Dog Food Comparisons

Compare Your Dog Or Cat Food To Life's Abundance Dog And Cat Food

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent. Because your dog or cat eats the same food every day, it’s their primary source of nutrition. A superior dog food or cat food can help to foster a solid nutritional foundation, which can help sustain your pet over a long and healthy lifetime.

As a caring pet parent, it’s important that you see through marketing ploys designed to mislead you about the quality of ingredients and their intended dietary benefits.

Additionally, some competing brands use wheat and wheat glutens, corn and corn glutens, as well as artificial food colors and preservatives. We never have, and we never will. That’s part of our commitment to you and your dog to provide the safest and most innovative nutritional formulas for a better life.

While the top five ingredients of a given dog food or cat food provide the consumer with insight into the nutritional priorities of a pet food maker, they don’t tell the whole story. Every ingredient plays a critical part, which is why we provide a comparison based upon eight different quantitative measures. Furthermore, the secret to superior pet food lies in the formula itself – not only in the ingredients, but also in the proportions of those ingredients to one another.

The significance of the ratios cannot be understated. Our long-time pet food formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks, stresses the importance of synergism, or the interaction of ingredients, because the proper proportions help to maximize the nutritional impact of a formula. As with any recipe, if you use the wrong ratios, you will get very different results.

With quality ingredients working synergistically with one another, you can be certain that you’re providing the very best for your companion animal.

Not all pet food manufacturers have your pets best interests in mind. Unfortunately, many use ingredients that you would never knowingly feed your dog. Some intentionally attempt to mislead you with clever marketing, touting ingredients that sound appealing to you but are not actually suited to the nutritional requirements of dogs. At Life's Abundance, we focus on what canines truly need to help ensure a lifetime of good health, rather than on making the cheapest possible product that might not fulfill your dog’s dietary needs.

Our premium dog food and cat food recipes feature safe and wholesome ingredients. But for a dog food or cat food to be considered truly exceptional, we believe it must meet several specific nutritional criteria. Not only should a dog food or cat food score well on the majority of eight distinct measures, it must score well on every measure. Even if one area is overlooked, you could be compromising your dog’s chances for wellness and longevity.

To account for the unique dietary needs of your dog or cat, all of the following must be included in the formula: a diverse array of high-quality proteins; healthy species-specific animal fat; a guaranteed amount of the antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E; a guaranteed amount of omega-3 fatty acids (for optimal benefit omega-3’s should be scientifically balanced with omega-6 fatty acids); prebiotics; a guaranteed amount of probiotics; an array of vegetables; and fruits. Furthermore, to minimize health risks, no wheat or wheat gluten or corn or corn gluten-based products should be featured.

If your current food doesn’t score well on every single one of these eight distinct measures, we strongly suggest that you feed your beloved canine Life’s Abundance.

Even though the quality and variety of ingredients provide insight to the strength of a food’s formula, they shouldn’t be your only consideration when choosing the right food for your dog. In fact, the process by which the food is made is equally vital. Life’s Abundance premium dry health food is prepared by a family-owned, third-generation pet food maker, where creating a high quality food is not only a priority and a family tradition, it’s an art form. Batches of food are produced in limited runs on a weekly basis, minimizing periods of storage and helping us to deliver the freshest-possible product to your front door.

When you pick up a bag of dog food or cat food from a retail store, it’s impossible to know the history behind the product you’re holding. You don’t know how long it’s been on the shelf, or how long it lingered in the storeroom before being placed on the shelf. You don’t know how long it was stowed in a shipping container, subjected to temperature extremes. You don’t know how long it was stockpiled in a distribution center prior to shipping. In fact, many mass-produced dog foods are stashed away in tractor trailers without any form of climate-control for weeks, even months. And, you have no idea if proper handling of bags and pest-control are priorities for the packaging centers and warehouses where the product is bagged and stored.

