and local sourcing and manufacturing. And thanks to the number of dog owners who have dogs with issues similar to Rodrigo, the list of healthy dog treats continues to grow!
EntoBento dog treats are also made with human-grade ingredients (yep, bugs can be human-grade), made in the USA, and contain limited ingredients:
- peanut butter
- sweet potato
- cricket powder
- coconut oil
With no hidden ingredients (Nope, no chicken fat or beef meal), Rodrigo can enjoy a protein that has a good chance of not causing gas, diarrhea, itching, ear infections, or anal gland issues. Yeee hawww!
Environmentalist Will Love EntoBento Dog Treats
As I was searching online about crickets, a common theme is how environmental friendly crickets are as a food source. Granted, I don't see myself rushing out to replace my yummy swordfish with cricket protein, but I like the idea of utilizing fewer resources so that we can eat a healthy diet.
EntoBento sources their crickets from a farm (I don't know if it's a farm) in Georgia. The treats are US sourced and made (something we Yankees love), and samples are on their way to my house, including the cricket protein powder. After a day of reading articles (well, a few hours that was actually 20 minutes), I curious about the crickets and we'll all be tasting what EntoBento has to offer and I'll report back.
So, would you feed dog treats made from cricket protein to your dog?