Kirkland Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Kirkland Signature Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Kirkland Signature product line includes six dry dog foods, four claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and two for all life stages.

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

  • Kirkland Signature Adult Chicken
  • Kirkland Signature Puppy (4.5 stars)
  • Kirkland Signature Small Dog (4.5 stars)
  • Kirkland Signature Adult Lamb (3.5 stars)
  • Kirkland Signature Mature Dog (4.5 stars)
  • Kirkland Signature Healthy Weight (3 stars)

Kirkland Signature Adult Chicken recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Kirkland Signature Adult Chicken

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), egg product, dried beet pulp, potatoes, fish meal, flaxseed, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, millet, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, carrots, peas, dried kelp, apples, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, 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

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%18%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%37%39%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 39%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

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

The third ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) 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.

The seventh ingredient is 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 eighth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The ninth ingredient is fish meal, another protein-rich 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.

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 five notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

In addition, we find 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.

Next, chicory root. Chicory is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, this food also 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.

Kirkland Signature Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Kirkland Signature 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 29%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

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

Even when you consider the mild protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, peas and brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Kirkland Signature Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken or lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly 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.

Those looking for a lite kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Kirkland Healthy Weight Formula dog food.

Kirkland Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

07/11/2015 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • ellen

    Thanks for replying, Chrissie. The dogs are doing better and I am glad to hear yours is too! We had our dogs on rice and chicken for about a week when another, previously unaffected dog, got diarrhea & started vomiting as well. So we deduced that perhaps they have a virus. We kept them all on rice and chicken for about another week, just to be safe threw out the old bag of kirkland, and bought a new one two days ago. We are now slowly incorporating it back into their diet. Fingers crossed the food was not the problem as it has been their food for the past five years! Thanks again for getting back to me and hope you and your pup continue to be well!

  • Chrissie

    Hi Ellen, sorry it took me a bit to respond! Sorry to hear about your dogs…I hope they’re doing better! I ended up switching food as well – this happened to me with two separate bags, so I didn’t want to keep trying the Kirkland stuff. Since switching from Kirkland to a grain-free food mixed with rice (the vet suggested to keep him on rice since he has been tolerating it well and the grain-free stuff might be too rich for him), we’ve had no diarrhea and minimal vomiting, which is a miracle compared to what the last few months on Kirkland had been like. Good luck with the switch – let me know how they do!

  • Azul

    It’s really weird that two dogs would get diarrhea, and the other two are fine. You would think that if it was the food all 4 would have diarrhea. Weird.
    Have you ever tried Nature’s Domain? My dogs do well on it.

  • Thatcoolguy

    You probably just got a bad bag. Can probably go back after purchasing a new bag. Lots of reports of this happening on here.

  • ellen

    Hi Chrissie….I am having the same issue! Our 4 lab mixes have been eating this for 5 years, no issues. Over the past two weeks two of them have gotten diarrhea. We put them on rice, they got better, went back to Kirkland…. diarrhea again. Other two have had no issues. I came on here to see if there had been a recall, but see there has not. Still going to start on another food, which is unfortunate as we have been using Kirkland since they were puppies.

    What did you end up doing??

    Hope your pup is better!

  • Crazy4cats

    Giardia can be intermittent and doesn’t always show up on a regular fecal test. Glad to hear your pup is doing better. Best of luck!

  • BWH

    Though nothing was diagnosed up front, we went through two rounds of antibiotics and probiotics, as well as a dewormer (though all stool tests came back negative). Hugo’s stool firmed up and he seems to be doing much better, so we’ve tried a couple different foods but may try getting him back on the Kirkland food since it’s so cost effective. If he starts getting sick again I feel very confident that it’s the food making him sick!

  • Sheryl McCammon

    I just submitted a complaint to the FDA. I recommend you do the same so they can see more than one person has this issue. You can do this using the link below:

  • Chrissie

    Sheryl, my guy definitely had a couple of bouts of bloody stool. If you figure out how to have the food tested, let me know! I got rid of most of what I had, but do have a small bag left from when we went away for a weekend. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Good luck, hope your dogs feel better soon!

  • Sheryl McCammon

    Yes, over the last several months my dogs have been having the same issues with explosive diarrhea. They have been eating Kirkland Signature Chicken and Rice for years but recently both dogs have had bloody explosive diarrhea. The vets have confirmed they do not have parasites and I think the food is what is causing the issue.

    We are planning to change dog foods because something is not right… I wish I knew how to report the food/have it tested. Right now, both dogs are eating Science Diet I/D to get their digestion track back in order before switching to a new food.

  • Rinehapa

    We have a Bichon Frise / Poodle mix and this was his first food. After a few weeks, he started throwing up, so we put him on boiled chicken and rice. He got better, so we slowly brought him back on the Kirkland Signature Puppy food and he started throwing up again (confirming it’s the food causing the issue). We switched him to a different puppy food a week or so ago and haven’t had issues since. I would say that any poodle or poodle mix should probably avoid this food because of their susceptibility to bloat.

  • BWH

    Thanks SO much for the quick response. We’re working on it… I intend to post again once we get back on track.

  • Chrissie

    Hi BWH! That sounds similar to my guy. I fed rice and chicken or ground beef and veggies for a bit just to get everything back to normal and then ended up with Zignature duck dog food (grain free) that I mix with rice and a protein – usually chicken, ground beef, or canned salmon. We also tried Stella and Chewy’s but he wasn’t super interested in that for whatever reason. His vet suggested to keep him on a grained diet because he’d done so well on it until now and worried that a grain-free diet is too rich for him with his history of issues. He seems to be doing well on the mix of kibble and regular food, so I don’t think he developed an intolerance to chicken. I think that Merrick and Evanger still make chicken and rice blends, though it seems like companies are moving away from both chicken and rice so I’m not sure how many others do. Sorry for the long response. Good luck, hope your dog feels better soon!

  • Chrissie

    Thank you, Susan! I like the idea of rotating kibbles…will keep that one in mind! I’ve actually been doing a mix of cooked/kibble as we try to switch him to a new food and might just keep it up.

  • BWH

    Hi Chrissie! Did the new dog food help? Our Bernese Mountain Dog (6 years) has been on this food for his adult life, but in the last three weeks has had chronic diarrhea and vomited for the first time today. His energy is still up and he’s drinking plenty. Thinking it might be this dog food? What types of other dog food did you try? Hope your pup is doing better!

  • Susan

    My boy has IBD mainly stomach problems & food sensitives make him itch & have very sloppy poos he does real well on the “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb it has limited ingredients & just lamb as the protein, email TOTW & ask for some samples of their “Sierra Mountain” TOTW have big samples that have 1& 1/2 cups also ask for the “Pacific Stream” Smoked Salmon if your asking for samples, a lot dogs with IBD & EPI do really well on the Pacific Stream, another good kibble to look at is Canidae Pure formulas grain free limited ingredients there’s Pure Wild, Pure Land, Pure Meadows has less fat 10% then the other Pure formulas, I waiting in Australia to try Canidae’s new formulas we haven’t got them yet, another thing I do is find 2 kibbles that agree with Patch & rotate between them so he doesn’t get bored or start reacting to the kibble & I try & feed 1 meal a cooked meal & then the other meal kibble….

  • Chrissie

    The vet has been inconclusive – we’ve talked about IBS but since it went away when he first started eating Kirkland as a young dog (maybe 1.5-2 years) and hasn’t really been an issue until now (he’s 8) she thinks it may be something more diet focused. If changing his food doesn’t help, I’ll definitely get another opinion. Thanks!

  • Chrissie

    Thanks! I got some samples of a duck-based, grain-free food last night so we’ll see how that goes.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Chrissie-

    What does the vet think about the constant GI issues? Has he brought up the possibility of IBS? Have you seen multiple vets? Sometimes you need to get more than one opinion.

  • LabsRawesome

    Since you’ve been feeding the same food for years, your
    dog might have developed an intolerance to the ingredients
    in Kirkland.
    Since the food you’ve been feeding a chicken based food,
    you should get something with no chicken. I would also avoid rice, as it contains arsenic, and feeding it every day for every meal can’t be a good thing.
    I suggest trying a grain free food. Some of the ones my dogs like are Costco’s Natures Domain, Tractor Supply’s
    4health grain free, Walmart’s Pure Balance, and Victor.

    If the vomiting and diarrhea persist, you should take your dog to the vet to check for parasites, and other possible Illnesses.

  • Chrissie

    I posted here mainly to see if anyone was having similar issues, since he has been eating this food for a long time with no problems. He’s not sick 24/7, so it took me awhile to consider the food as a culprit. Thanks for the suggestions – unfortunately we are very used to the pumpkin, yogurt, chicken, and rice program over here – and I will be checking out my local dog store tonight to see what they suggest. I’m less worried about cost than finding something that won’t give him GI problems!

  • Babslynne

    Why would you continue to feed him something that is making him sick? Costco will take anything back so that shouldn’t be a problem. A Tbs of Plain canned pumpkin can help alieve the diarrhea, or a little Yogurt or a probiotic. A little home cooked Hamburger or boiled chicken and rice for a few days would be advised. Then start adding a little kibble to it. I would suggest one of the affordable 4 & 5 star kibbles such as Pure Balance from Walmart, or 4Health from Tractor Supply, or Nutrisource, or Victor dog food.

  • Chrissie

    My dog has been eating Kirkland Signature Chicken and Rice for several years, but with the most recent bags he has had lots of GI issues (more vomiting than usual, bad/explosive diarrhea – sorry for the description!). Some days he’ll also just ignore his food but then beg for scraps and get into the fridge/garbage, so it seems like he’s hungry but refusing to eat his kibble. Also typically very food motivated and almost never skips meals. He used to have these issues when he was a puppy – 6ish years ago – and was eating Fromms, Merrick, or Evangers. It stopped when he started eating the Kirkland stuff but now that it’s back again, I’m nervous to keep feeding it to him. I have another bag of Kirkland that I just bought but I may take it back and try something different.

  • LeeAnn Rabel

    Ive decided to switch to a brand with consistency that I can trust. I’ve used Canidae in the past and then after they had a recall I switched to Wellness and never had any problems. I’ve decided to go back to them for kibble and then supplement with a homemade raw recipe that I’ve used with good results in the past. I actually thought nutro made the Costco brand for some reason but guess I read wrong.

  • LeeAnn Rabel

    Good thought but it’s definitely not mange.

