The meat and meat by-products used in some pet foods often come from wasteful factory farms, and the production of those foods produces tons of greenhouse gases each year.
But for the love of dogs and our planet, Chippin offers sustainable meals and treats harvested from eco-friendly proteins like crickets and wild-caught silver carp.
And – spoiler alert – not only are Chippin products eco-friendly, they’re healthy, tasty, and dogs love them. They’re also especially good for pooches with sensitive tummies.
So if you’re interested in buying more sustainably and pampering your pet with healthy, nutritious food in the process, check out my full review of Chippin. You could even save money on your first order!
A small, female-owned business
Great for dogs with food intolerances
Uses 80%+ fewer resources than mass-market dog foods
Special discount: Subscribe and save 10%
Currently only one dog food recipe
A little expensive
Dogs with allergies and food sensitivities
Environmentally conscious pet owners
Pups with sensitive stomachs
Those on a budget
Dogs that don’t like silver carp
When you sign up, Chippin shares an online size and frequency chart that recommends the appropriate subscription for your dog. You may need to adjust up or down based on your dog’s activity level, obesity issues, or any supplementary foods you also want to provide.
All the products are developed and overseen by Beth Hamper, a veterinarian and board-certified veterinary nutritionist. The result is highly digestible, healthy foods made from alternative protein sources, with a smaller eco footprint.
While there’s currently only one dog food recipe – Silver Carp, there’s an array of treats available, many of which are made using cricket protein.
The treats include Superfood, which is great for gut health and includes prebiotic cricket with pumpkin, peanut butter, and cinnamon; Smokehouse BBQ for vision support with cricket, pumpkin, and carrots; and Spirulina Dalies, a vegan treat made with kale and human-grade spirulina.
Chippin’s Daily Food recipe includes fresh silver carp sourced directly from local fisherman, as well as cranberries, pumpkin, flaxseed, spinach, chicory root, heart-healthy taurine, and all the supplemental vitamins and minerals your canine companion needs.
Silver carp is an over-populated species that threatens the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Kentucky fishermen net this pest and Chippin uses their catch to make great-tasting dog food.
While many mass-market dog foods incorporate sketchy “poultry by-products” and “meat and bone meal” in their products, Chippin’s carp is human-grade, and mercury and toxin-free.
The sustainable fish is also present in the company’s silver carp jerky, which combines sweet potato, carrots, and cricket flour, too.
And while you might feel hesitant about feeding your dog cricket flour, note that wild canines like wolves, coyotes, and foxes all eat crickets and other insects as part of a diverse diet. Crickets are hypoallergenic and high in protein, and Chippin’s cricket flour is also rich in omega-3 and other amino acids.
Cricket protein is also much easier to digest than chicken or beef, so you don’t have to worry about your pup’s sensitive tummy. Many dogs with digestion and allergy issues find relief from cricket-based diets.
Chippin’s Silver Carp Daily Food contains a minimum of 26% protein and 13% fat, along with a maximum of 5% fiber and 10% moisture. Its Cricket Jerky has a minimum of 28% protein and 9% fat, with a maximum 5% fiber and 11% moisture.
Chippin’s Daily Food and treats are oven-baked in small batches to keep the food fresh. And while it may resemble mass-market kibble brands, Chippin’s food contains none of the fillers or feed-grade ingredients used by major dog food manufacturers.
Chippin is certified Plastic Neutral by rePurpose Global, and its food-safe packaging is made from 29% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials – reducing the amount of plastic pollution and microplastics that end up in our landfills and waterways.
The packaging itself is not recyclable, but Chippin works with rePurpose Global to support the reuse of materials that would otherwise create waste, removing as much nature-bound plastic as its own packaging creates.
Every Chippin package will have a “best by” date printed on the bag, and each bag will have a shelf-life of at least six months after delivery. The products are shelf-stable and so should be stored in a cool, dry space.
If you submit your order before noon, Chippin will ship your food that day. Afternoon orders will ship the following day.
All deliveries should arrive within three to seven days, and the company ships recurring orders a few days ahead of time to make sure your order arrives before you run out of food.
Recurring orders from Chippin ship every four to seven weeks. The company ships to the continental US and Washington D.C. And thanks to Chippin’s partnership with Pachama, the carbon footprint of your order is offset by forest preservation and restoration.
You can purchase some Chippin treats on Petco and Amazon, as well as some other stores nationwide. From my New Jersey location, its closest stores are in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, but its network continues to grow.
Chippin also welcomes one-time orders though, so you don’t have to commit to a subscription if you want to give the products a trial run with your pet first. You will pay a bit more for one-time orders, but look out for offers).
To sign up for a subscription, select the Subscribe & Save button when you shop. Dog food orders recur every four to seven weeks, and you can have your pup’s treats sent every four, six, or eight weeks. A subscription will save you 10% on dog food and 20% on treats.
The Size + Frequency chart is a good starting point when it comes to working out your dog’s food needs. You can adjust as needed to suit your pet’s activity levels and weight concerns.
You may also choose to use Chippin as part of your dog’s meal plan, rather than as their primary food source, which would change how much you need and how often.
You can adjust your delivery schedule or address at any time by logging into your account. Select Edit under Actions to change upcoming dates and the delivery frequency. You can also email or give them a call if you have any concerns.
Since your order is sent out less than 24 hours after processing, be sure to make any changes before your order auto-renews.
If your dog turns up a wet nose at Chippin’s products, send a message through the chat app on the website or to firstname.lastname@example.org and the company will refund your order. It doesn’t accept returns but does encourage you to pass the food on to another dog.
You can also reach Chippin at 707-722-0339, or on Facebook and Instagram at its @chippintime account.
To date there have been no recalls of any Chippin products.
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$19.99 (2 treat bags)
There’s no getting around it: Chippin ain’t cheap. But to soften the blow, it offers free shipping on all orders, and provides up to 20% off when you sign up for recurring orders.
Feeding a 2-7lb Toy Poodle a 3.5lb bag every four weeks will cost you around $1.06 per day, if you subscribe to recurring orders. For a 70lb Golden Retriever who needs two 21lb bags every six weeks, a Chippin subscription will cost around $5.57 per day.
That said, with a subscription, Chippin’s prices are comparable to other premium brands like Orijen and Blue Buffalo.
If your pooch has food sensitivities or stomach issues, you’ve probably spent a great deal of time trying different meals. Chippin’s ingredients are easy to digest and may greatly improve your canine’s quality of life.
We only have one planet, and we need to take care of it. Chippin is one of the most eco-conscious dog food companies out there, and its products are healthy for both your pooch and our planet.
If you care about the environment and want healthy, nutritious food for your dog Chippin is definitely worth it.
Chippin’s ingredients make it excellent for dogs with allergies! Silver carp and cricket protein are far less likely to trigger an allergic reaction than beef, chicken, lamb, or dairy products.
That being said, if your dog has severe food allergies consult your veterinarian before trying Chippin or any other dog food.
I found Chippin to be more expensive than mass-market brands, although its prices are comparable to other high-end dog foods like Orijen and Blue Buffalo. But if your canine companion has a sensitive stomach, Chippin may be an invaluable investment in their health.
You can buy some Chippin treats on Amazon and Petco, and Chippin products are sold in a small but growing network of pet stores. If you don’t live near a Chippin retailer, the company delivers throughout the continental United States.