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Walking down the pet food aisle can make your head spin. There are so many options available, and not all of them are designed with your dog’s nutrition as the main priority. This is why Maev was founded. Maev exists to provide easy-to-serve raw dog food made with clean ingredients and balanced supplements.
According to Maev, how we eat affects our mood, behavior, energy levels, cognition, immune function—everything. It’s the same for our dogs. In general, good food equals good outcomes.
In this review:
- Our Maev dog food review
- How does Maev work?
- Why is Maev served frozen?
- Recipe options
- How much does Maev dog food cost?
- Other products
- Is Maev raw food safe?
- Has Maev dog food ever been recalled?
- Is Maev AAFCO approved?
- Other Maev reviews
Our Maev dog food review
We tested Maev Dog Food with our pup, Max, to see what it’s all about. Here’s what we thought and everything else you need to know about the brand.
Maev Dog Food: at a glance
- Human-grade raw ingredients with little to no processing maintain the bioavailability of nutrients
- Recipes created by veterinary nutritionists to give dogs the most nutrition in each bowl
- Get curated bundles of food and supplements that address specific health concerns or functional health goals
- Three formulas cater to the specific needs of various life stages, including young puppies
- Designed to be served frozen, so dogs eat slower and the food can be easily poured right out of the bag without the usual raw mess
- Customized portions, so you are delivered just the right amount of food in each shipment
Raw food made easy
Maev formulates their dog food to follow a raw diet because it is, they claim, “the only biologically appropriate option for their species.” This follows the logic that canines in the wild eat a raw food diet, so domesticated dogs should, too. Because raw ingredients are less processed than cooked food, more of the original nutrients should remain intact and available for your dog’s body to absorb.
We’ve tried raw dog food in the past, and one thing we don’t like is how complicated and messy it can be to prepare and feed. Raw ingredients are prone to spoilage, they can smell, and you have to include some harder-to-find ingredients like organ meat and bone mineral.
We like that Maev allows you to feed your dog a raw diet without any of the extra work or mess. Since it’s stored and served in bite-sized frozen cubes, you can simply pour it into your dog’s bowl like kibble.
Only the good stuff
You won’t find anything weird or unrecognizable in Maev’s ingredients. No fillers, no additives, and no toxins. Just real ingredients like lean raw meat, raw edible bone, organ meat, fresh produce, and personalized supplements to make the meal complete and balanced.
Maev uses human-grade USDA chicken, beef, and vegetables in its recipes. They avoid high-pressure processing, which can compromise the quality of the ingredients. Instead, Maev keeps these ingredients raw and nutritionally whole, preserving them through freezing.
The food is shipped with dry ice to keep it frozen until it reaches your home. Maev ships to anywhere in the continental U.S. according to a schedule you create. You can rush or delay deliveries by changing your preferences in your account.
You can choose one recipe or mix both chicken and beef in one shipment.
A few other brands, such as Raised Right Dog Food and Sundays Dog Food, offer high-quality (cooked) dog food without using any additional supplements; all of the necessary nutrients are sourced from the whole-food ingredients alone. But this is uncommon. Most premium brands, such as The Farmer’s Dog, We Feed Raw, and yes, Maev, include supplemental nutrient blends. That’s not a big concern, but we thought it was worth pointing out.
Targeted support for health issues
If your dog struggles with certain health issues, upgrading their diet to Maev could help. That’s because a healthier diet impacts every area of your dog’s health.
Maev states that in the first month of eating its food, your dog should exhibit:
- Improved digestion
- Harder, smaller, less smelly stools
- Balanced energy & stamina (less hyperactivity & fatigue)
- Less begging for human food or treats
Maev also says you can expect to see health benefits like better mobility and reduced joint inflammation in older dogs, improved coat health and less itching, fewer allergic responses, improved gut barrier integrity, plaque removal and fresher breath, and better trainability and recall.
In a nutshell, you should see overall improvement and anticipate fewer trips to the vet. For more information on improvements to expect with Maev, see their website.
Our opinions and experience
Maev may be going a little overboard on the promises here. I doubt you’ll see a dramatic improvement in your dog’s training or recall just from changing food brands. (And I’m not sure my dog will ever stop begging for table scraps!)
Whether your dog shows fewer allergic responses will depend in part on what foods they’re allergic to. For example, if they require a novel protein dog food, Maev won’t be a good fit. But the fact that Maev does strip out a lot of the fillers and synthetic additives that cheaper brands use means it’s less likely to aggravate your dog’s sensitivities.
As for the rest of Maev’s claims, these results will vary by dog and depend on what they were eating before they changed diets. My dog, Max, didn’t show dramatic visible improvements, but he was already eating a high-quality diet and he doesn’t have any outstanding health issues to improve upon. I do believe a higher-quality diet can positively impact your dog’s health over the long term, just as I’ve seen it occur with humans, and we are optimistic Maev will yield positive results for most average dogs that are currently eating kibble.