  • LeeAnn Rabel

    Great idea but I deal with yeast a lot in my medical career and I am confident that it is not yeast. Yeast would be more pink/red and this is a drying, darkening and scaly skin like the pictures below. You’re right on point with the omegas though. I just made him my homemade food recipe that I used to make and I added cod liver oil. I’m hoping to feed him this for a while and get his skin healthy again. I’ve been feeding it to him the last week and he already looks a lot better! And he loves it! I am going to add in some kibble (Wellness grain free) that I have used in the past and have never had any problems with it. I just got cheap and thought we could save money with the Costco brand. Unfortunately you get what you pay for!

  • Susan

    I’d say your dogs have Yeast infection… Some kibbles are too low in omega 3 & are too high in omega 6 then dogs will start to have skin problems, start adding a couple of tin Sardines to their meal daily, even when you get a new kibble & start to bath in Malaseb medicated shampoo weekly to kill any bacteria on the skin, they could have yeast infection from the starchy carbs, do they smell bad?? between the low omega 3 & starchy carbs you’ll get a yeasty smelly itchy dog, that’s why I like kibbles that have brown rice, sweet potatoes only with no peas, no potatoes, no tapioca, no lentils, etc..some grain free kibbles becomes too starchy for some dogs & they start to react, it doesn’t mean the food is poison it means it doesn’t agree with your dog… look at the ingredients & try & avoid a few of them in his next kibble..

  • LabsRawesome

    Have you taken your dog to the vet? It very well could be mange.
    Some forms of mange are contaigous.

  • Thatcoolguy

    If you read through the reviews, this isn’t uncommon. Probably a bad bag. Lots of people have noticed this. They can be on the food for years and then get a bad batch and have problems. It’s a risk but overall seems to be a good food, just poor quality control.

    If you’re looking for a great value in a food with good reviews, check out Nutrisource. Available on Chewy and other online stores. I’ve had a great results with it and good reviews on here too.

  • LeeAnn Rabel

    My dogs hair has been falling out and his skin has gotten TERRIBLE since we started on this food. My sister started her dog on the same food and his hair and skin has been doing the same thing. It looks like the picture below only ours is slightly worse. It is dry, scaly and black. The hair has fallen out and looks almost like mange. I hate to wonder what is poisoning our dogs that is making this happen!! We are stopping this food immediately and getting a full refund from Costco!

  • Crazy4cats

    Lol! The item # is 208474. It’s about $19 for a case of 24.

  • Babslynne

    It must have something to do with this laptop I’m on, I clicked on it on my other computer and it works just fine also, GRRRRR.

  • Crazy4dogs

    It works for me too C4c. πŸ™‚

  • Crazy4cats

    Thank you, I was hoping someone else would confirm it.

  • LabsRawesome

    It works for me too.

  • Crazy4cats

    That’s weird? It works when I click on it. It’s an informative site with all the Kirkland and Nature’s Domain products. You cannot order from it. The canned is only sold at the stores. You can check with customer service to see if it’s at a store near you. It’s only sold at the large stores close to the bigger cities in my neck of the woods. I live in the NW where there are a lot of stores!

  • Babslynne

    That link is not working for me, do you have another link? I would love to buy some of those again. I will try the Costco web page.

  • Crazy4cats

    Actually, Costco still sells the pate style chicken/rice and lamb/rice canned foods. It’s just not at every location. Check out

  • Snuggles

    Just that bag, I had to go to another Costco for it. I hope my shih tzu and miniature poodle like it. Great price too, other brands charge same price about $15 for a small 5lbs.

  • Mick G

    I am not one of those conspiracy nutjobs. I just want to say that right off. I never had an issue with Kirkland Puppy Food until I bought two bags a couple of weeks ago. My puppy had intense diarrhea and I returned both bags, one unopened. There was a guy about 4 persons ahead of me who was returning the Kirkland Adult Chicken and Rice food. I asked him what his issue was and he said “explosive diarrhea”. My puppy is fine, no dead dog story here but I find that there is a major inconsistency with Kirkland dog food. I had bought 5 bags for my puppy before this. No problems. I had a stool sample tested and no issues there. I have to disagree with the rating because of the inconsistency of the food. The money I save goes for vet tests. Sorry but it was defiantly the food and not something my puppy got into. If Diamond made consistent food I could see the 4.5 star rating. The fact that I have no idea what was in the food to cause my dog distress makes this a zero star food because I personally do not like to see my dog sick or have to clean up diarrhea hence I will never buy it again. 4.5 stars if it was what it was supposed to be. Zero stars for what this last batch was.

  • mvlinn21

    When did that happen? Wow that sucks.

  • Babslynne

    They only make one canned dog food now, the other was discontinued, that’s why I didn’t specify, Sorry.

  • mvlinn21

    Only the Signature Domain canned is rated 5 stars. The regular canned is not rated as high due to the minerals not being chelated.

  • mvlinn21

    I started feeding my 4 month old Corgi mix Kirkland puppy formula after weaning him from Wellness. Wellness is an excellent food but very expensive. He is doing great! I feed my 2 adult BC mixes Kirkland Chicken and Vegetables dry. They are very healthy and athletic with beautiful coats. I love Costco and all the Kirkland products.

  • Babslynne

    Try the Kirkland canned food, its rated 5 stars and its under $1 a can.

  • LabsRawesome

    I’ve been using Kirkland in my rotation for years, I’ve never had any problems with it. And the dogs love it.

  • Quynh

    How is the puppy kirkland food?
    these reviews are kinda making me worried :/
    want the best for my samoyed bby πŸ™
    it’s affordable for the amount.. the other good rated brands are the same price but half the amount

  • Daniel Brown

    Each formula is quite different and those bashing this brand never mention which formula is a problem, which makes their opinion highly suspicious…. Anyway, i just wanted to say that the Small Dog Formula at $15 for 20lbs has to be the best bang for the buck dog food in the world… Sure, you can pay double or triple that for very slightly better, but 4.5 out of 5 stars seems very accurate. Our Chi-Terrier mix has a beautiful, shiny coat and very consistent healthy stools. I can say for sure at least the Small Dog Formula is HIGHLY recommended! It was never involved in any recalls or hasn’t been complained about in these threads.

  • John Sewell

    Found a place in Sudbury Ontario which carries Zignature products…will give them a call on Monday to see if they have the Kangaroo food!!! Thanks again Crazy4dogs.

  • LabsRawesome

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • John Sewell

    I found out today that Natural Balance also has a Limited Ingredient food for dogs containing Kangaroo meat..might try that when the expensive VET food (Iams) has been almost used up…we dont get Zignature in this part of the world (Northern Ontario) but thanks for the heads up on it!!!


    I’ve decided that my pets aren’t going to have grains. I’m trying the Kirkland nature’s domain. I just hope it will work for all my pets. 3 cats and 2 big screen dogs, that’s a lot of fur funky smell I don’t like.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I don’t know if this would work for your dog, but Zignature has a Kangaroo formula:

    There is also a limited ingredient kangaroo formula from California Naturals:

  • Crazy4dogs

    I just saw this. Cute pic Labs! πŸ™‚

  • John Sewell
  • John Sewell

    Thanks for those tips “theBCnut”…my dog with the hair loss and skin issues is now on Iams Veterinary Care Skin and Coat diet….thats Kangaroo meat (!) and nothing more than veggies, ie carrots, green beans, broccoli etc. I have also started her on Probiotics as a bath 3 x a week with Hibitane shampoo just to ease the scaling skin. I’ll read up on the Colostrum and see what that might do for Emma….she’s mixed breed, part G. Shep, Aus Shep, and Samoyed…..I guess the Aus Shep part of her is enjoying the Kangaroo meat…:-)

  • Thatcoolguy

    I’ve been feeding our cats the Kirkland Signature cat food for a few years. They’re healthy, happy, energetic, lean, and we’ve only had about 2-3 hair balls total. These are adopted short hair tabby street cats.

  • theBCnut

    My dog has the same issues and we have run an elimination diet on him. He is sensitive to a wide variety of foods, like chicken, all grains, flax, tomato, the list goes on. If the sensitive skin food doesn’t work you may want to ask you vet about doing an elimination diet or at least try Limited Ingredient Diets. LIDs have few ingredients, so you are more likely to find one that doesn’t have the offending ingredients in it. You should also be giving your dog a probiotic supplement and a couple days ago I read some research that was suggesting that these dogs are often helped by adding a powdered colostrum supplement to their food. This is easily found at feed stores or online. My 45# dog get 1 teaspoon daily.

  • John Sewell

    I have not used Kirkland CAT food so can offer no advice…sorry..:-(


    OMG!!!! I was realizing the scabby skin on my girl on Kirkland “Lamb and Rice!” Something made me look for sites for dog foods. I’m so happy I did! My other dog itches a lot. Now I am wondering about the CAT FOOD!!!!!!

  • John Sewell

    see my latest post at the top of the comment section …

  • John Sewell

    I have had problems with one of my 2 dogs. Both are on Kirkland mature. One dog started losing hair, bigtime, and scaly patches of skin became visible, just like the photo above by Penguin Pencil. After nearly $3000 of vet bills, which included all kinds of Anti biotics, lab tests, cultures, and so on, the Vet is leaning towards a serious food allergy…from the Kirkland Mature Dog food, purchased August 2015. My other dog (the Mother of the dog with the skin and hair issues) is fine. Our “ill” dog is now on Iams Veterinary Care Skin and Coat dog food for the past week..we’ll see if this clears up the unsightly hair loss and scaly patches…and yes, she was tested for ringworm and others..all came back negative..hence the diagnosis of Food Allergy…..

  • LabsRawesome

    I’ve bought Orijen a couple of times too. My dogs liked it and did well, it’s just too expensive with 3. Some of the other foods I use are Victor GF, 4healh GF, Nature’s Domain, Earthborn GF, Rachael Ray Zero Grain, Pure Balance GF. I always mix their kibble with canned and fresh foods too. πŸ™‚

  • Thatcoolguy

    Good to hear it’s worked well for you for this long! I tried Orijen for a while but my little Doodle didn’t really like it too much and it would cost more than my food probably for my big Doodle so we switched back to Kirkland and they’ve been doing great on it. With all the reports here I’ve been nervous but they are doing well. What else is in your rotation?

