Meals for Mutts Dog Food Review

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Meals for Mutts Dog Food Review
7.7 Total Score
  • Good balance of ingredients
  • Hypoallergenic and gluten free
WebsiteMeals for Mutts
Country of originAustralia
Available fromPet Circle My Pet Warehouse

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.

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

Meals for Mutts Dog Food Review

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!

Ciao 👋

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:

Protein(min) 21%
Fat(min) 12%
Crude Fibre(max) 4%
Carbohydrates *Estimated 49%
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.
7.7 Total Score
A good food for a reasonable price

PROS
  • Good balance of ingredients
  • Hypoallergenic and gluten free
CONS
  • Vegetable-based rather than meat-based

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Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago

Well received the food today it’s oily because after all it is packed with a tonne of oils, at the end of the day it still smells like any other kibble though XD, I like that it’s nutrient dense regardless because the feeding amounts are tiny.

I guess I’ll do what I do best and tell everyone how it’s going after about a week or two of use.

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago

I got the CN cool for Angel and Rusty can eat it too, I hope that this food coupled with the intestinal supplement helps her usually gurgling stomach, I do hope that my mum sees reason and takes both the dogs to a holistic vet I found because I feel very strongly that we won’t get help anywhere else and maybe she’ll have access to some herbs for heart health for Russel haha the name by brother gave him.

Maybe even some calming herbs for Angel she’s always so hyper sensitive to everything including extreme fear of flies.
She’s almost never with us anymore at home, she’s hiding most of the time and in the occasion she comes out, she jumps around on the bed unable to find a comfy position, reminds me of my nerve issue when I first got it so many years ago, no position was comfy for me and I had to lie like a statue any movement was horrendously painful and gave me crazy lightning shocks. Going to the bathroom was the bane of my existence back then.

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

Have you ever experimented with bone broth? It’s one of those things that people will claim has all sorts of unproven benefits (sadly much more so since it has recently become trendy for humans), but in the dog food sense the one thing that all seem to agree on is the soothing effect it has on the gut.

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

I have for myself I think I tried the dogs on it because I reacted badly to it, I felt weird, dizzy and coughing the usual reaction I have to food with too much msg.

I don’t remember very much it was awhile ago but Rusty definitely didn’t react badly to it, not sure I gave Angel any I guess I could buy a bag from a health food store and try her on it, the last time we tried to make it ourselves we failed miserably.
The bagged stuff ain’t bad just gotta find one that uses good ingredients and grass fed beef or free range chicken or organic.

In terms of did I feel it help me with anything for the few days I took it for? Nope, unlike this turmeric + a lot of different spices tea I make that I can actually feel it works.
It got rid of a so called flu I had I mean stomach pain, feeling like vomiting and voiding and sore throat points to flu so that’s probably what it was. It’s seriously gone now, but it took around 2 weeks of religious tea making every monrning and a few times at night and around 4 Kyolic capsules.
Despite that I still make the tea every morning as it makes me feel really good and I feel like going out not just staying at home all the time.

The constant burning I have is controlled with the tea, the pain I get in other places sadly hurts regardless but it does feel like it hurts less then usual.
I’m usually mixing foods this medication makes me wanna binge eat and then I get a stomach ache and the tea relieves it completely so it has its uses outside of homeopathic flu killer haha.
It has other benefits as well, that don’t need to be mentioned here, but in any case I’m happy I found something that works for me and I’m happy that I’m able to take it as often as I do as the last time I tried to take turmeric daily for longer then a week I had a really bad reaction to it, not sure why.

Now if only I could find something for Angel, I mix kefir, with omega oil, digestive powder and calming drops, sometimes I add turmeric with pepper and maybe even some cayenne as it helps me with my stomach issues greatly anyways I do that and about an hour later she appears to be feeling 100% better and that lasts a few hours until it wears off and she’s back to her running, hiding, screaming self. Now I’ve tried to do that daily in the past and it works for a few days and then it just stops working, so I’m looking for a more permanent fix and hoping this food, the supplement and hopefully some homeopathic herbs in the future will fix whatever this problem is, unless of course it’s organ or tissue scarring related then food won’t fix it.

