Life’s Abundance (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Life’s Abundance Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Life’s Abundance product line includes four dry dog foods. Although each appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we were unable to find AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product’s web page.

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

  • Life’s Abundance for Puppies and Adults
  • Life’s Abundance Small/Medium Breed Puppies
  • Life’s Abundance Large Breed Puppies (4 stars)
  • Life’s Abundance Weight Loss Formula for Adults

Life’s Abundance for Puppies and Adults was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Life's Abundance for Puppies and Adults

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground brown rice, oat groats, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of vitamin E), dried beet pulp, brewers dried yeast, flaxseed meal, natural flavors, dried egg product, catfish meal, calcium carbonate, lecithin, potassium chloride, dried carrots, canola oil, monosodium phosphate, dried celery, dl-methionine, l-lysine, salt, dried blueberries, fructooligosaccharide, taurine, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, dried broccoli, dried beets, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, pomegranate extract, dried parsley, dried lettuce, dried watercress, dried spinach, manganese proteinate, beta-carotene, niacin supplement, manganese sulfate, inositol, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, zinc oxide, biotin, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, selenium yeast, pyridoxine hydrochloride, d-calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, vitamin A acetate, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%18%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%37%39%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is ground rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The third ingredient is oat groats, a whole grain, minimally processed form of oats. With the exception of their caloric content and the fact they’re also gluten free, oat groats can be considered average in nutritional value.

The fourth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The sixth ingredient is brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

After the natural flavor, we find 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 next ingredient is catfish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

We are pleased to note that, unlike many fish meals, this particular item appears2 to be ethoxyquin-free.

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 four notable exceptions

First, canola oil can be a controversial item. That’s because some worry that canola oil is made from rapeseed, a genetically modified (GMO) raw material.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

Next, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener3 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

In addition, this food includes 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 also contains 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 Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Life’s Abundance looks like an above-average dry 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 29%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 46% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 55%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the brewers yeast and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Life’s Abundance is a plant-based dry dog food using a notable amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Those looking for a quality wet food to go with this product may wish to visit our review of Life’s Abundance canned dog food.

A Final Word

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Notes and Updates

04/01/2010 Original review
10/02/2010 Review updated
06/28/2012 Review updated
01/17/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Life’s Abundance Customer Service via email, 10/4/2010
  3. Wikipedia definition
  • catahoula11

    Julie, fed my previous sweet girl LA for 10 years but when she got sick and I was trying to get information thinking she had become allergic to her food. I told them of the problem and asked if any new ingredients had been added recently—you would have thought I was asking for access to their secret formula or something. It took weeks to get an answer from them. I started feeding LA when she was about 1 1/2 yrs. because of Dr. Bick’s comment that dogs should live much longer then they do. I wanted my girl to live a really long time. Gave her LA and their vitamins, supplemented with vegetables and fruits like Bicks suggested–she got cutaneous lymphoma and at 12 yrs.9 months we sadly had to have her very humanely put down. I have another puppy and her breeder fed all of her dogs Victor dry food and she fed her personal dog the GF Yukon River variety which is salmon and sweet potato. My pup is doing great on this food, Yukon River. I wanted GF this time.

    Good luck with your pup and I hope the ears clear up—grains concern me because of all the GMO’s that our gov’t allow in our food supply.

  • http://www.LittleQPaws.com Hachigatsu

    I agree with DeAnna.. I love Life’s Abundance and I became a Distributor because its such great food!

  • Betsy Greer

    It sounds like she’s intolerant of an ingredient in the Life’s Abundance. I would take her off of it and find a quality limited ingredient food (with a protein dissent from that in the LA, which I presume is probably chicken) and start there. If she clears up, I’d keep it on that food for at least six weeks to clear out the histamine before you start introducing other ingredients.

    A true elimination diet is far more rigid. One protein, one starch.

    My dog has food intolerance issues that I’ve gradually figured out what they were because I change foods regularly and have ingredients to be able to compare and contrast.

  • Julie A

    I have a 2.5 year old Weimaraner that has really bad dirty ears. I have had problems with her ears since she was little. She was on Life Abundance Dog food from the breeder. I checked the dog food out and decided to keep her on it. Finally after numerous vet visit’s one of the vets had me put her on the Purina Veterinary Diets HA Hypoallergenic cleared ears right up never looked better! He just wants me do a trial and error to figure out what she is allergic to. Mean while my dad heard about Dinovite so I got online and checked it out. Put her back on Life Abundance added the Dinovite to her food her ears are back where we started. So now I want to start food trials see if I can get her on something that works for her. Through some of my reading and research on here sounds like dogs are usually more allergic to a protein source than a grain source. Just was looking for some recommendations on what to try.

    I also have a 14 week Weimaraner and 12 Year old Black Lab they do great on the Life Abundance!