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi That cool guy, I’ve been using Kirkland Signature in my rotation for about 5 years. It might have been around for 10. Idk. πŸ™‚

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi NJPatient, as theBCnut has stated, her original post was from 3 years ago. If you look under the posters name it says how long ago it was posted. My 3 are actually on Kirkland Signature Adult right now mixed with Nature’s Domain canned. I rotate foods, and they always do well on it. πŸ™‚

  • Thatcoolguy

    Has Kirkland dog food been around for 10 years? Just curious. I doubt that the formula and supplier has been the same for 10 years. Just seems like a long time for everything to remain the same.

  • theBCnut

    This was 3 years ago. There were several posts on the mentioned threads 3 years ago. It doesn’t appear to be a current problem at all, but with Diamond products, you can never tell.

  • NJ Patient

    I’ve never seen them and I speak with other breeders of Labradors (and other breeds). No one I know has had any problem. Yes, with chew items made overseas but not with Kirkland Premium . Do you have links you can provide?

  • NJ Patient

    My yellow Labrador female lived until 16 years and 1 month on Kirkland Chicken and Rice the majority of her life. My chocolate girl lived until 15 years and 2 months. They were not from the same lines., totally different unless you go back over 14 generations.

  • NJ Patient

    I agree, I have NEVER had a problem and I use Kirkland Premium Chicken and Rice for many years. Afraid to jinx myself but I always have 5 to 7 Labradors on the same food. No one has ever had any problem from it/due to it. Coats come in beautiful in cooler weather, stools are smaller and not stinky and no belly aches ever so far. They must be in it 10 years or more now. I would pay double for the same food, I am that pleased with it.

  • NJ Patient

    As long as it works for you and your dog, stay with it. Best of luck. FYI, depending on how much Labrador is in your mixed breed, coarse top coat is proper. It should NOT be soft. The undercoat that for example keeps warmth in, is soft. Any good Lab breeder prefers a coarser top coat. The top coat ideally is coarse to the touch and the reason is to repel water when swimming, hunting etc..

    Any chance you did Dr. Jean Dodds health scan testing for food allergies etc? Dr. Dodds is a pioneer in her field of dog health as natural as possible. If you can save for the testing, it’s well worth it. Who diagnosed the soy allergy?

    I know of many breeders and my occasional puppy families who are thrilled with Kirkland Premium Chicken Rice and Vegetable including myself for 5 to 7 dogs at any time. I personally NEVER feed ANY Lamb based food to my puppies or full bred adult Labradors at any age. I always use Chicken and all of my adult fur kiddies (show quality) have done very well on Kirkland Super Premium Chicken and Rice for many years. I began using their food when they removed the corn fillers a long time ago. I was using a Diamond food with the same ingredients without corn fillers for about $15 a bag more. I don’t use their puppy food for my occasional litters as some puppy families are often not within good distance of Costco. Some come to me from several states away or fly in and fly home with their puppy under the seat still meeting me prior to a :yes: they can have a puppy, . Kirkland Premium Chicken and Rice runs anywhere from $28 to $34 for a 40 large bag, YMMV as someone as said. It depends where you reside. I know of no other Premium food with that price tag, even the Diamond brand runs more expensive at local feed stores unless you buy in massive bulk (500 lbs.) .

    I’m unfamiliar with Victors Food and honestly never heard of it in the 40 years I have owned dogs of different breeds. DFA rates it 4 stars so the ingredients must be fine. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it going by the old time quote. IF you run into a problem at any point, check the ingredients n Kirkland to be sure there is no soy. (Did you go to a Veterinary Dermatologist for that diagnosis and did the they take skin punches that showed he had an allergy to soy?) I had them done by a Veterinary Dermatologist many years back done with a girl from a prior line who showed up allergic for literally everything from all environmental aspects. Trees. grass. leaves, a very long list. Everything they tested he for was positive for allergies. She was on 3 medications for years ($375 a month with a huge discount from the family owned/compounding pharmacy). If all he had are allergies to soy, consider yourself lucky, it can be much worse.
    I did use Solid Gold Dog Food for 6 months for my girls with a couple of shows coming up years back, I was NOT happy with it. I see the ratings aren’t the best either.

    I have the ingredients list from the Kirkland food I use attached. I highly recommend it. If your dog has any allergies, you need to read the ingredients on any bag, normally found on the internet or in the store. Good luck with your lab mix, he sounds as if he’s in great hands with a caring owner.

  • Penguin Pencil

    I was giving this food to my two shiba inu. they started showing signs of loss of hair and skin irritation. took them to the vet expecting for them to have mange or an allergy to the food. it was neither, I told the vet. “well they have to be allergic to it if its not mange” and she said “no, just switch out of the food this is actually hurting them.” switched to evo, she didn’t told me the brand I just picked it. they actually started getting better and now they are better.

    Picture 1: while feeding them this dog food
    Picture 2: he almost has all his hair back but you can still see in the legs a bit of blackness

  • Thatcoolguy

    I think it’s a great option. Try a bag, slowly transition, and give it a whirl.

  • Fannie

    Thatcoolguy Can you help me please? I want to change my doog food, and saw this one! Seems a good option but I want to know if its good or not πŸ™

    I have a Male Welsh Corgi that is 1 year 8 months, please!!

  • NJ Patient

    That’s for 20 lbs. 40 lbs I pay 32.99 YMMV.

  • NJ Patient

    Never had a problem. On it since they took out the corn fillers. My seniors had been on it close to a lifetime, two lived until over 15 and 16.

  • NJ Patient


  • Crazy4dogs

    Punctuation might help. πŸ˜‰

  • Thatcoolguy

    Well there you have it folks. If that’s not an endorsement you can trust, I don’t know what is. Caps lock hero.

  • GabE


  • DarthVegas

    No switching. The table scraps are the only variety he gets and he’s fine with it. Good appetite.

  • LabsRawesome

    My 3 have been on Kirkland Signature Adult Chicken dry mixed with Nature’s Domain canned for about 10 days. All 3 are doing fine, as they always do when this brand comes into their rotation. Nice solid small stools as usual too.

  • David

    My dogs love this food and I have always been picky with what I feed my dogs. Their coats have never been so shiny and soft and they look forward to eating at mealtime. Never had an issue with this food – highly recommended.

  • Amy Crawford Dunlap

    I have three greyhounds who have been eating Kirkland Lamb and Rice for years, with good results. When I purchased the first bag of the re-formulated Kirkland with probiotics, two of the three dogs refused to eat it. I then bought a bag of the new Kirkland Chicken and Rice with probiotics, and still, they will not eat it. The one dog that will eat it does not seem to like it, as she eats much more slowly. I really wish they hadn’t messed with the formula.

  • Thatcoolguy

    Have you even priced it out? It’s $1.30 a pound on Chewy with free shipping to your doorstep. The savings you get with Kirkland are negated by the vet bills. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish.

  • jakk

    I work in pet stores and have heard nothing but stomach and skin issues with the food, maybe out of every 10 people 2-3 it works great but most are either throwing up, diarrhea or very dry and flaky skin. My personal opinion the price of the food makes me Leary of it even though it is a costco product. 1$ per lb of food for what 30+ lbs is very cheap in my opinion, Most products in pet smart I’ve had more success stories, specially with the pet smart only brand Authority which is around 1$ per pound. Usually a 34 lb bag goes for 30 up to 35$ a bag. Now i’m not saying its a bad food I personally have never tried, probably wouldn’t since I’ve found the perfect one for all of my animals. But just hoping this finds anyone that’s looking for an opinion on the subject.

  • Susan Wheeler

    Independent analysis (Dog Food Advisor) claims they are equal products. Anecdotal evidence is notoriously unreliable, but we all tend to believe things that support our individual biases. None of are immune to that, myself included. However, to claim Nutrisourse is “a little more expensive” is silly. It is more than twice the cost. That might not be a significant yearly amount if you are feeding a 10 pound dog…. but that doesn’t alter the cost per pound price of the food. If you looked a little harder, you could find much better rated food for what you pay for Nutrisource. I rotate food and Kirkland’s is in my rotation, but when I spend 2.00+/lb for dog food, it’s a 5 star food. Not everyone has the economic resources to buy gourmet dog food. Kirkland’s is a great value for people who really need to make their pet dollars count.

  • Patty Caverly

    $32.88 for a 30 lb. bag

  • Thatcoolguy

    How much does it cost for you? I get the Nutrisource Performance which is a 5* food for about $1.30 a pound shipped free to my doorstep. Dogs love it and my one thirsty dog has stopped drinking so much water on it. (We’ve had him checked out and he doesn’t have any medical issues like diabetes.) Glad to hear things are working for you.

  • Thatcoolguy

    There are extensive discussions below about this food. There’s nothing special about your puppy that wound change recommendations. Please see my other comments for a good summary on this food.

  • Patty Caverly

    I have made the switch to Pure far so good and it is made by Ainsworth who has a good rep

  • Cesar Arriaga

    Hi I have a newfoundland puppy he is 4 months, now IΒ΄m feeding him with Pro Plan, but according to this site this brand is much better, what do you think? And I am a liitle bit confused on how much I have to give him per day, can someone help me please?

  • InkedMarie

    For both you & DarthVegas: HarnessLead dot com.
    Pricey but they work better than anything I have used. We have had 2 people we know buy them then thank us.

  • Crazy4cats

    Lol! My golden labs just turned four and I still am wishing they would stop pulling so hard! Glad you found a feeding regimen that works well for you. Do you switch between the flavors for some variety?

  • DarthVegas

    My 2 year old rescue lab was on the Costco puppy formula for the first year, and the adult formula since then. Mixed with occasional table scraps and beef broth, he is in perfect health. No prescriptions, no rashes, no issues at all, though I wish he would stop pulling so hard when I walk him.

  • Thatcoolguy

    It’s a gamble. If it’s worth the risk to you, go for it. I’ve been following the discussion here a long time. What I have gathered is that dogs can do really, really well on it for a long time. Then one day you buy a new bag and your dog starts vomiting, shedding, not eating, having seizures, etc. There are many different responses. They go off the food and then everything gets better. Diamond notoriously has quality control issues. Up to you if you want to take the risk. I used to feed my dogs Kirkland and had no problems (except one of my dogs drank a TON of water, probably gallons daily, but he didn’t seem otherwise bothered by it–this went away when I switched). However the stories here were enough to make me nervous so I switched to Nutrisource. It’s only a little more expensive but it’s by a family owned business and they haven’t had recall issues. It’s worth the peace of mind to me. And honestly your dog’s diet is about the only thing you have control over in terms of their longevity. Feed them good food and they’ll probably live longer than if you don’t. (also feeding less and exercising, like us humans but that’s another topic) So basically up to you. I agree with you that Royal Canin isn’t worth the cost. But I think there are some good values out there. I don’t think Kirkland is one of them.

