Pet Food Guaranteed Analysis
Using a guaranteed analysis chart can be confusing and even misleading indeed. Reading the listed percentages of Guaranteed Analysis ingredients such as crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, etc., are far from telling you how healthy or unhealthy the protein and other ingredient contents of the bag of food truly are. Are the vitamins, such as A, E and C, synthetic (not recognized by the body organs), or are they all natural (recognized and absorbed by the body) for optimum nutrition?
•What is the source of protein? Is it a high quality meat such as Chicken Meal or is it an inferior grain or generic meat that is unfit for human consumption?
•What is the source of fat? Is it specified chicken fat that liquidates at body temperature, or is it generic "Animal Fat" of no known identified source that remains hardened and solid, even at body temperature?
•What is the source of fiber?...and so on.
Equally important, is how the food is cooked. This is something you wll not see on a guaranteed analysis chart, yet is a critical process, telling how much nutrient value the food has to offer.
The truth in health value is much more important than an analysis % chart alone. The value lies in the ingredient source itself and the quality of such (Is it a premium quality grade, or was it rejected from the human market, due to inferiority?).
Lets take protein; Dogs are omnivores and cats are carnivores, meaning cats need a protein diet, mostly consisting of high quality meat. Cats also require a few greens such as couch grass for digestion. However there is no health reason to include the same vegetables and fruits or grains that a dog requires, in a cats food. When this is done, it is usually due to keeping lower costs/higher profits for large corporations.
Dogs, being omnivores, also need their main protein source derived from high quality meat, yet dogs also benefit from and make valuable use of specific carbs such as brown rice and selected appropriate vegetables and fruits, offering them their holistic nutritional balance.
While you should avoid a generic description such as "meat" (which can be anything including, and is more than likely, the 4 D's), you should find the 1st listed ingredient to be a specified concentrated meat, such as "Chicken Meal". This tells you that you have a highly desired cut of quality protein source, with most of the water weight removed.
Dogs (omnivores) benefit from certain grains that are compatible to their species (Brown Rice, Oats, Barley). One wonders why you will find a multitude of dog/puppy food brands containing large quatities of inferior grains, rejected from the human market...Grains that aren't even compatible to a dogs or cats digestive system (corn, wheat, soy). There are many grains that some pet food manufacturers "consider" a very cheap source of "protein", but shouldn't the grains used in pet food formulas be of value to your cat or dog?
Most of us know that corn, wheat or soy have no place in our pets' food. These are grains that serve no beneficial purpose to the body of a carnivore, or an omnivore. In fact there are many problems associated with each of these (corn, wheat & soy) grains which are known allergens.
As a dog trainer, I've seen many dogs who have had a difficult time concentrating in class, who either weren't feeling well, were grumpy, had severe dandruff, itching and scratching, dull eyes and a multitude of other problems, which I believe were directly caused from a poor diet.
Simply changing their diet to a health food such as Life's Abundance has proven to show magnificent results in vibrant health, both mental and physical.
A healthy diet should improve:
LIFE'S ABUNDANCE™ LIST OF SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS BEYOND THE FIRST FIVE INGREDIENTS!
While the first five ingredients play a significant role in the nutritional make-up of your dog’s food, every single ingredient is important. For nearly a decade, tens of thousands of dogs and cats have been eating and thriving on Life’s Abundance foods. We attribute this success to our painstaking attention to the detail. Each and every ingredient in Life’s Abundance food is carefully chosen to work with the other to supply your companion animal with a highly nutritious and perfectly balanced meal every day, every year over a 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 dog food 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.).
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.
Eggs are one of nature's most nutrient-dense foods and play an important role in a balanced diet. They are considered a complete protein source, providing essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, B, E, K, Biotin, and Sulfur). Eggs also provide healthy fats, such as omega-6 for healthy skin and a glossy coat.
Our top-quality fish meal is made by drying the freshest catfish at a low temperature, creating a concentrated, highly-digestible protein source. In addition to being an excellent source of protein, catfish meal provides natural DHA and EPA, the most important of all the omega-3 fatty acids.
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.
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. We include the natural goodness of Ground Brown Rice and Oat Groats in Life’s Abundance Dog Food.
Ground Brown Rice is the entire grain with only the inedible outer husk removed. This whole grain contains manganese, selenium, magnesium, as well as tryptophan and vitamins B1, B3 and B6.
