Life's Abundance Natural Dog & Cat Food Frequently Asked Questions
This page is NOT a substitute for medical advice. If you feel (use your gut instinct) that something physically may truly be wrong with your pet, don't hesitate to drop off a stool/urine sample to your veterinarian or even get your pet to an animal hospital ASA.
Q. Is your dog & cat food safe in light of the recent pet food recalls?
A. Yes, our food is safe. The extensive recall of dog and cat food this weekend does not include any of our products. We do not (and never have) use wheat, corn or glutens in any of our products. We also have the highest quality control standards in the industry. Every batch of food undergoes strict quality control testing. Our sympathies are with the pet parents who are dealing with the heartache of this situation. If your dog or cat has eaten any of the foods listed on the recall list and they are showing any signs of illness, please contact your vet immediately. If you are looking for alternatives to these foods, we invite you to review this web site for more on the healthiest possible pet foods.
Q. What makes your dog & cat food and products stand above the rest of the natural pet foods on the market today?
A. Personally, in my opinion, I believe Life's Abundance natural products are the highest quality natural dog and cat products on the market today. I can say this for many reasons. First, Life's Abundance has one of the strictest quality control standards in the industry. Second, we have Dr. Jane Bicks. Dr. Jane is our product formulator and brings with her over 30 years of experience to search and provide the highest quality ingredients that go into every Life's Abundance dog and cat products. Dr. Jane is available to the public via weekly conference calls, as well as one a one-to-one level. Third, our pet foods are the freshest on the planet, when you receive them. Each bag is marked with the date is was manufactured, and is never older than 30 days by the time our customers receive it. Fourth, we do not use corn, wheat or dairy in any of our products. Fifth, need to reach our company owner? I can help you with this! These are just the highlights. So, how does your brand compare to ours? Can you reach your product formulator, let alone the owner of the company of the pet food you're feeding? What kind of quality control does your pet's food company use? Really now, how old do you think your pet's food is?
Q. Where do your ingredients come from?
A. Our ingredients for all our food products comes from U.S. sources, many very local to the company in Florida. The only ingredient that does not come from U.S. sources is the organic chicken in our Instinctive Choice canned cat food. The organic chicken comes from New Zealand.
Q. I find the price of the food to be a bit on the high side. Why is it said that it is cheaper in the long run, to feed Life's Abundance over other popular commercial pet foods?
A. Since the food is concentrated, there is more value with less food consumed, which scores in the high 90's for digestibility and palatability. Pet owners will find fewer odors and stool clean up. Feeding Life's Abundance high quality foods, you will be able to see the difference in your pet's health, skin coat, energy level, quality life-style and less trips to the vet with fewer vet bills. To give you a realistic example, 40 lbs of Life's Abundance dog food lasts 4 to 5 weeks, to feed two adult dogs, 68 and 86 pounds each, respectively...compared to a 40-lb bag of any popular commercial dog food, which used to last about 2 to 3 weeks. Cat food is also concentrated to feed much less. With Life's Abundance, 1/2 cup less can be fed per 50 lb dog than with Flint River Ranch!
Q. OK, I'm almost convinced that feeding Life's Abundance is the best food I can feed my pet, but please, I need to be 100% convinced. Can you help me?
The most important thing to take into consideration is that all Life's Abundance products are formulated by highly respected and nationally-recognized holistic veterinarian, Dr. Jane Bicks! Dr. Jane hosts her very own product calls every Thursday evening, where prospective customers and existing customers can ask ANY and ALL questions, as it relates to the products, as well as the health of your pet! Can you say this about the product line you are presently feeding?
To further convince yourself, please Click Here to watch a DVD called "What's Really In Your Pet's Food." You can even request free dog and cat food samples, and only pay small shipping cost.
Q. Why don't you have separate formulas for puppies and older dogs...kittens and cats?
A. If the food being fed is high quality and all natural, there is no need to have separate formulas. Life's Abundance is formulated according to AAFCO's guidelines of providing a 1:1 calcium/phosphorus ratio. A puppy will eat more and a senior will eat less...each dogs gets the proper calcium/phosphorus ratio, and it's nutritional needs are met, no matter how much food or how little food a dog eats. Don't let these commercial pet food companies fool and confuse you with all their different stage formulas. They have these formulas available because their food is not high quality.
Q. I'm concerned about the food spoiling, since it's made with all natural ingredients!
A. When properly stored in a cool place away from moisture, Life's Abundance all natural foods can be fed for about 11 months. However, the ideal period is 5 to 6 months. After six months the product value declines quickly. This is because there are no harmful chemical preservatives added to the food, as with most commercial foods. Natural foods attract moisture - which can turn into mildew spoilage quickly in the summer weather and areas of high humidity. Store pet food in a dry, cool place (even in the $5.00 tubs you can pick up at WalMart or Home Depot).
Q. What are the factors that make up such a high quality pet food such as Lifes Abundance?
A. Wholesome fresh natural high quality ingredients:
That means that our chickens were not given hormones or steroids
Our fish is farmed raised cat fish because the ocean and fish are contaminated.
