The 2007 pet food contamination disaster left pet owners second guessing the food they lovingly feed their cats and dogs. To me it is an unimaginable nightmare that the bowl of food Davey so joyfully eats everyday could be a bowl of poison fed to him by the person who is supposed to protect him.
Dave was still eating puppy chow during the 2007 pet food recall and thankfully his was not on the recall list. When I switched him over to adult food I selected food from a handful of companies that were not on the big recall list.
In a past life I spent years working a variety of quality assurance jobs for a pharmaceutical manufacturer and during that time I learned a few things. I learned that if a company took quality control seriously only after a recall and FDA action then that company didn't take quality serious at all. I learned that bad quality control habits die hard in large companies. I wanted to feed my pets food from a company that had ALWAYS taken quality seriously, not one that was forced into doing so.
Life's Abundance is one of the few pet foods that were not on that big ugly recall list. As far as I can tell from my research, they have never had an FDA action or recall. In part that is due to the fact that Life's Abundance does not use cheap protein sources, such as the wheat gluten and rice proteins from China that contained toxic melamine. Life's Abundance uses only high quality chicken as its protein source- a significant advantage over many of the dog foods on the market. Their dog food has a number of other pluses including:
- No artificial flavors or colors.
- Made with a "fast-cook" process which assures maximum nutritional value.
- Contains a veterinarian developed blend of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Strict inventory and quality controls for safety.
All this and, I'm told, it tastes great. Who told me? Why Dave of course. Here he is waiting for a Life's Abundance Wholesome Heart treat, which he gobbled up with glee:
Thanks to Lisa, a rep for Life's Abundance and owner of the blog Health Products for People & Pets, provided us with some samples. Davey got to try those delish Wholesome Heart treats, the Gourmet Dental Treats and the Premium Health Food. He whole-heartedly approves of all 3, and even searched the packages for crumbs when the samples were gone.
If you are considering switching your dog's food there is a tool on the Life's Abundance website that is super handy for comparing foods. This tool will tell you the cost of your current dog food compared to Life's Abundance as well as a side by side look at each product's ingredients.
Even if you don't feed Life's Abundance I highly recommend using this tool to see what you are feeding your dog. I also advocate searching the FDA's list of recalled foods to see if your dog food manufacture has had past recalls. Although past recalls do not indicate a problem with current food, prior FDA actions do provide insight into which companies buy their materials from cheap foreign sources.
Life's Abundance also has some wonderful supplements you might want to consider checking out. I plan to talk about them in the very near future.
Want to try out Life's Abundance? Head over and click on "dog" or "cat" to request a sample for a small shipping charge. If you end up liking the product they have a great autoship system which saves you money and trips to the pet store.
Still want more? How about a FREE bag of dog or cat food? Lisa has generously offered to supply one free bag of food to a reader.
How to Enter
The giveaway is limited to the U.S. (sorry no Hawaii or Alaska). The winners will be picked by the randomizer, but Dave will be rooting for whoever will share with him!
If you're a doggie who wins you'll receive a 3.3 pound bag of Life's Abundance Dog Food or if your a kitty who wins you'll receive a 2.2 pound bag of Life's Abundance Cat Food.
If you do not have a blogger account you may e-mail your entries to me at pestkaj(at)yahoo(dot)com, send me a facebook message or DM me on twitter.
First entry (must be done for other entries to count)
Visit http://www.feedpetshealthy.com/ and tell me which product you think your dog would like best.
The giveaway will close on May 10th at 12 noon PST. Good luck everyone!