Oat Groats are whole oats that have been cleaned, toasted, hulled and cleaned again. Amazingly, they retain nearly all of their original nutrients after this process. Oat groats contain seven B vitamins, vitamin E, and nine minerals, including iron and calcium.
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.
Vitamins: 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.
Minerals: Potassium Chloride, Salt, Calcium Carbonate Monosodium Phosphate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide.
ANTIOXIDANT SYSTEM – Among other nutrients, our antioxidant system includes vitamins A, C and E plus vegetables and fruits. The colorful skin and flesh of different vegetables and fruits contain phytonutrients, essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Each vegetable and fruit was carefully selected for its unique nutritional properties.
Vegetables and Fruit
Beets contain folate, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, tryptophan, iron, copper and phosphorus. The phytonutrient called betacyanin is responsible for the purple-crimson color of the beet.
Broccoli contains vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, dietary fiber, manganese, trytophan, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, phospshorus, magnesium, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B5, iron, calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, zinc and vitamin E. Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli contains the phytonutrients sulforaphane and indoles.
Carrots contain beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamins C, D, E, and K, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Iron.
Celery contains fiber, potassium and vitamin C. It also contains some vitamin A, calcium, and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.
Lettuce contains thiamin, vitamin B6, iron and potassium. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and manganese.
Parsley contains vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and iron. It also contains antioxidant phytonutrients called flavonoids including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol and luteolin.
Watercress contains folate, pantothenic acid and copper. It is a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (Apha Tocopherol), vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.
Blueberries contain vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E and dietary fiber. The antioxidant phytonutrients called Anthocyanins are responsible for the blue-red pigments found in blueberries.
Pomegranate contains vitamin C and potassium. The polyphenols in pomegranate (hydrolyzable tannins called punicalagins) are responsible for the red color.
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
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. We also included flaxseed meal for its outstanding nutritional profile and its contribution to healthy skin and coat.
FLAX SEED MEAL
Flaxseed meal is the richest plant source of antioxidant lignans and Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seed meal also has a very high level of highly-digestible protein and essential amino acids. In addition, flax seed meal contains significant amounts of fiber, vitamin E, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and is extremely rich in the minerals potassium, calcium and phosphorus.
BREWER’S DRIED YEAST
Brewer’s dried yeast is loaded with highly-digestible protein with an exceptional amino acid balance. It also contains an abundance of natural minerals and vitamins, featuring B complex vitamins (except B12).
BEET PULP (SUGAR REMOVED)
Fiber is required in every diet to maintain healthy intestinal tract and proper nutrient absorption. We use beet pulp, which is the fiber from the gray sugar beet (sugar removed). Many studies have demonstrated that beet pulp performs better than many other types of fiber.
These ingredients are similar to those found in supermarket yogurts. Direct-fed microbials help support healthy immune and digestive systems. Life’s Abundance contains the following direct fed microbials: Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product.
Below is a Guaranteed Analysis Chart example of a popular well known brand of puppy chow, formulated by a Corporate Giant, compared to our Holistic Veterinarian Formulated Life's Abundance Health Food for Puppies and Adult Dogs. The charts and descriptions are printed word for word from the labels of each product.
Learning how to read the ingredient label, and understand the guaranteed analysis charts, should help you to make well informed healthy choices for the sake of your companion animal's life.
As you can see, a pet food manufacturer might make claims of health on the bag, whether true or not. Understanding what the ingredient list means will tell you the truth in what the contents contain and what those contents mean to your pet, whether detrimental or beneficial.
Keep in mind that:
• Dogs really don't care what color their food is; artificial food coloring has been known to cause brain fog, and even more serious ailments, such as cancer.
• Corn, wheat and soy are known allergens, cheap fillers and are not compatible to a dog's system, as it is difficult to digest, often times infested with deadly mold, called aflaxatoxin.
• Sugar has no nutritional benefit to a dog or cat, yet serves as an addictive ingredient in many commercial pet foods.
