The best thing I can say about Applaws is it offers a great mix of quality and price. Most of us can’t afford the crazy prices of top brands, especially if we have a larger dog or multiple dogs.
With over 50% meat and no warning signs in the other ingredients it makes it an affordable option, and there’s no reason you can’t mix it with other stuff too.
Another benefit of Applaws is it’s readily available. You’ll find it at Coles and Woolworths, making it one of the best brands on the shelves, and it’s usually available for a great price from leading online retailers like Pet Circle and .
Consumer feedback has been really good, especially from people who’s dog has intolerances to other foods (and grains), and from researching on social media reviews seem positive.
For the sake of the Applaws dog food review we’ll take a look at the Chicken & Turkey dry recipe, but you can mix in the Applaws wet foods as well.
Applaws dog food: reviewed!
What the marketing says
Applaws make a big deal of Australian meat being the Number 1 ingredient, and also the valid statement it’s better for our dogs to have protein from meat rather than grains.
I consider dog’s more carnivore than omnivore, and I totally agree protein from grains isn’t the best idea.
You’ll see on the bag the Applaws dog foods have “50% meat”. Pretty good considering the affordable price. It’s a good thing the rest of the formula isn’t bulked up with a cheap filler, but we’ll get into that later.
Applaws dog foods are all grain free, with “natural” ingredients, and despite being a UK company are all made in Australia.
What the ingredients really say
We can break up the main ingredients into two halves:
The first “half” is poultry meal from chicken and turkey. The second “half” is a combo of faba beans, chickpeas and potato.
The first half is better for your dog – they’re meat-eaters after all.
The second half isn’t bad either, being a mix of legumes and potato.
It’s better than other brands in the price range which make out they have a lot of meat but the reality is cereals are the real bulk of the food. I don’t see cereals, especially ambiguous cereals and by-products, as beneficial to our dogs.
Meal vs “Real” meat
I’ll cover this quickly – some dog foods have meat meal, others claim real meat on the label. There’s upsides and downsides to both.
Meat meal is a dry pre-cooked form of meat. It’s basically meat protein without the moisture.
Real meat is more in it’s original form, inclusive of water. Water gets cooked off in the kibble making process, which usually means the end result is much less meat and much more other stuff than you’re led to believe.
With Applaws using meat meal (in this case chicken and turkey), it assures us the bulk of the protein in the food comes from meat rather than less-digestible sources.
Many argue one is better than the other, but it really depends on the quality of the meat in the first place.
I can’t find anything bad to say about Applaws. At 24% protein and 14% fat it’s slightly above average. There’s no glaringly bad ingredients.
There are definitely better dog foods, which you can argue are healthier, but you’ll need to pay a little more money too.
Actually, many of the smaller ingredients in Applaws dog foods are worth mentioning in their own right:
We have a combination of oils which will boost nutrition, wellbeing, and help give your dog a glossy coat – sunflower oil, flaxseed oil, and a smaller amount of fish oil.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are added which are beneficial for joint health, either aiding or acting as a preventative for arthritis and related conditions.
Mauri MOS is an unusual inclusion, added for immune support.
There’s natural pre-biotic in there as well, alongside a range of superfoods like alfalfa, spinach, blackberries, kelp, and cranberries. These will be in small amounts, but better there than not!
All in all I find Applaws dog food really good, and definitely one of the better options for the money!
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Ingredients of Applaws dry dog food Chicken & Turkey formula:
Poultry Meal* (Chicken and Turkey Meal), Faba Beans, Chickpeas, Potato, Natural Chicken Flavour, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary and Citric Acid), Sunflower Oil (source of Omega 6), Salt, Beet Pulp (natural Prebiotic), Flaxseed Oil (source of Omega 3), Vitamins (A, D3, E, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, Choline), Minerals (Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iodine, Selenium), Fish Oil (source of Omega 3), Chicory (natural Prebiotic), Mauri MOS, Yucca, Natural Antioxidants (with Tocopherols and Rosemary), Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Alfalfa, Sweet Potato, Apples, Dried Tomato, Spinach, Pumpkin, Blackberries, Dried Kelp, Cranberries. *A natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin
The guaranteed analysis of Applaws dry dog food Chicken & Turkey formula:
|Crude Fibre||(max) 7%|
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 42% (Ash listed as 10% max)|
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A good mix of quality and price
- Meat as main ingredients
- Good ingredients throughout