Nutrition and Health

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Until 2017, We had been feeding various brands that met our criteria based on the first few ingredients but then we were introduced to Life’s Abundance Dog Food. We were so impressed by the quality of this dog food for all of the ingredients in it and for it NOT including any ingredient which does not add any nutritional benefit or which actually proved harmful. Our mission at Bear Pond Retrievers is to provide the tools for the pups to live a long and healthy life.  Our two (unrelated) cats just lost their lives to old age (20 and 21)!! Neither had any organ failure and had been eating LA food exclusively for the last 7 years of their lives.  We have so many stories (both good with LA food, and sad (customers who lost dogs young due to following poor advice and feeding a diet loaded with corn, wheat and soy).  Diet is EVERYTHING!

This line of pet products was formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM. She has been a holistic vet for over 20 years. She has served as President of the American Veterinarian Association of New York City, earned three Presidential Citations, appointed by Mayor Rudolph Guliano to help establish one of the largest animal shelters in the world, the author of three books on responsible care and treatment of pets, and has appeared on 48 Hours, Good Morning America, CNN, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and more. A portion of every purchase contributes towards rescue and care for pets. Another reason we love the company.  The food follows AAFCO guidelines and has been through feeding trials.


Life's Abundance doesn't contain any corn, wheat, soy, by-products or artificial preservatives (also carcinogens).  Why is this important:

Many of the ingredients in our pet food cause a shorter life span due to the ingredients that cause stress on their kidney and liver functions which include; wheat, corn, and soy. We know that Glyphosphate causes Lymphoma and many related cancers.  Many dog foods are comprised mostly of those ingredients-It's no shock that Lymphoma cases have skyrocketed since the invention of Glyphosphate resistent (GMO) corn, wheat, and soy crops.  Poison is sprayed directly on these crops before harvest! (Illegal in most countries). By-products such as chicken heads, duck bills, fish heads, chicken and turkey feet, bones and diseased & contaminated slaughterhouse meat can also be included in our pet foods! BHA, BHT, which harms our dog’s liver and kidneys and are known carcinogens. As well as Ethoxyquin, which is used to stabilize rubber can also be used. All these chemicals are added to provide a shelf life up to a couple of years.  LA only ships direct to the customer to ensure freshness and safety.  That's the only way it's possible to deliver a product without adding damaging preservatives.

Bear Pond Retrievers believes SO strongly in Life’s Abundance Dog Food & Supplements, that we offer a five year Free Replacement Puppy on all of our  Retriever Puppies that are kept on Life's Abundance food who develop any life ending or severely affected quality of life due to any genetic issue.   Full details in new puppy contract. As of April 2024, we haven't had a single  Click here for more details about the product and to place an order.

It is about the same price as many "top" reputation store brands and lower in price than so many, but is much higher in nutritional value and has NEVER had a recall, unlike most other brands. We especially love the company's culture and history. Forbes recognized the company in 2019 for it's integrity

I am thrilled to share the exciting news of my partnership with NuVet Labs. Most young dogs eating a Life's Abundance Diet do not need supplements, but as your dog ages (7+years old), he/she should be given joint health supplements.  It's a game changer for large breed dogs like Golden and Labrador Retrievers.   I’m very particular when it comes to endorsing brands, which is why I can confidently say that NuVet Labs is an excellent supplement choice. With an impressive track record spanning 26 years, this company has never experienced a product recall. Further, their supplements are subjected to third-party testing three times during the manufacturing process. That speaks volumes about their commitment to manufacturing safe and reliable supplements for pets. You can place an order on or by phone 1-800-474-7044. Be sure to use my order code:  180604   

Vaccines are important to protect your beloved new family member from contracting Parvovirus and Distemper.  We send each puppy off with their first shots, which may or not be effective due to the mom's antibodies still affecting his/her immune system.  However, one booster done after 16 weeks is proven to be very effective for 4-11 years, based on research.  The goal is to protect your pet, while minimizing any damage (side effects).  More is certainly not better.  Once he/she has that booster, he could be protected for life.  To be sure, simply run a Titer test for antibodies in a year and then again 2-3 years later.  Healthy dogs probably will never need any more boosters.   Rabies is due at six months.  Do not give earlier than five months and if your puppy is small for his age, wait even longer.   It's the most reactive of vaccines and if given early can be dangerous.  As for boosters, you can use Titers to prove protection or use State Laws to determine the next shot (less preferred).   Research does support that Rabies vaccine is effective for many years.  Click link on left box for one professional article that sums up several research studies.

The decision to spay or neuter and when to do it should be made based on your pet's circumstances and scientific research.  The link to the left is a scientific journal's article on this very subject.  What we know for sure is this:  Waiting until the dog reaches maturity (18-24 months) decreases the risk of many cancers and reduces the risk of hip and elbow displasia.  If you click on the link to the left, you will find the article-scroll down to the chart for a quick read on pros and cons.  We recommend waiting to spay or neuter until at least 18 months.  We do not require neutering as part of the contract.