The chicken meal, turkey meal, fish meal and liver meals are extremely high quality. High quality protein is essential to meet your pets protein requirements.
All our ingredients are natural. You wont find any artificial preservatives in any ingredient in our food.
Our wholesome ingredients come from the same place as our own food does. We don't use dead, diseased, dying or decayed animals in our pet food.
Our ingredients are delivered just prior to making the food. While purchasing large quantities of ingredients will save money and is often done, we believe that storage of ingredients decreases their nutritional value.
Q. Why 26% protein in the dog food?
A. It is not the amount of protein in a dog food that is important, it is the type of protein and how easily it can be digested. The protein is the right amount for all stages of life. In some cases of working dogs or dogs under high stress, the addition of meat protein can be considered.
Q. HELP! My dog is scratching like crazy?
A. First of all, make sure your dog does not have fleas. You might consider having your Vet check him/her because they can easily be missed by the untrained eye. Second, your dog may very well be allergic to one or more ingredients in the current food you are feeding. Many dogs are allergic to wheat, corn, glutens and/or chicken, and may even be experiencing a reaction to the by-products or another ingredient, if you are still feeding a popular commercial dog food. Remember that healthy skin, coats, eyes and even breath start from within first, what we feed out pets. Life's Abundance is corn, wheat and dairy free!
Q. Are you products available in Canada or outside the US?
A. No - at this time we have not obtained authorization to sell our products outside the US.
Q. What is Lifes Abundance formula based on?
A. Our formula based on science that will deliver optimum nutrition: The amount of protein and fat in a pet food will determine the type of nutrition a pet receives. We believe that our formula contains a moderate amount (not too high and not too low) of high quality proteins to deliver optimum nutrition. Science has demonstrated that antioxidants are vital to enhance the immune system. Our foods are rich in natural antioxidants including fruits and vegetables. A healthy intestinal tract is key to the absorption of nutrients. If the intestinal tract is not healthy then no matter how good the ingredients and formula is, the pet will not be able to absorb it properly. To ensure a healthy intestinal tract we decided to use a fiber that produces the nutrients the intestine require. We have included 5 types of friendly bacteria to maintain the health of the intestinal tract as well.
Science has shown that minerals are better absorbed when they are tied to protein (chelated minerals). We use chelated minerals.
Q. What are Life's Abundance Dog & Cat Food manufacturing procedures?
A. Good Manufacturing Procedures are vital to make a healthy nutritious food:
Accountability and high quality control standards is reflected in a good product. Our plant cares about the type of food they produce because they have been making food for a long time --- three generations to be exact. Buying and testing ingredients, and cooking is done with the care of a family members. Its more then just a job. The food quality control starts with incoming ingredients - visually and chemically tested prior to use, quality control check points during the cooking, and samples of every batch kept as controls. A sample of every batch is also kept at the warehouse facilities.
Our foods are cooked at low temperatures for a short period of time. Our temperatures are only at about 210 degrees and cooking time is not much longer then 12 1/2 seconds.
Q. What exactly is the definition of "meal" as a pet food ingredient?
A. 'Meal' means reduced in size...meaning the food is cooked, most of the water removed and reduced in size (ground) in order for a more uniform mix of the meat, veggies, fruit, vitamins and minerals. Just because you see the word 'meal' in an ingredient, do not assume that the food itself is whole and untampered with! There are many popular commercial pet foods that list 'chicken meal' as an ingredient. BEWARE!!! This 'chicken meal' may contain by-products such as beaks, feathers, intestines and other unfit-for-consumption ingredients. Read the ingredient label carefully. If you're still not sure, call the company! An ethical company WILL give you an honest answer! If the company is being evasive in ANY way, you can be assured you will NOT receive an honest answer! Since Life's Abundance does NOT contain by-products, you can be assured that our 'meal' is 100% high quality.
Q. How fresh is Life's Abundance Dog & Cat Food?
A. Our food is made, shipped to the warehouse, and then directly to our customers. When customers receive our food, it is between two and four weeks old. Every bag has a date on it...most people think it is the expiration date; however, the date on the bag is the date the food was manufactured. We pride ourselves in knowing that your pet has the freshest food in the world. To further insure freshness we pack the food in special bags designed to hold freshness, with zip locks.
Q. I would like to order and take advantage of wholesale prices, but need to know the feeding guidelines so I can figure out how often to have the food shipped.
Cups per bag for the dog food are:
8 lb bag - 32 cups
20 lb bag - 80 cups
40 lb bag - 160 cups
Cups per bag for the cat food are:
6.6 lb bag - 26-1/2 Cups
16.5 lb. bag - 66 Cups
Suggested feeding guideline for cats is:
Weight (lbs.) Suggested Daily Amount
3 to 6 1/4 to 1/3 cup
7 to 12 1/3 to 1/2 cup
13 to 18 1/2 to 3/4 cup
Q. My cat has had urinary tract problems on and off for the last few years. May I feed her Lifes Abundance Natural Cat & Kitten Food?
A. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease has many causes. These causes include obesity, breed predilection (persians and himilayans are more susceptible), allergy, bacteria and possible virus. Foods should produce a urine pH that is slightly acidic, about 6.8 - 6.8. That is what Life's Abundance produces in healthy cats. If a cat doesn't drink enough water, the urine can become too concentrated. Those cats may require a canned food a few times a week or all the time.
Q. Is canned food better than dry? It looks more like real food.
A. Canned food contains 75-78% water. That doesn't leave very much room for nutrients and thus your pet has to eat a great deal of food to get its nutritional requirement. Dry food is a more concentrated source of nutrition with about 10% water, leaving 90% for nutrients. Canned food may look like meat but it can consist of textured soy that is colored and flavored to taste like meat. Use canned food as a supplement to your Lifes Abundance Natural Cat & Kitten Food. Life's Abundance introduced Instinctive Choice Canned Cat Food. Instinctive Choice Premium Canned Food is specially formulated to feed along with Life's Abundance Premium Cat & Kitten Dry Food, so your cat can get the benefits of both canned and dry foods. It’s not only what is in Instinctive Choice that makes it the ultimate canned cat food, it is what’s not in Instinctive Choice.
Q. Who formulates the pet food products and supplements for Life's Abundance?
A. Life's Abundance products are formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, a highly respected and nationally recognized holistic veterinarian, who utilizes the best of modern science and Mother Nature. She has been honored many times by her own veterinary profession. She is the author of three national books on pet care and nutrition including "Revolution in Cat Nutrition," "Dr. Jane’s Thirty Days to a Healthier, Happier Cat" and "Dr. Jane’s Natural Care for a Healthy, Happy Dog."
Dr. Bicks has been involved with many Advisory Boards including the Cornell Feline Health Center and Canine Companions for Independence. She served as the President of the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City and was appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to help start the largest animal shelter in the United States. Many network television shows and radio stations have called on Dr. Bicks for her expertise on animal care. Currently, she can be seen on the Animal Planet’s Petsburg series where she is a frequent guest host who discusses solutions to common pet problems.
Q. I'm not comfortable shopping online, so how do I get an order placed with Life's Abundance?
A. Call us at 1-877-387-4564 and use ID#10075847 (Rich & Lisa Jelinek) an we'll be happy to take your order and get you an account number so you can continue to order by phone quickly and easily. You can also become a Preferred Customer by requesting automatic shipments in increments of weeks or months. You get a lower price and you won't have to keep ordering. You can change your increment with a call to the toll-free number above. We'll work with you to determine your autoship schedule. Remember that when you are our customer we are available for you ANYTIME you have a question. If we do not have an answer to your question we will ask Dr. Jane Bicks, the product formulator and obtain your answer. We are here for you and want to be your dog or cat food specialist and help your pet live a longer, healthier life!
Q. Can I sell Life's Abundance natural pet products to offset my own dog & cat food costs plus generate an extra income while helping other pet owners feed their dogs a healthy diet?
A. Yes, having a Life's Abundance business is a very rewarding. You can work with pet owners, shelters, breeders, veterinarians, pet sitters, boarding kennels, rescue organizations and more. There's even a discounted price on food for breeders and kennels. Building an organization by sponsoring these and other business-minded people will provide you not only with an income but a great personal feeling of doing something good. Get more information about the Life's Abundance Business Opportunity.
We have an outstanding team to help you build your business. We have an exclusive team training website and group to answer all of your technical question. We also provide training emails and ongoing support.
Q. Can I sell Life's Abundance natural dog a cat products online?
A. Yes! Life's Abundance will provide you with a website for $10.95 a month and all orders from it will automatically be credited to your account.
Q. Is Life's Abundance sold through network marketing?
A. Yes! Life's Abundance is based on referral marketing. The more people you sponsor the more you can make. Some people are using the program simply to earn enough money to pay for their own pet products by having a few customers from friends and family. Others are producing significant part-time incomes and still others have replaced full-time incomes. This is not a "get rich fast" business. It's a real business that you own and requires consistent effort over an extended period of time. The products are consumable, so people tend to reorder (customer retention is around 70 to 80 percent), allowing you to reap rewards long-term for every customer gained. Get Life's Abundance Field Representative information.
If you want to feed your pet the very best and get paid for doing so please take a look at our Life's Abundance Home Based Business. We pay you to tell other people about Life's Abundance and you could get your own pet products free!
We do not provide medical advice; this is left up to your Vet who knows your animal. The industry is blessed with many fine Vets that truly care about animal health. However, regardless of professional advice, it is up to each pet owner to read and understand pet food labels.
Veterinary schools do not require students to take courses in nutrition. Consumers are electing to no longer support manufacturers that have little regards for their pet's health. The professional, both in the veterinary practice and in the food they recommend, are aware of this concern and are following a national trend for a healthier lifestyle. Much of the widely advertised dog foods contain by-products and the remains from the human garbage chain with harmful chemical additives. These packages should have the skull and crossbones added to the label!