Luvsome Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Luvsome Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2 stars.

The Luvsome Dog Food product line includes six dry recipes.

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.

  • Luvosme Puppy [U]
  • Luvsome Senior [U]
  • Luvsome Natural [U]
  • Luvsome Original [U]
  • Luvsome Skin and Coat [U]
  • Luvsome Healthy Weight [U]

Luvsome Original recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Luvsome Original

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 30% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 51%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground yellow corn, ground whole wheat, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, dicalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, brewers dried yeast, dried whey, propionic acid (a preservative), dried peas, dried carrots, titanium dioxide color, choline chloride, yellow 5, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, red 40, vitamin E supplement, iron oxide color, blue 2, vitamin A supplement, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), vitamin D3 supplement, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, cobalt carbonate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis30%11%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%26%47%
Protein = 27% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 47%

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 corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The third ingredient is wheat. Wheat is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as corn (previously discussed).

The fourth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth 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.

After the natural flavor, we find dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

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, 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, dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

In addition, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his kibble is?

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

In addition, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

And lastly, this food contains menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.

Luvsome Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Luvsome Dog Food looks like a below-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 30%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 41%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Luvsome is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken or beef meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2 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.

Luvsome Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

03/18/2016 Last Update

  • Samantha Nadine Richardson

    Thought switching to an all natural food would be good for my dog and he has been throwing this food up all week!! Nothing good about this food!

  • Doyle Shea

    My dog of 13 1/2 years literally spit it out after developing Melena – dark blood stools from internal bleeding. She is only better with a changed diet. There is nothing love-some about this in fact it is sickening especially to my dog and family.