Abound Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★½☆☆

Abound Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Abound Dog Food product line includes 4 dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Abound Lamb and Brown Rice [A]
  • Abound Chicken and Brown Rice [A]
  • Abound Salmon and Sweet Potato [A]
  • Abound Superfood Blend (3.5 stars) [A]

Abound Lamb and Brown Rice recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Abound Lamb and Brown Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 53%

Ingredients: Deboned lamb, oat meal, whole ground barley, turkey meal, whole ground brown rice, peas, rice bran, animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), menhaden fish meal, chicken meal, flaxseed meal, natural flavor, tomato pomace (source of lycopene), potassium chloride, brewers dried yeast, dried whey, canola oil, alfalfa meal, sweet potatoes, carrots, salt, blueberries, cranberries, barley grass, dried parsley, Yucca schidigera extract, l-carnitine, l-lysine, dried chicory root, beta carotene, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, dl-alpha tocopherol, vitamin A supplement, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), vitamin D3 supplement, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, cobalt carbonate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, sodium selenite, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis22%13%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%14%53%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%31%47%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 31% | Carbs = 47%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The third ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The fifth ingredient is ground brown 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 sixth 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.

The seventh ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

The eighth ingredient is animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat, dead, diseased or dying cattle — even euthanized pets.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

The ninth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.

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

The next item includes chicken meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.

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 eight notable exceptions

First, flaxseed meal is 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.

Next, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

In addition, 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.

Next, this recipe contains canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

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.

We also find alfalfa meal in this recipe. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

In addition, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

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.

And lastly, 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.

Abound Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Abound Dog Food looks like an average dry product.

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 24%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 53%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, flaxseed, alfalfa meal and brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Abound is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Abound Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

09/09/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Keith Tong

    so Abound is a Kroger brand? Anyone know if it is an American product? Where is it made?

  • BABE0700

    I agree with another poster to be aware of Rachael Rays dog food. I used to have a sheltie who had been fed that for a long time when I got her Her coat got very dull & lifeless, lost weight, got to the point she refused to eat except a couple bites, had bowel issues, usually diarrhea. My other sheltie didn’t have as bad of symptoms but coat was definitely not glossy & soft. I switched them to other foods trying to see what they liked the best but all the foods must have been better for them than Rachael’s because their coats perked back up & they began eating regularly again & most of the bowel issues cleared up on the older sheltie. I question if there are essential nutrients lacking. As of yesterday when I discovered Abound, my dogs are now on it. We’ll see how it goes.

  • Melanie Little

    I’ve had my one year old now for about two months and have been feeding her Abound, so far she seems to tolerate it well. The Salmon Pumpkin did give her diarrhea so she is now on the Salmon Rice. But because the rice has arsenic in it, I’m looking for rice free I’m sure I’ll have to buy online.

  • heather

    stella and chewys raw has been rated as having the lowest levels of heavy metals dont like raw? make sure no large pieces of bone in patties simmer til organisms killed then feed broth and all switch to low heavy metal brand find on clean label project and see if issues clear up

  • heather

    rice has been found to have high levels of arsenic arsenic causes diarrhea and vomiting and gastro issues orijen just recently posted their levels of arsenic at 1500 ppb epa standard for human drinking water is 10ppb and this from a company who claims to use human grade ingredients pesticide exposure will cause issues as well

  • Mona Shaikh

    I’ve been feeding my 2 yr old Pitbull the Abound Treats made of Sweet Potato, the lamb& rice and the chicken one. My dog broke into hives, got diarrhea and vomitting. This food is awful. My puppy loved it but has been so sick. I had to rush her to the hospital twice in the past week. She’s on antibiotics and Benadryl. THEY SHOULD BAN THIS DOG FOOD.

  • Mona Shaikh

    Same here…my dog broke into hives, got diarrhea and vomitting. This food is awful. My puppy loved it but has been so sick. I had to rush her to the hospital twice in the past week. She’s on antibiotics and Benadryl. THEY SHOULD BAN THIS DOG FOOD.

  • TIGER

    I BUY IT AT SMITHS HERE, BUT IT IS ALSO OWNED BY KROGER

  • MaMaMiMi

    I have a 5 month old Newfoundland and have been feeding her the, Abound Dry “Salmon, Egg, and Pumpkin, recipe”. She is healthy and vibrant with a beautiful coat — but like all dogs she has occasional gas, cough-ups, and irregular bowel movements, due to eating random things found outside; And I have to deworm her regularly because parasites can also be the culprits of those types of afflictions. I add several Brewers Yeast pills, and Papaya pills (digestive enzymes) a day to her kibble. I also give her a “Health Extension” lifetime vitamin to her morning meal… Although it probably isn’t needed because she is fed pretty well.

    Dogs require a wide range of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, which is why feeding a complete and balanced commercial diet is the most reliable and convenient choice for most owners. Commercial dog foods include meats, grains, vegetables, and fruits to meet the nutritional standards of dog food regulations. A high-quality dog food combines sources of protein, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in a manner that is easily digested by dogs to make sure your dog gets what she needs every day.

    For the most part, large dog nutrition is similar to small and medium dog nutrition, with a few important exceptions. Large breed puppies require special diets to avoid certain health risks, and large breed adult dogs require careful monitoring for signs of orthopedic disease, obesity, and bloat. All of these diseases are heavily influenced by nutrition.

    Large breed puppies require special attention when it comes to mealtime. Large and giant breed puppies grow quickly and keep growing longer than smaller dogs. A dog born weighing one pound can grow to 150 pounds within the first 18 months of its life. This accelerated growth rate means that large breed puppies are very sensitive to nutrient and caloric intake – imbalances, deficiencies, and excesses all negatively impact your large breed puppy’s health.

