Woof Whiskers Rating - 7/10
Life’s Abundance does offer some decent dog food but you can do better for the price. You may also be against supporting a MLM company in which case you should definitely look elsewhere.
Life’s Abundance is a multi-level marketing company that sells skin care products, cleaning products, and of course, dog and cat food. You won’t find Life’s Abundance dog food in any pet stores, they sell directly to consumers and most often through one of their “direct marketers” that may have hit you up through Facebook to try to sell you on this dog food.
There’s two different things to consider before buying this dog food, and that’s the MLM/business side of Life’s Abundance and the dog food itself. Let’s take a look at the actual dog food ingredients and nutrition first.
Quality of Ingredients
Not much is known about the quality of ingredients that Life’s Abundance uses because they don’t offer a whole lot of information and the company hasn’t been doing dog food for that long. Also, this company doesn’t make their own dog food, they outsource it and just use their own packaging.
On the dog food’s product page, they claim
“When you buy this Life’s Abundance dog food, your sweet pup will benefit from our strict inventory controls and product safety considerations that are second-to-none”
However if you check the actual label, below the ingredients list there is some verbiage like “manufacturer exclusively for Life’s Abundance”. This statement is required by FDA law because a third-party factory is actually the ones making the dog food and Life’s Abundance is simply the company distributing it.
As a result, who is actually making the dog food is not known. On the product page the say it’s made in Ohio and New York, but that’s as much information as we get.
Full Ingredients and Analysis
Let’s take a look at Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Grain Free Dog Food and breakdown the ingredient list to see what it contains.
Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Field Peas, Chickpeas, Potatoes, Chicken Fat, (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Egg Product, Sweet Potatoes, Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Whitefish Meal, Flaxseed Meal, Salmon Oil, Yeast Culture, Sunflower Lecithin, Carrots, Salt, Celery, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Fructooligosaccharide, Yeast Extract, L-Lysine, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Dicalcium Phosphate, Cranberries, Blueberries, Taurine, Beets, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Parsley, Lettuce, Iron Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Copper Proteinate, Inositol, Watercress, Spinach, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Manganese Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium animalis Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus reuteri Fermentation Product.
Overall the nutrient breakdown for this food is pretty good, much better than I expected coming from a MLM company. 33.3% protein content is respectable and 40.6% of carbs is pretty low which is what most dog owners want to see in their dog food.
Looking at the actual ingredient list, it doesn’t look that great. The top protein sources are turkey meal and chicken meal followed by field peas, chick peas, and potatoes. This could be an indication that they are using a lot of vegetable proteins which lack the same amino acids that real meat contains.
“Natural flavors” are listed in the ingredients which has no real legal definition, it could literally be anything. This isn’t all that uncommon in dog foods but it’s not something you like to see.
The product page also talks up their use of fruits and vegetables but most of these come very far down in the ingredient list to the point where they make up very little of the actual dog food.
As far as price goes, this dog food costs ~$2.38 per lb when you buy the largest 36 lb bag and $2.49 per lb when you buy an 18 lb bag. This is slightly higher than the average dog food price of $2.19.
Life’s Abundance Dog Food Product Line
Life’s Abundance offers “All Life Stage” product lines in both grain free and non-grain free options. The Grain Free formula is a bit more expensive but has a better ingredient list and better nutrient content.
They also have a puppy line of dog food and an adult weight loss dog food. After looking at the ingredients and nutrition info for all of these, it’s clear that the Grain Free formula we looked at above is the best option they offer, these other formulas are a cut below and should be avoided.
Should You Buy Life’s Abundance Dog Food?
This is an interesting case to review Life’s Abundance is not like most other dog food companies that actually focus on dog food. Life’s Abundance is a MLM company that found they could have someone else make dog food, add their own packaging, and then get others to sell it for them.
From strictly a nutrition perspective, I would feed my dog the Grain Free formula. However, the price for what you get is a bit out of whack. You can get a much better dog food from a real dog food company that makes their own food for less money. I’d suggest you check out our best dog food page to see what we recommend.
One great budget brand is Crave dog food. They offer high quality dog food at just ~$1.86 per lb, so it’s a great option for price conscious pet parents.
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