  • josey

    Cheap eh?

    Kirkland is to diamonds as merricks is to purina ?

    So cheap, im tempted to try it despite peoples dramatic responses… Ingredients looks as good as the ones on my castor pollux one… How bad can it be? Its got to be better than that stupid royal canin i naively believed the damned vets about…-_______-

  • LabsRawesome

    An informational video with details on the new probiotics in Kirkland and Nature’s Domain.

  • LabsRawesome

    Kirkland dog food is made in USA. Where are the Kirkland Signature Super Premium and Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Pet Foods made?

    All of the dry foods are made by Diamond Pet Foods in four company owned manufacturing facilities, all in the United States. Two are located in California, one in Missouri and one in South Carolina.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I don’t know how DF got it, but he’s definitely making it easy to find him without an actual link!

  • Crazy4dogs

    LMAO DogFoodie!

    They do have a link to buy Life’s Abundance with them as the rep, but they feed their puppies Black & Gold which is similar to Iams according to their website and they charge a lot more for the “Whites, Fox Reds, Charcoals, and Silvers” and will ship anywhere in the U.S.!

  • Thatcoolguy

    Spammer? How did you know?

  • Mike Lankas

    Yes. I am feeding the best food I have ever feed and now I am paying the least amount for dog food that I have ever paid.

  • DogFoodie

    Let me guess. Life’s Abundance.

  • Mike Lankas

    I hope everything is going well. As a responsible dog owner I thought you might like to read this.

    *Attention Dog Lovers*
    More than once I have wished that I could have had 1 more year or season with my 4 legged friend. One of the best ways to try to extend their life is by what we feed them. I found the best quality of dog food I have ever seen or utilized in my 23 yrs of Experience. Prior to making the switch, the dog food I was utilizing was cheaper per bag, but did not have the quality I expect for our dogs. As a result, I was feeding about 1 bag per month per dog, now I am only feeding 1/2 bag per month per dog!

    It has Diverse Proteins, Animal Fat, Vitamins A, C & E, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Prebiotics, Probiotics, Vegetables and NO Corn/Wheat/Glutens
    Crude Protein (Min) 26.0% Crude Fiber (Max) 3.5% Moisture (Max) 10.0% Omega-3 Fatty Acids (min) .75% Omega-6 Fatty Acids (min) 3.0%

    With this dog food, there is more to it than just the great Nutrients Value. It can potentially extend your dogs life, cut down on Vet bills and help prevent diseases.

    The cost to feed Daily is cheaper and healthier than to feed Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, Natural Balance, Nutro Max, Purina Pro Plan, Royal Canine, Science Diet just to name a few.

    Furthermore, they have never had a recall for any of their products! Made in the USA

    If you would be interested in talking more please send me an e-mail [email protected]

    My only regret is that I wish I had found this sooner…. and maybe Juels, Monte and Noel could have been with us a little longer.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you

    Mike Lankas of Lankas Labs

  • Thatcoolguy

    Diamond has a long history of intermittent quality control issues and not infrequent recalls. I’ve been following the threads here for a while and have noticed that many times people post here with issues that have come up after feeding their dogs one of the Kirkland brands for years and then they buy a new bag and start having issues. They often resolve after switching foods and coming back to Kirkland later, suggestive of a quality control issue where there was a bad lot of food. Kirkland (Diamond) seems like a good food for many, but it’s a gamble that you’re taking waiting for when/if something comes up every time you buy a new bag of food.

  • JJ

    I recently purchased the new re-formulated Kirkland Signature adult Lamb dog chow with probiotics. After a few days I noticed that 2 of the 3 dogs I own threw up the food soon after eating it. So far this has only happened one time. I have been feeding my dogs this brand for several years without any issues. I understand that all of them have been re-formulated to include probiotics.
    Is anyone else experiencing the same results with any of the Signature adult line of dog chow ?

  • Bobby dog

    Beautiful dog, love your avatar! πŸ˜‰

  • char

    Great value, good dog food. GSD gobbles this down!!!!

  • aquariangt

    quite a loaded question πŸ™‚ That depends on your comfort level of feeding a Diamond Manufactured food. This isn’t a terrible food (though there are certainly better) but it is made by Diamond, which is a company without the best track record.

  • Dogsbestfriend

    So, should I buy Kirkland Signature or not?

  • Melanie

    Don’t think Linda planned on feeding her dogs her Apple computer!

  • Dori

    What has that got to do with Linda not wanting to feed her dogs anything that contains products from China? I own plenty of things made by Apple but I’m still not feeding my dogs anything that contains ingredients from China including their synthetic vitamins. One thing has nothing to do with the other.

  • aquariangt

    When it comes to something one consumes, it’s entirely different than something just manufactured in china. In any case, Kirkland isn’t

  • Thatcoolguy

    lol. So you don’t own any Apple products? No iPhone or iPad or iPod? I’m curious which TV you own that wasn’t made in China.

  • Crazy4cats

    Kirkland Signature dog food is not made in China. It is made by Diamond Foods which has four different sites for manufacturing, all in the United States. It is my understanding that Kirkland/Nature’s Domain dry foods have two ingredients that are from China, one is Folic Acid and the other is Taurine which is in the dry cat food.

  • Linda M. Lukas

    I learned recently that Kirkland dog food was made in China. It does not state that on the bag but if you call the 800 number, they will tell you that it is from China. I do not purchase any food items that originate in China for myself or my dogs. I have three very active big dogs around 3 years old and I am looking for a high quality American made dog food for them. As puppies they were on Royal Canin for puppies that will be big dogs and its digestibility and acceptance was excellent. One of them still has a sensitive stomach. That being said, they are 2 rottweilers and a boxer mix….can anyone recommend a dry food that they have experience with very active dogs? They go hiking and running at least 3 times a week so their nutrition needs to be really good. I am concerned about them developing hip displaysia.

  • Rodger Thornhill

    We originally started our boxer puppy on ACTR1UM holistic puppy food as the breeder used. It has really good ingredients for the price. But our puppy started losing little patches of hair all over. The vet said that is usually a food allergy, so we switched to Kirkland Signature Puppy food since it was our second choice based on nutrition/value. His patches grew back in. So later on we got a small bag of ACRT1UM again just to see if it was the culprit. Yup, within a week of eating it again, the patches reappeared. So we are now using Kirkland Signature exclusively for our 11 month old boxer and he is healthy and happy with great firm poops and a shiny healthy coat and has way too much energy. And he loves it.

    I personally think ACTR1UM is still a good food as others have had great success with it. I just think my specific pup has an allergy to something specific in it.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Wellness is a good brand that seems to be well liked. I’ve only used the Core formula. The Guaranteed Analysis on Wellness Senior is similar to Royal Canin which should help the transition. Also, don’t forget that all treats should be corn/etc free or you won’t know if the food is working. Choose treats that have similar ingredients to the food.
    The reason a lot of the senior formulas get lower ratings is because often they are low in protein. Dogs actually need higher protein as they age. I’ve never personally fed any of my dogs a senior formula. My dog’s are always kept on the slightly lean side. If a senior’s weight is an issue, it’s better to choose a lower fat food.
    Good luck with it. Let us know how they’re doing. There are lots of people who can help! πŸ™‚

  • Debbie Leonard Traynor

    Thanks, Crazy4dogs, that is VERY helpful to know. I will see how this all works out for them. We ended up selecting Wellness Senior (per recommendation from an employee at PetSmart)…and will slowly introduce it into their bowl, mixed with RC. I’m surprised to see that senior formulas have less stars. Thanks, again, for your help!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Debbie,

    Just a word of caution if you switch to a different food. If they’ve been eating RC all their lives, you need to do a very slow transition to a new food, especially for the 12 year old. I think there are a lot of foods to feed that have a better ingredient panel than RC, but often people go to a very high protein and fat level and the dogs are not used to it, which is a recipe for GI disaster.

    The easiest way to transition is to pick a food that has a similar Guranteed Analysis panel to RC so you are not overwhelming your dogs with higher fat and higher protein in the beginning. RC does not have a lot of meat protein in it. I’d also pick a chicken based dog food so the dog is moving to a similar protein. I would try a grain free food as the grains are often the source of irritation. Potatoes in the grain free can also be a source of inflammation if they have arthritis (12 year old) but I would start with removing the grains first.

    After you have successfully transitioned to a new food, you can move up to a better food later on, just transition each time, slowly increasing protein and fat levels. I would go slow on increasing the fat levels as that’s the most typical cause of loose stools.

    Unfortunately, there is no near perfect dry food. That’s why so many of us rotate between a few good foods that work for our dogs. Good luck in your search!

    Edit: Here’s the RC link so you can see the G/A panel:

  • Debbie Leonard Traynor

    Thank you for this information. My husband and I are considering changing our golden’s dry food. They’ve been on Royal Canin Breed Specific (Golden Retriever) all their lives…(12 yrs. & 3 yrs.) but are beginning to show signs of not being interested in it anymore. I’ve been doing all this reading on all the different brands and stars, haha, so I’ve totally overwhelmed myself! What you just said makes so much sense, as our older golden has arthritis, and now our 3 yr. old is licking his joints/legs just like she does. If the grains, in their formula, are inflammatory…that explains a lot. Now, let me continue my research in the quest for a near perfect dry dog food! πŸ˜‰

  • Thatcoolguy

    Also, here is a nice discussion on budget friendly dog foods:

  • Thatcoolguy


  • Thatcoolguy

    There are a lot of budget friendly options. Try Nutrisource. You can even get the 5* rated Performance version of it for probably what is the cheapest 5* dog food available. Make sure you feed them a bit less of it since it’s a higher calorie food. You can buy it on Chewy and it will be shipped for free to your doorstep. Hard to beat.

  • Patty Caverly

    I have been feeding my dogs Kirkland for years now and this is the first I have heard of any issues with the food but I notice the postings about problems is a few months old. Anyone have any updates? I don’t find the budget friendly food listed here as budget friendly, at least not my budget πŸ™‚

  • Bobby dog

    Thanks for the info!

