The Nosh Project vs Lyka Pet Food

Many people ask for a comparison of The Nosh Project compared to Lyka, which is understandable given they’re very similar “human grade” dog foods.

Both of these dog foods are very good, especially when compared to literally all dry dog foods sold in Australia. There’s a lot to be said for the digestibility and health benefits of food which is more fresh and less processed.

Out of the two brands, based on ingredients and analysis alone, I feel Lyka is the better of the two.

The Nosh Project vs Lyka Pet Food

I’ll leave the comparison of price to you, and it may depend on whether you like to shop in Petbarn or have your dog food delivered straight to your door, but for the purpose of this article we’ll focus on the small things which make Lyka the slightly better rated dog food on Pet Food Reviews.

You can read the full Lyka review here, or use this offer to get 30% off your first order, and you’ll find the full Nosh Project review here.

For this comparison we’ll take a look at the following:

Comparison of Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates

When we read an ingredients list it can be hard to figure out how much of each ingredient there is, but we know protein and fat, ideally from animal sources, is what our dogs will benefit from the most.

Here’s how The Nosh Project compares to Lyka based on composition:

The Nosh ProjectLyka Pet Food
Accounting for 70% moistureAccounting for 68% moisture
CarbohydratesEstimated 17.7%5%

There will be some variance in the above figures, but we can see The Nosh Project favours carbohydrates over the protein and fat in Lyka.

When it comes to formulating pet food it’s the protein and fat from animal sources which are more beneficial to your dog, but as these are more expensive ingredients we see many pet food companies favouring carbohydrates as a cheaper alternative.

Comparison of Ingredients

The first ingredient in both The Nosh Project and Lyka recipes is meat, which is a very good thing. This is what our dogs need.

However, in The Nosh Project the next two ingredients are carbohydrates – rice and potato. For Lyka, and I’m looking at the Beef Bowl recipe, the 2nd ingredient is beef heart, a nutritious organ your dog will benefit from.

When we tally these main ingredients to the analysis, it is clear The Nosh Project has more carbohydrates, and in turn the Lyka dog foods have more meat.

Most carbohydrates in Lyka come from sweet potato, a lower GI alternative to the rice and potato found in The Nosh Project.

The Nosh Project vs Lyka Pet Food

Both brands contain a range of non-meat ingredients from vegetables to superfoods. Both are good, but the ingredients in Lyka feel better considered for the health of your dog. Both contain some liver.

Another plus with the Lyka recipes is the inclusion of sardines and flaxseed oil (The Nosh Project has vegetable oil which isn’t as good). This would make Lyka better for heart health, skin, and coat.

All the above are small differences, and it’s worth noting both The Nosh Project and Lyka Pet Food come highly rated when you read the respective reviews, but it’s the better ratio of protein and fat to carbohydrates in Lyka which makes it more appealing.

Then, when you account for the small differences and inclusion of sardines, Lyka feels like the better choice.

Comparison of Consumer Feedback

It has to be said feedback for both The Nosh Project and Lyka Pet Food have been very good, which means both brands should benefit your dog even if only part of their diet.

The feedback I have received for Lyka has definitely felt more glowing, and although I have received a small percentage of negative feedback for both brands (usually around price and palatability) this is not as much as other brands.

It is clear from feedback that The Nosh Project is good, and Lyka is very good, which is reflected marginally in the review ratings.

What do you think?

Have you fed The Nosh Project or Lyka Pet Food to your dog?

If so, let us know in the comments what your honest experience has been.

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David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

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