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Is A Paleo Diet Right For Your Dog?

As pet parents ourselves, all of us here at Life’s Abundance know just how overwhelming it can be to choose the right food for your dog. There is so much conflicting information out there: you have to be grain free! Your canine needs to eat like a wolf! You should be putting antioxidants on everything! Home made food is better than commercial! How do you possibly make sense of all the conflicting information from so many different sources?

One of my goals when formulating a new food is to keep up with the most current thinking in nutrition while making sure our foods live up to the highest standards possible. Two of the most popular buzzwords right now are “paleo” and “limited ingredient.” But what do these mean? Are paleo or limited ingredient diets what your companion animal really needs?

Let’s take a look at the evidence.

Paleo diets have been all the rage in human nutrition for the past few years. While there isn’t any one strict definition, the general idea is that if a caveman didn’t eat it, neither should you (or in this case, your dog). In its most basic sense, the paleo diet avoids all processed foods such as cereals, pastas, and added sugars. The paleo diet also frowns on grains, keeping carbohydrate sources limited to those occurring naturally in vegetables and fruits.

Despite the fact there is no one true ‘paleo’ definition, we can certainly look at the overall concept and see something to like. A paleo diet is nutrient-dense, with every ingredient chosen for a purpose. The carbohydrates chosen are those that cause less peaks and valleys in blood glucose and energy levels throughout the course of the day. Given its reliance on unprocessed ingredients, a paleo food is going to avoid things like fillers and artificial colorings and flavorings. One of the major drawbacks to a classic paleo diet is the fact that it does not allow the use of legumes such as peas or lentils, which are an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Limited ingredient diets came about due to a wave of pet parents being concerned their dogs had food allergies. The number of dogs who actually have food allergies is not as large as the number of dogs who have food allergy symptoms (there are complex reasons for this, which perhaps I’ll cover in a future post). Regardless, the idea for limited ingredient diets is to limit intake to novel proteins (meaning an unusual source that a pet has not eaten before), and novel carbohydrates, the diet is less likely to trigger a dog’s food allergy symptoms. This is how we ended up with diets like kangaroo and oats, or duck and peas. The most common food allergens in dogs are beef, chicken, lamb, wheat, corn, and egg. This correlates to the most commonly used ingredients in pet foods, which makes sense.

If your canine has a true food allergy, he or she is probably going to need to undergo an elimination trial and all sorts of testing to see what is going on, and then move onto a special diet for the rest of his or her life. But if he or she has some minor symptoms of food intolerance or if you are just trying to avoid the major allergens in dog foods, it can be cost prohibitive to put your pet on a novel protein diet; many are prescription-only or are not meant for all life stages. Some diets are based on hydrolyzed soy, which is as appetizing to dogs as it sounds! It just doesn’t make sense to seek out one of these diets if you don’t have to due to medical necessity.

Paleo Diets And Dogs

For many pet parents, their dog may not have food allergies but they still want to avoid the common triggers by feeding high quality, novel proteins that taste delicious and support optimal health. And it’s with these needs in mind that we developed the newest addition to the Life’s Abundance family of foods: our Pork and Venison Grain Free Recipe Dog Food.

This formulation holds to the paleo ideas of being grain-free. The carbohydrate sources are peas and lentils, which are an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The protein sources are pork and venison, which are very rich, nutrient-dense protein sources that taste amazing. Canned foods are great for triggering the appetite because they have more potent smell. Trust me, we’ve all taken a whiff of the new formula and agree … the aroma is pretty yummy! Best of all, it’s formulated to be appropriate for all life stages, from weaning puppies to geriatric seniors, even if they’re missing some teeth.

We are so proud of this new formula and we can’t wait for you all to try it. As soon as you do, post a comment here and let us know what you think. We hope your dogs love it as much as ours do!

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals! And, happy feeding!

 This article was written by Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM. Dr Jane is a the product formulator for Life's Abundance pet products. Here we are with Dr Jane Bicks during the 2017 Life's Abundance Convention at Sea.

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Life's Abundance has been serving the pet community since 1999 with holistically formulated goodness that has NEVER been recalled! The dry foods are shipped to your door generally within 4-6 weeks of being made. 

Interesting Study - Can Having A Dog Or Cat Help Ward Off Obesity And Allergies In Infants?