  • Crazy4cats and the stores are totally separate. Generally speaking much of the merchandise on the website is not even available at the stores. There is hardly any pet food at all sold on the website except for on the Business Delivery site.

  • Bobby dog

    Costco question:
    If a food is not sold in your region can you still order it from

  • Crazy4cats

    It is not being discontinued. But, you are right, there are a couple of regions in the US that do not have any on order at this time. Hmmm?

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  • wallygator60

    We’ve used Kirklands Lamb & Rice for over 3 years now and both the dogs love it. Both their coats are nice and soft.

  • Shawna

    I included the link, the context is there for the reading.

    I do agree with you however about “excess” nutrients your body doesn’t need. What I disagree about is whether nutrients (even in the form of a supplement) are better utilized by the body and therefore less ends up in the urine. I have read studies on this but it’s been many years ago and I didn’t bookmark them. What they do know is that there is synergy in nutrients and in food vitamin C is supposedly not the vitamin but actually the antioxidant that protects the vitamin within. Ascorbic acid is that protective antioxidant.

    I think far more people are nutrient deficient than are not. Cancer is pretty prevalent. They know that certain foods can prevent, through apoptosis, and even cure, as an anti-angiogenic, cancer. I’m not sure what nutrients in these foods cause apoptosis and are anti-angiogenic but they know something in them is/are.

    Staying with cancer — they also know that other foods, or the preparation of the food, contributes to cancer by producing heterocyclic amines from meats and polyacrylamides from starches.

    The quality of the foods / nutrients we take in, how those foods are processed being a factor, can truly have a profound influence on our health.

  • Thatcoolguy

    I salute you for having an open mind and actually reading something before forming an opinion. Very rare on the Internet.

  • Thatcoolguy

    Well kind of. Expensive urine comes from taking vitamin supplements you don’t need because you’re not deficient. Your body will just dump the extra. Except when it’s a fat soluble vitamin. Those your body will store increasing amounts until it’s at a toxic level. I’m not suggesting U of M is wrong, just that what they are saying is taken out of context.

  • Shawna

    For the record, I looked up Soylent and am fascinated by the small amount I’ve read.

    I gotta admit, I agree with him here — “I didn’t give up food, I just got rid of the bad food. Innovation to me is as much about removing that which is unnecessary as it is about adding new things that are useful. This idea has done both for me.

    Soylent doesn’t force you give up food any more than email forces you to give up talking. The point is having another option. Perhaps this does not constitute the ideal diet, but I am quite confident that it is healthier than any easy diet, and easier than any healthy diet. I’m touched so many people are concerned about my intake of possible unknown essential nutrients. No one seemed to worry about me when I lived on burritos and ramen and actually was deficient of many known essential nutrients. The body is pretty robust. If you can survive on what most Americans or Somalians eat, you can surely survive on Soylent. I’m no longer just surviving, though. I’m thriving.”
    There are other parts I find interesting but don’t want to make this post too long.

    Edit — sorry, afterthought.. In the two pages I read, I didn’t see any data on the source of the nutrients used in the food. Was the vitamin E, as an example, from food (d-alpha-tocopherol) or synthetically derived (dl-alpha-tocopherol)?

  • Shawna

    Expensive urine comes from synthetic vitamins. That’s the whole point of this conversation. πŸ™‚

    So you are suggesting the University of Maryland Medical Center is wrong?

    I am a woman, I have a daughter and two grand kids. We did take prenatal supplements but they weren’t made from synthetic sources. I’m pretty sure the supplements we used, without taking the time to look, used desiccated liver and beta-carotene from carrot and beet roots — aka concentrated sources of FOOD.

  • Thatcoolguy

    I don’t know where to start. I mean this kindly, but you are very confused. Retinol is a known teratogen. Yes, it is a form of vitamin A. That doesn’t mean that vitamin A is bad. Retinol is different from “vitamin A” found in Centrum, for example. If this weren’t the case, then a huge amount of babies would be born with birth defects because almost all women do (and should) take prenatal vitamins throughout pregnancy (obviously all women should talk to their obstetrician about the specifics of their pregnancy, but I can’t imagine someone being told don’t take pregnancy vitamins).

    However, what IS true, is that the VAST majority of people don’t need vitamins. That’s because we get everything we need in our food, with rare exceptions. Bottom line, there’s probably no need to take vitamins for the majority of people. But NOT because they’re “bad.” It’s just that they’re unnecessary. You are basically making your urine expensive. See here: (also note, this is an example of a good reference).

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Lol, this is getting deep. πŸ˜€
    I agree though, and on the simplest front, I’d rather eat healthy, balanced, tasty food than synthetic vitamins any day, and I want the same for my dog.

  • Crazy4dogs

    This is not a straw man argument. Perhaps you wouldn’t choose Ramen, but there are hundreds of college kids who considered Ramen as a main staple of their diet, throughout their college years. which is why I chose it. You can pick any non nutritive caloric item of your choice that fulfills your daily requirement and take a multivitamin (i.e. Centrum Complete) and accomplish the same goal you are aluding to in “soylent”.
    First of all, if you want to act superior, you need to state correct and actual facts. Soylent Green is either a movie from 1973 (which I actually am familar with) or a cracker trying to capitolize on the movie. Soylent on the other hand is an attempt to fit all of the human vitamins, minerals, etc to sustain life in a “smoothie”. This is for someone who hasn’t or doesn’t want to take the time to cook, but wants to have all of the caloric & nutrient intake without the bother of eating an actual meal.

    Yes, you could survive on soylent as well as comatose people, stroke victims, premature infants, perotinits patients and various others in dire medical conditions as well as dogs in similar dire meidcal conditions can survive on parenteral nutrition.
    Yes, when broken down chemically we are just a bunch of minerals and chemicals, but by your engaging in this very forum you are also confirming the very reason for being. That is the spirit that lives within every living thing on earth. Once the essence of that living being is gone, there are only the minerals and chemicals left, but so is life. And that’s what life is all about. And no amount of chemistry or science can recreate that (cloning does not count).
    The spirituality (and I’m not talking religion) of every living thing on this earth can not be recreated.
    I doubt there will ever be a Soylent Gastro Pub or Soylent Grill. The memory that lives in every special family meal you have ever had can never be captured in a smoothie containing all the nutrients of life. My dogs don’t drool when I’m handing them a supplement to help with whatever chronic or acute condition they may have, but they do when an actual piece of real food is wrapped around it. So, for the rest of my existence as a bag of carbon, phosphorus, calcium, etc. my dogs will be enjoying nutritious real food for the rest of their existence as the similar type of organism.

  • Pam Corcoran

    I have two AKC GSD’s (one male 8 months, one female 8 weeks old). I had the male on the pricey “Taste of The Wild” since he was 8 weeks old, he hated it. So I gradually changed him over to” Iams Puppy Formula Chicken”, he hated it, wouldn’t eat it. We then brought home the 8 week old female who was already eating Kirkland Grain Free Life stages dry kibble from the breeder. So I decided to change over our 8 month old GSD to the Grain Free Kirkland sold at Costco. HE LOVES IT!! Not only that, it is a life stage food! They both LOVE THIS FOOD, thank goodness, I have two happy GSD’s and that makes me happy! This dry kibble is affordable at 30lbs a bag for around $30 and its GRAIN FREE!

  • Shawna

    Is University of Maryland Medical Center a more acceptable source?

    If yes “Synthetic vitamin A can cause birth defects. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant shouldn’t take this form if vitamin A.”

    Source: Vitamin A (Retinol) | University of Maryland Medical Center
    University of Maryland Medical Center
    Follow us: @UMMC on Twitter | MedCenter on Facebook

  • Shawna

    Did you look at any of the studies cited?

  • Thatcoolguy

    I’m not familiar with that book.

  • Thatcoolguy

    Yes, I’m sure that the national director of the Organic Consumers Association is an unbiased source. A citation doesn’t mean links to Youtube and Natural News. It means a link to science. That’s just a load of anti-GMO and organic BS.

  • Shawna

    Everything you say is true but it isn’t always that simple. Take glutamine as just one example. It is an essential amino acid. When it has been released from it’s natural protein matrix and isolated in the diet it becomes a potential neurotoxin.

    Allicin in raw garlic has superb antimicrobial activity. When garlic is crushed, chewed etc alliin and an enzyme within the garlic form allicin. Because enzymes are damaged at low temperatures, cooked garlic will not have that same antimicrobial affect as raw.

    What are your thoughts on Pottenger’s Cats?

  • Shawna
  • Thatcoolguy

    Please try to refrain from straw man arguments. I know it’s easy; it’s one of the most common logical fallacies. I would not eat ramen. It contains way more sodium than a human needs in one day. I think what everyone fails to acknowledge here is that we are simply multi-cellular organisms, bags of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, calcium, and phosphorus. We need amino acids, carbohydrates, fatty acids, and trace minerals to survive. Add some nonsoluble fiber and you’re pretty set. Google Soylent Green for more info as an example of how what we need can be reduced to chemicals with excellent results.

  • Thatcoolguy

    [citation needed]

  • theBCnut

    So, I’m guessing you haven’t noticed that they updated the food pyramid a few years ago. Or that they’ve found that whole foods are healthier than when humans try to make the same thing by putting together a bunch of pieces parts. Or that they recently discovered that we use the vitamins and minerals that are found in natural foods better than the artificial ones from a bottle.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Are you seriously using that as an argument? They are being fed through an IV for 10-12 hours due to any number of medical conditions that prevents them from eating and/or digesting in a normal manner. Surviving is very different from thriving.
    So, do you eat Ramen daily & take a vitamin & all is good?

  • aquariangt

    “Do just fine” is still ignoring the argument of survive vs thrive. It’s also the same in humans. If you honestly think a chemical based diet (though based on your other post, you are looking for an upgrade for your dogs, and yes, feed less of a food that is more nutrient dense) is equivalent to a whole food diet of any kind whether in humans or dogs, that’s just ignoring nutritional quality of food and opting for convenience. Food is a way to deliver nutrients, but I’d be curious to see you get as rounded of a diet from something like IV nutrition or Soylent that you can get from a properly formulated diet anyway. Diet Rotation is common in human, not just for variety and enjoyment, but also because you gain different benefits from different things, and the same goes to dogs. All you are doing by keeping your dog on the same food for years (which was what started this discussion) is doing your dog a disservice. I hope there isn’t a recall on the food you’ve been feeding for the last 5 years, because if there is, your dogs are in for a world of stomach issues

  • Thatcoolguy

    What do you think food is exactly? It’s just a tasty way to deliver nutrients (“chemicals” as you put it) that the body needs. Fortunately we know pretty well what the human body needs by now. In fact, you can keep people alive with solely IV nutrition, called total parenteral nutrition. There are people who live their lives that way and do just fine.

