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The 8 Best Australian Made Dog Foods: Tested & Evaluated 2024

Written By Vedrana Nikolic | Canine Coach, B.A Ethnology & Anthropology, M.A Semiotics.
Edited & Fact Checked By Renae Soppe | B.A Journalism & Science. 
Last Updated: 19th January 2024

You don’t need to search far for the best dog food, when there is a range of top quality products made right here in Australia. By buying Australian-made brands, you’re not only supporting local producers, but also helping the planet as your ordered dog food spends less time on the road.

However, finding the best Australian made dog food brand is no easy task, as labels can be rather confusing, to say the least.

But that’s why we’re here today. In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know in order to distinguish quality recipes, and make the right choice for you and your pup. 


Quick Picks - The Top 3

Petzyo Dog Food

Our Number 1 Pick - 
Petzyo Salmon and Oceanfish

  • Affordable
  • Convenient subscription service
  • Fast delivery to your door
  • Made in small batches
  • Protein-rich food
  • Contains only natural preservatives

Eureka Dog Food.

Runner Up - 
Eureka Wild Venison & Grass Fed Lamb

  • Protein-dense diet
  • Sustainably sourced ingredients
  • Soft, jerky-like texture
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Carbon-neutral
  • Contains probiotics

Third Choice - 
Frontier Pets

  • Protein-rich, low-carb recipes
  • High-quality, locally-sourced ingredients
  • Freeze drying preserves the nutrients in the food
  • Convenient to store and serve


Australia's Best Dog Food Brands Reviewed

#1: Best Overall: Petzyo Salmon and Oceanfish

Petzyo Dog Food

What sets this product apart from the rest?

  • Affordable
  • Convenient subscription service
  • Fast delivery to your door
  • Made in small batches
  • Protein-rich food
  • Contains only natural preservatives

Nutritional Analysis:

Protein

25%

Fat

11%

Fibre

3%

Petzyo - 5 Star Rating

  • Ingredients: Salmon & Oceanfish, Peas, Lentils, Sweet Potato, Salmon Offal, Sunflower Oil, Green Lipped Mussels, Tomato, Spinach, Broccoli, Carrots, Rosemary, Oregano, Parsley, Flaxseed, Oil Kelp, Turmeric, Fish Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Yucca Extract, Green Tea
  • Named Protein First: Yes.
  • Dog Food Type: Grain Free
  • Recipe Range: Chicken & Turkey; Kangaroo & Sweet Potato; Salmon & Oceanfish
  • Suitable For: All life stages
  • Cost: $$$
  • Australian Owned: Yes.

The fact that Petzyo tops this chart doesn’t come as too big of a surprise. The brand is completely transparent about the ingredients and processes used in creating their kibble, and we like what we see.

Petzyo Dog Food being tested by our independent expert team

Petzyo being tested by our independent reviewer, Daze The Dog.

Petzyo only uses locally and ethically sourced ingredients in its recipes, so you can be rest assured your pooch only gets the best. Each recipe features animal protein as the first ingredient, which means it makes up a good portion of the recipe’s content. Animal protein is followed by peas, lentils and sweet potatoes, all of which are great sources of fibre, vitamins and minerals. As icing on the cake, Petzyo recipes also contain superfoods like broccoli, spinach and turmeric to provide your canine companion with all the necessary nutrients for a healthy lifestyle.

Related: The Best Dry Dog Food Australia.

Now, Petzyo is number one on this list because it’s quality dog food that’s sold at quite an affordable price. The brand manages to keep the price tag low by skipping retail middlemen and selling directly to consumers. Plus, you get the food delivered to your doorstep, saving you gas and time you’d spend hitting the store on a regular basis.

