Abound is the private label store pet food brand of the large US retailer Kroger. Kroger is the largest chain of supermarkets in the United States, with over 2000 stores in over 35 different states. The huge size of Kroger gives the Abound pet food brand a huge potential customer base.
Abound is produced by a third-party manufacturer on Kroger’s behalf but at this time we are not sure which company this production is being outsourced to.
Given that it is a store brand Abound pet food recipes are sold exclusively in their stores and are not available from any other retail locations or online pet food websites.
Abound Product Range
When we first reviewed Abound, their product range was very small in size and limited to a few dry and wet dog food recipes. However, since then, Kroger has expanded Abound’s range significantly, and it now includes much more variety.
Abound has a moderate mix of both grain-free and grain-inclusive dog food recipes, and they also have several specialty recipes, such as one for puppies and others for small or large breed dogs.
Lastly, Abound has a range of dog treats available, which come in several styles, including Jerky Treats, Dental Chews, Peanut Butter Stuffed Bones, and Elk Antlers.
Abound’s cat food range isn’t quite as large as the dog food range but still includes a broad range of dry cat food recipes and wet/canned cat food recipes.
This range includes both grain-inclusive cat food and grain-free cat food, and there is a single specialty recipe for Kittens.
The nutrition offered by Abound is considered average when compared to most other dog food brands. The proportion of protein and fat provided by the recipes is sufficient for dogs but could be considerably higher.
In particular, active dogs would benefit from a notably higher proportion of protein and fat than is offered in Abound recipes.
If you’d like to learn more about canine nutrition, we highly recommend you read our Dog Food Guide for a detailed discussion.
Similar to their dog food range, the nutrition offered by Abound’s cat food recipes is average when compared to other cat food brands.
The nutritional profile of their recipes includes moderate proportions of protein and fat and excessive portions of carbohydrates.
Cats are obligate carnivores which means they are suited to a diet of animal-based food with minimal plant matter.
You can learn more about what it means to be an obligate carnivore and other important information relating to feline nutrition in our Cat Food Guide.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
All of the meat and fish ingredients used by Abound are staples of the industry and used in thousands of recipes and products. This is as they are reliable sources of high-quality animal-based protein and fat.
In particular, Salmon is one of the best ingredients that can be used in dog food. This is thanks to its impressive protein and fat content and the high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids it contains.
These fatty acids can provide a range of health benefits, including improving the condition of skin and coats and improved brain function.
Other Notable Ingredients
Abound utilizes several grain ingredients in its recipes, including Oatmeal, Barley, and Brown Rice. Grain ingredients such as these can be controversial additions to dog food recipes, with some dog owners refusing to feed their dog’s grain-inclusive food.
Regardless, these grain ingredients are a dense source of nutrition, including carbohydrates, fiber, plant-based protein, and some vitamins and minerals.
Sadly, Abound also makes use of a small portion of Rice Bran in some of its recipes. Rice Bran is a grain by-product and is considered by some to be a low-quality ingredient.
This is as Rice Bran is produced from the outer Rice Kernels when Rice is processed into White Rice and so lacks the nutritionally dense center of Rice.
If you’d like to learn more about Rice Bran and why it’s used in dog food recipes, check out our article Rice Bran In Dog Food.
Menhaden Fish Meal is a common feature in some dog food recipes and is considered a positive addition by many, thanks to its nutritional value.
Menhaden Fish are small oily fish that are harvested for their fish oil, but their flesh is also a dense source of animal-based protein and fat.
Many prefer pet food brands to use ingredients like Menhaden Fish Meal rather than plant-based alternatives like Pea Protein or Potato Protein.
You can learn more about where Menhaden Fish are harvested and why the ingredient is so popular among pet food brands in our article Menhaden Fish Meal in Dog Food.
Flaxseed is one of the most common minor additions to dog food recipes and is used by Abound. Flaxseed’s most well-known trait is being an excellent source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
These fatty acids are known to provide several health benefits to dogs, including an improvement in the condition of their skin and coat as well as improved cognitive function.
However, Flaxseed can provide several other benefits to dogs that most are unaware of. You can learn more about these other benefits in our article Flaxseed In Dog Food.
Finally, Abound uses small portions of Tomato Pomace in some of its recipes. Tomato Pomace is widely used throughout the industry as a source of soluble fiber.
Soluble fiber can be critical to dogs to ensure they have regular digestion and stools, and most other ingredients in dog food lack soluble fiber.
However, outside of its fiber content, Tomato Pomace provides very little nutrition to dogs. You can learn more about Tomato Pomace in our article Tomato Pomace as a Pet Food Ingredient?.
Abound Animal Testing
We have no information on what type of testing Abound participates in and whether it is laboratory or invasive.
Many smaller pet food brands and private label brands like Abound do not disclose any detailed information about their testing and trials. For many, this lack of transparency is as they fear backlash from their customer base.
However, we strongly believe that laboratory or invasive testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which will hopefully cease in the near future.
November/December 2018 – Elevated Levels of Vitamins D
This recall from Abound was caused to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D in Abound’s Chicken & Brown Rice dog food.
While this may sound minor, elevated Vitamin D levels can be dangerous to pets and cause serious health complications such as vomiting, kidney failure, renal failure, and even death.
What makes this even more concerning is the FDA found the levels of Vitamin D in the recipes were seventy times the intended amount putting them at dangerously high levels.
This recall first affected a single Kroger location in Matthews, North Carolina, but it was later expanded to an additional store in Louisville, Kentucky.
Outside of this recall relating to Vitamin D, we cannot find any other evidence that Abound’s dog food, cat food, or dog treats have been recalled.
Regardless of a recall record, we always encourage pet owners to remain vigilant of any future recalls of Abound or any other pet food brand to ensure their pets remain healthy and safe.
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Abound Full Product Range
Dry Dog Food
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe
Grain Free Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe
Grain Free High Protein Duck, Sweet Potato & Venison Recipe
Grain Free Small Breed Beef & Sweet Potato Recipe
Small Breed Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
Superfood Blend Salmon, Egg & Pumpkin Recipe
Chicken & Brown Rice Puppy Food Recipe
Wet Dog Food
Grain Free Turkey & Sweet Potato Stew
Grain Free Chicken & Vegetable Cuts In Gravy
Grain Free Beef & Vegetable Cuts In Gravy
Chicken Dinner With Vegetables Pate Puppy Food
Grain Free Duck, Sweet Potato & Blueberry Recipe Jerky Bites
Grain Free Lamb, Chickpea, & Squash Recipe Jerky Bites
Grain Free Turkey, Pea, & Cranberry Recipe Jerky Bites
Grain Free Limited Ingredient Regular Dental Chews
Grain Free Limited Ingredient Large Dental Chews
Grain Free Limited Ingredient Small Dental Chews
Grain Free Plaque Busters
Peanut Butter Stuffed Bone
Peanut Butter Stuffed Bone Small
Peanut Butter Stuffed Beef Hoof
Extra Large Split Elk Antler
Medium Split Elk Antler
Dry Cat Food
Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
Grain Free Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe
Chicken & Brown Rice Kitten Recipe
Wet Cat Food
Turkey Stew With Vegetables In Gravy
Salmon & Sweet Potato Stew In Gravy
Grain Free Chicken & Whitefish Dinner
Chicken & Beef Dinner In Gravy
Grain Free Turkey & Giblets Dinner
Grain Free Shredded Salmon & Chicken In Gravy
Grain Free Shredded Chicken In Gravy