  • RJ

    I am one of those that complained. Our dogs ate Kirkland dog food for 10+ years without a problem. We purchased a new bag of Kirkland Nov. 2014, the dogs got VERY ill. We noticed they weren’t really interested in the food, but didn’t think much of it, til they finally ate it, and they got VERY ill, we incurred over $800 in vet bills, they were tested for bacteria/infection – the conclusion it was something they ingested. They are indoor dogs – the new bag of food was the ONLY change. Please don’t disregard these reviews – most of them are within the last few months, something has changed and Diamond/Costco is not being proactive. I would love to go back to this food, we’ve fed it to our dogs since the early 2000’s, and LOVE Costco – we’re there every week. But seeing the dogs that sick broke my heart, not to mention the vet bills. They were healthy before that episode, and have been thriving fine since then. Just sad, so glad we caught it in time that they didn’t die.

  • Dan O’Brien

    With that web site as a source what will you feed your dog? I searched on every premium brand of dog food and they all came back with similar complaints from people just making a judgment without real information. Everyone on that site is speculating and nobody offers real evidence. Some dogs don’t do well on excellent foods due to allergies and other sensitivities. You try different foods.

    We are conditioned to blame companies and “make someone pay”.

  • theBCnut

    What you need to understand is that they don’t know 100% of what a dog needs. Those guidelines change occasionally due to new research. So do the human guidelines. No dog food is perfect. They don’t even know what perfect is. You can live a long time deficient in some pretty important nutrients, in fact most of them won’t kill you to be deficient for your entire life, but you will never be as healthy as you should be if you got everything you need. By feeding variety, we are trying to cover all our nutritional bases, or at least as many as we can.

  • aquariangt

    Can and should aren’t the same words. In fact they have nothing to do with each other.

    That soylent is horseshit. I’m a culinary professional and I’ve worked very hard on real foods, local, fresh, etc… And all that product is is a substitute for actual nutrition. Chemicals aren’t a replacement for food. Thanks for trying to “bake my noodle” but I’ll go on a limb here, but your knowledge of food and nutrition, both human and dog, based on two completely unfounded posts, leave much to be desired

  • Thatcoolguy

    Please, show me some data that shows that is the case. If the food you’re feeding your dog is balanced and provides all the nutrients your dogs needs, there’s no reason that you can’t feed a dog the same food forever. In fact, allow me to fully bake your noodle, you can eat the same thing every day as a HUMAN. Don’t believe me? Google Soylent Green. There is a startup which is experimenting with that.

  • aquariangt

    Staying on one food even if it were good isn’t healthy. Rotation is important, coupled with the fact that is a mediocre food manufactured by a terribly irresponsible company

  • Thatcoolguy

    So you’ve been feeding it to them for 5 years without any issues and you’re switching why? Chances are it’s going to continue to be a great food for them for life…

  • britt

    my dog has been on kirland puppy food for a while. she loves it and it is good food. their is no corn meal in it which is really good. but their is a high grain count which inst awful. it has great ingredients in it. its actually considered a premium dog food with out the premium dog food cost. my dogs coat is great and her teeth are white. she is healthy and growing fast. beside her being gassy (its a boxer thing as well).. she is good.

  • Crazy4dogs

    The very best thing you can do is feed your dog wet, fresh food. Here’s a link to help you understand.

  • Mama Bear

    Any advice for a non prescription dry food suitable for a dog with struvite crystals/stones. Can’t afford prescription for the rest of her life plus not a big fan of Hills.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Kirkland is made for Costco by Diamond.

  • Becca Cain

    Where is it made?

  • Samm

    I feed kirkland to my dog, and she loves it, it’s a good food, and hasn’t upset her stomach like other foods were, her bowel movements are much better as well. It’s a good option, a good food for a cheaper price as well.

  • Bob K

    Any 3.5 star or higher rated kibble is a decent kibble. You need to do some comparison shopping. Write down that is available in your area and at what price. Then use this website as your guide for an intelligent decision. Remember to transition slowly to a new kibble. Kirklands is only available at Costco. Other stores with great prices include: Menards, Fleet Farm, Farm & Fleet, also some of the big box stores have a few 3 or 4 star rated kibbles but you need to do your shopping wisely.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi keepinitreal:
    Here’s a link to the forum Sandy mentioned:

    Here’s some other links that may help with your pet food budget:

  • In the forum there is a topic called Budget Friendly Foods. You might check that out. For budget friendly foods I’m currently using Pro Pac and Nutrisource and Muenster grain free foods. I’m a foster home.

  • SBrucker

    Yes, I do realize this but none the less, scary things are being said about BOTH brands.

  • Tony

    You do realize there are 2 different Kirkland dog foods and all the complaints seem to be centered on the Nature’s Domain and not the Kirkland Signature? This is the Kirkland signature comments. I’ve been using this food for many years and never had a problem with it for my Pitbull. She loves it, has plenty of energy, stools are normal etc.

  • SBrucker
    There is some really scary things happening to dogs eating this food. We’ve fed our two 120lb boys this for 5 years and will now be switching just to be safe.

  • theBCnut

    As you say, not all grain free diets are higher in protein. It would be STUPID for a vet to tell a client that their dog needed grain if what it actually needs is lower protein. There are higher protein foods that do have grain. No, the reasoning is not valid.

    I could understand if the vet said grain free was not necessary, or that grain free is a fad, but not that a dog must have grain.

    As I said, I could understand if the amount of fat, protein, and/or carbs was an issue, but not a lack of grains.

  • amber

    Actually, the reasoning is valid. Many (not all) grain free diets are higher in protein, and therefore many dogs see a higher UPC level and increased urinary tract infections. This is especially true for older dogs or those with compromised immune systems.

  • NSMac

    I have a 5yr old Lab Mix that has been fed Kirkland Brand for several years. Lately, we have noticed that he refuses to eat his food when given, and his energy levels are not quite what they used to be. After doing a lot of research, I immediately took him off of it and introduced a very bland and basic chicken and brown rice until we choose a more suitable food. I am seeing great reviews from PC dry food (Canada), and may go this route with him.

  • Babslynne

    Nope, not connected to MegaRed, just happy that I found this stuff.

  • bookguitarguy

    That sounds suspiciously like an advertisement, are you sure you’re not connected with MegaRed Joint Care in some way, and trying to boost sales??

  • Babslynne

    I have found that MegaRed Joint Care works better than Glucosamine. I myself was having hip problems, it seemed like it was always hurting until one day I received a sample of the MegaRed Joint Care in the mail, within a hour or so after taking it I noticed my hip wasn’t hurting! Wow I was so happy I went out and bought a bottle at Costco and the dog and I have been sharing it ever since! I also read somewhere that Glucosamine can lead to Diabetes, not sure if that’s true but I didn’t want to take any chances.

  • Rylie Turple

    Thank you πŸ™‚ this is all great information

  • MJfromGA

    Thank you, he was a brave, loyal champion of a dog. I miss him loads. He was 50% Labrador, 25% Chow Chow and 25% American Pit Bull Terrier.

  • MJfromGA

    My potato head had bald patches, too! When he was a puppy, they just wouldn’t go away. Took me AGES to figure out what was wrong. After a long while, turns out SOY caused severe allergies and was kicking his poor butt. I also avoid wheat, think he has a mild allergy to that, as well. He’s also allergic to Rosemary, makes him itch.

    My Brownie never had any allergies and he was not sick until after he turned 15 years old. I buy more costly food for my Nigredo because he’s one of these “new” allergy ridden dogs and I have no choice, but normally it’s not super important to me.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Rylie:
    I feed my dog a diet of kibble topped with commercial raw, canned, or lightly cooked fresh foods. Here is a great download from Steve Brown that I use that has info on enhancing any kibble diet. The amounts of fresh food to feed is listed according to the quality of kibble you feed and the weight of your dog:

  • Carrie

    What a beautiful lab! πŸ™‚

  • Carrie

    MJ, My personal experience that led me to switch away from cheap dog food. I have a dachshund and as a puppy he started going bald. I had read that it could be corn so I switched him and all my dogs to a chicken and rice diet and to my surprise all of his hair started to grow back better then ever, super shiny and so soft. The other thing i noticed right away is that they all had more energy, literally playing like pups. My cattle dog had always had some degree of itchy skin and a bald spot on his stomach that went away after feeding better food. I can tell you that I have never had more healthy acting and looking dogs in my life. I don’t know if it will prolong their lives, but feeding a better food with better ingredients has changed the quality of my six dogs lives for the better. I will also say that not vaccinating every year or using any non pet friendly cleaning products will have a positive impact as well.

  • MJfromGA

    Dogs don’t live much longer than 17 in any case. It’s just that cheap dog foods are not always harmful to dogs. That is something that people cling to a tad too much in my opinion. These grain free foods and all this are newer, and there are no statistics that I have seen that say dogs are living longer.

    In fact, they are living shorter lives, getting riddled with tons more allergies and cancers than in the past, and all in all, the addition of new gimmicky foods doesn’t seem to be making dogs as a whole healthier. It’s just not happening.

    That pillar of great health was my previous dog, who was 14 YEARS old at the time the photograph was taken. He ate nothing but Pedigree Chicken canned food for over half his life. It was all he’d eat. He lived to be over 15. He also never ate any premium food, or even semi premium food EVER. He ate only canned, but it was regular canned. Alpo Chop House etc. Wal Mart canned.

    Lab type dogs simply don’t live much longer than he did in any case, so nobody is going to convince me that even though he did eventually get cancer (mega common in that breed type), that there was a way to prolong his life for much longer. Old dogs die, simple as that.

    It’s just not true that cheap dog food harms all dogs and shortens their life spans. Some dogs live full, long lives on it and that is simply the way it is. A more expensive food would have made absolutely no difference in many dogs. But for some reason, people are not willing to admit that.

