Life’s Abundance (Dry)


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 five 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.

  • Life’s Abundance Adult Weight Loss Dog Food [M]
  • Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Dog Food (4 stars) [A]
  • Life’s Abundance Small/Medium Breed Puppy Food [A]
  • Life’s Abundance Large Breed Puppy Food (4 stars) [A]
  • Life’s Abundance Grain Free All Life Stage Dog Food (5 stars) [A]

Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Dog Food was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Life's Abundance All Life Stage

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), dried tomato pomace, pearled barley, flaxseed meal, egg product, yeast culture, natural flavor, fish oil, whitefish meal, dicalcium phosphate, lecithin, salt, carrots, potassium chloride, celery, dl-methionine, l-lysine, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), blueberries, vitamin E supplement, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, fructooligosaccharide, broccoli, taurine, beets, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, parsley, lettuce, iron proteinate, pomegranate extract, selenium yeast, copper proteinate, inositol, watercress, spinach, niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, manganese sulfate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, manganese proteinate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%18%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%37%39%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 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 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 third ingredient includes 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 tomato pomace. 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.

The sixth 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 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.

The eighth ingredient is egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) 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.

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, we find fish oil. Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Next, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener1 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 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 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 44% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

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 flaxseed meal in this recipe and the peas and chickpeas contained in another recipe, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing at least a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Life’s Abundance is a plant-based dry dog food using at least a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources 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 and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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.

Life’s Abundance Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

01/09/2017 Last Update

  • Chris


    Thank you for your interest! I will certainly give you a link although its been 3 months since you posted this. Sorry about that!

  • haleycookie

    Take a look at this article
    Large breed puppies (especially Germans shepherds) should be on a balanced large breed formula. I’m not sure if this food falls into that category. Read through that article above and contact the company and ask if the calcium and phosphorus of their grain free food is safe for a growing large breed puppy. It’s important because if you don’t get it right the chances of your shepherd having life long bone and joint issues is increased exponentially.

  • Des Thompson Messenbrink

    Is this food equally good for german shephard puppy as it would be for my french bulldogs? My frenchies have allergies and grain free is the only thing i can feed my boys. Ive always owned the bullie breed and now we have german pups after our 2 old boys passed away. I just want to make sure my gsd’s get all the extra nutrients they need compared to my more laid back frenchies.

  • Sharon Flemetis

    I love using all the treats for my dog in different time for different reason. Training lesson, for teeth, to help boost imm. System and just because.

  • Mom2Chloe

    My puppy Chloe has been fed LA since we got her from the breeder at Christmas. She’s doing great on the food, and the home delivery is a nice convenience. We havent tried the treats yet.

  • Tonya Crawford

    I am not a rep but my step-daughter and her mother are. They only sell enough to pay for their own dog food. For them it’s about the quality of the food,not the money. I started my lab on it and noticed a change in his coat and bowel habits within the first week. I use the grain free food and I also occasionally give him the treats and use the dog shampoo as well. Love this product and won’t use anything else.

  • Chris

    Hi Kimberly! If you go to our website, you can contact me through there or order from the following page:
    Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Kimberly Nonella

    Hey Chris,
    I am wanting to buy the products and want to buy from a person not the company page. Out of the comments on this page you are doing it right! I too an I’m in a network marketing company and I fully support the industry! How can I become a customer for you?

  • InkedMarie

    See my comment below to Steven Massy: over a year ago, they were very pushy. I’m glad you’re not!

  • InkedMarie

    I never said they changed the product or it’s worth; I said that *I* would say never. Too many other foods out there without pushy reps. JMO.

  • Roanne Rist

    Lol….I am a rep and would never push it on anyone. I let my puppy buyers know how good it is and let them decide. I’ve checked out hundreds of dog foods and all of them have complaints and recalls accept life’s abundance just my opinion I like it

  • Dennis Teel

    ..i buy the food because it’s high quality,not because reps aren’t low key about selling it…advertising behavior doesn’t change the quality..