DOG-AND-CATThe Business Standard recently published this article. Personally I have always felt that by having pets as a child, I was "better off" for even more reasons than this study. I feel that by just teaching children to help take care of another living being, it helps them respect animals and humans even more. I think this study is interesting and at the end it talks about a "dog pill." While I don't agree with that, I do agree that having a dog, cat or any other pet enriches our lives as both children and adults.

You may want to gift a dog to your baby as a recent study has suggested that a pet early in life may alter gut bacteria in immune-boosting ways.

The University of Alberta study showed that babies from families with pets--70 per cent of which were dogs--showed higher levels of two types of microbes associated with lower risks of allergic disease and obesity.

But don't rush out to adopt a furry friend just yet.

"There's definitely a critical window of time when gut immunity and microbes co-develop, and when disruptions to the process result in changes to gut immunity," said pediatric epidemiologist Anita Kozyrskyj.

The latest findings from Kozyrskyj and her team's work on fecal samples collected from infants registered in the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development study build on two decades of research that show children who grow up with dogs have lower rates of asthma.

The theory is that exposure to dirt and bacteria early in life--for example, in a dog's fur and on its paws--can create early immunity, though researchers aren't sure whether the effect occurs from bacteria on the furry friends or from human transfer by touching the pets, said Kozyrskyj.

Her team of 12, including study co-author and U of A post-doctoral fellow Hein Min Tun, take the science one step closer to understanding the connection by identifying that exposure to pets in the womb or up to three months after birth increases the abundance of two bacteria, Ruminococcus and Oscillospira, which have been linked with reduced childhood allergies and obesity, respectively.

"The abundance of these two bacteria were increased twofold when there was a pet in the house," said Kozyrskyj, adding that the pet exposure was shown to affect the gut microbiome indirectly--from dog to mother to unborn baby--during pregnancy as well as during the first three months of the baby's life. In other words, even if the dog had been given away for adoption just before the woman gave birth, the healthy microbiome exchange could still take place.

The study also showed that the immunity-boosting exchange occurred even in three birth scenarios known for reducing immunity, as shown in Kozyrskyj's previous work: C-section versus vaginal delivery, antibiotics during birth and lack of breastfeeding.

The study suggested that the presence of pets in the house reduced the likelihood of the transmission of vaginal GBS (group B Strep) during birth, which causes pneumonia in newborns and is prevented by giving mothers antibiotics during delivery.

It's far too early to predict how this finding will play out in the future, but Kozyrskyj doesn't rule out the concept of a "dog in a pill" as a preventive tool for allergies and obesity.

"It's not far-fetched that the pharmaceutical industry will try to create a supplement of these microbiomes, much like was done with probiotics," she said.

The study appears in the journal Microbiome.

Article originally appeared on The Business Standard

How Are Your Dog's Teeth? Did You Know There Is An Easy Way To Help Your Dog With Their Dental Hygiene?

Have you looked at your dog's teeth lately? Have you smelled your dog's breath? It's probably time they need a little help with their dental hygiene and here's a tasty Gourmet Dental Treat to help!

The Gourmet Dental Treats for dogs are gluten free and contain no artificial colors or preservatives. Not only do they contain high quality proteins, they also contain parsley to help freshen your dog's breath. There are hefty helpings of calcium and phosphorous which are important ingredients for strong bones and teeth. They are made in a US bakery too!

Order your dog or puppy some Gourmet Dental Treats today!

Do You Own A Pet Sitting Business Or A Dog Walking Business? Find Out Why You Should Join Life's Abundance

Do you own a pet sitting or dog walking business? As former pet sitters and dog walkers, we know first hand that you can have a lot of LONG days! Holidays were really just a NONSleepAThon for us followed by a few weeks of drought because people had been on vacation for the holiday. We had decided to not hire on additional pet sitters but that left us with a salary cap. There are only so many hours in the day that we could pet sit and charging our customers more was not an option. After serious research and consideration, we became Life's Abundance distributors and the rest is history.

We invite you to watch the video below and if you are looking for a way to earn an ongoing income, visit our Life's Abundance website and join our team. Let us work with you on how to integrate Life's Abundance into your pet sitting or dog walking business!

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Why Dog Breeders And Cat Breeders Should Join Life's Abundance

Are you a dog breeder or a cat breeder? Are you recommending dog and cat foods, treats, supplements or pet care products to your puppy or kitten parents? Are you getting paid on those recommendations? If not, listen to this video!

