Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Life’s Abundance Dog Food Review

Life abundance dog food review
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Life’s Abundance is a multi-level marketing company that sells skincare 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 pet food 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 are 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 pet 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 one 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, they 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 break down the ingredient list to see what it contains.

Full Ingredients:

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.

  • 33.3%

    Protein

  • 21.1%

    Fat

  • 40.6%

    Carbs

Overall the nutrient breakdown for this food is pretty good, much better than I expected coming from an 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, chickpeas, and potatoes. This could be an indication that they are using a lot of vegetable proteins that lack the same amino acids that real meat contains.

“Natural flavors” are listed in the ingredients which have 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 to cover all dog’s life stages. 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 an 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 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. Or if you want to go with fresh food, a good brand is Spot and Tango, read the full review here.

6%
CRAVE Grain Free Adult High Protein Natural Dry...
  • Contains one (1) 22 lb. bag of CRAVE High Protein Adult Grain Free With Protein from Chicken All Natural...
  • Inspired by the diets of their wolf ancestors, CRAVE adult dog food is made with real ingredients...
  • Satisfies a dog's natural desire for animal protein with real chicken as the first ingredient

FAQ

Is Life's Abundance good dog food?

Life's Abundance does offer some decent dog food with 33.3% protein and 40.6% of carbs, 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.

Is Life's Abundance dog food sold in stores?

You won’t find Life’s Abundance dog food in any pet store. As a multi-level marketing company Life’s Abundance sells directly to consumers and most often through one of their “direct marketers”.

Life’s Abundance Dog Food Price

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.

Who Owns Life’s Abundance

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.

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Summary

Life’s Abundance does offer some decent dog food with 33.3% protein and 40.6% of carbs, 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.

19 thoughts on “Life’s Abundance Dog Food Review

  1. You don’t have any idea what you are talking about with Life’s Abundance! We have formulators, including a holistic veterinarian, who supply our manufacturer with the ingredients to make the food. It is our formula!! We have NEVER had a recall and we know who all our customers are! Have you checked our the business reputation in FL? This company has been in business for over 20 years now and I have been a extremely proud rep for over 12 years. Don’t knock a good, reputable product/company unless you have the facts. I am disgusted.

      1. I have been feeding my Lab Life Abundance her entire life. I did a lot of research after feeding her one of the premium brands you had suggested in your review. The density of some of the ingredients made her quite sick and that is when I learned about the importance of Chicken meal over high moisture chicken ingredients. To be honest, I trust breeders far more than reviewers and this product was overwhelmingly endorsed. Check our Endless Labs. Lastly, I think you should be very careful recommending grain free for Labs since there has been a considerable amount of research that documents serious medical issues. Bottom line, my dog is healthy, she loves the food and her vet is very pleased with her development which I attribute to Life Abundance dog food.

  2. I have been using life’s abundance dog food for about two years now. The breeders we bought our pup from said it was a good product so we tried it. Our pup seems to like it and we (my wife and I) follow the recommended amount that should be fed to him. Have never had a problem so far and I have never heard of a recall on this brand of dog food. We will continue to feed it to our little guy. He is a healthy little pup according to our vet. I think this brand has a better rep than a lot of the other brands out there, especially over the name brand dog foods that have been recalled.

  3. We have been using Life’s Abundance for almost 6 years. The breeder we bought our lab from recommended we use it and guaranteed our dog’s health for at least 10 years. I wanted to feed my dog what the breeder fed her dogs to keep them healthy – ’nuff said!

    1. This brand has very aggressive marketing tactics and they spend quite a bit of money on brand management as opposed to quality ingredients. Read the article and all these positive experiences from “anonymous” dog owners, and interpret accordingly.

  4. We just bought a puppy from a breeder that recommended this food. When she told us that we were “required” to buy one bag of this food we of course agreed, as she said switching to a new food would upset the puppies stomach. I did find it strange that she provided us with a link to purchase the food directly off her website. I immediately thought MLM and am not surprised to find out that is it in fact an MLM company. The price plus shipping is pricey and it is not likely that we will continue using it past the first bag.

  5. My pup is three years old and lifes abundance is the only thing i have ever fed her and its the only thing i ever will feed her. She is healthy and has never had any problems! It may be pricey but id rather pay for quality food to ensure a long life for my girl!

  6. Hmmm…the breeders we bought our little Yorkie and Morkie both fed their puppies Life’s Abundance but neither asked us to purchase from them. We order directly from the Life’s Abundance website and we have been doing so for about 4 years. Our little dogs are happy and healthy. I know they have never had a recall.

