Kirkland Dog Food (Dry)

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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.

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

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

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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
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 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 is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats 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
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Notes and Updates

01/11/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Carrie Alley

    My vet actually recommended this for my lab mix puppy of course the puppy one and she absolutely loves it. Doing very well at 11 weeks old. Could not be happier

  • Susan

    Hi have a look at “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb formula, its an all Stages formula, it has only 1 meat protein, Lamb then sweet potato, potato, peas, oil, egg Lamb, I find when my boy eats kibble with sweet potato, potato & egg he does real well with his IBD, beautiful firm poos..especially when he eats TOTW..

  • Kim

    Melissa, I returned the lamb and rice and now have the Natures Domain Beef and Sweet potato. She is doing much better on this. I also asked the manufacture of Taste of the wild to send me samples and they did! I mixed them in with this food and she’s done fine. Solid poop no stinky toots lol I do find with my dog though that any dog food she’s just not that into it. I have started getting a grain free wet food and mixing it so she eats. I have read rave reviews of TOW and she just kinda was like eh . I would say try the Natures domain out and see how they do?

  • Melissa Downs (LISS)

    Both of my dogs, an Olde English Bulldog and an English Bulldog/pit mix, are on the lamb rice formula. They love it, but we have had them on it for over 6 months and lately, they both have had very runny stools. They aren’t getting table food, treats, or even their dog bones because we were trying to figure out why.
    We might try switching to a different brand to see if that helps.

  • Rock Singer

    Hi Susan ~ When I first arrived in Japan they had both the Salmon & Turkey selections but now I guess the buyers at Costco think that the Japanese are such big fish eaters so they only stock the Salmon ~ BTW none of the markets here in Japan even stock Turkey which has always been one of my favorites for my own consumption ~ They don’t eat Turkey over here ~ I fix smoothies for my wife and I so Fish Face gets Bananas everyday ~ Seedless Watermelons when in season and to make sure she doesn’t eat the grass outside on our early morning hikes she gets lettuce + other things that I’ve read are good for dogs but thanks I will start with Blueberries ASAP ~ I can get them at Costco as well ~ As it was when I lived in LA it’s not cheap to eat healthy its even worse here in Japan a decent Melon can cost 10 bucks ~ Still I’ve been doing my best to find out how to find things that are good to eat at a cheaper price ~ My mother in law has her own garden and I’ve been coaching here on what to plant for us ~ So I’ll know within a week what the skin tab is all about I just was worried when the Vet said he saw something suspicious here when he took a needle and put some of the fluid on a slide ~ I wasn’t sure if he was just trying to play me for some lab fees ~ But her health will always come first ~ She’s only 5 and still active at this point you should have seen her this morning running like the wind on our morning hike ~ I guess thats the sign of a healthy Boxer ~ I want to thank you for your advice you don’t know what it means to me you are really appreciated ~ Sincerely ~ RS

  • Susan

    Hi RS,
    your girl will be OK & it could be a skin tag & your vet is being safe & testing it, it’s better to be safe then sorry…
    My boxer mast cell tumor was on the back of her back leg, it just looked like a wort, first vet said “Oh that’s nothing, it’s just an old ladies wort” & left it but my Angie started to sleep more, didn’t want to come in the car for drives walks & she loved the car, she wasn’t her usual self, so I went & seen the RSPCA vet & straight away the vet said has she eaten this morning, I said No she doesn’t eat breakfast, vet said it looks like Mast Cell Tumor, Angie was operated on that day & all lumps were removed, but it was too late the wort thing on the back of her leg was MCT high grade 2 cancer, she lasted another yr then I put her to sleep…
    My new dog Patch has a few skin tags & a weird lump thing on his side his vet has done biospy, we keep an eye on it & make sure it doesn’t grow, you measure any skin tags or suspicous looking lumps, moles, worts you find, take a picture as well & if it has grown or changed in colour have have biospy or removed straight away, Boxers are prone to mast cell tumors….
    Best to feed a healthy diet, rotate protein source & add fresh whole foods to her diet, next time you go to buy the Salmon & Sweet potato dry kibble get a bag of the Turkey & Sweet potato dry kibble as well, Turkey is a clean white meat & healthy, turkey has 19 amino acids….
    Put no chemicals on lawns, weeds etc & no chemicals in her body like flea products…
    Follow “Rodney Habib” on f/b he found out his 14yr dog Sammie the Golden Retreiver had cancer, he was devastated he feed a dry kibble, he started doing research on what to feed a dog who has cancer & there was NO healthy balanced diets for dogs with cancer, so he made his own healthy fresh organic raw balanced diet for Sammie & his other dogs..
    Sammie is now cancer FREE, Rodney has just finished traveling around the world, talking to Dr’s etc about cancer in dogs & will be releasing the first ever Canine nutrition-based cancer documentry soon.. https://www.facebook.com/rodneyhabib

  • anon101

    You’re welcome 🙂

  • Rock Singer

    Wow – Thanks very much for your kindness – Will do – Sincerly RS

  • anon101

    I get it. I have found this site helpful when trying to figure out who and what to believe. http://skeptvet.com/Blog/
    Make sure you check out his blog on overdiagnosis http://skeptvet.com/Blog/?s=over+diagnosis
    You can ask a question (nothing is being sold) However, he can not give you specific advice as he has not examined your dog.
    Give us an update.

  • Rock Singer

    I couldn’t sleep last night ~ I’m hoping the same ~ Benign ~` I’ll just have to wait for the lab results ~ I just wish I could trust doctors ~I worked for a med lab back in the 80’s and saw about 40 doctors a day got to see most of them with their hair down and thats what frightens me ~ Trust ~

  • anon101

    I hope it’s just a benign skin tag (common in certain breeds).
    Most vets will tell you to ignore them unless they are causing irritation.
    That includes good vets, because they know that most pet owners don’t want to spend a few hundred to be told it’s nothing.
    I have had more than one dog that has them, no treatment was indicated.

