Kirkland Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

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Kirkland Signature canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Kirkland product line includes two canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review:

  • Kirkland Chicken and Rice Formula
  • Kirkland Lamb and Rice Formula

Kirkland Chicken and Rice Formula canned dog food was selected to represent both recipes for this review.

Kirkland Chicken and Rice Formula

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 24%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, poultry liver, rice flour, chicken meal, dried beet pulp, fish meal, dried egg product, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, sodium chloride, dl-methionine, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, manganous oxide, biotin, calcium pantotenate, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, riboflavin supplement, inositol, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, cobalt carbonate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%27%24%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%51%18%

The first item in this dog food lists chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient lists chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The third ingredient is poultry liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is rice flour. Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fifth ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The sixth ingredient lists beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The seventh ingredient includes fish meal, another high protein meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

What’s more, the controversial chemical ethoxyquin is frequently used as a preservative in fish meals.

But because it’s usually added to the raw fish before processing, the chemical does not have to be reported to consumers.

We find no public assurances from the company this product is ethoxyquin-free.

Without knowing more, we would expect to find at least a trace of ethoxyquin in this product.

The eighth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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 one notable exception

The minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Kirkland Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Kirkland Dog Food appears to be an average canned 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 41%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet food containing a notable amount of meat.

However, it’s unfortunate the manufacturer chose to include non-chelated minerals in its recipes. Without this lower quality supplement and assurances the fish meal is ethoxyquin-free, we may have been compelled to award this line a higher rating.

Bottom line?

Kirkland Dog Food is a meat-based canned product employing a notable amount of chicken or lamb as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

Those looking for a quality kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Kirkland dry dog food.

A Final Word

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Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.

Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.

However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

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Other spellings: Costco, Kirklands

Notes and Updates

12/05/2010 Original review
03/29/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Gary-
    I too am disappointed that they discontinued the Cuts in Gravy. However, I tried (actually my dogs’ tried) the new Nature’s Domain turkey stew just this morning. I honestly think that it looks and smells better than the other stuff. I hope they get more flavors! The above reviewed canned food is still active on the system and being ordered in most regions. Watch for an asterisk on the price sign. That is symbol for when a product is being discontinued. I did notice a few regions are not getting it, but most still are.

  • Gary Ingram

    Hello,

    I got the information directly from Costco office when I was in a discussion complaining to them about discontinuing the Cuts & Gravy canned food. Seems they are drastically changing their dog food line….going strictly to grain-free choice in the canned items, which I am not pleased about. They need both types. Good Luck.

  • Crazy4cats

    Where did you hear this information from?

  • Gary Ingram

    My dogs loved the Cuts in Gravy, but Costco discontinued it. Now they have a full 24 count case of Nature’s Domain Turkey, grain free. The Cuts in Gravy gave you 12 cans of beef and 12 of chicken. I am not a fan of this switch. And, I hear that this (above) dog food is going away and another grain free will take it’s place. If you like this one, you better stock up as they are working on discontinue it too in the future. Call and complain if you wish.

  • Charlie the clown

    Shawna please flag me don’t you wamt to have me?

  • james456

    I tried the 5-star Kirkland Cuts in Gravy first, but my pickier dog would only eat a little bit. Now, I mix this one in, and he jumps up and down for it. I guess that averages out to 4.25 stars. I’m glad I finally found a healthy, cheap food my dogs like.

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  • LabsRawesome

     The Kirkland cuts in gravy is manufactured by Simmons. Here is a vid of their plant.                             http://www.cisco-eagle.com/case-studies/Distribution-Case-Studies/Simmons-Pet-Foods

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Deb,

    Bee’s post specifically referred to a Kirkland wet food recall, whereas your snopes link referenced the recent Diamond dry food recall. Kirkland’s wet and dry foods are manufacturer at different plants.