When someone gets a new puppy or kitten, they look to their breeder for advice. When you recommend a dog or cat food, that person goes out and purchases it. They give that store the business for your recommendation. Everyone gives their dog or cat treats, same thing!

Why not recommend a product you can feel good about and if you have questions, you can call up the company and get them answered. Life's Abundance has never been recalled and has been serving the pet community since 1999 with holistically formulated dog and cat foods, treats, supplements and pet care products. You are not required to carry any inventory or do any paperwork!

Join our team today!

Once you are a Life's Abundance distributor, you can also sign up for our Dog Breeder Program or Cat Breeder Program. This program gives you 3.6lbs free when you purchase a 36lb bag of our All Stages Grain Free Dog Food or Cat Food and 4lbs free when you purchase our 40lb bag of All Stages Dog Food or Cat Food. You must be a Life's Abundance distributor to participate in our Breeder Program. We're here to help! Ask us for details!!

Can You Believe It's Been 10 Years Since The Biggest Dog And Cat Food Recall Happened?


Wow! It seems like yesterday. I remember seeing the countless recalls come through and getting calls from devastated pet parents who were looking for a healthy option for their beloved dogs and cats. It was awful. I didn't like picking up the phone because there were so many tears being shed from those affected. 

On March 15, 2007 the FDA notified Menu Foods that pets were dying. On March 16, 2007, the first recall was announced. In less than 3 weeks, the FDA had over 12,000 consumer complaints that their pets were dying and suffering permanent kidney damage. I remember opening my email each day and seeing recall after recall during the next few weeks. It was announced that more than 150 different pet foods were recalled. This recall included 5,500 specific products when you consider the different product sizes and manufacturing dates. This was HUGE and still haunts us to this day.

Thousands of pets died. So very sad.

Through the years there still is record numbers of recalls and many of the companies are repeat offenders. It pains me to see some of the "big names" that just keep pushing product. The recall is usually done on a Friday evening because that's when the internet slows down. Peeps are busy and getting ready for the weekend. By Monday the recall is barely a whisper. Just the way the big companies want it. The recall is also posted in the store, products removed and replaced with new products. By the time the consumer gets around to purchasing another bag of dog or cat food or cans of dog or cat food, the recall notice is pulled. The consumer never knows their food was recalled.

Recently we've had another slew of recalls. Names like Blue Buffalo, Wellness and Evangers. Blue Buffalo and Wellness have had recalls in the pat. Evangers did not have a recall, but did have other violations which included being accused of stealing 2 million dollars in gas and electric. Evangers recall was because they found Pentobarbital in a batch of their food. This is a euthanasia drug. 

When will it stop? We don't know. What we do know is that our dogs have never been affected by a recall. Since 2003, we have been feeding a food called Life's Abundance. Life's Abundance is a solid company that has been serving the pet community since 1999. There are a lot of "pop up pet food companies" that say they've never been recalled but they don't have a track record and longevity life Life's Abundance. We found them while we were doing research for our own furbabies and also owned a pet sitting business. Our pet sitting customers were asking us for recommendations and we needed to feel we were giving them solid products. Since we became distributors, we've never looked back. During the 2007 recalls and the countless recalls since then, we've never once been afraid. Life's Abundance genuinely cares about our pets. We've met the co-founders, CEO and staff - they are AMAZING. This team considers each and every one of you family. We urge you to visit Life's Abundance and start feeding and treating your loved one these fabulous products!

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Do you love dogs and cats? Are you looking for something that can create an ongoing income while you are still working your full time job? We invite you to join us!

Since 2003 we have been sharing healthy, never recalled and holistically formulated dog and cat foods, treats, supplements and pet care products. In addition, we also have nutritional supplements that are fantastic and skin care products to be released soon. Start working on your fortune part time, while still working full time.

No inventory! No paperwork! Easy peasy! All you need is to be able to share the products with other people. You're already on Facebook sharing daily with your friends. Due to all the dog and cat food recalls lately...who do you know right now that is sick and tired of wondering if their pet food will be recalled next? We have a high customer retention rate too!

Check out the Life's Abundance Opportunity and join us today! Our Basic Rep Kit is just $29.95 to start your own business! Just think if you were starting a franchise and how much that would be?!?! This is so much cheaper and the stress isn't there of running a brick and mortar store since our company ships everything for you.
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You can do this! Work together with your dog or cat and help pets and people become healthier!! Email us ( any questions.

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