Pros

Cons

  • Affordable
  • Limited recipe range
  • Convenient subscription service
  • Fast delivery to your door
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  • Made in small batches
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  • Protein-rich food
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  • Contains only natural preservatives
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Eureka Dog Food.
  • Protein-dense diet
  • Sustainably sourced ingredients
  • Soft, jerky-like texture
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Carbon-neutral
  • Contains probiotics

Nutritional Analysis:

Protein

37%

Fat

28%

Fibre

2%

Eureka - 4.5 Star Rating

  • Ingredients: Venison, Venison Offal (Liver, Heart, Lung, Kidney, Finely Ground Bone), Lamb, Lamb Offal (Liver, Heart, Tripe, Kidney, Lung), Salmon Oil, Green Lipped Mussel, Kelp, Blueberry, Chia Seeds, Flaxseed, Free Range Eggs, Chicory Root, Apple Fibre, Broccoli, Sea Salt, Vitamin & Mineral Mix.
  • Named Protein First: Yes.
  • Dog Food Type: Air-dried dog food
  • Recipe Range: Wild Venison & Lamb; Wild Kangaroo & Lamb; Wild Boar & Chicken
  • Suitable For: All life stages
  • Cost: $$$$
  • Australian Owned: Yes.

While Eureka might be a young startup, the brand has quickly gained popularity thanks to their all-natural nutrient-dense formulas. Each recipe contains as much as 90% meat, bone and organs, all coming from wild-caught and free-range animals. There are only three recipes available, but each is packed with meat protein along with locally-sourced veggies that provide your pooch with all the necessary nutrients. We love the fact that every ingredient list specifies every animal part that’s used, so you know exactly what your Fido is eating.

Eureka Pet Food being tested by our independent expert team

Eureka Pet Food being tested by our independent expert team.

All Eureka recipes are air-dried, which is a method that removes moisture without using too much heat. By doing so, it preserves nutrients from raw ingredients while killing all the pathogens. Air-drying also minimises the need for using preservatives and fillers, which is always a plus. Due to the air-drying process, the kibble is soft and chewy. The texture is like jerky and has a strong meat smell, which even the pickiest eaters can’t resist.

Related: The Best Air Dried Dog Food Australia.

Eureka dog food is only available through a subscription. You fill out a survey on their website telling them about your dog, like weight, age and potential health issues. They take the guess work out and generate a custom for your dog and delivers your pooch’s monthly worth of food to your door on schedule. What’s great is that delivery is free, and you can pause, change or cancel the subscription anytime.

Pros

Cons

  • Protein-dense diet
  • Quite expensive
  • Sustainably sourced ingredients
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  • Soft, jerky-like texture
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  • Suitable for all ages
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  • Carbon-neutral
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  • Contains probiotics
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#3: Best Freeze-Dried Dog Food: Frontier Pets

  • Protein-rich, low-carb recipes
  • High-quality, locally-sourced ingredients
  • Freeze drying preserves the nutrients in the food
  • Convenient to store and serve

Nutritional Analysis:

Protein

51%

Fat

33%

Fibre

6%

Frontier Pets - 4.5 Star Rating

  • Ingredients: Beef recipe: Grass-fed beef meat from free-range beef; Grass-fed beef offal from free-range beef; Grass-fed beef tripe from free-range beef; Certified organic fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables including sweet potatoes, broccoli, apples, carrots and zucchini; Free-range eggs; Almond meal; Hemp meal; Seaweed meal; Added vitamins and minerals
  • Named Protein First: Yes.
  • Dog Food Type: Freeze-dried raw food
  • Recipe Range: Free-range chicken, beef, or pork.
  • Suitable For: Petzyo's recipe range can be suitable for puppy, adult and senior dogs depending on the recipe.
  • Cost: $$$$
  • Australian Owned: Yes. It’s also Australian made.

Frontier Pets is as Australian as dog food gets. It’s made in Australia with a strong focus on locally-sourced ingredients. To top it off, they use only human-grade, quality free-range meats. Sounds good? That’s because it is.

Frontier Pets offers three formulas: Chicken, Pork, or Beef. Taking the beef recipe as an example, we can see that the first ingredient is beef meat, followed by beef offal and beef tripe. All of these are great and nutritious - offal in combination with meat is about as good as it can get for a canine diet.