- Custom-designed diets for reaching functional health goals and minimizing health issues.
- Features human-grade whole foods without harmful additives or low-quality ingredients.
- Recipes are high in protein content relative to many other brands we’ve reviewed.
- Expected health improvements for dogs facing both major and minor health issues.
- Maev provides the benefit of a raw food diet, yet it is easy to serve.
- Recipes are available for all life stages, including a special formula for puppies under the age of one.
- Maev is expensive, especially for those with large dogs.
- It may not be the best option for older dogs with damaged teeth, since the food is served frozen. In this case, see our guide to the best soft dog food for bad teeth.
- Some of the food pieces were frozen in clumps making it difficult to pour. You may need to break up the pieces inside the bag before serving, especially if you’ve allowed it to thaw and then refroze it.
How does Maev work?
Maev offers three recipes: Beef, Chicken, and a Puppy formula. Each has its own targeted digestive and systemic health benefits.
If you are choosing an adult formula, Maev has you choose a specific health goal. You can choose between:
- Weight & Digestion
- Hip & Joint
- Anxiety & Calming
- Skin & Coat
Each health goal adds different supplemental ingredients to the formula. In the example below, I selected Weight & Digestion for my 5-year-old Yorkie since it’s easy for his little body to put on weight, and gut health is so important for overall health.
Since I selected Weight & Digestion, probiotics and chicory root were added to the ingredient list. I think these supplements are a great addition since probiotics boost my dog’s healthy gut bacteria and chicory root is one of the richest sources of inulin, a prebiotic fiber that acts as a food for healthy gut bacteria.
Maev provided a description of the supplements that were added to the Weight & Digestion formula.
If I want more support for weight and digestion, I can add vitamin bars and/or the bone broth topper that will provide further daily support.
These Vitamin Bars look tasty enough for me to try, and the ingredients are excellent! We’ll examine them lower in this review.
The solidified beef bone broth can be added as a supplement to further support your dog’s joint health and other goals. You can find more information on bone broth below.
Once you’ve made your choices, you can adjust the quantity of food you get and how frequently it is shipped. If you’re unsure how much food you’ll need, click the “Customize Portions” button. You’ll be taken to a screen where you can add information about your pup to help determine how many daily calories your dog should be consuming. See below.
Once you’ve adjusted for your dog’s daily calorie requirements, you can also select their life stage as well as whether you’d like one flavor or a mixture of beef and chicken recipes in each shipment.
Add everything to your shopping bag and don’t forget to get 15% off your first order.
Why is Maev served frozen?
Since Maev is a raw dog food company, the food has to be kept frozen to maintain its freshness. Keeping the food frozen also makes it much cleaner and more convenient to serve.
Additionally, Maev is specifically designed to slow down a dog’s eating pace. The brand claims that the frozen nature of the food not only aids in cleaning tartar off the teeth but also helps prevent overeating or eating too quickly, which can cause bloating and other digestive problems.
I had concerns about whether the Maev food pieces would be too large or difficult for my small 7-lb. Yorkie to eat. So, I recorded a video of Max trying Maev food for the first time to show how he handled it.
In the video, you’ll notice that neither the size nor the frozen state of the food bothers him. As Maev intended, the frozen pieces did make him eat more slowly.
Maev works with veterinary nutritionists, food scientists, and engineers to craft its recipes.
Both the Chicken and Beef recipes meet the AAFCO’s nutritional levels to support all life stages, including adult dogs, pregnant or nursing mothers, and older puppies. The Maev Puppy formula supports the early development and digestive health of puppies under one year of age.
Beef recipe ingredients:
USDA Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Sweetbread, Blanched Potato, Green Beans, Zucchini, Blueberries, Kale, Peanut Butter, Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Mineral Blend, Supplement Blend
Chicken recipe ingredients:
USDA Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chicken Gizzard, Blanched Potato, Green Beans, Zucchini, Blueberries, Kale, Peanut Butter, Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Mineral Blend, Supplement Blend
Puppy recipe ingredients:
USDA Chicken, Sweet Potato, Green Beans, Chicken Liver, Zucchini, Blueberries, Kale, Chicken Gizzard, Egg, Peanut Butter, Flaxseed Oil, Fish Oil, Mineral Blend
How much is Maev dog food?
Maev’s prices will depend on the amount of food your dog requires and the recipes you choose. We break down a few pricing examples in our guide to Maev Dog Food Costs.
Unlike some brands that only offer standardized portions, you have the flexibility to buy any quantity of food you need. By using the “Customize Portion” button, you can accurately determine the portion size that suits your dog’s size, age, breed, and activity level.
For tiny dogs, such as my 7-lb. Yorkie, the price is roughly $67 for a five-week supply of food, equating to about $1.91 per day.
