Chippin Reviews

September 21, 2020

For our Chippin Reviews we were given a sample.  This post contains affiliate links and we may be compensated if you make a purchase.  All opinions are our own.

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By Alison Chew

Chippin

Chippin is on a mission to make nutritious, delicious pet food that is not only good for our furry friends but also good for our planet.  They have reimagined the main protein sources historically found in pet food, the ones that use valuable natural resources and give off harmful greenhouse emissions, and have found a sustainable alternative good for our pets and our planet… CRICKETS!

You read that right, sustainable, human-grade, hypoallergenic crickets are the main source of superfood protein in Chippin pet food.  These treats, which can be used as a treat or meal topper, are perfect for dogs with allergies or sensitive stomachs as they are free from the 8 most common dog allergens and packed with gut-friendly cricket protein, lots of B12, and other ingredients that support gut health.

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What We Like

  • Sustainably-sourced protein that is good for our pets and our planet
  • Gut-friendly treats and toppers high in B12
  • Weight-friendly treats high in protein

What We Don’t Like

  • Only treats are available now, but we are hoping that Chippin launches a line of dog food soon!
  • Expensive compared to animal protein treats, but in line with other cricket-based treats

Chippin Reviews: Why Crickets?

We were beyond excited to try Chippin after learning about the effects traditional pet food has on our planet.  In a nutshell, pet food is using up valuable natural resources and creating tons of harmful greenhouse gases, and it doesn’t have to be this way.

According to Chippin, “Every year pet food produces 64M tons of greenhouse gases.  That’s the equivalent of driving 13.6M cars for a year.”

There is an easy, sustainable, healthy solution right under our noses (literally in our backyards!).  The solution is using an alternative protein source, for Chippin this means using crickets as the main source of protein in their treats.  Cricket protein production uses far less water than the production of livestock for food and, unlike livestock which produces a huge amount of methane gas, crickets produce zero methane.

It takes 2,000 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of edible beef.  It takes 1 gallon of water to produce 1 pound of edible cricket.

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Crickets also have more protein and vitamin B12 content compared to traditional pet food protein like chicken and beef.  And they are a great alternative for dogs who are allergic to chicken and beef.  Feeding your dog a diet high in protein can help them stay full longer and maintain a healthy weight (just like humans!).

Crickets contain 3 X the amount of protein than chicken and beef and over 20 X the amount of B12.

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    My family is always looking for little things that we can do every day to help our environment and by adding Chippin dog treats to our treat rotation we not only save water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but we are also providing a healthy alternative for our Daisy.

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    Chippin Reviews: Products

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    Chippin treats are developed by vets and animal nutritionists to meet the needs of your dog.   In addition to sustainably-sourced crickets, Chippin uses spirulina (a plant-based superfood) as a natural source of protein as well as all-natural ingredients like pumpkin, peanut, flaxseed, oats, sweet potato, and tomato.

    Cricket Farming 101

    Crickets have a short lifespan in which they reproduce and naturally die all in about 6-10 weeks. Chippin’s partner farms then harvest, clean, cook, and grind the crickets into a fine powder.  This powder is then combined with premium gut-friendly ingredients and baked in small batches.

    Chippin currently offers 4 types of treats and a variety pack.  Treats, which can also be used as meal toppers, include:

    • Superfoods for digestive support
    • Antioxidant for immune system support and anti-inflammatory properties
    • Spirulina Dailies for bone and joint support and anti-inflammatory properties
    • Smokehouse BBQ for vision support

     

    All treats are free artificial flavors and preservatives as well as the 8 most common dog allergens including beef, chicken, dairy, wheat, soy, lamb, corn, and egg.  Best of all, all treats support gut health!