  • Rock Singer

    Hi Susan after reading your reply we took our girl to the vet right away this evening because she has a little wort on her side ~ The vet looked at it took a sample and sent it off to the lab saying it looks a little suspicious ~ We’ll know something more in a week ~ We both are a little worried she’s had it for a couple years now one vet where we get her flea meds said don’t worry about it when I first noticed it so we didn’t ~ It’s so hard to know when you are speaking to a decent vet here in Japan your always wondering who is a good vet and who (current vet) might be milking you for cash ~ Anyhow we are in a holding pattern for a week hoping everything will turn out alright when the lab report is returned ~ Thanks for the warning hope it’s not to late ~

  • anon101

    A recent response to a comment. Hope someone finds it helpful, excerpt below from http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2015/09/naet-a-cure-for-allergies-not/comment-page-1/#comment-121005
    skeptvet says:
    August 28, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    There is no cure for allergies, but there are many effective therapies. No treatment that does anything useful is completely without risk, but the idea that medications “suppress the immune system” is a bit of a misconception. Some medications do this, but then the problem is an inappropriately hyperactive immune system, so suppressing it is actually exactly what is needed. This is not the same as saying these medications turn off normal immune function or necessarily increase disease risk. And there are plenty of allergy treatments that do not directly reduce the overactive immune system at all.
    The best bet is always to see a board-certified veterinary dermatologist, who has the widest range of appropriate treatments to offer. Here are two articles looking at the scientific evidence for many available allergy treatments to start you off.
    Evidence-based Canine Allergy Treatment

  • Susan

    Hi Kirkland Signature Salmon & Sweet Potato formula is made by the same makers who make “Taste Of The Wild” formula’s & their Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon formula is the same as the Kirkland Salmon formula your feeding, can you get “Taste Of The Wild” in Japan??
    I feed the TOTW Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb it has the same Protein% & Fat% as the TOTW Pacific Stream Salmon formula has 25%-Protein & 15%-fat.. you should start rotating with another protein source like Lamb, Turkey, Kangaroo Venison, I don’t like just feeding the same brand & the same protein source for too long especially fish, fish has toxins & contaminates & the fish is coming from American waters? Probably beter off looking for an Newzealnade or Australian fish kibble also when you just feeed teh same ingredients & protein in a kibble your dog has more of a chance reacting to an ingredient or protein after eating it for so long…. You add chicken which is very good, you should add more fresh foods, like cooked egg, blueberries, sardines, broccolli the healthy foods you eat whatever your cooking give to your girl slowly of cause so she gets use to them when you have any cooked foods left over as long as they are not hot & spicey foods & no onion, mushrooms avocado google the foods dogs can’t eat, you can add fresh foods as a topper with her kibble or instead of feeding her dry kibble make her a cooked meal for dinner instead this way she is getting a more rounded diet with different ingredients & proteins;;
    If your living in Japan I’m pretty sure you can get Australian made pet foods like “Meals For Mutts” MfM have some really good dry foods, supplements & treats, I just looked MfM import to a Hong Hong distrubuter.. http://www.mealsformutts.com.au/
    also there’s “Ivory Coat” they distribute to Nagano in Japan, if you do find “Ivory coat” start on the Ivory Coat Reduced fat Senior/Adult Turkey formula first some of their other formula’s are higher in protein & fat & your girl is use eating around 14% fat & 25%-protein so just make sure you read the fat % & protein% & don’t jump too high in fat & protein cause she isn’t use to eating very rich pet foods, same as my boy he does well on fat around 15%& protein around 26% if I go too high in fat & protein he gets diarrhea & stomach problems…
    I use to own a Boxer Angie she was a real lady a beautiful lady, she was all white & had a tan patch above her right eye… Mast Cell Tumor got her in the end, so make sure you feel & look out for any wort like lumps.. here’s “Ivory Coat” link http://ivorycoat.com.au/reduced-fat-senior-adult/

  • Rock Singer

    Same with my Boxer ~ I went to my Vet who gave me some liquid that I put in her ear that I carefully swish around ~ Then I carefully (CAREFULLY) go in with a long stem Q-Tip (I buy theses at the 99 cent store) as he showed me as to not let the liquid impact it self at the bottom of the ear canal ~ I can tell when its time to clean her ears because that where the smell/odor come from ~ Usually every other month ~ One last thing is he gave me some ointment that I rub inside the ear so it doesn’t dry out ~ A little work for a better day ~ Love my girl ~

  • Rock Singer

    I’ve been using Kirkland Salmon dry dog food w/fresh chicken breast skin remove that I have bake since my Boxer Fish Face was a puppy ~ Reason being I’m living in Japan and Costco is nearby ~ The results have been great ~ Shinny fur and her poop is always solid with a nice brown color ~ Never feed her wet food only my home made chicken ~ My Boxer is 5 years old now and I’ve resisting the change to their adult formula but thinking about it ~ Don’t know about anybody else but I refuse to by anything that is made or comes from China ~ My Kirkland brand is made in the USA ~

  • Amanda Hodge

    Thanks we’re on the Nutrisca still in hopes that he feels a little bit better until I can find a specialist

  • Amanda Hodge

    Wow ha m you!

  • Amanda Hodge

    Thank you so much for this information!

  • Amanda Hodge

    Thank you!

  • Amanda Hodge

    Yeah that’s what our vet said, raw is a bit too expensive:/

  • Susan

    Hi, Zoetis the makers of Apoquel have brought out a new medication for itchy skin & allergies, it has less side effects it’s called “Cytopoint” injections, an injection is given every 4-6 weeks when the dogs starts to itch again some dogs take 8 weeks before they start to itch again, it depends on the dog, you only need to give Cytpopoint injection when the dog starts to itch again, people are saying it’s a new wonder drug & the owners have said they have a itchy free dog again….Please read side effects to Apoquel.. https://www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/cytopoint/

  • EmpatheticRN

    Ask your Vet to put your dog on Apoquel. It’s a prescription anti-itch pill. My dog had all of what your were describing. I had her allergy tested (allergic to dust mites, molds and storage mites (in bagged dog food)), on allergy shots, oral antibiotics for the staph infections related to constant scratching and licking til bald. Ripping her hair out, ear infections (because of scratching and introducing bacteria into the ear from her paws), anti-biotic shampoos, sprays, lotions for hot spots. I paid my vet a fortune over 5 years. It was a second opinion vet who mentioned the new drug…it worked within a few days. Give it a shot, it can’t hurt.

