Australia's best puppy food | 4.95 rating | Scratch Dog Food

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The goodest pups deserve
the best puppy food

Skip the stores and get your pups food direct from Scratch. Without the retail markup, we designed a business model to put dogs first and make the best puppy food.

Nothing but grain-free goodness for your ball of fluff

Dog Food Meat

More meat

Scratch contains more meat than just about any kibble in Australia. We top off each recipe with whole veggies, healthy oils, and extra vitamins for a resilient gut, shiny coat and tough immune system.

Berries

Using better Australian produce

Our co-founder Doug made recipes for the big guys, but grew angry seeing how they saved costs. A filler too far, he set his mind to making the best puppy food – one full of better, whole Australian ingredients from sources he could trust.

Dogs

From pup through to old gal

Puppy food is generally just better adult food – more protein, plenty of DHA & healthy omega’s. Seems common sense to feed dogs of all ages the best ingredients so we’ve designed both Scratch recipes to be 100% nutritionally complete for both puppies and adult dogs as they grow.

Plus a personalised feeding plan as they grow

We’ll get the low down on your dogs and give each a personalised scoop and feeding plan, even if they’re different breeds or ages. We’re always on live chat and ready for dog photos if you have any questions.

  1. PLENTY of lean, high-quality protein from the best possible Australian meat
  2. ENERGY from animal fats, not carbs.
  3. NO preservatives and no added colours or flavours
  4. NO grains, soy, corn, cellulose and low starches
  5. WHOLE ingredients as much as possible
  6. NOTHING grouped, disguised or hidden
  7. PLENTY of healthy oils with a variety of Omega-3 sources
  8. EVERYTHING your woofer needs not just to sustain them, but to help them thrive
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Common questions about puppy food & Scratch

Sure is. Both Turkey & Kangaroo recipes are 100% nutritionally complete for all life stages.

We’ve got large breed pups & their quick-growing bones covered too, but only on our Turkey, Beef & Lamb Recipe.

Our Kangaroo recipe has a calcium:phosphorus ratio slightly too high for us to recommend, but we’ll tell you at checkout if we don’t think either recipe is right for your dog.

Puppies require at least 22.5% protein (on a dry matter basis).

A high-quality protein provides the essential building blocks for muscles and organs. But not all protein is created equal. Dogs do better with plenty of high-quality animal protein. The best puppy food should have a specific animal protein as the first ingredient – for example ‘Turkey’, not ‘poultry’ which can suggest a mix of animal leftovers.

Both Scratch recipes only use specific animal proteins and have more meat than most other foods.

This one’s a tricky one.

Adult food is just a worse version of puppy food, not requiring as much protein and DHA. But a healthy adult dog will thrive on high protein diets and DHA comes from salmon oil, so a really good puppy food should be ideal for a dog through their adult lives.

A puppy is technically an adult for feeding requirements once they physically mature and stop growing in height.

Sure can. We have plenty of customers mix feeding Scratch with raw, or even wet food in their younger years.

We’ll give you a feeding guide upon signup, and you can change how often you’d like Scratch sent to suit your mix feeding habits.

Puppies should get solid food starting at about four weeks, when they’re not able to get all the calories they need from their mother’s milk. Most puppies are weaned by six weeks.

Good question. It depends on their age, breed & expected adult size. A Saint Bernard is a puppy for a lot longer than a Chihuahua for instance.

The food they’re eating also changes things as different foods produce different energy. Scratch feeding plans are tailored to the recipe that they’re eating (which you can also switch up if they’re fussy and seek variety).

When you get started with Scratch, we’ll ask some questions and calculate a feeding guide for your puppy based on this information.

As they grow, you can update their weight via your pups plan webpage for their instantly updated feeding guide. You can see our suggested feeding guide prior to signing up if you’re curious.

Dog Food Meat

Real ingredients.

We take the retail markup and invest it in healthier ingredients. One chomp of this high protein Australian kibble and your dog’s old diet will feel like junk food.

Dogs

Made fresher on subscription.

We use data to know when your dog will be due for more kibble. No more bags of old dog food from 18 months ago. Just the best dog food made fresher for your little mate.

Free Delivery

Delivered to you.

We know when you need it and deliver it straight to your door – for free. Now you can spend your Sunday watching Netflix – not hangin’ in the pet food aisle. We think it’s Australia’s best dog food.

Dog Food
Priceper kg
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Grain free
Single animal protein
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Transparent labeling
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Shows main ingredient %
Australian made & owned
Suitable for puppies
Scratch Grain Free Kangaroo 7.5kg
$10.53
  • 84% Australian produce
  • Supplemented with Glucosamine & Collagen for joint support
Scratch Grain Free Turkey, Lamb & Beef 7.5kg
$9.20
  • Only whole ingredients
  • 97% Australian produce
Meals for Mutts Grain Free Kangaroo 14kg
$8.64
Advance Puppy Plus Growth 8kg
$10.37
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Some tips in evaluating the best puppy food

Best Puppy Food

Dog food is unregulated. Ask questions of brands

Yep, it’s true. Despite our furry compadres meaning so much to us, dogs are still objects in the law and their food is complely unregulated. Scratch is the only brand to reveal every % of every ingredient, and get to know your dog from day 1.

Food can contain as little as 5% of the meat advertised

Crazy, huh. Store-bought foods are members of the PFIAA (code for pet food industry of Australia). Being a member gives the green light to promote a meat in the name, but to have as little as 5% of it in the recipe. A little dodgy we think!

Avoid anything showing ‘and/or’

Recipes change all the time without anyone being the wiser. Look out for ingredient lists that say vague things like ‘may contain’, or ‘and/or’ that suggests brands switching to whatever ingredients are cheaper at the time. Scratch uses the exact same ingredients everytime so you know what’s really in your puppies food.

Make sure everything is weighed evenly

Ever wonder how some foods promote over 60% meat? They’re sneaky buggers dog food companies. In kibble, all food is dehydrated before food is made. Sneaky brands compare meat when fresh (and weighing more) to vegetables when dehydrated (and light) to make the meat content seem more than what it really is.

Grain-free
Turkey, Lamb & Beef

$69 per box

 

Grain-free
Kangaroo

$79 per box

Large Breed Puppy Kibble
Both Recipes are:
  • Packed full of whole, Australian vegetables
  • Protein rich with local, sustainably-sourced meat
  • Cooked with four healthy oils for healthy skin & coat
  • Nutritionally (and emotionally) complete
  • Naturally high in fibre to fix gut problems
  • Suitable for all life stages, from puppies through to silver foxes
  • Are great for allergies & intolerances
Dog Food
Kibble size
30% Protein
Large breed puppy friendly!
Multiple animal proteins for diverse nutrients
Differences:
Kibble size
28% Protein
Not for large breed puppies
Single animal protein - amazing for dogs with allergies or on elimination diets
Sustainably-sourced Kangaroo
Added supplements for joint health (great for older dogs)
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