Quality Dog Food That's Easy on Your Wallet
Feb 11, 2011 (Updated Feb 11, 2012)
Review by Kenny M
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Mostly healthy ingredients, Chondroitin and Glucosamine, no by-products!
Cons:brewer's yeast, dried beet pulp, getting out of Costco if there's one local to you
The Bottom Line: Better nutrition for the cost of the lower-grade garbage dog foods. I just wish they'd remove the brewer's yeast and dried beet pulp.
Years ago, pet owners had tough decisions to make. "Should I spend more on my dog's nutrition or our own?" Can I really afford that $50 - 35 pound bag of dog food this month?
Recommend this product?
Well those decisions are moot now that I have found this higher quality dog food. Under Costco's "house label" (Kirkland Signature) they offer a healthier lineup of dry and canned dog food that provides your furry family members with quality nutrition for the cost of the lower-quality foods found at the supermarkets and pet stores. Forty pound bags of Kirkland's kibble range between $21 and $25 depending on the formula. This Lamb & Rice formula runs $24.99. It should be mentioned that Costco buys its pet foods from Diamond Pet Foods and repackages it. Needless to say, Diamond is a higher quality food option.
Sometimes, we'll mix a bag of the chicken and a bag of the lamb into our air-tight dog food storage container. In essence, the lamb and chicken dry food formulas are identical to their lamb & chicken canned food and their lamb and chicken biscuits. So we've kept our dog's food and treats consistent.
While most dry dog food comes in 40 pound bags, there is a 20 pound bag for people with small dogs. There's also a "puppy formula" available.
Lamb, lamb meal, whole grain brown rice, white rice, rice bran, egg product, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and vitamin E), dried beet pulp, potatoes, fish meal, flaxseed, natural flavor, millet, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, carrots, peas, kelp, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, taurine, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
It should be mentioned that brewer's yeast can cause intestinal issues and dried beet pulp is like sugar to dogs and causes hyperactivity and/or leads to Diabetes over time.
Crude Protein: 23.0% min
Crude Fat: 14.0% min
Crude Fiber:4.0% max
Moisture: 10.0% max
Zinc: 200 mg/kg min
Selenium: 0.4% min
Vitamin E: 150IU/kg min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids: 2.2% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: 0.4% min
Glucosamine Hydrochloride: 300 mg/kg min
Chondroitin Sulfate: 100 mg/kg min
There's no doubt that the Kirkland brand is quite cost-effective compared to other brands. While comparing Kirkland's Chicken & Rice Formula to their Lamb & Rice Formula, the ingredients are quite similar but the Chicken formula has a very slight edge if you look at the "guaranteed analysis" section. Yet unlike Kirkland's "Healthy Weight Formula" (that does NOT include potassium chloride in the ingredients) both the Chicken and Lamb formulas do include it. I realize it's used as food prep, but I'm still not sure why they use it because it's actually used in the lethal injection process in killing humans. Do the trace amounts of potassium chloride build up in the dog's system or is it excreted during every trip to the bathroom? And why use salt in a dog's food? Do dog's need salt? How do they process it? Can it be harmful like it is in humans?
Whether you decide to mix in a can of the "wet" food or not, adding warm water to the bowl of dry food seems to entice our three German Shepherds even more.
I rate this food 4.5 stars out of 5 and rounded down due to the potassium chloride content.
Please show your pets all the love and affection you have each day because you never know when their time on Earth is up.
* * Thanks to Ladysmom (Billie) for adding this to the EpiDatabase.
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