Life's Abundance

How Much Does Life's Abundance Dog Or Cat Food Cost? Let's Break It Down For You!

Let's break down the cost of how much it is to feed Life's Abundance -

Orders under 5lbs (if you just want treats, supplements or a small bag of food) are $5.95 to ship. Orders over 5lbs are $8.85 to ship and you can ship A LOT  and it's super convenient to not have to waste your time or gas running to the store! What's your time worth I know I would rather be at home and snuggling with my ...wouldn't you?

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Life's Abundance is not sold in stores. It is sold through independent distributors but shipped directly from one of our five warehouses so you receive the freshest food possible. Our dog and cat foods are made in small batches and shipped immediately to one of the five warehouses and they fulfill the orders for that region. You generally are receiving dog or cat food that has been made within the last 4-6 weeks. 

Life's Abundance Acquires Flint River Ranch Dog And Cat Food

Great News! For all of you who were Flint River Ranch customers and/or reps, Life's Abundance has acquired the Flint River Ranch Company. We'd like to offer you wholesale pricing on any Life's Abundance products so give us a try. If you'd like to become a distributor, please contact us and we will work with you personally. We've been with Life's Abundance for 14 years and are one of the top 9 Star Distributors so let's work together. We were on the Life's Abundance cruise last month with Dr Jane Bicks, the product formulator. This company is amazing and it's love for our furbabies warms my heart. Please email us ( your name, address and phone and we will set you up as a wholesale member. You can also fill out the form at and again, please include your name, address, phone and email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Here is the letter the owner of Flint River Ranch is sending out:

We launched Flint River Ranch baked foods for dogs and cats back in 1993. Since that time, thousands of pet parents have purchased these products and we remain very grateful for their support.

Although we are no longer in business, we’re excited to announce that Flint River Ranch was acquired by Life’s Abundance.

What does this mean for you? To start, you’re in good hands with Life’s Abundance. Their pet products, customer service and speedy shipping are all top notch. In addition, you may be pleased to know that they are planning to develop a line of Flint River Ranch inspired baked dog and cat foods. Soon, you will receive an email from them and we hope you give their products a try.

Since 1999, Life’s Abundance has been a pioneer in the premium pet product business. They were one of the first companies to feature antioxidants, prebiotic fiber and probiotics in their foods and they never included artificial colors and preservatives as well as other unsavory ingredients. To this day, they continue to innovate in the pet product market.

On behalf of the Flint River Ranch founder, Jim Flint and myself, we want to thank you for your patronage over the years and we feel confident you will be very satisfied with the quality and service you receive at Life’s Abundance.

Thank you,
Jay P.

Lifes Abundance Acquires Flint River Ranch

Are You Looking For The Perfectly-Sized, Nutrient-Packed Food For Your New Puppy?

Whether your new puppy is a small breed, medium breed or large breed, we've got you covered with puppy food! It's important to feed your puppy nutrient-packed food during those important growing months. Life's Abundance has Small and Medium Breen Puppy Food and Large Breed Puppy Food! Life's Abundance puppy food is holistically formulated and has never been recalled. The food is made in the USA and delivered fresh to your door.

Let's take a look at Life's Abundance Small and Medium Breed Puppy Food first...

Small & Medium Breed Puppy Food is formulated with select ingredients to help your puppy grow and thrive. With Life’s Abundance, you can be confident that you’re feeding advanced nutrition to help your puppy achieve and maintain optimal health.

Made for small and medium breeds, this premium kibble is made with the finest ingredients, including...

• A proprietary blend of vitamins & minerals
• High-quality, multi-source proteins for growing muscles & healthy development
• An antioxidant system with vitamins C & E
• Prebiotic fiber & guaranteed probiotics
• Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin & a shiny coat
• Enriched with DHA for canine smarts
• Dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract
• A selection of nutritious vegetables

Specially formulated using only wholesome ingredients, this food contains …

• No artificial flavors
• No artificial colors
• No corn or corn glutens
• No wheat or wheat gluten

Crude Protein (min)..........27.0%
Crude Fat (min)..........17.0%
Crude Fiber (max)..........4.0%
Moisture (max)..........10.0%
Calcium (min)..........1.25%
Phosphorus (min)..........1.0%
Vitamin A (min)..........24,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (min)..........350 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)* (min)..........140 mg/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (min)..........0.95%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (min)..........3.75%
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)* (min)..........0.08%
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)* (min) ...........0.06%
Taurine* (min)..........0.20%
Total Microorganisms* (min)..........150,000,000 CFU/lb
(L. acidophilus, L. casei, B. thermophilum and E. faecium in equal amounts)
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

Life’s Abundance Small & Medium Breed Puppy Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Sweet Potatoes, Salmon Meal, Herring Meal, Dried Tomato Pomace, Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed Meal, Carrots, Celery, Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Duck Meal, Lecithin, Taurine, Beets, Monosodium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Fructooligosaccharide, Parsley, Lettuce, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Watercress, Spinach, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Egg Albumen, Cranberries, Blueberries, Pomegranate Extract, Selenium Yeast, Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid.

Contains a source of viable, naturally occurring microorganisms.

CALORIE CONTENT (calculated): Metabolizable Energy (ME) = 3,865 kcal/kg, 469 kcal/cup.


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Now let's take a look at Life's Abundance Large Breed Puppy Food...

Large Breed Puppy Food is formulated with select ingredients to help your puppy grow and thrive. With Life’s Abundance, you can be confident that you’re feeding advanced nutrition to help your puppy achieve and maintain optimal health.

Made for large breeds, this premium kibble is made with the finest ingredients, including...

• A proprietary blend of vitamins & minerals
• High-quality, multi-source proteins for growing muscles & healthy development
• An antioxidant system with vitamins C & E
• Prebiotic fiber & guaranteed probiotics
• Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin & a shiny coat
• Enriched with DHA for canine smarts
• Dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract
• A selection of nutritious vegetables

Since we use only wholesome ingredients, this formula contains …

• No artificial flavors
• No artificial colors
• No corn or corn gluten
• No wheat or wheat gluten

Crude Protein (min).................25.0%
Crude Fat (min).....................14.0%
Crude Fiber (max)...................4.0%
Moisture (max)......................10.0%
Calcium (min).......................1.0%
Phosphorus (min)....................0.8%
Vitamin A (min).....................24,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (min).....................350 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)* (min)....140 mg/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (min)..........0.75%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (min)..........3.20%
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)* (min)...0.065%
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)* (min)..0.045%
Taurine* (min)......................0.20%
Total Microorganisms* (min).........150,000,000 CFU/lb
(L. acidophilus, L. casei, B. thermophilum and E. faecium in equal amounts)

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

Large Breed Puppy Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Salmon Meal, Herring Meal, Dried Tomato Pomace, Field Peas, Flaxseed Meal, Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Carrots, Celery, Yeast Culture, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Duck Meal, Lecithin, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, Beets, Choline Chloride, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Vitamin E Supplement, Fructooligosaccharide, Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Parsley, Lettuce, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Watercress, Spinach, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Monosodium Phosphate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Egg Albumen, Cranberries, Blueberries, Pomegranate Extract, Selenium Yeast, Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid.

Contains a source of viable, naturally occurring microorganisms.

CALORIE CONTENT (calculated): Metabolizable Energy (ME) = 3,700 kcal/kg, 407 kcal/cup. Amounts are based on the use of a standard measuring cup.


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**Are you a dog breeder? You can qualify for 3.6lbs to 4lbs of Life's Abundance dog and puppy food free with purchase! Visit our website today and join our team of pet professionals.

Multivitamins… Are They A Good Or Bad Idea


In an ideal world, we would eat the perfect amounts and proportions of just the right foods from pristine, organically grown farms so we could obtain optimal nutrition from each and every bite. Sounds good, right?

It’s important to understand that foods are complicated – in a good way. All foods contain a host of complex micronutrients that work together in perfect harmony. This is why I believe that you can’t pop a pill and expect it to replace all of the nutrition foods deliver in your diet. There’s no singular pill, powder or solution that can compare with the comprehensive nutrition that fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and other foods supply to the diet.

The problem is that this is the real world, not an ideal world and our food supply, lifestyles and unique nutritional needs make it difficult for us to get the all nutrients we need from food alone. Fruits and vegetables don’t contain the vitamins and minerals they used to years ago due to the depletion of these nutrients in the soil. They also lose nutritional potency in transit from the farm to your table, not to mention the nutrients lost when cooking them. And finally, our hectic schedules often get in the way of making the right dietary choices. For example, instead of a grilled chicken breast with a sweet potato and green beans for dinner, you worked late and picked up a bucket of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and an apple cobbler dessert. This is why only one out of five people get adequate vitamins and minerals from their food.

Here’s where I believe a daily supplements can be very helpful. Although they cannot replace all of the nutrition food delivers, when your body needs a little extra help, they will have your back and can go a long way to help nutritionally compensate those of us who live in the real world.

So now you may be wondering, “what should I be taking?” There’s so many options to choose from that it can get kind of overwhelming. Is a gender-specific formula the way to go, should I try compressed pills, capsules or a gummies, perhaps a mega-dose formula is right for me or should opt for a special supplement formulated for hair and nails, energy or my age? I believe a multivitamin that provides you with the essential nutrients for optimal health and no more makes the most sense. Because too much of “good thing” can have unwanted consequences.

I recommend Life’s Abundance Multivitamin because it provides a balanced approach to a daily supplement, providing all of the essential nutrients and none of the extras. Plus, we’ve added a unique spice blend of black pepper extract, rosemary, turmeric, oregano, cayenne, cinnamon, holy basil and cloves. These spices offer a wealth of plant-based phytonutrients and antioxidants so important for optimal health. And since I believe it’s important to reduce additives from the diet, it is free from magnesium stearate. Life’s Abundance Multivitamin veggie capsules are made from cellulose, which not only helps protect sensitive ingredients but also breaks down and delivers nutrients more easily than compressed tablets. And, last but not least, it is soy, grain and dairy free with no added sugar, artificial flavors, color or preservatives. So, do the best you can to eat as healthy as you can and if you need a little help, try Life’s Abundance Multivitamin.

Article by Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life


  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dairy free
  • Grain free
  • No Added Sugar
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Magnesium Stearate


Life's Abundance - The Business, The Products And Why They Are A Special Company


Life's Abundance is a healthy pet food company that has chosen to direct ship products to the public rather than through the pet stores. We do this on purpose. Our product formulator is a veterinarian by the name of Dr. Jane Bicks. She’s a holistic veterinarian and has 30 plus years of expertise in the pet food industry.

Dr. Jane realized that most pet foods get spoiled and damaged by the fact that they are sold through stores. The industry average for pet foods to sit around is 6 to 12 months. We bypass pet food stores altogether and ship the freshest product in the industry right to people’s homes. Most people call and treat their dogs and cats like, children, but I guarantee they would never feed commercial pet foods to their actual children. When people discover our healthy dog and cat foods, treats, supplements and spa care products, they usually stick with them for life because they produce genuine results. In fact, 70% of our customers are on a regular autoshipment.

In a nutshell, there’s really no other pet food that can come close to what we do. We’re not subject to the dictates of the mass market, so we can do whatever is necessary to provide a safe and healthy product. All of our ingredients are inspected by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and our food is shipped direct to you generally within 4 to 6 weeks of being made. We’ve been in business since 1999 and have never been recalled. I don’t know what you’re feeding now, but I strongly advise that you take a look at our dog and cat products and give them a try with your furbaby. View our complete dog and cat product line.

One last note, if you love pets and you’re looking to build a rock solid business, we offer that option too. The pet industry is over 40 billion dollars, so the opportunity is incredible. Unlike any other pet food manufacturer, we let you keep your customers for life, with absolutely no inventory requirements. We’re creating a real revolution in the pet industry. That’s also why we attract so many pet professionals like groomers, breeders, pet sitters, dog boarding kennels, doggie day cares, etc. Pet professionals have been cut out of the market for years and yet they make product recommendations every day. Our business allows them to recommend healthy pet food profitably again. This is great for you, because when you're speaking to pet professionals, they have a built in clientele and you’ll earn from everything they sell too. You can earn up to 9 levels deep, and we have bonus pools that pay you on company profits nationwide.  We also have all the training and tools anyone needs to be successful in this business with our amazing JumpStart training. We are a 17+ year old debt free, employee owned company with a world class product formulator behind us. Does this sound like something you’re looking for? View our Life's Abundance Business.

How Much Can Your Dog Smell?

Girl holding dog

Dogs are scent-oriented creatures, with some of the most highly developed  noses on the planet. Hide a few treats around the room and see how quickly  they’re ferreted out. But does your dog’s schnoz have more practical  applications than we realize? The answer … well, it couldn’t be plainer than the  nose on your face.

