Kibble is cooked at up to 300°C, significantly hotter than a regular oven.
Lyka is lightly cooked at 90°C, just like you do at home.
Kibble is usually 50-60% carbohydrates.
Lyka contains only 10-15% carbohydrates.
Kibble typically has a shelf life of up to three years.
Lyka stays fresh out of the fridge for two hours.
Tested on humans (that’s us!) we set the bar high, with all of our ingredients made for human consumption – we even share suppliers with some of the country’s top restaurants!
We care about where our ingredients come from and we source locally where possible, with 85-95% of each recipe made from Australian ingredients. We’re also proud to use only wild-caught, grass-fed and free-roam proteins.
We work with leading holistic vets, as well as a veterinary nutritionist, combining the best of natural medicine and scientific research to help optimise your pup’s health for a longer, happier life.
We say no to high-temperature processing, lightly cooking all of our recipes below 90°C to help preserve the nutrients your pup needs to thrive, and allow their body to absorb as much of the goodness as possible.
A raw diet can work for some pups, but others can be quite sensitive. Raw meat typically contains pet-grade ingredients and isn’t always complete and balanced. So, whilst this type of food can be convenient and very appealing to many puppers, it can pose food safety risks, including potential contamination through pathogens and bacteria.
We lightly cook our food at a low temperature so that vital nutrients and moisture are retained and the risk of exposure to potentially bad bacteria and other pathogens is minimised. We cook our recipes the same way we would cook our own food, with each recipe containing purposeful ingredients that benefit your pupper from the inside out.
Although not heavily processed, the drying treatment for air and freeze dried food removes most of the moisture, leading to an increased risk of dehydration in your pupper. It’s similar to space food – it serves a purpose and is a novelty for a few days, but it’s not the healthiest choice. Our puppers need moisture in their food!
Canned food contains additives, which make it shelf-stable for years - very convenient if you like to bulk buy or have fussy puppers. To ensure this longevity, the cans are heat-sterilised between 121°C and 250°C to help control harmful bacteria that may grow whilst they are stored. Unfortunately, it is during this heat intensive process that many natural vitamins and minerals are lost.
We get it. With its eye-catching packaging, cute biscuit shapes and overall convenience, kibble looks good on the shelf, but if we’re brutally honest, this is where it should stay. Why? It is cooked at such high temperatures that it destroys the natural vitamins and minerals that it once contained, and is then sprayed with palatants to try and entice your pupper.
Lyka is co-founded by Dr. Matthew Muir, an Integrative Vet who is passionate about the health and wellbeing of pups, dedicating his time to helping create human-grade recipes that not only taste great, but give your pupper the chance to live their best life.
Based on scientific research, longstanding evidence and advice from top nutritionists and holistic veterinarians, our food is species appropriate, containing a mix of high protein, a moderate fat content and low GI carbohydrates. Dr. Matthew Muir works alongside a veterinary nutritionist and follows AAFCO and FEDIAF guidelines to ensure our recipes are suitable for all life stages.See our ingredients
From the cooking of the recipes to the packing of our signature Lyka boxes, every single Lyka meal is prepared with love by trained food and hospitality professionals, including ex-chefs, in our human-grade kitchen in Sydney, NSW. The team is so dedicated, they even taste test the recipes themselves!
We are passionate about supporting local farmers, with quality, taste and nutrition at the forefront of everything we do, so it makes sense for each recipe to contain 85-95% Australian ingredients.
Our recipes are made in small batches using whole food ingredients, with all of our meat sourced from Australian farmers. Our dedicated team ensures that the formulation of our recipes not only pack a nutritional punch, but also pass the taste bud tingle test.
Brought to life by our founder, Anna Podolsky and co-founder Dr. Matthew Muir, Lyka Pet Food is the result of Anna’s experience and health journey with her pup, Lyka. Put simply, we are 100% Australian owned and operated.