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By Alison Chew
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 two sustainable alternatives good for our pets and our planet… Crickets and Silver Carp!
You read that right, sustainable, human-grade, hypoallergenic crickets are the main source of superfood protein in Chippin dog treats and fresh silver carp is the main protein source in Chippin’s new dog food. Treats, which can be used as a treat or meal topper, and dog food 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 and silver carp protein, lots of B12, and other ingredients that support gut health. Take 15% OFF Your Chippin Purchase with code MEALFINDS15 >>
What We Like
Sustainably-sourced protein that is good for our pets and our planet
Gut-friendly treats and dog food high in B12
Weight-friendly treats high in protein
What We Don’t Like
Treats are expensive compared to animal protein treats, but in line with other cricket-based treats
Dog food can be expensive for large-breed dogs (we suggest using Subscribe & Save to save 25%)
Chippin is passionate about creating high-quality dog food and treats using sustainably sourced protein to reduce the carbon “pawprint” traditional pet food leaves behind. Chippin started off by created tasty dog treats in several flavors using sustainably sourced crickets as the primary protein source. More recently they have launched a high-quality dog food that uses fresh sustainably sourced silver carp as the main protein source.
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 are several easy, sustainable, healthy solutions right under our noses (literally in our backyards!). Chippin uses two alternative protein sources, crickets and silver carp, both are less resource-intensive with a much lower impact on the environment.
Chippin Reviews: Dog Food with Sustainably Sourced Silver Carp Protein
As we mentioned above, traditional protein like beef, chicken, and pork are very resource-intensive and have huge negative impacts on our planet. Often times dog food companies will turn to seafood to help provide a better protein alternative, but two-thirds of the world’s fish are overfished like salmon and Atlantic cod. This actually can cause more harm than good.
Chippin set out to find a better protein solution and found Silver Carp. Silver Carp is overpopulated in the USA and now makes up more than 90% of the biomass of the Mississippi River. Outcompeting other fish for food and natural habitats, if they are able to migrate to the Great Lakes they could severely disrupt the fishing economy and ecosystem. The best solution? Pay people to fish for silver carp and use this nutritious protein in pet food.
Chippin works directly with eco-friendly fishing partners and local fishermen in Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri to source fresh silver carp and craft it into high-quality food for your dog. By feeding your dog Chippin you help to restore fish and other wildlife biodiversity, improve water quality, and protect the Great Lakes.
Our Daisy really enjoyed her Chippin. We added Chippin to her regular kibble, 50/50, as to not upset her stomach. She gobbled it down and was super excited for mealtime as we worked our way through the bag. During our time trying Chippin, we noticed that Daisy’s stool was a bit firmer, which is always a good sign, and did not cause any tummy troubles. Take 15% OFF Your Chippin Purchase with code MEALFINDS15 >>
Chippin Reviews: Dog Treats with Sustainably Sourced Cricket Protein
Chippin uses crickets as the main source of protein in their dog 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.
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.
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
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.
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. Best of all, our Daisy absolutely loves them!
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. Take 15% OFF Your Chippin Purchase with code MEALFINDS15 >>
The Silver Carp dog food contains 12 all-natural ingredients and 19 essential vitamins and minerals. The silver carp protein is 100% fresh, traceable, and lab-tested. In addition, dog food does not contain any rendered meat meals and is oven-baked in small batches in the US to preserve the quality of ingredients.
You calculate your needs based on your dog’s size, breed, age, and activity level on the Chippin site. For a 30 lb, spayed female adult dog with a normal activity level the price per day is $3.99 and the price per meal is $1.99. You can sign up to receive regular deliveries and save 25%! This brings the price per day down to $2.99 and the price per serving to $1.99.
When compared to other high-end dry dog food brands Chippin is in the middle of the price range. You can view our Dog Food Comparison here >>
For our 100lb dog, Chippin is too expensive to feed exclusively. To still help the planet and your pup, while saving on the cost of this pet food, we recommend feeding half portions of Chippin and your current kibble or using Chippin as a topper. Every little bit counts! Take 15% OFF Your Chippin Purchase with code MEALFINDS15 >>
Chippin Dog Treats
Each 5oz bag includes approximately 30 treats/toppers that can be easily broken into pieces for smaller dogs and for mealtime toppers. You can subscribe and save over 15% plus get a free treat tin with your first subscription order! All orders include FREE shipping. Take 15% OFF Your Chippin Purchase with code MEALFINDS15 >>
Superfood, Antioxidant, Spirulina Dailies, or Smokehouse BBQ
1 flavor – 4 packs (20 oz) for $39.95 or Subscribe & Save for $33.96
4 packs (20 oz) for $39.95 or Subscribe & Save for $33.96
For our Daisy, weighing in at almost 100lbs, Chippin dog treats are 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. Take 15% OFF Your Chippin Purchase with code MEALFINDS15 >>
Chippin Reviews: Bottom Line
There are so many reasons to fall in love with Chippin treats and dog food! They help conserve our most precious natural resource, water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are packed with sustainably sourced protein and gut-healthy ingredients, and best of all our Daisy loves them!
We love that Chippin dog food uses the potentially harmful silver carp as the main source of protein and that every purchase helps to protect our Great Lakes. We also love that our Daisy absolutely loved this kibble and it had a positive impact on her stool. Compared to other high-end quality dry dog food, the cost of Chippin is in the middle of the price range and a great option for those looking to ditch the harmful ingredients found in most grocery store kibble while helping the planet.
Chippin dog treats are 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 their impacts on our environment.