Friday, May 1, 2009

Post Exchange - Organic Pet Food

There have been a lot of posts lately about pet food so I took this opportunity since it was related. The following information is regarding an Organic Pet Food on the market called Essential2Pets Life's Abundance Holistic Natural Pet Food. That's a mouthful, eh?

Here are some of the claims the company makes ... It is made from 100% Fresh and Natural ingredients formulated by nationally renowned Dr. Jane Bicks. NO Chemicals, NO Fillers, Nothing Artificial. Lifes Abundance is not affected by the recall.

You are able to get free samples ... I wonder if I could get them to send me a box of samples for the humane society??

The company claims that if you feed Life’s Abundance for 30 days and if you don’t see a difference, they will give you your money back.

Visit the website to compare your current pet food to Life's Abundance and see the difference.

I haven't tried this food ... have you?


Andrea said...

I couldn't find their AAFCO statement anywhere on the website...I'd be interested to see what claims they are making (feeding trials vs formulated, etc).

GoLightly said...

I'm always a bit skeptical by organic claims, I'm afraid.
Um, food IS organic, even when it's processed.

Inorganic food, sounds yummy. Not.


Haven't tried it but will check into it. Interesting to see what others post and know.


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

No we haven't checked into that food. Dad did a survey on pet food a while back. Mom thinks it is still on the sidebar.. We eat EVO red meat.. It is supposed to be high in protein for us hyper pups when we are herding.. he he we are always hyper..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Great comments.

Andrea - good point. In a time when "testing" is looked poorly upon but "trials" are ok ... I would be interested. Maybe I'll do a google search on them to see if there is any up and up.

GoLightly - the only difference is the type of chemicals used. Organic still means they use chemicals, but there are certain types they aren't allowed to use. Other than that, you're right - food is food. (Though personally, I eat local or organic or both - whatever I can find).

Norwood - I'd be interested to know if you find anything.

Gus,Louie and Callie - I'll go check that sidebar! It was a poll?

Lisa said...

Hello- Life's Abundance is not a complete organic pet food. Here is the reply from Dr Jane Bicks herself as to why LA is not organic (not sure who that other post was from saying it is).....

I would love to have an all organic food as long as it fit my mission statement. My mission is to formulate and produce food with the best nutrition I can give to a dog and cat.

Unfortunately, organic meats are still hard to come by. Just go to your supermarket and you will see the small section of organic meats. The price is high because there simply are not enough organic meats produced yet.

I can't find enough HIGH QUALITY organic meats for my formula every week. (We sell millions of pounds of food). You see, the best cuts of the organic meats go to the supermarkets and health food stores. The left overs (the trims) can be used for pet food. While the meat would be organic it would be the "throw away" parts such as the tendons, ligaments, and visa versa. Muscle meat and organ meat deliver optimum nutrition, not the later. Using organic meats today would violate my mission statement.

If you look at the label of organic foods you will notice that they contain large amounts of carbohydrates. While I believe that carbohydrates are necessary in a well formulated diet, the organic foods use more than I deem acceptable. They have to use carbohydrates to keep the cost down and to add some protein (carbohydrates have protein) because they can't get enough meat protein. I must have a fixed formula which means that the ingredients (type, amount) will never vary from bag to bag or can to can. Many dogs and cats will get GI upsets if amounts or types of ingredients change. Organic foods have non fixed formulas because they have to take what they can get.

I understand the importance of organic ingredients and embrace it. If you look at my Instinctive Choice you will see that I have a portion of organic chicken. Unfortunately there is not very much CONSISTENT organic chicken to use and unfortunately not enough for my entire formula.

IN SUMMARY: My mission is to give the dog and cat the best nutrition I know how to. Using organic ingredients would be a plus, above and beyond the excellent nutrition. It will take a few more years before organic becomes more available.

Dr. Jane

There is a lot of misinformation on the internet including a review of ingredients from years ago that has not been updated. Dr Jane Bicks hosts a national conference call every other Wed. If you would like to ask her something specific please contact us and we will send you the call date/number

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