Leaps & Bounds Dog Food Review

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Leaps & Bounds Dog Food Review
WebsiteLeaps & Bounds
Country of OriginAustralia
Available fromPetbarn

Leaps & BoundsΒ is exclusive to Petbarn, so essentially a home brand (or phantom brand). It’s manufactured by Australian Pet Brands in Dubbo.

In our Leaps & Bounds dog food review we’ll take a look at the Adult Lamb & Rice recipe for the sake of a benchmark…

Leaps & Bounds review

The main ingredient is meat meal, a mix of lamb, poultry, and beef. It’s good to see meat as the top ingredient, and meat in a “meal” form is better to see as it’s a more dense ingredient than regular meat which contains a lot of water. It’s worth noting the Australian standard for “meat” in a pet food is inclusive of off-cuts (or by-products), and the ingredient will come from a rendering plant where animals are thrown into a vat and cooked up.  This explains our mixture of meat sources, as it’s a case of anything goes, and anything does.

Leaps & Bounds Dog Food Review

The second ingredient is wholegrain cereal, a mixture of wheat and (white) rice. There’s very little reason for these ingredients to be in a pet food, but they’re common as they’re very very cheap.

If we look at the guaranteed analysis we find the fat content of the food is 10%. That’s low! The protein content of 24% is average, but if we take into account the 3rd ingredient as vegetable protein from soya beans, we’re starting to see the reality that there’s not as much meat in this food as would first appear. Soya (and also the wheat we saw earlier) are two common causes of allergies in dogs, especially if fed over an extended period of time.

Leaps & Bounds Dog Food Review

Salt as the 6th ingredient is never good to see, and will be added as a palatant to add flavour to an otherwise bland food. The vitamins and minerals in the food appear to be standard inclusions. Linseed (flaxseed) and/or canola seed are included for joint health, the former being better than the latter.

Overall the food is fairly average. There’s nothing about the food that stands out, but it’s better than most supermarket brands. I’d rate it 3 stars.

Where to buy Leaps & Bounds

You can buy Leaps & Bounds directly from Petbarn (or click and collect).

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Ingredients

Meat meal (lamb, poultry and beef), wholegrain cereals (wheat, rice), vegetable protein (soya bean), chicken fat, beet pulp (prebiotic dietary fibre), salt, linseed and/or canola seed, fish oil (containing omega 3 fatty acids), minerals (including potassium zinc, iron, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium), chicory root inulin (prebiotic), vitamins (including E, B3, B5, B2, B6, B1, B9, A, D3), choline chloride, yucca extract, rosemary, garlic, kelp meal, natural antioxidants.

6 Total Score
Mediocre home brand of Petbarn & City Farmers

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  • Wheat as an allergenic grain

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Gloria
Gloria
1 month ago

I purchased the Lamb & Rosemary 15kilo bag. Couldn’t work out why my dogs stools looked like full of sand. Change brand of biscuits and it stops.

Edanna
Edanna
1 month ago
Reply to  Gloria

Did you change over slowly? and have they had grain included food before or were they on grain free?

Russell flannery
Russell flannery
4 years ago

Not happy with the bagging of the product woke up this morning and the big bag I brought is full of ants. Looking at the bag it is full of little holes not good at all. Now my laundry is full of ants you need to rethink ur packaging.

Susan
Susan
4 years ago

Hi, take back the bag of Leaps & Bounds bag of kibble to Pet Barn & get another bag & tell Pet Barn they will notify Leaps & Bounds, & say you have had other brand kibbles sit where the Leaps & Bounds sat & have never had a ant problem before…..
Always keep kibble in a cool dry spot in house, I buy those big plastic storage containers from Woolworths, Big W, Kmart, cost about $8, they have 4 small black plastic wheels bottom of plactic container & have plastic lid with coloured lock handles, I open the kibble bag & put about 2 kg of new kibble in a cleaned air tight plastic container, that stays in the kitchen & the rest of the kibble stays in original kibble bag, I sticky tape kibble bag to make it air tight & put a big plastic bag over the kibble bag then I put sealed kibble bag in one of those plastic storage containers in my cool bedroom…
Kibble only has 2 week life as soon as it’s opened… the oils start to go rancid as soon as the oxygen/air gets to the kibble…..