Why does it matter that you can’t know the history of the retail product? As you might correctly guess, the way a dog food or cat food is stored can directly affect its nutritional value and safety. The bottom line is, just because it’s store-bought doesn’t mean it’s fresh.

Life’s Abundance, doesn't leave factors that impact safety and quality to chance. Our commitment to providing your dog or cat with a superior food goes well beyond the formula and the individual ingredients. To ensure the safety and quality of the final product, we exercise control, from preparation to packaging to storage.

As we mentioned before, Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Puppies and Adult Dogs and Life's Abundance Premium Health Food For Kittens and Adult Cats is prepared in small batches on a weekly basis. Life's Abundance tests the quality of our foods to ensure the integrity of ingredients and to make sure the formula is adhered to. Immediately after each batch is prepared, it’s bagged and shipped directly to one of our five warehouses.

Thanks to our strict adherence to quality and safety, we’ve created a streamlined process that, in most cases, means that the food that’s delivered to your door is only four to six weeks old.

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Have You Tried Life's Abundance Grain Free Dog And Puppy Food Yet?

Have you tried Life's Abundance Grain-Free Dog & Puppy Food yet?

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Life's Abundance grain-free recipes are premium diets. That means they are so nutritious that, pound-for-pound, they provide more meals than most other premium grain-free brands. Optimal health for a great value. That’s the Life’s Abundance difference. Order today and watch your companion animal thrive!


◦Natural, grain-free food that’s holistically balanced for wellness.

◦Cooked in small batches for guaranteed freshness & robust nutrients.

◦Absolutely no corn or wheat glutens, artificial colors or flavors.

◦Made in the USA with choice ingredients you can trust.


Compare Life's Abundance Grain-Free Dog Food to some other popular foods!

Daily Cost to Feed a 30 lb. Dog Grain-Free Food...

Life's Abundance Grain-Free All Life Stage  $0.88 

Acana Ranchlands Grain Free Dry Dog Food  $1.86 

Blue Buffalo Basics Grain Free Turkey & Potato Recipe  $1.59 

NOW Fresh Grain Free Adult Recipe Dry Dog Food  $1.33 

Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato  $1.31 

Canidae Grain Free Pure Sky Formula Dry Dog Food  $1.03 


What Do You Look For In A Dog Or Cat Food?

What do you look for in a dog or cat food? Did you know that we use chicken meal because most of the water has been removed, which makes it a concentrated source of protein. This means that there is a greater “protein content” in one pound of chicken meal versus one pound of chicken meat. That’s why high-quality chicken meal is a key ingredient in Life’s Abundance foods. What else should you be looking for?

Doggies find out here!

Kitties find out here!

Also make sure you compare the "amounts fed" to Life's Abundance. Our food is nutrient dense and you feed less. For example when looking at Blue Buffalo you would feed a 40lb dog 2 1/4 cups and with Life's Abundance you would feed 1 3/4 cups. For a 100 pound dog eating Blue Buffalo you would feed 4 1/2 cups but with Life's Abundance 3 1/2 cups. That tells you A LOT!

Plus, our daily breakdown of how much it costs to feed your furbaby is better than most commercial brands (plus ours is shipped FRESH and doesn't sit in a warehouse for 12-18 months like they do).

3lb dog - 10 to 13 cents a day
10lb dog - 29 to 34 cents a day

20lb dog - 44 to 52 cents a day
30lb dog - 66 to 79 cents a day
40lb dog - 77 to 89 cents a day
60lb dog - $1.10 to $1.25 a day
80lb dog - $1.30 to $1.51 a day
100lb dog - $1.52 to $1.88 a day

3lb cat - 15 to 17 cents a day
7lb cat - 20 to 23 cents a day
12lb cat - 30 to 33 cents a day
18lb cat - 46 to 49 cents a day

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 P.S. One more thing - Life's Abundance has NEVER been recalled and has been in business for 15 years. Can your pet food say that? Here are the recalls dating back to 2007 - and I sure would be wary of those repeat offenders!

