Review of 2 Dog Foods: Luvsome Original & Luvsome Natural

December 17, 2015

Dog food

I ran across a dog food brand recently that was totally new to me.  Luvsome™ is manufactured by the Kroger Company, which accounts for my lack of familiarity with the brand.  We don’t have Kroger stores where I live.  Luvsome™ offers both dry and wet dog foods, as well as a line of cat food.

My first concern was where the food is actually made.  Many pet foods that are exclusive to particular retail stores are actually manufactured by a large group like Diamond that creates the product and then packages it for another company.  I spoke to “Fonda” in Kroger’s customer service department, and she assured me that Kroger makes Luvsome™ in one of its own manufacturing facilities.  That said, let’s look at two of their dry dog foods.

Luvsome™ Original Recipe Dog Food Ingfedients

  • CHICKEN MEAL, GROUND YELLOW CORN, GROUND WHOLE WHEAT, BREWERS RICE, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, ANIMAL FAT (PRESERVED WITH MIXED TOCOPHEROLS), NATURAL FLAVOR, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SALT, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, BREWERS DRIED YEAST, DRIED WHEY, PROPIONIC ACID (A PRESERVATIVE), DRIED PEAS, DRIED CARROTS, TITANIUM DIOXIDE COLOR, CHOLINE CHLORIDE, YELLOW 5, FERROUS SULFATE, ZINC OXIDE, RED 40, VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT, IRON OXIDE COLOR, BLUE 2, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, MANGANOUS OXIDE, COPPER SULFATE, NIACIN SUPPLEMENT, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE COMPLEX (SOURCE OF VITAMIN K ACTIVITY), VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, ETHYLENEDIAMINE DIHYDRIODIDE, RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, COBALT CARBONATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, FOLIC ACID, BIOTIN, VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, SODIUM SELENITE

The first ingredient is chicken meal, a decent beginning and high in protein.  However, this is followed by several really poor ingredients.  Many dogs are allergic to corn.  Corn does contain protein, but it is still a plant-based grain and full of unnecessary carbohydrates.  Ground whole wheat doesn’t sound bad but at 3rd place on the ingredients list, it carries a lot of weight in this food. Brewer’s rice is a waste product from the beer-brewing industry and serves no purpose in pet food. Corn gluten meal is yet another grain, and more corn, more carbs.  Dogs are better off with real meat proteins in their diets. Animal fat is a result from the rendering process and could contain anything from restaurant grease to euthanized zoo animals to road kill.

Salt is shown fairly high on the ingredients list, which means there is entirely too much salt in this food.  Pet food does not need to be salted.

Further down the list, we see artificial colors, all considered potential carcinogens.  Imagine the buildup in a dog’s system if he eats the same food every day!

This is not a pet food I would feed to my dogs!

Now let’s look at another Luvsome™ product.  The company advertises this food as high in quality, protein and complemented with wholesome whole grains like wheat and rice and packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

A natural dog food

Luvsome™ Natural Dog Food Ingredients

WHOLE GRAIN CORN, BEEF MEAL, CHICKEN MEAL, WHOLE WHEAT, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, ANIMAL FAT (PRESERVED WITH MIXED TOCOPHEROLS), SOYBEAN MEAL, NATURAL FLAVOR, BREWERS RICE, POWDERED CELLULOSE, OAT MEAL, PEARLED BARLEY, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, SALT, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, BREWERS DRIED YEAST, DRIED WHEY, PROPIONIC ACID (A PRESERVATIVE), IRON OXIDE COLOR, CHOLINE CHLORIDE, FERROUS SULFATE, ZINC OXIDE, L-ASCORBYL-2-POLYPHOSPHATE (SOURCE OF VITAMIN C), VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, MANGANOUS OXIDE, COPPER SULFATE, NIACIN SUPPLEMENT, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE COMPLEX (SOURCE OF VITAMIN K ACTIVITY), VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, ETHYLENEDIAMINE DIHYDRIODIDE, RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, COBALT CARBONATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, FOLIC ACID, BIOTIN, VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, SODIUM SELENITE

This supposedly “natural” pet food begins with corn as its main protein and most weighty ingredient.  Dogs need meat!  The beef and chicken meals that follow are ok, but then we see more grains.  This food also uses animal fat instead of a named meat fat.

In today’s world, I question the inclusion of soy in any form.  Most of the soy grown in this country is genetically modified.  That kind of eliminates any claim of “natural” in this pet food. I also worry about the pesticides used on GMO plants.

Brewer’s rice could have been eliminated, since it is a waste product with no nutritional benefits, The remaining ingredients are ok but certainly nothing exceptional.  A ton of vitamins appear at the bottom of the list but does that make up for the bad ingredients? I don’t think so.

All in all, this is not my idea of a natural dog food.  If your dog doesn’t have a weight problem and isn’t allergic to corn, perhaps he will do ok on a diet of this food, but I think I would keep on searching.

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Kate October 31, 2016 at 10:52 am

I bought a package of Luvsome dog treats. Got curious when I got home about where they’d been manufactured. The box only said distributed by Kroger, Cincinnati. So I emailed the company and never got an answer. They may say they are manufactured at a Kroger facility but where is it? China?
I wouldn’t make the mistake of buying these treats again.
In fact, I fed them to the squirrels. I’m sticking with well respected brands.

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Carol North October 31, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Kate, my experience has been to call the company. Don’t bother with emails because they seldom reply that way. Check out Zuke’s dog treats. They also make cat treats. Although they were bought out last year by one of the big corporations, so far, the ingredients still seem to be ok. My favorite, though, is Clear Conscience Pets. They make all natural and very healthy dog treats and both my dog and my cats like them. You can buy them online or look for them at better pet supplies stores.

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Abby Felts June 30, 2017 at 1:19 pm

I got my dog this food about a week ago and he has been throwing up and having bad diaherra. Has anyone experienced this before?

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Carol North June 30, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Abby, read the ingredients. The food begins with corn, an ingredient known to cause allergies and/or digestive issues in dogs and cats. There are other grains and animal fat. Fats should be a “named” fat – like chicken fat or beef fat. The generic form means it came from the rendering process where there is no telling what was in the rendering vat. Read more of the articles on this website for more info about the rendering process. Your pet may have a sensitivity to corn or grains in general. Soy is a genetically modified ingredient and as such was likely sprayed in the fields with poisons to control weeds and insects. Be ware of soy products as 95% of the soy grown in the U.S. is GMO.

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Doyle July 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm

My dog had a horrible day of bloody stools – then I stopped the food. I put her on rice and eggs and she improved.
Then I went back to the food and again had bloody stools and realized that this dog food was the problem. I can’t believe this is on the shelf. I may take this dog food to a lab. This dog food just about killed my dog.

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Doyle July 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm

My dog of 13 1/2 years literally spit it out after developing Melena – dark blood stools from internal bleeding. She is only better on a changed diet. This all a marketing ploy Luvsome. There is nothing Luvsome about this in fact it is sickening especially to my dog.

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