Kelsy Clark
Kelsy Clark
4 years ago

Hi. I’ve noticed that Leaps and Bounds now have a grain free option. It would be great to see a review on this πŸ˜€

Susan
Susan
4 years ago
Reply to  Kelsy Clark

Hi, the Grain free Kangaroo & Vegetables looks OK better then the Leaps & Bounds with grains… When I go to Pet Barn again I’ll read the ingredient list to the Kangaroo Grain free formula & take a photo of the ingredient list, when I looked online Leaps & Bounds do not have the ingredients to their foods on line..

Kelsy Clark
Kelsy Clark
4 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Awesome, thanks for getting back to me πŸ˜€

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Kelsy Clark

I have a picture of the ingredients up above as a reply to Susan if you’d like to read it.

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Hey Susan I went onto Petbarn wondering if every size had no ingredients list but the 12kg one does appear to have a list, I took a picture.comment image

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4 years ago
Reply to  Kelsy Clark

Hi Kelsy, here’s a preliminary review. I need to confirm the guaranteed analysis as it isn’t on their website. https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/leaps-bounds-grain-free/

Kelsy Clark
Kelsy Clark
4 years ago

Thank you, this is very helpful. It’s a pity the food isn’t better, I was really hoping it was going to be much better than their food with grain.

Susan
Susan
4 years ago
Reply to  Kelsy Clark

Hi what are you feeding at the moment? how much money can you afford a month for pet food?

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Kelsy Clark

It was unlikely it was going to be better think Supercoat grain free, it doesn’t have grains anymore but the ingredients are virtually the same, but the price is higher.

To be able to create a grain free better food isn’t cheap, the price would go up exponentially and out of a lot of people’s budgets. I personally am not a fan of these types of foods but I feel their better like this then say something like Pedigree or any other crap foods from Mars and Purina, even grain free Supercoat is better in my opinion then it’s grain counterpart.

But that doesn’t simply mean there’s a difference with using corn or tapioca both are high GI and something pets or even us don’t need. Not long term everyday food items at least.

Susan
Susan
4 years ago

Hi, I went to Pet Barn today as we do when Patch is bored, he loves shopping, loves all the toys….
I was looking around for any new dog foods then I saw “Leaps & Bounds” Grain Free, Kangaroo & Veggies 28%-protein 14%-fat, not bad if your on a budget there was also Senior Beef & Vegetables but it wasn’t grain free, it was low in fat & low in protein, it’s a shame cause as dogs get older they need a better diet…
Leaps & Bound Senior has the same ingredients as the Supermarket senior dry dog foods, If looking for a really good Senior dry kibble look at “Canidae” Pure Meadow Senior it’s grain free….My Pet Warehouse sell it or there’s “Holistic Select” Senior Chicken & Rice, it isn’t grain free but doesn’t have any barley like most grain kibbles have these days…

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Haha Patch goes shopping when he’s bored that’s so cool!

I hear ya on the senior diets, the info is out there that they need better diets as they get older not worse, this whole restricted protein and fat just because a dog is old is getting old, raw no matter the dog is always fed the same ingredients and thrives throughout his old age, unlike kibble fed old dogs who not only look old but act old.

Totally unnecessary.

remi sokoya
remi sokoya
4 years ago

My dogs love this food but to be fair my dogs would thrive on old shoes if given the choice!

Steven Rose
Steven Rose
4 years ago

Gave this to both my dogs for dinner for the first time only to wake up in the morning with then having extreme itching and redness. Don’t waste your money…

Amateria
Amateria
4 years ago
Reply to  Steven Rose

That’s usually what wheat and soy do, although it could very well be an allergy to any number of the ingredients not just those 2.

In terms of ingredients and the price for it, I like that there’s other options out there for people on budgets, I’d prefer them feed this than something like Pedigree that’s for sure.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Steven Rose

Very likely a grain allergy. Wheat is the #1 cause of allergies in dogs, specifically because the grain often contains mites.

Susan
Susan
4 years ago
Reply to  Steven Rose

Hi, your dogs might be sensitive to one of the crappy ingredients like the wheat, or it has 3 different proteins, take kibble back to Pet Shop & ask for a refund or can you change to another brand of kibble, read ingredients on next kibble & make sure it doesn’t have same ingredients as the Leaps & Bounds has, if your brought from Pet Barn all their foods are Money Back Guaranteed, another kibble around that price range is Black Hawk or pay a bit extra & get “Holistic Select” Adult/puppy Salmon, Anchovy & Sardine meal grain free formula or the Holistic Select, Rabbit & Lamb grain free….

