Healthy, eco-sustainable, and totally tasty!

Why Marsh Dog?
Marsh Dog is the very first pet food company to offer artisan dog treats made with wild Nutria. We believe in producing responsible foods that are healthy and nutritious for dogs as well as environmentally responsible. Utilizing the the high quality protein of Nutria is not only smart, it adheres to an eco-sustainability ethic that promotes good stewardship of our natural resources. 

Why Nutria meat is good for your dog

  1. Nutria meat has less fat and cholesterol than chicken or turkey. —Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Department Few dog treats contain any protein at all.

  2. Nutria are vegetarian and consume a wide variety of plants, including rice and sugarcane. This is the reason Nutria are a serious problem but it’s also why the quality of meat is so excellent.

  3. Nutria contain no artificial hormones. (There are six different kinds of steroid hormones that are currently approved by FDA for use in sheep and cattle—the two primary proteins used in dog food. They are estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, zeranol, trenbolone acetate, and melengestrol acetate.) —Cornell University

  4. Nutria meat is naturally a bright red color. (Processed meats often contain sodium nitrite used both as a preservative and to color products red so they appear fresh. A diet high in sodium nitrites may lead to a health condition that inhibits red blood cells from transporting oxygen throughout the body.) —American Medical Association

  5. Dogs love the fresh, wild taste of Nutria.

Where do our Nutria come from?
All Nutria used in Marsh Dog products are wild and come from the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary, the fastest disappearing land in the world. ( Nutria are harvested by licensed hunters enrolled in the Coast-wide Nutria Control Program regulated by the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Department during a prescribed season.

How are Nutria processed?
Nutria are safely processed in a Louisiana family-operated HACCP certified facility. 

What products does Marsh Dog offer?
“Barataria Bites,” a crunchy biscuit is Marsh Dog’s premier artisanal product named for the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary.*

“Bark,” a hand-crafted, dry-roasted 100% Nutria jerky is our second product.

Watch for “Bars,” freeze-dried wild Nutria and “Swamp Spice,” a kibble seasoning blend in the near future.

What ingredients are in Marsh Dog biscuits and why?
Besides wild Nutria, our biscuits contain 7 other ingredients, all sourced in Louisiana (except oat flour as oats aren’t commercially grown in-state). Our philosophy is local, simple, and fresh.

  1. 1.Whole Brown Rice—The least allergenic of all grains; nutrient dense; contains over 15 vitamins and minerals including folate and other B-vitamins, iron and zinc; comprised of complex carbohydrates; aids energy. —Louisiana Rice Council
    Our rice comes from family-run Falcon Mill in Crowley, Louisiana.

  2. 2.Oats—Contain insoluble fiber that has anti-cancer properties, reducing toxicity of bile acids that are associated with health complications.

  3. 3.Sweet Potatoes—A complex carbohydrate that is one of the most nutritious vegetables; an important source of B6, iron, and potassium; great source of fiber which may contribute to lowering the risk for cancer; contains virtually no fat and is low in sodium. —Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission
    Our sweet potatoes come from Garber Farm in Iota, Louisiana.

  4. 4.Eggs—A source of high quality protein; high in choline which helps regulate the brain, nervous, and cardiovascular systems;  the only food that contains naturally occurring vitamin D; promotes healthy hair and nails due to a high sulphur content, and wide array of vitamins and minerals. —Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries
    Our eggs come from the cage-free, pastured chickens at Equi-Terra Farm in Clinton, Louisiana.

  5. 5.Blackstrap Molasses—Great source of magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, and potassium; provides quickly digestible carbohydrates. —USDA
    Our molasses comes from the oldest family-run sugar mill in the south, Alma Plantation in Pointe Coupee parish.

  6. 6.Garden Parsley—High source of vitamin C, a powerful immune system helps your dog fend off disease, stress, anxiety, depression and general fatigue; rich in antioxidants that combat the destructive effects of the free radicals which can build up in your dog's system even if you feed a healthy diet.

  7. 7.Cayenne Pepper—Used as medicine for centuries; rich in vitamin A, B6, and C; considered helpful for various conditions of the gastrointestinal tract and is an excellent antioxidant.

What’s NOT in Marsh Dog products?
No soybeans. No corn. No wheat. No added animal fat. No added sugar. No artificial preservatives. No added salt. No artificial colorings. No added flavoring. No sunflower oil. No added hormones. No ingredients from outside the USA. (Always check the label and place of origin on the items you buy for your dog.)

How are Marsh Dog biscuits made and where?
All ingredients are prepared at our FDA inspected facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We grind the sweet potatoes, blend ingredients, and cut biscuits by hand. (Over-processing breaks down the natural nutrition in foods.) Every step is done entirely in-house by our team members.

What added benefits do Marsh Dog products have?
Besides being a delicious alternative treat, the crunchy texture helps reduce tartar build-up and supports healthy teeth and gums.

Is Marsh Dog environmentally friendly?
We adhere to the ethic our product supports—wetland conservation. This applies to how we practice business, materials chosen, and methods employed to sell and promote. Everything from packaging to ingredients are carefully considered for both their value and impact to the environment. Buying ingredients, products, and services locally not only supports our communities, but lessens our carbon footprint. We recycle materials and limit our use of plastic.  We’re proud to say that Marsh Dog is the ultimate “green” treat.

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*Notably the fastest disappearing land mass in the world due to multiple causes including invasive species like Nutria.

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