The biggest difference between our two food formulas is the protein source itself. Cricket Crave is made with cricket protein and Good Grub is made with grubs (aka BSFL Protein).
As for which to pick, they both meet AAFCO requirements for adult dog. So from that perspective, both are a great choice!
- Good Grub has a higher protein and fat level than Cricket Crave
- Crickets have been studied for their prebiotic benefit - it feeds the good bacteria in the dog’s gut. We also observed a firming of the dog’s stool (due to the fiber) during the digestibility studies that we did.
We’re big fans of the rotation diet - It consists of feeding Good Grub for a month or so and then switching to Cricket Crave and so on. There are a lot of benefits to mixing it up - you can learn more here!
Cricket Crave and Good Grub are formulated to meet AAFCO standards for adult dogs.
We would recommend starting to feed Jiminy’s as your dog's main diet once they are ready to transition into adult food. In the meantime, our food can be used as a food topper to add different nutrients into their diet and reduce their carbon paw print 🐶🐾
Our treats are a perfect tool to train your new puppy!
Our food is not grain free - we use oats as a grain. It is highly digestible (does not contain gluten) and for most dogs it is a fantastic addition to their diet.
We are proud to say our kibble is oven baked in small batches. Unlike other kibbles that are extruded (high pressure and extreme heat that cooks away the nutrients) our baking process ensures a less processed food. Our food is air baked to 200 degrees internal temperature.
There are between 14-15 cups of food in a 3.5 lb bag and 42-43 cups in a 10 lb bag.
We carefully select our ingredients to be delicious and provide benefit, for example:
Pumpkin – Aids in digestion + carotenoids, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, fiber, zinc, iron, vitamin A, and potassium
Peanut Butter – Boosts Energy + protein, healthy fats, potassium, antioxidants, magnesium, and vitamin E. And, Dogs love it.
Flax Seeds – Provides Omega 3 fatty acids & high in antioxidants
Blueberries – High in Antioxidants & Vitamins C, E, A and B complex
Sweet Potato – Balanced source of energy + fiber, vitamin C, beta carotene & manganese
Apple – Sweet flavor and provide calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and pectin
Lentils – Great source of protein, fiber, and iron and they’re They are alkaline and do not cause gas for most dogs!
In order to ensure that the ingredients don’t develop mold or become rancid we use two products: a natural mold inhibitor (Citric Acid, Buffered Distilled White Vinegar) which makes the PH of the product more acidic which in turn prevents mold from developing and natural antioxidants ((Canola Oil, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract) which helps keep fats from oxidizing (going rancid).
Our food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult dogs.
Crickets are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) as a protein source for dogs. Jiminy’s assembled a dossier on cricket protein as a protein source for dogs. The dossier included a coordinated data analysis, a pivotal digestibility and utility study, an assembly of prior studies, and another new to world study on the prebiotic nature of cricket protein for dogs. The new to world studies were peer reviewed and published and then the complete dossier was reviewed by a Panel of Experts. The expert panel issued a consensus statement that the crickets are a high quality and safe protein for dogs - this means that crickets have been determined to be GRAS. The FDA and AAFCO have been involved in the whole process - reviewing the plan in 2017 and currently have it in pending status in the AAFCO book. Our products are registered in US states and state officials have reviewed the GRAS Dossier.
Grubs (aka BSFL aka Black Soldier Fly Larvae) went through a similar dossier process, however it was submitted into an Ingredient Definition process to AAFCO. This was done because there was already an ingredient definition for BSFL in place for other species – fish, pig, etc. It is listed in the AAFCO book as an approved ingredient.
We designed our food with a veterinarian who actually has two PhDs - one in animal nutrition (he's been designing dog food for over 20 years) and in entomology (so he really understands insect protein too!) Our dog food (Cricket Crave and Good Grub) meets AAFCO standards for adult dogs. We also worked with Iowa State, Animal Biome and others to do all of the work leading up to us creating a dog food. Studies have been completed, peer reviewed and published in PeerJ and the Journal of Animal Science.