But until we get an ultrasound done for her we won’t know what it is and even with the test there’s always the chance we still won’t have any idea and then the best course of action will be to have her on natural pain relievers I guess and hope they work for well her entire life time.
Like medications work for people’s lifetimes.
I guess only time will tell, sorry for the wall of text, sometimes I go all out like Susan.

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

Ah ok. Just to be 200% clear I meant bone broth as applied to dogs. Glad you mentioned Susan as I keep meaning to ask her about bone broth each time she mentions her little guy with the irritable bowel issues, so far I’ve managed to forget each time. I have no experience with the commercial products (aside from someone emailing me the cost of them once and we worked out that the home brew was hundreds of times cheaper), but if you have access to a slow cooker it’s super easy to make. Hell, considering the cost of the commercial stuff, even picking up a cheapy $30 cooker from Target just for dog food usage is a good investment. Rather than me stinking up the M4M page with unrelated twaddle, here’s a link to a good basic bone broth recipe. Personally I don’t even use the garlic, but do go heavy on the veg as the jelly makes a good medium to hold it all together. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/how-to-make-bone-broth-for-your-dog/

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Ah okay never thought about applying it, they’d lick it off regardless, they are lick crazy dogs, always licking themselves or smacking the lips it drives me crazy haha, Angel does it when she hears flies and Rusty does it when he’s finished licking his arm and he has hair in his mouth.

I’ll look that up tomorrow I’ve already overstayed tonight reading fan fiction, you on the other hand replied to me at 1:48 am, since when do you stay up that late, well I mean 3am-4am is much later but yeah still.

I’ve been suggesting things to Susan but she never really replies, I’m not too sure if she ever bothers to try any of it, sometimes and especially if it’s natural she should might work wonders.
She’s always talking about other things on Facebook though, I made it sound as if she never speaks, that’s not true.
She’s currently not feeling too well, so you probably won’t see her around much.

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

Oh I’m around at all sorts of crazy hours, some of it is work related, some just plain old bad habits. It’s a long story. One benefit is that I see some of the interesting stuff people post in the wee hours :p

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Fortunately for you, you get to keep explaining it until it clicks haha in terms of what you mean, both me and Susan have reading issues hers a little more complex then mine, I was trying to read an article from truth about pet food and realised I had no idea what anyone was talking about and that made me think of other times I’ve had similar issues and came to the conclusion I might have a little bit of learning difficulty and reading difficulty.

For someone who barely passed school and learned how to read and write on the internet, I’d say I’m pretty good at understanding and replying to people all things considered.

Well anyways I’ll be back later, have to go to the shops and no Disqus in there.

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

No worries, for a moment there I had a mental image of a small dog covered in goo like some sort of jelly wrestler :p

Susan
Susan
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Hi Alan,
yes bone broth is suppose to have L-Glutimine, excellent for the stomach & bowel, with the jelly you get on the top of the bone broth after it has settled in the fridge isnt that fat? I boiled chicken drumstinks but they still had all the meat still on them, I removed the skin before cooking & when the meat when ready I removed meat well it fell of the bone & I kept boiling the chicken leg bones, a lady at the dog park makes it this way, adds all the veggies takes them out when ready & keeps booiling teh bones, I gave Patch some broth & some jelly Patch licked it up & then Patch ended up with dirrahea, I think the jelly caused it another lady at the dog park said yes the jelly has fat in it so when I went home & felt the jelly inbetween my fingers yes it was fatty, poor Patch….
Lew Olson told me to boil his cabbage & keep the juice & give Patch 2 spoons of the cabbage juice it gave poor Patch bad wind pain, I asked Lew Olson wont it give him the farts she said no,,, I think Lew Olson doesnt know much about IBD, thw book she wrote wasn’t written by her, it was her friend I’ve been told also her friend post & answers people’s questions when they ask about IBD on her facebook group called “K-9 Nutrition”

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Hey Susan. Yes there’s a layer of fat once you’re done cooking, but after you chill it the fat hardens and you can crack it and lift off the fat layer. After that you’re left with a sort of watery jelly depending on how long it was cooked. In my case I find 30+ hrs usually results in jelly, but it’s really not important from the nutrition point of view, it’s just that the jelly tends to be a little easier to handle and portion out for freezing etc. I’m sure there’s still fats of some sort in there at a mollecular level, but any texture test with the fingers is probably going to feel oily as much from the gelatine/glycerine compounds as fats.

