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Petzyo Grain-Free Dog Food Review

Launched only a few months ago, Petzyo is a new Australian-made grain-free dog food using one of our most sustainable resources: kangaroo!

The brand’s mission statement is ambitious as it aims to deliver a 100% natural product range, delivered using only 100% recyclable or biodegradable packaging whilst ensuring value for money and a great customer experience.

Petzyo offers a choice of dry kibble or raw patties, made in Australia and meeting both the AAFCO and PFIAA standards. They can be ordered separately or as a mixed plan but the company only delivers to the greater Melbourne area at this stage. Petzyo is available via an online subscription to ensure you never run out of dog food which does happen 
in a busy multi-dog household!

We just discovered this range and impressed by the passion and drive behind this brand we set out to find out more... 

What is in the Petzyo grain-free dry dog food?

For the purpose of this review, we focus solely on the 'kibble that counts' which our dogs put to the test over a period of three weeks. To avoid upset stomachs, you should allow 1 to 2 weeks when transitioning your dog onto a new diet so you can’t really form an opinion until the second week …

Did you know that there are approximately 40 million kangaroos hopping along Down Under? Sadly when they are culled, their meat is often discarded which is completely wasteful. 

Petzyo kibble in Houndztooth Vintage Black Houndz Dog Bowl
We personally love kangaroo meat in our own diet, not only because of the great taste but it’s also low in fat, high in iron and protein.
Because it's low allergenic, hormone and antibiotic free, Kangaroo Meat is a great protein choice for dogs who suffer from skin or food allergies to another common protein (e.g. chicken, beef etc.)

The second ingredient is Sweet Potato which is low GI (meaning slow energy release) and a better alternative than Potato or Tapioca commonly used to bind dog food as they are cheaper. 

Peas and Lentils are also popping up more frequently in dog food these days. These ingredients don’t get a bad wrap as a source of carbohydrates whilst being a reasonable source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

We love the addition of fresh vegetables and fruit - including carrots, broccoli, tomato, spinach, blueberries (great source of antioxidants) as well as herbs like parsley, basil, oregano and the now popular turmeric. Fish Oil and Flaxseed Oil are often sold as supplements to add Omega 3s and Omega 6s to your dog’s diet (great for their skin and coat) so it makes sense to include in the actual dog food to save owners time and money! 

The full list of added vitamins and minerals is not disclosed which will annoy the purists but since we don't pretend to be qualified pet nutritionists ourselves, this does not worry us too much. On first impression, this looks like a well-balanced dog food using quality natural ingredients with no fillers, by-products or preservatives.

Because one of our dogs is getting older at 11.5 years, we’ve only just started pulling back from feeding him a super-high protein dog food along with his younger active Malinois sibling. This more reasonable 25% protein / 11% fat / 5% fibre profile will suit adult dogs of all breeds (over 6 months) unless they’re working dogs or high-performance canine athletes!

So what did our dogs think of Petzyo?

It’s always difficult to get our puppers' thoughts on paper but a cleanly licked bowl is a great indication of palatabilityIt obviously presents a challenge to take still shots when all your dog wants to do is wolf down the food in front of him… 

Our chief taster is our Malinois Porthos who has a very sensitive stomach and hates for his diet to be changed, unless it is done very gradually. If we don’t, we'll wake up to the sound of a dog throwing up in the middle of the night! 
Again, the Petzyo 'kibble that counts' went down a treat and luckily for us, did not come back up! 

Last but not least, the dog waste was not too smelly and easy to pick up – you don’t want us to expand too much here… 

Petzyo Kangaroo Kibble That Counts

A minor criticism would be the small size of the pellets but this is a trend we noticed across many recent premium dog food launches. 

Officially, the average size of Aussie pooches is shrinking with many of us in high-density areas opting for smaller breeds, however for large dogs, smaller pellets are not so easy to get hold of!

So how do you get started with Petzyo?

Since this dog food is not available through traditional retail pet stores to offer consumers quality pet food at a more affordable price, you’ll need to jump online to get your subscription started.

First, you will need to enter your doggy’s details: their weight and activity level choosing from relaxed, standard or energetic. 

Then you'll choose your subscription (dry, dry/raw or raw), our experience is based on a 30kg senior dog enjoying standard activity so we ended up with a 9.5kg bag of food  at a cost of $57.99 per month (this includes shipping)

This works out at only $6.10 per kg which is very impressive for the quality inclusions in this food and will put many larger manufacturers of super premium dog food to shame considering their large volumes and economies of scale. 

Clearly cutting out the middleman means the savings are passed on to the consumers here. We’ve noticed that the cost per kg decreases based on the size of your dog so if you live in the Melbourne area - especially if you have large dogs or a multi-dog household - why not give this dog food a go?

For th
ose on a 6-month or a 12-month plan, you'll also receive bonus dog toys and treats with your delivery! For peace of mind, please note that you can easily cancel your subscription at any time if this does not work out for you.

It is recommended that you feed your dog twice daily rather than all at once and if feeding only dry, provide lots of fresh water. We actually run tepid water to soak our dogs’ kibble to make it easier to digest and keep them hydrated during the colder months.

Clearly the raw food option is a more premium choice (you’re looking at $221.99/month for a 30kg dog) but you could mix and match their diet with a combination of 4.5kg of kibble and 10.2kg of patties (68 x 150g for convenience). 

Adding to our great consumer experience, Petzyo sent us a convenient card with the recommended serving size (2 1/3 cups daily for us) to place on our fridge. This is especially useful if you choose the mixed plan option to ensure you feed the right quantity to your dogs.

Price & Where to Buy

The cost will depend on your monthly food order / size of your dog(s) and their level of activity (relaxed / standard / energetic) so this is an indication only.

RRP: from $33.99/month* (for a 5kg dog), $57.99/month (for a 30kg dog), $77.99/month (for a 50kg dog) exclusively from
* prices based feeding the 'kibble that counts' and a standard activity regime.

Disclaimer: food was provided by Petzyo for the purpose of this review.

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