  • Dennis Teel my comment above

  • Dennis Teel

    If the dog food is highly rated ,then reps trying to push the product don’t suddenly change the product;s worth and quality.I’ve used LA for several years and all the reps in the world pushing it here wouldn’t change my,my disagreement with their advertising behavior doesn’t change the fact that the product is high quality..So i’ll continue to use dog’s a bit too bland for me really..

  • Roanne Rist

    That’s ridiculus you would give up a good food because you don’t like them trying to sell it to you. Just don’t buy it if it bothers you. My mastiff couldn’t eat any other food . It was horrible. She would chew her feet. With la 3 years now does not do it.

  • Daniel H

    My mini-dauxie Lily is 4 months old and has always been fed LA grain free food. The breeder recommended the brand and I took her advice. Lily not only has the shiniest, softest coat I and others have ever felt, she’s never experienced diarrhea and is always full of energy…in addition to always loving meal time! Yes it’s on the expensive side, but it’s worth it. Don’t be a cheap dog parent….and no I am not a distributor.

  • InkedMarie

    I posted that a year ago when they were pretty pushy here. No idea if they are now.

  • Steven Massy

    Exactly how pushy are the LA reps?

  • Jennifer Cohen

    My 9 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been on LA Grain Free All Life Stages for 10 months. Before that she ate Blue Buffalo for years. I’ve definitely noticed positive changes in her… her coat is shinier and thicker, her energy has increased, and she is more agile. She’s not experienced diarrhea on this food. I highly recommend this product!

    I could care less that LA uses direct sales in addition to selling products on their company site. Direct sales is just a different business model from the corporate one. I love the product and the auto-ship. And no… I’m not a distributor. 🙂

  • Linda Kelly

    I buy both.

  • sandra

    honestly i was interested in this food till i come here and see all the reps posting links and stuff. that really turns me off. i want to read posts from people who are not reps who feed the food. i also dont like the way you sell it as it brings to mind pyramind scheme. to bad because it maybe a good food

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Lyssa:
    I feed Life’s Abundance canned foods to both my dog and cats. I have fed the kibble, but it’s not in my rotation because I have plenty of others that are available to me locally. My dog loved the kibble and did well on it; I would feed it again.

    Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM recommends LA canned cat food. I looked into it a little further and found it met my cats’ needs and decided to order it for my dog too.

    I also feed Fromm kibble and canned regularly. It’s a favorite at my house. My pet store just called to let me know my bags are in, so Fromm is up next!

    Fromm has had one recall in their long history:

    I feed both grain inclusive and grain free in rotation with several brands. As Crazy4cats suggested, maybe consider giving both a try. Your dog will let you know how it’s going. You might end up with two brands your dog does well on. Good luck!

  • Storm’s Mom

    I’ve used the Beef Frittata Veg, Pork & Peas, and Surf & Turf. The first 2 I’d only use with a canned topper, as they don’t have enough meat protein for my liking.

  • Lyssa

    Thank you for this!!

  • Lyssa

    Yes, thank you! What Fromm do you use? She is in blue buffalo now and I just bought the chicken 4 star Fromm.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Lyssa-

    Have you considered rotating between the two? I’ve never fed either brand, but have heard mostly good things about both. Here is an article I recently received in my email about the grain free debate:

    I, personally feed my dogs mostly grain free, but do also include grain inclusive formulas as well. Hope this helps!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Personally, I would vote for Fromm. I’ve used Fromm, I like that they are a family company, have never had a recall, etc. I haven’t used LA, but I wouldn’t use them simply because of their marketing practices, on here in particular.

    You don’t have to feed grain-free, no, unless your dog is allergic to or intolerant of grains. While my dog isn’t allergic/intolerant to grains and he does get some grains in his diet from time to time (I change his food every bag or so), I feel that he doesn’t need grains in his diet on a regular basis…. they are mainly used as fillers in most dog foods and provide less nutritional value than many other ingredients.

    Hope this helps!

  • Lyssa

    I have been doing a significant amount of research on what dog food to feed my 17 pound miniature labradoodle. It is between Fromm and LA. Can anyone give me any insight on both of these and if it should be grain free?

  • theBCnut

    BTW, have you noticed? No one gives you that same attitude, because you identified yourself. People don’t like feeling like someone is trying to pull the wool over their eyes. You didn’t do that. Thanks.

