applaws dog food review

Applaws Dog Food Review -
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Are you considering switching your dog to Applaws? Looking for an Applaws dog food review to make up your mind?

If you’ve ever wondered about this brand, we’ve got you. Our experts reviewed everything there is to know about this UK brand so you can make an informed decision that fits your pet’s needs.

  • Applaws is a UK-owned, Australian-made dog food company
  • This brand prides themselves in using at least 50% meat in all their recipes
  • They have simple, easy to understand ingredient lists without artificial flavours or preservatives.
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Applaws Dog Food 2022 Review

Applaws - Overall 2.5 Star Rating

  • Ingredients: Meat Meals (Chicken, Turkey, Beef Meals), Faba Beans, Chickpeas, Potato Starch, Natural Beef Flavour, Animal Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid), Sunflower Oil (source of Omega 3), Salt, Beet Pulp (natural Prebiotic), Flaxseed Oil (source of Omega 3), Vitamins (A, D3, E, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, Choline), Minerals (Calcium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iodine, Selenium, + More
  • Named Protein First: No.
  • Dog Food Type: Grain Free.
  • Recipe Range: Beef with Rosemary and Sundried Tomato or Duck or Chicken & Turkey + More
  • Suitable For: Applaw's recipe range is suitable for adult dogs only
  • Cost: $$
  • Australian Owned: No.



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Taste & Digestibility 4/5

This brand fares well in the taste category. Most dogs really like the flavour and smell of the food, both in canned and dry options. This is probably because all recipes have meat and poultry as the first ingredient, which most dogs will love.

In general, owners are really happy with the smell: it’s strong enough to entice pups, but won’t disturb people in the same room. Because of the good reception among dogs and owners alike, we’re giving Applaws 5 out of 5 in this category.

Ingredients 3.5/5

Applaws has average-to-great ingredients throughout all their recipes. All their dog dry food options are grain-free, while their wet food recipes have some regular and some grain-free options.

Their wet food and pate recipes are meant as an occasional supplement to a complete dry or wet diet. However, all their canned options have meat cuts and other animal protein sources as the first ingredient. Plus, they have no additives, artificial colours or flavourings. All in all, Applaws canned dog food is a great choice to treat your furry friend.

Their kibble recipes are also pretty good. All recipes have animal protein of different kinds as the first ingredient. Most of these are present in meal form. According to the AAFCO,

Poultry meal is the dry rendered product from a combination of clean flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone […] Basically the same as "poultry," but in rendered form, so most of the water and fat has been removed to make a concentrated protein/mineral ingredient. – AAFCO, What’s in Pet Food [1]

Applaws dry dog food has poultry or meat meal as the first ingredient, depending on the flavour. After that, the next ingredients are faba beans, chickpeas and potatoes, in different order according to the specific flavour. These legumes roundup the carb needs of your dog, although they have a relatively high glucose index. In general, most dogs will digest all of these with ease.

Finally, we have animal fats, preserved with tocopherols, rosemary and citric acid. All of these preservatives are naturally-occurring and won’t cause gastrointestinal distress.

The rest of the ingredient list is full of easily-recognizable ingredients, without suspicious additions or artificial flavourings.

Because of it, we’re giving Applaws 4 out of 5 stars in this category.

Protein Content 4/5

In this category, Applaws dog food does reasonably well. As most brands, Applaws goes above and beyond the recommended protein amount. The AAFCO states all dog food should have at least 18% of crude protein [2], and this brand features a modest 24%.

While other dry foods claim to have up to 35% protein or more, Applaws states their recipes are 50% meat. That means that even if the entire crude protein percentage is lower than others, you can be certain it comes from animal protein instead of vegetable sources.

This is especially evident when looking at the rest of the ingredient list, where there are no peas, which is a common way to boost protein in grain-free foods.

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We appreciate the fact that there are several protein sources available, in spite of their relatively limited range. Among their 6 recipes, most of them are based around poultry, one has beef and the other one is based around fish. However, keep in mind all recipes -including beef and fish- have poultry within the first 5 ingredients. If your dog is sensitive to chicken, you might have to look elsewhere.

As we already mentioned, all recipes feature protein in meal form. While this is a concentrated form of protein, it’s an otherwise healthy option that will give your pup the energy they need to stay healthy and happy.

All in all, we really like the protein sources and we’re giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

Additives 3.5/5

In general, you’ll want to avoid artificial preservatives and flavourings in your dog’s food. In this regard, Applaws does well. They list all additives in their ingredient list, so you can have a better idea of their proportion within the recipe as a whole.

When it comes to preservatives, this dry food does really well. Applaws uses rosemary extract, tocopherol -aka vitamin e- and citric acid. This brand stays away from sulphites, which have been known to cause thiamine deficiencies and even death in large quantities. In fact, according to RSPCA Australia:

There are safety issues relating to sulphur dioxide and sodium and potassium sulphite preservatives – these can cause thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency, which can be fatal. – RSPCA knowledge base [4]

Nevertheless, pet food companies aren’t obligated by law to mention the preservatives on their food [4], so it’s good to see a company who takes the lead.

When it comes to extra goodies, this kibble packs a punch. They’ve added flaxseed and fish oil to supplement your dog’s omega 3 intake, as well as prebiotics -in the form of chicory-, apples, tomato, spinach and cranberry. In general, your dog will have plenty of micronutrients just from their dry kibble.

Since we like the fact that they don’t hide their preservatives, and they also include nutritious extras, we’re giving Applaws all stars in this category.

Variety 3/5

In this category, Applaws is average. You have the choice between dry and wet food, with the caveat that all their canned options are labelled as supplemental. This means they shouldn’t be used as the base of your pup’s diet.