  • Crazy4cats

    Kirkland dry pet foods are made by Diamond Pet. Check out Diamond’s website. They have a lot of information on it. If you have any questions, they have a “contact us” link. You are on a dog food rating site, not Kirkland’s. Hope this is helpful.

  • coolzero

    Hi. We are currently feeding our dog with Kirland signatures Adult Chicken. Can you please give a little more details about your Quality Assurance? How do you check or inspect your own dog does lines? Are your dog food line also get inspected and certified by the FDA or by Health Canada or by Canadian food Inspection Agency? Thanks.

  • Crazy4cats

    I have no idea if your pup will do well on Nutrisca and I don’t feed it. But, to say it does not have any nutritional value, is silly.

  • Crazy4cats

    Actually, Susan, Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans do have nutritional value. I didn’t think my dogs did well on them either, but they are thriving on Authority’s Turkey Healthy Weight/Joint formula which contains them.

    Unfortunately, I don’t care for them myself much. If enough seasoning is added to hummus, I can sort of eat it. LOL!

  • anon101

    Some more information, hope this helps 🙂

    “Atopic dermatitis is a hypersensitivity or over-reaction to a variety of commonplace and otherwise harmless substances in the environment such as plant pollens, house dust mites or mold spores. Most pets with atopic dermatitis either inhale or absorb their allergens through their skin. Allergy tests are used to identify what a pet is allergic to in their environment”.
    “There are two types of allergy tests, the intradermal allergy test and blood testing for allergies (serologic allergy testing). In an intradermal allergy test, the fur is clipped on one side of the chest and very small amounts of common allergens are injected into the skin. This test is very precise and is only performed by Veterinary Dermatology services. Because most pets with environmental allergies become exposed to their allergens through their skin, the intradermal allergy test may also best simulate a pet’s natural allergies. In a blood allergy test, a blood sample is obtained and submitted to a laboratory for testing”.
    “If a pet is diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, there are three methods of therapy. The first method of therapy involves removing the allergen from the pet’s environment”. “Unfortunately, this is not possible in most cases. The second method of therapy involves the use of anti-itch drugs such as anti-histamines or steroids (cortisone). Some of these anti-itch medications do not work in every pet. Other pets develop side-effects from taking certain anti-itch medications”.
    “The third method of therapy for atopic dermatitis (environmental allergies) is allergy injections. Other names for allergy injections include desensitization, hyposensitization, allergy vaccine, or allergen-specific immunotherapy. Immunotherapy involves a series of injections of diluted allergens. Over time, these injections make a pet less sensitive to their allergens and thus less allergic. Most pet owners are able to learn how to give the injections at home. When based on the results of intradermal allergy testing, immunotherapy helps manage the allergies in approximately 70-90% of pets. Most pets will respond to immunotherapy within 6-9 months, but some pets will require up to a year of immunotherapy injections before a full benefit can be noted”.
    http://www.mspca.org/vet-services/angell-boston/dermatology/boston-dematology-allergies.html

  • anon101

    Hope this helps:
    By Klaus Loft, DVM
    Angell Dermatology Service
    Anyone who suffers debilitating environmental allergies tied to changing seasons, pet dander or household dust mites knows first-hand the misery of a scratchy throat, itchy eyes or painful rashes.
    Not everyone knows, however, that our pets can experience similar allergic reactions — and other very bothersome dermatological issues. But our pets need not suffer in silence. Modern veterinary science has evolved such that advanced, comprehensive treatments are now available to treat a range of skin conditions.
    Top pet dermatological issues
    Our four-legged friends suffer from some of the same skin issues as we do — and several that we do not. The most common conditions we see at Angell include:
    •Parasites, such as mites, fleas and mange (scabies)
    •Infectious diseases, such as Staphylococcal pyoderma (“Staph”) skin infections, yeast and fungal infections and skin fold infections
    •Systemic diseases, such as autoimmune diseases
    •Skin cancer, such as Squamous cell carcinoma, cutaneous lymphoma, Mast cell tumors
    •Allergies, such as flea allergy dermatitis, adverse food reactions, environmental allergies, etc.
    All of these conditions can become serious and, if untreated, dramatically reduce quality of life. But the tremendous strides made in veterinary innovation, however, is very good news for our pets. Specifically, the testing and treatments for allergies now rivals human healthcare in its sophistication, quality of care and long-term health outcomes.
    Unlike humans, dogs and cats cannot tell us about their dermatological health issues. So we as pet owners must look for the signs. The most common indicators that a pet is suffering from some kind of allergy involve frequent episodes of ear infections, red raised or open sores on the skin, constant licking or biting of paws or groin — sometimes causing wounds that will not go away.
    Allergies present a particular challenge because there can be hundreds (even thousands) of potential allergens that impact pet health, from foods to pollen from grasses, weeds, trees, dust mites and more. Today’s specialty veterinary hospitals have access to the very latest diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of what’s ailing our pet. Among these tests is the Intra Dermal Test (IDT).
    IDT is generally considered the gold standard of testing for identifying allergens that cause pets to suffer from chronic skin and/or ear diseases. IDT involves injections of a series of concentrated allergens into the skin to determine which of them generate allergic reactions in a given animal. The use of fluorescein — a chemical that illuminates the inflammation caused by the injected allergens in order to visualize the strength of individual reactions — is key to accurately diagnosing pet allergies, and is just one of the many ways veterinarians use new technologies to improve care and diagnostics.
    The results of IDT (as well as a review of the pet’s medical history) can then inform comprehensive immunotherapy treatments to relieve suffering. Veterinary dermatologists rely on IDT to build customized treatment plans for patients called Allergen Specific Immuno Therapy or “ASIT” for short.
    ASIT involves a series of injections specifically created for the allergic animal’s skin. These injections, of diluted allergens, are designed to make a pet less sensitive to their allergens over time. In most cases these injections must be continued for life to reduce symptoms, but they are highly effective. Seventy to 90 percent of pets experience a reduction in symptoms as a result of ASIT treatment. These treatments can be delivered even more easily via droplets under the tongue, perfect for pet owners who are squeamish about giving injections to their pet.
    This treatment is very new to the North American field of medicine (both human and veterinary) and underscores just how far innovation in veterinary medicine has come.
    When it’s time to see the vet
    Many pet owners are understandably concerned about taking their animals to the veterinarian because the cost (to say nothing of the fear some animals experience when going do the doctor) may outweigh any perceived reduction in suffering. To help pet owners know when it’s time to bring Fido to the doctor I’ve compiled my “Top Ten” list of dermatological symptoms that should never be ignored:
    •Intense itching of the skin (head shaking, running the face into the carpet, furniture, etc.)
    •Biting at the skin that creates red, raw crusting areas of the skin
    •Multiple ear infections (head shaking, odor from ears, scratching at the ears with hind legs)
    •Paw licking or chewing and frequent infections of the skin in the webbed skin of the paws
    •Staining of the fur of the paws and nails on multiple feet
    •Reoccurring skin infections in the groin, under the shoulders, perianal areas (on or under the tail)
    •Greasy scaling skin and/or fur with odorous skin
    •Hair loss, or thinning of the fur
    •Dark pigmentation of the skin that is chronically infected
    •Sudden depigmentation of skin
    Allergies and other dermatological issues can be as frustrating for pet owners and their veterinarians as they can be for pets. I encourage any pet owner whose animal is experiencing any of these symptoms to consult with their veterinarian.
    https://www.mspca.org/angell_services/dermatology-allergies/