    Thanks!

  • Humanities teacher

    In the last two days I’ve cut down the amount of food and his poops are smaller and firmer! Glad he was on the Hills ID for gastro problems and not the Science Diet that was recalled. He is on 2/3 cup LA and 1/3cup ID 3x day. We go to the vet Fri. I’m guessing he weighs about 36 pounds (15 week old lab). His coat is gorgeous and he looks strong and lean.

  • http://www.USHolisticPetFood.com Alice Counts

    Hill’s Science Diet just had another recall in June for salmonella. Life’s Abundance has never had any recalls!
    http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/default.htm

  • http://www.USHolisticPetFood.com Alice Counts

    I know a lot of vets recommend Hills Science Diet, but the first ingredient on many of their formulas is Corn, which dogs lack the enzyme to be able to digest. I agree with Christina to back off the amount you are feeding. Puppies tend to eat more than the need and this will result in softer, even liquid stools, but you can see that the stool is uniform in color and although not the consistency you would like, the pup is not sick. Giardia and Coccidia are bacterias found in the environment and transported thru the wild bird population. So everywhere they poop, is a potential source of the bacteria. Often when your pup is tested for either of these, they will have a false negative, as both of these are very hard to diagnose since they have to be in the stage where they are shedding cysts. If the cysts are not visable, then the diagnosis will be negative, but they can still be affected by the bacteria. Canned Pumpkin and plain yogurt have both been used to help combat these bacterias. Boiled Chicken and Rice can also ease stomach issues.

  • Humanities teacher

    Someone else suggested I was feeding him too much, too! He’s doing well now and is almost 100% back on the LA large breed puppy food. I’m still mixing a little of the Hills ID kibble in until we run out of it. We go back to the vet next week for his final shots, so I’ll see what she says about his weight and his delicate digestive system.

  • Christina Sirmon Batty

    Cut back on the amount feeding… Usually it’s a sign of too much intake of protein… I usually take the recommended low amount and cut it in half… They still get the right amount to maintain healthy weight

  • Betsy Greer

    I definitely wouldn’t reintroduce a food that my dog reacted to unless I determined with 100% certainty that the reaction wasn’t food related.

  • Humanities teacher

    At the vet’s recommendation, we have temporarily and exclusively switched to Hills ID dry and canned food for digestive issues. He has finally begun to have firmer stools, so I will stick with it until he seems much more stable. We go back for his 12 week vaccines tomorrow, so I’ll discuss the possibility of coccidia, though I think she tested for it when he first arrived. I’ll also discuss a plan for reintroducing the LA food. I’m wondering if I should ask for a new batch, though, before I do.

  • neezerfan

    It’s OK to feed him plain chicken and rice with a small spoonful of plain canned pumpkin mixed in for a few days until you get a new bag. Call LA ASAP and demand a new bag be overnighted to you at their expense. Once things calm down, work on finding a food you both like that you can rotate with. This is one reason it’s not good to feed only one food all the time.

  • KATAA00134

    Hi, Have you had the vet check your dog for coccidia? Our puppy when we first brought him home started having bad diarrhea, and we were told he got that. It’s very common for puppies to get it from their litter sister/brothers. Was your dog on Life Abundance when he was with the breeder? We kept our lab puppy (now 8 mos) on LA, because that’s what his breeder used. I like LA but I’m on this site because I have had no issues until recently, but I’m sure its related to a bad bag :( Shame hope our bag didn’t come from the same batch.

  • KATAA00134

    I have an 8 mos old Chocolate Lab on the Large Breed Puppy food through Life Abundance. He has been on this food since he was with the breeder, so I didn’t change. I’m on this site because up till now he has had NO issues with Life Abundance. We give him the multi vitamin and food as part of his diet, and his coat looks great. However, we received a new bag in the mail and I think we may have a bad bag. He is a dog with a very sensitive stomach, so we have to watch the treats that he receives, etc. The food seemed to not be an issue, but for a week he has gotten sick after every meal. I liked the fact his food was on auto delivery, but not when stuff like this happens, and you need a replacement quick. I haven’t called Life Abunance, but plan to after reading all these messages. I never realized how scary it is to shop for dog food until I read some of these messages. I’m trying to find best alternative for a puppy with a sensitive stomach. I think Life Abundance is a good brand, and we got dealt a crappy bag.

  • Humanities teacher

    We have a new (now 11week old) lab puppy who has been suffering from very loose stool and was on medication for it until 2 days ago. I wondered if he was not tolerating the LA large breed puppy food, so I cut it back, added cooked hamburger and rice and pumpkin at the breeder’s suggestion, and things are firming up. I am hoping he doesn’t have a longterm issue with the LA. Any other suggestions?