The rest of the ingredients include organic fruit and veg, eggs, and a few other wholesome additions. No wheat, no preservatives, no colours or artificial flavours.

But how does the food stay fresh without preservatives? Well, that's because it’s freeze dried. Freeze drying is one of the healthiest methods of preserving food. Unlike heat-based methods, it doesn’t destroy any nutrients and it keeps the food fresh without any preservatives. To serve, just add water!

Speaking of water, Frontier Pets formulas are meant to be reconstituted, meaning that you should add 3 parts of warm water to 1 part of food. So a 300 g bag of their freeze-dried dog food makes up 1.2 kg of food for your pup – which goes a long way! This is perfect for those who lack the room to store large bags of dog food, and also makes it extra convenient for travelling.

Pros

Cons

  • Protein-rich, low-carb recipes
  • Limited range of recipes
  • High-quality, locally-sourced ingredients
  • Freeze drying preserves the nutrients in the food
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  • Convenient to store and serve
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#4: Best Dog Food Subscription: Lyka

  • High in protein
  • Locally-sourced high-quality ingredients
  • Delivered in convenient single-serve pouches
  • Single protein recipes
  • Highly palatable

Lyka - 4 Star Rating

  • Ingredients: Beef Mince, Beef Heart, Purple Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Carrots, Kale, Sardines, Beef Liver, Psyllium Seed Husk, Fish Oil, Safflower Oil, Celtic Sea Salt, Ginger, Flaxseed Oil, Kelp, Spirulina, Tricalcium Phosphate, Vitamin E, Magnesium Chelate, Iron Chelate, Zinc Chelate, Manganese Chelate, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B1
  • Named Protein First: Yes.
  • Dog Food Type: Cooked dog food, subscription service.
  • Recipe Range: Beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, kangaroo, fish bowls. Treats available.
  • Suitable For: All life stages.
  • Cost: $$$
  • Australian Owned: Yes.

Would you like to feed your dog something nicer than kibble, but you don’t have time to make home-made dog food? Lyka delivers beautiful cooked meals for your dog right to your doorstep. They are frozen, so you’ll need to warm them up, but that’s all the effort you need to put into feeding your dog once you set up the subscription.

Lyka offers a range of 6 different recipes, each including a single source of protein. Perfect for dogs with food sensitivities. The top ingredients on the list in every recipe include human-grade meat as well as offal from the same animal.

The rest of the ingredients are carefully picked to create a balanced and tasty meal for your pooch. The Lyka website even has an Ingredients section that gives you more info about each ingredient used, along with scientific references, where it is sourced, and how it will benefit your pup.

Pros

Cons

  • High in protein
  • Only available through a subscription (can cancel any time)
  • Locally-sourced high-quality ingredients
  • Might not ship to your area (covers 70% of Australia)
  • Delivered in convenient single-serve pouches
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  • Single protein recipes
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  • Highly palatable
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Stockman & Paddock Working Dog
  • Affordable
  • Rich in protein
  • Great source of fibre
  • Features inulin for gut health
  • Balanced levels of omega-3 acids

Nutritional Analysis:

Protein

28%

Fat

16%

Fibre

5%

Stockman & Paddock - 3 Star Rating

  • Ingredients: Australian Beef Meal, Australian Wheat, Australian Wheat Meal, Australian Hydrolysed Chicken Protein, Australian Beef Fat, Beet Pulp, Natural Flavour, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Flaxseeds, Dry Chicory Root, Choline Chloride, Essential Vitamins (A, D, E, B1, B6, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, B12) and Minerals (zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium) and Antioxidants
  • Named Protein First: No (but beef meal is OK)
  • Dog Food Type: Grain inclusive & grain-free
  • Recipe Range: High-performance beef; Grain-free beef
  • Suitable For: Adult dogs
  • Cost: $$
  • Australian Owned: Yes.

In order to stay in peak condition, every working dog needs proper nutrition that supports their lifestyle. Being in the industry for over 20 years, Stockman & Paddock mastered the formula that strikes a happy medium between high-quality ingredients and a decent price tag.