Every year, scientific investigations yield more and more evidence that dogs  are up to some pretty surprising challenges, in ways that are proving quite  beneficial for people. We’ve all seen police dogs skilled in the detection of  bombs and contraband. Now researchers are applying that same olfactory prowess  to snuffling out all manner of scents, from deadly food allergens to costly  insect infestations.

For example, trainers at the Florida Canine Academy provide dogs with  instruction on how to detect the trace presence of peanuts. Just ask anyone with  a severe peanut allergy … just one nut can prove lethal. Alternately,  traditional bedbug detection methods can be very time-consuming and  labor-intensive. A canine trained to sniff out bedbugs can search the average  hotel room in less than two minutes!

Dogs have also been trained to detect seizures. Much like the job of a seeing-eye dog, seizure dogs help their pet parents navigate day-to-day  activities, protecting them from known triggers and potentially harmful  situations. These canines excel at recognizing subtle body changes during these  traumatic neurological events. Some pups are so sensitive, they can predict an  oncoming attack early enough to allow their human to get to a safe place and  take medication to reduce the seizure’s severity.

Researchers have documented numerous instances of dogs with the ability to  detect cancerous tumors. According to an article in The Lancet, a patient  reported that her dog would repeatedly investigate a mole on her leg. At one  point, the pup even attempted to bite off the suspicious beauty mark! A medical  exam proved what the dog already knew … it was a malignant melanoma. Had it not  been for her dog’s nosy behavior, the deadly cancer might have remained  undetected.

In a 2011 study, Japanese researchers reported that an eight-year-old black  Labrador proved exceptionally accurate at nosing out the presence of colon  cancer. When doctors provided the pup with samples collected from 185 patients,  the retriever positively identified those suffering from the disease with a  success rate that was nothing short of astonishing … 97%!

Last but certainly not least, canines are proving adept at detecting  low-blood-sugar levels. In 2000, The British Medical Journal reported that more  than a third of dogs living with a diabetic human exhibited behavioral changes  when their pet parent’s blood sugar dropped. Some reacted before the person was  even aware of any symptoms. The paper also cited two cases where the dogs not  only detected the low blood sugar, but they encouraged their people to eat!  Researchers are hopeful that this natural knack can be taught, which could make  a huge difference in the ongoing care of millions of diabetes sufferers.

In light of all the evidence, there’s no doubt … our beloved best friends  really are leading the pack towards improving our lives!

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

Dr Jane Bicks   Dr. Jane Bicks, Life's Abundance Pet Product Formulator

Want to feed your dog or cat never recalled, healthy dog and cat food and treats delivered to your door? Head over to Life's Abundance and start shopping now.

Life's Abundance Announces NEW Dental Products And Buffalo Chews For Dogs

We are so pleased to announce five brand new products are on sale now! In recognition of National Pet Dental Month, all of our dental products (including our super tasty Dental Treats For Dogs) are on sale through the month of February! Stock up now!!!

Buffalo Bully Sticks For Dogs (Four 9" Sticks)

Dogs love to chew, and our new Buffalo Bully Sticks are an all-natural way to satisfy this instinctive desire. Plus they'll help reduce tartar and maintain dental health, all at the same time. On Sale Now!





Buffalo Meat Strips For Dogs (3.5 Ounces)

All canines large and small crave savory treats, and our Buffalo Meat Strips will please any size pup. These meaty morsels are completely nourishing and oh so healthy. In fact, we predict that they will be a real crowd pleaser! Buy Now! 





Buffalo Lung Fillets For Dogs (8 Ounces)

Our Buffalo Lung Fillets may not sound appetizing to you, but we guarantee dogs will find them simply irresistible. These savory snacks provide pups with a rewarding and fulfilling chewing experience. Buy Now!

All of our wholesome buffalo chew treats are made from free-range, grass-fed buffalo. They are all-natural and contain no additives or preservatives. In addition, buffalo meat is a leaner alternative to beef and it is suitable for dogs with food sensitivities.


In recognition of National Pet Dental Month, we are offering special discounts on the dental health products for dogs below. This sale is for the month of February only, so order today!

Get Rid Of Doggie Odors! New Stainless Steel Odor Remover Bar

Does your dog get that "doggy smell" in between shampoos? Well, help is on the way! Life's Abundance now has a stainless steel odor remover bar for dogs! We have been receiving very positive feedback from customers.  

Many people don't know that stainless steel has the ability to bind odors. And that's just what our new odor remover bar does. Gets rid of that "smelly dog smell".

The bar also has little "nubs" on it that massages and relaxes your dog while removing stubborn smells. If your dog is not quite ready for its next shampoo, no worries!  Now you can use the odor bar to freshen them up.

It's dishwasher safe and fits in the palm of your hand.

Say goodbye to doggy smell for good! Order your bar by Clicking Here (Add it to your next food or treats order and save on shipping!)

Did You Know You Can Work From Home Recommending Natural Dog And Cat Foods And Earn An Income?

You might be surprised to learn you can earn a substantial income from selling Life's Abundance health-promoting products. There's never been a more exciting time to sign up as a Life's Abundance Field Rep. With new product releases on the horizon, you will find more ways to reach new customers and net serious wages.

Life's Abundance offers one of the most generous compensation plans in the grassroots-marketing industry. As you build your network, you become eligible for more bonuses and payouts. That's because it's a merit-based system that rewards hard work. All the while, you'll know that you are making a  positive different in the lives of your customers.

Work whatever schedule suits your life. Make enough to pay for your groceries, a vacation or even a new car....the world of opportunity is open to everyone who's interested in making a better life.

If you would like to earn extra income, please visit our website by clicking here. Be sure to watch our product and opportunity videos also.

Inspired products, unlimited opportunity. That's the Life's Abundance way!

Make your dreams for a more prosperous tomorrow a reality today.

We have been independant reps with Life's Abundance since 2003 and have built a strong network of customers and reps and have achieved the highest level in the company, 9 Star. Join our team today and let us help you succeed!

Natural Canned Dog Food In BPA Free Cans

2 Exciting Flavors - One for breakfast, the other for dinner! Life's Abundance cans are BPA, non-Badge lined for the safety of your beloved furbaby!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s why Dr. Jane has formulated a food specifically for vitality and wellness, to help make sure that every morning starts of with a hefty helping of nutrition.                        

At Life's Abundance, we never, under any circumstances, use artificial colors, artificial flavors, corn, corn gluten, wheat or wheat gluten in any of our foods. It’s due to these unusually high standards that our Life’s Abundance brand has come to mean “quality pet nutrition without compromise”. While other companies use these questionable ingredients to enhance the appearance and elevate the nutritional value for foods, we prefer to use only the very best ingredients, as naturally as possible. Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Puppies & Adult Dogs - Turkey & Shrimp Breakfast in Broth offers wholesome nutrition. Click Here to view the ingredients.

The perfect way to cap off a day of canine adventure, Dr. Jane’s Chicken & Crab Dinner in Sauce provides the nourishment dogs need. Whether their evening hours are restful or replete with playful activity (or both!), the complete and balanced nutrition of this savory meal meets their nutritional requirements, hands down. Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Puppies & Adult Dogs – Chicken & Crab Dinner in Sauce offers wholesome nutrition. Click Here to view the ingredients.

Dr. Jane recommends feeding our canine companions twice a day. To stress the importance of feeding two smaller meals per day, instead of one large meal, she has created two absolutely delicious recipes – Turkey & Shrimp Breakfast in Broth and Chicken & Crab Dinner in Sauce. These two new gourmet meals will tantalize your pup’s taste buds and satisfy their innermost cravings for wholesome nutrition.

Perfect as mouth-watering toppers or as delectable, standalone meals, these superb recipes feature deluxe assortments of real turkey, shrimp, chicken and crab plus vegetables and fruit.

Every serving includes optimal amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega fatty acids. And we never, under any circumstances, use artificial colors, artificial flavors, corn, corn gluten, wheat or wheat gluten in any of our foods. Best of all, you will have the comfort of knowing that when you provide these premium health foods, you will be helping your dog to build a better health foundation for long-term vitality and wellness.

Never before has canine nutrition been this appetizing!
When Dr. Jane formulated Life’s Abundance Premium Canned Health Foods for dogs, she was guided by three beliefs: that optimal health can be achieved through advanced nutrition; that more natural ingredients make more nutritious foods; and that every ingredient should have an intended benefit. When you feed your dog Life’s Abundance, you have Dr. Jane’s complete assurance of optimal nutrition and great taste!

Order your dog Life's Abundance canned dog food today!

Successful Aging - Cancer in Pets

The first installment   of our Successful Aging Series, this episode of Pet Talk deals with one of the most frightening illnesses around – cancer. As our dear companions are living longer lives, they’re also confronting this ailment in ever greater numbers. In fact, millions of dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer every year. Dr. Sarah is here to impart her wisdom on this topic, including common pet cancers, available treatments and groundbreaking research. You’ll also learn of one of science’s most ambitious goals regarding the eradication of this awful disease. Watch this informative video now




To learn more about Life's Abundance Dog & Cat Food and their complete line of healthy, safe products click here.

Are You Treating Your Dog Or Cat With Empty Calorie Snacks?

Even though we act like it’s true, pets aren’t just like people. Ingesting empty-calorie snacks every once in a while can have a much greater impact on pets than humans, and not in a good way. Even feeding a diet of premium food may not offset the potential damage of ingesting “junk foods”, which often contain unsavory ingredients including artificial flavors and colors. In this particular health equation, it isn’t just a matter of subtraction (or taking away the bad stuff). Thanks to Dr. Jane’s wholesome recipes, you can actually add nutrients to your companion animal’s daily intake. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals how simple it is to make a positive change. If you want to provide your fur kids with the best possible nutritional advantage, you owe it to yourself to watch the latest episode right now.

Watch The Video




Life's Abundance carries an excellent selection of Healthy, Natural Dog and Cat Treats For Your Furbaby!



NEW! Life's Abundance Slow Pull Retractable Leash As Seen On TV's Everyday Edisons

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the Life's Abundance Slow Pull Retractable Leash, which is development right now. Retractable leashes are found in many doggie households in the USA, but the Life's Abundance version is an exciting and superior product because of its unique and industry-changing technology. This technology is patented, gives us enforceable protection and a worldwide exclusive.

Life's Abundance Slow Pull Retractable Leash

This innovative leash works like any other retractable leash when a dog walks at a controlled pace. However, when a dog suddenly takes off running, this unique leash will instantly increase resistance in proportion to the dog’s force, enough to almost stop the dog completely. In addition, since the leash’s design prevents the leash cord from rapidly paying out, it could save dog owners from injuries including burns, abrasions, lacerations and even amputations.

This leash also protects pets and their owners by eliminating the force traditionally generated when a dog runs out the length of the leash cord. These “hard stops” from traditional retractable leashes have resulted in dog walker injuries to the shoulder, elbow and wrist and dog injuries to the trachea, eyes and even death. By gradually slowing the dog down, the Slow Pull Retractable Leash gives the dog walker time to hit the emergency brake and/or regain control of the dog with verbal commands. This promises to be like no other retractable leash available on the market today!

Edison Nation Partnership....

Everyday Edisons is Edison Nation's Emmy and Telly award-winning reality television show that airs on PBS stations across America. The show educates viewers about what it takes to transform an idea into a product sold on store shelves. The show's fourth season started this month and we are happy to announce that one entire 30-minute episode called "Who Let the Dogs Out?!" is dedicated to the development of the Life's Abundance Slow Pull Retractable Leash and it will begin to air on April 28th. Check your local public television station listings for dates and times in your area.

If you are interested in the Life's Abundance Slow Pull Retractable Leash please leave your name and email in the comments section (your email will not show up and remain hidden) and let us know if you are interested in the product, business opportunity or both.

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Life's Abundance Is Expanding To Build New Corporate Offices In Jupiter, FL


By Alexandra Clough, The Palm Beach Post, 5:22 p.m. EDT, May 23, 2011

Growing pet food firm to build headquarters in Jupiter

A Palm City company known for its healthy pet foods has purchased land in Jupiter and plans to build a new headquarters and distribution facility.

Life's Abundance has bought a 1-acre parcel just outside the Jupiter Park of Commerce on Capital Street. Plans are to build a 21,000-square-foot facility. The project is valued at $3.1 million, which includes $600,000 paid for the land, said Lester Thornhill, the company's president and chief executive.

The seller was Capital Street Holdings. Rick Reikenis, a Capital Street official, said he and his partners bought the land in 2008 to build a building for their North Palm Beach engineering firm, East Bay Group, but the recession undercut their plans.

