Life’s Abundance (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Life’s Abundance canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Life’s Abundance product line lists two canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth and maintenance.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Life’s Abundance Chicken and Crab Dinner
  • Life’s Abundance Turkey and Shrimp Breakfast

Life’s Abundance Chicken and Crab Dinner was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Life's Abundance Chicken and Crab Dinner in Sauce

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 45% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 27%

Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, organic chicken, crab, dried egg product, carrots, potato starch, red skinned potatoes, peas, oat hulls, apples, guar gum, natural flavor, sodium phosphate, calcium carbonate, flaxseed oil, tricalcium phosphate, dried broccoli, salt, inulin, dried cranberry, dried blueberry, a-tocopheryl acetate, pomegranate extract, olive oil, avocado oil, taurine, thyme, parsley, sodium ascorbate, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, l-carnitine, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, cobalt amino acid chelate, selenium yeast, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis45%20%27%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%40%22%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is organic chicken. Organic ingredients are produced under strict government standards, standards which greatly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

The fifth ingredient is crab. Crab is rich in protein and other nutrients, similar to the kind found in whole fish.

The sixth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh item lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

The ninth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The next ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With six notable exceptions

First, oat hulls are a by-product of processing whole oats into flour. They are most likely included here to add bulk.

Except for the usual benefits of dietary fiber, oat hulls provide no other valuable nutrients to a dog food.

Next, flaxseed oil is one of the best non-fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids — essential to a dog’s health.

In addition, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Next, we note that this product contains avocado oil. Avocado products can be somewhat controversial.

Supporters claim the ingredient to be nutrient rich and beneficial to a dog’s skin and coat — while others worry over what are mostly unsubstantiated concerns over potential toxicity.

These fears appear to originate from a 1984 study in which goats (not dogs) consumed the leaves (not the fruit) of the Guatemalan (not the Mexican) avocado and became ill.2

Based upon our own review of the literature, it is our opinion that the anxiety over avocado ingredients in dog food appears to be unjustified.

In addition, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

And lastly, this recipe includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Life’s Abundance Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Life’s Abundance looks like an above-average canned dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 45%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 27%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 45% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 27% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Even when you consider the mild protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Life’s Abundance is a meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of chicken or turkey as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Those looking for a nice kibble to go with this product may wish to visit our review of Life’s Abundance dry dog food.

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Notes and Updates

03/31/2010 Original review
10/02/2010 Review updated
06/26/2012 Review updated
01/13/2014 Review updated
01/13/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Craigmill AL, et al. Toxicity of avocado (Persea americana, Guatamalan variety) leaves: review and preliminary report, Vet Hum Toxicol 1984;26:381
  • Leona

    Life’s Abundance is made in the USA with only USA ingredients and has NEVER been on any recall list.

    Life’s Abundance is NOT sold is stores only through distributors. to order please go to http://www.holisticpetcafe.com.

  • Cindy Almgren

    I cant believe that you had issues with stools with this food. If anything my dogs stools are dry. I havent ever had stools that are formed so good. Our dogs coats are perfect, our puppies have never looked better. I feel I am feeding the best. I sleep better at night knowing I am not feeding them cancerous causing ingredance. Actually, I am scard to feed anything else. I know this company picks what goes into this food. They actually care about your dog. Never had a recall, how many companys can say that! If you want to read what in commissial dog foods read this. http://www.naturalnews.com/012647_pet_food_dog.html

  • Chris

    Brenda, I am surprised by this. I have fed this food for more than 5 years. I found when I mixed it with other kibble the dogs picked it out of the bowl and left the other. I have never had problems with runny bowels–in fact have found that they have smaller stools that are formed. The formula may be too rich for dogs that have been on cheaper foods that contain a lot of filler ingredients.

  • Pookie

    I also raise chickens, though not commercially.  In the United States, the only thing that “free range” means for poultry is that there is an open door to the outside for at least part of the day.  The “yard” can be a little plot of dirt or gravel.  It’s basically a scam. 

    I’ve driven by some of the big free-range producers.  They have an enormous building crowded with birds, and there will be a few birds outside the open door. Why don’t the birds go out into the little yards?  Because their feed and water is all in the middle of their instincts is to stay near the food and water. 