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    Chippin Reviews:  Ingredients

    • Superfood: Oats, Peanut Butter, Crickets, Pumpkin, Flaxseed, Chopped Peanuts, Sunflower Oil, Honey, Cinnamon
    • Antioxidant: Oats, Bananas, Crickets, Blueberries, Flaxseed, Chopped Peanuts, Sunflower Oil, Honey, Turmeric, Rosemary Extract
    • Spirulina Dailies: Oats, Kale, Flaxseed, Carrots, Parsley, Sunflower Oil, Honey, Thyme Extract, Spirulina
    • Smokehouse BBQ: Oats, Sweet Potatoes, Crickets, Tomatoes, Carrots, Flaxseed, Sunflower Oil, Molasses, Natural Hickory Smoked Flavor
    • Variety Pack: 2 Superfood, 1 Antioxidant & 1 Spirulina Dailies

     

    In addition to the positive environmental impacts I mentioned earlier, cricket protein is a complete protein that is easier to digest than other sources of protein, acts as a prebiotic helping to support gut health, and has more Omega-3 (good fat) and B12, needed for a healthy nervous system and gut, than salmon.

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    We love so many things about Chippin dog treats, but we especially love that all treats support gut health, are free from anything artificial, and are a healthy treat for our Daisy.  In addition, they don’t smell bad like most treats high in animal protein.  Instead, they smell like cinnamon, thyme, smokey bbq, and rosemary.

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    Chippin Reviews:  Daisy

    I can go on and on about how good Chippin is for our planet and our Daisy, but if she doesn’t like the treats then it really doesn’t matter.  So what did Daisy think?  Watch the video below 🙂

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    How much do Chippin dog treats cost?

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    Each 5oz bag includes approximately 30 treats/toppers that can be easily broken into pieces for smaller dogs and for mealtime toppers.    You can subscriber and save over 15% plus get a free treat tin with your first subscription order!  All orders include FREE shipping.

    Superfood: Peanut Butter, Cricket & Pumpkin

    -2 packs (10 oz) for $23.45 or Subscribe & Save for $19.50 – $1.90 – $2.30/oz

    Antioxidant: Banana, Cricket & Blueberry

    -2 packs (10 oz) for $23.45 or Subscribe & Save for $19.50 – $1.90 – $2.30/oz

    Spirulina Dailies: Kale, Flaxseed & Carrot

    -2 packs (10 oz) for $23.45 or Subscribe & Save for $19.50 – $1.90 – $2.30/oz

    Smokehouse BBQ: Sweet Potato & Cricket

    -2 packs (10 oz) for $23.45 or Subscribe & Save for $19.50 – $1.90 – $2.30/oz

    Variety Pack: 2 Superfood, 1 Antioxidant & 1 Spirulina Dailies

    -4 packs (20 oz) for $39.95 or Subscribe & Save for $35.95 – $1.79 to $1.99/oz

     

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    To maintain a healthy weight and properly support gut health the Chippin Feeding Guide follows veterinarian recommendations for daily treat consumption based on 10% of your pets’ recommended daily calorie intake.  This means for dogs under 20lbs feed 1-2 treats per day, dogs between 20-40lbs feed 3-4 treats per day, and for dogs 40lbs+ feed 5-6 treats per day.

    Following the feeding guidelines, the variety pack, which contains 4 packs or 120 treats, would last 2-4 months for dogs 20 lbs and under, 1-2 months for dogs between 20-40lbs, and around a month for dogs over 40 lbs.  But you can obviously feed your dog less and mix in with his or her other treats or meal toppers.

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    For our Daisy, weighing in at almost 100lbs, Chippin is a little pricey compared to some of the other treats we purchase, but because of the positive impact on both the planet and our girl, we will be adding Chippin to our treat rotation.  We know, as I’m sure you do, that even the smallest changes can have huge impacts and for us, this is well worth it.

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    Chippin Reviews: Bottom Line

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    There are so many reasons to fall in love with Chippin!  They help conserve our most precious natural resource, water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are packed with protein and gut-healthy ingredients, they don’t smell bad, and best of all our Daisy loves them!

    Chippin is a great choice for pets with allergies or sensitive stomachs and for pet parents looking to do something little to support our planet.  And while cricket-based treats can be more expensive than other premium meat-based treats, they outperform other treats when comparing the amount of protein and B12 and impacts on our environment.  Head over to Chippin for more details and use code MEALFINDS15 to save 15%.

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