The High Performance recipe contains beef, which is an amazing source of protein for every active pooch. Next on the list is wheat, which provides your dog with carbs and plant-based protein, as well as minerals such as selenium, manganese, phosphorus and copper.

Unfortunately, wheat is a common allergen, so this recipe might not be suitable for every dog. However, the brand also has a grain-free beef recipe, which has a slightly different formula. It contains no wheat, grains, gluten, corn or soy, so it’s more suitable for sensitive pooches.

Both recipes contain other amazing ingredients like beet pulp and chicory root, both of which contain inulin and are a great source of fibre. They also contain flaxseeds, rich in omega-3 acids and antioxidants.

It’s worth noting that Stockman & Paddock arrive in 20 kg bags. If you own more dogs or simply like to stock up on kibble, that is quite handy. However, that also means you’re committing to buying 20 kilograms of food that your dog might not like.

Pros

Cons

  • Affordable
  • Limited recipe selection
  • Rich in protein
  • Only sold in 20 kg bags
  • Great source of fibre
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  • Features inulin for gut health
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  • Balanced levels of omega-3 acids
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#6: Best Recipe Range: Meals for Mutts Kangaroo & Lamb

  • Affordable
  • Large recipe range
  • Hypoallergenic formulas
  • Large kibble size available
  • Rich in omega fatty acids
  • Foil packaging keeps kibble fresh longer

Nutritional Analysis:

Protein

21%

Fat

12%

Meals for Mutts - 3 Star Rating

  • Ingredients: 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 Yucca shidigera extract and natural flavours, and is preserved using natural vitamin E and rosemary extract
  • Named Protein First: Yes.
  • Dog Food Type: Grain-inclusive & grain-free
  • Recipe Range: Duck & Turkey; Salmon & Sardine; Lamb; Chicken; Bacon & Eggs; Goat; Kangaroo; Turkey & Lamb +more
  • Suitable For: All life stages depending on the recipe
  • Cost: $$
  • Australian Owned: Yes.

Whatever your dog’s preferred diet might be, Meal for Mutts surely has a suitable recipe. This brand’s range is huge! From grain-inclusive to grain-free, you can also choose between mixed and single-protein recipes. Each recipe is high in protein and has a short but sweet ingredient list. The choice of protein is pretty great, too. From chicken and lamb to kangaroo and goat, you can find something your canine companion will love to eat.

We really like the fact that there’s also a large kibble size available. This is especially great for those large pooches that gulp their food within seconds. Unfortunately, there’s no miniature or toy dog kibble size option.

Meal for Mutts dog food contains a blend of omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids, which are excellent for your dog’s cardiovascular health, skin, coat and joints. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important for the functioning of the immune system and brain development.

Most recipes contain turmeric, which is a strong antioxidant that helps with joint issues. Other nice additives are probiotics, which boost your dog’s gut health. Additionally, these recipes don't include fillers, GMO, soy extracts, chemical preservatives, colour or artificial additives. We appreciate the fact that they’re also gluten-free, which is great for sensitive pooches.

Pros

Cons

  • Affordable
  • Only sold in larger packaging of 9 and 20 kg
  • Large recipe range
  • Hypoallergenic formulas
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  • Large kibble size available
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  • Rich in omega fatty acids
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  • Foil packaging keeps kibble fresh longer
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#7: Best Grain-Free Dog Food: Black Hawk Grain Free Salmon

  • Wide range of grain-free recipes
  • Rich in omega-3 and -6 acids
  • Packed with antioxidants
  • Offers a selection of grain-inclusive puppy formulas
  • Available in 2.5kg, 7kg and 15kg bags

Nutritional Analysis:

Protein

28%

Fat

18%

Fibre

2%

Black Hawk - 3 Star Rating

  • Ingredients: Salmon Meal, Peas, Chicken Fat (naturally preserved with Rosemary Extract, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Potato, Sweet Potato, Chicken Gravy, Sugar Beet Pulp, Essential Vitamins and Minerals, Salmon Oil, Sunflower Oil, Chicory Root, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Alfalfa, Salt, Apple, Brewers Yeast, Pumpkin Seeds, Natural Antioxidants, Coconut Oil, Yoghurt Powder, Emu Oil, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dandelion Tea, Parsley, Peppermint Tea, Rosemary Extract, Chondroitin, Glucosamine, Carrots, Yucca Schidigera, Spinach, Kelp, Tomato, Beta Carotene
  • Named Protein First: No (but salmon meal is OK)
  • Dog Food Type: Grain-inclusive & Grain-free
  • Recipe Range: Lamb & Rice; Chicken & Rice; Fish & Potato; Grain-free Salmon; Grain-free Lamb +more
  • Suitable For: All life stages depending on the recipe
  • Cost: $$$
  • Australian Owned: Yes.

Black Hawk is ideal for dogs with sensitive stomachs. The brand offers a wide range of grain-free recipes, carefully formulated to provide essential daily nutrition for your pooch. From chicken and lamb to kangaroo and ocean fish, Black Hawk has something for every dog.

Most Black Hawk recipes contain emu oil, which you don’t see very often in dog food. This is quite a shame, given that emu oil is an amazing source of omega-3 and -6 acids. Together, omega-3 and 6 help in maintaining healthy skin and relieve symptoms of inflammation.

Other common ingredients are blueberries, rosemary, carrots and dandelions, which are all packed with antioxidants and are a great source of fibre. Another ingredient worth mentioning is Yucca Schidigera, which helps in reducing the odour of your dog’s poo. Well, that’s something every pet parent can appreciate.

Related: The Best Grain Free Dog Food Australia.

Aside from the grain-free range, Black Hawk also has a selection of grain-inclusive puppy recipes to suit all breeds and sizes. Puppies of different sizes have different nutritional requirements. A Chihuahua is much smaller and grows slower than a Cane Corso, so naturally, they need different diets. Each of these size-specific formulas is designed to offer a balanced diet for your dog’s proper development, whatever the breed.

Pros

Cons

  • Wide range of grain-free recipes
  • Contains starch, so it’s not suitable for dogs with diabetes
  • Rich in omega-3 and -6 acids
  • Packed with antioxidants
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  • Offers a selection of grain-inclusive puppy formulas
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  • Available in 2.5kg, 7kg and 15kg bags
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  • Wide selection of single-protein recipes
  • Packed with omega fatty acids
  • Formulas targeting certain health conditions
  • Palatability guarantee
  • Rich in minerals for joint support

Nutritional Analysis:

Protein

34%

Fat

22%

Fibre

0.8%

Prime100 - 3 Star Rating

  • Ingredients: Lamb, potato starch, rosemary, vitamins, minerals, flaxseed oil, psyllium husk, sunflower oil, salt, natural digestive enzymes, celery seed powder.
  • Named Protein First: Yes.
  • Dog Food Type: Fresh rolls; Cooked rolls; Air-dried; Grain-free; Raw-frozen
  • Recipe Range: Duck & Sweet Potato; Lamb & Rosemary; Salmon & Tapioca; Beef & Vegetable +more
  • Suitable For: All life stages depending on the recipe
  • Cost: $$$$
  • Australian Owned: Yes.

Whether used as complete meals, toppers or training treats, dog rolls are a delicious addition to any dog’s diet. While Prime100 offers a range of dry food, the brand is mainly specialised in making fresh and cooked rolls made with fresh, natural ingredients.

The ingredient list is short, but carefully chosen and without fillers that do nothing for your dog’s diet. Aside from the standard range, there’s also a nice selection of single protein formulas. From salmon and kangaroo to alligator and a non-meat-based diet, many of these recipes are specially targeted to help with certain health conditions.

Related: The Best Wet Dog Food Australia.

Aside from actual meat, each formula also contains ground bones from the same protein. These are a lovely source of calcium, glucosamine and chondroitin, all of which are important for bone and joint support. All recipes also contain flaxseed and sunflower oil which aid in maintaining skin and fur health, as well as improving digestion.