• "Animal digest" is a polite term for feces in the intestinal tract (POOP)
• Generic "Animal fat" can not be utilized in the system, as it doesn't liquidate at body temperature
and is likely infested with spoiled rancid grocery store discards
• By-products are the discards, quite possibly from the 4 D's
* Many dog food companies will claim that puppies need more nutrition and/or protein than adult dogs. This is far from factual. Puppies require a high amount of quality meat source protein for nutrition in order to grow properly, while adult dogs can survive with a lesser % of meat protein in their diet. However, adult dogs, even senior dogs, remain healthier with stronger bodies and immune systems, when fed an optimal nutritional diet.
It is our belief that puppies, and adult dogs alike, thrive and are at optimal health on a higher percentage of premium quality nutrition.
Life's Abundance™ Pet Health Foods do not cut any corners for adult dogs, as our mission is to help them thrive, not merely survive with bare minimum nutrition. Nutrition should never be lessened or compromised for an older dog, just because they can survive with such.
Making Educated Choices
After learning what many of the words on the label really mean,
see the comparison chart below, then decide what you'd rather offer to your pet.
* Notice that the nice sounding description below (in the yellow area) tells a far different story than the listed ingredients on the label down further. Even though the percentages on the guaranteed analysis look alright, check the ingredients for the sources of protein, fat, fiber, etc.
You'll be doing your companion animal a huge favor by understanding how to read the play on words for things such as, "bone meal" "animal digest", etc. Any "meal" means it is in concentrated form. I seriously doubt that anyone would knowingly give their pet a concentrated amount of "Gluten", or any gluten at all, for that matter.
Well Known Brand XXXXXX ~ Versus ~ Life's Abundance Health Food
XXXXXX Puppy Chow®
brand Puppy Food Healthy Morsels™
Soft & Crunchy Bites
Complete & Balanced for Growing Puppies
Puppies grow and develop at a rapid rate, so they need up to twice the nutriton of adult dogs. That's why XXXXXX® Puppy Chow® brand Puppy Food Healthy Morsels™ is specially formulated with chewy chunks and crunchy bites with whole grains, real beef, and vegetable accents for overall good health - the extra nutrition your puppy needs for proper growth and development.
High-quality protein for strong muscles
Contains DHA, a nutrient important for healthy brain and vision development
100% complete & balanced nutrition for your puppy's first year, up to two years for large breeds
Vegetable accents and added vitamins help support overall good health
Great taste encourages a healthy appetite
Crude Protein (Min) 27.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 12.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 4.0%
Moisture (Max) 14.0%
Linoleic Acid (Min) 1.5%
Calcium (Ca) (Min) 1.1%
Phosphorus (P) (Min) 0.9%
Iron (Fe) (Min) 150 mg/kg
Vitamin A (Min) 10,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (Min) 100 IU/kg
Docosahexaenoic Acid* (DHA) (Min) 0.05%
*Not recognized as essential by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles
Whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, whole grain wheat, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soybean meal, brewers rice, meat and bone meal, barley, beef, sugar, propylene glycol, animal digest, fish oil, tricalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, dried yeast, sorbic acid (a preservative), potassium chloride, dried carrots, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried peas, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2), Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, manganese proteinate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, DL-Methionine, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.
Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food for Puppies & Adult Dogs
The healthy goodness of a home-cooked meal.
Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food is made with select ingredients, including high-quality chicken and catfish meals, whole grains, nutritious vegetables and fruits, omega fatty acids and much more. We never use corn or wheat products and we never use artificial flavors or colors. With Life’s Abundance, you can be confident that you are feeding your dog advanced nutrition.
Our 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 nutritions 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 ingredients, this formula contains... • No atrificial flavors; • No artificial colors; No corn or corn gluten; • No wheat or wheat gluten.
HealthyPrtNet is committed to providing nourishing foods, treats, supplements and care products for companion animals. We're proud to deliver a selection of premium products with the nutrients dogs need and the tastes they will crave.
Crude Protein (min) 26.0%
Crude Fat (min) 16.0
Crude Fiber (max) 3.5
Moisture (max) 10.0%
Calcium (min) 1.0%
Phosphorus (min) 0.7%
Vitamin A (min) 16,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E (min) 130 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)* (min) 35 mg/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.4%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (min) 3.0%
Total Microorganisms* (min) 150,000,000 CFU/lb
(L acidophilus, L.casei, B. thermophilum and E. faecium in equal amounts)
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
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.