Their setback, however, proved fortuitous for Life's Abundance, which now will be able to expand its business. The company has 32 employees and is looking to hire. It expects to grow to at least 50 once it makes the move to Palm Beach County by February. The company has an immediate need for a marketing and communications specialist.

"We need a larger labor pool," Thornhill said.

The company is poised for continued growth with the popularity of its all-natural cat and dog food. Thornhill would not disclose profits at the privately held company, but he said that revenue exceeds $15 million annually.

Sales continue to grow. Last year the company grew more than 7 percent, and this year "we're up more than last year," he said.

Peter Reed, a Commercial Florida Realty Services principal and the broker on the deal, called the move a "real shot in the arm" for the economy. "It brings needed jobs to Jupiter," Reed said, and will add some construction jobs, too.

Thornhill said the company needed a bigger building and decided to build its own facility after realizing that prices for property and construction were going to go up. "We realized if there was any time it made sense to build a building, that time would be now," he said.

The building also will be the company's headquarters and the location of its southeast distribution facility. In addition to Florida, Life's Abundance has distribution facilities in California and Illinois.

The company, founded in 1988, makes skin-care products for people, as well as environmentally friendly cleaning products. But its cat and dog foods are its signature. Thornhill said the pet foods do not contain corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors or preservatives.

All-natural pet products may have seemed like an unnecessary perk for puppy when the company began 13 years ago, but over time, consumers have discovered the benefits of healthy eating, both for themselves and their pets, company executives said.

Linda Logue, the company's marketing vice president, said most people consider pets part of the family and will cut back on other expenses before they switch their pet's food to a different brand.

Thornhill said: "When people find a pet product that provides a benefit, that's the last place they're going to look to save money."

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The Life's Abundance 2012 Freedom Convention promises to be another extraordinary event in our company history. Cruise participants will experience six wonderful days and nights onboard the spectacular Carnival Freedom cruise vessel, a favorite of our 2010 convention cruisers. In addition to three fabulous ports of call and virtually non-stop activities, we will provide you with two full days of thought-provoking, instructional and motivational convention sessions to help you improve your business and increase your commissions!

The best part is you and a guest could join us absolutely free!


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You can qualify for a free inside cabin for two and an upgrade to a balcony cabin, which includes the cost of two tickets, taxes, government fees and gratuities! The promotional period begins on May 1st and runs through November 30th. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the qualification regulations, details of which follow below.

Limited Discounted Cabins, So Book Now


The number of available cabins is limited; therefore, we strongly suggest that you book your cabin now.  And, should you later qualify for a free cabin, we will reimburse you for the cost of that cabin.  The deposit to book any cabin is $500.00 and you must pay the remainder of the fare in full by November 18, 2011.  Also, there is no penalty fee if you cancel before the above date.

Because Life's Abundance is subsidizing the costs of the cabins, the prices we can offer you are lower than those available directly from Carnival and other outlets. Keep in mind that these prices below include taxes, government fees and gratuities. Rates are based upon double occupancy.

                   Inside Cabin for Two People             $532.04 per person
                   Ocean View Cabin for Two People   $607.04 per person
                   Balcony Cabin for Two People          $767.04 per person

Important things to know when comparison shopping: (1) the prices on the Carnival web site do not include gratuities and other travel web sites generally do not include taxes, government fees or gratuities, and (2) the prices for inside, ocean view and balcony cabins vary according to cabin deck and location. For example, an inside cabin located on an upper deck in the middle of the ship costs more than an inside cabin located on a lower deck in the back of the ship .

Dedicated Freedom Travel Agent


There's no need to worry about making travel arrangements.  Our dedicated Freedom Convention travel agent can book your cabin and offer you a monthly payment plan.  She can also help secure discounted airline tickets, hotels reservations and transfers from the airport to Port Everglades.  Call Tracy Simmons Travel at 301-746-7042 (Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Promotion Qualification Period: May 1 through November 30, 2011 You have seven months to qualify for two free 2012 Freedom Convention Cruise tickets.

How to Qualify for Your Two Free Tickets

Achieve just one of the following to qualify: 

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Achieve just one of the following to qualify for an upgrade to a Balcony Cabin:


 ****Build three additional, new 3-Star legs (other than the legs you used to qualify for the cruise), and receive the Special Cabin Upgrade. Again, this must be accomplished during the qualification period, and the 3-Stars must be Executive Field Reps.  All three legs must achieve the appropriate rank during the same month.

****Build one additional, new 5-Star leg (other than the legs you used to qualify for the cruise), and receive the Special Cabin Upgrade. Again, this must be accomplished during the qualification period, and the 5-Star must be an Executive Field Rep.

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What Does The Term "Holistic" Really Mean?

The holistic approach to veterinary care has different meanings for different people. Essentially it means just what the name indicates - looking at “the whole” and not the individual parts. Holistic practitioners consider the whole of a companion animal’s being and how every discrete part works in relation to every other part. Fundamental to this mindset is that everything is interrelated and nothing occurs in isolation.

Furthermore, holistic veterinarians don’t only focus on physical aspects, they also consider the emotional, mental and spiritual elements. Holistic health boils down to balance; imbalance leads to disease. It’s important to remember that physical signs of illness may often be the last to appear, and that mental and emotional imbalance can lead to disease, too.

In the United States, veterinary medicine is usually divided into conventional and holistic medicine. In the conventional tradition, veterinarians focus almost solely on the physical evidence. Holistic medicine, which originated from ancient cultures (such as, Asian, Indian, African and Native American Indians) takes into consideration the mental and spiritual aspects, as well. In the treatment of their patients, holistic practitioners often use herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathy, energy medicine and other alternative methods. I believe in an integrative approach, taking the best of all forms of medicine and combining them to produce a modern holistic approach.

In addition to the internal workings of a companion animal’s body, holistic health explores the influence of external factors for their direct or indirect impacts on the body. In the case of companion animals, this includes their shelter, social interactions, levels of exercise and mental stimulation, diet, vaccination history, and any potential exposures to toxins.

A cornerstone of the holistic approach is nutrition, because the quality and type of foods consumed will play a significant role in overall health, on all levels. For example, studies show that an adequate intake of B complex vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids (like those found in fish oil) can help to promote emotional and mental health, for companion animals and humans.

A vital component of holistic care is taking a preventive stance - promoting wellness and balance to prevent illness in all its forms. Maintaining an excellent diet, stimulating the mind for emotional and mental well-being, and exercising appropriately for your pet’s age and body type are all critical to the holistic approach to leading a balanced life. I advocate these practices beginning as early as possible, so you won’t have to come see a veterinarian for imbalance and illness later in life. If their furry little bodies are in balance, and thus in good health, then the risk of disease is reduced, as is the need for pharmaceuticals.

While conventional medicine is highly valuable, sometimes it doesn’t tell the whole story. Fortunately, increasing numbers of conventional veterinarians are adopting a more integrative approach. Wellness programs and educational outlets (like this blog) are empowering pet parents to make informed decisions about their health and the health of their beloved companion animals.

The bottom line is that it is possible for you to develop and adopt a preventive care plan for your furry family members. In most cases, I recommend that pet parents work with both a conventional and a holistic veterinarian to foster a balanced life for their companion animals.

In the coming months, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite holistic tips for companion animal care. Look for future posts on this blog to help your whole family achieve a new level of balance, and wellness.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals,

Article by Dr. Jane, product formulator for Life's Abundance

Canine Hypothyroidism - Find Out What It Means & What You Can Do To Help Your Dog

The sad truth is that incidences of canine hypothyroidism are on the rise. That’s why Dr. Sarah has dedicated this episode of Pet Talk to all the pups and pet parents who are dealing with this health challenge. Find out what a diagnosis means and what can be done to help a hypothyroidic dog live the best life possible. Watch now!

Parenting Emotionally Challenged Pooches

In the last few months, we’ve been besieged with images and stories of destruction, the magnitude of which is difficult to comprehend: Australian floods, New Zealand earthquakes, and most recently the devastating earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. While the loss of human life and the impact on the human survivors makes up the majority of the coverage, we know that many of these people included pets in their families. What are the lasting impacts on behavior of the surviving companion animals? Is it true, as many people believe, that the emotional scars caused by trauma (whether it’s due to a natural event like an earthquake, or an unnatural act like physical or mental abuse) can lead to fearful or aggressive behavior? Just how common is emotional scarring in companion animals? The answers to these questions may surprise you.

The unfortunate companion animals affected by recent environmental catastrophes are likely experiencing what we call “post traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD). PTSD is a recognized anxiety disorder induced by exposure to life-threatening trauma. Widely recognized as a diagnosis for people, PTSD has actually been studied in non-human animals, too. Research has actually shown that the brains of traumatized animals exhibit chemistries that differ from non-traumatized animals! True PTSD, however, is relatively rare in companion animals, developing as a result of a significant life-threatening event or predatory trauma.

If your dog has undergone a traumatic event, there are warning signs of PTSD, which include hiding, loss of house training, barking, loss of appetite and diminished interest in interacting with his human companions. It can also include out-of-character aggression. If your dog ever does go through a life-threatening or catastrophic event, veterinarians recommend providing a safe, secure area such as a crate, bathroom or laundry room, where your dog can get away from noise, people and other pets. Put familiar, comforting objects in the space, such as their own bed, favorite toys and/or an article of your clothing. Try and maintain a consistent routine, especially with regards to feedings, walks and play times. Like the traumatized pets in Australia, any pet that undergoes life-threatening trauma needs safety, a dependable routine, behavioral (and perhaps medical) intervention as soon as possible.

What about fear and aggression in non-traumatized dogs? We already know that true PTSD in dogs is rare, but too many shelter animals have been rescued from abusive or neglectful situations, so it’s not unusual for them to have fear or aggression issues.

Believe it or not, some dogs are genetically predisposed to experience heightened fear. Just as people can be shy or outgoing, dogs show similar personality inclinations. Other dogs will experience fear due to a specific trauma, such a frightening thunderstorm. While some argue that abuse, especially for young dogs, leads to PTSD, what is more likely is that rescue animals are simply poorly socialized during the critical developmental period between 3-16 weeks of age. At this age, puppies undergo a rapid learning process, making it the ideal window of opportunity for socialization. When puppies fail to encounter appropriate socialization during this critical period, they can develop fear or aggression later in life.

Even though they present challenges, negative experiences or insufficient socialization don’t have to define your dog’s long-term personality. Fortunately, there are ways to work through emotional issues. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah talks about how to recognize the symptoms of fear and aggression, and how to deal with some of these issues

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5 Basic Types Of Aggression In Cats

Drjane by Dr Jane Bicks

As a holistic vet, I’m frequently asked, “How can I deal with my cat’s bad attitude?” The problem area dubbed “feline aggression” can be complicated, upsetting and potentially hazardous for pet parents. Not only can cat bites and scratches really hurt, they can transmit diseases, too, such as cat scratch fever (yes, it is real). While most cat moms and dads prefer a purring lap-warmer, especially on cold winter nights, some felines need extra help learning how to sheathe their claws.

Unfortunately, feline aggression is not well understood or handled appropriately. An important first step in dealing with this frustrating issue is to understand the behavior. Learning why a cat lashes out can help pet parents deal with the issue patiently and properly.

In this post I’ll be covering the five basic types of aggression in cats.

Pain- or Health-Related Aggression

A cat who is experiencing pain or ailing may exhibit aggressive behavior, so it’s vital that your first stop be a trip to your vet, especially if what you’re witnessing is a recent change in behavior. Medical conditions that can cause pain and aggression include abscesses, dental disease and arthritis. Additionally, hyperthyroidism is associated with increased aggression in older cats. Alleviation of underlying medical conditions can often resolve the aggressive behavior.

Play Aggression

This form of aggression is typical of young cats and kittens. You can recognize play aggression by the feline’s posture: stalking or crouching like a lion, lashing the tail from side-to-side, especially when their pupils are dilated. As unsuspecting “prey” passes, whether it’s your dog or your spouse ... pounce! The cat who attacks your ankle and then disappears in a flurry of fur isn’t trying to maim you - he’s playing, albeit aggressively.

The best way to address play aggression is integrate a toy, such as a cat fishing pole or a laser pointer, into play sessions. These toys serve a dual purpose - they will hold your cat’s attention while burning off excess energy and keep your hands out of the “strike zone”. A stuffed sock can provide the perfectly-pouncible object. If additional measures are required to curb the behavior, consider blocking access to your cat’s favorite stalking places or use a noise deterrent, such as shaking a can full of coins. Remember that you must use a noise deterrent within the first few seconds of the inappropriate behavior for it to be effective. Never let your cat, even when he is a cute kitty, view you as an acceptable chew-toy. You might also trim her nails to minimize the “ouch factor” (here’s a video that shows you how).