    If you care about how animals are treated before they become meat for
    you or your pets, you should either raise it yourself or buy it from a
    farm where you can see animals roaming in fields.  Don’t rely on some
    buzzword like “organic” or “free range”. Expect to pay a tremendous
    price for the meat, since a farmer has to devote more time, space, and
    other resources to raise animals in a truly humane fashion.  Chickens
    raised on pasture are very expensive as compared to chickens raised in
    sheds or the b.s. “free range” houses.

  • Trish

    Avoid it! It gave both my dogs, a standard poodle and a basset hound, *severe* diarrhea. I had to throw out the entire bag. Then they shipped me and charged me another bag before I could stop them. Thinking maybe it was just the last bag that had a problem, I tried the new bag. Same thing. Loose, constant diarrhea all over the place for two – three days. Even mixed with chicken and rice, if too much of the dry food was included, they got loose bowels.  They seem to know it, because they pick out the other ingredients and try not to eat it. They refuse to eat it alone any more. I tried to return it and they tell me since its been over 30 days, I can’t return it. So I’m stuck with a giant bag of dog food I could not in good conscience give any dog.

  • Cindy

    I have my Goldens on it, I love it, They love and look amazing! Bottom line, My 11 and 12 year old goldens still play like kids. One is hunting every year, the other is just as healthy as an eight year old. Blood work in perfect, I have been feeding it since 2010. I wont fed any thing else.

    Buy it visit Vetmadepetfoods.com

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  • Chuck

    I am a representative for Lifes Abundance and I have been feeding this food for 7 years now. My dogs are in top notch shape right now and my Vet bills have been cut in half. I use to feed top of the line dog food but something was always missing. All of Lifes Abundance ingredients work together with each other to achieve the whole dog or cat. In all kind of dog foods that are top of the line they can put top notch ingredients in them but do they work together to achieve one purpose? Lifes Abundance’s ingredients work together to achieve this purpose. Dr. Jane Bicks will answer all your questions and if you go to their website and ask them in an email they will answer you. No one can make anyone use a certain food you have to try them and choose for yourself. All I know is when they had the scare of dog food a few years back I found this food and feel safe to use it because it has never been on any recall list! Every batch of dog food from Lifes Abundance is tested and a portion of it is kept in case there is a problem which has never happened! It is made within six weeks by the time it get to your door. I recommend this food to anyone but before you make a decision try it.

  • http://www.scottieschoice.com Lainie

    The question was asked what is the difference between organic chicken and chicken. I am a farmer/rancher I breed chickens. Chickens that come from a store are 85% house raised chickens. They come in small cages OR large houses that contain HUNDREDS of chickens running free in FILTH. You can smell chicken ranches from MILEs away! Each day the dead chickens are collected off the ground and thrown in a waste dump for dog food. The chickens are not tested for disease! These chickens are fed a corn based diet. They are fed antibiotics. The color of the skin on these chickens when butchered is WHITE! Ect.
    Orgain chicken, Is actually free range chicken. I raise my chickens like this. I Have no cages, no pens. The chickens FREE range. They get full movement of muscles, ect. They are not kept in filth. It is a rare occasion we lose a chicken. Usually when we do it is to a predator VS disease. These chickens eat what a wild fowl normally eats-bugs, grass, ect.. These chickens are not fed antibiotics. The meat on these chickens is more of the natural color–YELLOW . Life`s Abundance uses free range chicken.

  • Dawn Leder

    SANDI…I DID CALL…THEY STAYED ON WITH ME FOR AWHILE ANSWERING ALL Y QUESTIONS :o)
    ALSO EVERY WEDS NITE DR BICKS HAS A CALL IN SESSION…AND SHE STAYS ON TILL EVERYONE WHO CALLS IN…HAS ASKED ALL THEIR QUESTIONS AND SHE HAS ANSWERED THEM. I HAVE…NO…CLUE..WHY THAT POSTER EVEN SAID THAT…BECAUSE THEY DEFINITELY HAVE NO PROBLEM ANSWERING QUESTIONS? I DON’T KNOW OF ANY OTHER DOG FOOD COMPANY….HAS THEIR HEAD PERSON..HAVE LIVE…CONFERENCE CALLS WITH THEIR CUSTOMERS! EVERY WEEK!! YOUR LUCKY IF THEY ANSWER AN EMAIL YOU SEND. UNDER EVERY RATED FOOD HERE…THERE’S…ALWAYS..SOMEONE…WHO WANTS TO SAY SOMETHING BAD ABOUT THE FOOD THE POSTS ARE TALKING ABOUT :o/ UNFORTUNATELY…

