Aussies love to buy Australian Made, so calling a brand Pet Food Australia is a very smart way to attract Australian buyers. But is the food any good? Is it better than other Australian brands?
In our Pet Food Australia dog food review we’ll take a look at the marketing, ingredients, and guaranteed analysis, and you can decide for yourself if this is what you want to feed your dog.
Pet Food Australia dog food review
What the marketing says
One of the key qualities the Pet Food Australia company boast about is hemp oil, which is a novelty when it comes to dog food formulations. It’s actually a great inclusion for skin, coat, heart health, and anxiety, and is rich in omega fats.
On the Pet Food Australia website they claim to be different from other manufacturers by tailoring their dog food to specifically help dogs with a range of conditions – chronic itchy skin, anxiety & stress, dry & dull coats, digestion & stomach issues, joint inflammation & pain, weight problems, gunky ears, ear infections, and anal gland issues.
Truth is there are many dog food brands in Australia which address most of the above health issues simply by having a species-appropriate formula, although anxiety & stress definitely hails more to the hemp oil in the food.
Most of the above conditions can be addressed by switching to a better dog food, and in the case of itchy skin and ear infections simply avoiding wheat and cereal grain dog foods will work wonders.
Pet Food Australia state the Australian pet food industry has “gotten away with its profit hungry attitude” for far too long by using sub-standard ingredients and fillers. This is definitely something we agree with, especially as Australian dog food is essentially self-regulated by the industry with standards which are laughably voluntary.
We also find on the Pet Food Australia website a list of consumer reviews of which many say the health of their dog has vastly improved since being introduced to this dog food. That’s a good thing and shows the dog food is working, but none of those reviews account for what the dogs were fed previously, which was likely some cheap and nasty wheat-based crap from the supermarkets.
What the ingredients really say
We often find the marketing bares very little relation to the ingredients, but it has to be said this doesn’t happen to be the case with the Pet Food Australia dog food formulas.
Let’s take a look at the Grain-Free with Turkey, Chicken, and Ocean Fish formula with included Hemp Oil…
We find a trio of meat ingredients (turkey, chicken, and ocean fish) at the top of the ingredients list. This is great to see given dogs really need meat to thrive. They’re all protein-dense meal ingredients which means water has already been cooked off, so you can be assured the meat content in this dog food is significant.
Meat meals are, however, inclusive of carcass. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but is worth considering.
We find potato and peas as the 4th and 5th ingredients, but it’s possible these are included in the same portion size as the three meat ingredients. Along with chicken fat as the 6th ingredient that would make the food 4 parts animal ingredients to 2 parts vegetables – that’s pretty good.
The composition of all Pet Food Australia dog food formulas is decent, boasting a minimum 30% protein (from meat but also peas) plus minimum 16% fat. This ensures a minimal amount of carbs (possibly one third of the product). Compare that to most supermarket brands and you’ll see it’s a lot better, and more so when you consider most protein is coming from meat ingredients.
Even the smaller ingredients inclusions show this is a decent dog food. We mentioned the benefits of hemp oil earlier, and this should benefit your dog in numerous ways.
We also find kelp, coconut oil, alfalfa, plus a range of fruits and veggies. Although minor inclusions, these should still offer your dog health benefits. You won’t find ingredients such as this added to cheaper dog foods (i.e. the cheaper foods that may have given your dog itchy skin, poor coat, and gunky ears).
We note a number of negative reports about Pet Food Australia dog food since mid-2020, as well as the company not honouring their 30 day money back guarantee. If you have had a positive or negative experience with this brand please leave a comment below as this is useful information for anyone considering purchasing this brand.
Is Pet Food Australia suitable as a puppy food?
We find no mention of AAFCO compliance on the Pet Food Australia website. AAFCO is an American standard for minimum nutrient profiles for growth and adult dogs (Australia does not have it’s own standard in this respect). The website does mention the Turkey formula will be suitable for 6 months+ as a general recommendation.
Based on this information we would not recommend feeding this to a puppy younger than one year.
A summary of Pet Food Australia dog food
Pet Food Australia dog food has a very respectable meat content, good choice of other main ingredients (peas and potato in moderation), and a nice selection of smaller inclusions chosen for their individual health benefits.
All in all Pet Food Australia dog food seems pretty good, but are slightly deterred by consumer feedback.
Where to buy Pet Food Australia
Similar Australian dog food brands
We feel Pet Food Australia is comparable to other Australian brands including Stay Loyal, Black Hawk, and Ivory Coat. Being a private label pet food it’s likely made in the same facility as other Australian brands of dog food.
Ingredients of Pet Food Australia dog food (Turkey, Chicken, and Ocean Fish with Hemp Oil formula):
Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Ocean Fish Meal, Potato, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E & Citric Acid), Hemp Seed Oil, Carrot, Dried Kelp, Dried Egg Product, Coconut Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Apple, Alfalfa Meal, Beta Carotene, Blueberry, Rosemary Plant Extract, Spinach, Vitamins(A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, D3, E, K3, Biotin, Folic Acid, Niacin), Taurine, Minerals (Copper, Iron, Manganese).
Guaranteed analysis of Pet Food Australia dog food (Turkey, Chicken, and Ocean Fish with Hemp Oil formula):
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 36%|
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It's nice to see an independent Aussie manufacturer producing such a decent food.
- Decent meat content
- Hemp seed oil - rich in omegas.