  • http://twitter.com/CarseyDeb Deb

     Hi Bee, looks like it’s been 8 months and nobody replied however your e-mail appears to be true according to Snopes. http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/diamond.asp

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi lovmydogs, And the best part is, the old formula was a 3.5 star, and the new cuts in gravy is a 5 star. Great up-grade for the same price. My 2 love the cuts in gravy. Btw my Costco warehouse no longer carries the original (green shrink wrap) canned formulas, I don’t know if it was discontinued or if it is still stocked in other Costco warehouses, any info? They also only stock the Kirkland Nature’s Domain Salmon & Sweet Potato (blue bag) but not the Turkey & Sweet Potato (red bag). Weird, since it is their own brand.

  • lovmydogs

    My 12 year old Flat coat/border collie loved this one right away because he was used to getting this kind of textured canned food with his dry food. When I tried the Kirkland cuts in gravy he was unsure about it at 1st but eventually ate it.  Now he prefers the cuts in gravy.  He has always been very selective about any dog food.  He still maintains his exact weight from when I adopted him at 4 years of age.  He seems to have more energy than most dogs half his age.  I am glad that I now only feed all 3 of them 4 and 5 star dog food! 

    Thank you Mike for this great website!

  • happylee

    just tried Costco chicken n rice gravy canned food and my poor dog got sick, she has diarrhea and she vomited. However, she is ok with lamb n rice formula.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Boland4db, There are two different canned products available from Costco. The original Green shrink wrap chicken and lamb is made by American Nutrition, and is reviewed above. The new Kirkland cut in gravy comes in a brown shrink wrap and is made by Simms pet care, it is chicken and beef. It is reviewed here. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/kirkland-cuts-gravy/

  • Boland4db

    Hi, LabsRawesome (and Mike), I am confused….the cans I just got yesterday dated best by Feb 18, 2014 still list poultry liver, brewer’s rice and fish meal.  I got these in Lenexa, Kansas.  Should I be concerned about this based on your other information and not give it to my dog??  Or should I be calling the company about these ingredients?  Please let me know what you two advise.  Thanks

  • Mbell_tx

    “I contacted customer support at American Nutrition today and they claimed they only manufacture the current Chicken and Rice and Lamb and Rice covered in my review.”
    So based on this are these Am. Nutrition products OK? These are the Green & Purple labels and have been available for at least a year regards, mbell.

  • Bee

    Have you heard anything about a kirkland recall or is this a hoax?
    here it is going around the internet:

    “Kirkland canned food recall”

    At the end of December, a local kennel donated 12 cases of Kirkland canned
    Lamb and Rice dog food. They said it was too rich for their dog because they
    all got sick….Didn’t think here was a direct problem with the food.

    I fed to my dogs, and to visiting dogs. Diarrhea for all dogs, puppy
    threw up 15 times. She survived…Tesla and Dino did not. I contacted the company on Jan.3 to say all dogs got sick. They said they did not produce that food. Four weeks later, one dead dog, next week, another dead dog.
    Finally got a responsewith…tell Costco. I contacted Costco, and then
    they contacted the manufacturer. Mind you…this similar food was
    recalled in 2007-2009 for melamine contamination. Over 400 dogs died. I
    filed a report and waiting for request for the sample of food. I need to put out a warning of possible food contamination….is not verified yet…but the vet and I feel it will be.
    The *Kirkland Canned Lamb and Rice with expiration 2013. The cans I
    have say June 23, 2013*. Please let your friends know. It would have
    been purchased in Nov.-Dec. 2011. Please.. anyone that has a can of this… contact me directly. Do not return to Costco. We need to let everyone know so more dogs don’t die. Renee Carleton [email protected]

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Mike, You’re welcome! :) The new formulas are a real upgrade. They have replaced the poultry liver with chicken liver, and dropped the brewer’s rice. They also dropped the fish meal. (probably contained ethoxyquin) I know it’s not perfect, but it’s a steal at $16.99 for 24 cans. My dogs love it, and so does my wallet. lol  

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Labs,

    I’ve finally received the information on this new Kirkland product and the review is not posted.

    Thanks for the help chasing this one down.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much Shawna!  I guess it’s off limits.  Too bad because I frequent TJ’s weekly and find the food they carry to be a healthy alternative to some of the supermarket options.  I am shocked to discover that those ingredients are used in their canned dog food! 

