The life changing benefits of real food for dogs

Dog sniffing vegetables on table

Good health starts with good nutrition, and like us, dogs feel the difference when they eat real food. 

Lyka meals are formulated with a rainbow of quality, real food ingredients — to go above and beyond nutritional standards. We service a proud pack of parents seeking healthier lives for their best friends — 96% of dogs see health improvements after switching to Lyka.*

But first: what do we mean by real food?

Real food is made with real ingredients you can trust. At Lyka, we’re all about high quality proteins, fruits, vegetables, and superfoods: ethically and sustainably sourced.

We gently cook our food to maximise its nutritional value — boosting your dog’s health with every meal. Formulated with a mix of high protein, moderate fat, and low-GI carbohydrates, Lyka meals go above and beyond industry standards from nutrition. Our food has been developed by a team of board-certified veterinary nutritionists, alongside Lyka Co-founder and Integrative Veterinarian Dr Matthew Muir.

Like humans, a balanced gut from real food nutrition makes pups feel healthier and happier. 

How real food supports digestion and the microbiome

Lyka contains the optimal balance of bioactive, prebiotics ingredients — this means more nutrients for your dog to absorb, and better digestive health.

An unbalanced diet, on the other hand, can cause inflammation and other problems for the gut: impacting your dog’s immunity, brain function, metabolism, and ability to eliminate toxins. Real food is easier for your dog to digest — just ask the 77% of customers who noticed better, healthier poos on Lyka.** Our food is high in dietary fibre and omega-3 fatty acids to support every aspect of your pup’s digestive system, from healthier poos to gut lining repair and energy levels.

Lyka benefits for gut health

Real food equals itch-free skin and shinier coats 

You’ve likely noticed this for yourself: processed foods lead to more breakouts, skin irritation, and sensitivity to the elements. Dogs are also more prone to experiencing skin issues when fed an unbalanced diet. This can show up in pups as itchiness, redness, or dull coats.

Inflammation has a clear connection with skin issues — Lyka meals prevent flare-ups by removing processed grains (like wheat and corn), as well as pro-inflammatory starches, lectins, and common allergens. Our meals are formulated with the optimal omega-6:3 ratio, as too much omega-6 can lead to inflammation — this is often the case in more processed dog foods.

Research has linked phytonutrients (these are found in the vegetables and bioactive ingredients of real food) with immune benefits. 76% of dogs saw improvements in skin conditions after making the change to Lyka.***

Lyka benefits for dog skin health

Promote balanced moods and behaviour with real food

Real food is best for your dog’s cognitive health in more ways than one. After switching to Lyka, you might notice they’re sleeping more soundly, or that your best friend’s mood is more stable.  

Our meals are free of artificial additives, chemicals, and carbohydrates high in sugar — which have all been linked to hyperactivity in dogs. We opt for real food packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to support brain health.

Lyka benefits for dog brain health

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Increase mobility and reduce joint discomfort for your dog

Lyka’s real food meals are perfect for dogs with arthritis and mobility issues, being full of anti-inflammatory ingredients to support their joints. Servings are custom portioned, with flexible meal plans to suit your pup’s caloric needs. 

Lyka benefits dog joint health

Custom portions help pups maintain a healthy weight

Calorie control has lifelong health benefits — which is why weight management is a crucial part of deciding what to feed your dog. Lyka offers a selection of meals to suit your pup's age, breed, and activity levels, with custom portions to support them: wherever they are in their weight journey. 

Our real food meals are formulated to help dogs feel fuller for longer, with high amounts of protein and fibre found in fresh fruits, vegetables, and superfoods. Lyka is made from low-GI carbohydrates to limit blood sugar spikes, which have also been linked to weight gain. 

Healthy weight maintenance was reported as the second most popular improvement seen by Lyka customers.****

Weight loss Lyka Story

Lyka gives your dog the power of preventative health

It’s never too late to change your best friend’s health status — Lyka’s healthy dog food can benefit puppies, seniors, and every dog in between.

Real food ingredients to help Aussie pups become the best version of themselves:

  • For better digestion and gut health — kelp (for its fibre and iodine content), purple sweet potato (being a low-GI carbohydrate full of nutrients), and turmeric (which has prebiotic, anti-inflammatory properties).

  • For hydrated skin and a glossy coat — fish oil and flaxseed oil (full of omega-3 fatty acids), carrots (containing beta-carotene to strengthen defence against allergens), and leafy greens like green cabbage and bok choy.

  • For better behaviour and calmer moods — butternut squash (a low-GI carbohydrate for steady energy levels), spinach (as its folate and tryptophan supports the production of serotonin and dopamine), and sardines (for its omega-3 content).

  • For proactive joint protection and healthy cartilage — spirulina and shiitake mushrooms (they’re full of antioxidants and phytonutrients), fish oil and flaxseed oil (to reduce inflammation), and fennel seeds (an antioxidant powerhouse with anti-inflammatory properties).

Let's change the narrative for the rest of your pup's life.

* Source: Lyka, May 2023.  Online Sample: n=131 Lyka customers saw their dog’s health improve after switching to Lyka as the primary meal source, feeding Lyka for over 3 months. 

** Source: Lyka, May 2023.  Online Sample: n=102 Lyka customers who indicated better poos switched to Lyka as the primary meal source, feeding Lyka for over 3 months. 

*** Source: Lyka, May 2023. Online sample: n=35 Lyka customers who indicated skin issues switched to Lyka as the primary meal source, feeding Lyka over 3 months. 

****Source: Lyka, May 2023. Online sample: n=19 Lyka customers who indicated [benefit] switched to Lyka as the primary meal source, feeding Lyka for over 3 months

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