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Abound Dog Food Review 2023: Recalls, Pros & Cons

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Abound Dog Food Review

Review Summary

Our Final Verdict

We give Abound dog food a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Abound dog food is a trademark of The Kroger Company. The Kroger Company’s grocery stores are the only in-person locations where you can purchase Abound brand dog food.

Abound offers a balanced selection of grain-free and grain-inclusive dog food recipes, as well as specialty recipes for puppies and small and large breed dogs. All Abound food and treats are 100% natural and contain real protein, no artificial colors or flavors, no animal by-product meal, and no wheat, corn, or soy.

There is little information available about the company and they do not have an official website, but the brand is available at www.kroger.com.  It is important to note that although the brand can be found on amazon, all their recipes are unavailable currently and there is no certainty that they will return.

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At a Glance: The Best Abound Food Recipes

Rating Image Product Details
Best Overall
Abound Natural Adult Dog & Puppy Abound Natural Adult Dog & Puppy
  • Made with salmon
  • Ideal for dogs with allergies to beef or chicken
  • High in fiber
  • Second place
    Abound Natural Superfood Abound Natural Superfood
  • Main ingredient is salmon
  • Includes superfoods
  • Grain-free to suit dogs with allergies
  • Third place
    Abound Chicken & Brown Rice Abound Chicken & Brown Rice
  • Grain free and Grain inclusive
  • Formulated with nutritionists and food scientists
  • No artificial colors and flavors
  • Abound Turkey and Sweet Potato Abound Turkey and Sweet Potato
    Abound Vegetable and Beef Wet Food Abound Vegetable and Beef Wet Food

    Abound Food Reviewed

    Abound dog foods were developed in collaboration with a team of nutritionists and food scientists to go above and beyond standard pet foods. Abound uses natural, high-quality ingredients in their food, and prepares it in a way that naturally delivers optimal nutrition for dogs.  All the recipes contain real protein, no artificial colors or flavors, no animal by-product meal, and no wheat, corn, or soy. Abound Grain Free recipes are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, with no grains that some dogs find difficult to digest.

    Who makes Abound and where is it produced?

    Abound is a brand of The Kruger Company. Kroger is the largest supermarket chain in the United States, with over 2000 stores across 35 states. Kroger representatives have stated that all its Abound products are manufactured in the United States and contain ingredients sourced from the United States.

    Discussion of the Primary Ingredients (Good & Bad)

    Abound uses high-quality meat ingredients as their primary protein sources, which include chicken, turkey, lamb, and salmon.

    dog food with salmon
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    • Salmon can provide the main source of protein for dogs, which can help manage and reduce food allergies. It is also an excellent natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining a healthy coat and skin. Omega-3 fatty acids are also a natural anti-inflammatory in a dog’s diet; they’re beneficial to dogs suffering from inflammatory bowel disease or joint diseases like arthritis
    • Chicken helps dogs build lean muscle mass and provides omega-6 fatty acids, which help maintain healthy skin and coats. It’s also high in essential amino acids and glucosamine, which promotes bone health.
    • Turkey is a lean, white meat that helps dogs gain muscle. It is also a highly digestible source of protein, and turkey-based recipes may be an alternative for dogs that have food sensitivities or allergies to beef or chicken-based recipes.
    • Lamb is high in essential amino acids and a good source of dietary fats, which aid in energy maintenance. Red meat also contains several vitamins and minerals, which help with muscle development and promote good skin and coat health in dogs.
    • Flaxseed is used in some of Abound’s recipes and is commonly known for its omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. Fiber is essential for a dog’s digestive health, while protein provides energy and supports the immune system.
    • Green peas are high in vitamins A, B1, B6, C, and K, which help to improve bone health. Peas are also high in lutein, an antioxidant nutrient that promotes eye, skin, and heart health. They are a natural source of fiber and high in carbohydrates.
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    • Pumpkin supports the digestive health in dogs, and the high fiber content can help dogs suffering from constipation or diarrhea. Pumpkin is also high in vitamin A and C, which benefit the dogs’ vision and immune health. Pumpkin is a low-calorie dog food that is sometimes recommended as part of a pet weight-management program.
    • Brewer’s yeast promotes healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver function in your dog, and the high levels of B vitamins may reduce anxiety in dogs. Brewer’s yeast can also be used as a probiotic and digestive aid. Yeast ingredients, according to some critics, can cause allergies. This may be true, but only if your dog is allergic to the yeast itself (as with all allergies).
    • Canola oil can be a great source of omega-3 fatty acids but is also a controversial ingredient since it can be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

    Abound uses several grains in their recipes

    Abound uses ingredients such as oatmeal, barley, and brown rice. They are controversial ingredients, and some dog owners choose to not include grains in their dog’s diet. Grains contain a lot of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and they provide carbohydrates and aid in the preservation of the shape and crunch of dry pet food.

    white rice in a bowl
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    Abound uses Rice Bran

    Abound also uses a small amount of rice bran in some of its recipes. Rice bran is a grain by-product that some consider to be a low-quality ingredient. This is because rice bran is made from the outer rice kernels when rice is processed into white rice and therefore lacks the nutritionally dense center of rice.