Fear Aggression

When a fearful cat encounters an unpleasant situation, such as the veterinary office, he will likely take steps to protect himself. Fear clues include crouching with tail and legs tucked under, hissing and baring teeth, flattened ears, dilated pupils and fur standing on end. If your cat is fearful, it is important to identify and avoid, if possible, the thing triggering the fear. To overcome fear aggression, you can try to desensitize your cat to the fear-inducing object by keeping it at a distance and rewarding your cat with treats for non-aggressive behavior. Also, try to minimize stress in a fearful feline’s home environment. If your cat is completely out of control, have your veterinarian refer you to a behavioral specialist who can work with you and possibly prescribe medications to get your cat through the rough spots.

Redirected Aggression

I like to refer to this type as “innocent bystander aggression”. Redirected aggression typically occurs when a cat is aroused by one stimulus, such as a bird outside, when another pet or person intervenes. A cat exhibiting redirected aggression can be staring at something while growling and pacing with a lashing tail and dilated eyes. Avoid this cat until he has calmed down because interaction can lead to injury. If you can identify the stimulus that sets off your cat, you may be able to prevent the aggression. If it’s an external stimulus for an indoor cat, try using sticky tape or window blinds to prevent him from perching on windowsills. This, coupled with motion-activated lights (or sprinklers) to discourage outdoor visitors, could end the behavior. If your cat is aroused for an extended period of time, you can herd him with a thick folded blanket to a “time out” room equipped with food, water and litter. After he becomes calm, reward him with loads of attention.


Similar to redirected aggression, overstimulation usually occurs when you are petting your cat and out of the blue they grab you and sink their teeth or claws into you. For highly reactive and vivacious cats, even a single long stroke down the spine can elicit an aggressive reaction. The key here is to recognize the warning signs: when the tail starts twitching, stop petting. Restrict your affections to areas that your cat enjoys, such as behind the ears or under the chin. If your cat grabs you, try not to overact; in fact, if you can, simply freeze … they will usually calm down quickly and let go.

If you take-away anything from this article, I hope it’s to never, ever hit a biting or scratching cat. Physical punishment, even a light rap on the nose, can increase fear and anxiety, potentially worsening the aggressive behavior. With time and patience, you can turn even the most claw-happy kitty into a loving companion.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals,

Dr. Jane


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Enrollment Period:  The enrollment period begins on April 1, 2011 and lasts through June 30, 2011.

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Criteria:  A Field Rep must meet the following two criteria to qualify for the 20% Retail Bonus in a given month: (1) be an Executive Field Rep and (2) have at least $50.00 in Personal Sales. Personal Sales are the sales of you and your customers.

In an effort to help you better understand this promotion, we provided three different scenarios:

Scenario #1: You sign up as an Executive Field Rep on April 7th. You are eligible for the 20% Retail Bonus for the remainder of the month of April, as well as all of May, June and July.  After July 31st, the Retail Bonus reverts to the standard amount.

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What makes this Life's Abundance promotion so special? First you start earning the max commissions which gives you time to build your business and your customer base so when the promo is over you continue to earn the maximum. Second, as an Executive Rep you qualify for a special bonus anytime you sign up another Executive Rep ($43 Exec Rep Package bonus PLUS a $30 bonus just because you're an Exec Rep - total of $73). Lastly, as an Exec Rep you will receive over 100 samples, brochures, dvd's and full size products so you'll have samples on hand and know the product line.

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Life's Abundance Agility Supplement For Dog & Cat Joint Health Now Available In 120 Count Bottles

LaAgility Good joint health is crucial to your companion animal’s wellbeing. The ability to walk, run and jump represents a large part of your dog’s unique ability to express emotion. Unfortunately, aching and stiff joints are just as much a part of aging for dogs as it is for humans. In fact, there are an estimated 68 million dogs experiencing hip and joint challenges – that’s nearly 60% of the canine population!

At present, there are several hip and joint formulas marketed for companion animals. Unfortunately, most of these products treat the joint as an isolated goal; it is for this reason that they do not work as well as they could. Our new and improved Agility supplement is a holistic formula, which means that it takes into account the needs of the whole body, including all the parts that work with the joints.

This formula helps maintain healthy joint cartilage and connective tissue, and to aid in the production of healthy synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints. This supplement features Glucosamine, MSM, sea mussels and hyaluronic acid. Agility Formula is a natural, holistic, multi-action joint support formula containing scientifically-tested ingredients.

Glucosamine helps maintain and promote joint and connective tissue health.

It has been shown to be essential in the healthy development and ongoing maintenance of connective tissue and synovial fluid. Research studies indicate that Glucosamine supports healthy joint flexibility, mobility and lubrication.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural source of organic sulfur, an element vital to the maintenance of healthy joints, bones, ligaments and tendons. Sea mussels also contain Chondroitin Sulfate, which works in tandem with Glucosamine. And hyaluronic acid helps to keep cartilage strong and flexible to better cushion joints. These nutrients work synergistically with the other ingredients in Agility (vitamins E and C, boswellia serrata, alfalfa leaf extract, chondroitin sulfate, manganese and boron) to supply your companion animal with a comprehensive formula to help maintain the health of the entire musculoskeletal system.

And last but not least, this holistic formula has a delicious flavor that your furry friends will love! Join thousands of satisfied customers, and help your dog to live a healthier and happier life with Agility Formula.

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Porkhide Bones & Porky Puffs Are A Safe Alternative to Rawhide Chews & Pig Ears

Few things bring your dog more enjoyment that chewing on a tasty treat. And yet, every year, untold numbers of dogs suffer from a variety of digestive issues as a result of consuming rawhide. Not only that, but frequently rawhide is preserved with harmful chemicals.

That’s why we developed a line of chew treats made using pork products, which are much easier on your dog’s entire digestive system and are free from potentially harmful chemicals. Our pork treats are guaranteed to be not only safe, but incomparably appetizing to your sweet pup as well.

Whether you have a Chihuahua or a Great Dane, there’s a pork treat made just for their size. So, say “goodbye” to traditional chew products, and give your dog something he or she can really enjoy – safely!

Porky Puffs - Dogs can’t resist the rich aroma of our delicious, hickory-smoked pig snouts. Packed with high-quality protein, Porky Puffs chewable treats are non-greasy and contain no chemical preservatives or flavors. And with no artificial colors, you won’t have to worry about hard-to-remove stains in your carpet!Lifesabundanceporkdogtreats

They are easily digestible and therefore a safe alternative to rawhide, which can cause choking, throat irritations and potentially dangerous intestinal blockages.

Since the digestive system is the first line of immune defense, treating your dog to a Porky Puff won’t put a strain on his or her health, like other highly-processed products on the market today. You’ll feel better providing a treat they’ll love, while helping to maintaining a healthy digestive system. And Porky Puffs are appropriate for dogs of all ages.

Give your sweet pup something to be truly thankful for – yummy Porky Puffs!

Porkhide Bones - Porkhide Bones are safe and healthy alternative to rawhide treats. Rawhides are cured with harsh chemicals (like ash-lye solutions and bleach) and are known to cause choking, throat irritations and intestinal blockages. Why risk the safety of your precious pup on an inexpensive product, when there’s a better option?

Lifesabundanceporkhidebones Life's Abundance Porkhide Bones are gourmet chew treats made with 100% natural pork skin and have a lasting, mouth-watering flavor your dog will love! These yummy treats are naturally high in protein, low in fat and are highly digestible.

The shape of the bone fits inside the mouth for maximum contact, which helps promote healthy teeth and gums. And they are safe for dogs of all ages. Your dog will love these safe, healthy and delicious treats!


Instinctive Choice Natural Canned Food By Life's Abundance For Kittens & Adult Cats

Lifes abundance natural canned cat food Instinctive Choice Natural Canned Cat Food does not contain fruits (such as cranberries or apples), vegetables (such as sweets potatoes or carrots) or grains (such as wheat, barley corn or oats). Cats are metabolically adapted to use protein and fat as energy sources and they have little need for carbohydrates. 

The question is "why do most manufacturers use carbohydrates; such as, fruits, vegetables and grains in their canned cat food?" We understand the use of carbohydrates in dry foods because they are necessary to form the kibble or nuggets. However, we do not understand the use of carbohydrates in canned foods. Other companies may use them because they are generally less expensive than meat and they sound better to consumers. At Life's Abundance, we think it is more important to focus on what a feline really needs for good health rather than on cost or the desire to feed our felines "human-like" ingredients.

Instinctive Choice Natural Canned Cat Food does NOT contain gluten or fillers, nor does it contain by-products, any type of chemical preservatives or artificial flavors, flavor enhancers or food colorings.

What Is In Instinctive Choice Natural Canned Cat Food And Why Is It Better?

  • Instinctive Choice premium canned cat food is nutrient dense; therefore, you can feed less of Instinctive Choice than many other brands of canned cat food.
  • Instinctive Choice contains high-quality proteins from meat and fish. The organic chicken, turkey, chicken liver and shrimp are carefully selected to provide your cat with a variety of protein sources, the best high-quality proteins we could find. This ensures that your cat will get a full array of necessary protein components that true carnivores need to live a healthy life.
  • The chicken liver in Instinctive Choice not only provides a rich protein source, it is also a warehouse of nutrition because it contains Vitamins A, E, C, folic acid, B vitamins, iron and copper just to mention a few. Some say it is the healthiest food in the world.
  • Instinctive Choice contains nutrient-rich water. This is important because modern house cats are descendents of desert animals that obtained moisture from their prey and so they do not like to drink water from a bowl. The nutritional components found in meats and chicken broth allow your cat to obtain moisture closer to the way a cat in the wild would get it.
  • Every cat owner knows that cats crave grass. That's instinct at its best! When cats in the wild consumed their prey, the intestinal tract contained grass. Instinctive Choice contains dog grass extract.
  • Instinctive Choice contains a guaranteed amount of added omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and omega-6 fatty acids in a ratio that is beneficial for overall health.
  • Instinctive Choice contains added chelated minerals, which are closer to those found in nature so they are absorbed better.
  • Instinctive Choice contains a guaranteed amount of added vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant important to good health.
  • Instinctive Choice contains added Inulin, which supports a healthy intestine, a healthy immune system and increased nutrient absorption.
  • Instinctive Choice contains a superior blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help contribute to a healthy daily diet.
  • Instinctive Choice has a savory taste that your kitten or cat will love. The organic chicken, turkey, succulent shrimp and chicken liver are cooked in a delicious broth that is seasoned with a little bit of rosemary.

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Five Essential Nutrients for Dog & Cat Skin and Coat Health

Doc Keeping your companion animal’s skin healthy and coat shiny can prove challenging. Even though you might already feed a quality food, and brush and shampoo regularly, there’s more to this area of pet care than you might think. Veterinarians will tell you that the condition of the skin can be a good indicator of a pet’s overall health and nutrition status. That’s why wise pet parents should monitor their companion animal for any of these tell-tale signs …

• Dry, flaky skin or a dull, brittle coat
• Oily, foul smelling skin or a matted coat
• Thin coat, excessive hair loss or red, blotchy skin
• Excessive scratching (especially, seasonally)

The skin is the largest organ in the body and requires proteins and other nutrients. It’s not surprising that subtle changes in the amount of nutrients supplied to the skin can have a noticeable affect on its overall condition.

Fortunately, many pets eat complete-and-balanced pet foods that meet the nutrient profiles specified by expert panels and regulatory bodies. However, there are other factors that can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Pet foods that are improperly stored in the home, or in warehouses for many months without climate control prior to entering your home, can have reduced nutrient availability. Deficiencies may also arise when an animal is unable to digest, absorb or utilize nutrients as a result of genetic, environmental or stress factors, or some diseases. Even if your companion animal eats a nutritious diet, her skin takes a backseat to the rest of her organs … in essence, only receiving the “leftovers”. Therefore, I believe it’s important to supplement with additional nutrients, to help your furry one achieve skin and coat health.

Here are the top five essential nutrients you should consider for optimal skin and coat health:

1. Omega-3 Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids

The importance of balanced supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids cannot be stressed enough. Omega-3 fatty acids play a structural role in cell membranes, help resolve inflammation and are vital for maintaining normal skin structure and function. Omega-3’s are fragile molecules and prolonged storage or improperly balanced vitamin E can deplete levels of fatty acids in food and supplements. Signs that your pet may be suffering from a deficiency of these nutrients include a dull, dry coat and dander.

2. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant vital to the maintenance of skin cell membrane stability and protection against free-radical damage. Also, vitamin E interacts with many nutrients while in the body, including omega-3 fatty acids, to promote optimal skin health.

3. Zinc

Zinc is critical for regulating different aspects of skin cell metabolism. Its presence is involved in skin cell replication. Zinc is essential to the body’s response to disease and inflammation and is involved in the metabolism of another crucial skin nutrient, vitamin A. Signs of a zinc deficiency include: a dull, dry coat; localized redness; hair loss; and scales that appear on the legs, around the mouth or on the eyelids.

4. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is involved in skin cell growth and repair. It is essential to maintain the integrity of the skin barrier and the proper growth of hair and nails. Vitamin A also supports the production of healthy oils in the skin. Both deficiency and excess vitamin A can lead to skin problems such as hair loss, poor coat quality and increased susceptibility to bacterial infections, which is why the correct balance of vitamin A is so critically important in the diet.

5. Vitamin B

The B-complex vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, d-pantothenic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, B12 and biotin) work in concert with the nutrients mentioned above to coordinate energy metabolism and synthetic processes. B vitamins are water-soluble, and therefore can’t be stored in the body. The balanced daily intake of these vitamins is vital to overall health. Dry, flaky dander and hair loss are the signs most consistently associated with B-vitamin deficiencies.

An important take-away from this discussion is that all these nutrients, while each important in their own right, work in concert with one another, and with other nutrients in the body. That’s why it’s incredibly important that these nutrients be provided in a balanced, holistic way. As you can see, some of the deficiency symptoms overlap (e.g., a dull, dry coat and dandruff could signal a deficiency of any or all of these nutrients). I urge you to choose a balanced skin-and-coat supplement, and to work with your veterinarian to ensure that your companion animal is receiving all the nutrients he or she needs to shine.

Thank you for everything you do to make the world a better place for companion animals,

Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM

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What Is Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS)?

Thanks to advances in health care and nutrition, our beloved family pets are living longer and longer. Senior pets are becoming the norm rather than the exception, and with the happy increase in the number of furry senior citizens, there has been a shift in health concerns for both veterinarians and pet parents alike.

One area of great concern for veterinarian and dog parent alike is the decline in a senior dog’s cognitive abilities or brain function. Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, or CDS for short, is the term vets use to describe a degenerative brain disorder in senior dogs. Often, when pet parents are talking to their veterinarian, they will share that their senior citizen is uncharacteristically disobedient or soiling in the house. Other tell-tale signs of CDS include generalized anxiety (pacing or panting), confusion, decreased grooming habits, a changed appetite, acting depressed and forgetting regular habits. Signs of CDS are typically irreversible and progressive, but with effective treatment and management, the signs can be slowed and some can even be reversed. It is important to know that many of the signs of CDS can be confused with other diseases, such as hypothyroidism, arthritis or even dental disease, so if your senior dog is acting differently, schedule a full checkup with your local veterinarian.

One of the first questions pet parents usually ask when their veterinarian mentions the possibility of CDS is, “Is it like Alzheimer’s?” The answer is “Sorta.” CDS shares many similarities to symptoms of Alzheimer’s in humans, including similar microscopic changes and oxidative damage to brain cells that correspond to the severity of the disease. In fact, the two diseases are so similar that many of the treatments that are used in Alzheimer’s were first developed in dogs.

So if your dog has been diagnosed with CDS, what can you do? What about if you want to be proactive and take steps now to decrease the likelihood that CDS will mar your best friend’s golden years? In this video, Dr. Sarah goes over recent advances in treatment and prevention of canine cognitive syndrome.

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Life's Abundance Agility Hip & Joint Support Formula For Dogs & Cats Is Even Better Now!

LaAgility We are excited to announce that Dr. Jane has made a great product even better with the new and improved Agility Formula!

At present, there are several hip and joint formulas marketed for companion animals. Unfortunately, most of these products treat the joint as an isolated goal; it is for this reason that they do not work as well as they could. Our new and improved Agility supplement is a holistic formula, which means that it takes into account the needs of the whole body, including all the parts that work with the joints.

In addition to Agility’s current health-promoting ingredients, such as MSM and glucosamine, the new and improved formula features hyaluronic acid and other effective joint-health ingredients. Hyaluronic acid helps to keep cartilage strong and flexible to better cushion joints. Because the added nutrients work synergistically with the other ingredients in Agility Formula, your furbaby receives an even more effective, multi-action joint-health. I started using the old formula over 7 years ago and it helped my rottweiler, Storm, live a productive pain free life for his last 3 1/2 years. Storm had hip and elbow dysplasia surgeries before the age of 1 and the vet said he would not live a long life. At the age of 8, he started to whine everytime he stood up or sat down and it was heartbreaking. Thankfully, we found Life's Abundance and the Agility supplement and within 2 months he was running our 5 acres with our younger dogs and no longer whined. Storm lived until he was 11 1/2 and I believe without this supplement we would have never been given those extra precious years with him. Now, we have all 3 of our large dogs on the Agility Supplement to make sure that they lead as active a life as possible and for many more years! We're excited about the improved formula!

Best of all this fantastic product is available in the 60 count bottle and the new Economy Size 120 count bottle!

Learn more about the benefits of Life's Abundance Agility - your pet will thank you for it!

Does Your Dog Need To Lose Weight? Life's Abundance Weight Loss Food For Dogs Is The Answer

HealthyPetNet Lifes Abundance Diet Dog Food Obesity is one of the most common canine nutritional disorders in America. And vets widely agree that excessive weight can lead to a whole host of health problems. Therefore, it’s easy to see that shedding a few unwanted pounds now can make an enormous impact on your dog’s quality of life.

Compared to our regular formula, Life’s Abundance Weight-Loss Formula contains 28% less fat and 32% fewer calories to help adult dogs maintain a healthy weight and an active lifestyle. And, it’s enhanced with L-carnitine to help the body utilize fat and to support long-term weight management.

For the most part, your dog eats the same food every day. That is why carefully choosing a food is so important to your dog’s long-term health.

Take a look at Life's Abundance Weight Loss Food For Dogs and you'll see what makes Life's Abundance top quality and the best choice for your pooch that needs to lose weight.

Useful Tips For Winter Puppy Care

The holidays are fast approaching and, amid the hustle and bustle, many people choose to adopt a new puppy into their homes during the holiday season. If you are the proud pet parent of a brand new puppy, here are some great tips on how to best take care of your new bundle of joy during the cold-weather months.

Most puppies do fine in cold weather - many of the long haired large breeds love to chase snowflakes and romp through winter landscapes. If you are considering adopting a short haired breed or small puppy, never leave them outside unattended. Although it is important to watch them vigilantly to make sure they stay warm, most dogs can still enjoy short stints outside. Remember, puppies need a lot of attention and care, and for potty training purposes, they need to be able to relieve themselves every few hours. You can start potty training your puppy as young as eight weeks of age, and it can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.

If you have opened your home to a puppy this winter and are wondering about how best to care for your new family member, then watch this video. In it, Dr. Sarah talks about special considerations for puppies during the cold months and tips and tricks on how to beat old man winter.

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Is Your Canned Dog Or Cat Food In A Non Badge Can and BPA Free?

A lot of pet food cans are lined with material that includes BPA, bisphenol A. This substance is linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dr Jane Bicks, product formulator for Life's Abundance says this about the cans they use - "Way ahead of you on the cans by about 20 years. I was one of the first investigators with hyperthyroidism in cats. I did a retrospective study to determine the possible causes of it. Canned cat food was one of the possible causes.Thus when I made canned food I selected the company that does not have BADGE lining. Most canned companies have that horrible lining."BADGE, by the way, is another name for BPA.

Here is a direct statement from Life's Abundance:

“We do not use BADGE coatings in any of our canned foods.”  In addition, Life's abundance stated the following in their response…”BADGE (BPA) COATINGS ARE USED IN 90% OF ALL CANS.   This type of lining is considered an epoxy resin which have achieved wide acceptance in protective coatings, including coatings for food and beverage cans, because of their exceptional combination of properties such as toughness, adhesion, and chemical resistance. The most widely used epoxy resins are based on bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE). BADGE is a major component in all bisphenol A / epichlorohydrin based liquid epoxy resins. It’s entire
chemical nomenclature is Bisphenol-A Diglycidyl ether or 2,2-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl) propane bis(2,3-epoxy-propyl) ether.
OUR CAN LINING CONTAINS BFDGE. This is used in the aluminum 3oz and 5.5 oz cans. Even though some of the letters seem the same, the compound we use, is an entirely different compound from BADGE. BFDGE stands for Bisphenol-FDiGlycidyl ether or bis(hydroxyphenyl)methane bis(2,3-epoxypropyl)ethers. 

The purpose of lining is exactly the same as why you might coat a surface with lacquer-protection.  The purpose with food contact surfaces is to protect the can from the food (to prevent rust, etc) and the food from the can.  There are many properties such as adhesion to the metal and ability to withstand processing and migration of food chemicals (especially acid) which need to be considered in selection of compounds.  Additionally, properties to prevent sticking of the food to the lacquer on the lid need to be considered. Cans are coated on both sides but the needs are obviously different.”

My note:**Be a safe consumer,if you are feeding a canned food other than Life's Abundance call the company and ask about the can lining. 90% of the canned foods contain badge (BPA) lining.As of right now I don't know any "large" cans that are non-badge...only the small cans.

Learn more about Life's Abundance Canned Dog Food and Life's Abundance Instinctive Choice Canned Cat Food

Your Pets Depend On You To Stay Healthy - Are You?

The cat’s bowl is full of nutritious Instinctive Choice. Your canine companion has had his daily Wellness Food Supplement. You know that you are forgetting something, but you just can’t seem to place it. Maybe it’s not something you’re forgetting but rather someone! As important of a role your pets play in your life, you are the main character in their lives! Without you who would they turn to?

By changing a few simple things in your daily routine, you could be around for more belly scratches and rub downs!

Get Active – Don’t just let Fido out by himself – join him. A recent survey found that more than 65% of Americans are overweight or obese. Since the health problems associated with excess weight include heart disease, diabetes and stroke, it's important to make weight loss and fitness a priority in your life. So lace up those sneakers and take your dog for a daily walk at the local park or around your block! The fresh air will invigorate you and the companionship of your dog will make this daily activity more enjoyable and seem less like exercise. Not only will this help keep your weight under control, but it will also help make for a healthier heart.

Eat Healthy – You feed your pets the best, most nutritious foods, and you should be doing the same. Hate the word “diet”? Try the 80-20 factor. Eat healthy 80% of the time and indulge for the other 20%. This is a very simple way to improve your diet. The American Heart Association recommends eating foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. An easy way to ensure that you are getting health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids on a daily basis is to try Life's Abundance Sealogix Omega-3 Fish Oil. Thanks in large part to its superior quality, purity and concentration of nutrients, Life's Abundance Sealogix Fish Oil represents an exceptional value compared to other market brands.

Stop Smoking – Many of us grew up when smoking was cool. Well, it’s not cool anymore. The American Heart Association could not have put it any clearer. Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death! Your bad habit does not only affect you - it affects everyone in your home – pets included! There are so many cessation programs available these days that quitting may be easier than you think. Procrastination is one of the biggest hurdles, so make the decision to stop smoking today and consult your health care provider for the program that’s right for you.

Let your pets continue to enjoy the life that you have worked so hard to give them. You need to stay healthy, too!

Did You Get A New Kitten Or Cat? Start Them With The Life's Abundance Healthy Start Pack

Healthystartpackforcats There’s no better way to start your feline’s lifetime of health on the right paw than with the Life’s Abundance Healthy Start Pack for Cats and Kittens. The purchase of this pack saves you 15% off the regular Retail price and 13% off the regular Autoship price when items are purchased individually.

One 6.6 lb. bag of Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Kittens & Adult Cats – Our premium, veterinarian-formulated kibble features select ingredients to help cats achieve and maintain optimum health.

One bottle of Life’s Abundance Wellness Food Supplement for Cats – These savory nuggets provide a wide variety of nutritious ingredients in a superior formula created to enhance a cat’s daily diet.

One 4-oz. bag of Life’s Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats for Healthy Skin & Coat – These tasty treats contain nutrients to help cats maintain healthy skin and a strong, resilient coat.

One bottle of Biodeodorizer – Rid the home of odors by eliminating the sources, utilizing friendly bacteria that naturally breakdown organic wastes. An ideal solution for freshening a kitty’s litter box. BioDeodorizer is non-toxic and fully biodegradable, has a neutral pH and contains no harmful phosphates.