The cost for the Small Dog Bundle is $2.94 per day, which also includes a month’s worth of vitamin bars.
You should check out the bundles and use the Customize Portion button yourself to see what your price would be. But given this pricing, Maev can be an excellent choice for owners of small pets who prioritize health.
For those with medium-sized dogs, say a 30-lb. Labradoodle, the cost for a little over five weeks of food costs approximately $152 or about $3.82 per day. If you choose a bundle, such as The Itchy Dog Bundle, the cost will be around $4.90 per day for five weeks of food and a month’s supply of bone broth.
Larger dogs will cost more, with food for a 55-lb. dog costing approximately $6.35 per day, and $8.38 a day for The Big Dog Bundle, which includes food, bone broth, and vitamin bars. The good news is that the more bags you order at once, the higher the discount you get on all future purchases.
The best way to determine the cost for your dog’s size is to use the “Customize Portions” button to get a quote for your dog’s individual needs. It’s easy and free, and you don’t have to commit to making a purchase.
|Food/Supplement Bundle (prices vary)
|$1.91 per day
|Approx. $2.94 per day
|30-lb. Mini Labradoodle
|$3.82 per day
|Approx. $4.90 per day
|55-lb. Basset Hound
|$6.35 per day
|Approx. $8.38 a day
Is it worth it?
In my opinion, yes, Maev is worth the cost. I believe that high-quality food can make a huge impact on your dog’s daily comfort, energy levels, and livelihood.
Better nutrition could even reduce future vet bills. To be more precise, healthy food can eliminate food allergy reactions, skin and coat issues, and gastrointestinal issues, and it can better equip your dog’s body to fight all sorts of illnesses.
Believing strongly in the vast benefits of healthy food, I am always on the lookout for top-notch yet reasonably-priced dog food, and Maev appears to be a contender.
I have researched the cost of many premium dog foods and Maev is on the lower end of the price range. Other fresh and raw food brands cost roughly between $5.35 to $7.50 per day for a 30-lb dog, but Maev costs around $4.34.
But you need to determine how you want to balance the cost and quality of dog food. If you want to feed your dog better nutrition than what you can get at most stores, then Maev is a great option for you. If you want to compare Maev to other fresh food options, check out our comparison of Maev vs Farmer’s Dog, our Nom Nom Dog Food review, or our comparison of The Farmer’s Dog vs Ollie. If you want a slightly cheaper and easy-to-serve option (but not raw), check out Spot and Tango’s Unkibble dog food.
In addition to food, Maev offers a few other products. These can be purchased on their own or bundled with your dog’s food subscription.
Maev Vitamin Bars are designed to be a daily supplement for your dog’s normal diet. These bars don’t just make a tasty daily treat but also assist your dog in achieving their functional health goals by addressing their nutritional gaps.
I ordered the Weight & Digestion bars. These small, individually wrapped bars are crunchy with visible chia seeds. To me, they smell similar to a peanut butter cookie, yet without the sweetness.
I broke the bar into quarters for Max since he’s only 6-lbs. and each bar is 65 calories (about a ⅓ of his daily calorie requirement). He sniffed the bar and then gobbled it right up. I think he liked how crunchy it was, and I think these bars are a delicious way to add more nutrients to a dog’s diet.
The Vitamin Bars are made with human-grade ingredients, and the vitamins inside are sourced from real food ingredients rather than artificially isolated nutrients. This makes them safer and easier to digest, according to Maev. It’s important to note that three of the bars contain flour, so be aware if your dog is allergic to gluten.
Each of the four recipes includes roughly the same ingredients with slight variations that will address certain health goals. Although the nutritional profile will vary slightly, they are roughly as follows: (As fed) 65 cal per bar, Protein 5.9%, Fat 11.2%, Fiber 8.4%, Moisture 60%.
Weight & Digestion Supplement Bars
These bars include digestive enzymes and probiotic strains to support gut health and help your dog maintain a healthy weight.
Ingredients: Peanut Butter, Coconut Flakes, Coconut Flakes, Chia Seeds, Coconut Oil, Flour, Gelatin, Vitamin E, Probiotics
Anxiety & Calming Supplement Bars
This bar has a slightly simpler ingredient list. Bovine Colostrum eases the stress response naturally with immunity-building antibodies. L-Theanine neutralizes stress by increasing serotonin and dopamine for a calmer dog.
Ingredients: Peanut Butter, Coconut Flakes, Chia Seeds
Hip & Joint Supplement Bars
This supplement bar is great for senior dogs that have trouble moving around as well as large dogs with hip issues and joint inflammation. It provides glucosamine and chondroitin to promote healthy joint cartilage.
