Mantis Shrimp Dog Treats – fished & Processed in Australia!
At first glance, the mantis shrimp appears similar to many prawns. But it turns out that both the body and shell are a legitimate super food for dogs. And they are much larger !
Because of the nature of these treats, drying can make them a little brittle, so they can fragment slightly in couriering, but their outstanding nutritional value remains the same.
Of course they are 100% SINGLE ingredient, no additives, colouring etc. but the following from a research paper on their nutritional value explains succinctly why they are so good:
“the whole (Flesh+Shell) of the Mantis Shrimp is rich in organic (Crude fat, fibre, carbohydrate and ash) and inorganic nutrients (Ca, Na, Mg, P, Mn). (They are) very good sources of oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid with hypotensive (blood pressure reducing) effects. The study showed that both the flesh and the shell contribute positively to the protein quality of Guinea Mantis Shrimp.” Ref 1
MANTIS SHRIMP SIZES
The Mantis Shrimp can be anywhere between 6 to 10 cm long and up to 2-3 cm diameter. Typically, they only weigh 5-10g , because they are super dehydrated. As you will see from our custom images, they vary mostly from white to grey with a light orange tinge.
These Mantis shrimp are great as they are much larger than the regular prawn, and being low fat, and easy to crunch, they suit almost every dog (that doesn’t have a fish allergy).
In fact, they are considered hypo-allergenic so suit a vast variety of dog tastes.
NUTRITION Mantis shrimp (DRY) ref 2
- A 100g amount has only Calories 120
- Protein 23-30 grams for total shrimp. The meat by itself has OVER 60g protein !
- Total Fat : a very low 1.7g grams (1.7%)
- OMEGA 3 : Up to 300 mg
- Saturated Fat only 0.5g
- Trans Fat 0g
- Cholesterol 210mg
- Total Carbohydrates 1.5g
- Dietary Fiber 0g
- Sugars 0g
NOTE mineral composition varies greatly with location of catch etc
- High in Magnesium (an reduce blood cholesterol levels, prevent atherosclerosis, while expansion of the coronary arteries)
- Sodium 950mg
- Potassium 170mg
REF 1 Proximate Composition, Mineral Profile and Cholesterol Level in Whole and Fillet of the Guinean Mantis Shrimp, Squilla aculeata calmani (Holthuis, 1959) (Crustacea: Stomatopoda) ADERONKE OMOLARA LAWAL-ARE1, RASHEED OLATUNJI MORUF1* AND OLUWAFOLAKEMI ANTHONIA AFOLAYAN1 – Shellfish Research Laboratory, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State, Nigeria
Ref 2 nutritionix .com