Learn more about the products in the Healthy Start Pack For Cats and Kittens

How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears

Repeated head shaking. Foul-smelling, waxy build-up. Red, painfully inflamed ears. What do all these things have in common? All are symptoms of otitis externa, or what is commonly referred to as ear infections. If you have ever groaned inwardly and felt dismay the moment your dog starts shaking his head or rubbing his ears along the nearest available surface, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, too many pet parents are more than familiar with this recurring medical problem. Often, it is accompanied by an offensive odor and one can only imagine how overwhelming the smell is to the suffering pup!

Canine ear infections result from an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria in the ear canal, causing redness, irritation and a heavy accumulation of wax. Likely triggers of these maladies are skin reactions to inhaled allergens – like pollen, mold or dust mites – or food allergies and sensitivities. Be aware that both large ears and swimming predispose dogs to ear infections.

Humans tend to develop ear infections as a result of viral infections, typically in infancy or early youth. As youngsters, our Eustachian tubes are very small. Respiratory congestion can lead to blockage of these canals, resulting in otitis media (a middle ear infection). Because the infection is internal, they frequently require oral antibiotics. In contrast, pets usually develop ear infections as adults, and the infection is almost always localized in the external portion of the ear. In most cases, the application of prescription drops or ointments directly into the ear canal usually resolves the illness. If you suspect your companion animal may be suffering from an ear infection, please seek veterinarian assistance for diagnosis and treatment. If necessary, your vet may prescribe a topical medicine and advise routine cleaning.

In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals the steps to safe and effective ear cleaning to promote overall ear health.

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Doggie Dunce Caps: Bad Behavior or Serious Medical Issue?

by Dr Sarah Wooten

Have you ever found freshly dug holes in your backyard? Or bits of your favorite chair strewn across your den? Are you the proud parent of a canine that greets your guests by repeatedly jumping on them? Does your furry friend beg at the table, bark incessantly or strategically deposit her poo next to the dining room table? Simply put, if your dog could star in a film entitled “Dogs Gone Wild”, then you share a common complaint among dog lovers worldwide: frustrating behavioral problems.

There is one thing that unites all behavioral problems - they are undesirable to the pet parent. Behavioral problems are the most common complaint received by veterinarians at annual exam time. Whatever the complaint - whether it’s barking, chewing, digging, chasing, biting or aggression - many dogs exhibit problem behaviors. If you’re wondering what could cause these ongoing stresses in your relationship with your canine, you’re not alone.

There are many possible reasons why a dog exhibits bad manners. The easiest and most common explanation is a lack of proper training. Much to the chagrin of some new pet parents, dogs are not born fully trained – it’s up to us to teach them the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Other contributing factors of bad behavior are loneliness and boredom, which is especially common in young dogs of active breeds. Destructive behaviors like hole digging and fence chewing are often physical expressions of cries for attention.

You might be surprised to learn that medical conditions can be at the root of bad behavior. For example, aggressive outbursts might be the result of a serious and painful hip, a broken toe nail or even an infected ear. If your dog has ever snapped at you while you were petting her back or neck, a bulging disc or a pinched nerve might be the culprit. These conditions are extremely painful, and dogs are predisposed to bite when experiencing this level of pain. In fact, aggression and biting are common indicators that your dog is in pain.

In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah discusses common medical causes of unacceptable behaviors, what you can do about it, and the kind of training veterinarians recommend.

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So You Found a Pregnant Cat…

by Dr Jane Bicks:

Did you know that cats can become mothers in their first year of life? While more and more pet parents spay their cats early in life, many good Samaritans have gotten more than they bargained for, after finding that the stray they adopted is pregnant. As a matter of fact, we here at the Life’s Abundance office found ourselves in a similar situation when a sweet little stray showed up at our door a while back. Of course, food and water were the first order of business. After a few days, she began to trust us enough to pet her. That’s when we discovered that she was pregnant. To make a long story short, we took good care of her and her kittens, and now the whole feline family lives with their new adoptive parents. If you have a pregnant cat, you may be wondering what to expect and how best to care for the expectant mother.

First, take her to your veterinarian for a full checkup. Your veterinarian will be able to determine how far along she is and if there are any health concerns. Second, provide complete and balanced nutrition. More than any other factor, nutrition will influence the health of mother and kittens. Cats are pregnant for approximately 8-9 weeks. Like humans, cats gain weight gradually throughout their pregnancy. By the end of her pregnancy, your cat should be eating 25-50% more than her normal amount. CatKittens

To ensure that she is getting enough food, the free-feed method is advisable, but be sure to measure the amount you feed daily and provide fresh food each day. Feed a diet that is nutrient-dense like Life’s Abundance. Consider also feeding a high-quality canned food, to provide extra protein and water. Additionally, providing fresh, clean water is a must. You should not need to increase the amount you are feeding until the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy, and mother cats should not gain more than 15-25% of their body weight by the end of pregnancy. Remember, overweight cats can have a higher risk of difficulties during labor and delivery.

Pregnant cats lose 40% of their pregnancy weight after giving birth; however, they still require two-to-three times their normal amount of food after giving birth in order to produce enough milk to feed their kittens. The protein and fat concentration of their milk is very high, so good nutrition is critical not only during pregnancy but also until the kittens are weaned. As we mentioned, continual access to fresh, clean water is also very important, as dehydration can affect the milk supply. Change the water out daily or provide a water fountain.

Mother cats should deliver in a quiet, familiar area where they will not be disturbed. Usually, a mother cat will choose her space - all you need to do is provide blankets or towels for her comfort, she will take care of the rest. Unfamiliar surroundings, noise or strangers may cause problems by impeding delivery or milk letdown, or even negatively affect the mother’s instinct to care for her kittens.

A day or two before birth, your cat may stop eating – this is a good sign that delivery is near and she has started stage one of labor. Stage one usually lasts 12-24 hours, and during this time she may become reclusive or restless and nest. If she doesn’t eat for more than a day and shows no signs of delivery, contact your veterinarian, as cats should not go more than a day without a meal. Normal stage two labor is when the kittens are delivered! The entire delivery can take up to a full day, depending on the litter size. There should not be more than one-to-two hours between kittens. If it seems like delivery is taking longer, or if you have any concerns, call your veterinarian immediately for advice.

A single unspayed female cat and her offspring can account for the birth of 420,000 kittens in a seven-year period. There is an estimated 70 million homeless cats in the United States, and four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Spaying and neutering your pet is a proven way to reduce the number of homeless pets and ensure every pet has a family to love them.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for your dear companions.

Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM

Purina's Project Pet Slim Down - A Closer Look At The Weight Loss Dog Food & Treats

So you have an overweight dog or cat, what are you going to do? When you go the vet, they tell you about Project Pet Slim Down - A Purina Veterinary Diet for dogs and cats. Sounds good, right?

When you take a closer look at the ingredients you will be asking yourself - where's the good stuff?

Here is the dog food ingredient list:

Whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, soybean hulls*, soybean germ meal, soybean meal, pea fiber, wheat gluten, poultry by-product meal, animal digest, powdered cellulose, tricalcium phosphate, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), salt, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, brewers dried yeast, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite. Q-4560

Talk about a list of poor quality ingredients and let's not forget that corn, wheat and soy are also known allergens. According to the AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) by definition (of ingredient) there is no meat in this dog food - Poultry by-product meal is not a meat. When you go all the way down to the 8th and 9th listed ingredients you will see what this food is consdering their only animal protein sources - the Poultry by-product meal and 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."

This weight loss dog food, soon to be food recommended by veterinarians does not contain chelated minerals for better absorption or probiotics for a healthier immune system. It doesn't contain Omega 3's for a healthy skin and coat, it doesn't contain a high quality protein for muscle maintenance during weight loss, nutritious fruits or vegetables or antioxidants.

Oh and when you look at Meaty d'lites - the weight loss dog treat you will also scratch your head and say - Where's the Meat? Ingredients - Ground wheat, water, corn gluten meal, glycerin,ground yellow corn, wheat flour, sugar, powdered cellulose, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, chicken by-product meal, salt, soybean meal, malted barley flour, animal digest, beef, corn starch-modified, phosphoric acid, dried whey, sorbic acid (a preservative), natural flavors, gelatin, bacon fat preserved with BHA and citric acid, added color, calcium propionate (a preservative), BHA (a preservative), citric acid (a preservative).

Yep, they've one upped themselves with that treat and even used BHA. BHA was found to: cause squamous-cell carcinomas in stomachs of rates and hamsters. (Cancers of this type are among the most lethal and fastest acting, the swiftest effects being seen among animals with light colored fur. (Many white cats die within months after getting squamous cell black tumor on their skin.); and enhance stomach and urinary bladder carcinogenesis.

When your vet recommends this food please be a wary consumer and ask what he feels IS GOOD about this food.

If you are looking for a high quality weight loss food for dogs, try Life's Abundance. They also have Wholesome Hearts Low Fat dog treats to compliment the food because when your dog is on a weight loss program high fat treats can sabotage the affect of feeding a quality food.



Do You Know What Plants Can Harm Your Dog?

by Dr Jane Bicks

If you’re a dog lover, thoughts of summertime conjure memories of long evening strolls and outdoor recreation with your dog. In fact, you may have already started this summer to create new fond memories. Given that, the last thing you want on one of your nature walks is for your canine companion to be sidelined by an injury. Unfortunately, many pet parents don’t realize until it’s too late that there are menacing toxins lurking in the plants of both cultivated and wild landscapes. Plants that you are used to seeing in public parks, your neighborhood and perhaps even in your own backyard can lead to devastating effects. In what follows, I will review five of these dangerous plants so that you will be able to identify and avoid them when you’re with your dog. First up are four plants commonly used in landscaping that are actually toxic to canines …

Azalea – Rhododendron Species
A typical choice for landscapers due to its hardiness and lovely flowers, these unassuming ornamentals contain a toxin which can be lethal, even in small amounts. Both the plant’s leaves and nectar are known to be harmful if eaten or chewed by your dog, and can cause drooling (often a symptom of nausea), vomiting, weakness and collapse. If greater amounts of its toxins are ingested, it can lead to severe poisoning, possible coma and even death.

Widely recognized as one of the most poisonous plants in the world, even minute quantities of Oleander can trigger a fatal response. Unlike the Azalea, every part of the Oleander is toxic, from flowers to roots. If dogs should chew on any part of this plant, they could suffer varying degrees of illness, including upset stomach, abnormal heart functioning and possibly even death. Beware of the sap, which can irritate the skin and eyes, as well as the leaves, which retain their toxicity even when dried out.

Sago Palm
Most commonly used in planned landscapes where climates tend to be hot and dry, Sago Palms are nevertheless popular all over the U.S. While the whole plant contains harmful chemicals, it’s the seeds that contain the highest levels of toxins. Estimates currently put the percentage of animals that die after eating the seeds of the plant as high as three out of four. The incidence of Sago Palm poisoning in dogs and cats has risen 200% in the past few years, although dogs seem to enjoy the flavor of the plant and the seeds more than cats. Ingestion of Sago Palm can cause vomiting, diarrhea, liver failure and seizures.

Chrysanthemums are popular ornamentals blooming late in the summer and early in the fall. While beautiful, their flowers contain a natural insecticide. If a canine chews on the Chrysanthemum blooms, the insecticide can cause excessive drooling, vomiting and diarrhea.

If your furry one is exposed to any of these toxic plants, please contact your veterinarian immediately. As is often the case in toxins and poisons, the sooner your pet receives treatment, the less likely they are to experience dramatic, and sometimes fatal, reactions.

And now, I will review a common weed that can cause a great deal of grief for your pet canine …

Weeds that resemble the tail of a fox, Foxtails are considered a widespread nuisance in most states, especially west of the Mississippi. Prevalent from late spring to early fall, they become more dangerous in late summer when their seeds dry. When the seeds are released from their pods, they are covered in barbs like little fish hooks, making them potentially very dangerous to your dog. If she merely brushes up against the Foxtail plant, the seeds can become snagged in her coat. Worse, the seeds can pierce the skin, or even be inhaled!

As a result, Foxtail seeds can become lodged between a dog’s toes, in their ears or armpits; they can be inhaled or swallowed and latch onto the interior walls of the nose or throat; or, they can stick to the eyes. Obviously, all of these circumstances can be very painful. Perhaps most frightening, the seeds are so small that they can be difficult to locate, and, if embedded in the skin, have been known to migrate to other areas of the body, resulting in severe infections.

