Among the many types and brands of dog foods out there, you have probably heard about Kirkland dog food. There have been some positive reviews and feedbacks about the variant, although some minor negative opinions are also provided. If you want to give high quality dog food that is filled with healthy contents and ingredients – without having to break the bank, this dog food brand can provide great solution. Do you know that most dog owners with more than one dog have this kind of dog food because of the affordability?
The Kirkland dog food is basically a private brand made by Diamond Pet Foods, Inc for CostCo. Since it is a private label, it is quite difficult to find detailed information about the ingredients and the brands, although the company claims that they have nothing to hide. CostCo doesn’t provide any official web displaying the info and they don’t advertise the product either. So far, Kirkland is known as high quality food with good reputation. However, some unfortunate events happened in 2007 and 2012. The Signature Premium cans were recalled in 2007. Diamond was then doing another recall in 2012 because of Salmonella issue, where lots of dogs turn sick after eating the products.
About Kirkland Dog Food
This dog food line is produced and made to deliver premium and high quality dog food within affordable price tag. Not only the food is grain free, it is also free from soy, wheat, corn, artificial preservatives, animal digest, and by products. Price factor is the main reason why dog owners switch to this brand, especially those with multiple dogs.
In dry food lines, the brand comes with
- Signature Small Dog, which is designed for small breed
- Signature Puppy Formula, which is designed for young dogs
- Signature Mature Dog, which is targeted for adult dongs
- Rice and Chicken Formula, which is claimed to be the healthy combination
- Signature Adult Dog with Lamb, which has lamb content for improved healthy consumption
- Signature Healthy Weight, which is designed for obese dogs or dogs who want to stay in shape.
In canned food lines, you can buy:
- Beef and Veggies, which is also claimed as the healthy mix
- Signature Adult Dog with Chicken, which is almost the same as the lamb ingredients
- Lamb and Rice
The Healthy Contents and Ingredients
The main contents in the food are lamb meal and lamb, which is considered healthy and rich in protein. The main difference between these two is that lamb refers to whole lamb, even to the moisture packed within it before being cooked and processed. Lamb meal on the other hand, refers to rendered dry parts that have been processed for the inclusion within the dog food. Although dry lamb may not seem promising, it actually contains more protein. It packs off protein up to 300% more than the whole lamb. After all, the whole lamb will experience nutrition reduction after being processed. The nutritional value and quality will be diminished significantly too; that’s why the lamb meal is added into the mix.
Besides the main protein, the dog food also contains white rice, brown rice whole grain, and rice brand. These combinations introduce simple as well as complex sugar for the dogs. Brown rice, for instance, is a complex carbs that will break down slowly when digested. It won’t cause any sudden spike in the blood sugar; thus, retaining fulfilling effect for longer period. Dogs need to have combination of simple and complex sugar because of the different activities they have. For sudden active moves, the simple carbs can be used. But for longer activities, the complex carbs is important. White rice is a good example of simple carbs. Rice bran is included because it contains more fibers than the white rice. If you see the content from overall perspective, these combinations are quite good and logical – as long as you aren’t totally opposed to grain matters.
Another matter in the ingredient mix is the chicken fat, along with vitamin E. According to health experts, chicken fat is a very good source of healthy fat. And since it is coming with tocopherols, a natural preservative, the content remains intact in the healthiest way. Rosemary extract, another natural preservative, is also added into the content. The overall ingredients are basically okay and healthy, but it can cause issues for epileptic dogs or dogs with weight problems. You should be careful with these contents as they can rigger seizure attack or cause obesity.
Besides the chicken fat, fishmeal and egg products are also included within it. The reason why egg product is used is because of the easy digestible trait as well as the high level of natural protein. Fishmeal is also another protein source that can increase the number of protein in the food significantly. According to the company, fishmeal is taken from ethoxyquin free source, which means that they are safe to consume. However, some experts think that these ingredients are only fillers. They are quite high in calories, but in total nutritional value, they don’t contribute much.
Besides those contents, there are other ingredients that are added into the list. Flaxseed, for instance, is rich in fatty acid Omega 3 and Omega 6. It is also rich in vitamin K and other natural nutrients. Beet pulp – the dried one – is rich in fiber, especially the insoluble one. There has been a continuous controversy about beet pulp, where health experts call it as filler. The problem is, most dog food manufacturers are using this ingredient in their products, so it is rather difficult to find a product without one. Beet pulp is claimed to improve colon’s health, but dogs with sensitive digestive system should limit the intake or totally avoid consuming one.
It is imperative that you always consult professional veterinarian before giving any dog food – from any brands – to your pets. You need to make sure that the food isn’t only healthy, but it won’t cause health issues either. No matter how inexpensive it is, no dog food is worth the health and well being of your dogs.