I’ve never tried it with all chicken bones – I guess that would be fairly fatty as bone broth goes? Usually I use big chunky marrow bones (it makes straining soooo much easier than anything containing delicate bones) with as little meat or fat as possible. Even better if it has a joint attached. Luckily these are the sort of bones that are cheap and undesirable, so bone broth costs bugger all. Add a large handful of chicken feet (less than $2) and you’re done. Anyway it sounds like it didn’t work out when you tried it, but when you say you ended up with broth + jelly I’m not sure exactly what happened there.

Pet Food Reviews
Pet Food Reviews
3 years ago
Reply to  Alan

I’ve been using my cheap as chips slow cooker a lot recently for stuff like this. Bone broth using chicken feet and necks is filthy cheap and simple to make, and I throw in other stuff too like vegies and garlic (yep, I’m not afraid of feeding garlic to my dogs because I know the ridiculous number of cloves you would need to feed a dog to make them sick). Freezing it is a good idea too.

Kylee Delios
Kylee Delios
4 years ago

Hi can anyone tell me what is meant by plus minerals on mfm product labels, is it supposed to be any other minerals in the online ingredient list that isn’t mentioned on the label and does anyone know if they use justof proteinate minerals or a mix it with sulphate or oxide forms and to what ratio that mix is? I have tried emailing them, messaging through fb and even calling and no one picks up. Also is the listing of two protein sources a ploy to get the protein source to the top of the label (ingredient splitting)

Pet Food Reviews
Pet Food Reviews
4 years ago
Reply to  Kylee Delios

Hi Kylee, I think the comma following “plus minerals” shouldn’t be there as they then list the minerals individually. So it should be “plus minerals (inclusive of calcium, phosphorous, …). We’ve copied the ingredients list exactly as they’ve published it.

You’re right in a sense that if the two meat ingredients were listed individually they’d be listed beneath brown rice. But on the plus side the meat as a whole is more than the rice (prior to cooking at least). They could have one source of meat and it would still be listed first, such as “Kangaroo, Brown Rice, …”. Ingredient splitting is more devious when manufacturers try and hide the truth, such as listing wheat and then wheat flour, or rice and then rice bran.

Brown rice is actually highly digestible, much more so than the likes of corn and sorghum which are only easily digestible when finally ground.

Ann
Ann
5 years ago

We’ve switched to the new high performance grain free, it has 32% protein. All three dogs love it, their coats are spectacular and have seen a miraculous reduction in dog hair in the house.

Sue Hayter
Sue Hayter
5 years ago

PS.Would prefer grain free

Sue Hayter
Sue Hayter
5 years ago

I need a Premium dry dog food which is low in fat to help my dogs lose weight. Can you help please?!!

Susan
Susan
3 years ago
Reply to  Sue Hayter

Hi look at MfM new CN Vital Hypoallergenic Holistic Turkey & Vegetables Remedy Diet, it has pretty good ingredients & it’s for Obesity, Urinary Tract & Kidney Health, Liver, Heart, Brain problems & Diabetes..
I have just bought MfM CN Cool Hypoallergenic Fish & Vegetables Remedy Diet, its for Skin, Digestion, Allergies, Pancreatitis, IBS..
http://www.mealsformutts.com.au/

Allison
Allison
5 years ago

I tried a bag of the salmon with my guys. I was very underwhelmed by the results. I ended up with dry, scurvy skin and coat. Smelly dogs and voluminous poo. I have had better results with Advance and Natural Choice.

Lesson learned, we are back on raw.

LoriMeg
LoriMeg
5 years ago

Hi,

My dogs have been on Meals for Mutts for a few months now. Recently, my 14 month old dog has been having excessive gas! Mostly since I last purchased the big bag of salmon and sardine. I’m thinking it might be an ingredient in this particular bag that is causing the excessive flatulence?

Robyn
Robyn
5 years ago

Very pleased to read 4/5 rating as I feed salmon sardine MFM to my dogs as one has sensitive skin. Just bought puppy one for our new puppy.
I usually also give sardines, raw egg few times a week and they get raw briskett bones and chicken drumsticks. Would this be enough to give them enough protein?
My dogs love this food !

