Meals for Mutts (MFM) is an Australian pet food company. Originally formulated and manufactured by the company who now make LifeWise, they switched manufacture to Hypro circa 2018. This was the case until January 2023.
For our Meals for Mutts dog food review we’ll focus on the Kangaroo & Lamb formula, but consider the other grain-based foods in the range on par. It’s worth checking out Meals for Mutts Grain Free as a slightly better, slightly more expensive alternative.
What the marketing says
Meals for Mutts is labelled hypoallergenic and gluten free, which would make this a good option for allergy-prone dogs. Over time this has evidently been the case and I’m aware of numerous dogs who have recovered from allergies or itchy skin from cereal/cereal by-product based dog foods.
On the Meals for Mutts website they claim the food is nutrient rich, high protein, hypoallergenic, highly digestible, with a blend of probiotics to support immune system. Most of these are loose terms but they do appear to be somewhat the case, with the debatable exception being “high protein”. The Kangaroo & Lamb dry food formula as an example has 21% protein, which is very much mediocre when compared to other dry dog foods. In fact, it sits on the low side compared to numerous dry dog foods in the price bracket.
What the labelling really says
Kangaroo and lamb meat is the first ingredient, but it’s likely the first three ingredients make up the bulk of the recipe. We can assume the meat, seasonal vegetables, and brown rice are the real “first” ingredients given alfalfa as the 4th ingredient is likely kept to a minimum.
Seasonal vegetables can be interpreted in different ways. For the manufacturer it means they can use whatever is readily available at the time (or likely whatever can be sourced cheaply at the time), but for us consumers we have no way of knowing what this ingredient is. Is it peas, or is it potato skins? All we can do is trust the manufacturer that they’re using ingredients which are healthy and nutritious for our pets. Perhaps try contacting Meals for Mutts and asking them, and be sure to let us know what their response is in the comments section below!
Brown rice is one of the better grain inclusions. It’s perhaps not up there with oats or barley, but it’s definitely far better than wheat, ambiguous cereals, or even white rice. Decent grains can be beneficial for a dog in moderation, so there’s no issue here, and this is a tick for using a decent grain.
It’s nice to see alfalfa included, a superfood associated with Chinese medicine, being considered good for kidney health, digestive system, and helps reduce acidity in the urine.
The ingredients as a whole are all carefully considered, giving the food a good balance. There are some nice inclusions such as kelp, garlic, pre and pro biotics, and it’s really nice to see the use of natural preservatives – a sign of a good product.
Overall it’s pretty good!
We hope our Meals for Mutts dog food review has offered you a little insight. Scroll down for the summary…
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Meals for Mutts dog food review summary
Over the years Meals for Mutts dog food has established a loyal following, especially as an Australian brand which is better than many. Price wise it’s slightly cheaper than Ivory Coat, and given recent issues with Ivory Coat since being bought up by dubious manufacturer Real Pet Food Co it would seem Meals for Mutts is the better option.
Meals for Mutts definitely stacks up as a seemingly balanced dog food. If you can afford a slightly higher price then check out their Meals for Mutts Grain Free as a marginally better alternative.
If you feed Meals for Mutts (or Meals for Meows for that matter), then let us know in the comments section below!
Meals for Mutts Ingredients
The ingredients of Meals for Mutts dry dog food (as of January 2021) is as follows:
Kangaroo and Lamb Meat, Seasonal Vegetables, Ground Brown Rice, Alfalfa, Natural Fats and Oils, Omega 3, 6 & 9, Coconut Oil, Turmeric, Parsley, Pre & Probiotic, Kelp, Vitamins A, C, D3, E, K, B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folacin, Biotin and Natural Organic Acids, Plus Minerals, Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Copper, Zinc, Iron, Manganese and Iodine. Also contains natural flavours, and is preserved using natural Vitamin E and Rosemary extract.
Meals for Mutts Guaranteed Analysis
The guaranteed analysis of Meals for Mutts dry dog food (as of January 2021) is as follows:
|Crude Fibre||(max) 4%|
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 49%|
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- Good balance of ingredients
- Hypoallergenic and gluten free
- Vegetable-based rather than meat-based