Related: The Best Meal Toppers For Dogs.

Another ingredient you’ll see on every packaging is tapioca. While not the best dog food ingredient in the world, tapioca actually is a decent source of carbs and fibre, it is rich in minerals (iron, manganese and calcium) and it’s gluten-free. When consumed in moderation, tapioca has some amazing health benefits for your pooch.

Pros

Cons

  • Wide selection of single-protein recipes
  • Contains starch, so it might not be suitable for dogs with weight issues
  • Packed with omega fatty acids
  • Formulas targeting certain health conditions
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  • Palatability guarantee
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  • Rich in minerals for joint support
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How To Choose The Best Australian Made Dog Food

When choosing between Australian dog food brands, there are a few things you need to keep an eye on.

Reading The Label

The first thing you should do when choosing dog food is to read the label.

Most importantly, you should pay attention to the ingredient list, which must be sorted in descending order by weight (1).

Every quality dog food must have a named protein first on the list, like beef or kangaroo. Alternatively, the first ingredient might be a meat meal, like chicken meal or beef meal. Meat meal is a broad term for animal parts that aren’t fit for human consumption, like offal or connective tissues. They might not be as nutritious as raw protein, but meat meals are still a good source of amino acids, fats, minerals and vitamins for dogs.

Related: Real Meat vs Meat Meal in Dog Food.

On the other hand, you may want to stay away from meat by-products as the number one ingredient. As these by-products can consist of any leftover animal parts of varying quality (2). Now, this doesn’t mean that animal by-products are bad for your dog, since they contain protein and minerals. Still, you want the first ingredient to be identifiable muscle meat, while meat meals and animal by-products can further boost the recipe’s nutritional value.

Remember, dogs are omnivores, so they won’t mind having veggies or fruits in their diet. In fact, they can be a great source of protein and fibre, as well as vitamins and minerals. Sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, apples and berries are all packed with nutrients that are essential for  a healthy dog diet.

Now, there are a few things to avoid in dog food as well. Most importantly, those nasty preservatives that are dangerous for your pooch’s health. These include:

  • BHA
  • BHT
  • Ethoxyquin
  • Nitrates/Nitrites
  • Propyl Gallate
  • Sulphur dioxide

Some of them, like ethoxyquin, were even used as pesticides before they somehow found their way on the ingredient list of dog food.

Related: What is AAFCO? The Association of American Feed Control Officials
Related: What Is the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA)?
Related: AAFCO vs PFIAA: Dog Food Standards Comparison Australia

Your Dog’s Age And Size

When it comes to dog food, there’s no such thing as a universal recipe. Different dogs have different nutritional needs, depending on their age, size and activity level. For instance, large breed puppies grow fast, which puts their bodies under great stress (3). They need a diet that allows them to sustain the desired body condition throughout that period. Smaller breeds, on the other hand, need calorie-dense food, as their fast metabolism puts them at risk of low blood sugar.

This is why there are special recipes for dogs of different ages and sizes. Each of those formulas are designed to meet the nutritional needs of the different phases of life.

With that being said, there is such a thing as an “all life stages” formula. These recipes must provide essential nutrients for all phases of a dog’s life:

  • Growth (puppies)
  • Reproduction (pregnant or nursing bitches)
  • Maintenance (adult dogs)

However, puppies and pregnant/lactating dogs need a more caloric diet compared to an average adult pooch (4). So, if your dog is a couch potato, “all life stages” dog food might be overkill when it comes to nutrition. On the other hand, very active dogs, like Border Collies, will make the most of such energy-packed formulas.

Special Formulas

If your pooch has a specific health concern, there might be a formula that addresses those issues. Some of the most common special formulas include:

  • Grain-Free - Let's get one thing straight, grains are not inherently bad for dogs. In fact, they can be a great source of carbs, fibre and antioxidants. However, many dogs are sensitive to grain, which is why there are so many grain-free formulas available these days.
  • Single Protein Diet - Having a single source of animal protein in a recipe makes it easy to avoid a protein that your dog might be allergic to.