The dry matter % for Good Grub is:
The dry matter % for Cricket Crave is:
Our products are baked in the US and most ingredients are sourced in the US. We have a few ingredients that are sourced from the US and Canada - those include the crickets, blueberries and flax seeds. We also use Coconut oil that comes from the Philippines.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there on the benefits / danger of garlic and it is good to check on these things! Our perspective after looking at all of the research is, yes, it is perfectly okay to feed your dog small amounts of garlic. In fact, there are even health benefits.
The main controversy surrounding the safety of garlic on dogs (and cats) is a compound found in garlic (and, in greater amount, in onion) called n-propyl disulfide.
This compound can, in large doses, cause oxidative damage to red blood cells, creating Heinz bodies and triggering the body to reject these cells from the bloodstream.
If large doses of this compound are ingested on a regular basis, the process can lead to Heinz-body anemia and even death.
Does that mean garlic is harmful or toxic to dogs? Not quite!
Actually, it is hard to find clinical evidence that garlic is bad for dogs.
In 2000, a study at Hokkaido University was done in which four dogs were each given 1.25 ml of garlic extract per kg of body weight for seven straight days.
So... if the dog weighed 50 pounds, he would have been given somewhere around 25large raw garlic cloves! (Honestly, no one in their right mind would give so much garlic to their dogs in REAL LIFE, right?)
Now, in that study, even with the ridiculously excessive amount of garlic given, none of the four dogs showed any signs of toxicity. And while the garlic did affect the dogs' red blood cells, none of the dogs developed anemia.
In fact, in a 2004 study conducted by some of the same researchers in the 2000 study, it was showed that the compound allicin was good for health, and that despite the high concentrations of garlic used during the study, no development of hemolytic anemia was found in the dogs.
This 2004 study has led the researchers to retract their earlier suggestion that garlic is bad for dogs. They even concluded that this herb has "the potential to promote immune functions and prevent cardiovascular diseases."
The bottom line? Use common sense!
The key to safe use of garlic on dogs is the dosage level and frequency of use. As shown in the 2000 study, for a dog to develop abnormality in his red blood cells, he would have to eat A LOT of garlic to even begin the oxidative process.
A healthy 50-pound dog may have to eat a whole 5-oz onion, or over 20 cloves of garlic, to start the Heinz-body process. Since red blood cells are constantly regenerated from the bone marrow, a dog would likely need to ingest this much amount of onion or garlic on a repeated basis to cause permanent harm.
The food has a 18 month shelf life in the bag once opened. Make sure to always seal the bag after using.
We recommend using the Soft & Chewy Training Treats within a month of opening the bag. Make sure to seal the bag after opening and keep the moisture packet in the bag as our training treats have a high moisture content (that’s what makes them so soft and chewy).
The biscuits and puffs are crunchy products that have a 2 year shelf life. We recommend sealing the bag once opened to ensure that the treats stay fresh.
Depending on the product, the shelf life is 1.5 years to 2 years. You can find the “best by” date stamped on the back of your food and treats bag.
Insects are an amazing and sustainable superfood with a fantastic nutrition profile!
- Crickets and Grubs are a complete protein source with all of the essential amino acids that you find in other animal proteins (meets all of the amino acid levels recommended by AAFCO).
- Pound for pound, cricket contains more protein than beef, is higher in fiber and iron, and low in fat.
- Cricket is even prebiotic - feeds the good bacteria in the dog's gut.
- Both Grub and Cricket score in the optimal range of digestibility (as high in digestibility as chicken or beef) between 80 and 90 percent, so they’re an ideal source of protein for your pup (digestibility refers to the relative amount of nutrients within the diet that become available to the body after digestion and absorption)
You can learn more about the nutritional benefits of insect protein here!
Jiminy’s crickets and grubs are grown in barns in the U.S. and Canada.
CRICKETS: The facilities produce crickets for human consumption under controlled, standardized conditions.
GRUBS: The facilities that produce grubs also have controlled, standardized conditions. The grubs are raised as feed for aquaculture, poultry, swine and pets.
Cricket eat a human food-grade feed that includes ingredients like alfalfa, soy meal, corn, vitamin mix, mineral mix, etc. (it is very similar to a grain based chicken feed)
GRUBS (aka BSFL)
One of the many reasons that the black soldier fly is moving to the forefront of insect protein is their ability to utilize virtually any feed source.
