What is a novel protein and why is it good for my dog?

Want to hear a novel idea? Protein found in commonly used meat such as chicken, beef and lamb may not be the most suitable protein for your dog. We share what a novel protein is and how it can be the answer to your dog's tummy and skin troubles.

What is a novel protein?

A novel protein is a source of protein that has never been previously introduced to a diet whether that's your own diet or your dog’s.

The majority of us will gobble down our protein from well-known food sources such as chicken, beef and lamb, or lentils and eggs if you’re a vegetarian. But you can also consume protein into your diet from other less common food sources such as duck, rabbit, alligator, horse or even insects!

What is novel protein in dog food?

The most common allergens found in dog food include chicken, beef, lamb, soy and eggs. With many dogs suffering from food allergies, sensitive tummies and itchy skin, dog food that contains a novel protein is growing in popularity and is becoming increasingly easier to find on the pet food market.

The most common novel protein dog food usually includes either duck, salmon, venison, goat, pheasant, pigeon, rabbit and wild boar. However, there is an equally nutritious and far more sustainable and hypoallergenic protein source that everyone should be considering and that's insect protein.

What protein is best for dogs with allergies?

Insect protein is one of the most digestible and nutritious forms of protein on the planet. It's rich in iron, low in fat and it is naturally hypoallergenic for dogs (great news for pups with meat-related food allergies or intolerances!).

Unlike other dog foods that use chicken meal or fishmeal, insect protein dog food is high in antioxidants which help to prevent disease by keeping cells nice and healthy.

What are the benefits of adding a novel protein to your dog’s diet?

Allergies, itchy skin, food intolerances, obesity, vomiting and diarrhoea are all quickly becoming increasing problems for our dogs today with the main issue being an unsuitable diet. All of these can be easily and safely eliminated by simply changing your dog to a novel protein diet.

Here at Grub Club, we source our protein from the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly and the nutritional benefits of this include:

  • Low in fat
  • Rich in iron and protein
  • Rich in Omegas and amino acids
  • Rich in fibre
  • Rich in detoxifying vitamins
  • No risk of food-borne pathogens
  • Easily digestible

All of which will help your dog’s digestive health, coat and skin health and their energy levels.

So, you see, a novel protein dog food really and truly is a novel idea and one we are glad we ran with.