Maev is a raw dog food brand launched in 2020 by female founder Katie Spies, an MIT and Havard graduate.
Like many dog food brand founders, Kate’s dog, George, helped inspire her to found Maev and produce high-quality and nutritious food to meet their needs.
Maev claims to have undergone three years of deep research and development with hundreds of dogs and 13 veterinary nutritionists.
Given the industry shortage of qualified veterinary nutritionists, this is no small undertaking and shows that Maev put serious investment into developing high-quality food.
Maev is flash frozen, which differs from many of the other online-based dog food brands that have launched in recent years.
Maev’s FAQ section on their website states that their products are all made in the USA with a mixture of US and globally sourced ingredients.
While production in the USA is a relief for many, it would be great if Maev could further clarify where its food is made and its ingredients are sourced.
While many of Maev’s competitors choose to only sell their recipes directly, you can find Maev on Amazon.
While this came as an initial surprise to us, several other brands have mirrored this approach in recent years, offering their food on several sites to make their brand more available and take advantage of larger sites’ logistics.
However, buying directly from Maev allows dog owners to benefit from their subscription service.
This subscription service auto ships a specified quantity of food to your door at regular intervals, avoiding the hassle of having to pick up or browse for food, and it also includes a generous discount.
Maev Product Range
Maev has a relatively limited range of dog food products; however, this is not unusual for raw online-based brands.
There are three flash-frozen raw dog food recipes: two for adult dogs, each with a unique protein ingredient, and a third for puppies.
Maev also sells some additional food products, such as nutritional bars and a bone broth topper.
While dog treats are commonplace, this supplement bar twist is unique and aims to appeal to dog owners trying to combine a reward with numerous health benefits.
Given that Maev is a raw dog food brand, it shouldn’t surprise readers that their recipes provide impressive nutrition, packed with animal-based protein and fat.
This puts them significantly above average, especially compared to other dog food formats, such as dry dog food.
However, compared to other raw dog food brands, Maev would be considered less impressive and average to above average.
You can see an example of the nutrition provided by one of their recipes in the nutritional profile below.
As you can see, the sum of protein and fat is significant at almost 80% of the recipe’s calorific content. The carbohydrate content is moderate at just over 20%.
If you’d like to learn more about canine nutrition and the importance of animal-based protein and fat, head on over to our Dog Food Guide to learn more.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Maev uses a very small selection of meat ingredients in its recipes, but they are two of the industry’s most popular.
Beef and Chicken are both high-quality sources of animal-based protein and fat and an ideal component of a dog’s diet.
In addition, they also include the industry’s favorite organ meat ingredient, with portions of Chicken Liver and Beef Liver found in both of their adult recipes.
Organ meat like the liver can greatly enhance the flavor of a recipe to make it more palatable,e as well as boost animal-based protein and fat levels and add several beneficial vitamins and minerals that aren’t found in common meat cuts.
In addition to liver, the recipes contain some far more unusual organ meat ingredients such as Gizzards or Sweetbreads.
These ingredients are not as well known, but that doesn’t mean they are beneficial additions and can add more flavor and several beneficial vitamins and minerals like Zinc, Iron, Vitamin A, vitamin E, and more.
Learn more about the use of organ meat ingredients in dog food recipes in our article Organ Meat Ingredients In Pet Food.
Other Notable Ingredients
The most common plant-based ingredient found in Maev recipes is Potatoes. Potatoes are an industry staple and can be a dense source of carbohydrates and fiber.
However, because of the nutritional density, their portion size must be tightly controlled to avoid a recipe having a misbalanced nutritional profile, high in carbohydrates and low in protein and fat.
However, Maev doesn’t just use Potatoes in its recipes and also has several other plant-based ingredients such as Green Beans, Blueberries, Zucchini, and Kale.
This range of fruits and vegetables isn’t common in dog food recipes but can provide similar nutrition in the form of carbohydrates, fiber, plant-based protein, and beneficial vitamins and minerals.
A huge number of dog food brands include some form of Flaxseed in their recipes, and Maev is no different and uses Flaxseed Oil as its source.
Flaxseed is best known for being an excellent source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and when Flaxseed Oil is extracted from Flaxseed, it brings this with it.
The Omega 3 Fatty Acids are known to provide several health benefits to dogs, including an improvement in the condition of their skin and coat and improved brain and heart health.
While many dog owners won’t be familiar with the ingredients, Chicory Root is a regular addition to dog food recipes.
It is a minor ingredient and often found in tiny quantities, and its purpose is for several health benefits.
This includes its probiotic properties as well as its Inulin, which can be a source of soluble fiber.
You can learn more about the use of Chicory Root in dog food recipes in our article Dried Chicory Root In Dog Food.
Maev Animal Testing
At this time, we have no information on whether Maev participates in invasive or laboratory testing of animals.
However, given that Maev’s mission and the fact it is still a young and growing brand, we do not believe they participate in testing such as this. However, it would be beneficial if Maev could clarify this on their website for potential and existing customers.
Regardless, we are firmly against invasive or laboratory testing for the production of pet food recipes and hope that any brands that continue to do so end this practice as soon as possible.
Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), we can find no evidence that leads us to believe that Maev dog food recipes have ever undergone a recall, which makes Meav a recall-free dog food brand.
However, given that Meav has only been operating for the last few years, this may not be as an impressive record as other more longstanding brands, but nevertheless shows that they take their safety and quality processes seriously.
Maev needs to maintain extremely high safety standards given they produce raw food, which comes with additional risks than cooked products.
Regardless, we always recommend that pet owners be vigilant of any future recalls of Maev dog food to ensure that their pets remain healthy and safe.
Best of Maev
Maev Beef Raw Dog Food Review
Maev’s two raw recipes, Beef and Chicken, are highly similar in their quality and nutrition, which makes selecting one between them difficult.
Regardless, we’ve gone with their Beef recipe thanks to the rich flavor Beef can provide to appeal to dogs and their insatiable appetite.
The recipe uses a large portion of Beef and Beef Liver as its primary ingredients, and these meat ingredients provide a huge portion of animal-based protein and fat at 10.86% and 4.7%, respectively.
The recipe then includes a mix of plant-based ingredients like Potatoes, Green Beans, Zucchini, and more, which provide a moderate portion of carbohydrates and fiber.
Lastly, small quantities of Flaxseed Oil and Fish Oil help round out the recipe and boost the level of beneficial fats like the Omega Fatty Acids.
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