  • Rylie Turple

    Would it benefit her at all if I didn’t completely switch over but gave her some raw stuff every once in awhile? Or would I have to totally switch? What would you recommend feeding? I don’t know what people buy for it.
    Also, something that always worried me, can harmful bacteria or things like that be in raw meat? I have always given them extra meat that got freezer burnt or something but always cooked it because I was under the impression it would kill the bacteria

  • Dori

    If you go with a commercial raw diet then there’s nothing to worry about as long as you are buying and feeding a complete and balanced one. You can also feed a grain free food from The Honest Kitchen. There’s is a dehydrated food, not strictly raw, but a very good quality food. Just make sure you look for their grain free formulas. They also have a couple of grain free formulas that contain everything but the protein which you would add to it yourself. It contains everything else you would need to give a complete and balanced meal. I prefer the complete meals but mostly I prefer the commercial raw diets in that I don’t have to worry about missing some critical ingredients making my own. They’ve already figured it all out for us. Truth be told, I’m also a bit on the lazy side and am not going to consistently be making dog food. A lot of people do, it’s just too time consuming and I just don’t have the inclination to spend my time that way.

  • Rylie Turple

    Thank you this is great to know. I’m usually really picky about what my dogs eat but when it comes to treats I’m more lenient, I’ll have to be careful about that stuff too.

    She takes Glucosamine & Chondroitin which has loads of other stuff in it that is helpful. It’s this stuff (
    It makes a huge difference but in the colder months she’s sore more often. We also have some dog aspirin that I’ll give her if she’s sore but I try to avoid it because it really makes her feel better for awhile so I worry she will hurt herself thinking she’s okay.
    I think a raw diet would be cool, but I really worry I would mess up and she wouldn’t get everything she needs. I’ve given her raw bones and things like raw eggs but that’s as close as it’s gotten.
    She is definitely not overweight, she is a very high energy dog so it can be really hard on her since she isn’t allowed to jump or run too much but she seems to have figured out her limits.
    She’s a Border Collie and weighs about 44 pounds, my other dog is a Jack Russell so she’s only about 13 pounds, neither of them eat a whole lot so I don’t think it would be super pricey? Definitely something I will look into though. I used to volunteer at a greyhound shelter around here and a lot of people feed them raw diets and have only good things to say, but I’ve been nervous about it

  • Dori

    Absolutely, Rylie. Grain free foods as well as any treats you may be giving her should all be grain free. Also avoid anything with soy in any of it’s formulations. Continue with supplements that are helping her. Which supplement is it by the way? Though as I mentioned I feed a rotational commercial raw diet mostly I do have one kibble that I use also in rotation that is grain free and I trust the company implicitly and that is Nature’s Logic. I rotate through their Sardine, Venison and Beef formulas. I can’t use the poultry ones because one of my dogs has a food sensitivity to all things fowl. Though Nature’s Logic is not strictly grain free, it contains millet, which is a pseudo grain, it has not bothered any of my dogs including the one that is intolerant of grains. Now, with that said, it may be that since kibble is a small part of their diet and I rotate their meals which are probably 95% raw, the millet doesn’t really have a chance to be an issue. If your pocket book can stand it I would urge you to feed commercial raw food formulas, the ones that say they are complete and balanced such as Primal Formulas, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Answer’s Detailed, Stella & Chewy’s (though my dogs aren’t crazy about that one so I haven’t fed it in quite a while), any of the higher quality commercial raw dog foods or maybe you could just feed that to your dog with the spinal arthritis. You didn’t mention how much she weighs so I don’t know how feasible financially it would be for you. It works for me because my girls are all so tiny. Another crucial factor in having a dog with arthritis of any sort, and I’m sure your vet has already told you or at least someone has told you, you absolutely must keep her on the lean side. No extra weight on her at all. That’s incredibly important. Dogs with arthritis tend to be on the heavier side of optimal weight because they are less active. If that’s the case with your dog then you need to feed her less food. Always have plenty of clean water for her to drink. One last thought and that is if you choose to go the raw food route (they are all grain free), the dose of raw food that you feed is much less than feeding kibble so that helps with the cost also.

  • Rylie Turple

    This caught my attention.
    One of my dogs has spinal arthritis at only four years old, she’s on supplements which seem to help a lot. It’s obviously not something you can cure and she still has rough days, I try to make her life as comfortable as possible so grain-free is something that could possibly benefit her?

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Not all grains are created equal either. I consider corn to be a low-quality filler, rice to be in between, and grains like millet, barely, and quinoa (which technically isn’t a grain, but has similar properties to one) to be high-quality grains.

  • Crazy4cats

    Also, in addition to what others have said, all grain free foods are not created equal. They are not automatically better than a grain inclusive food in my opinion. It can be just a marketing “trick”, because grain free does not mean the food is low in carbs. Many are filled up with potatoes and peas. Which are also starchy ingredients. I try to rotate between carb and protein sources. You just have to find what works best for your pets. Good luck!

  • Dori

    I have three toy dogs. Two are 5 1/2 years old, the third is 15 years old. I transitioned them approx. 5 years ago making my 15 year old 10 years old at the time. I transitioned all three of them three years ago to commercial and home made raw diets, rotating proteins and brands. I have had absolutely no bad issues and, as a matter of fact, they are all thriving…not simply surviving. Whoever told your customer that grain free is not good for old dogs or that it is too difficult to transition a dog food wise either misunderstood what was told to her/him. If not, they seriously need to switch vets. The old adage is wrong….YES, YOU CAN TEACH AN OLD DOG!!!!!!! It also has nothing to do with whether a dog is ill or not. My 15 year old dog was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder and a lung lobe early last Spring. She shows absolutely no signs of being ill nor have the tumors and mass gotten larger and have not spread. No one believes she is 15 years old. Not even my husband and myself. Though we know, of course, she is. She’s been our little girl since she was a puppy.

    One last thought. Grains are inflammatory. All dogs can benefit from anti-inflammatory foods and supplements. It helps the gut, spleen, arthritis, liver, kidney, allergies. I could go on with all the benefits of grain free but I think you get the gist of what I’m saying.

  • Dori

    Unfortunately everyone’s definition of “slow transition” varies and not everyone even knows exactly how to transition a dog from one food to the other.

  • theBCnut

    It depends on the dog. Nutritionally speaking, a carb is a carb, so for most dogs, it doesn’t matter. For some dogs, grains are an allergy issue. And for dogs with inflammation issues, grains can be inflammatory.
    Sent from my iPod

  • Rylie Turple

    Yeah, maybe it was that the dog was used to the other food and due to its age was recommended to just go back to regular food since being sick and older probably aren’t the best. This person straight up said grain free was bad for older dogs but I’m starting to think they maybe just misunderstood.
    Also what sort of benefits are there for switching to grain-free? As opposed to foods with grain

  • theBCnut

    Dogs definitely do get used to certain types of food if they are left on them for long periods. They don’t have to stay that way. It takes a little effort to get a dog’s gut used to variety again, but I think it’s worth it. I think eating variety is as important to dogs as it is for people. Yes, rice and corn are considered grains.
    Sent from my iPod

  • aimee

    I can see that a connection could be made. It isn’t that dogs require grain but for some dogs having the right balance between fermentable and insoluble fiber is important for bowel health. Whole grains are a source of insoluble fiber.

  • Rylie Turple

    I used to feed my dogs really expensive high quality stuff and they did OK on it, I switched to Kirkland after reading the ingredients and figured I would try it out, it made an amazing difference, honestly they do amazing on it and the price is awesome

  • Rylie Turple

    It didn’t seem that likely to me, but I just figured the dog’s body got used to the other kind or something like that.
    I had never heard anything negative about grain free before, I don’t know much about it tbh.
    Also, are things like rice/corn considered to be grains in food? Sorry if that’s a dumb question I’m curious about the food now and am wondering how my dogs would do on it.

  • Rylie Turple

    They definitely did transition slowly, or so they told me

  • Rylie Turple

    I don’t remember why he said they were switching, I think he mentioned he had gone to a vet that recommended it, dog got sick,, when back to a different vet and the other vet said that was the issue.
    And yeah, I had asked if he did a slow transition and he had.

  • Bob K

    I know several dogs that eat Kirklands and look great. Most are rated 4- 4.5 stars a bargain compared to other similar rated kibbles.

  • Bob K

    Since you work at a pet store, do you ask the people why they are switching foods? Do you educate them about slowly transitioning to a new food. Just switching to a new food causes many dogs problems.

  • theBCnut

    There is absolutely no reason that dogs should need to have grains-or much of any other specific ingredient-that’s just plain ridiculous! The amount of fat, carb, or protein in the food may be an issue, but not the lack of grains. I’d look for a new vet.

  • Melissaandcrew

    My youngest is 6mth and the oldest 16. No problems with grain free for the most part.

  • Susan

    When I was slowly changing my Staffy to a grainfree kibble,he got bad diarrhoea & I was only half way thru changing to new diet…later found out he cant eat POTATOS….

  • Carrie

    If a dog has been on any type of food for a long time, it will probably need a very slow transition.

  • Rylie Turple

    Though, of course, it could depend on each individual dog

  • Rylie Turple

    One person in particular had switched their 13 year old Amstaff to grain free and it made her very very sick, they switched foods over and it stopped. Same brand and everything.
    The vet said grain free=big nono for older dogs.
    I don’t know loads about grain free foods though, to be honest, this is just what I’ve heard. My dogs are not on grain free, and they do fabulous so I’ve never felt the need to mess with their diet.

  • Carrie

    Rylie, I think I would change vets!

  • Rylie Turple

    I work at a pet store and have heard people coming in who had switched their dogs to a grain free diet and it made them very sick. Apparently their vets said that when they are older they should not be on grain free. Dunno if that is useful to you or not.

  • Alicia

    I think this is really wierd, I work in a kennel, and we feed our dogs kirkland brand, chicken, lamb, senior, and puppy, and we’ve had no problems with it at all.

  • Alexandria Andrews

    Don’t give up on trying to feed your pup a superior food. It took me several tries to find the food that was right for all my dogs. I tried Blue Buffalo and it gave all my dogs HORRIBLE gas (the little ones could clear a room), then I switched to Taste of the Wild and they did well on this but I took them off of it after the recall, then I found the holy grail for my pups, Fromm Family Foods Grain Free formula has been wonderful for all my dogs. My dog with allergies has stopped having bouts of sickness and all my dogs have healthy, shiny coats, I love the food. By purchasing a superior dog food, my dog stay healthier and have fewer vet visits.

    As a rule, just try and stay away from foods with grain (especially corn), as dogs were never meant to eat grains. My parent fed my dogs Pedigree all their lives, they lived to be 17, but I can’t help but think how long they might have lived, and how much healthier they might have been on better food.