  7. I have three chocolate labradors ages 11, 10 and 8. The food seems pricier until you realize you serve less per dog weight pound versus others because there is less filler. Here’s the benefits I see as a dog owner:
    1. Less poop because less filler which makes it less expensive
    2. Pet stores have dog food that sits on shelves for a year or so (according to someone that works at one)
    3. Delivered to my house (and with coronavirus that’s a huge blessing)
    4. Since starting about 6 years ago, my dogs have shinier coats and are leaner which means healthier
    5. My hyper pup was calmer and my older dogs had more energy
    6. My vet read and did research and immediately started telling her other clients about it.

    For me it’s a no brainer and I am not a rep!

  8. We have put a deposit down for a puppy. There is a 3 year guarantee on the dog only if we use Life Abundance. The breeder is very reputable. Any thoughts?

    1. If that “warranty” is very important to you, I recommend you stick to the plan. Next time, understand that this is a red flag regardless of how “reputable” the breeder is. Locking someone on a food brand isn’t best for the puppy, and is just another way to make more money from the puppy. There are a lot of breeders who call out their fellow breeders for this.

      If you really care about what’s best for your puppy, who is now part of your family…get pet insurance and buy it the best dog food you can afford. Forget the “warranty” because when it’s time to use it, who is to say the breeder will actually honor it?

  9. We used Life’s Abundance for over 14 years until our dog passed away. My other dog that I had prior lived only 7 years from that “good” name brand crap that was made in China. We just got another dog yesterday and will ordering again soon. No, I have no financial interest in the company except being a customer. When I cancelled my order, they sent a very nice sympathy card signed by numerous people. Try getting that from most companies, especially the big name brands..

  10. I am surprised by the relatively low rating. I have been using life abundance all stages for my two Sammie‘s since they were puppies proximately six years ago per the breeder’s contract. My dogs love it . Every time I give it to them you would think I served them steak. I have had dogs all my life and after a few bags of other kibble you have to switch because they get bored not so with this brand. Healthy happy dogs.None of the digestive and skin problems you see with other brands. ….and no I do not have a financial interest other than saving on my vet bill and enjoying my pet longer.

  11. Funny how you highlighted NATURAL FLAVORS as the only thing bad and to be avoided in Life’s Abundance, but then recommended CRAVE which also contains NATURAL FLAVORS! Chicken and Turkey Meal is dehydrated meat. The first ingredient in Crave is Lamb meat, which is mostly water and is lost in the cooking process, so which food has more vegetable protein in it… The Crave does. People need to become educated and not rely on opinions and NON-facts from people like you. My 16 year old Pitbull has benefitted so much from this food and all of my pets are on it. LOVE the results.

  12. This article is very informative and explains many of the things I suspected:

    The company is spending more money marketing to breeders and social media than on quality of ingredients.

    Don’t you all find it suspicious that breeders are forcing you to buy this dog food in order to get the “warranty”. The breeder obviously just wants to profit more from the dog than actually giving owners the freedom to buy even better food. That should be a red flag. Choose another breeder.

    This article isn’t saying the dog food is bad, or won’t give you a healthy puppy. You can have a healthy dog feeding it IAMs or basic dog food. All it is saying is that it’s overpriced and there are better options. Which are both true statements.

    Please don’t be stupid. Your dog deserves better.

  13. We have used Life Abundance from day one for our 2 ALD. Our breeder used it and recommended it. We order from their website so to say the breeder gets “brownie points “ so to say, is ridiculous. We have never had ANY issues and our Piper and Sawyer absolutely love it. It’s very interesting how the people who ACTUALLY USE the dog food love it, compared to people like you, who simply have your own objectives. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.

  14. The rating is bogus. My dogs and cat love Life’s Abundance. I have been a breeder of Goldens for over 10 years and I finally found a dog food and treats I can trust. I would much rather give a little extra money to my rep than pay huge corporations for sub-par dog food with recall problems and very unhealthy ingredients just so they last longer on the shelf. The MLM is a plus in this instance. Wouldn’t you rather help a local company or person then a huge corporation that doesn’t care about your pet? Why would I buy pet food from Colgate, Proctor & Gamble and Mars? My pets are so much healthier than on all the other premium foods we tried over the years. That’s what should speak volumes.

  15. We got a labradoodle from a breeder that was heavy in support of this brand of dog food. To the point where our “goody bag” was basically filled with life’s abundance treats. I was a little hesitant about the food because it isn’t carried in any pet store I’ve been in, and I live in DC where there are many options, it seems very expensive to me, and my vet hadn’t heard of it. The enthusiastic endorsement from the breeder honestly made me think it isn’t so much MLM, but rather that the Life’s Abundance folks are giving the breeders free food to promote their product. Nothing wrong with that if it is the case, but they should disclose it if that is what is going on.

    Either way, a few weeks in our labradoodle got sick and the vet told us to give him boiled chicken and rice for a few days. After that it has been like pulling teeth to get him to eat the Life’s Abundance food. I’ve been adding a few tablespoons of wet food (trying out different types) since that is the only way he will eat the kibble now. Not sure what to do at this point.

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