If the Foxtail seed becomes infected under the skin, it may result in a visible, inflamed and painful lump. Commonly these lumps are between the toes, and are painful enough that your dog will repeatedly lick or chew the raised area. If a seed becomes lodged in your dog’s nose, she will likely sneeze, violently and over-and-over, and may even repeatedly paw at her face. If the seed latches to or in her ear, she will likely shake her head side-to-side and/or scratch incessantly at her ear. In the case where a Foxtail becomes stuck in or near the eye, you’ll likely see lots of repeated squinting, tears and redness; you may even see the foxtail poking out!

If you see any evidence of an encounter with a Foxtail, take your dog to the vet immediately. If you notice a red bump in between the toes, soak the paw in a mixture of lukewarm water and Epsom salts. This will help to ease the swelling until you can be seen by your veterinarian. Keep in mind that the longer you wait for treatment, the more difficult it is to treat an embedded Foxtail seed, so time is of the essence.

The best way to prevent Foxtail incidents is with an ounce of prevention. During hikes, keep your dog away from grassy weeds, and check her paws after walks. In addition, you should consider brushing her coat while using your hand to feel for any raised areas, checking inside the ears, in between toes, under armpits and throughout the belly and groin area. If you find a Foxtail in the coat, carefully pull or brush it out. If your dog has thick or long hair, consider getting a ‘Foxtail Clip’, a term applied to trimming away the hair between your dog’s toes. And, if you live in an area where Foxtails are common, remove them from your yard (be sure to exercise caution and carefully bag the weeds).

By using a little common sense and being aware of your surroundings, summer walks can be fun and free from environmental injuries. Then, you can get back to making some wonderful, new, summer memories together with your dog outdoors.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for your dear companions,

Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM

*****Dr Jane Bicks is the product formulator for Life's Abundance Natural Pet Foods, Treats, Supplements and Pet Care Products.

Helpful Tips on Caring for Senior Pets

A relationship with a companion animal can be one of the most rewarding experiences we humans encounter in our lifetimes. In the last 20 years, medical science has repeatedly shown that having a dog or cat in your life can result in health benefits for you, including improved, self-reported mental and physical health, and even fewer doctor visits compared to no-pet people. Additionally, caring for pets can help us to develop a greater sense of responsibility, elevate our own sense of self-worth and foster a mutually beneficial bond that enriches not only our lives but those of our pets, too.

If you have ever enjoyed the distinct pleasures of having a senior dog, you know that they tend to be well-behaved, without the boundless energy (and chew-everything tendencies) of puppies, which, quite frankly, can sometimes be exhausting. For these and many other reasons, senior dogs can make excellent companions for senior citizens.

So, who qualifies as a senior pet? While there is no hard and fast rule, most veterinarians agree that a senior canine is one in the last third of his or her life expectancy. Keep in mind that smaller breeds tend to live longer, meaning that they become seniors later in life than large or giant breeds. For example, the expected lifetime of Miniature Poodles is 18 years; therefore, they are designated as seniors at age 12. In contrast, the typical life expectancy of a Great Dane is around nine years, so they are considered seniors at age six! In general, cats begin to experience age-related physical changes from seven to ten years of age.

Many pet parents don’t know what to expect when their companion animals reach their senior years, or how to provide the best senior care for them. Additionally, some are misled by common misconceptions and anticipate that the later years are necessarily associated with infirmity. Fortunately, most health issues surrounding senior pets can be easily overcome, if you know what to look for and how to improve their quality of life. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals the secrets to the best care for both senior dogs and cats to ensure long-term health and longevity 

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Life's Abundance Kibble Is Perfect For Small, Medium Or Large Dogs

Lazise One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is regarding the size of Life's Abundance kibble and is it ok for small dogs, medium or large dogs. The answer is yes! We have quite a few "tiny" customers with chihuahua's and yorkies who have no problem with the size of the kibble. We personally have 3 large dogs and it works great for them too!

You can feel confident when you purchase Life's Abundance Dog and Puppy Food for your furbaby!

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Why Should You Feed Your Dog Or Puppy Life's Abundance?

Dog_w_food3 Do you refer to your dog as your best friend that would do anything for you? Your furbaby loves you so much that he or she would even give their life for you and with an unconditional love like that, you owe it to your precious furbaby to keep them healthy and happy for years to come. What is the best way to do that? One way to do that is to feed a superior food.

Lifes Abundance Dog & Puppy Food is a wholesome, superior food that is recommended by Vets

Lifes Abundance Dog & Puppy Food sets a Higher Standard for Pet Nutrition

Lifes Abundance Dog & Puppy Food was created to provide your companion animal with a nutritional advantage.

Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Puppies & Adult Dogs is made with select ingredients to help your dog achieve and maintain optimum health.

Formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, one of the nation’s leading holistic veterinarians, this superior food addresses the needs of the whole body.

Every ingredient is carefully chosen based upon its positive effects on a dog’s physiology, to promote the long-term health of canines.

Life's Abundance is loved by both puppies and adult dogs of all breeds and sizes, this delicious recipe features an antioxidant system to support dogs throughout their life cycle. Also figuring prominently are omega fatty acids to promote healthy skin and a glossy coat, and complex carbohydrates from oat groats for sustained energy.

Another highlight of this food is our proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals to supply dogs with the nutrients that help them to thrive, regardless of their age.

This Life’s Abundance recipe furnishes the body with optimal protein levels, to help puppies grow strong and adults to maintain muscle mass. Additionally, we have added a balanced blend of calcium and phosphorous to support both developing and aging bones.

The naturally-flavored kibbles come complete with dietary fiber to promote digestive health.

In addition, this formula contains no artificial colors or flavors, no corn, no wheat and no glutens.

Life’s Abundance is nutritionally-dense, which means that you won’t have to feed your dog as much food as other brands. That can translate into savings you can count on, meal after meal, year after year. Not only that, but smaller meals and concentrated nutrition means less mess to clean up outside.

When you try Life’s Abundance, you’ll know why people say it’s what pet food should be.

Life's Abundance Premium Health Food is veterinarian-formulated with select ingredients to help your dog achieve and maintain optimum health. A "fast-cook" process is used to help preserve the nutritional value of each and every wholesome ingredient. Strict inventory controls are maintained to ensure the quality and safety of the foods. With Life’s Abundance, you can be confident that you’re feeding your dog advanced nutrition.

Life's Abundance Dog Food is made with the finest ingredients, including:
- a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals
- High-quality protein from chicken meal for strong muscles
- An antioxidant system including vitamins A, C and E
- A selection of nutritious vegetables and fruits
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids for healthy skin and a shiny coat
- Calcium and phosphorus for healthy teeth and strong bones
- Dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract

Since only wholesome ingredients are used, this formula contains:

- No artificial flavors
- No artificial colors
- No corn or corn gluten
- No wheat or wheal gluten

Doesn't your doggie deserve the best?

What Is The Shelf Life Of Dog & Cat Food?

Look at the Best By date.  Know the manufacturer shelf life of the pet food.  Shelf life varies from 1 year to 3 years for dry foods, 18 months to 3 years for canned foods.  If the Best By date on the packaging is six months in the future, the food is six months old IF the manufacturer shelf life is 1 year.

However, if the Best By date on the package is six months in the future, the food would be 2 1/2 years old if the manufacturer shelf life is 3 years.  It is very possible that food has been sitting in some bad conditions over the past 2 1/2 years (yes, perhaps in a trailer over two summers of sun and heat); plus the nutritional value could be greatly lessened.

When you receive a bag of Life’s Abundance for your dog or cat delivered to your home, you can rest assured that the food was manufactured less than 6 WEEKS ago…yes, you read correct, WEEKS!  Life's Abundance Dog and Cat foods do NOT sit in warehouses or tractor trailers for months on end, without climate or pest control…they are shipped directly to you from the manufacturing plant within 6 weeks of being made…something unheard of in this industry!  Life's Abundance prides ourselves on having the freshest pet food on the market today!

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The Importance Of Pet Insurance

Near-term costs.  Long-term savings.  That’s exactly what pet insurance, just like your health insurance (if you’re fortunate enough to be covered), offers pet parents.  And in difficult economic times, pet insurance may be the answer to escalating vet bills.

Veterinary charges continue to rise, largely due to the fact that procedures once used exclusively for human diagnoses (like CAT-scans and MRI’s) are much more commonly used for diagnosing companion animals.

Presently, only 3% of companion animals are insured in America.  And yet, that’s still a 50% increase in only one year.

Pet insurance remains a relatively inexpensive way to help families deal with the high costs of the best possible veterinary care.  Policies are available through companies like Hartville Pet Insurance and others, both for cats and for dogs, and cover everything from annual exams to specialized treatments. 

Accidental Injuries Due to Pets

Injuries resulting from losing one’s balance from trying to avoid stepping on your cat.  Falling over your dog on an afternoon walk.  Slipping on a chew toy in the hallway.  These accidents are much more common than you might expect.

A recent report published in the CDC’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report in March highlights a heretofore uncompiled data from medical reports filed at 66 different hospitals from 2001 to 2006.  This collection of personal injury accounts from all across America indicates that we’re surprisingly likely to injure ourselves because of our four-legged companions.  Further, the data clearly shows that seniors are particularly likely to break a bone due to such mishaps.

The researcher who penned the study, Dr. Judy Stevens, suggested that the importance of training cannot be understressed in the prevention of such accidents. 

We would suggest that the adage, “look both ways before crossing the street” should probably be emended to “look both ways – and down – before crossing your living room”. 

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Shedding And Healthy Coats For Dogs & Cats

The splendor of summer is right around the bend.  We are approaching the season when children, freed from studies, populate the neighborhood, friends and families hold cook-outs, and we find ourselves preoccupied with the health our pet’s coats. 

There’s a reason for our annual fixation.  Dogs usually begin to lose their winter coats in early spring, when it is gradually replaced by a shorter, lighter coat suited to the summer months.  The amount of shedding varies widely from breed to breed.  For example, the pet parents of German Shepherds will groan about the amount of shedding all year long, while those of us with poodles rarely have to get out the broom or vacuum, even with the arrival of summer. 

While we’ve seen that growth cycles can be affected by mood, hormones, and nutrition, changes primarily occur due to fluctuations in the amount of daylight and temperature. 

The length of daylight hours is believed to have a greater impact on the shedding cycle than temperature, which is why all pets shed during particular times of the year.  Even artificial indoor lighting can have an effect, especially on companion animals who stay primarily indoors.

And companion animals experience big differences in temperature when leaving and entering your home, which is most extreme in the summer and winter months.  These differences induce a constant state of change, setting up conditions that lead to increased shedding throughout the year. 

And an unhealthy coat can have negative impacts on pet parents, too, in the form of allergies.  Contrary to popular belief, hair is not the culprit of allergies in humans, but rather dander and proteins in the oil produced by glands in the skin. 

For all of the hair support systems to function properly, they require a variety of nutrients, including fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.  Additionally, a healthy coat requires a great deal of protein.  Almost 95% of the protein that’s ingested is used by the body to support hair production and maintenance.  Fortunately, nutritious foods like Life’s Abundance and Instinctive Choice provide the protein content necessary to supply your pet’s body with the protein necessary to help maintain a healthy coat.

Just as it is important to feed a high-quality, nutrient-dense food, it is also advisable to give your companion animals a balanced supplement that provides the additional nutritional support necessary to achieve the utmost in a healthy coat and skin. 

Life's Abundance Skin & Coat Formula is a unique formula that provides a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  These oils are certified-free of contaminants and are microencapsulated to increase absorption, so your pet receives the full nutritional benefit.  Additionally, Skin & Coat Formula contains vitamins A, D, and E, all of which are necessary for the maintenance of healthy skin and a glossy coat.  To ensure the highest product quality, Skin & Coat is manufactured in a human pharmaceutical plant.  And, it has a delicious roast beef flavor that both cats and dogs love.

No matter the season, Life's Abundance Skin & Coat Formula can help to make your pet’s coat healthy, glossy and beautiful – and keep it that way, all year long.

Life's Abundance Has Partnered With Hartville To Provide Pet Health Insurance! Get A Quote Today!

Pet-insurance Quality Coverage You – And Your Pet – Can Depend On.

You already do what you can nutritionally to keep your companion animal healthy. But, if your pet isn’t covered by a health insurance policy, you run the risk of financial setbacks in the future.

With low monthly payments and minimal co-pays, our coverage makes quality vet care possible for everyone. Policies range from simple accidental coverage to more comprehensive protection, including illness, surgery, hospitalization and wellness care.

Plan for a healthier future together. Enjoy the confidence that comes from having quality, affordable pet health coverage.

You can’t beat the affordable coverage offered by the partnership between Life's Abundance and Hartville Pet Health Insurance. Choose the plan that works best for your family, from emergency coverage to specialized care. Prices start at under $10 per month and discounts are offered to households with multiple pets.