Marilyn
Marilyn
5 years ago

What food is recommended for a dog who has had a problem with pancreatitis?

Bree
Bree
5 years ago

Any reviews or comments on the MEALS FOR MUTTS DOG TREATS GREEN TRIPE? I’ve been reading about how good green tripe is for dogs digestion etc and thought these treats may be an easy option. Only concern is that the easy options (over getting the real stuff) is that the quality/benefit may be lessened? Any advice would be appreciated 🙂 Thanks.

stuart bowen
stuart bowen
5 years ago

fresh meat provides protein meals for mutts provides nutrients tripe has no smell if cleaned

Lisa-Maree Fletcher
Lisa-Maree Fletcher
4 years ago

lf it smells horrible BEFORE itgoes through the dog, does that equate to stinkier poo or unbearable flatulence??

Amateria
Amateria
4 years ago

Rusty gets a lot of it, I had to pick up a small amount of his poop earlier in the week to move it off the walk path at a friends house, smelt like normal poop smells to be honest.

As for the gas, it was normal when he had it after that, but once he got used to it nothing.

Bill
6 years ago

Hi Pet Food Reviews.

Thanks for the review, and yes this is a mid-range super premium food that has has a leaning to sensitive stomachs. All of our diets are formulated to our proprietary nutrient ramping technology which means the nutrient ratios remain constant relative to the energy content of the food with each individual formulation leaning toward a specialty application. In the case of the Kangaroo and Lamb version, whilst being fine for all adult dogs, it is specifically formulated to help those with digestive issues such as dogs that suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. I have attached an unsolicited comment from a very happy dog owner who has enjoyed the success of the science.
“Minhyuk Alex Lee‎Meals for Mutts & Meows
Thank you M4M for such wonderful products! Since being on the food more than a year ago, Lulu’s IBS symptoms have disappeared! And our most picky eater loves the food too! Here is a photo of our dogs with two of their favourite flavours! Waiting for the green tripe treats to be on the readily available on the shelves at our local pet shop. ☺”

stuart bowen
stuart bowen
5 years ago

add fresh meat to her diet petmart Ringwood has best meat no rubbish all hind quarter beef

Susan Borg
Susan Borg
6 years ago

I’ve just started to feed the Salmon & Sardines I wish the protein was higher the 20% & carbs lower I work it out the Salmon & Sardines has 55% carbs…. my boy suffers from IBD & Skin allergies his red paws went away after 4 days on the MFM, it would be good if their Kangaroo & Lamb had the same fat % & Fiber % as the Salmon & Sardine so you can rotate.. I don’t like high fiber diets especially when I’ve just gotten rid of my boy Helicobacter infection.. I like how the MFM is sugar free also I gave sample to my vet & she is going to buy the Salmon & Sardines & try as her dog also has skin allergies…..MFM bets the Vet prescription diet kibbles & is half the price… I just wish you could get the 9kg bag from Pet Quarters, you can only get the 2.5kg bag or the 20kg bag, I don’t like buying large amounts of kibble, I’ve read that fish oil can go rancid, so I wonder if fish kibble cant also go rancid…

stuart bowen
stuart bowen
5 years ago
Reply to  Susan Borg

fresh meat will provide more protein

Tonielle
Tonielle
6 years ago

Hi Helen,

Vote for the Animal Justice Party this coming election if you want your voice to be heard. I’m sure you would agree with all of their policies, as I strongly do.

http://animaljusticeparty.org/

Helen Round
Helen Round
6 years ago

The use of kangaroo meat is cruel and unethical.
A new report ‘A Shot in the Dark — a report on kangaroo harvesting’, outlines problems of hygiene in the kangaroo meat industry, sustainability of kangaroo populations and animal welfare. The report estimates some ‘440,000 dependent young kangaroos are either clubbed to death or left to starve after their mothers are killed’. The full report, written by wildlife ecologist Dr Dror Ben-Ami, also includes material on contamination of kangaroo meat and sustainability issues.
Once
The roo meat industry is a cruel and exploitative industry which continues only because it can operate without public scrutiny.
Tonight, when you are sleeping peacefully, in the Australian outback the peaceful existence of thousands of gentle animals who have harmed no-one will end violently.

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