Lisa from Ohio has been feeding her nearly one year old, Gizmo Life’s Abundance Dog Food.
Gizmo is a healthy Malti-poo and Lisa wanted to know whether Life’s Abundance was a healthy choice for a growing dog.
Life’s Abundance produces a variety of dog foods, cat foods, supplements and skin care products for humans. In their line of dry dog food, they have formulas for:
For the purposes of this review, we have decided to examine Life’s Abundance All Life Stages.
From the Life's Abundance Website, we obtained the following information
According to their AAFCO’s statement,
One nice thing about products that are formulated for all life stages is that you do not need to search for a new food when the puppy reaches adulthood or enters his senior years.
This is especially helpful if the food you are using is working well for your dog.
|Crude Fat (Min)
|Crude Fiber (Max)
|Vitamin A (Min)
|Vitamin E (Min)
|Ascorbic Acid* (Min)
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (Min)
|Omega-6 Fatty Acids* Min)
|Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)* (Min)
|Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)* (Min)
|Total Microorganisms* (Min)
Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Tomato Pomace, Pearled Barley, Flaxseed Meal, Egg Product, Yeast Culture, Natural Flavor, Fish Oil, Whitefish Meal, Lecithin, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Carrots, Potassium Chloride, Celery, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Blueberries, Vitamin E Supplement, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Fructooligosaccharide, Broccoli, Taurine, Beets, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Parsley, Lettuce, Iron Proteinate, Pomegranate Extract, Selenium Yeast, Inositol, Watercress, Spinach, 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 live (viable), naturally-occurring microorganisms.
Using Sarah Irick’s Dog Food Rating Scale, we began with 100%
From there, we either add or subtract depending on the ingredients list to come up with a final score.
No points were subtracted.
The following points were added:
+3 (Contains Probiotics)
+3 (Contains Fruits)
+3 (Contains Vegetables)
+2 (Contains Barley)
+1 (Contains Oats)
+2 (Two separate specific animal protein sources are added to this food other than the first source which is chicken) this food contains egg products and fish meal.
The total score for this food is 114 or A+
To determine the contents based on a Dry Matter Analysis, we use the guaranteed analysis. This is the best way to compare foods because it does not take into consideration the moisture present in the food.
Protein: 29% Fat: 18%
To determine the carbohydrate content of food, one must know the ash value. Most manufacturers do not provide this number. The ash content is usually between 5 and 8%. For this analysis we will use 7%. The carbohydrate quantity can be calculated as follows: 100% Minus the protein + fat + ash + water (on an as fed basis) = Carbohydrates
In this case, 100 – (26 +16+7+10) =41%
Now, let’s look a little closer at the food and company behind the food.
The company has been in existence since 1998 and is located in Jupiter, Florida, USA.
There has not been one recall of this food in their history, but if there ever were to be a recall, they have an interesting system for contacting pet owners. The food is not sold in stores, but rather distributed by a network of independent pet lovers.
Each bag is shipped from the factory and an elaborate system is in place
to account for the product and lot and where it is shipped. That way, if something happened, the company could connect with the consumer immediately.
The consumer would be the first to know if a
recall did happen. This is not the norm. Usually what happens is the food is recalled
and the consumer may find out about it when it is too late or not at all.
The company values not only high quality ingredients and a unique distribution system, but also their manufacturing process.
Most large pet food manufactures will produce foods in high quantities with massive inventories sent all over the world. This does save money for the company, and produce higher profits, but does not always insure freshness of the product.
Many bags of food lying on shelves in big pet stores many be months old before you purchase it.
Life’s Abundance manufactures foods in smaller batches and ships out soon afterwards to assure a fresher product.
Food that remains on shelves indefinitely
begins to lose its nutritional value. This is the problem with purchasing from large pet stores.
There are a number of factors in favor of this food.
This is one product that can list probiotics on the guaranteed analysis.
Probiotics are important for digestive tract health. Many companies that include probiotics in their products will list them in the ingredient list but not the guaranteed analysis.
To work, the probiotics must contain live bacteria. Many times, the manufacturing process will kill off the organisms by the high heat needed to process the food.
This company ensures that the probiotics are
live when the product reaches the customer so they can perform the tasks needed of them.
This product is gluten-free which is good if the dog has problems with grains such as wheat.
In substitute, Ground Brown Rice and Oat Groats are used as the primary carbohydrate sources. Both are nutritious and the oat groats have the added benefit of being less highly processed.
Several ingredients provide excellent sources for Omega 3
and 6 Fatty acids. Chicken fat is high
in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid. Although it sounds very unhealthy, it is actually a high quality ingredient.
Flaxseed Meal is a good source for omega-3 fatty acid. The fish oil is naturally rich in the EPA and DHA types of omega-3 fatty acids.
Most people immediately think of Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids to help prevent dull, dry hair coats. But fatty acids also have a positive effect with forms of inflammation such as in arthritis and allergies.
Omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to be effective in certain heart conditions and slow the development of certain cancers.
Barley is a whole grain and contains 50% more protein than rice. Foods that contain barley help pets feel fuller for longer periods of time.
According to the Company’s website the Calorie Content is:
Metabolizable Energy (ME) = 3,706 kcal/kg, 458 kcal/cup.
Amounts are based on the use of a standard 8-oz. measuring cup.
It is very difficult to figure out exactly how much your dog should be eating daily because each dog is different. Age, activity level, neuter status, and metabolic rate will determine the dog’s daily caloric needs.
According to Bark Magazine, an
easy way estimate your dog’s needs is to use the formula:
To get your pet’s weight in kilograms, divide
the number in pounds by 2.2 (2.2 pounds = 1 kilogram).
So, for example if you have a 10 pound dog: 30 x 10/2.2 +  = 30 x 4.5 =135 + 70 = 205 calories.
In the case of Life’s Abundance, you may not need to feed more than ½ cup daily if you have a 10 pound dog. Keep in mind that this is only an estimate and that most dogs will need more depending on their energy and activity level.
Based on the information provided on the Life’s Abundance Website, the product is not sold in stores but must be purchased through the internet or through a distributor.
You may order the product as needed or sign up for auto-shipments. The All Life Stage Formula is sold in 8, 20, and 40 pound bags.
If purchased for a 10 pound dog who eats 2/3 cups daily, the cost per meal is under 40 cents (USD) if you choose the auto-ship option.
website also offers a calculator for determining how much food to purchase. This is a very reasonable cost to pay for such a high quality product.
In conclusion, this food appears to be an exceptional food for dogs in all life stages. The company has a great tract record and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Small Dog Place recommends this food as an excellent high quality pet food.
Assuming the dog does not have allergies to chicken or other ingredients the food should be good.
Remember that the food that is perfect for one dog may not be good for another.
If the dog is of an ideal weight, happy and healthy, free of allergies or other illness, has plenty of energy, a shiny coat, and produces normal stools then you can assume that the food you choose is good for your dog.
The analysis of this and other dog food review pages represents the opinions of the author. We must rely on the information obtained by the dog food manufacturer on their website and often this is incomplete at best.
The field of canine nutrition is very complicated and each dog has his or her own unique nutritional needs. There will never be one perfect dog food for your dog.
We try to provide accurate information but cannot guarantee up-to-date material. Nor can we guarantee completeness or accuracy. We update on a regular basis but not on a daily one.
We offer the information in good faith and as a way to provide information to the reader. It is up to each reader to decide if the food is right for their dog. We do not endorse or suggest any brand as being perfect for any one dog. For more information, we suggest that you contact your local veterinarian.