It's hard to compare dog foods and what you choose to feed your dog is a very important decision. There's a ton of information available so we evaluated Victor Chicken Meal & Brown Rice with Lamb Meal based upon 7 nutritional measures that we believe are critical to making a great dog food. In the following comparison, it was discovered that this brand of Victor dog food does not contain guaranteed amounts of probiotics or vitamins A, C and E, nor does it contain diverse proteins or prebiotics.
If you are thinking about or are currently feeding your dog Victor Chicken Meal & Brown Rice with Lamb Meal, we urge you to consider trying Life’s Abundance dog food to help your dog achieve and maintain optimum health.
Let's break down the 7 nutritional measures and what they mean -
Diverse Proteins - Protein is the cornerstone of any diet, but all proteins are not created equal. In fact, every protein source contains a unique complement of amino acids, which are “building blocks” of the body. Ideally, a dog food should contain at least three different protein sources to provide a wide array of amino acids.
Animal Fat - Dogs derive significant nutrition from animal fats. While vegetable oil may sound healthier to consumers, canines actually need the nutrients found in fats from animal sources. These specific nutritional components are not found in vegetable fats. Additionally, there’s great variation in the quality of animal fats, so be sure to verify that the source is species-specific (like “chicken fat”, not “animal fat”).
Vitamins A, C & E - It’s hard to understate the importance of antioxidants in promoting and maintaining good health. And some of the most effective antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E. Ample evidence supports that dog food should contain guaranteed amounts of vitamins A, C and E, to ensure the adequate antioxidant intake necessary for wellness.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids - The benefits of dietary fatty acids are well-known, as omega-3’s are some of the most extensively researched, naturally occurring, nutritional ingredients in the world. Not only should dog foods feature omega-3 fatty acids, they should include a guaranteed amount . And, for optimal benefit, omega-3 fatty acids need to be scientifically balanced with omega-6 fatty acids. Not only will the perfect balance support healthy skin and shiny coats, these fatty acids also help to maintain overall health.
Prebiotics - Dog food should contain prebiotics, ingredients that promote the growth of “healthy” and “friendly” bacteria in the gastrointestinal system. Prebiotics occur naturally in foods, just like vitamins and minerals occur naturally in foods. However, researchers have found that only oligofructose and inulin meet the scientific definition of prebiotics.
Probiotics - Often referred to as “friendly bacteria” or “healthy microorganisms”, probiotics aid in the digestive process. For these reasons and others, your dog’s food should feature guaranteed amounts of probiotics such as L. acidophilus, L. casei, B. thermophilum and E. faecium.
No Corn/Wheat/Glutens - We believe dog foods should not contain grains like corn, wheat or corn or wheat gluten, which are generally used as inexpensive and inferior sources of protein. Additionally, these grain-based ingredients are highly susceptible to toxic mold contamination. We refuse to use these ingredients because there’s no excuse to risk the health of your pet.
It's not just about the price!
For most of us, our dogs eat the same food every day. The brand you choose to feed is your dog is their main source of nutrition and vital to a long and healthy life. As a caring pet parent, it is important to see through clever marketing ploys when choosing a food worthy of your best friend.
Although you may think all pet food manufacturers have your pet’s best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Some manufacturers use ingredients that you would never knowingly feed your dog. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what some brands of dog food really contains.
Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Dog Food is formulated with safe and wholesome ingredients, including a blend of vitamins and minerals, high-quality proteins, whole grains, an antioxidant system, omega fatty acids, calcium and phosphorus for healthy teeth and strong bones and dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract. Life’s Abundance contains no artificial flavors or colors. And there’s no corn, corn gluten, wheat or wheat gluten.
While the first 5 ingredients play a significant role in the nutritional make-up of your dog’s food, every single ingredient is important. Life’s Abundance dog food carefully chooses each and every ingredient to work with the other to supply your dog with a highly nutritious and perfectly balanced meal every day, every year over their lifetime.
High-quality proteins - Proteins are the building blocks of all living organisms. Protein is essential for all bodily functions including those of the brain, heart, skin, skeleton and many others. Life’s Abundance contains at least 26% of high-quality protein. Look for identifiable animal proteins such as "chicken meal" rather generic terms like "poultry meal," which can consist of any fowl (turkey, chicken, geese, etc.).
Chicken meal vs. chicken - Some foods contain chicken meat or chicken parts, which naturally hold a fair amount of water. We prefer to use chicken meal because most of the water has been removed, which makes it a concentrated source of protein. This means that there is a greater “protein content” in one pound of chicken meal versus one pound of chicken meat. That’s why high-quality chicken meal is a key ingredient in Life’s Abundance foods.
Whole grains - Whole grains are an excellent source of protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, zinc and other essential minerals. They also provide the kind of carbohydrates that deliver sustained energy to your dog. Life's Abundance dog food includes the natural goodness of ground brown rice and oat groats.
Vitamins and minerals – The proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals in Life’s Abundance foods was carefully selected to work in concert with all of the other ingredients to enhance the overall nutritional value of the food.
Antioxidant system – Among other nutrients, our antioxidant system includes vitamins A, C and E.
Chicken fat - We believe the primary fat source in dog food should be animal-based because these fats contain a profile of fatty acids that are easily metabolized and generally more available to the body. Animal fats can vary in quality, so look for a species-specific fat like “chicken fat” (versus “animal fat”) to be certain of the kind of fat your dog is eating.
Omega-3 fatty acides – Omega-3 fatty acids are some of the most extensively researched natural nutritional ingredients in the world. Among its many health benefits, the omega-3’s in Life’s Abundance help support healthy skin and a shiny coat. Life's Abundance dog food also includes flaxseed meal for its outstanding nutritional profile and its contribution to healthy skin and coat.
Dietary fiber - Fiber is required in every diet to maintain healthy intestinal tract and good nutrient absorption.
Probiotics – Our species-specific probiotics help support healthy immune and digestive systems.
Why Choose Life's Abundance dog and cat products?
Life's Abundance has had NO RECALLS EVER!
Life's Abundance has been in business since 1999.
Life's Abundance currently has 6 warehouses to make shipping to you as quick as possible and carries products for you and your pets.
Life's Abundance dry dog and cat foods are generally shipped within 6 weeks of being made. They don't sit in non climate controlled warehouses or semi trailers for months before hitting the store shelves.
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Lisa and Rich Jelinek