  • Dawn Leder

    OHHH MIKE! I DID NOT MEAN TO IMPLY THAT AT ALL! NO NO
    I WAS JUST POINTING OUT…THAT ARTICLE YOU HAVE ON HERE ABOUT THE OAT HULLS BEING FLOOR SWEEPINGS…AND THEN SAW LA HAS OAT HULLS IN THE CANNED…I WAS WORRIED.. AND JUST WONDERED…WHY..YOU…SAID THE FLOOR SWEEPINGS LOL BUT SAID THIS WAS 5 STARS,,..THATS ALL. I 100% AGREE ITS 5 STARS! THE GIRLS LOVE IT AND THE DRY :o)
    THANKS MIKE…HAVE A GOOD ONE!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Dawn… Since I wasn’t privy to the original design goals of this product, I can only assume the oat hulls were added to increase the amount of insoluble fiber in this food (and therefore provide bulk to the stool).

    Insoluble fiber is a natural part of human foods, too. In any case, oat hulls by themselves shouldn’t be considered toxic to a dog. And in reasonable amounts, soluble fiber can be beneficial to an animal. I see no reason to lower the rating of this recipe just because of the presence of a small amount of plant-based fiber. Hope this helps.

  • Dawn Leder

    Oat hull fibre
    What is it? A source of insoluble fibre that comes from the outermost layer of the oat grain. Traditionally, oat hulls were discarded during processing, but the need for fibre sources for human consumption has resulted in the production of oat hull fibre for food use.

    Where you’ll find it: Added to President’s Choice Blue Menu Medaglioni With Ricotta, Dare Grainsfirst Whole Grain Snack Crackers and other foods containing added fibre.

    Nutritional benefits: Because the body is unable to break down oat hull fibre, it passes through the system undigested. This helps bulk up stool content and prevent constipation. Studies show that, unlike oats, the hulls do not help reduce cholesterol levels.

    Good to know: Because oat hull fibre is not digested, it provides no calories.

    I WAS READING MIKE…ONE OF THE ARTICLE YOU WROTE IT SAID OAT HULLS WER LIKE FLOOR SWEEPINGS? I WAS WONDERING WHY YOU GAVE THIS 5 STARS SINCE IT SAYS IT HAS OAT HULLS? THEN I LOOKED IT UP AND FOUND THE ABOVE INFO….NOW I KNOW WHY DR BICKS USED IT :o)

  • DAWN LEDER

    OOPSEY HA! I WROTE “TO MUCH INFO ..CANT..MAKE YOU CRAZY…YUP I MEANT… IT….C A N….. MAKE YOU CRAZY!!

  • DAWN LEDER

    OH OK MIKE I FIGURED THERE WAS A REASON? BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS STATE IF IT IS ETHOXQUIN FREE OR NOT…THEN I THOUGHT MAYBE SHELL FISH IS DIFF FROM REG FISH..THIS HAS CAT FISH IN THE DRY..I DIDNT NOTICE IF YOU SAY IT THERE OR NOT….YA KNOW LOL SOMETIMES TO MUCH INFO CANT DRIVE YA NUTS!!!
    NAW WHEN DEALING WITH LOVED ONES HUMAN OR CANINE YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL WHAT WE’RE SHOVING DOWN OUR THROATS….I ONLY WAS A LITTLE INTERESTED BECAUSE MY SOPHIE GIRL IS QUITE OVERWEIGHT EVEN THOUGH SHE 98% RAW FED? EVERY ONE SAYS…CAUSE SHES A BEAGLE?? SHE ALSO ISNT THE SIZE OF REG BEAGLES SHES VERY LITTLE? AND I SAW THIS HAD A WEIGHT LOSS FOOD…BUT THEN I LOOKED AT THE REG OF THIER FOOD..AND…ITS THE VERY SAAME INGREDS AS THE WEIGHTLOSS?? HUH? CRAAAH ZEE!
    OH I DID EMAIL ON THEIR SITE HE GOT BACK TO ME IN LESS THEN 2 HRS AND FWD MY QUESTIONS TO DR BICKS WHO EMAILED ME BACK WITHIN HOURS OF HIM SENDING MY EMAIL TO HER…SO I THOUGHT THAT WAS GREAT :o)!
    TAKE CARE AND THANKS MIKE AND SANDI!