    I welcome any suggestions for my yorkie..he’s not a huge fan of dry…am looking for a good canned food.  I give him Natural Balance occassionally and he likes it but tires of it quickly.  I give him the Ultra formula in the small cans.

  • Shawna

    Tigermama ~~ I LOVE Trader Joe’s for human products but have been less then impressed with their canine products (same goes for Whole Foods).

    I did a google search and if this is the correct ingredient list (I pulled it from a forum) I would NOT touch it with a ten foot pole..  Trader Joe’s should actually be VERY VERY ashamed of themselves..

    Here’s the list I found (I hope it is inaccurate).  I stop by TJ’s about twice per week so will be sure to look next time I’m there.

    “Trader Joe’s Chunky Beef DinnerIngredients:Sufficient Water for Processing, Beef, Chicken, Textured Soy Protein Product, Animal Liver, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Choline Chloride,Vitamins (Vitamin E, A, B12, D3 supplements, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Riboflavin supplement), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite).”

    First two ingredients — good
    Second two ingredients — BAD

    Textured soy protein (soy in dog food first of all??)..  But, textured soy protein is a form of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and is added as a poor quality protein booster and flavor enhancer.  Carrageenan, and I think guar gum, can also be contaminated with excitotoxins..  These products can cause aggression, brain damage, multiple sclerosis etc.  BAD TJs…  Actually, many of the processed products for humans also have excitotoxins in them too..  Bad TJs..

    Next is “animal” liver — un-named source.  Could be any animal.  Too generic.

    Just my opinion though :O)

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone heard if Trader Joe’s canned dog food is good?  I cannot find any research or reviews on it.

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Mike, just wondering if you were able to get any info from Simmons on the new Kirkland canned. Thank you for all your hard work & time that you put into this  site! :)

  • LabsRawesome

     Thanks Mike, These new cuts in gravy are a definite upgrade. We just might have a new 5 star food. :)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Thanks, Labs. I’ll call Simmons tomorrow. Hope they’ll share what we need to know to review the product.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Mike, I contacted Costco’s customer service, and was told that the new Kirkland Chicken & Beef cuts in gravy are manufactured by Simmons Pet Food, and are manufactured in Arkansas, Kansas, New Jersey, and Ontario Canada. Here is their web site.  http://simmonspetfood.simmonsglobal.com/contact-us-2/

  • Casey

    I’m glad to see the conversations on the new Kirkland canned cuts.  I had eyed it but bought the old can food until I had looked at reviews of the new.  My store carries both.  I’d like to try it after seeing  the posts of dogs scarfing it down but will wait until we see who makes it and what the review is.   I’ll be glad to email Costco and try to get info on who makes the new stuff.

  • Casey

    I’m glad to see the conversations on the new Kirkland canned cuts.  I had eyed it but bought the old can food until I had looked at reviews of the new.  My store carries both.  I’d like to try it after seeing  the posts of dogs scarfing it down but will wait until we see who makes it and what the review is.   I’ll be glad to email Costco and try to get info on who makes the new stuff.

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Mike, Thanks for trying! If I find out anything I will let you know. It would be so much easier if Costco would update their website. :)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Labs,

    OK. Here’s the scoop. I contacted customer support at American Nutrition today and they claimed they only manufacture the current Chicken and Rice and Lamb and Rice covered in my review.

    They state the new canned products are made by another company. But I’m unable to determine the name of that manufacturer.

    I’ve also made 2 calls to Costco but have yet received any response to my inquiries.

    Unfortunately, until we can find a reliable source for the info we need, I can’t review the products.

    Let me know if you find out anything else.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Labs,

    Again, thanks for the detailed tip. I’ll check into this as soon as I can.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Labs,

    Great information. I’ll try this contact information today.

    In any case, not maintaining an up-to-date website can be such a challenge for all of us who want to know more – or who don’t have convenient access to a product prior to purchase.

    Thanks so much for the tip.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi
    Mike, I contacted American Nutrition, and inquired about Kirkland
    Signature canned dog food.Here is the response I got.

    Michelle,

    Thank you for your email. Yes, American Nutrition does make
    Kirkland Signature canned dog food for Costco. Do you have any
    questions or concerns about this product? If you do please let us know.
    We can be reached at toll free 800-257-4530.