Advertising At It's Best - Purina's Be Happy Dog & Cat Food

BeHappy_PurinaPage_BothPurina came out with a new food and new website - Purina Be Happy Dog & Cat Food

The pet food claims "it helps keep them healthy on the inside, and happy on the outside."  Can a pet food really make your dog or cat happy? 

This new pet food - Be Happy - is a product of Purina Pet Foods. The Be Happy website states "For us, pets are the true happiness heroes. When we watch a dog chase his tail or a cat soak up the sun, we remember that there’s more good in the world than not, if you just know where to sniff it out! That’s why we created new Be Happy pet food to spread our pets’ instinctual happiness. With a scrumptious taste, it helps keep them healthy on the inside, and happy on the outside. Who doesn’t love that?" 

Ok, sounds good, right? Who wouldn't want their pet to be happy and especially a good that keeps them healthy on the inside................STOP! Ok, enough of the lovey dovey stuff, let's take a real look at the ingredients and then you tell me how happy that dog or cat would be....

Be Happy Beef Flavor Dog Food
Ground yellow corn, ground wheat, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), egg and chicken flavor, corn gluten meal, animal digest, propylene glycol, phosphoric acid, sugar, salt, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (a preservative), calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, tricalcium phosphate, Red 40, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, Yellow 5, manganese sulfate, Blue 2, niacin, Yellow 6, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

Be Happy Poultry Pair-adise Cat Food Ingredients
Ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, chicken by-product meal, meat and bone meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), animal liver flavor, phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, turkey by-product meal, salt, choline chloride, potassium chloride, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, DL-Methionine, Yellow 6, niacin, manganese sulfate, Red 40, Yellow 5, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Blue 2, Vitamin D-3 supplement, folic acid, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite, biotin.

Does the color RED make you happy? Red is usually a warning sign - listen to the sign and turn the other way!

Both of these foods contain the ingredients meat and bone meal and animal fat. FDA testing linked these two ingredients to the euthanizing drug pentobarbital.  This means these ingredients, per FDA testing, are likely to contain a rendered euthanized animal.

The cat food also contains by-product meals. Yes, meals are an excellent choice (when it is chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal) because all the water is taken out so you get the most amount of protein but you don't want by-products as your protein source. Also, how about that the first so called "meat" is listed 4th on the ingredient label - how much as you getting?

Both of these foods contain dyes.  Red 40 - per the Center for Science in the Public Interest report on food dyes titled Rainbow of Risks - "may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice.  The dye causes hypersensitivity (allergy-like) reactions in a small number of consumer and might trigger hyperactivity in children."  The CSPI report goes on to say "Considering the safety questions and its non-essentiality, Red 40 should be excluded from foods unless and until new tests clearly demonstrate its safety."

The same CPSI report states "Blue 2 cannot be considered safe given the statistically significant incidence of tumors, particularly brain gliomas, in male rats.  It should not be used in foods."

"Yellow 5 was not carcinogenic in rats, but was not adequately tested in mice. It may be contaminated with several cancer-causing chemicals.  In addition, Yellow 5 causes sometimes-severe hypersensitivity reactions in a small number of people and might trigger hyperactivity reactions in a small number of people and might trigger hyperactivity and other behavior effects in children.  Posing some risks, while serving no nutritional or safety purpose, Yellow 5 should not be allowed in foods."

"Yellow 6 caused adrenal tumors in animals, though that is disputed by industry and the FDA.  It may be contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals and occasionally causes severe hypersensitivity reactions. Yellow 6 adds an unnecessary risk to the food supply."

Who cares about colors???? Your dog doesn't care if the food is blue, purple, red, etc! These colors are added to make the consumer choose this food because it looks fun and maybe healthy. Perhaps the blue bits are blueberries, yep keep telling yourself that.

Purina Pet Foods source ingredients from the US with the exception of supplements sourced globally including China.