  • Susan

    Patches vet always says “when the itch is above the shoulder (head) it’s food sensitivies, change what your feeding him” also start bathing weekly, baths wash away any allergens, relieve any itchy skin & kills any yeast on the skin… Have you ever looked into feeding a raw diet? Patches yeasty ears, paws & skin all cleared up within 4 days after he was put on a limited ingredient homemade raw diet.. you can buy the premade raw.

  • Amanda Hodge

    Thank you!

  • Amanda Hodge

    Oh yes I forgot to mention that, he’s on the Zymox ear drops which helps a lot, and he’s also on the shampoo and conditioner and we bathe him every few weeks. All three products help a lot. Thank you for telling me about it, I buy it on chewy.com along with his food. I just definitely need to change his food because ever since the company was bought out I’ve noticed his yeast infection has gotten worse.

  • Susan

    Here’s the “Canidae” site
    https://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products/
    “Canidae” Pure Wild, Pure Sea, Pure Land, Pure Sky are really good for skin/ear & stomach problems, have good ingredients & high in omega 3…. “Under The Sun” is made by Canidae & is a bit cheaper… still buy tin sardines in spring water & add a few sardines to one of his meals a day or 4 times a week to up the Omega 3 in his diet.. & try the Zymox (Hydrocortisone 1%) as well that Christina recommended below..you put a few drops in the ears & massage the ear then let him shake ears & do the same with the other ear…. its hard to work out what’s causing skin & ear problems but its normally both envrionment allergies & food sensitivities..keep a diary & see is he better in the cooler months & worse in Summer months? then it’s probably environment allergies & your feeding the right diet, write down ingredients & rotate with other brands with similair ingredients….Good-Luck

  • Christina Rieman Smith

    Just a thought ..i have had 2 larger breed dogs that both had seasonal allergies. It would present in the ears often as yeast..could be black and slimy..looked very dirty and one of them would be smelly, shaking their heads and scratching their ears. . My vet recommended Zymox (hydrocortisone 1%). You dont need to clean the ears first. Its a little thicker than your standard ear wash and you only need a drop or two in each ear …massage for a minute under the ear (before they shake their head) and after about 5 days it is so much better. Many people have tried it and its wonderful. Its not a prescription so you can get it on pet meds.com. Good Luck

  • Amanda Hodge

    Thank you so much! I had no idea it had no nutritional value, that’s insane! That’s such an amazing price and the reviews are good too. Thank you so much, I’ll give that brand a try 🙂

  • anon101

    Yes, work with your vet. I used Nutrisca for several years with good results, but my current favorite is Zignature whitefish as a base.
    If your vet suspects food sensitivities I imagine he would have suggested a prescription food/elimination diet.
    Treating allergies requires a multifaceted approach.
    I don’t regret going to a specialist.

  • Susan

    Hi Amanda, with yeasty skin, ears & paws you have to work out what ingredient your dog is sensitive too, my boy cannot eat Carrots as soon as I added carrots to his homemade rissoles he started shaking his head, scratching his ears, when my boy eats chicken, barley, oats & corn his skin & paws starts to smell real yeasty & he’s itchy, I bath him in “Malaseb” Medicated shampoo, the Malaseb kills the yeasty & bacteria that’s on their skin/paws.. start writing down the foods you have been feeding, read the ingredient list & see is there 1 ingredient that has been in all the foods he’s been eating… If your going the buy the Kirkland Signature get the Salmon & Sweet Potatoes, has your dog had a fish diet before?? it will be higher in omega 3, but dont just feed a fish diet later on rotate with a different meat protein…..
    Yes the Nutrisca has NO nutritional value, a dog can’t just live on meat & chickpeas, I don’t know what these pet food companies are thinking making these chickpea grain free diets, if you want to try a chickpea limited ingredient cheaper kibble that has same ingredients as the Nutrisca & see if his ears get better have a look at “Ünder The Sun” try a protein he hasnt eatin before there’s Whitefish, Lamb, Chicken & a large breed formula… Chewy sells the 25lb bag for $36.

  • Amanda Hodge

    Thank you so much! I’ll do contact my vet about a referral immediately!