  • theBCnut

    It shouldn’t be too much trouble for you to casually mention that if they think LA is a great food, they might want to get on this website and share their experience. People who feel passionately about something like to share. You don’t have to hound them. Just let them know there is a need to get the word out. Every other food on this site has reviews because regular people like or dislike a food. This is the only one I have come across that reps are pretty much the only ones giving reviews. That’s a shame.

  • Chris

    Truthfully, I just want the puppies we produce to eat a really high quality food and this is tried and true from my experience. You wouldn’t know this unless you were a rep but the truth is, the commissions are low. You have to have a lot of people buying food to make a little bit of money. I’m just happy to have a little bit of money to help offset my huge dog food bills. I don’t use LA to make money. Therefore, I’m not going to bother my clients with trying to help me sell it to other people by leaving reviews. I also don’t have time to deal with it. If people don’t want to use it, that’s their decision. I just left a review because I don’t like how the great quality of this food is being over shadowed by attitudes towards the reps.

  • theBCnut

    I’ll ask you the same question that I have asked other LA reps. If the food is so great, can you get some of the people who buy it from you and aren’t profiting to come here and post a review of their experience with the food? I don’t think that should be too much to ask.

  • theBCnut

    I don’t mind if someone who uses the product and loves it gives rave reviews and provides a link, in fact I think that’s great, but someone who is selling it and posts as if they aren’t profiting is a different matter. They are supposed to identify themselves. That’s in the commenting policy and it’s just plain ethical. If they are going to go out of their way to claim to be ethical, then why not do the most ethical thing?

  • InkedMarie

    I believe she is saying that the people posting the links are not announcing themselves as LA reps.

    By the way, you replied to a post that’s a year old.

  • Chris

    I just want to say that we are dog breeders. We have about 10 dogs at our home and a couple in guardian homes. All of our dogs have been on Life’s Abundance for the past 3+ years and are thriving. We haven’t had any issues with it at all and are extremely pleased with the health and vitality of our dogs. I am a rep but that has nothing to do with my choice to feed this food. I chose this food because of the goals of the company, the way the food is manufactured, the awesome convenience of the auto-ship and the fact that it has never had a recall. The ingredients are sourced from the US. I don’t find it to be any more expensive than other similar quality, holistic foods. The shipping rates are high if you only buy one bag. However, the shipping rate is a flat rate so order a couple of bags at a time to save money on shipping. Also, it takes time, gas money and wear on your car to drive to get food so it’s worth it to have it arrive on auto-ship. It’s one less thing for me to worry about in my crazy, busy life. For those who are ranting about reps advertising and the fact that it is a MLM company…what difference does it make? It’s not marked up any higher than any other company that uses a middle man to sell their food. Every dog food company uses a middle man and some form of marketing strategy that the consumer pays for in markups. I would not let that be a determining factor for whether or not to purchase this food. Also, not all reps are pushy, not that I think plugging a link on a relevant page is being pushy. For those of you who are willing to give this wonderful food a try, I hope your cats/dogs do as well on it as mine have. 🙂

  • Chris

    That’s been our experience and we have 10 dogs! They are all doing great on it. We don’t feed anything else and we’ve been using it for 3 years!!

  • Chris

    Maybe. It’s also possible there was something else going on and it was a coincidence. Without testing the food, you can’t really assume it was the food can you?

  • Chris

    Yep, your dog is allergic to chicken, no doubt.

  • Chris

    I agree with you. I don’t see a difference between an individual, private business or chain selling food. Why do people get so angry about it?

  • Chris

    It’s not ethical to post a link for people on this page, reading about the food, to buy it? Hmmmm….why are you so defensive about this? You don’t have to buy it but it isn’t hurting anything for them to advertise it. Maybe you should complain to this website about allowing advertising on here.

  • Chris

    I actually love the auto-ship. I can get as many bags as I want shipped to me for one flat rate. It’s worth the shipping charge to save me from having to go track the food down and waste my time and gas money. I love how easy it is to change the shipping date or frequency. It’s one less errand I have to run by having UPS bring it automatically. The price is not high in comparison to other foods like it. I don’t care if it is MLM. My dogs are doing great on it, it’s a good value and convenient (I don’t mind paying for the shipping…the convenience is worth it).