    Sincerely,

    Traci Shepard

    Consumer Affairs Coordinator

    Description: cid:[email protected] ∙ 2813 Wall Avenue ∙ Ogden, UT 84401

    Phone: 801-394-3477, ext. 1350 ∙ Fax: 801-689-1850

    [email protected] show less
     

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Mike, here is an old post of mine . I contacted American Nutrition and inquired if they Manufacture Kirkland Signature canned food. They do, I re-posted this because it has all their contact info. Hopefully you can contact them, and get all the info you need. Thanks Mike!

    Thank you for your email. Yes, American Nutrition does make
    Kirkland Signature canned dog food for Costco. Do you have any
    questions or concerns about this product? If you do please let us know.
    We can be reached at toll free 800-257-4530.

    Sincerely,

    Traci Shepard

    Consumer Affairs Coordinator

    Description: cid:[email protected] ∙ 2813 Wall Avenue ∙ Ogden, UT 84401

    Phone: 801-394-3477, ext. 1350 ∙ Fax: 801-689-1850

    [email protected] show less
     

  • Toxed2loss

    Congrats Mike! DFA is mentioned and linked in Dr. Becker’s article on alternative pet foods, this morning. :-)

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    HI Labs,

    Here’s a follow up. The number you posted is the main number for Costco. Not the manufacturer.

    I called Costco Customer Service and they said they have no record of who manufactures this product.

    So, until I get further details, I’m unable to change this report.

    Sorry for the bad news.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Labs,

    Ah-h-h! Thanks so much for the tip. Including the contact phone number for the manufacturer is a huge help.

    I’ll get on this just as soon as I can.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Mike, My Costco’s only had the new canned product, I do not know if the original Chicken & Lamb has been discontinued. In the post below yours I copied the ingredients from the cans that I bought. I tried to take a picture of the ingredient panel, but the words are too small and were illegible. Here is the phone# from the can. 1-800-774-2678 Maybe they can fax or email you a copy of the 2 new recipes.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Labs,

    So, are there now 4 canned products? Or did they just replace the 2 old recipes with 2 new ones?

    Where can I see them online? The photos below aren’t clear enough to read every detail.

    I sometimes have to settle for photos (which can be a pain because I can’t cut and paste the ingredients into my spreadsheets.

    If we can’t find a website with the label info, I have to find a clear photo and then hand copy each ingredient for each product.

    For some lines, this can mean hundreds of items. And hundreds of chances for 2-finger typists like yours truly to make mistakes.

    I’ll await your response before I add this to my update list.

    Thanks.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Mike, Yes! They are new additions. They are Chicken with vegetables cuts in gravy, and Beef and vegetables cuts in gravy. The Chicken recipe ingredients are: Chicken, Chicken broth, Beef broth, Chicken liver,Dried egg whites, Dried egg product, potato starch, carrots, peas, natural flavor,dried beet pulp, flaxseed meal, salt, guar gum, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, sodium carbonate, vitamin E, A, B12,D3 supplement, thiamin mononitrate, biotin, riboflavin, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, maganous sulfate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide, choline chloride.                            And the Beef & vegetables cuts in gravy ingredients are Chicken, Beef broth, Chicken broth, Chicken liver, Beef, Dried egg whites, Dried egg product, potatoes,potato starch, Carrots, Peas, Natural flavor, Dried beet pulp, Flaxseed meal, Salt, Guar gum, sodium phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium carbonate,Vitamin E, A, B12, D3, Thiamine mononitrate,Biotin, Riboflavin supplement, Ferrous sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper proteinate, Manganous Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide, Choline Chloride.                                                             THESE ARE NEW PRODUCTS, they are pictured in Shelby’s post from 12/24. She posted a pic of the packaging and also a pic of the ingredient label. The post is like 3  posts down from this one. I copied the ingredient panels from cans that I purchased yesterday. They have a thick gravy, and my 2 dogs really ate them with gusto! This is a definite upgrade, and at least worthy of a 4*.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Labs,

    Unless there are new additions to the company’s current canned foods, you may find what you need already posted on my website.