    “If you fill the tank with crappy gasoline, it’ll run, but it might not run as far, or as long.”

  • MJfromGA

    This happened to me, as well. My dog got sick with diarrhea. It went away after a bit… but he hasn’t been right since. His poops are larger and softer than normal, though the horrid diarrhea has stopped.

    I have put him on a probiotic and it seems to be helping. Some kind of grossness had to have been in the food and it destroyed the balance of bacteria in his gut.

    Poor quality control has turned me from a food I was once quite a fan of. I’ll be sticking to Pure Balance and Victor from now on. Glad to pay the extra, a sick dog is not worth it.

  • theBCnut

    If he isn’t usually picky, he may have smelled something wrong with the food. It is made by Diamond after all. But I feel compelled to ask, did you do a transition to the new food? Is your dog used to switching foods? How long was he on the last food?

  • Cary

    I used the Kirkland grain free a few months ago with no problem. I purchased a bag 1 week ago and my dog refused to eat it and started to lose weight. What he did eat made him sick with diarrhea.

  • Dori

    mkdogzzz. Andrew is on dogfoodadvisor. This is

  • Bob K

    Iams is rated from 2 – 3.5 stars, there are many products inferior to Iams that are rated lower. Stick to the facts please.

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  • Vesper

    I used Kirkland for a few months without issue. My dog liked it, and it seemed like high quality for a great price. Well, the last bag I fed caused intermittent diarrhea, and eventually vomiting. I returned the bag (Metro Detroit area) and switched when someone told me they supposedly changed their formula a couple months ago.

    It’s a shame, because I liked this food but it definitely started to make my dog very sick. Maybe it was just one bad bag, but I’m staying away for now.

  • MJfromGA

    And here we go. It’s a slow month for me, so I went with Kirkland and will go back to Victor next feeding period. MISTAKE! I gave him the food last night and he has had diarrhea all day long. He never gets it, and I always rotate his foods without slowly adding since healthy dogs don’t need this.

    Gave him some for lunch, and also gave some to our other dog, both dogs have had diarrhea. I think I’ve got a tainted bag. This food has been recalled a few times and this isn’t unheard of. Food is going back tomorrow and dogs will be monitored closely. Sad since he loved the food, but I’m worried.

    I got mine from the Morrow Costco in Atlanta. I’ve had the lamb before with no issues, went with chicken this time… and am very upset and disappointed. Take care when buying this food, their quality control is truly not good at all.

  • heather

    Started my 9 wk old puppy on kirkland puppy food after I’m sure she had only been eating very cheap low quality food, and the results are great! She is 5 months old now and growing very nicely. Soft smooth coat, great muscle tone and joints seem to be proportionate, not knobby. will stick with kirkland brand from here on out.

  • David Ramirez

    Which food your parents and you buy? Im also give my dog Kirkland,s dog food and got the same problem

  • Robert Modell

    Do you have any info on Costco’s Nature’s Domain Beef or their newer organic pea based dry kibble. Manuel, our 4 yr old Rottweiler loves the beef, but when we mixed it with the organic pea it produced some pretty bad diarrhea. Any hints or suggestions? (We put him back on the beef)

  • F_This

    Dog Food Adviser gave the kirkland lamb formula only 3 stars. All the rest of kirkland got 4.5 stars.

  • Betsy Greer

    It could also be that your dog was intolerant of an ingredient that wasn’t in the puppy food or the Iams.

    Instead of just going with the Iams, I’d be trying to figure out what the problem ingredient was and look for a better food for him.

  • Andrew O.

    My Old English Sheep Dog Remy is my girlfriend and my first dog as young adults. He is like our child and we wanted to feed him the best and had heard to avoid big brand name foods as they lack any real nutrition for dogs, low quality control, etc…. So after much research, including this website, we decided to buy him the Kirkland chicken and brown rice formula as it is highly rated, appropriately priced, and has what seems like a quality mix of ingredients.
    As many have noted here and on other websites, if you research this food, after switching him off his puppy brand to Kirkland, Remy had horrible gas, very loose stools, and occasional diarrhea in the house.
    But at first we didn’t put two and two together. We thought that he was just kind of a gassy guy. He has a thick coat and gets hot often so he always had chugged water and we contributed the looser stools to that. The diarrhea always happened when we left Remy home alone to go to work and assumed he was going in the house due to anxiety or anger over being left behind. However, Remy began to lose clumps of hair from his back end and so we finally went to the vet who believed he had some kind of GI bug, he prescribed antibiotics, a soothing medicated shampoo to use weekly, and suggested we should consider switching foods. We followed all recommendations, shampooed him, gave the antibiotics, and bought some cheap Iams at the supermarket. Remy started to grow back his hair but we also noticed he was suddenly less gassy, was drinking less water, his stools were much more firm and formed, and he wasn’t having any diarrhea accidents.
    As an experiment, we made the choice to buy the Kirkland food one more time, I kid you not, literally, and i mean literally, the night after he ate that evil food he had explosive diarrhea in our bedroom. So we had our answer, the whole time it was the costco food.
    We have been buying the Iams ever since and Remy has hardly any gas, no diarrhea, no loose stools, and is a happy happy guy. I wont believe the hype anymore that big brand names are terrible for your dogs. My parents had always bought regular dog food for our family dogs and they all lived long happy lives. I guess I just got exciting being a first time dog owner. I feel lucky that nothing more serious or life threatening happened. I would tell anyone to avoid the Kirkland brand at all costs.
    As a side note, the combination of those symptoms, (large water consumption, loose stools, diarrhea, loss of hair, fatigue and also vomiting) are associated with arsenic poisoning in dogs caused by tainted rice and chicken. I suspect this may be the case with Kirkland. Anyway, feed it to your dog at your own risk.

  • Dori

    Every dog is different. Some of us with our dogs needed to transition slowly, very very slowly. Other dogs can transition much faster. We are all different, so are our dogs. Depends on how sensitive their guts are or how healthy their guts are. Just follow your dogs lead and all will be well. Patience is what I have found to be the best for all involved.

  • Karwen

    I think every dog responds differently to different food. I think the critical part in switching foods is that it is very slowly or most dogs will have diarreah and bloody stool because of the abrupt change in their diet. I’ve read it could really put dog’s health at risk to change their diet so abruptly. I don’t know anything though about how everyone changes dog food. Some I read tell you to change over a course of a minimum of 2 weeks mixing a little of the new with the old and increasing every couple of days.

  • JRR McCarthy

    It was clear cause and effect. He started on Kirkland brand and got bloody stools. Went off Kirkland and the bloody stools stopped.

  • Kay

    Iams is junk food! Please don’t blame it on the Kirkland brand. My standard poodle is on this as part of a rotation diet and does great on it. Have you read the reviews on Iams?

  • Donna Histo

    what year was it that this happened?

  • MJfromGA

    My dog loved the Kirkland Lamb, Rice, and Vegetables food. I gave it a try after his Pure Balance ran out. He’s a Labrador cross 19 months old, 85 lbs, and is allergic to soy and though I don’t have tons of money for dog food, I must buy soy free.

    One thing I did notice while he was on the food (which he loved and ate eagerly) is that his coat, while still wonderfully shiny and in great condition (did not look different), did get a bit more coarse to the touch than usual.

    He also gained a lb. but he is not quite yet done growing and the horrible GA heat has us inside more as he’s crossed with some kinda mountain breed and gets hot moderately easily, so that is OKAY.

    I decided to switch foods. After peeking around, I’ve found that a local retailer is selling Victor dog food, which was highly recommended to me by members on this site. I bought him their High Energy Formula and he loves the taste of it and his coat is seemingly better, too. It was about $43 (with tax) for his 40 lb. bag. He’s one happy puppy!

    Like others have told me, if you can find this food locally, it’s worth a look. It costs more than the Kirkland, but you might find it’s worth it, like I have. THANK YOU to everyone who put us onto this food!!

    Here is his photo beside our feed station, with our new favorite dog food added to it! You’ll have to excuse the giant mess (we have many pets and also feed strays) and also his posture… he is very goofy and is 24″ ATS and 33″ from base of neck to base of tail so longggg back and not so tall ATS.

  • Crazy4cats

    They look pretty darn healthy to me. And super cute! πŸ™‚

  • JRR McCarthy

    Our dog never had a problem again after switching back. Good luck to you and your pooch!

  • Jon

    I also switched to Kirkland brand “Puppy Chow”. My dog has developed bloody stools! Im switching off it immediately!

  • Richard Paisley

    Have had my 2 beagles on Kirkland’s chicken variety for 5+ and 7+ years and they are, according to their vet, healthy as can be. Never have been over or underweight and their coats stay nice and soft and shiny. They go in for their semi-annual vet checks without fail and the vet only has praise for their health and appearance. Two of the gentlest dogs I ever had the privilege sharing my life with. The only treats they get are cut up carrots, broccoli, and apples with an occasional piece of baked chicken or fish that I prepare. Tried Blue Buffalo one time on the older one when he was young and he hated it and had diarrhea with it. Switched back to Kirkland and he was good again. I used Kirkland’s Puppy food until the little girl grew up and then they both get the same thing. So as long as the vet keeps giving them glowing health reports, they keep on thriving and looking so well, and they keep full of their usual energy, I see no reason to change.

  • JRR McCarthy

    Hmm . . . We probably added it gradually, since that’s how we usually do things with our dogs, but that was at least 5 years ago, and I don’t remember for sure.

  • KatieBugLuv

    Did you switch them slowly by combing the two foods for awhile before going to Kirklands brand completely? Switching foods without transiting them will cause stomach upset and bloody stools. I’m curious because I feed mine Kirklands brand and it’s time for a another bag.

  • Natalie Marie Alvarez Padilla

    I agree. I am feeding right now Whole Earth Farms puppy formula, dry mixed with canned, but I’m thinking of switching to Kirkland puppy food or Adult food, once they reply to my inquiries about the origin of their ingredients. I am not sure what the calcium levels of any of these foods are. I am hoping to pick the one with highest protein content and lowest calcium and phosphorous levels.

  • theBCnut

    Adult dog foods list a calcium minimum, not a maximum, so just because the minimum listed is lower, it does NOT follow and there is no guarantee that the actual level of calcium is lower. It is quite often just the opposite.
    Control calories by controlloing portions not by using a different food.

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