  • http://www.whosyourvet.com Sandi

    Hi Dawn,

    See the comments “Cathy November 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm” posted. You can call the company and ask your question. If they don’t answer any of your questions, move along to another brand. Don’t be fooled just because it was formulated by a Vet – Dr. Bicks.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Dawn… Ethoxyquin is usually associated with meal-type fish ingredients only. Since this is a canned product, I’ve assumed the crab and shrimp to be ethoxyquin free. Hope this helps.

  • DAWN LEDER

    HI MIKE
    AS USUAL I READING REVIEWS ALL THE TIME…TODAY I READ THIS ONE AND WAS CURIOUS..ON EVERY SINGLE REVIEW YOU’VE DONE ON PRODUCTS WITH FISH.. YOU..ALWAYS..MENTION IN YOUR REVIEW IF IT IS ETHOXQUIN FREE? THIS FOOD HAS CRAB AND SHRIMP…DOES CRAB AND SHRIMP NOT HAVE TO HAVE THAT YUK ON THEM SO WHY ITS NOT MENTIONED>? JUST CURIOUS IVE NEVER EVER SAW ANY DOG FOOD WITH THESE TWO INGREDIENTS? I DIDNT THINK DOGS IN THE WILD COULD CATCH SHRIMP LOL MAYBE A CRAB (ALTHOUGH THAT SEEMS WOULD BE QUITE PAINFUL FOR THE DOG EEKKK ALL THOSE CLAWS HA!) IM WONDERING IF DOGS DIGESTIVE SYSTEMS CAN HANDLE THOSE TWO PROTEINS?
    THANKS MIKE

  • Terd Ferguson

    After intense research of different dogfoods, I have come to one conclusion…..the dogs are eating waaaay better than we are. If only we humans could maintain a diet like this we could cure half the health problems in the U.S. I plan on starting my new dog on Life’s Abundance dry and canned, and I’ll be thinking about all that great stuff he’s eating while I dine on pizza.

  • Lori Durocher

    I am a field representative for Lifes Abundance and I am a true beliver that this food is wonderful, I have two pets of my own and they have been on the dry cat food for three years now, I have seen the wonders of this product, that has helped my dieabetic 11 year old and a one year old, I believed so much in this food that I started my own home business selling this product….

    Lori Durocher

  • http://www.lifesabundance.com/Pets/LifesAbundance/CannedDogFood/DinnerIngredients.aspx?realname=&cat=0&hdr=&Ath=False Cathy
  • http://www.lifesabundance.com/Pets/LifesAbundance/CannedDogFood/DinnerIngredients.aspx?realname=&cat=0&hdr=&Ath=False Cathy

    Re T BOYD’s Sep 23rd post complaining that he “would not be told where the crab meat is obtained”, an ingredient in one of Life’s Abundance canned dog food. That’s a red flag to me. Seems that John Albrecht’s post on Sep 27th could have/would have answered this. Albrecht claims to “work directly with Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM, the formulator of Life’s Abundance.
    I wasn’t sure I would feed Life’s Abundance dry food to my dog because of the grain-load. But with the canned food Chicken & Crab Dinner, I was curious, and initially impressed, that ORGANIC CHICKEN was used. So I reviewed their website and found the overview of this dinner recipe to be misleading. The narrative description says there are “five protein sources in this dinner recipe”. The five are listed as:
    Chicken and Organic Chicken
    Chicken Liver
    Crab
    Eggs

    Five? Chicken AND Organic Chicken? Hmmm… Organic Chicken is certainly different than Chicken, but should they be considered two protein sources? I think not! Seems they are pushing the envelope.
    To be accurate, this section should be listed as Toxic Chicken and Organic Chicken. Why? Because ‘chicken’ (non-organic) is generally sourced from farms that routinely use steroids and antibiotics in their inhumane farm conditions.

    There are enough Life’s Abundance workers posting on this website, so one of them should address these 2 issues: source of crab, and difference between Chicken and Organic Chicken. Anyone?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Brenda… You should be able to find what you’re looking for when you visit my review of Life’s Abundance dry dog food. Unfortunately, there’s no way I (or anyone) can assure you any food wouldn’t “make (your) dog’s fur greasy”. Hope this helps.

  • Brenda E

    What about Life’s Abundance dry food, how does that compare to other dry dog food. I’m looking for a dog food that doesn’t make my dogs fur greasy in two weeks.
    Can you help me?