    If you find a company operated website that contains this information on any others, please let me know.

    Hope this helps.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Mike S. A girl named Shelby posted on 12/24 about the new canned Kirkland food. She took pictures of the product and ingredients list. The post is 2 down from this one. When you get a chance, can you please review it. It has now become available in my area, and my 2 dogs scarfed it down. It looks like at least a 4* to me. Fyi~ I did not see the old canned food (green over rap) maybe discontinued?

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Shelby, It looks like a decent canned food. Probably a  4*. I would feed it to my dogs if it was available to me. Hopefully it will come to my area soon.

  • Shelby

    Hi LabsRawesome,

    So i went to another Costco to double check on the item. 

    (original) Chicken and Lamb with Rice Formula – 14oz/can – green package

    (new) Chicken and Beef with Vegetables – 13.2oz/can – brown package

    Oh boy…my memory is not very good. Sadly, there is dried beet pulp in the formula, but it is not too high up on the list. I’ve taken images of the guaranteed analysis and the product image. From looking at the ingredients, I think this product is quite good, except for the dried beet pulp. I would consider feeding this product to my golden retrievers as a part of their diet rotation. Let me know what you think of the product! Thanks!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Shelby, Costco’s had no Kirkland canned at all, and no empty spot either. I didn’t have time to ask (and they were soo busy!) if the warehouse discontinued the product. Another thing that was strange, they didn’t have any Kirkland dog biscuits either, and no empty spot for that product as well. It sucks because I wanted to try the food for my dogs.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Shelby, Ok Thanks for the info. I will definitely look for it on Friday. If it’s there and the ingredients look as good as you say, I will buy it.

  • Shelby

    Hi LabsRawesome.

    It is still part of the Kirkland Brand, but it is the brown colored packaging. The green colored packaging is for the original Chicken/Lamb Rice Formula. Hopefully you will also see it at your location too. 

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Shelby, I have to go to Costco’s on Friday, so I will look for it when I’m there. Is it the Kirkland brand or is it called something else?

  • Shelby

    I saw a BRAND NEW product of canned dog food at my Costco today, in addition with the current Kirkland canned food. I quickly glanced at the ingredient list, but I think
    Kirkland’s new canned dog food might actually be superb! I dont remember every ingredient, but I remembered that the first 5 or 6 ingredients were all meat products. Also, I dont remember seeing Brewer’s yeast or dried beet pulp in this formula, which is great! 

    i saw it at the Costco in City of Industry, CA. @4:disqus The price was $16.99 for 24 cans, but this new can is smaller than the current 13.2oz/can. However, the current Kirkland product was about $17.99 for the 24 cans/13.2oz.

    So if anyone can confirm this new product too, please let Mike know! I would like to know the ratings for this new product. This brand new Kirkland canned dog food sounds promising so far. 

  • Jan (Mom to Cavs)

    kathy, Kirkland dry contains grains and Nature’s Domain is a grain free food. I’m not sure of other differences (Nature’s Domain probably has a higher protein content), as I can’t get either food where I live. Hope this helps.

  • kathy

    I have recently switched from the Kirkland Dry to the Nature’s Domain which is also carried by Costco and topped with the Costco canned. Do you know how the Natures Domain compares to the Kirkland Dry? Sounds like they are both made by Diamond

  • gordon t

    I’ve been transitioning my boxer to this for just about a month now. I think the trick is to take it slow when moving to another food. Compared to his earlier cheap brand of dog food, this looks better – no chunks of fat and a consistent blend. He eats it readily and his stools have been firm enough (we have to clean up here and a firm stool is a blessing). No stomach problems, no gas. At about 80 cents a can I think this is a good alternative for many owners. I used FortiFlora to help in the transistion, one package of powder a day. Interesting that the can is 14 ounces where most brands are 13.2 ounces. I intend to keep using it.

  • gordon t

    Update: This is mostly for people who live in the Reading/Lancaster Pa area. I checked with the Lancaster Costco and they do not stock the Kirkland canned dog food. However, the new store in Sanatoga (near Pottstown) which opened 8/17 is carrying it. They told me the price was just about $19 for 24 cans. This is higher than someone previously reported but I suspect it is due to increased shipping costs to the East Coast.