Silver
Silver
5 years ago

We brought this from Petbarn because they were sold out of our usual food. Unfortunately it gave our husky explosive diarrhea and bad gas. I wasn’t sure if it was the sudden switch or the food quality (though she has been switched between brands suddenly in the past with no problem). Our cat also managed to get into the cupboard and was munching on this food and resulted in the same problems even though he didn’t eat much of it. That cat will eat anything and everything but this is the first thing to ever give him diarrhea.

Susan
Susan
5 years ago
Reply to  Silver

Hi all Pet Barn foods are money back Guaranteed so take it back, Pet Barn are always out of most their kibbles, it’s shocking, they are suppose to get delivery every Thursday but I’ve been back on the Friday & still no kibble a few people have been whinging about the Newcastle branch.. I shop online now… Go on Pet Barns F/B page & post what happen they will post back saying to return the Leaps & Bounds… Have a look at “Holistic Select” Adult/Puppy Sardines, Anchovy & Sardines Grain Free it’s for digestive health, my boy has IBD & does nice firm poos on the “Holistic Select” & “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb has limited ingredients, go online & purchase his food, I have found Pet Circle to be the cheapest online pet store & if it’s the first time your placing an order with Pet Circle you get $10 off when a friend gives you their Custom invite Code & they also get $10 off their next order…my code is REF 31PR you can use, you can also pick auto delivery, you’ll receive an Email 1 week before the delivery is due asking do you still want this delivery or want to add to the order, you can pick to be delivered every 1 week, 2 week, 3 weeks 4 weeks etc… & can change if the bag of kibble is still 1/2 full…
Find 2 premium quality kibbles he does well on & start rotating between the 2 kibbles this way you’ll strengthen his stomach & immune system cause he’s eating different ingredients & if something is ever wrong with one of the batch of kibbles he’s only on it for how long it takes to run out then he’s eating the other brand kibble you start introducing when the old kibble is nilly finished, start introducing the new kibble just for a couple of days till he’s use to both brands & make sure he’s getting a different protein, I feed the Holistic Select which is fish & the Taste Of The Wild is lamb so he’s getting a variety..

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Pet Food Reviews
5 years ago

Hi Tarsh, the staff are trained to recommend it at City Farmers as it’s actually their home brand.

Shelly
Shelly
5 years ago

In the ingredients list it says garlic. I’m pretty sure that dogs aren’t allowed garlic same as onion. I was going to buy the food but not if it has garlic in it

Myfanwy Hood
Myfanwy Hood
5 years ago

Please show your evidence for the claim that low doses are beneficial. From my research, there is only ever harm done at any dose. Even if the dogs aren’t symptomatic, there is still subclinical damage done. Garlic has proven benefit in humans, but not dogs.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Myfanwy Hood

I found several websites stating that low doses are beneficial, finding out which websites tell the truth and which ones lie or use outdated information on the other hand is tricky.

A person on dog food advisor who raw feeds her dogs has been giving them garlic for over 30 years and she has yet to have any problems with it.

I on the other hand don’t trust any dosage higher than the last ingredient, because at the end of the day you never know and is it really worth putting your dog at risk? to me no it’s not, as loss is not something I deal with very well.

The really cheap foods with both garlic and onion extracts or oils are super dangerous in my opinion more so for the onion than the garlic though, I’m not sure why they think they need to add onion to the food, but than most times the entire ingredient list could do with a replacement.

Myfanwy Hood
Myfanwy Hood
5 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

I pretty much agree with everything you’ve said πŸ™‚

Websites can be hard to judge as to their validity. That’s why I only trust peer reviewed journal articles. I’ve seen many websites claim that garlic is beneficial, anti-inflammatory, protects against cancer, etc, but none have shown any real evidence for such claims. They instead rely on either anecdotes or assume that human research results can be applied to dogs.

Anecdotal evidence (eg. “A friend did it and their dog’s fine”) is statistically irrelevant. I know of people who’ve smoked two packs a day for most of their lives, doesn’t mean smoking isn’t harmful.

And foods that list garlic and onion are so dangerous and I don’t understand how there aren’t guidelines to prevent it. It just perpetuates misinformation and tricks unsuspecting pet owner into thinking it’s okay.

End of the day, as you said, why take the risk? There’s proven harm and no proven benefit.

