I love Lyka. They’re a homegrown Australian company offering us dog owners a great alternative to kibbles. My dog loves it, and it’s so easy having it delivered to your door. So if you’re after a really health food for your dog, and willing to pay for such a top-notch food, then Lyka’s a great choice.
You can consider Lyka as Hello Fresh for dogs, with a range of nutritious “bowls” tailored to your dog. You simply go to their website, answer a few questions about your dog, such as breed, weight, activity levels, intolerances, and any health conditions, and they offer you a feeding plan. And guess what – they even cover Perth!
Of course, in our Lyka dog food review we’ll delve in a little deeper and let you know what this food is really all about, and why you should probably be feeding it to your dog!
The Lyka dog food range
There’s a range of Lyka varieties which they call “bowls”, each with it’s own meat protein. They come in a pouch rather than a bowl, but you’ll feed them in a bowl so that’s the gist of it.
Here’s a few from the range:
- Free Range Chow Chompin’ Chicken Bowl
- Grass Fed Big Boppin’ Beef Bowl
- Barn Raised Tail Tappin’ Turkey Bowl
- Grass Fed Lip Lickin’ Lamb Bowl
All very cool, which seems to be the case for everything Lyka.
Lyka dog food review
Some background for Lyka dog food
Lyka was founded by Anna Podolsky, the owner of a Border Collie X called “Lyka”. Back in 2015 at the age of 5, Lyka was a classic victim of commercial pet food, with itchy skin, scratching, lethargy, and bad teeth (an ominous sign of periodontal disease which sadly effects so many dogs on kibble diets).
Anna made the connection that the kibble was causing the health issues, which is something so many people overlook. She set about formulating a fresh food/raw diet at home, and the results were astounding. Her dog Lyka made a dramatic turnaround for the better within a few short months.
On a mission to offer Australian dogs a better option she founded Lyka pet food in 2018, and since then many dogs have reaped the benefits of a better, more natural diet.
What the marketing says
Lyka dog food is made in a human-grade facility in Sydney. They swear by their product, so much so the staff will taste every recipe. If you don’t believe me, there’s a video down below which proves it!
Lyka is marketed as a “fresh, lightly cooked diet for dogs”, and in a rather humorous marketing strategy they tackle the fact many dogs suffer gas (and other issues) on poor quality dog foods. In our experience they’re 100% right, and most of the time dogs can recover from such symptoms when fed a healthier diet.
What the ingredients really say
Knowing the ingredients in Lyka dog food are all human-grade whole foods, using wild-caught, grass-fed, or free-roam animals is a fantastic start. With kibbles the high-temperature cooking can destroy valuable nutrients, so with Lyka being gently cooked (at 90 degrees) you can rest assured these nutrients remain intact. That’s a huge plus.
All Lyka dog food bowls meet AAFCO standards for all life stages, so appropriate for puppies as well as older dogs.
We’ll take a look at the Beef Bowl as it sits in the middle when it comes to protein/fat. Depending on your dog, they may offer something leaner like the chicken bowl, or something a little fattier like the lamb bowl.
It’s great to see Beef Mince and Beef Heart as the top two ingredients, both of which are providing your carnivorous pet with species-appropriate ingredients, but let me draw your attention to the finer details which really highlight why Lyka are offering a quality dog food :-
The minerals used are in chelated form. Chelated minerals are top notch, being absorbed far better than cheaper alternatives. Only real top end dog foods contain chelated minerals, so that’s a great sign of quality.
Going back to the main ingredients, we find purple sweet potato included as a low GI carbohydrate which will offer your dog a slow-burning energy source. Carbs are low in the food which fits in well with a carnivore diet, and shows how much of the food is made from beef and beef heart.
The animal ingredients don’t end there either, as we find beef liver as one of the most nutritious organ meats which all dogs should have in their diet. Sardines are included too!
We find a range of well-selected veggies, such as broccoli, carrot, and kale to add valuable nutrients to the food, boosting organ support, immune support, and overall wellbeing.
Even the ingredients further down the ingredients list have been included on merit, with a combination of fish, safflower, and flaxseed oil which not only will offer your dog a beautiful coat, but keep them healthy on the inside too. Psyllium husk is a wonderful source of fibre for digestive health.
Ginger, kelp, and spirulina are included too – it really is all good, high quality stuff!
Lyka dog food is a fantastic way of feeding your dog a really decent diet without going whole hog on a homemade fresh food diet. Having it delivered to your door on a regular basis means you can stop worrying about their dinner, and concentrate on more important stuff, like playing with them!
If your dog is allergy prone, itchy, scratchy, or lethargic with a dull coat, then I’m sure you’ll get results on Lyka dog food.
Give it a go!
Where to buy Lyka dog food
Lyka dog food is only available to buy directly from their website. As a reader of Pet Food Reviews we have a special offer for you:
While you’re at it, check out their fantastic range of air-dried treats – tripe, mussels, and sardine treats in particular (lots of great nutrition therein!).
Lyka – In the news!
- The University of Queensland magazine – A Healthy Dog’s Breakfast.
Some great viewing
Here’s a nice video introduction into Lyka dog food with founder Anna, holistic vet Dr Matthew Muir, and Anna’s dog Lyka.
Ingredients of Lyka dog food (Beef Bowl)
Ingredients of the Lyka dog food “Beef Bowl” as of September 2021:
Beef Mince, Beef Heart, Purple Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Carrot, Kale, Sardines, Beef Liver, Psyllium Seed Husk, Fish Oil, Safflower Oil, Celtic Sea Salt, Ginger, Flaxseed Oil, Kelp, Spirulina, Vitamins & Minerals (listed below).
Vitamins & Minerals: TriCalcium Phosphate, Vitamin E, Magnesium Chelate, Iron Chelate, Zinc Chelate, Manganese Chelate, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B1.
If you want to know where all the ingredients are sourced from, they tell you here.
Average composition of Lyka dog food (Beef Bowl)
Guaranteed analysis of the Lyka dog food “Beef Bowl” as of September 2021:
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Note Lyka use an average composition due to the nature of the product being tailored to your dog’s specific requirements. The composition listed above is therefore not guaranteed and may vary.
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- Human grade, wild-caught, free-range, and free-roam ingredients.
- Cooked at a low temperature to retain nutrition.
- Chelated minerals and quality ingredients all round.