Here we answer all the questions you might have about Percuro, our revolutionary traditional dog food alternative!
WHAT IS PERCURO MADE FROM?
The main ingredient in our Percuro recipes is high quality insect protein. Specifically, it comes from a protein-packed, clean little larvae called Hermetia illucens.
Insect-based protein is at least as nutritious as protein from traditional animal sources, it does not come with the potential nasties like antibiotics, and uses far less water and land to grow.
Next we use only plant-based, sustainable ingredients and lots of superfoods for the holistic health of your pets while reducing the impact on the environment.
HOW IS PERCURO MADE?
Unlike traditional, meat-based dog foods, we use no livestock products in our recipes.
Traditional, meat-based pet foods usually get their protein from by-products of the human food industry, contributing to the ever-increasing demand for animal products. With around 500 million pet cats and dogs around the world, that’s a lot of mouths to feed. According to the UN, the livestock industry accounts for almost 20% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
The larvae used in our insect pet food products, however, are specially bred for our purposes. We ensure all our Hermetia illucens larvae are healthy, happy, and given all the nutrients and space they need to thrive.
Our production methods are designed from the ground up to be low impact and low harm. No animals suffer unnecessarily, and we take every measure to ensure our methods are humane.
Further protein comes from oats, which are high in essential B vitamins and minerals, including manganese and phosphorus.
We then combine this protein base with our special blend of vegetables, vitamins, and minerals - including chamomile and hemp seed oil - to ensure a glossy coat, healthy skin, and a happy hound.
WHERE IS PERCURO MADE?
A founding principle of Percurois 100% traceability. Our food is produced in Belgium and our snacks in the Netherlands, with 95% of all our ingredients sourced from within the EU also.
IS YOUR PACKAGING RECYCLABLE?
Yes! As part of our drive for sustainability and a healthier world, our packaging is 100% recyclable.
Our boxes are made from FSC-certified, fully-recyclable cardboard, sourced from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Our bags are fully recyclable mono-material PE plastic, unlike many traditional pet food bags which have multiple layers of materials which cannot be separated and recycled.
ARE PERCURO RECIPES FULLY APPROVED?
They are indeed. We’ve achieved all the necessary approvals to sell our entovegan dog food blend in the UK and Europe. Percuro recipes are veterinary approved, they are fully compliant with FEDIAF nutritional guidelines, and all our mixes are rigorously tested.
WHY SHOULD I FEED PERCURO OVER TRADITIONAL MEAT-BASED FOOD?
There are a few reasons why you might be on the lookout for an alternative to traditional, meat-based dog food for your dog.
Many of our customers sought out an alternative as they were concerned about their impact on the environment. Livestock farming and traditional meat production creates a huge amount of carbon which damages our planet. Our ingredients and production methods are designed to be as low impact as possible, and we have no need to use miles and miles of farmland to make our food.
Our insect is grown in a controlled environment, eating the fruit & vegetable waste of the human food processing stream otherwise ending up in landfill. Therefore it does not come with any hidden nasties like antibiotics.
Next to the clean insect protein, Percuro adds only select plant-based ingredients which are low or anti-inflammatory and excludes any common allergens like soy, maize or rice. Together with the naturally hypoallergenic insect protein our recipes our perfect for dogs with sensitive skin or tummies.
DOES PERCURO TASTE GOOD?
Dogs love it! An independent taste test has shown that 92% of dogs preferred Percuro over its leading competitor. Dogs are natural omnivores, and will happily chow down on our insect plus plant-based foods. Our recipes are designed to be as nutritious and delicious as possible.
WHICH PRODUCT VARIANT SHOULD I BUY FOR MY DOG?
We offer different recipes for dogs of different sizes and ages. Small breeds are considered up to 9kg, medium breeds from 10KG up to 24KG and large breeds over 25KG.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I FEED MY DOG?
We’ve put together this handy feeding guide to help you gauge how much Percuro you should be feeding your pup.
HOW CAN I BEST SWITCH MY DOG TO THE NEW FOOD?
Dogs can have a negative reaction if you switch their food abruptly, leading to an upset tummy. When switching to Percuro, you should aim to do it over seven days or so to ensure your dog has time to adjust, avoiding issues such as gastrointestinal issues, vomiting, and diarrhoea. You can use the following as a rough guideline:
Day 1-2: introduce a small amount of the new food into their standard food.
Day 3-5: gradually add more of the new food and remove the old food as you do so.
Day 6-7: continue with the above until only the new food remains.