Susan
Susan
5 years ago
Reply to  Myfanwy Hood

Garlic in small doses repel fleas…Pumkin seeds stop your dog getting worms….
There’s heaps of healthy foods you can feed instead of applying worm & flea products that are full of awful chemicals… Raw Almonds are high in omega 3 give 3 almonds a day a treat & watch your dogs coat shine….
Follow “Rodney Habib” on his Face Book page or on “Planet Paws” & you’ll learn so much, if your dog has cancer, no point poisoning them with chemo therapy, change their diet, stop feeding carbs & sugar in dogs diet. So stop feeding all kibbles & start feeding a healthy whole foods home made diet high in omega 3 foods…. Rodney Habib has heaps of info on videos..

Penny
Penny
5 years ago

Hi, I bought a bag if this Las week and both my dogs refuse to eat it. They usually eat anything. One is part lab so really really eats anything! Would there be something in there (or not in there) that makes it unpalatable for them? I can make them eat it by saoaking it in warm beef stock but for the last two days they have had very soft stools after eating this food and I am worried that if I encourage them to eat it I will end up with two sick dogs. Or should I buy some applaws or Blackhawk and mix them together to use up the Leaps & Bounds?

Veronika
Veronika
5 years ago

The price just dropped even more! Probably just a promo sale or something, it really doesn’t say just says save $21 on the max kilo, no other info.

Because I could of sworn it started out at $60 for 15 kilos, this puts it at a very good place now for a lot of people.

Jessica
Jessica
5 years ago

I just want a dog food that is actually beneficial to my dogs health not just full of fillers! And as for the “premium” brand dog foods they are just as bad if not worst then some of the cheaper brands.

Paul
Paul
5 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

Jessica, I would choose a food from the “Best Dry Dog Foods” list. I have personally used both Black Hawk Fish & Potato and Stay Loyal and am very happy with both of them. There was a marked improvement in their condition after about one month. We have an 8 year old Bull Arab on Black Hawk and two 9 year old Beagles on Stay Loyal.

Jarryd
Jarryd
5 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

Buy BlackHawk dog food then

Veronika
Veronika
5 years ago

Compared to the many 15kg bags of dog food that I have seen prices for this one is very cheap, it’s going to be real good value for a lot people and it’s not even that bad, not like the ideal balance I was just looking at for $132 for a 9.52 I think bag which was crazy.

Going to check the rest of the foods on petbarn (the prices and ingredients only)(I’m an ingredients list warrior for real), it’s to be honest really really fun.

Susan Borg
Susan Borg
5 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

Have a look at “Eagle Pack” at Pet Barn, it’s made by Wellpet who makes Wellness Complete, Wellness Simple & Wellness Core & Holistic Select, Eagle Pack isn’t as expensive as Wellness Formulas & Holistic Select, Eagle Pack has good ingredients then that’s about it, Pet Barn doesn’t sell any Australian Holistic Foods only American …..

Anzel
Anzel
5 years ago
Reply to  Susan Borg

Petbarn sells Black Hawk, which is an Australian-made “Holistic” food, though Holistic is a catch-all term with no exact meaning. It has fairly decent ingredients, and for $112 for a 20 kilo bag, it’s worthwhile. The fish recipe’s wonderful, and the grain free is as well, both worth giving a try.

Kathy
Kathy
5 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

If you are an ingredients warrior, then pls read the ingredient panels of the food on offer. This is a cheap as product, with cheap ingredients. Can’t even identify the first protein source. You get what you pay for, as with anything else. This is not good value, it’s just cheap and nasty. You’d be better with super coat or pedigree or optimum and same price, much better quality. Many, many more foods I’d prefer with better quality, but even within the cheaper range this is definitely not one I would recommend.

Peter
Peter
5 years ago

Leaps and Bounds is an in house brand for Greencross (Petbarn (AUS wide), City Farmers (WA & QLD))

So they are just making a home brand like what you will see in a Coles or woollies. There will be little research on it, other than increasing the margin.

The staff will be trained to push it & many of these staff members will be trusted by the long standing customers, the staff that have been around for awhile are highly educated and will know where the food stands, but won’t have a choice.

Rebecca
Rebecca
5 years ago
Reply to  Peter

I’m sorry Peter but you are misinformed. Staff are not forced to push the food in fact staff are told to sell premium and super premium foods over leaps and bounds as this food is just competing with supercoat optimum and lower quality foods

Anzel
Anzel
5 years ago
Reply to  Peter

We have no obligation to push it outside of the fact that it’s better quality than Supercoat and Optimum. I’ve seen far too many dogs suffer on both products, and though Leaps & Bounds is only a minor step above them, it’s better for the dogs. The vague, terrible ingredients on the two competitors make me sick to my stomach, and I’ll do everything in my power to get dogs off of them, even if the owner refuses to budge on the price.

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