Kasiks Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

Kasiks Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Kasiks product line includes three grain-free recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Kasiks Wild Pacific Fish Meal [A]
  • Kasiks Free Range Lamb Meal [A]
  • Kasiks Free Run Chicken Meal [A]

Kasiks Free Range Lamb Meal was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Kasiks Free Range Lamb Meal

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 51%

Ingredients: Lamb meal, chickpeas, red lentils, green lentils, green peas, yellow peas, pea starch, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), tomato pomace, sodium chloride, dl-methionine, minerals: (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, selenium yeast), vitamins: (niacin, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), choline chloride, calcium propionate (a preservative), yeast extract (a source of prebiotics), taurine, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, rosemary extract, coconut, kale, glucosamine hydrochloride

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%13%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%29%46%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 46%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The second ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The next two items include red lentils and green lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The following two ingredients include green peas and yellow peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

It’s important to note that a number of ingredients included in this recipe are each a type of legume:

  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Peas

Although they’re a mixture of quality plant ingredients, there’s an important issue to consider here. And that’s the recipe design practice known as ingredient splitting.

You see, if we were to combine all these individual items together and report them as one, that newer combination would almost certainly occupy a higher position on the list — possibly making legumes (not meat) the predominant ingredient in this recipe.

The eighth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The ninth ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With three notable exceptions

First, yeast extract is the common name for a broad group of products made by removing the cell wall from the yeast organism.

A significant number of these ingredients are added as specialized nutritional supplements while others are used as flavor enhancers.

However, the glutamic acid (and its chemical cousin, monosodium glutamate, or MSG) found in a minority of yeast extracts can be controversial.

That’s because even though the Food and Drug Administration designated these food additives to be safe decades ago1, the agency continues to receive reports of adverse effects.

So, detractors still object to the use of yeast extract and other glutamic acid derivatives and blame them for everything from Alzheimer’s (in humans) to obesity.

In any case, since the label reveals little about the the actual type of yeast extract included in any recipe, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Next, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

And lastly, this recipe also contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Kasiks Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Kasiks Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas, lentils and peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing only a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Kasiks is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of lamb, chicken or fish meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Kasiks Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

03/04/2016 Last Update

  1. L-Glutamic Acid, FDA Select Committee on GRAS Substances
  • Earl Lattie

    Agree with the excessive bowel movements on this kibble for both of my dogs – their routine is the same and exercise the same, so I’ll be making a judgement call as to keep them on this brand or not

  • ljg500

    I believe this food contains too much fiber (leading to excessive stools) and the second ingredient- chickpeas- can cause allergic reactions in dogs- not dissimilar to soy. Also, as the review points out, the food is too heavily plant based. I have no reason to believe the ingredients are not of a high quality- but the aforementioned make this diet difficult to recommend.

  • Gisele J Grenier

    Mia has been on the Kasiks Fish and she absolutely loves it. Poops are now firm which were really loose on Go Salmon. Don’t need to feed her as much and the kibbles are bigger in size so she doesn’t eat as fast. I love it that they are a Canadian company and only wish they made a dry cat food as well.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Storm’s been on Kasiks Lamb for about a week now (on its own, without a topper, which I always do the first time I try a new kibble) …and he’s becoming a bit of a popping machine on this one 🙁 While each poop is very well-formed, there are a lot of them at a time and over the course of the day (normally he goes 3-4 times/day, on Kasiks he’s going 5 times a day!) I’m not overfeeding him, and he’s getting the same amount of exercise as normal. I’m guessing this one is loooooaded with chickpeas, as he tends to have larger-sized poops on foods with chickpeas high on the ingredient list, but this is much worse than even that “normal”. I’ve thankfully only purchased a small bag of this one to try, and it’s not one I’ll be adding to the rotation.

  • Bluedog Lim

    I am honestly pretty bad at judging dog food, but I have to say one thing. This dog food must me delicious. No I didn’t eat it myself. I got the fish one, and gave a little to my dog along with his old food. My dog is extremely picky and won’t eat most foods. He loved it though. I recommend it if ur dog is picky like mine.