    Growing too quickly is not healthy for large breed puppies. Excessive growth has been linked to developmental orthopedic disease (DOD).

    My dog is an indoor dog and she is bathed and brushed as needed. And because I work from home I’m able to feed her two to three times a day, and kennel train her along with the basic puppy training. I also give her small healthy treats in between meals as rewards in training, but also to try and discourage her from eating other random things from outdoors.

    I feel that the, Abound Dog Food, is quality nutrition with a fair price.

  • mitch

    there is a small bites abound

  • mitch

    my english bulldog has allergic to any treats or dry food her hair and skin is not good but when i try to give her salmon sweet potato abound dog food her skin and hair is good now

  • Roxanne C Masse Neff

    Be aware of Rachel ray food. ..its what i used to feed my dog before switching to this one, i was giving her the nutrish one and she got very ill and refused to eat any more of it….. she had isues with extreme thirst, constapatuon and vomiting…. it used to be good, but the last bag almost had us taking her into an emergency vet

  • Sodaroho

    I have purchased several bags of the Abound treats. Right now I have the duck & potato jerky bites and they are going in the trash. I just went to give my Pomeranian one and felt something strange. There was a small piece of plastic in the treat. I pulled it out and you can see the hole in the end of the treat where it was. I will NEVER buy this brand again. I am sickened and disgusted. My dogs are my babies and I feel so guilty for feeding them inferior dog treats.

  • Kim Cochran

    Tois,, Yea I have had a slight neg issue w abound sweet potato treats. I feed my min pin abound dry after searching here for couple yrs now no probs w that. Recent change in kibble size w no explanation worried me and I contacted me they were responsive and settled my concerns. I trust the brand so felt ok trying the sweet potato tx. Ive bought them before same brand no issues but this recent batch caused my min pin to have diarrhea that didn’t look good lots of orange and pieces in it. I didn’t see it hubs told me. So I stopped giving them. I don’t know if I was giving too many, too much, too frequently or as my husband suggested they are too hard for him and are hurting his insides? I don’t think the brand or ingred are a concern but I don’t feel safe personally w it anymore. I highly recommend Newman’s Own PB and Chicken flavored treats. Newman’s Own is a highly reputable brand and socially responsible treats are affordable and small and thin for small dogs my min pin loves it is our reg treat ive been buying awhile..i think the abound sweet potato are just too HARD literally for safe digestion for small dog and sensitive insides(he had internal surgery yrs ago)

  • mydogzrock

    I buy at my local Kroger grocery store. If they don’t carry it, ask & they should be able to get it for you.
    Or try the Abound website….
    Amazon or ebay probably has it as well.

  • mydogzrock

    Hi Tois Whitaker :
    In response to your comment- I’ve been feeding my diabetic 8yr old
    Min Pin “Abound” Lamb (grain free) for the last 6-8 months and he hasn’t had any problems.
    (*fyi: he was diagnosed w/gastrointestinal issues long before becoming diabetic in Oct 2014 & before eating Abound).
    So I can’t speak on any other dog, but mine hasn’t had any issues directly related to his gastrointestinal diagnosis since eating the Abound dog food…although he does have an “occasional
    flair-up” once or maybe twice per yr.
    He is a very “picky eater” but he likes the Abound food.
    His favorite is
    “Taste of the Wild” (Bison in gravy –
    I drain the gravy off).
    I sure hope your fur baby gets better very soon!!

  • Tois Whitaker

    Has anyone had any negative issues with the Abound treats? I gave my dog a grain free sweet potato slice as a new treat. She’s had other brands of sweet potato. 2 days later she developed gastroenteritis. This treat is the only new addition to her diet. Any comments.

  • sc_4

    Kroger

  • Pat

    where do you buy this food?

  • michele

    Wow.. I started feeding my dog this dog food about six months ago and stop after he passed a bowel movement with tons of blood. He was losing weight and looking bad.I eliminated other factors and the food was the next culprit. I stated feeding him Rachael Ray’s dog food. It’s been a couple of months now and he’s picked up weight,no bloody stool and is more energetic.

  • td

    Try adding water to soften maybe as recommended for puppies.

  • Borialice

    I am trying to elicit whether anyone has experienced their pets going into renal failure after feeding them over a period of time this food as one of my kitties has gone into renal failure now. I have two cats, but the other one never ate the Abound wet cat food.

  • Eva Hickman

    My dogs don’t like this food. And my cats don’t like the cat version either.

  • I as a dog groomer notice skin issues and the 1st question we ask is “What are you feeding”? This is a GREAT alternative to commercial brand grocery foods out there. There are all sorts of economic levels that can not afford some of the higher quality foods so this food gets 5 stars from us as well as clients. We have a foster that is allergic to chicken ABOUND has cleared all that up 🙂

  • Judy

    Ok I bought this dog food by mistake thinking I was buying Beyond as they were next to each other. Well it was the best mistake I have made in years. My Dog loves it!!!! I was shocked I did not have to put anything on it to get her to eat. I bought the Chicken and Brown Rice. I had her on Blue had to put a topper on it to get her to eat and then she would not eat it all and go after the cat food. Not good. Will be going back for this one again.

  • Dori

    Hi Valentine. FYI. This is a dog food review site. No dog food is made by DFA. DFA reviews dog foods here and we, as dog owners, input our experiences with the different foods, ask questions, and help others as best we can while being helped by others ourselves.

  • valentine

    Will you be coming out with a small dog, dog food.??
    My dogs are a very small breed and the adult dog food you sell the chunks are to big for them.
    I do not feed them wet because of there teeth.
    I like giving them dry because it helps clean there teeth.
    Thank You..