  • Jonathan

    Oh no, another gordon! At least this one uses a lower case g… too many duplicate names! Ahh!

    lol anyways, welcome to the forum gordon with the little g.

    ;-)

  • gordon

    I’ve used Kirkland Dry for my 75 pound boxer for a few years now. I started the weight loss formula about a year ago and he has slimmed down. Boxers can have sensitive stomachs but he has done okay on this food. When I first switched to Kirkland they were not making canned food so I am happy to learn they are now offering it (not sure if the Costco in Lancaster is stocking it as the Costco’s web site said availability varies by location). If they do, I will try it. Will report back later how it goes. I’m very appreciate of all the work that goes into starting and maintaining this site.

  • Helena

    I contacted American Nutrition and was informed that their chicken and lamb canned formulas are 508 and 510 cal/per can respectively.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Art… Technically speaking, a puppy should only be fed foods rated for growth or all life stages. If you do it just for a few days, then no problem. But long term could possibly rob your puppy of a specific nutrient. In any case, topping the kibble with a nice wet food is always great for palatability.

  • Art

    Hi Mike,
    I have a 5mo. female Mastif/St.Bernard mix. I was wondering if feeding her puppy kibble with non puppy wet dog food would in any way be bad for her. She doesn’t seem to enjoy her kibble and maybe this would help.
    By the way, thank you for having this site, I never new that dog food would matter so much until I got Luna.

  • Michelle

    Hi Lisa, here is Kirkland’s site:Btw I have a can of Kirkland but it doesn’t have the cal/per can listed. http://shop.costco.com/In-The-Warehouse/Kirkland-Signature-Pet-Food.aspx

  • Jonathan

    Lisa, I googled and googled, but I found neither the kcal/cup info, nor a website for Kirkland dog food. You may wish to contact Costco for this information. Or Diamond Pet Food. (but Actually Diamond does not make their canned food, so IDK.)

  • Lisa

    Hi Mike,
    Can you tell me how many calories are in 1 can of the kirkland wet dog food?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Michelle… Thanks for checking. I think we’ll leave the review reporting the likelihood of the presence of ethoxyquin in this dog food. This is fair and accurate. Unfortunately, I have no information regarding the preservatives used with sardines and tuna.

  • Michelle

    Hi Mike, I received a response from American Nutrition,concerning the use of Ethoxyquin in Kirkland Signature canned dog food.My guess would be that it does contain trace amounts as it “might be” added by their fishmeal suppliers.Btw do you know what fish for humans is preserved with? I am wondering because I feed my dogs Sardines,and Tuna Michelle,

    Thank you for your inquiry regarding Kirkland Signature canned dog food. We appreciate your interest in the product. We have spoken to our R&D and purchasing departments for the information that you requested. We are not able to guarantee that our fish meal is ethoxyquin free at this time. We hope that this information is helpful to you.

    If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Tami

    Tami Chugg

    Consumer Affairs

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    2813 Wall Ave

    Ogden, UT 84401

    (888)897-3477 ext 1206

    Fax 801-781-1659

  • Michelle

    Hi Mike, I just sent American Nutrition an email concerning the use of Ethoxyquin. I did not inquire about it’s use in my first email to the company as I was just trying to establish the fact that they are indeed the manufacturer of this product.I will post any response that I get. Have you received a reply yet? Thanks for all your hard work,and everything you do for dogs. God bless you.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Michelle… Thanks for your investigative work. Did American Nutrition confirm or deny the use of ethoxyquin in its fish meal? I’ve written the company an email based upon the address you provided. Thanks again for the tip.

  • Michelle

    Hi Mike, I contacted American Nutrition, and inquired about Kirkland Signature canned dog food.Here is the response I got. Michelle,

    Thank you for your email. Yes, American Nutrition does make Kirkland Signature canned dog food for Costco. Do you have any questions or concerns about this product? If you do please let us know. We can be reached at toll free 800-257-4530.

