We applaud all the new companies looking at alternative protein sources to feed our production animals and our pets. We have chosen not to include insect-based dog food diets in our list of foods that we recommend for dogs, purely on the basis that they have been shown to not be hypoallergenic compared to plant-based dog food diets.

Dogs with the most common allergen that we see – an allergy to house dust mites, have shown to react to the chitin in dog food that uses insect-based foods.

Fly Larvae

Another addition that is included in insect-based diets, is chondroitin, as shown with the ingredient list here of Yora dog food –

40% Insect (Insect Meal 26.2%, Freshly Prepared Insect 8.3%, Insect Oil 5.5%), Oats (19%), Potato (19%), Maize, Peas, Brewer’s Yeast, Seaweed (2%), Linseed, Tomato Pomace, Minerals, Vitamins, Beetroot (0.5%), Chicory Pulp, Pumpkin, Carrot, Glucosamine (575mg/kg), Chondroitin (575mg/kg), Kale, Parsley.

Chondroitin is made from avian cartilage primarily which would immediately result in dogs with chicken intolerances having a reaction when fed Yora insect food due to the presence of chicken protein in the insect-based food. If fed a true hypoallergenic plant-based diet, these concerns are removed.

Who is MARS Petcare?

Who is MARS Petcare?

How did they go from producing Snickers, Mars, Bounty bars, Pedigree, Royal Canin and Whiskas to be the fourth largest privately held company in the US?

Plant Ingredients in Dog Food

Plant Ingredients in Dog Food

An enormously positive article about the use of plant-based proteins in pet food written by PhD Veterinary Scientist Jelena Suran in February 2024

Hills Pet Food Vets Sued

Hills Pet Food Vets Sued

Colgate-Palmolive’s Hill’s pet food unit has been hit with a proposed class-action accusing it of conspiring with vets to disparage grain free and plant-based diets