Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Food - Chicken, Rice & Egg (40 pounds)
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Nutrition For Senior Furry Family Members
Feb 9, 2011 (Updated Feb 1, 2012)
Review by Kenny M
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:higher levels of glucosamine and chondroitin, healthy ingredients
Cons:dried beet pulp, brewer's rice, potassium chloride
The Bottom Line: Very healthy ingredients, but if this formula didn't include the trace amount of potassium chloride, I'd rate it 5 stars ~ so I give it 4.5 stars
Just as a human being's dietary needs change over the years, so does the needs of your pets. As we age, we need more of some things and less of others. This Kirkland "Mature Formula" has your dog's needs covered. Costco has been selling Diamond Pet Food under the Kirkland Signature label for years. Recently, I've noticed that the ingredient list has improved - although some of their products (like their canned dog food and biscuits) contain trace amounts of potassium chloride which can't be good for any animal over the long haul.
Recommend this product?
What Kirkland does well, though, is provide pets and their human companions with a better than "typical garbage pet food" at very reasonable prices. Usually, you pay very little and very low quality pet food. Used to be that you've have to spend anywhere between $35 and $50 for quality pet food. Well, all of that thinking just went out the window because Costco offers a very nutritious line of dog and cat food. Forty pound bags run anywhere between $21 and $25 - depending on the formula.
One of my dogs will be twelve years old in April. She moves a bit slower, but she's given this formula to help her make it a bit longer and healthier - while she's still with us.
chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, egg product, oatmeal, cracked pearled barley, brewers rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and vitamin E), dried beet pulp, potatoes, natural chicken flavor, flaxseed, millet, fish meal, potassium chloride, choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, carrots, peas, kelp, apples, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, L-carnitine, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
A Word About Potassium Chloride:
I've read that this is used for food prep, but I'm just not sure that long term exposure to this element wouldn't cause health issues. Since it is NOT in some of the Kirkland dog food formulas, so why is it in any of them? I mean, this is the stuff they use to kill people during lethal injections. Does it build up in the dog's system or is it removed naturally with every trip to the bathroom?
Crude Protein: 27.0% min
Crude Fat: 12.0% min
Crude Fiber: 3.0% max
Moisture: 10.0% max
Calcium: 0.9% min
Phosphorus: 0.7% min
Sodium: 0.25% max
Zinc: 225 mg/kg min
Selenium: 0.4 mg/kg min
Vitamin E: 160 IU/kg min
L-carnitine: 30 mg/kg min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 2.2% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.4% min
Glucosamine Hydrochloride: 1200 mg/kg min
Chondroitin Sulfate: 400 mg/kg min
Please read the labels of your pet's food. If there are "by-products" listed - put it back! By-products are often chopped up diseased animals used as cheap fillers and those diseases and tumors are then passed on to your animals. Our K9 companions should live longer than ten to twelve years and I attribute my "Shayna" living to the ripe old age of sixteen because I chose better nutrition for her throughout her life.
Dried Beet Pulp is another sugar that can cause weight gain and Diabetes in dogs, while brewer's (rice and yeast) can cause liver failure.
The ingredients in this "Mature Formula" are really targeted to animals seven years and older. This blend is high in protein and higher levels of the anti-oxidants and joint management. If you can't afford $50 per bag of the high-end dog foods, for half that price, you can feed your animals much better quality nutrition than those low-end garbage brands - for about the same price.
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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