  • anon101

    I think that your dog may have environmental allergies. They get worse with age, not better. There is no cure but there are effective treatments (lifelong).
    So, changing the diet and trying different foods will have no effect on his symptoms.
    Where he has had these symptoms for more than 1 year/4 seasons, I would take him to a veterinary dermatologist for intradermal skin testing and an accurate diagnosis, then you can evaluate the treatment options.
    Go to forums and search “environmental allergies”, see my posts. Good luck.
    PS: There are a lot of scams out there, such as saliva and hair testing for food sensitivities…don’t be fooled.
    Ask your vet for a referral to a veterinary dermatologist, asap, for best results. There is no cheap way out of this, environmental allergies can be as serious as diabetes as far an medical conditions go.

  • Crazy4cats

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  • anon101

    I had a dog that loved Mighty Dog, it comes in small cans and makes an excellent topper.

  • Susan

    Hi I’ve forgotten the Pet food company that makes Kirkland wet tin food….
    I think it starts with A, Arinsworth? I can’t remember, a lady called Crazy4Cats will know..
    Go on the “Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Canned dog food” section & post a post asking who makes it?

  • Kim

    I don’t normally do the wet food but I may look into that now. I have tried several high end and several low end foods as she is very picky. The low end made her very sick though. This looks more mid grade. I saw many comments about people’s dogs becoming sick last year with this food and that is making me a bit nervous to try it now. I normally love almost all things Kirkland!

  • Susan

    Hi you need the Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain grain free if you want grain free have you opened the bag yet you can take it back & swap over to Kirkland grain free formula… It all depends on your dog, does she does better on a grain free kibble or a grain kibble? it’s best to rotate between a few different formula’s anyway…. just make sure you stay around the same amount of fat, protein & fiber % if she is use to eating kibbles with low fat & low protein & then you start feeding a higher fat & protein % this is when dogs start having Gi problems….have you tried the wet tin Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain foods? I seen a picture in the “Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain canned dog food” section & it looks really good…
    Just make sure you introduce the new kibble over 7 day period, then if your dog is doing well then mix thru all the kibbles if this is how you do it..I like to feed wet food then kibble formula for breakfast & a different formula for the other meal, so they don’t get bored & sick of eating the same food 24/7…also

  • Kim

    I just purchased a bag of the Lamb and Rice. My dog did great on the Lamb at bj’s but they discontinued it. I have had her on the duck and again she does well but I was looking for a little more quantity for the price and the kirkland seems to fit the bill. I read a lot of negative reviews on another site and am just curious if anyone has recently had any issues with this food before I start mixing it with her current food. Thank you !

  • Susan

    Hi if the kibble are bigger & smell different, probably it is different, you are their mums & would know the best, I’d contact the makers of Kirkland & ask them….
    You should always rotate between a few different brand kibbles with a different protein, that they like & do well on, when a dog eats the same food 24/7 this is when food sensitivities can start to happen, when a dog is sensitive to an ingredient it can cause gas/wind bad farts, sloppy poo’s etc.. Have you tried the Kirkland Signature Smoked Salmon grain free formula? it’s the “Taste Of The Wild” Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon formula…. Aldi’s have a really good kibble now called “Pure Being” scroll back up & on ur left in the Review’s “search bar” enter “Shep dog food” that’s the old Aldis formula DFA hasn’t changed it to the new Aldis formula yet but there’s a few people posting how good Aldi’s new Pure Being is… once our on the Shep review page if you scroll down to “Micheala61” post she’s put up the Pure Being ingredient list, it looks like a 4-5 star kibble… maybe you can rotate between Pure Being & the Kirkland Lamb & Rice formula.. when you rotate between a few different kibble brands your dogs have less chance becoming ill, if there’s a problem with that brand of kibble…

  • Aaron Hoff

    We’ve been feeding the Kirkland Signature Adult (Purple bag w/chicken & rice) for over two years now with no complaints.

    This last bag we purchased seems different – bigger kibbles, smells different, and now our dogs are kinda gassy. Anyone else notice the change, or are we just crazy?

  • Susan

    Carla I think you need to read this about the “Facts & Myths about Yeast Dermatitis in dogs”.. by 2 Broad Certified Veterinary Dermatologist” yeast happens cause the dog is either allergic to something in the environment or the dog has a food sensitivity to an ingredient in the food he/she is eating.. http://www.healthyskin4dogs.com/blog/2015/9/8/facts-myths-about-yeast-dermatitis-in-dogs

  • aimee

    Hi Carla,

    I’ve had great success using vet diets both with a previous dog and with a dog I have now. Veterinarians purchase the food from the company at a lower price than they sell it for, same as a pet store.

    Vets vary in their nutritional training, some schools have more than others. something else to keep in mind is that nutritional information is often interwoven into other classes which is why it may not be listed as a separate course.

    Fat is a risk factor for pancreatitis, and high carbohydrate diets are used to reduce incidents for pancreatitis..

    The type of yeast that proliferates on ears and skin is Malassezia which is a fat loving yeast. It grows on skin because it feeds off of the sebum from sebaceous glands. Besides the amount of carbohydrate can’t influence levels on the surface of the skin.

    It is easy to get this stuff wrong due to the proliferation of misinformation easily found in readily available sources such as Dogs Naturally.

  • Carla J Dunlap

    Susan what is the % of carbohydrates, they cause a lot of problems, research Diabetes, and Pancreatitis and carbohydrates in dogs, please.Thank you

  • Carla J Dunlap

    What they should tell you is to stop eating sugar and carbohydrates

  • Carla J Dunlap

    Jorge take a look at Dogs Naturally mag. they have a wealth of info that I think you would appreciate, you will be amazed at what you learn. Wishing you and your dog good health

  • Carla J Dunlap

    Susan please never put your dogs on vet diet they get kick backs from the company’s, vets only have a very very short course on nutrition. Pancreatitis is direct;y related to sugar, carbohydrates some of these foods equate to over 50% sugar yeast feeds on sugar and causes ear infections skin problems and the like. Take a look at Dogs Naturally Mag. it has a wealth of info they have a Facebook page so you don’t need to buy it, I think you will be surprised at what you learn and angered about what you learn. Wishing you and your dog good health.