    Related: The Best Meat for Dogs.
  • Weight Management - These recipes are typically low in carbs and contain different ingredients that can promote increased metabolism. They might also be high in fibre, which keeps your dog feeling full, thus eating less.
  • Veterinary Diet - Vet-recommended special formulas are created to provide specific nutritional needs for certain medical conditions. In most cases, these recipes are prescription-only and require evaluation from the vet before being able to purchase the dog food.

Australia's Dog Food Regulations & Standards

Buying locally is great for the planet, but there are a few things you need to be aware of when it comes to Australian made dry dog food.

In short, the pet food industry in Australia is unregulated. There’s no actual governing body that oversees companies and establishes mandatory safety standards and performs quality control (5). The Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA) is a voluntary body that promotes guidelines for pet food labels, but the association can only enforce those standards on pet food companies that become their members.

Those members are audited and certified by third parties on a yearly basis. They’re also required to investigate every official complaint report on their food regarding any suspected adverse effects. This is a good enough assurance of food quality.

However, the same can’t be told for dog food brands that aren’t members of the association. Given there is no actual quality control they’re subjected to, you can’t be absolutely sure about the transparency of the ingredient list.


My Final Thoughts

Even though Australia’s dog food market is highly unregulated, there are brands that stand out with their quality and transparency.

Overall, Petzyo checks all the boxes as the best Australian dog food. Each recipe is packed with nutrients and made in small batches, ensuring your dog always eats fresh. Petzyo dog food is also very affordable and arrives at your doorstep on a regular basis. If your dog needs a more protein-dense diet, another great option is Eureka. As it is air-dried, it contains all the benefits of a raw diet and retains the jerky-like texture every dog loves.

FAQ

Can dogs have too much protein?

Yes, and anything that isn’t stored in their bodies is excreted through urine, which puts too much stress on their kidneys. Not just that, but a high amount of protein can lead to a shift in gut bacteria to focus on protein breakdown, which can cause inflammation and eventually kidney dysfunction.

Is grain-free dog food better?

A grain-free diet is not necessarily better for your dog. Grains are a great source of carbs and fibre, which are an important part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, many dogs are allergic or sensitive to grain, so these ingredients are typically replaced by alternative carb sources, like starches.

What’s the difference between adult and puppy recipes?

Typically, puppy food contains more protein and fat compared to adult recipes, meaning they’re also more caloric. They also contain higher levels of certain minerals, including calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, copper and zinc.

References

  1. Reisen, J. August 04, 2021. “How to Read a Dog Food Label” American Kennel Club. Retrieved April 15, 2023. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/how-to-read-a-dog-food-label/
  2. May 31, 2016. “Don’t be bothered by by-products” Clinical Nutrition Service. Retrieved April 15, 2023. https://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2016/05/dont-be-bothered-by-by-products/
  3. Burke, A. September 20, 2021. “Best Large Breed Dog Food” American Kennel Club. Retrieved April 15, 2023. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/best-large-breed-dog-food/
  4. February 22, 2021. “How Can a Dog Food Be “For All Life Stages?” Tufts Your Dog. Retrieved April 15, 2023. https://www.tuftsyourdog.com/dogfoodandnutrition/how-can-a-dog-food-be-for-all-life-stages/
  5. Kollmorgen, A. February 25, 2021. “Another pet food poisoning highlights lack of regulation” Choice. Retrieved April 15, 2023. https://www.choice.com.au/outdoor/pets/products/articles/veganpet-dry-dog-food-recall

Vedrana Nikolic


Vedrana Nikolić is Gentle Dog Trainers Canine Coach, Professional Writer, Anthropologist & dog lover.

With a Masters Degree in Semiotics & Bachelors Degree in Anthropology, studying the communication between animals and humans, Vedrana is able to use her expertise to analyse and review dog products and write informative posts on canine behaviour and training.

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