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Loyall Life Dog Food Review 2023: Recalls, Pros & Cons

Kathryn Copeland

By Kathryn Copeland

Loyall Life Dog Food Review(2)

Review Summary

Our Final Verdict

We give Loyall Life Dog Food a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Introduction

Loyall Life is a line of cat and dog food produced by the Nutrena brand. Nutrena was established in the 1920s and has been manufacturing feed for livestock ever since. It started Loyall Life, a premium line of cat and dog food, in 2007.

Loyall Life is dry food that only contains high-quality ingredients for dogs of all life stages. It’s an American company that expanded into Canada in 1974 and continues to grow today.

Loyall Life has two lines with a total of 19 recipes. If you’re interested in learning more about this premium dog food, keep reading as we delve deeper!

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At a Glance: The Loyall Life Dog Food Recipes

Rating Image Product Details
Our Favorite
Winner
Loyall Life All Stages Loyall Life All Stages
  • Whole chicken is the main ingredient
  • Includes fruits and vegetables
  • Good for adult dogs
  • Second place
    Loyall Life Chicken & Brown Rice Loyall Life Chicken & Brown Rice
  • High in protein, fat, and calories for a growing puppy
  • DHA for vision and brain development
  • No fillers or artificial ingredients
  • Third place
    Loyall Life Adult Lamb & Rice Loyall Life Adult Lamb & Rice
  • High in protein, fat, and calories for a growing puppy
  • DHA for vision and brain development
  • No fillers or artificial ingredients
  • Loyall Life Large Breed Loyall Life Large Breed
  • For large and giant-breed puppies
  • Chicken as the #1 ingredient
  • Free from by-products
  • Loyall Life Grain Free Beef & Sweet Potato Loyall Life Grain Free Beef & Sweet Potato
  • #1 ingredient is beef
  • Grain free
  • Superfoods including carrots, spinach, and blueberries
  • Loyall Life Dog Food Reviewed

    Two product lines bear the Loyall Life branding. The first is Loyall Pet Foods, which has four recipes:

    • Loyall Puppy Food
    • Loyall Active All Life Stages
    • Loyall Adult Maintenance
    • Loyall Professional All Life Stages

    Then, there’s the Loyall Life Super Premium Pet Food (which is more widely available) that has 13 dog food recipes and two cat food recipes (not included here):

    • Lloyall Life Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Puppy Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
    • Lloyall Life All Life Stages Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Adult Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Adult Beef & Barley Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Adult Large Breed Beef & Barley Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Adult Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Adult Large Breed Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Sensitive Skin & Coat Adult Salmon & Oatmeal Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Grain Free All Life Stages Beef with Sweet Potato Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Grain Free All Life Stages Chicken with Potato Recipe
    • Lloyall Life Grain Free All Life Stages Salmon with Sweet Potato Recipe

    Loyall Life is considered high-quality dog food, and there are recipes to suit dogs at all life stages. These always have real meat as the first and primary ingredient and have high levels of protein and fat.

    Who Makes Loyall Life and Where Is It Produced?

    Nutrena produces Loyall Life Dog Food. The company had its beginnings in Kansas City, Kansas, and expanded into Pennsylvania, California, and the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta in Canada.

    labrador dog eating
    Image Credit: Olena Yakobchuk, Shutterstock

    Which Types of Dogs Is Loyall Life Best Suited For?

    Loyall Life has dog food for all life stages, so technically, it’s best suited for almost any dog. It has dog food for puppies and large breeds, as well as grain-free and sensitive skin and coat recipes, all in a variety of flavors.

    Which Types of Dogs Might Do Better With a Different Brand?

    Any dogs on a prescription diet should only eat this food if your vet has taken a look at the ingredients and deemed it suitable. Dogs that need to be on a specific diet might need a different brand.

    While there is food made for adult dogs in all life stages, Loyall Life doesn’t have any recipes specifically for seniors or small dogs.

    Discussion of the Primary Ingredients

    The ingredients depend on the recipe, and since there are 17 different dog food recipes, here’s a quick summary.

    The main ingredient in all of these recipes is meat. So, if the food says that it’s chicken and rice flavor, chicken is the main ingredient, and so on. Some food has whole meat, while others use a meat meal, which is essentially a meat concentrate that makes it much higher in protein.