Ingredients: Peanut Butter, Coconut Flakes, Chia Seeds, Coconut Oil, Flour, Gelatin, Vitamin E, Glucosamine, Chondroitin
Skin & Coat Supplement Bars
If you’ve noticed dry or itchy skin, or you just want to help your dog’s coat shine, this supplement bar may be a great choice. It includes omega-3 fish oil that can boost skin and coat health.
Ingredients: Peanut Butter, Coconut Flakes, Chia Seeds, Coconut Oil, Flour, Gelatin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil
*Important: For dog owners with pets allergic to gluten, be aware that many of these bars include flour.
Maev provides bone broth cubes designed for regular health maintenance. Maev states that these cubes help with immune function. My own research into bone broth has shown that it is beneficial for gut health, which has a direct positive effect on immune health.
Maev states that these bone broth cubes are also supportive of liver function, skin and coat health, and they are a collagen powerhouse that supports healthy joints and cartilage. And the fact that they come in cube form makes them so much easier to serve to your dog.
We talk more about bone broth in our guide to the best natural joint supplements for dogs. It can be a great source of chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, and glycosaminoglycans, all important components of healthy joints and joint cartilage.
According to Maev, these are some of the benefits you may see when regulating incorporating Maev bone broth into your dog’s diet:
- Joint support: Maev’s bone broth can help reduce pain, increase agility, and improve mobility when getting up and down.
- Hydration: Better hydration can improve skin and coat health.
- Immune function: As the liver detoxes, your dog may have fewer allergy issues and occurrences of an upset stomach.
- Digestive Health: You may notice smaller, solid stools, decreased bloating, and improved appetite.
These frozen cubes can be used as a meal topper or a treat. The cubes are small and an easy size for little dogs to chew. Your dog may like the crunchy texture, but my dog sniffed them for around 20 seconds and then whined, likely because he’s not used to frozen food. Once the cubes melted, he licked up the broth.
One problem I ran into was that the cubes had frozen together, and I had to separate them with a knife. But this may have happened because I didn’t start giving them to Max until a few months after I got them, and I had stashed them in the freezer. It was a quick fix to pop a few out, but I thought it was worth noting for those who might be concerned.
Ingredients: USDA Beef Bones, Reverse Osmosis Water
As fed, they contain 3.3% protein, 0.2% fat, 0.02% fiber with 95% moisture. Calorie content: 150 cal/kg or 50 cal/jar.
Maev has developed Bundles to make ordering easier. These Bundles combine food and supplements aimed at specific dogs, health issues, and health goals. Embracing the concept that food is medicine, Maev carefully selects ingredients for these Bundles that are meant to tackle the underlying problem.
Here’s a list of the eight bundles from which you can choose:
- The Itchy Dog Bundle
- The Small Dog Bundle
- The Gassy Dog Bundle
- The Achy Dog Bundle
- The Senior Dog Bundle
- The Puppy Bundle
- The Big Dog Bundle
- The Reactive Dog Bundle
The bundles vary in cost and contents. You can compare them in more depth and see your price through the button below.
Is Maev raw food safe?
Yes, Maev’s professionally prepared raw food is safe for your dog to eat.
According to their website, Maev is designed to address every food safety and quality consideration possible. The food is frozen to eliminate contaminants, and every batch is tested for E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria, and Micro (APCs).
Additionally, Maev only uses human-grade ingredients, which are subject to higher safety standards than the feed-grade ingredients used in most dog food. The recipes are formulated by veterinarian nutritionists to meet AAFCO standards, so we know our pups are getting top-notch nutrition.
Has Maev dog food ever been recalled?
At the time of this writing, Maev has never been recalled according to the FDA database.
Is Maev AAFCO approved?
Maev’s recipes meet AAFCO standards for all life stages and a complete and balanced diet. They include 100% USDA lean protein with a mix of high protein, balanced fats, and fresh produce. All of the ingredients are human-grade.
Other Maev reviews
“The animals love the food and are happy and healthy with beautiful fur and no skin issues. They get super excited every time the freezer opens.”Marisa H., November 9, 2023
My dogs wouldn’t eat the raw at all, so I had cancelled my subscription (customer service is great)…But then I baked it and they now dance at feeding time. Needless to say, I re-started my subscription. Happy dogs!”Laura G., October 28, 2023
“My two dogs LOVE this food! I do too. It offers a welcomed break from making their food myself. It’s easy to scoop & serve. I let it thaw while we go on a short walk and the dogs literally run and leap home for their meal. I am truly pleased with this product!”Karen B., October 23, 2023
“I’m really impressed with the quality of this food. Our pitty loves it too!! He gets so excited for meal time and happily gobbles it down frozen. I haven’t noticed any major health benefits yet (it’s only been a month), but I’m really loving making my boy so happy.”Kalie M., October 21, 2023
“My three dogs dove in and never looked back I’ve noticed a change in coat.. the only problem is they always want more !!”Terry C., November 9, 2023