    Sincerely,

    Traci Shepard

    Consumer Affairs Coordinator

    Description: cid:[email protected] ∙ 2813 Wall Avenue ∙ Ogden, UT 84401

    Phone: 801-394-3477, ext. 1350 ∙ Fax: 801-689-1850

    [email protected]

  • Casey

    I contacted Costco’s Member Services; they followed-up with their manufacturer and said that the fish meal does not contain ethoxyquin.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Casey… Though other sites claim this food is made by American Nutrition, I’m not sure if this is correct. Wish I could be more help.

  • Casey

    Was there any confirmation of the ethoxyquin, by American Nutrition? I’m looking for a less expensive topper for the Kirkland Puppy food and was curious about their canned food.

  • Michelle

    Hi Mike, Sorry for the confusion,I assumed that the canned Kirkland was made by Diamond also.But from the info I found, it looks like it’s made by American Nutrition. http://www.thepetfoodlist.com/manufacturers.htm

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Michelle… I’m not certain, but I don’t believe Diamond makes this Kirkland canned product for Costco. That’s why I can’t be sure about the ethoxyquin issue. If you have a can of Kirkland, please look on the label and see if you can tell what company makes this product.

  • Michelle

    Hi Mike, this is where i got the impression that you thought Diamond’s foods contain Ethoxyquin.It’s like five posts up from this one.Hi Michelle… I can’t argue with your assessment here. This was a tough one. I actually like this product more than the review implies. With a 41% protein content, this food would be an easy 4-star product. But it’s the possibility of the food containing ethoxyquin, the lack of chelated minerals and (to a lesser degree) the use of brewers rice (a cereal by-product) that nudges it down. I wouldn’t blame anyone for ignoring my rating and feeding this food anyway.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Michelle… Not sure how I gave you the impression I believe Diamond’s products contain ethoxyquin. Based upon my many conversations with Dr. Rettenmaier, I’m quite satisfied none of their products contain ethoxyquin.

  • Michelle

    It’s probably the standard reply that everyone gets when they make an inquiry about Ethoxyquin to Diamond.If you got the same response,I am confused as to why you still believe that Diamond’s products still contain Ethoxyquin.Can you please clear this up for me?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Michelle… Thanks for your comment. However, this information from Diamond was received in a communication to me dated July 2010 and has been re-printed in numerous places throughout our website. I’ve made it a point to reference this fact in every Diamond product I’ve reviewed. Thanks again for sharing this with us.

  • Michelle

    Hi Mike,I inquired about the use of Ethoxyquin in Kirkland and Actually all Diamond products,because I rotate foods,and use several foods manufactured by Diamond.TOTW,Kirkland,Diamond naturals,4Health.This is the response I got.
    We are now using naturally preserved fish meal in all of our products. Even prior to the transition to natural mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), there were absolutely no health risks involved with feeding any of these foods. The switch to mixed tocopherols to preserve our fish meal was a response to customer demand. Fortunately, we were able to secure a supply of naturally preserved fish meal and shelf life studies have proven that we are able to maintain the product’s freshness throughout the shelf life of the product.

    Homeland security does outline preservation using ethoxyquin, however alternative methods of preservation are available by special request. Our supplier has obtained all the required permits in order to use the natural preservative instead of ethoxyquin.

    Janet L. Rettenmaier, DVM, MS
    Director of Veterinary Services
    Diamond Pet Foods

    This information applies to all the products made by Diamond.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Michelle… I can’t argue with your assessment here. This was a tough one. I actually like this product more than the review implies. With a 41% protein content, this food would be an easy 4-star product. But it’s the possibility of the food containing ethoxyquin, the lack of chelated minerals and (to a lesser degree) the use of brewers rice (a cereal by-product) that nudges it down. I wouldn’t blame anyone for ignoring my rating and feeding this food anyway.

  • Michelle

    Mike,I agree with your review,but would like to point out the fact that Kirkland canned makes a good meat based topper,when used with a dry food that contains chelated minerals and higher quality ingredients,such as the Kirkland dry formulas.Kirkland’s is also heads and tails above any of the canned foods available at your local grocery store.Also,I believe that Kirkland products offer a great value and decent ingredients.While I do not like brewer’s rice,it does not stop me from using this product.I believe this is a decent product,for the price.Just my two cents.