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Quality Puppy Food on the Cheap
Feb 11, 2011 (Updated Jul 24, 2012)
by Kenny M
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:inexpensive, mostly healthy ingredients, DHA, fatty acids, small bite-sized kibble for puppies
Cons:potassium chloride, dried beet pulp, dried brewers yeast, salt
The Bottom Line: This is quality puppy food at a low-grade food price. Would be a 5-star food if not for a few ingredients.
Just like human babies requiring a different diet in the early months of life, puppies require a slightly different diet in the first nine months to a year of life - depending on the breed. We have an eight month old half German Shepherd half crazed lunatic. "Jack" is either hopped up on his puppy food or it's just that he's super nutty. The other day, he actually hopped into a large shipping box I was packing. I took a picture and the caption reads, "Jack...in the box."
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And, boy, can this hyper pooch wolf down his food. Since day one, we had him eating this Kirkland puppy formula. Since he's a larger breed, we started weening him off the puppy formula and onto "adult formula" food. Weening any dog or puppy from one food to another requires a certain process in order not to stir up digestion drama. So we started feeding him 3/4 puppy food to 1/4 adult food. Then we went to 50/50 and this week he's on 3/4 adult and 1/4 puppy formula. Next week, he'll be eating like a pig, I mean, like an adult.
Transitioning from this Kirkland Puppy Formula to the Kirkland adult food is a smooth transition because the ingredients are so similar. My "pet peeve" is the fact that Kirkland (made for Costco by Diamond Pet Foods) uses potassium chloride in all but one dog food - the Healthy Weight formula. I maintain, that if it's NOT used in one formula, it really doesn't need to be in any other formula - especially the puppy formula. Do puppies need potassium chloride or salt in their diet? Does any animal need potassium chloride? Does their body store the toxin or do they purge it when going to the bathroom?
chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled barley, egg product, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and vitamin E), dried beet pulp, potatoes, fish meal, flaxseed, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, salmon oil (a source of DHA), millet, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, 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, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
Crude Protein: 28.0% min
Crude Fat: 17.0% min
Crude Fiber: 3.0% max
Moisture: 10.0% max
Calcium: 1.2% min
Phosphorus: 1.0% min
Zinc: 225 mg/kg min
Selenium: 0.4 mg/kg min
Vitamin E: 250 IU/kg min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids: 3.0% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: 0.5% min
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): 0.05% min
Kirkland Signature Super Premium Puppy Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula is created for a puppy's unique nutritional needs "up to one year of age." The puppy formula contains the right amount of protein, fat, essential nutrients and the added health benefits of DHA, omega balance and fresh chicken.
If only it didn't have the potassium chloride, dried beet pulp or dried brewers yeast, I'd rate this puppy food a solid 5 stars. So I'm relegated to rating it 4 stars. Dried beet pulp is a cheap filler/fiber and causes sugar rush/addiction to food, hyperactivity and allergies. Dried brewers yeast can become toxic to the liver and is a waste product of beer and ale industry. Salt is not good for dogs in the same way it isn't good for humans.
In any economy, it just makes sense to pay less and get more - especially in multiple-pet households. In other words, Kirkland's pet foods are really cost-effective. You could find better quality puppy food but you'd pay double or triple what this will cost you. And instead of settling on the garbage dog food brands, you now have another healthy option without the strain on your wallet.
* Please Note that this puppy food comes in a 20 pound bag, NOT the 40 pound bag noted in the header. And try to use water or wet food with the dry food because there is NOT enough moisture in ANY dry dog food.
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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