  • Carla J Dunlap

    Please do some more research, sugar is what causes so many issues, diabetes is a top killer in dogs these days, it also causes yeast, yeast feeds on sugar, some of these foods equate to over 50% sugar. Hope this helps

  • Rachel M

    Hi Christian, that is a complicated question. I will try to make the answer brief.

    After what feels like exhaustive research, I learned that when many different dog food brands are manufactured in very large batches by one company (Diamond, in this case), errors are bound to happen in production when switching between different company “recipes” on “the line”. Its simply the law of probability that formulas will vary (by accident) and equipment may not be fully cleaned and sanitized between production runs.

    So when someone tells me, “My dog was fine on this food for XX months, XX years, then they got sick, it can’t be the food!” I immediately ask the question, “Who manufactures the food? Why couldn’t they have made an error during production?”

    This realization lead me to do something drastic. I immediately began feeding a raw diet while I researched kibble I could trust. It started with Natures Variety frozen raw with frozen raw goat milk. These were in an effort to isolate any food intolerances and eliminate all fillers and preservative agents. My dog took to it immediately and her gut began to heal and repair. I also began feeding Darwins frozen raw as it was marketed as “complete and balanced”.

    After much research on small, internally manufactured kibbles, I settled on a handful. I usually look for “complete and balanced”, named proteins as first ingredients and low to no recall history. And i rotate the brands and protein sources.

    The current bag is Earthborn Holistics (Primitive Natural), next in line will be Acana (Pacifica, I bought the last bag from Canada the dealer had on the shelves) and after that will be Horizon, Pulsars (Turkey). From there is a bag of Natures Variety Instinct Boost (Duck). I recognize that Natures Variety isn’t “small batch” but I trust their manufacturer and my dogs have done well on it.

    My preference is always a Canadian company, small batch and federally inspected. Kibble is half of their diet.

    Kibble is soaked in raw goat’s milk for their evening meal before bed. This gives them all night to digest kibble and I pray for a lower incidence of bloat feeding this way.

    For breakfast and lunch, they are fed raw proteins in rotation. (This may not be something you are willing to do, I have just noticed a real improvement to stools, breath, coats and dogs are more lean body mass adding raw to the diet).

    Over the last few month, I discontinued Darwins and found a local coop with amazing variety. Today for example I am picking up raw venison neck bones, green tripe, ground rabbit with fur, mackerel/sardines, ground grass fed beef with organ and ground lamb/duck blend.

    Food items like a handful of carrots, a half cup of blueberries, a sliced apple, some romaine lettuce or hard boiled eggs (with the shell left on) are hand-fed as “treats”. A tablespoon of coconut oil is added the bowl a few times a week and a whole frozen mackerel or sardine is fed on Saturdays.

    So far, its been 6 months and the changes in my dogs (I also have a new large breed puppy) are what I had hoped to see by feeding raw food and a quality kibble that isn’t cost prohibitive.

    If I can recommend one thing, always add liquid to your dog’s kibble. It aids in digestion and the goat milk can help to balance gut health if your dog still has diarrhea or shows mucous in their stool. And fish oil from a cold, deep water fish can also be a benefit.

    Again, listen to your dog. Sometimes they don’t eat breakfast. I just put it in the fridge and offer later. I never try to “disguise” their food. If they won’t eat it, there is a reason.

    And buy small bags of kibble to sample. Its more expensive by the pound but the benefit is giving you a lower cost way to “test” the food. Some dogs can handle the proteins fine, its how the food has been processed (high heat, added preservatives, colorings, grains, starches) that may not agree with them.

    And its just another reason I started with raw. Can be very easy on their digestive tract, you control exactly what goes in the bowl and you can eliminate proteins that don’t agree with your dog’s digestive system. So far, I can’t find anything my dogs won’t tolerate. Wish I could say the same about all kibbled products.

    Hope my experience helps and good luck. The answer is out there and you will find it.

  • Christian

    What did you end up going with? I’d love to know what you’ve switched to. We’re seeing the same signs you mentioned with our shepherds. Thanks!

  • Jorge

    Thanks for all the info… its really good to be informed. So i went to costco and had a refund for the bag then went to pet smart and bought what i gave him before that was royal canine medium adult which was ok with him and kept his hair really shiny…. they suggested to transition slowly from kirkland to royal canine at least 7 days until 100% the new kibble… I really hipe he gets better. Thank you

  • Susan

    Food sensitivities can take 1 day up to 6 weeks to show signs of a reaction, if your dog is a Schnauzer I’d be careful especially with the other the kibble that has 37% protein,16% min -fat…. Maybe your dog started being unwell while on other kibble & it’s continued & the new kibble has made things worse, it’s very hard to really know what happened, drooling is when they feel sick, when I first got my dog he was acting real weird & quiet, he started licking his front paws, grinding his teeth & mouth licking, this all happened after he was put on a vet diet for his skin allergies, the first vet wouldn’t listen to me & change the vet diet kibble he put Patch on, it was way too high in fat-19% then the vet nurse made an appointment for Patch to see another vet, a lady vet, but Patch ended up with Pancreatitis & she changed his vet diet to a lower fat kibble & said paw licking can be a sign of pain, it sets off their endorphins by licking their paws……Just stop feeding the food & contact who makes that formula & tell them what’s happened.. Have a look at “Canidae” Pure Pettite” kibbles or Canidae’s other formulas, all their kibbles are nice & small… http://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products

  • Jorge

    Hi Susan thank you for your reply, ive switched kibbles before from beneful, to royal canine to perfomatrin ultra, always did it gradually and actually when seitching to kjrkland I actually took the full 7 days to make the switch. At the beggining he loved the kirkland food, everything was fine for almost 2 weeks, then I started noticing he was acting weird, he was like anxious… 2 days ago he strarted drooling which he has never done before, also he was licking his underpaws, he is not that active anymore and he is eating that kirkland I guess because its the only food I give him, no scraps or anything else. Protein on its last food was 37%, and fat 16% … now kirkland protein is 23% and fat 14%.