Both of these foods contain corn and soy ingredients. Purina Pet Foods has stated their foods are not GMO free. Thus, we'd have to assume the corn and soy ingredients are sourced from genetically modified corn and soy. With corn and soy ingredients, we also have the worry of mold growth causing mycotoxin contamination.  A paper published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology states:
"One of the biggest issues of concern discussed, is that existing studies of mycotoxin contamination in pet food overlook the day to day consumption of small amounts of mycotoxins;  resulting in "chronic diseases such as liver and kidney fibrosis, infections resulting from immonosuppression and cancer."

So after reading this does this food make YOU happy? It sure better because it's not going to make your poor dog or cat happy!



The True Cost Of Life's Abundance Dog Food vs Nutro Ultra Dog Food

LifesabundancedogandcatfoodsToday we received an email from Petsmart with their Nutro Ultra on sale. The 15lb bag is on sale for $31.99.....a 20lb bag of Life's Abundance on autoship/wholesale is $31.84. You can see Nutro Ultra is 5 pounds less but let's look a little further. With both of these bags you pay tax, in my case in AZ it's 10%. This brings ...the Nutro Ultra to $35.19 and LA to $35.02. Life's Abundance does have shipping - $8.55 and this holds true whether you are buying an 8, 20, 40, 6.6 or 16.5 lb bag of food and many times you can order multiple bags and products and your shipping still stays $8.55. So, with that said we add shipping to LA and are now at $43.57 - divide that into 20lbs of food and it is $2.18 a lb. Now we have Nutro sitting at $35.19 - divide that into 15lbs of food and it is $2.35 a lb. Remember that is also Nutro's sale price :)

Life's Abundance is a superior formula, has never been recalled and is delivered to your customer within 6 weeks of being made. When you look at Nutro Ultra you have to say - how long did it sit in an uncontrolled warehouse and then was shipped to a pet store where it sat on a shelf? Doesn't your dog or cat deserve better than this?

It seems that everytime I open an email a big name company has a recall. Be a safe and smart consumer, purchase a food you can trust. Life's Abundance has an open door policy too! If you have a question about your food you can actually speak to Dr Jane Bicks, the product formulator. She hosts a monthly conference call and speaks to you, the consumer. Try calling Nutro, Diamond, Purina, Iams, etc - who will they let you speak with?

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Alpo Releases "Real Dogs Eat Meat" Campaign & Book

I was reading a pet magazine and saw the ad from Alpo promoting their new book and campaign "Real Dogs Eat Meat." When you call up Alpo's Website it has Dog Food: Premium Purina Alpo Brand Dog Food and you can click around on the products but the funny thing is they have removed the ingredients! I don't know of any reputable dog or cat food company that has removed the ingredient list of their food from their websites. Is this because they are promoting Real Dogs Eat Meat but their food is corn based? Is it because they believe consumers only look at pictures and say well that looks like a great food so why know what's in it?

20135902_lg Here is one of their foods - Alpo Prime Cuts Savory Beef Flavor Dry Dog Food

Ingredients - Ground Yellow Corn, Beef And Bone Meal, Soybean Meal, Beef Tallow Preserved With Bha, Animal Digest, Salt, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Added Color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2), Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Carbonate, Brewers Dried Yeast, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Natural Flavor, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source Of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite.

The name sounds good doesn't it? As you can see this follows the "Real Dogs Eat Meat Campaign." Yep, first ingredient is corn which is a known allergen. Then we have Beef and Bone Meal which is hard to digest and a dry rendered product from (beef) tissues, including bone, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents.  This is an inexpensive, low quality ingredient used to boost the protein percentage. Soybeal meal is another allergen and another low quality protein filler used to boost the protein content and then we have some beef tallow preserved with BHA which is also a carcinogen, a cancer causing agent. Beef tallow is also used to make low quality dog and cat food more palatable. Beef tallow is very low in linoleic acid and much cheaper for the pet food industry to use than a good quality vegetable oil or nutritionally rich chicken fat.  Then we have Animal Digest. The FDA has tested Animal digest and has said it is likely to contain the lethal drug pentobarbital and thus likely to contain a euthanized animal. It also contains menadione sodium bisulfite complex - this is another ingredient on the questionable list. Menadione Sodium Bisulfate is a synthetic version of Vitamin K. This ingredient is added to pet foods and treats as an inexpensive source of Vitamin K. This ingredient can be highly toxic in high doses. Hazard information regarding menadione lists "carcinogenic effects" and states "the substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage." Oh and added colors are always a bonus! So, your dog won't eat the food if it's in it's natural colored state so you add dyes to make it more pleasing to them and the consumer. Who doesn't like a rainbow of colors in their pet food bowl?