BSFL feed utilizes pre-consumer food by-products such as brewer’s grains and cookie dough, which, like post-consumer food waste, could otherwise end up in the landfill. The difference between these two feed stocks of pre and post consumer food waste is whom last handled the food before it’s considered a “waste” product. Pre-consumer food by-products (also known as pre-consumer food waste) are last handled by any entity (person or company) responsible for food production. Post-consumer food waste is last handled by the consumer. This seemingly small difference makes a large impact on the quality of food waste and should be considered when choosing to work with any type of food waste. Unlike post- consumer food waste, pre-consumer food byproducts maintain consistent nutrition since they are last handled by food production professionals, and are used to feed BSFL before being altered by the end consumer. Another benefit to using pre-consumer food by-products to feed BSFL is the control over the nutrient profile of the final feed. Since this feedstock is in its original production state (i.e. it has not been changed in any unknown ways since production) we’re able to count on its nutrient profile. A third benefit to using pre-consumer food by-products is the amount of control it allows over food safety, which ultimately affects the end product of the BSFL. Some issues that can be considered a food safety risk include mold, mycotoxins, and contaminants. Due to the possible ways that post-consumer food waste may be handled and the inability to regulate its handling, post consumer food waste has an inherently greater food safety risk than pre-consumer food by-products. Additionally, this risk is ultimately unknown since there is no way to track or regulate how post-consumer food waste is handled. For these reasons, post-consumer food waste is not an AAFCO-defined animal feed ingredient, and therefore, not allowed to be used to feed animals.
Crickets are naturally a swarming species, and like being in a dark, warm place. They’re raised in cricket condos (inside barns) which allow the crickets to live in a way as close as possible to how they would live in the natural world. They are free to hop from feed station to feed station, and can burrow deep into the condos if they choose.
Harvesting time comes near the end of their natural life cycle – which is approximately 6 weeks. This comes after they have mated and laid their eggs. At the end, temperature is lowered and they go into a hibernation-like state before they’re harvested.
Grubs are also a naturally swarming species and are happiest when eating. They are harvested as larvae.
Harvesting time comes near the end of their natural life cycle – which is approximately 6 weeks.
Temperature is lowered and they go into a hibernation-like state before their life ends.
The typical position of entomologists is that insects feeling pain is pretty unlikely. But there is some debate about this.
Jiminy’s uses roasted ground crickets from suppliers based in the U.S. and Canada. The whole cricket is used, however it is roasted and ground before it is sent to us. We bake our products with what we call "cricket protein powder".
Traditional Animal Agriculture (for example: beef, pork, chicken) is brutal and the biggest contributor to Climate Change.
It’s a bigger contributor to climate change than transportation and energy combined.
65% of nitrous oxide comes from animal agriculture – nitrous oxide has a global warming potential that is 296x greater than CO2 emissions.
Land Based Animal Agriculture is responsible for:
30% of Global water consumption 45% of Global land consumption 91% of Amazon Destruction
Leading cause of Ocean “Dead Zones” – Nitrogen flooded areas Leading cause of habitat destruction Leading cause of species extinction.
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We did a lot of studies on dogs before launching our food and we need to go through the same studies before launching cat products! It's definitely in our plans for the upcoming years.
In the meantime, a lot of customers are using our treats with their cats, they love it 😋
Our orders ship from 2 different locations (depending on where you are located and our inventory).
Our warehouses are located in Moreno Valley, CA and Louisville, KY.
Sustainable packaging has been an ongoing quest for us and we couldn’t be more thrilled that our new treat pouches are launching this year and they are recyclable! We’ve partnered with How2Recycle to help consumers know how best to recycle our packaging. How2Recycle provides a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions.
The end goal is to get to a biodegradable or home compostable packaging solution.
Jiminy’s also joined One Step Closer’s Packaging Collaborative to continue the search for a solution for our dog food packaging. To learn more about our packaging journey, read our blog post!
Yes! Jiminy’s products are available in over 1,000 retailers across the US. You can find your closest retailers using our store locator tool
Unfortunately, we are not available in Canada yet.