Chippin’ Pet, RootLab, and Wilder Harrier are just a couple of emerging pet food brands bringing food to the market primarily made of carp.
Seems like an odd ingredient, or at least not a very common one, for dog food. But carp is actually a pretty popular fish, and it\’s the third most consumed fish in the world (after tuna and salmon).
On the surface, it makes sense. There is an abundance of carp, and carp is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are important for dogs.
Carp is also a relatively inexpensive fish, so it\’s a good way for pet food companies to keep costs down.
But, is it too good to be true?
Why Use Carp in Dog Food?
Sustainability is driving the use of carp as a dog food ingredient.
Apparently, carp are running rampant in many waterways. It\’s an invasive species that crowds out other fish, leading to a decline in local biodiversity.
The problem isn’t necessarily reproduction; more so, there is a lack of natural predators.
5 million eggs a year + no natural predators mean the carp population is growing at an alarming rate.
These carp are overtaking the waterways and crowding out other fish. This, in turn, is having a negative impact on the local ecosystem.
Fishers are becoming increasingly frustrated because carp are creating extra competition for other fish.
Hence, companies like Chippin\’ Pet are looking for this ingredient to feed our canine friends.
But, are carp based dog foods healthy?
Most people think of carp as dirty fish that eat just about anything.
The truth is that the carp are only as clean as the environment that it lives in.
If you are thinking about feeding your dog carp-based food, be sure to check where the carp are sourced from.
Although there are a lot of different species of carp, the most commonly used for dog food are the silver carp and asian carp.
Both of these are excellent sources of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Carp is also a good source of B-vitamins, potassium, and phosphorus.
Some would even argue that carp is more digestible than chicken, but there is no research to support that claim.
Carp is a nutritious fish, but it’s important to remember that not all carp are created equal.
If your dog suffers from allergies, carp may not be the best choice as it\’s a common allergen.
So, Yes. We believe carp to be a healthy ingredient used in food, but that doesn\’t make the entire recipe healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is carp-based food expensive? – These foods are considered a “specialty” food in the pet market. Despite carp being inexpensive, these foods tend to be on the more expensive side. For example, Wild Harrier’s Adult Sustainable Fish Recipe runs (at the time of this article) $54.67 for an 11 lb bag. This comes out to about $4.97 per pound. If we compare that to a 30lb bag of Blue Buffalo @ 60.87 ($2.02 per pound), we can see a considerable price difference.
What are other types of fish used in dog food? – Salmon, tuna, herring, and sardines are some of the more popular fish used in dog food.
Is carp-based food easy to find? – At the moment, no. These foods are not carried in big-box stores like Petsmart or Petco; they are, however, available online.
What are some reputable brands that make carp-based food? – Chippin\’ Pet, Wild Harrier, and RootLab are a few of the brands currently making carp-based food.
At the end of the day, we feel that feeding your dog a carp based diet is a personal preference. Is it a good ingredient for dogs? Yes. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it hard to buy? Yes. Does it improve the sustainability of our waterways? Yes.
We leave it up to you. What’s important for you?