  • Connie Parks
  • clc530

    The reason it is so high is because it is MLM company just like Amway so when 50% plus goes to the down line it has to be pricy.

  • Chris Arndt

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  • Chris Arndt

    If you want fresh Life’s Abundance dog food, visit us at: or call us at 845-527-2554. Chris Arndt

  • InkedMarie

    Even if I was interested in it, the pushiness of most of these sellers cause me to say “never”. I’d say this no matter the food.

  • Pitlove

    funny because all their advertising is doing is convincing me to never feed this food. excellent marketing imo 🙂

  • Crazy4dogs

    OMG, why do you life’s abundance people keep doing this? SO ANNOYING!

  • Myles Wood has all the Lifes abundance products that you need.

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  • Lazaro Borges

    I looked into Life’s Abundance, but it was pricey for me at least.

  • Dennis Teel

    I’ve been feeding my 7 years old Jack Russell Life’s abundance since he was 1 year old ..I started him on Bil-jac but I read some stuff about it eventually that was pretty negative..My dog has been doing great on LA.Recently he’s taken a shine to my vegetable juice(Purples by V8) so I have to be alert as to where I set my glass down.V8 makes three kinds of juice and each bottle has 3 veggies and one fruit .I guess the fruit’s added for sweetness to the otherwise bland vegetable flavor..My dog loves to lick the few drops from the cup I leave when I’m finished .I don’t know whether it’s good for him or not but it doesn’t seem to effect him in a negative manner.and no..i’m not a rep for V8 or Life’s abundance…be real..i’m a responsible,hard working tapeworm trainer.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Stephanie:
    Who manufactures the canned foods?

  • theBCnut

    First of all, I didn’t put any words in your mouth. I said “Just about the only people who come here and tout this product are reps. Maybe, if you have so many happy customers, you should encourage them to come and leave an honest review, so we can learn how people who aren’t trying to increase company sales feel about this food.”

    To which you replied “Trust pilot has many happy customer reviews.”

    Then I said “This isn’t trust pilot.” My point is that the reviews are not here. Sorry, you can’t understand that.

    And I’m not angry, just stating fact.

    This is straight out of the commenting policy for this site.

    A Word to Veterinary Professionals
    and Company Representatives

    In the interest of fairness, those who publicly claim to be veterinary professionals are kindly asked to post using their real names.

    Pet food manufacturers, distributors, retailers and representatives may also comment here. However, those with a vested interest in any product must publicly disclose this important information to others and always post using their real names.

    That’s why we expect reps to identify themselves the first time they post. And that is why we feel it is unethical not to. No, Mike would not have removed your post for something that small, but he might give a warning for something like that. However, since you are out now, I hardly think he will bother.

    And as for the reviews by people who actually use the food , but don’t sell it. Look at dates. A review from 3 years ago is hardly compelling. Foods can change a whole lot in 3 years.

  • theBCnut

    This isn’t trust pilot. As I said “Just about the only people who come here and tout this product are reps. Maybe, if you have so many happy customers, you should encourage them to come and leave an honest review, so we can learn how people who aren’t trying to increase company sales feel about this food.”
    BTW, people shouldn’t have to go to a website trying to sell them something they don’t want to find out that you are a rep. READ the commenting policy of every website you go on BEFORE you comment.
    BTW, people shouldn’t have to go to a website trying to sell them something they don’t want to find out that you are a rep. READ the commenting policy of every website you go on BEFORE you comment.

  • Stephanie

    If the rules stated that I did not see it. And like I said before it certainly wasn’t done intentionally to come across as me not being a distributor. If you reread my original post you will see I put a link at the end of my post so it wasn’t like I was trying to hide something. Life’s abundance is made in Ohio pet foods which is certainly one of the much more sought after dog food Distribution plants.
    I have not seen one post on here of a distributor trying to “push”the food. It’s more along the lines of trying to help people and their pets. If you see a dog food commercial on TV do you look at it as them trying to push the food? Or is it simply an advertisement? To me personally, pushiness would be someone sending out spam emails, personally contacting individuals etc. LA is in the business of helping not pushing. They don’t even allow their distributors to do email spamming.