This ad campaign is so sad and once again - Buyer Beware - pretty pictures and great wording don't make a food good. Turn your cans and bags over and look at the ingredients and in this case question - Where's the meat Alpo?

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Science Diet Introduces Small & Toy Breed Dog Food

I'm on an email list from the AKC (American Kennel Club) and they recently sent out an email introducing Hills Science Diet Small & Toy Breed Dog Food with the title "Does your dog's foods truly fit his needs?" Of course I had to take a look at the website to see what Hill's was saying the small and toy breed dogs really need and this is what they state:

Hill's® Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed dog food provides precisely balanced nutrition to meet your small breed dog's special needs. It contains high levels of antioxidants to help build a healthy immune system with ideal levels of vital fatty acids to promote healthy skin, coat, ears and eyes. It also contains high quality proteins and calcium to promote strong muscles and bones.

That sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Then, I took a look at the ingredient list and it made me shake my head that they can even give the description above. Apparently, a small or toy breed dog doesn't need any sort of good nutrition according to this ingredient label:

Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Flaxseed, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Dried Carrots, Dried Spinach,Dried Grape Pomace, Dried Tomato Pomace, Dried Citrus Pulp, Soybean Oil, Vitamin E Supplement, Iodized Salt, Oat Fiber, Choline Chloride, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Potassium Chloride, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Carnitine, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

Whole Grain Corn - Corn is generally used as inexpensive sources of protein. Corn products are also a cause of many allergies in dogs and cats, have little nutritional value and are very difficult for animals to digest.

Chicken By-Product Meal - AAFCO: Consists of the dry, ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines -- exclusive of feathers except in such amounts as might occur unavoidably in good processing practices. Chicken byproducts are much less expensive and less digestible than the chicken muscle meat.The ingredients of each batch can vary drastically in ingredients (heads, feet, bones etc.) as well as quality, thus the nutritional value is also not consistent. Don't forget that byproducts consist of any parts of the animal OTHER than meat. If there is any use for any part of the animal that brings more profit than selling it as "byproduct", rest assured it will appear in such a product rather than in the "byproduct" dumpster.

Soybean Meal - AAFCO: The product obtained by grinding the flakes which remain after removal of most of the oil from soybeans by a solvent or mechanical extraction process. A poor quality protein filler used to boost the protein content of low quality pet foods. Has a biologic value lof ess than 50% of chicken meal.

Pork Fat - It's also called lard. While it adds taste to a dog food, it's not what you would call a high quality fat. It's also an inexpensive way to cure constipation. Hmmmm? 

Grape Pomace - AAFCO: The mixture of grape skins, pulp, and crushed seeds. An inexpensive byproduct left over from pressing grapes for juice or wine. The product contributes some fiber but otherwise has little to no nutritional value. Grapes have also shown to contain a substance that is toxic to dogs, so they should not be fed at all.

Citrus Pulp - Citrus Pulp is the dried residue of peel, pulp and seeds of oranges, grapefruit and other citrus fruit. This inexpensive byproduct is mainly used as a bulk carbohydrate concentrate in cattle feed but also added as a source of fiber in dog food. Since the peel and some twigs and leaves are also included, there is a possibility of residues from pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

Apparently the description writer never read or understood the ingredient label when developing the information about how "good" the food was. It's ashame that foods can be marked with special wording to make an unsuspecting parent think they are doing the best for their furbaby.

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