  • Susan

    Did you slowly introduce the new kibble over 7 days? also was the fat % & protein% around the same % as his last kibble? Unless your dog has eaten that kibble before you must always introduce any new kibbles then once he’s introduced you can rotate between a few kibbles that he does well on… I rotate between 3 kibbles but I introduced them to my boy first & they are all around the same amount of fat% protein% & fiber & I only feed either Lamb & Fish kibbles… It could be something else that’s why its best to just feed 1 thing at a time when introducing a new kibble..

  • Jorge

    Bought lamb rice and vegetables for my schnauzer couple of weeks ago at costco mississauga, BIG mistake…. it had good rating in this consumer page.. he is drooling, has diarrhea and seems sad and sick… he is only 2.5 yrs never had a problem before. I gave him royal canine and then perfomatrin ultra….

  • Tammie Williams

    I do believe it was a coincedent that your dog happened to get sick about the same time you started her on Kirklands. Kirklands apparently was not the problem, she got a bacterial infection in her intestinal tract. If treating her with antibiotic’s and she got better, that tells me she had an infection. As far as the steroids, apparently the infection caused inflammation, in her digestive tract.

  • Rachel M

    My advice: listen to your dog. My shepherd dog has always had a sensitive digestive system prone to upset. I assumed her occasional bouts with diarrhea were from switching between Kirkland formulas.

    After eating this food for a few years, last summer both dogs were clearly having issues. Stools were loose, often uncontrolled and full of mucous. Our small dog was licking his paws relentlessly and the shepherd finally went on a complete hunger strike and refused to eat, for 3 days.

    So I pulled the food, did some reading, investigated other options and have the shepherd on a new diet. All issues have resolved. Lesson is: some dogs have reactions to some foods. If they refuse to eat, something is wrong. Consult your vet and work together to find what works.

    Even the “best” dog foods can have glitches in manufacturing. Sign up for recalls and become familiar with the manufacturer’s history of processing practices. It could save your dog’s life.

  • jack

    Maybe they all got into something together and it coincided with the change in food?
    I am so sorry for your loss and understand your grief.

  • C.d. Gibson

    I too have 4 dogs who all eat Kirkland’s Lamb & Rice formula. All are healthy & happy. They run, play, chase squirrels, and are incredibly healthy. My female scottie developed severe diarrhea after eating Purina Beneful.

  • Ginger Marshall

    I’ve fed my current and previous 2 dogs Kirkland brand dog food and they’ve all been healthy with beautiful coats. I’ve had no complaints and my dogs look great!

  • Donna-Nick Bartlett

    I have raised 4 large dogs on exclusively this dog food, moving through all varieties of the Kirkland brand as they aged. Every dog stayed INCREDIBLY HEALTHY and lived to a very old age. 14 1/2 years, which for 150 pound giant breed dogs, this was remarkable! Costco sells a very fine and healthy product. And no, I am not an employee of this company.

  • Deirdre O’Malley

    Yes you can, but bring a large bag of what you have. They’ll be able to find your purchase in their computer. They do like the original bag, but I didn’t have mine either and they said they’d do it this one time. Give it a try.

  • Jaci B

    We gave our 5 year old Boxer Kirkland food and she started having bowel problems. She never had accidents in the house in the 5 years we have had her and she started peeing and pooping all over. Diarrhea with blood, foamy throw up, etc. we switched her back to her old food and the diarrhea stopped but she continued to get worse over time. She lost weight, got super lethargic and weak, would not even bark anymore. She even started to show symptoms of being blind. The vet said it might be neurological and suggested we take her to a neurologist. We can’t afford that and we were prepared to euthanize her as she was declining quick! As a last ditch effort, we tried antibiotics and a steroid. We are on day 4 of the antibiotics and steroids and she seems to be on the mend. Her appetite has come back, she hasn’t had accidents in the house, she even started barking again. She’s getting stronger. And acting a little more normal. I hope we caught it in time. I feel horrible that we switched her to Kirkland dog food to save a little money. It’s not worth it!

  • Thatcoolguy

    Thanks so much for the feedback. Will definitely take it to heart. Someone here has to be the voice of reason though.

  • Richard Smith

    I have read several of your responses to problems with Kirkland food. It seems you will sayi that anything is wrong except blaming the food. Even “bad luck”. The pattern of your comments is egregious.

  • Cynthia I. Nakaya

    all 4 of them allergic??? Sure. You think I believe that? My dog developed Inflammatory bowel disease after eating this and now he’s dead.

  • demovoter

    Perhaps your dog is allergic to one or more ingredients. I feed my dogs, ages 6 and 12 this food and they thrive.

  • Tallulla

    I’ve fed my Bulldogs and Boston Kirkland’s Lamb and rice since 2009 with no issues. Two of mine have a chicken allergy (hives). They are all healthy and great weights. I will continue to use it.

  • Cynthia I. Nakaya

    I gave all my dogs the Mature Dog blend and they all got sick. My biggest dog is still not well. I took him to the vet and nothing came back on the tests. He has lost 11 lbs since this started and I’m worried sick. This stuff is garbage

  • Susan

    Hi Kirkland is made by Diamond who makes “Taste Of The Wild” (TOTW) as well, my boy has IBD & Skin Allergies, I did the same & read all the bad comments about Diamond, so I didn’t feed Patch TOTW, then 3 yrs later I’d tried most of the limited ingredient kibbles that weren’t too high in fat & protein, I read on a F/B groups heaps of sick dogs with EPI & IDB were doing really well now that they are eating Taste Of The Wild kibbles the Pacific Stream & the Sierra Mountain formulas, so I bought Patch TOTW Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon first slowly introduced he loved it then I tried the Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb & Patches favorite & he is doing real well, did his first real firm poos, he stopped his whining & whinging with his pancreas & stomach pain, about 1 month ago I started feeding him another brand kibble cause I try & rotate between different brands & proteins, Patch has gone down hill again, vomiting, whinging, eating grass, so yesterday I went & bought him his favorite TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb, he hasn’t eaten any grass so far & he’s playing with his toys, so he must be feeling better….
    If you do your research many manufactures suffered back 2010 pet food recall which mostly traced back to ingredients sourced from China, Hills, Royal Canin, Purina, Natural Balance among many others were involved in the big pet food recall… If your dogs are doing good & are looking & feeling good then go with what they like to eat, I feel safe, I’m pretty sure Diamond would be on their best behavior to make sure it never happens again…