    Tomato Pomace

    Tomato pomace is an ingredient that is left over after processing tomatoes into juice, soup, and ketchup. Many people appreciate tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others dismiss it as a cheap pet food filler. Cooked tomatoes, like ripe tomatoes, are safe for dogs, and tomato pomace is a common ingredient in many dog foods.

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    A Quick Look at Abound Dog Food

    • Grain free and Grain inclusive
    • Formulated with nutritionists and food scientists
    • No artificial colors and flavors
    • No by products
    • High quality protein
    • Has a recall history
    • Lack of transparency about the company.

    Recall History

    In November 2018, the 4-pound and 14-pound bags of Abound Chicken and Brown Rice dry dog food were recalled for elevated levels of vitamin D. The recall was sent out by a grocery store chain, Harris Teeter, as well as Sunshine Mills. High levels of vitamin D in the diet or drugs containing high levels of vitamin D are toxic. Dogs of all ages are vulnerable, but young dogs and puppies are particularly vulnerable. Symptoms include vomiting, weakness, depression, loss of appetite, weight loss, and constipation.

    According to the FDA, the recall has been terminated. There have been no recalls since 2018, but we encourage you to stay up to date and aware of any future recalls.

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    Reviews of the 3 Best Abound Food Recipes

    1. Abound Natural Salmon and Brown Rice Recipe

    Abound Salmon & Brown Rice

    This recipe is a great option for dogs that may have allergies to commonly used meats such as chicken or beef. It is made with salmon that is high in protein to support lean muscle development. It contains omega 3 and 6 for a shiny coat and is packed with prebiotics and probiotics to maintain a healthy digestive system and support the immune system. It is high in fiber sourced from various grains and contains no wheat, soy, corn, or artificial flavors and colors.

    • Made with salmon
    • Ideal for dogs with allergies to beef or chicken
    • High in fiber
    • The high carbohydrate content can cause issues in overweight dogs

    2. Abound Natural Superfood Blend

    Abound Superfood Blend Natural Adult Dog Dry Food

    The Abound Natural Superfood Blend recipe is a grain-free formula high in protein from salmon and chicken. This recipe contains essential vitamins and minerals to support a healthy immune system and includes nutrient-dense superfoods such as egg and pumpkin.

    • Main ingredient is salmon
    • Includes superfoods
    • Grain-free to suit dogs with allergies
    • May be an issue for overweight dogs due to its high carb content

    3. Abound Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

    Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe

    This recipe will provide all the energy your dog needs. It contains tasty and nutritious sweet potatoes and high-quality chicken. It is packed with prebiotics and probiotics to support digestive health and is rich in antioxidants sourced from cranberries. Another great feature is the specially shaped kibbled that helps to keep teeth clean.

    • Contains high-quality chicken
    • Prebiotics and probiotics
    • Helps to clean teeth
    • May only be suitable for small breed dogs

    What Other Users Are Saying

    • Live Long and Pawspurr– ”Like I mentioned, Abound is one of the only dry dog foods that Woody will eat. Woody eats grilled chicken and rice as his primary meals with the kibble supplementing his hunger and making sure he is getting a more diverse nutritional balance. He has never been overly excited to get a full bowl of kibble but it helps him satisfy his hunger in a healthy and cost effective manner.”
    • Dog Food Advisor– “Abound is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.”
    • Amazon – Amazon is a great place to get honest reviews about a product before purchasing it. You can view some reviews on amazon.

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    Abound dog food includes high quality ingredients in its recipes, and the recipes are both grain-free and grain-inclusive, and there are options for dogs that benefit from grains and for dogs that may have allergies. Abound does not have a direct website, and it is difficult to find information about the company. Nonetheless, the recipes contain nutrient dense ingredients, and Abound’s reviews are mostly positive. We recommend Abound for your dog, but remember that switching brands in small steps is essential to minimize stomach upset.

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