Why we stopped feeding Life's Abundance.
We started feeding Life's Abundance a few years ago when we first started breeding. The reason we even began to feed it is because our Kaia (chocolate lab) lost almost all of her hair and was vomiting and had blood in her stool. We ran all these tests and couldn't figure out what was going on. $350 later and we figure out it was the food, Taste of the wild. After this I was set out to find recall free food as TOTW released a recall shortly after Kaia's experience.
At this time I had been contacting breeders to add a puppy to our family/breeding program. Through communication with this breeder she told me about Life's Abundance and how it was the ONLY recall free food. I figured, Uh yes! Of course I want to try it. Within a week Kaia's hair grew back and she looked way better!
So, all my dogs were on this food and then they tell me about the "Breeder Program" where you can pretty much get your food payed for by sales. I figured, why not! I knew going it it was a pyramid scheme, but figured whatever, this food is awesome and it WAS.
They have a Facebook group for the breeders on "my team" so the one who signed me up and signed her up and so on ands or forth. There were a few hundred members in this group. I want to say 800, but could be wrong. Anyways, as time went on in the group I noticed things changing. People who posted saying things like "my litters sizes have decreased since switching" or "I've had stool checked and there's no problems but my litter all has runny stool" or "my litter weights are much smaller than what they used to be" or "my dogs no longer have any interest in the food", these types of posts would not sit well with the die hard LA (life's abundance) breeders/distributors. They would basically tell the person, "no way not the food" "you're doing something wrong" "you're over feeding" "they much be getting something else" "there's no way that it's the food" or my favorite " write Dr. Jane".
Okay, so where did it all go wrong with me? Well, my dogs literally hated the food towards the end, and I forced it on them. Even my lab hated it and she likes EVERYTHING. My litter at the time had been born with smaller weights than I was used to, and I finally started realizing that this food was NOT working for us.
The Facebook page with the die hard LA people proved that this was the ONLY reason this company was recall free. The company hides behind it's breeders and distributors, how smart of them.
I left the Facebook group suddenly and on good terms. I didn't tell anyone I was leaving, but still had friends in the group. More problems arose so I stepped up when those people were getting put down about their dogs having problems on LA being their fault and I messaged them and told them "hey this is why I switched, you aren't crazy. These people just want you to feel crazy so they can claim it isn't the food".
I said it already above and it will say It again, the ONLY reason Life's Abundance is recall free is because it hides behind it's breeders and distributors. The food is NOT all that it's cracked up to be and it shouldn't be recall free with so many people who had problems and DID write into Dr. Jane, only to be told my her that they were the ONLY person to write in about it when there were several more.
Here's the thing, I do still love some of LA's products, their bio deodorizer is awesome and so is their dog fresh spray, but the food... not so much. I'm at the point now where I refuse to support a company that is not honest.
So what are we feeding now? Well, initially we switched to Wellness Complete Health Large Breed (NOT the grain free one) but one of our girls had a reaction. So we stepped out of our comfort zone and tried Purina Proplan Focus Large Breed. That was so hard for me to do because through LA I was always taught the Purina Proplan was garbage...
Let me tell you, my dogs have never looked better and have never had such great stools. Yes, I do add supplements into my dogs diet. We add Glucosamine, Probiotics, Salmon Oil and Vitamin C(very recently we started doing this).
Anyways, this is my story on why I switched from this company and why I don't support it anymore.