    The recipes additionally include some kind of grain (except for the grain-free options), which is typically brown rice, barley, or brewers rice, along with additional minerals and vitamins.

    French Bulldog is busy with his meal eating
    Image Credit: Tienuskin, Shutterstock

    The Food Is High in Protein, Fat, and Calories

    Most of Loyall Life’s recipes are high in protein, fat, and calories. The protein ranges from 21% to 31%, fat ranges from 12% to 20%, and calories from 323 to 438 per serving, depending on the recipe. Many of these foods will work quite well for active dogs for this reason.

    Not-So-Great Ingredients

    There are a few ingredients used in some of the recipes that aren’t ideal. Many of the recipes have dried peas, and there’s controversy about the use of peas in dog food. A study in 20211 found a correlation between peas used in dog food and heart disease. Further studies are being done, but for the most part, as long as peas aren’t in the first five ingredients, there probably isn’t enough to cause any real concern.

    Canola oil is also in a few of the recipes, which isn’t the best source of fat in dog food, and dried beet pulp is another controversial ingredient2 used in many of the recipes.

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    A Quick Look at Loyall Life Dog Food

    Pros
    • High in protein and fat
    • Real meat as the main ingredient
    • Variety of recipes for most dogs
    • High-quality ingredients
    • Recipes available for dogs with sensitive stomachs and skin
    Cons
    • Doesn’t have food formulated for seniors or toy/small dogs
    • Contains a few iffy ingredients
    • Expensive
    • Most recipes contain chicken

    Recall History

    Nutrena had one recall for another brand — River Run and Marksman Dog Food — in 2011. However, there has not been a recall for any of the Loyall Life dog foods.

    Reviews of Loyall Life’s Dog Food Recipes

    Here, we take a closer look at three popular recipes of Loyall Life’s Dog Food.

    1. Loyall Life All Life Stages Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food

    Loyall Life All Life Stages

    The main ingredient in Loyall Life All Life Stages Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food is whole chicken, and it has the right balance of nutrients and minerals for an adult dog. The ingredients include fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, carrots, and sweet potatoes, in addition to added probiotics and prebiotics to aid your dog’s digestion.

    Pros
    • Whole chicken is the main ingredient
    • Includes fruits and vegetables
    • Good for adult dogs
    • Contains added prebiotics and probiotics
    Cons
    • Contains dried peas and beet pulp

    2. Loyall Life Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food

    Loyall Life Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice

    Loyall Life Chicken & Brown Rice Puppy Food is high in protein, fat, and calories, which is perfect for a growing puppy. It has added DHA for vision and brain development and phosphorus and calcium for bone health. It doesn’t contain any by-products, fillers, or any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

    Pros
    • High in protein, fat, and calories for a growing puppy
    • DHA for vision and brain development
    • No fillers or artificial ingredients
    • Added phosphorus and calcium for bone development
    Cons
    • Contains beet pulp and dried peas

    3. Loyall Life Adult Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Food

    Loyall Life Adult Lamb & Rice

    Loyall Life Adult Lamb & Rice Dog Food is designed to help dogs with food sensitivities. The main ingredient is lamb, and it contains prebiotics and probiotics to support your dog’s digestion. It’s full of the usual vitamins and minerals, including omega-3 and -6 to support your dog’s skin and coat. However, while it is meant for dogs with protein sensitivities, it does contain chicken.

    Pros
    • Meant for dogs with food sensitivities
    • Main ingredient is lamb
    • Omega-3 and -6 for skin and coat health
    • Prebiotics and probiotics for healthy digestion
    Cons
    • Includes chicken

    What Other Users Are Saying

    • Dog Food Advisor — The site rated Loyall Life Dog Food 4.5, and it’s “highly recommended.”
    • Amazon — When looking for new dog food, we usually read the reviews on Amazon for other dog owners’ opinions. You can read a few of the reviews here.

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    Conclusion

    If you’re looking for a high-quality dog food that gives you options in flavors, you might want to check out Loyall Life. Just remember to have a conversation with your vet before switching your dog food, particularly if your dog has any kind of health condition.

    Loyall Life is expensive and challenging to find online, but if you manage to get your hands on a bag and your dog loves it, it’s worth the effort.


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