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This dog food is claiming to be the next best thing if you don't want to go Raw. . .here are the ingredients:

INGREDIENTS:
Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Brewers Dried Yeast, Flaxseed Meal, Natural Flavors, Dried Egg Product, Catfish Meal, Potassium Chloride, Salt, L-Lysine, Canola Oil, DL-Methionine, Calcium Carbonate, Monosodium Phosphate, Dried Carrots, Dried Celery, Dried Beets, Dried Parsley, Dried Lettuce, Dried Watercress, Dried Blueberries, Dried Broccoli, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Pomegranate Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Citric Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide.

Contains a source of live (viable), naturally-occurring microorganisms.

Their other claims:
Why is Life’s Abundance Better?
Life’s Abundance foods are veterinarian-formulated with select ingredients help your dog achieve optimum health. We use a “fast-cook” process at low temperatures to help preserve the nutritional value of each and every wholesome ingredient. And we maintain strict inventory controls to ensure the quality and safety of our foods.
Life’s Abundance foods are 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 we use only wholesome ingredient, this formula contains …
No artificial flavors
No artificial colors
No corn or corn gluten
No wheat or wheat gluten

Life’s Abundance delivers concentrated nutrition in every bowl.
A balanced blend of calcium and phosphorous to support growing and aging bones.
Our kibble has tested extremely positively with both puppies and adult dogs, regardless of breed or size.
Optimal protein levels for growing puppies and adults.
Unique blend of antioxidants that support dogs throughout their life cycle.
Choose Life’s Abundance for your dog because a recipe for a better life is more than meeting minimum requirements.

Any thoughts?

Many thanks!
 

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We tried it and Cookie got horrible diarrhea during transition period even though we gradually mixed in the new food and took it slow. Granted, we now learned she probably suffers from IBD so she probably was having intestinal issues even though we were not aware of it .... but for us it was a "FAIL" as well.
 

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You guys need to explain why for someone who is new to the forum so they can start to understand and read ingredient list......................:wink:
 

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Chicken Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Brewers Dried Yeast, Flaxseed Meal, Natural Flavors, Dried Egg Product, Catfish Meal, Potassium Chloride, Salt, L-Lysine, Canola Oil, DL-Methionine, Calcium Carbonate, Monosodium Phosphate, Dried Carrots, Dried Celery, Dried Beets, Dried Parsley, Dried Lettuce, Dried Watercress, Dried Blueberries, Dried Broccoli, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Pomegranate Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Citric Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide.

There are only three meat sources in this (at least that I can tell, but I'm uneducated about this stuff), and they aren't even all the first three ingredients. Rather, they are the first, the fourth, and the tenth ingredients. The further down the ingredients list they are, the less of the product that is in the food. Most of it is made of veggies, rice, and oats. Many people believe that veggies are useless for dogs, as they are hardly digestible in whole form.
 

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It looks like a pretty low quality kibble to me that they are trying to "glamourize" by comparing to raw.
 

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Potassium Chloride ( a form of salt), Salt (real salt), Canola Oil (canada low acid oil - rapeseed - blech)

a huge red flag for me would be 'natural flavours'....i never knew what that meant.

arsenic has a natural flavour....

when looking for foods....if you're going to go with kibble....the fewer the ingredients, the better....and, you really want a product that specifies exactly what's in the food....when a company gets vague..they don't get my money.

if you're not interested in nor ready or both....to go raw, have you considered home cooked? it's not hard....
 
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