Anna and Lyka’s story
Lyka was built with a passion for dog health and well-being, and it will always be our driver.
Lyka’s story began with our founder Anna Podolsky’s devastating experience with her gorgeous Border Collie cross, Lyka. A few years back, Lyka started experiencing several health conditions, despite being fed with premium commercial pet food and exercised daily.
Lyka had always shed a lot of fur, but it got to the point where she was getting bald patches. Her energy levels were low and her teeth were decaying. Lyka’s vet warned Anna that some of Lyka’s teeth would need to removed in the coming years. She also had itchy ears and mouth, and she would scratch her mouth so hard that it formed scars. “It was so frustrating because I was doing everything by the book, yet she was unwell– and she was only 5 at the time!“, says Anna. “She is so important to me, and all I wanted was for her to be around as long as possible, enjoying life by my side.“
As Anna conducted her own research to find the best dog food brand for Lyka, she found out that the commercial pet food supply chain is typically spread across multiple continents, and take months, if not years, to get to stores. Lyka’s “premium” pet food came with a shelf life of up to 25 years! She also found that the nutritional content was questionable, to say the least, and kibble was cooked at 200 degrees Celsius!
Mind-blown, Anna starting preparing home-made, fresh real food for Lyka. “I notice a change in my body when I follow a healthy diet with lots of fresh plant and animal foods. It made sense that Lyka would feel the same.“, says Anna.
Lyka’s transformation was incredible and noticeable within weeks. Not only was Lyka more energetic, but her coat was also glossier, and her skin was also no longer itchy. Even her tooth decay reversed. As a bonus, Anna also noticed her poo didn’t smell anymore and Lyka’s frequent passing wind had ceased completely.
Now at 10, Lyka is often mistaken for a puppy. Inspired by Lyka’s transformation, Anna started Lyka Pet Food to produce and deliver fresh, human-grade dog food using 100% wholefoods ingredients.
“I’m so passionate about the benefits of a real food diet for dogs and disrupting a highly antiquated industry that was built for shelf life and not nutrition. All dogs should have the right to live out their best life, and it starts with what goes in their bowl,” says Anna.
To date, Lyka has flown to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and the USA with Anna before then returning home to Australia. She’s now living her best life in Sydney, spending most days getting belly rubs at Lyka HQ.