Insects are an extremely sustainable protein source. Our BSFL protein is comparable to a purely plant based protein (e.g. Soy Bean).
To compare this to beef our insect protein; Emits 100x Less Greenhouse Gases, Requires2000x Less Land, Consumes 12x Less Feed, Drinks 2000x Less Water and grows 13x Faster!
Cricket & BSFL protein is also very high in protein, minerals and vitamins. It is a complete protein source; which means it contains all essential amino acids and fatty acids.
It is true that dogs belong to the order Carnivora, but they are actually omnivores! That means they need both meat and vegetables to obtain all the nutrients they require to be healthy.
"For dogs, certainly vegetarian and vegan diets can be done, but they need to be done very, very carefully. There is a lot of room for error, and these diets probably are not as appropriate as diets that contain at least some animal protein." says Cailin Heinze, VMD, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and assistant professor of nutrition at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicin.
Dogs process certain nutrients differently than people do, Heinze gives us an example of this; "Dogs and cats cannot make vitamin D in their skin, so it needs to be in their diet. And the vitamin D needs to be D3, which comes from animal sources, not D2, which comes from plant-based sources. “People and dogs can use D2 to some extent, but cats really need D3,”
Black Soldier Fly Larvae or BSFL are the larvae stage of a fly species Hermetia illucens. Black soldier flies are a local beneficial insect that can be found all over North America and around the world. The adult black soldier fly does not eat, sting or bite — which means it’s not a pest or a vector for disease. All it does as an adult is mate and reproduce. The females lay eggs that hatch into larvae which naturally feed on decaying organic matter.
Yes. Insects are in the Animal kingdom. They belong to the Arthropoda phylum, and the class Insecta.
Some important facts about insects:
- Insects have brains, though the insect brain doesn't play as important a role as human brains do. In fact, an insect can live for several days without a head, assuming it doesn't lose a lethal amount of hemolymph upon decapitation
- Insects cannot feel emotion or affection. Their brains are too simple, missing the key parts associated with emotion like in humans. Emotions would also be very useless to an insect.
- Insects do not feel pain they do feel nociception (a sensory nervous system's response to certain harmful or potentially harmful stimuli) which is not pain. The current definition of pain requires an emotional response, which insects do not feel.
It is important to transition to their new diet safety! The most common approach is to introduce the new food gradually. Such as following the directions below:
Day 1 – Mix 20% of the new food with 80% of the old.
Day 2 – Mix 40% of the new food with 60% of the old.
Day 3 – Mix 60% of the new food with 40% of the old.
Day 4 – Mix 80% of the new food with 20% of the old.
Day 5 – Feed 100% of the new food.
*If at any point during this process your dog stops eating or develops vomiting or diarrhea, do not feed any more of the new food and call the office
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