Whole Life LifeBites Dog Food (Freeze-Dried)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Whole Life LifeBites Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Whole Life LifeBites product line includes 3 freeze-dried 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.

  • Whole Life LifeBites Duck Recipe [M]
  • Whole Life LifeBites Salmon Recipe [M]
  • Whole Life LifeBites Chicken Recipe [M]

Whole Life LifeBites Salmon Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Whole Life LifeBites Salmon Recipe

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 51% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 15%

Ingredients: Chicken, sweet potato, chicken liver, salmon, peas, carrots, apples, blueberries, pumpkin, yogurt, tricalcium phosphate, flaxseed, chia seed, vitamins and minerals (zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis49%25%NA
Dry Matter Basis51%26%15%
Calorie Weighted Basis40%49%12%
Protein = 40% | Fat = 49% | Carbs = 12%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken 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 sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

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

Although it is a quality item, raw organ meat 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 fourth ingredient is salmon, another quality, raw item inclusive of moisture. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient is apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The eighth ingredient includes blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

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 flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also 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, we also note the use of chia seed, an edible seed nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.

However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

In addition, yogurt is a nutritious dairy product made from the fermentation of cow’s milk. It is naturally rich in protein, calcium and vitamins yet contains less than half the lactose found in whole milk.

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.

Whole Life LifeBites Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Whole Life LifeBites looks like an above-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 51%, a fat level of 26% and estimated carbohydrates of about 15%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 51% and a mean fat level of 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, flax and chia seeds, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Whole Life LifeBites is a meat-based, dry dog food using a significant amount of named meat as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.

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02/14/2018 Last Update