The British Vet Association (BVA) has announced that switching your dog to an insect-based diet could be better for them and also the environment.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe BVA said with a \u201csurge\u201d in people treating their pets more like family members, many dog owners are feeding their dogs the same food that they eat. However, not all human food is suitable for dogs and doesn't provide the exact nutrients they need.\r\n\r\nIt is currently estimated that dogs consume 20% of all meat globally. According to the BVA, farming meat is \u201cnotoriously\u201d bad for the environment and requires a lot of land, but said farming insects requires no fertiliser or pesticides and produces very low emissions.\r\n\r\nDutch firm, Protix, claims that they can grow one tonne of insects on 20 square metres of space in two weeks.\r\n\r\nDr Steph Wenban, Front of The Pack's vet and pet wellbeing expert, said: "When considering a dog food, the protein quality is just as important as the quantity. A complete diet should be balanced in vitamins and minerals, digestible and contain all the essential amino acids your dog needs.\r\n\r\n\u201cTrying to offset carbon footprint and your dogs diet can pose a challenge to pet owners and alternatives such as home-cooking or raw feeding, if not done correctly, can lead to serious nutritional imbalances. Insect-based dog foods provide a promising alternative for eco-conscious pet parents in the future."