  • aquariangt

    When you don’t identify yourself and come on with positive reviews pushing for something to be sold, you have an extra agenda-that’s why it bothers people when reps for these private label dog foods come on here pushing them, and the reps never seem to identify themselves, even though the rules state that you must. It’s a bit shady. While we’re on that topic, can you share with me the manufacturing information on life’s abundance?

  • Stephanie

    Trust pilot has many happy customer reviews.

  • Stephanie

    Yes I am a distributor of LA. I am sorry someone feels that me not first saying I am a distributor is unethical. I did not wants mean for it to come out that way. There is no need for me to hide the fact that I am a distributor. I have a lot of information about it on my German Shepherd website and I let people know that I fully support this company.
    They have also come out with a new grain free food that some dogs may do better on. Although I personally have not had any dogs have any issues with their original lifestage food.
    I talked to someone One time who worked in a plant that distributed products for a large chain commercial pet Company. They told me The dog and cat foods in the dry bags were stored in storage bins in their parking lots with no climate control. The storage bins heated up hot The dog and cat foods in the dry bags were stored in storage bins in their lots with no climate control. The storage bins heated up hot as heck the same way cars do left sitting in the sun. This seriously degrades the quality of the food before it hits the store shelves.
    When you buy food from Petco or Petsmart do you not think someone is making money off of it?
    When many customers by a dog food off of the shelf take it home and their dogs get sick how easy do you think it will be for the company to find those people? Some of the people will not know their dogs are sick from the food.
    When LA is sent out they know where it goes. If it comes to a distributor like me and then I send it out to one of my customers the food is very easily traced if there ever was a recall.
    Which there never has been.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Glad to hear your dog is doing well. Sometimes people suddenly get on this forum and leave random comments on very old posts. 🙁

  • Humanities teacher

    Someone responded a bit negatively to a comment I made almost a year ago when our lab was a new puppy and we were trying to get his horrific digestive issues under control. It was about vets and recommending Hills food. Our vet wholeheartedly approved of the LA large breed puppy food, but in order to ease his diarrhea, she suggested I start with Hills canned & dry ID food (bland diet) and slowly introduce the LA along with a spoonful of pumpkin. After a month of slow introduction, things began to firm up and he’s been fine ever since. Now that he is a year old, I am very gradually switching him over from the LA puppy food to the LA adult – so far so good. He’s not so keen on going from 3 meals a day to two, however, so he gets 1 1/2 cups at breakfast, 1/4 cup at lunch, and 1 1/4 cups at dinner. He’s maintained his weight, his breath is sweet, his ears are pristine, and his coat looks gorgeous. I’m so glad I stuck with it.

  • Ruby

    The beets do not make up too much of the ingredient list. Your dogs are exposed to much worse just walking through the neighborhood. Lawn chemicals/ weed killers are the worst.

  • Ruby

    Cats really should have wet or canned food. Dry kibble is very hard on their kidneys/elimination system & also their Liver.

  • Ruby

    Hills is not the food it is touted to be. My understanding is vets are encouraged to sell this because of soooooo many donations made by hills to various vet schools. Vet as a rule study lil in the way of nutrition.

  • Bobby dog

    Maybe they don’t reveal the info. TBH, I have never contacted the company and I can’t remember where I got the manufacturing info. It can’t hurt to try again.

  • Lawrence Clasby

    elusive, rather…

  • Lawrence Clasby

    Thank you. I did call today, but the one who answered seemed allusive… Maybe new? I’ll try again, But thanks for the info !

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Lawrence:
    This info is probably a few years old, Ohio Pet Foods for kibble and Simmons for canned. I suggest you try contacting the company to confirm, I believe they disclose their co-packers to the public when asked.

  • Lawrence Clasby

    Does anyone know who manufactures for Life’s Abundance ?

