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.
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.
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The UK’s first true naturally hypoallergenic diet that is also extremely palatable
There is reason to remain optimistic that in five to 10 years’ time, most dog owners will not think twice about regularly feeding plant-based products whether that is in the form of complete meals, treats or dental chews
Prof Rob Foale is a Small Animal Medicine Specialist and in October 2023, he produced a very balanced and interesting webinar on raw feeding of our pets
UK Pet Foods REMOVED the page on their website promoting anything to do with Vegan/Vegetarian diets
Listen to Dr Arielle Griffiths being interviewed by Evan Davis from BBC 4 Radio
As yet, there have been NO published studies of this kind looking at the benefits of high fish-based diets, raw food diets or even insect-based diets in cats, so this really is a step forward for sustainability and pet health
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