Feeding Life's Abundance Premium Health Food calls for less food per serving. A wholesome and nutritious food, Life's Abundance ingredients are fully absorbed, utilized, assuring your dog feels satisfied and nourished. Compare suggested feeding charts below (Note how much less you will be feeding on a daily basis with Life's Abundance with the suggested feeding charts below):
This suddenly makes the bag of brand X food more expensive than what the price initially reflects.
|1/3 to 3/4 cup
||3/4 to 1-1/4 cups
||1-1/4 to 1-2/3 cups
||1-1/4 to 1-2/3 cups
|1/3 to 1-1/4 cup
||1-1/4 to 2 cups
||2 to 2-3/4 cups
||2 to 2-3/4 cups
|1-2/3 to 5 cups
||3 to 5-3/4 cups
||4 to 6 cups
||4 to 5-1/2 cups
|2 to 5-1/4 cups
||4-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups
||5-3/4 to 8 cups
||5-1/2 to 8 cups
||5-1/2 to 6-3/4 cups
|5-1/4 to 6-1/3 cups
||6-1/3 to 8-3/4 cups
||8 to 11 cups
||8 to 13 cups
||6-3/4 to 10-2/3 cups
*Over 100 lbs = 3 1/2 cups + 1/3 cup for each additional 10 lbs of body weight over 100 lbs
|Weight of Dog (lbs)
||Suggested Daily Amount
|3 TO 10
||1/4 TO 2/3 Cup
|10 TO 20
||2/3 TO 1 Cup
|20 TO 30
||1 TO 1 1/2 Cups
|30 TO 40
||1 1/2 TO 1 3/4 Cups
|40 TO 60
||1 3/4 TO 2 1/2 Cups
|60 TO 80
||2 1/2 TO 3 Cups
|80 TO 100
||3 TO 3 1/2 Cups
| At 100
||3 1/2 Cups +
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)~ Heavy metals, mercury, dioxin? Be sure it is tested for safety, by an Independant 3rd party.
DHA As A Brain Food
Fats make up a large percent of the brain and the nerves that run every system in the body. It stands to reason that the better the fat in the diet, the better the brain.
A diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids (such as the LNA from flax oil or the EPA and DHA from fish oils) not only provides the body with healthy fats, but it also lowers the blood level of potentially harmful ones, such as cholesterol and, possibly, even reversing the effects of excess trans fatty acids.
Specific DHA Safety Warnings and Precautions
Warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning the safety of DHA include the following:
There is some concern that DHA supplements derived from fish may contain toxins such as heavy metals (like mercury) or dioxin, although it seems that taking DHA supplements may actually be safer than eating fish in this regard. Look for a DHA product from a reputable manufacturer. It is a good sign if a manufacturer abides by the rules of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for drugs. It is also a good sign if a product has the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) seal, which means that the product has been independently tested and shown to contain the correct ingredients in the amounts listed on the label. Your pharmacist is a good resource for information about which manufacturers are most reputable. DHA from non-fish sources is probably less likely to have such problems.
If a bag of dog or cat food contains DHA, it would be wise to know you can trust the integrity of the company to be using safe DHA. By noting the other ingredients listed, one might be able to decide whether the DHA used is of safe quality or not.
Our fish is farmed raised, so you'll never have to be concerned over, toxic fish from the polluted oceans. Our fish is free from lead, mercury, PBC's, and arsenic. These are some of the toxic dangers you will find in ocean fish.
Can you call that company and ask their formulator questions regarding their policy, such as testing by an Independant 3rd party? Will they even talk with you?
Our chicken and venison are farm raised, free-range hormone free and antibiotic free, for the health of your pet.
You may always feel confident with receiving the most completely balanced, fresh, safe and wholesome, human quality ingredients for your beloved pet with Life's Abundance foods, treats, supplements and pet care spa products. Formulated by Holistic Veterinarian, Dr. Jane Bicks DVM, we insist on Independant 3rd party testing for utmost safety standards, assuring you the best quality in the best product available.
Ask the Vet ~ Dr. Jane Bicks. You may join in on a live conference call with Dr. Jane Bicks every other Wednesday evening at 8:30pm Eastern time. Dr. Bicks is the formulator of Life's Abundance natural pet food and products. She invites all of your questions.
The number to call is (218) 844-0860, pass code is 626116#
at 8:30pm Eastern time