On the other hand, their complete dry dog food can be used as the sole component of your dog’s diet. They have four adult recipes and one puppy option. Adult kibble comes in beef, fish, duck and chicken flavour, while puppies have plain chicken. However, as we’ve already mentioned, all recipes are fairly similar regardless of the main protein.

Finally, Applaws also has grain-free treats with a really good composition that you can offer occasionally to spice up their diet.

In general, if your dog can eat poultry, you’ll find any of these recipes fit their needs. Nevertheless, if you have a dog that can’t eat chicken, this isn’t the brand for you.

Since the actual protein components aren’t that different across all recipes, we’re taking off 2 stars for lack of variety.

Price 4/5

This brand isn’t the cheapest available, but it isn’t the most expensive either. On the other hand, Applaws offers above-average ingredients for a relatively good price. Compared to other premium grain-free dog food available in the Australian market, this is generally a good deal.

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However, they bag their kibble in small bags. While this isn’t an issue for small and toy breeds, if you want to feed a large pup, you’ll have to buy several bags at once. Nevertheless, this won’t be a problem since many retailers already sell Applaws dry food in packs of 2 or 4 bags at once.

If you want to save a bit more, look out for these bundle deals, as they usually offer a 5%-10% discount in comparison with the full retail price.

Although Applaws is reasonably-priced, the lack of large kibble bags made us take off 1 star.

Applaws Puppy Food Review

black labrador puppy eating kibble

Our Applaws review wouldn’t be complete without a thorough look at their puppy recipes. But if you were hoping for a wide selection, this isn’t it. This brand has only one puppy option in their dry kibble line, and no specific recipes in their canned food range.

We wouldn't add it to the list of the best puppy food available, nevertheless, the good features of the adult products continue in the puppy options. This grain-free puppy kibble is based around poultry meal as the first ingredient, followed by chickpeas, beans and potato. The rest of the recipe is packed with extra goodies like fish oil, flaxseed, chondroitin, apple and blackberry extract.

In general, we like the composition of their puppy dry food, and the 24% protein offers enough energy for your little one to grow strong. However, in spite of its good recipe, Applaws puppy food can be somewhat difficult to find in Australia. Here you can check the current stockist if you want to buy some.

Don’t Buy If…

While this is a good option for many dogs, Applaws might not be the right choice if you:

  • Have a dog that can’t eat poultry: while this isn’t very common, some dogs are intolerant or allergic to poultry or chicken. Since all dry Applaws recipes have chicken -whether that is as chicken meal, fat or flavour- this isn’t the right option if you absolutely cannot offer chicken to your pup. However, note their tuna and sardines canned food has no poultry or chicken, so that might be useful as an occasional treat.
  • Want to stick to wet or canned foods: as we already mentioned, Applaws doesn’t offer complete canned foods. Their pouches, pates and cans have nice ingredients and dogs love the flavour, but they are meant as supplements and don’t offer a balanced nutrition for your pup.
  • Have a large dog that eats a lot: this brand offers bags up to 5.7 kgs. Evidently, this isn’t enough for large and giant-breed dogs. While some retailers tend to package Applaws in 2- or 4-packs, this might not be available in your area, or you might just want to go for a bigger bag to avoid the hassle. In that case, this brand might not be the right choice.
  • Have a mini or toy dog that needs smaller kibble: Applaws has a small range of dry foods and none of them are targeted towards a specific dog breed size. This might not be an issue for medium and large dogs, but very small breeds -like chihuahuas, yorkies and many terriers- need a significantly smaller kibble size that fits their mouth [3]. If you’ve been the owner of any of these breeds, you’ll know how picky they can get, and kibble size can play a big role in palatability for them.

Is Applaws Dog Food Good? The Verdict

At this price point, Applaws is a great grain-free choice for your dog. Packing 50% meat, made in Australia and with a limited ingredient list, this is one of the favourite brands for budget-conscious owners in need of high-quality food. If you have a small to medium dog that can eat chicken, this brand is probably a good one to add to your regular rotation.

Want to read more dog food brand reviews? Check out the below:

  1. What’s in pet food. AAFCO.
  2. What should I feed my dog? RSPCA knowledge base.
  3. Does the Size of Dog Kibble Matter? Pet Care Rx.
  4. Are preservatives in pet food products a concern? RSPCA knowledge base.
Eloisa Thomas

Eloisa Thomas is a dog lover & anthropologist. She enjoys writing content that will actually help people understand their dogs better. Eloisa is able to use her expertise to write informative posts on canine behaviour and training.

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gentledogtrainers - February 14, 2021

Hi Susan,

We recommend seeing your vet and ask them their thoughts. If you’re noticing she vomits a lot it could be due to her diet (or a range of other factors, which is why seeing your vet is important).

It could be a good idea to implement a limited ingredient diet as it could be certain ingredients within her current dog food that are attributing to the issue. Check out Petzyo or Ziwi Peak as options, however make sure you gradually introduce any new food. Start with 3/4 of her regular food and 1/4 new food, do this for 2 days then make it 1/2 regular food and 1/2 new food, do this for another 2 days then make it 1/4 regular food and 3/4 new food, do this for another 2 days then go 100% new food and assess.

Robyn Wardle - August 16, 2021

Hi, just wondering what is the best dry food for a 12yr old diabetic dog that also suffers diarrhea, she has cooked chicken breast and some pumpkin and fibre added to her food as well, she has been on royal cannin dry, and now switched to hills digestive and skin care,but still no change in her bouts of diarrhea
Thanks Robyn

    gentledogtrainers - August 18, 2021

    Hi Robyn,

    I suggest talking to your vet about both Petzyo and/or Ziwi Peak and see what they think.

    Kind regards,
    GDT Team

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