  • Jezt fun

    The reason they don’t sell to the “big stores” is that it is in essence and admits to be a multi level marketing company — first warning is ‘Auto Ship” which claims a savings per bag, but then there is a $8+ fee to ship. They use the guise that they don’t sell to big stores is that the shelf life is short. I just picked up a bag from a local office and the expiration date is April 2016–1 year from now…. I am sure that any big store will move that inventory. It is all about the multi level thing. All of that aside, I do, however, think it is a good brand and my rescue seems to like it, just don’t BS the public. Natures Valley Instinct with Raw Bonus Dog Food is an excellent and comparative option at a comparable price available at the “Big” pet stores for less–run out, walk in and purchase–no redic shipping fees… Just saying………….

  • nunya

    I would bet it was the chicken. If you haven’t already, try a food that does not contain chicken. Many dogs are allergic to chicken and it can manifest with ear issues

  • theBCnut

    If Life’s Abundance is so ethical, how come their reps come on here all the time touting their product without identifying themselves as reps. THAT’S NOT ETHICAL!!! That’s business.

  • DogFoodie

    From the looks of the link you provided, it appears that you are a dealer of this product. Is that correct?

  • Stephanie Ward

    I am a German Shepherd breeder and usually have on average 12 dogs. They are all fed 50% life’s abundance and 50% raw diet. I have had zero issues with life’s abundance and highly recommend it. The company is so highly ethical that they won’t even sell to big chain stores. They could sell the big chain stores if they wanted to and make boatloads more money. They choose to keep track of where their food is going so if there ever were a recall(which they’ve never had by the way)they would easily be able to Identify where it came from and stop the recall before more animals got sick. Not only that but the food is made up fresh weekly and they guarantee the probiotics to be live. Other dog food the food is stored in hot bins until it reaches the store shelves and the probiotics are usually dead if they had any to begin with.
    The food is shipped to your door there is no lugging the bag from the store to your house.
    This is where you can purchase it at

  • Humanities teacher

    The breeder of our lab pup recommended LA. He’s 8 months old and is absolutely beautiful. His black coat glistens, and he barely sheds. He had digestive issues during his first two weeks with us and once again about a month ago when he picked up a virus (probably in the dog park) that lasted about 10 days. He is still eating 3 meals/day, about 1 1/3 cups each meal for a total of 4 cups/day. He currently weighs about 75 lbs. His father weighs 95lbs; it will be interesting to see if he gets that big.

  • DogFoodie

    Feeding a puppy a food that only meets the AAFCO profile for adult maintenance could result in nutritional deficiencies.

  • NJ Patient

    Excellent information as I wasn’t familiar with this food until the past year.

  • NJ Patient

    I’ve heard for years, adding jarred baby food meat to a cat’s dry diet can avoid the crystals from developing due to the moisture and human grade food. How true that is today I don’t know but a friend did it years ago, her cat never got crystals again. 1/2 a jar daily with his good quality dry cat food seemed to be the charm for him. It was vet recommended.

  • NJ Patient

    I just read of a vet/breeder of Labs who highly recommends LA. I am not familiar with it so I can’t say good or bad about it. I would imagine a vet/lab breeder who feeds his own dogs that food would have nothing to gain by it. The vets that sell Hills/Science Diet do have something to gain, the sale of an inferior food in my opinion.

  • NJ Patient

    Any Hills/Science Diet product, veterinary or not is inferior in my humble opinion.

  • NJ Patient

    By 8 months my dogs are off puppy food, I find the protein and fat to be too high and the food too rich. They can also grow too fast on it, damaging the skeleton with an overly fast growth rate. I take them off slowly around 6 months onto adult food. If you read the bags of some puppy foods, some of them recommend 7 1/2 cups per day for a 60 to 70 lb dog which is insanely high. That just means they want to sell you more than needed. You might want to try the Adult version of that food or something else. I recommend changing over slowly but others on here don’t believe in that. I DO. Just my opinion and many other Labrador hobbyists/owners I have spoke with for years who have the breed for decades. The puppy food just might be too rich for your 8 month old puppy’s belly. I had it happen with my most recent, youngest girl out of a litter 1 year ago, Once on adult food, never a stomach upset again.

  • 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.

  • 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!


  • 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.

  • Hill’s Science Diet just had another recall in June for salmonella. Life’s Abundance has never had any recalls!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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