These policies provide much-needed help to pet parents looking for a way to reduce veterinary costs and ensure quality healthcare. Furthermore, with coverage you can have the confidence that you’re doing everything possible to ensure their long-term health.

Consider purchasing pet health insurance for your companion animal today, and put the focus where it should be – on their health, not on the costs of their care.

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Safe Effective Weight Loss for Cats

HealthyPetNet Cat Vitamins and Food Obesity in cats is very common and can predispose your cat to diabetes, Hepatic Lipidosis and arthritis. Overweight cats are being seen more and more by veterinarians for various disorders. Weight loss foods don't usually work because the ingredients are inferior and substitutes like corn and wheat are used instead of protein, so your cat will be hungry and eat more. This page will help you determine what to do about overweight cats so that your kitty won't have to be encumbered by obesity.

40 percent of cats in the United States are considered to be obese! Only 5 to 10 percent of all cats can be classified as only slightly overweight. In recent years Feline Diabetes Mellitus (diabetes) has become almost a daily diagnosis in animal hospitals all across America. Our cats are at risk for a number of obesity related disorders. Documented research indicates obese cats are far more prone than cats of normal body weight to disease.

Dr. Jane Bicks, the holistic veterinarian who formulates products for Life's Abundance, hasn't made a cat weight-loss food because she isn't convinced that it can be done safely. Instead, here's Dr. Jane's plan for helping a cat lose weight safely without feeling deprived:

1. Weigh your cat, and write the weight down with the date. Put a chart on your fridge with six columns: Date, Weight, Body Score, Food, Treats, and Exercise.

2. Get a measuring cup that shows a full cup (8 ounces), 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup.

3. Then do a "body score": With the cat standing and facing away from you, put your hands on the cat's shoulders, and pull your hands back over the ribs.

If you easily feel ribs, the score is 1, and the cat doesn't need to lose weight.

If you feel up to 1/2 inch of padding on the ribs, the score is 2, and the cat probably should lose weight.

If you don't feel any ribs, the score is 3, and the cat definitely needs to lose weight. Note the score with the date on your fridge chart.

4. For a few days, measure all food and count all treats the cat eats. Record all that information. You may be feeding or treating a lot more than you thought.

5. Use the Life's Abundance food calculator to see how much dry cat food your cat should eat. Let's say your cat is 13 pounds. The calculator says 1/2 to 3/4 cup a day of Life's Abundance Dry Cat Food. An overweight cat is probably eating at least the high end of the range.

6. Start with the total quantity at the high end of the suggested range for your cat, assuming your cat is eating that much now.

Give two-thirds to three-quarters of the quantity of Life's Abundance Premium Health Food for Cats, and substitute Instinctive Choice Premium Canned Cat Food for the remaining food. The water in the canned food will help fill the cat up, and extra water is always good for cats. Here's the comparison:

1 cup of Life's Abundance dry = about 500 calories (3/4 cup = about 375 calories).

1 can of Instinctive Choice canned = about 100 calories.

For this example, let's say the high end of the range is 3/4 cup a day of dry. Instead of giving the whole 3/4 cup of dry food per day, give this combination: 1/2 cup of dry (about 250 calories) + about 1/4 cup of canned (that's a little more than a whole can, roughly 100 calories) = about 350 calories a day.

7. Divide the daily amount into at least four meals. If you don't want to leave canned food out when you're gone, use it in the evening or whenever you're home.

8. Give treats very sparingly, and use healthy, nutritious treats. Life's Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats are best. Don't give "junk food" cat treats that contain corn, wheat, gluten, soy, or sugar. Don't give tuna as it can contain too much mercury.

9. As the diet progresses, continue to record the food and treats daily.

10. To help your cat lose weight faster, spend more time playing with your cat. Get a feather teaser (like a fishing pole with a feather toy on a string). That's a good way to get almost any cat to play. Also record each time your cat plays.

11. Repeat the weighing and body scoring weekly. Those things help you see when the cat is building muscle, which will happen from the extra playing. Building muscle may cause the weight loss to slow down or even seem to reverse for a while, because muscle weighs more than fat. Muscle is much healthier for the cat!

12. As always, if your cat loses energy or shows other signs of illness, consult your vet. If time permits, ask Dr. Jane for ideas on her open conference call about what to ask your vet.

13. As your cat's needs dictate, adjust the quantities slightly up or down, keeping the total amount of food where it needs to be and the calories less than you started with.

Is Your Pet Getting Bigger Even Though You Are Feeding Them The Same Amount?

Pet owners continue to watch their dog and cat's bellies get bigger and can't figure out why. One main concern is lack of exercise. As our pets get older we tend to make them move less, play with them or take them for a walk.

For example, a dog may start to limp (due to being overweight) so you don't want to take them out for a walk to damage their leg. In this case, they really do need to be on a reduced calorie diet to get the weight off and then when their leg starts to feel better you can start walking them again....which is good for the pet owner too! On the cat side, you may say well he or she is just getting older and wants to lay around. Instead, get some interactive toys and have your cat play with them. Even if you keep danging a toy in front of their face, they will swat at it and that counts as movement!!

What many people do forget is those unforgotten calories, the guilty pleasures that you just give out freely during the day or when leaving the house drop handfuls of treats on the floor for your baby. Did you know that a pet owner can overfeed their pet by 25% daily just by handing out treats? You don't even realize it because it seems to innocent and your baby is so happy when you give it to them.

So if Fido or Fluffy are putting on the pounds and you can't figure out why just take a look at the "daily extras" you give them. Make sure you are giving a dog or cat treat that isn't full of empty calories and give them a treat that has a nutritional value instead of just garbage.

How Do Probiotics Work And Why Are They So Important To Your Pet's Health

KidsPets Probiotics have received a great deal of attention lately, and this focus is absolutely justified. An increasing number of products, from yogurts to pet foods, contain probiotics. Often referred to as “healthy” and/or “friendly” bacteria (or microorganisms) in the media, their proper notation is “direct fed microbials” when used in pet foods. Basically, probiotics are helpful bacteria that reside in the intestinal tract. In fact, every digestive system contains millions of bacteria, both those with a healthful purpose (like probiotics) and some that are not so beneficial. While some kinds of bacteria can be harmful, many (like direct fed microbials) actually help the immune system adapt to internal changes within the body and thus naturally support good health.

Most people do not realize that located within the digestive system is one a very important group of immune cells called the Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT), which communicate with the immune cells located throughout the body. In some respects, the GALT is the first line of defense against unhealthy microorganisms in the body. Whereas most of the cells in our body receive nutrition from the blood, this is not true for the GALT – it receives the majority of its nutrients from these helpful bacteria.

Whenever you or your companion animal takes a round of antibiotics, it indiscriminately kills all of the bacteria, regardless of their ultimate effect on the body (by providing healthy functions versus unhealthy outcomes). That’s why it’s often recommended that you eat yogurt while taking antibiotics – to re-establish the healthy bacteria in the GI tract to avoid intestinal distress – both during the course of treatment and in the days immediately following completion of an antibiotic therapy.

Good bacteria are necessary to maintain the healthy ecology of intestinal microbes known as the “gut flora”. The types of bacteria contained in the gut differ from species to species, and animal to animal, but there are commonalities in dogs and cats. These helpful bacteria can have numerous positive effects on their host’s body, including:

• Causing chemical reactions that convert foods into vitamins and energy
• Competing with unhealthy microorganisms, helping block their grip on the lining of the gut wall
• Increasing the tolerance of bad bacteria by stimulating the immune system
• Protecting the gut mucosal barrier, thereby promoting the health of the gut lining

The community of bacteria in the intestinal system protects its host from invading unhealthy microorganisms in a combined effort called “colonization resistance”. This group resistance has proven effective at supporting intestinal health.

Adding direct fed microbials to pet food can help a dog or cat’s natural digestive system to work at peak efficiency, allowing the pet to get even more nutrition from food because they ensure a healthy intestinal flora, which supports:

• The production of food for healthy enterocytes (specialized cells lining the GI tract)
• Increased nutrient absorption
• GALT, which communicates with systemic immune systems

Whether you refer to these health-promoting bacteria as “probiotics” or “direct fed microbials”, their effect on the digestive system of your companion animal simply can’t be overstated. In fact, after a careful review of all the information, it would appear that direct fed microbials are vital to your pet’s health.

Life's Abundance contains Direct Fed Microbials! Learn more about Life's Abundance Dog and Cat Food

Do You Really Know What's In Your Cat's Food?

Your cat eats the same food every day. The brand you feed is your cat's main source of nutrition and vital to a long and healthy life. As a caring pet parent, it is important to see through clever marketing ploys when choosing a food worthy of your feline.

Although you may think all pet food manufacturers have your pet’s best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Some manufacturers use ingredients that you would never knowingly feed your cat. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what some brands of cat food really contain.

Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food is veterinarian-formulated with safe and wholesome ingredients, including a blend of vitamins and minerals, high-quality proteins, whole grains, an antioxidant system, green foods, omega fatty acids, calcium and phosophorus for healthy teeth and strong bones and dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract. Life’s Abundance contains no artificial flavors or colors. And there’s no corn, corn gluten, wheat or wheat gluten.

When reviewing this information, just remember … a nutritious, well-balanced food is the foundation of a long and healthy life. Click here to compare your brand of cat food to Life's Abundance Cat & Kitten Food.

Is Your Dog Overweight? Watch This Video To Find Out & Help Your Dog Lose Weight

HealthyPetNet Lifes Abundance Diet Dog Food January is traditionally a time when people pay more attention to their bodies, intentionally eat fewer calories and make healthier food choices.

This is also a great time to develop better habits for your canine companion. Just like in humans, obesity is rampant in America’s pet population. When dogs carry too much weight they place an extra strain on all their organs, and they can be at an increased risk for diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and pancreatitis. Unsurprisingly, excess weight gain can interfere with a pet’s quality of life and actually shorten their life span.

Fortunately, dogs respond very well to simple weight-loss programs. By increasing your pet’s exercise and reducing the amount of calories he or she eats, you can help reduce your pet’s weight and the risk of health problems associated with obesity.

But how do you determine whether or not your dog is overweight? And, if your dog is overweight, what can you do about it? In this short video, Dr. Sarah shows you how to learn if your dog is carrying too much weight, and gives advice on how to help your dog shed unwanted pounds.

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Life's Abundance Gift Certificates For Life's Abundance Food, Treats, Supplements Now Available!

Lifesabundancedogandcat Are you searching for the perfect gift for family members, friends and co-workers, but just can’t decide what to give? With Life's Abundance gift certificates, you can give the gift of health any time of year. Simply select from three designs, choose the amount of your gift and enter the recipient’s email address. You can even include a personalized message. The recipient will receive an email with a unique gift certificate code, along with a printable version of your gift certificate. With no hidden fees and no expiration dates, recipients can redeem these gift certificates for any products on the Life's Abundance web sites.

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Holiday Gift Baskets Now Available For Dogs & Cats From Life's Abundance

Dog-Basket-09-250 Our companion animals give us love all year long, and the holidays are a wonderful time for us to give back. Holiday Baskets are the perfect gifts for your pets and your pet friends.

Holiday Gift Basket for Dogs

This festive basket contains an entertaining plush toy and an assortment of our most popular treats, including: Wholesome Hearts (low-fat, heart-shaped sensations), Gourmet Dental Treats (honey peanut butter recipe), Antioxidant Health Bars (oatmeal and apple recipe), a bag of Tasty Rewards (savory chicken and venison jerky) and a Porky Puff (hickory-smoked chew) to top it all off.  All of these delicious treats are nestled in a lovely, reusable basket. This Holiday Gift Basket is beautifully presented with a colorful ribbon and a cute holiday gift card that you can personalize. Makes an absolutely wonderful gift for a canine friend. (Toy may vary.) Limited quantity ... they go fast, so order now! ONLY $17.95 - RETAIL VALUE $30.00

Holiday Gift Basket for Cats

This lovely basket contains a delightful assortment of playful toys that will keep any furry feline happily Cat-Basket-09-250 occupied during the holidays. For the proud cat parent, we included an adorable hand-painted cat photo frame so you can proudly display your cat's photo all year long. And last but not least, we’ve included a bag of Life’s Abundance Gourmet Cat Treats for Healthy Skin & Coat. The toys and treats are nestled in a lovely, reusable basket. This Holiday Gift Basket is beautifully presented with a colorful ribbon and a cute holiday gift card that you can personalize. Makes an absolutely wonderful gift for a feline friend. (Toys and frame may vary.) Limited quantity ... they go fast, so order now! ONLY $12.95 - RETAIL VALUE $21.00