  • theBCnut

    You don’t have to start a new post. I just think that it would be helpful to people that are considering this food, if people who use it, but aren’t trying to sell you anything, tell you what they their experiences are with the food.
    Most of the people who comment on this food are trying to sell it, which isn’t exactly unbiased. I would like to see reviews of this and many other foods by the people who actually use it.

  • Deborah Parker

    So sorry, I am not a frequent ‘commenter’. I didn’t know I was suppose
    to start a ‘new post’. I was just reading along, and decided to respond

  • Deborah Parker

    So sorry, I am not a frequent ‘commenter’. I didn’t know I was suppose to start a ‘new post’. I was just reading along, and decided to respond.

  • theBCnut

    Then why not just start a new post where you tell everyone what your personal experience is with this food. That’s what most people do.

  • Lisa Winstock Hoehn

    We have two large breed dogs (Saint Bernard and Mastiff). We have used LA for over 3 years and will never ever use another food, we have had multiple Vets ask us what we use, the dogs are lean, their coats are amazing, they are super healthy!! I recommend this food to anyone who will listen. I never plug a product but for us animal lovers this is truly an amazing food!! Your animals will thrive on LA!!!!!

  • Deborah Parker

    I am NOT a rep! I am a customer. I LOVE this food. I have 3 cats and a puppy. Have been feeding LA for 7 years or more. I am so happy with the results. Their coats are beautiful. Never a “sick visit” to a Vet yet! Food is actually cheaper because its more concentrated, so they need less volume compared to other foods.

  • MaryLouise

    Pam, it’s not made to order. I began purchasing this food in 2001 for my 1 year old catahoula because they touted that dogs should live much longer if they are fed the proper food. I bought into that and thought she would live much longer than her 10 to 12 year life expectancy. Gave her the vitamins from LA because that would make her immune system great. She died at 12 1/2 with the most horrible case of cutaneous lymphoma–her skin basically “rotted”. She had tumors even on her eyelids. When she first had hair loss issues a couple of years before she died, I tried getting in touch with Dr. Bicks to find out if any of the ingredients had changed thinking it might be an allergic reaction. They were less than helpful in answering my emails. She was scheduled to have allergy testing and I wanted to be able to inform the vet about the change if there was one–instead she was diagnosed.
    A while after I lost my precious girl, I got another catahoula puppy and I also got a new dog food. No more LA not only because it didn’t live up to what it touted but for the lack of help I received when I was so desperate for help.

  • http://www.cornerstonekleen.com Robert Arthur

    We love LA for our cats. We tried blue and saw a difference in their energy level but when we switched to LA. The differences were astounding. Elijah now talks to us like a person. Yes talks and talk back to us when we talk to him with meows and cooing. His allergies are 95% gone. We do not need to take him to the vet every 3 months for pills. His coat is gorgeous and he lost 3 lbs. He was 25lbs now 22 lbs a cross between a main coon and a American tabby. Their energy and intelligence is amazing. They both are so smart and communicative. Who knew changing their food would have made such a difference in their quality of life. We found this food because we lost our dog to poor nutrition and did not even know it!

    http://www.boostyourpet.com

  • DeAnna Bashira Haagenson

    Ive had my pets on it since 2 weeks before the FIRST pet food scare came out in 2007… was too late for my old boy Leo a black Pom…:/ but Peaches my mom Pom has been on it since then and now she is about to turn 16 this November and she has NO serious health issues!!! I KNOW it due to the food!! she is so spry she still acts and looks like she is 5 years old…. THANK GOD for Life’s Abundance!!

  • DeAnna Bashira Haagenson

    Liz… you should be a distributor too!! YOu could help even more pets live long quality lives…
    :)

  • Liz

    Yea it was all the reps, My friend just invited me along. I am not a rep, I just buy the food, I don’t sell it.

  • Crazy4cats

    I took it as other than her friend.

  • Betsy Greer

    She didn’t say she was a rep, but she did say she got to meet “all the other reps” while on the cruise. I wasn’t certain if those were reps other than her friend, or herself.

  • Crazy4cats

    Ha ha, that was my first thought also. But, I bet most companies do have incentives for their sales people. We just don’t have to hear about them.

  • Betsy Greer

    A cruise??

  • Liz

    I just wanted to say I’ve been feeding LA to my dog for 2 years now. Its a great food, and my dog loves it! My friend has been a Rep for 4 years now, and shes the one that suggested i try this food. Very glad I did! I also got to go on a cruise with her and meet all the other reps of LA and Dr. Jane Bicks too! She really knows her stuff, and could answer all my questions i had about the food. I’m a very happy customer! :)

  • DeAnna Bashira Haagenson

    he gets some canned ..once in a while.. i guess what ever im doing is working.. that was 7 years ago he got that..never had it since :) but thank you