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Insect Protein in Dog Treats: Vet-Approved and Paw-sitively Nutritious


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Do you ever wonder what goes into the treats you're feeding your dog? As dog owners, we want only the best for our four-legged friends. That means feeding them treats that are not only delicious but also nutritious. Enter insect protein—specifically, mealworms. A rising star in pet nutrition, insect protein offers an eco-friendly, healthy alternative to traditional animal proteins. In this blog, we dive into why insect-based proteins like mealworms are winning hearts, paws, and even expert nods from veterinarians.


What Vets Say about Insect Protein in Dog Treats

In 2019, Simon Doherty, then-President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), emphasised the importance of insect protein in pet diets. He stated, "Insect protein offers a more sensible alternative to owners who want to offer a ‘livestock-free’ diet to their pets rather than homemade vegetarian or vegan diets which often result in poor pet health & welfare – insect-based products are palatable, nutritious and bioavailable.”


Recently, Dr. Veneta Kozhuharova, a leading veterinarian, also expressed her endorsement for insect-based protein, specifically mealworms. According to Dr. Kozhuharova, "In my everyday veterinary practice, I diagnose dogs with various health conditions like allergies, itchy skin, dermatitis, and diabetes. High-quality protein is essential for dogs, especially for those with special dietary needs. My research has shown that mealworms are the solution."


The Tastiness of Mealworms: A Dog’s Delight

One of the key advantages of using mealworms is their natural, nutty smell and flavour. Unlike other insect proteins, such as the black soldier fly, which can be bitter and unpleasant to work with, mealworms are naturally tasty to dogs. This means we don't need to add artificial flavours or additives to make them appetising.


Why Choose Mr Bug's Mealworm-Based Dog Treats

At Mr Bug, we pride ourselves on being the first and only 'all-UK' integrated producer of insect-based dog treats. Nestled in the heart of Devon, we breed our mealworms on our DEFRA-approved farm. This ensures that all our treats are home-grown, sustainable, ethical, and meet the highest quality standards. By doing this, we're not just offering a treat but a nutritious snack that contributes to your dog’s overall health.



Mealworms, as a source of protein, are not just a fad but a sustainable, nutritious alternative that is increasingly being recognised by veterinarians for its benefits. So, the next time you're in the pet aisle, consider making a choice that's not only good for your dog but also good for the planet.


Key Takeaways:

  • Mealworms offer a high-quality source of protein that is vet-approved for its health benefits.

  • Insect-based proteins like mealworms are a sustainable and ethical choice for pet treats.

  • Always opt for quality treats like those from Mr Bug, which are produced in the UK to the highest quality and ethical standards.

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