At San Rocco Cane Corso, health and nutrition go hand in hand. We prefer homegrown and reliable businesses that care about the product they are putting out. Often we read about commercial brands outsourcing and using inferior ingredients to increase their profits. I was tired of paying thousands to dog food companies that do not put the interests of dog health first.
Here is an example of the disregard for our dogs in the name of profit. Many dog food companies used Chinese wheat gluten that contained poison in their dog foods. First of all dogs should not consume wheat! Do you remember the Melamine recall from 2007? Many dogs were killed. Why were these companies using Chinese ingredients anyway? Cheaper food……. larger profits! Their were charges filed against these companies who knowingly broke the law against health and nutrition laws!
Here is some info and press releases from the recall. Recall affected Royal Canin, Blue Buffalo and Natures Balance, see link on FDA website. I understand some pet food companies make mistakes, however, but when we are dealing with the lives of our Dogs (you and me), I only trust a company who puts ingredients and health first and foremost. My dogs are important to me and are treated like family, so their loss can’t be replaced.
Here is a good trailer to that touches on the Melamine Poisoning, and can also show you why I do not deal with the big corporate machines behind the dog food empires who push GMO foods.
I feel when we support Pet supplement companies like NuVet as well as dog food companies like Life’s Abundance and Pawtree, we are sending a message that we demand better quality foods for our pets. Many dog foods on the shelves today are not species appropriate for Dogs. The necessary proteins are being replaced with legumes. In the past, I would often worry about fillers such as GMO’s, phytoestrogens and animal by-products. Personally, I stopped using Taste of the Wild, upon discovering there were just too many recalls from Diamond Pet Foods. I was looking for a food that was shipped fresh, so they don’t sit on store shelves, hot warehouses or on trucks for long periods of time. I read this would decrease the risk of rancid and toxic dog food. So after over a year of research we finally made the choice to switch to Life’s Abundance Dog Food.
We use Life’s Abundance dog food, as well as Pawtree
These companies are smaller companies that are holistic and provide excellent formulas for the Cane Corso dog breed and larger breeds.
We strive to feed our dogs closest to their heritage diet. As many of you may know, health and nutrition have a direct relationship. Being aware of what goes into your pet’s body is very important to their overall health. It’s a fact that Dogs are not meant to consume corn, soy, high amounts of legume proteins, or grains. In doing so, many breeds (including Corsos) “can” have wheat sensitivities which can lead to itchiness, shedding, and hot spots. That is the reason why we use quality dog foods coming from small companies such as Lifes Abundance as well as Pawtree who never had any food recalls to date.
When considering the specific dietary needs of our breed, we had to make an important and educated choice in foods. Cane Corsos are sensitive to various food allergies, so it’s very important that we save our clients and their pets from suffering the heartbreak of a below-par diet. A bad diet will plague family pets with numerous health issues. Top offenders are allergies and gastro intestinal issues.
Pawtree is a holistic dog food company that we began feeding in August 2018 when a few dogs appeared to be little tired of the chicken recipe from Lifes Abundance. We were introduced to this new dog food by a professional dog trainer who used this for their German shepherds who are IPO champions. We were pleasantly surprised with the results when our Princess (Our Picky eater) loved it! The amount of natural omega threes matched our criteria.
Life’s Abundance was founded almost 20 years ago. Natural minded Veterinarian Dr. Jane Bicks is the pet product formulator. Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Dog Food also contains important pre and probiotics that aid in your dog’s overall gut health and digestion. These key ingredients, including several other needed vitamins, also support your dog’s overall immune system. This food is one of only two I know of that have never had a recall, nor degraded themselves to using the latest cheap ingredients as so many other premium kibbles have. We have read great things about their warehouse storage facilities that are strict with climate control rules for better freshness.
The excerpt below is taken from Life’s Abundance website:
“At Life’s Abundance, we make healthy living easier with products that are inspired by nature and informed by science. With a focus on safety, it is our commitment to use as many natural ingredients as possible, to ensure our product’s quality and efficacy, and to back it up with first-class customer service.”
These are the two types I feed my dogs. I use the Lifes Abundance no grain, as well as the all stages with no corn, wheat or soy. Please note this is not organic, however its the closest you can get at a reasonable price for your dog.
I feed my dogs treats and sometimes cook, however, I do not always have the time. I reply on a good kibble, see the details below on the comparison chart.
I personally like no grain for my dogs so this is the kibble I feed my dogs.
Life’s Abundance Large Breed Puppy food, this in my opinion is the best puppy food available, however the Life’s Abundance no grain all life stages is my preferred food for my very thick dogs, If a dog needs to put on a little size the Life’s Abundance All Life Stages Dog Food is excellent , cost effective and hands down the best bang for the buck.
Compare Life’s Abundance dog food to some dog foods I have tried in the past, and you will see why I have switched:
Compare to Fromm Dog Food Recalls in 2016 steered me away from this company, but I must say they have a very cute label and website that almost makes me think the family is cooking the food in their home. They also have a lawsuit claiming they lied about their ingredients being made in the USA. No pre or probiotics so im not interested anyway.
Blue is a company that was bought by General Mills recently and is a great example of a major GMO promoting company that purchased a holistic dog food label. If you do research you will find articles on how they lied about their ingredients. See link about Blue Buffalo Admitting they Lied.
Here is a comparison of Blue Buffalo dog food with Life’s Abundance
Taste of the Wild is a dog food I have used for a long time prior to finding life’s Abundance, I discovered not only did they have lots of recalls by Diamond pet food, (Billion dollar dog food giant who owns them), but they were not as good nutritionally.
Orijen is a decent dog food but its priced very high, and does not have probiotics, prebiotics, or vitamins.
In my opinion this is the best dog food for Cane Corsos, and is reasonably priced when compared to other premium dog foods in its class. They do not just claim to be another health and nutrition based dog food, they actually deliver. I would be buying this food even if it was more expensive, because its worth it! Since this breed has a large appetite it only helps that it’s reasonably priced.
Here is the comparison table to show the price per day is significantly less than other comparable brands.
|Daily Cost to Feed a 30 lb. Dog Grain-Free Food|
|Life’s Abundance Grain-Free All Life Stage||$0.89|
|NutriSource Grain Free Chicken & Pea Formula||$1.05|
|Canidae Grain Free pureELEMENTS All Life Stage||$1.19|
|Blue Buffalo Freedom Chicken Grain Free||$1.28|
|Acana Regional Free Run Poultry||$1.48|
|Hill’s Ideal Balance Adult Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato||$1.85|
See Lifes Abundance Compared!
I will sometimes add a can to kibble to provide for more nutrition and a more diverse diet for my Cane Corsos. I use one Can of Pork & Venison per bowl of kibble, since I find they like this flavor the best.
Its cost effective and the dogs and pups love it!
Here is a video on Life’s Abundance Dog Food
Here is a short video on the Canned Food I use.
Now lets Get to our Newest addition to our Doggy Kitchen!
Monica Dumet / Healthy Cane Corsos
Independent Field Representative