  • Crazy4cats

    All of Kirkland’s dry dog food is made by Diamond.
    http://www.kirklandsignaturepetsupplies.com/faqs

  • rosemurie

    Was thinking of buying Kirkland for my German shepherds n pitie mix they eat DIAMOND BUT AFTER reading all these comments I’m not sure I want too now..but I do give them Kirkland dog biscuits which they love with no problem

  • Susan

    When humans have acute or chronic Pancreatitis the Dr tells you to start eating a lower fat diet, stop drinking alcohol (if you drink) & start eating a healthy diet, Gallstones are sometimes the cause of acute Pancreatitis in humans but the Dr doesn’t say, “Oh that’s just bad luck your Pancreas is badly inflamed, you’ll be right mate, just keep eating what your eating, but make sure you’ve made all your funnel arrangements” lol

  • Amanda Landeros

    We started feeding out new baby
    8m old lab mix the K signature LG breed puppy. He did great. Went to get second bag and they no longer carried it! We had to buy Natures Domain which has scary reviews and make our baby ill. When I talked to a manager he explained they are bringing it back with a different item number, bag and price but he doesn’t know if the formula has changed or not . and that they are doing away with the Natures Domain. HOWEVER, they won’t have anymore in for 3 more weeks!!

  • Thatcoolguy

    The other option is that the pancreatitis is unrelated to her food and was just bad luck. That’s more likely. When people get pancreatitis, we don’t tell them never to eat those foods they ate that day again.

  • Susan

    Hi, change her diet the fat in Kirkland is probably too high, look for a kibble around 10% fat max & email kibble company & ask what’s the max fat %. the fat % can go up another 5%, It always say’s min after the fat % I know Taste Of The Wild have told me their fat % doesn’t go up too much, so if it say 15% min fat it’s about 15.2% in the TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb when I asked…
    Also in wet tin food the fat % isn’t like the kibble fat % if a wet tin food says 5% fat when converted to a kibble dry matter the 5% is around 23-25% fat so be careful & look for wet tin foods around 2-3 % max fat, or do what I do I cook & don’t bother buying wet tin foods…
    My boy gets IBD & Pancreatitis, I’m feeding “Canidae” Life Stages Platinum at the moment, the fat is 8.5%min so max fat% is about 10% fat & the protein is low at 20%min & the Platinum kibble is real easy to digest & Patch doesn’t get his pain, my boy was eating “Taste Of The Wild” Roasted Lamb the makers of Kirkland & he started to get his Pancreas pain, so I’ve stopped feeding the TOTW for now to give his pancreas a rest, I also make lean pork rissoles with whisked egg, cut up broccoli, parsley & crated carrot added with lean pork mince & made into small balls rissoles that I bake in oven & add some boiled sweet potato & feed for breakfast & the Canidae Platinum kibble for lunch & dinner, try & feed 3-4 smaller meals a day….

  • Noe

    My dog was just diagnosed with pancreatitis. She vomited profusely and
    was lethargic after a few days of eating my most recent bag of the
    Kirkland chicken food. Nothing else changed in her diet, and I don’t
    feed table scraps. I wonder if there was a recent issue with the
    processing? Does anyone know if I can return it without the bag? I emptied the entire bag into my food bin and tossed the packaging. Not excited to throw about 30 lbs of food.

  • Nancy Bjorking Blunt

    The have limited cat & dog food available on Costco web site. Nature’s Domain, Kirkland Small Dog Chicken, and Kirkland Cat Healthy Weight.

  • Thatcoolguy

    There are many things that could have caused that. His dog food is probably the least likely. More than likely unrelated.

  • Mike

    Fed my dog Kirkland’s Natures Domain for 2-3 years with no problems. After the last bag or two I fed him, he keep getting worse. Took him to the vet, long story short, lots of meds, blood tests, etc., big vet bill and had to put him down due to internal blooding and passing large amounts of blood. Autopsy showed the intestinal lining, from stomach to anus, had been totally eaten away. As for me, I’ll never use any Kirkland brand dog food again. Also, my friend’s dogs were fed the same food, one died and the other was going down fast. Stopped feeding her Kirkland”s dog food two weeks ago and she’s doing great, more lively than she has been in a while.

  • Lauren

    been feeding our puppy kirkland puppy since we got her in june and she was fine up until this last bag then suddenly diarrhea. bad. we’ve been to the vet cleared her up with meds and bland diet and now she has it again. I think it’s the food so now I have to switch her and I’m not sure to what.

  • Travis Sanders

    It seems like our three dogs were getting diarrhea as well. Wasn’t quite sure why but I ended up buying the Kirkland puppy food last time instead of the adult lamb. Mainly because the bags were half the weight and easier to carry. No more diarrhea

  • Susan

    Hi Mike & Jan,
    contact company email or phone & ask has there been a formula change & how do you get a refund & go & buy “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb…

  • Jan

    Yes, I give my dog Kirkland senior dog food and he too is having diarrhea and flatulence issues. He has been on this food for years but the last few months something is different???

  • Mike Zalusky

    Any one have recent issues with their dogs on Kirkland Lamb food? All 4 of our large dogs have been on this food for years with NO issues. we just opened a new bag and 3 of the 4 are sick, mostly diarrhea. Just basic troubleshooting, new bag, dogs sick. No other changes in their habits.

  • KcQ8ov

    Kibble does tend to expand in the stomach. If you are using kibble for a dog that you think may be vulnerable to bloat. I would presoak the kibble in water overnight in the fridg and only feed small amounts at a time mixed with wet food or a topper. Don’t leave food down…no free feeding.

  • Pitlove

    I do agree with you. There isn’t any specific food that will cause or prevent bloat.

  • April French Leavitt

    Hi Pitlove
    I agree, however, suggesting that they avoid this SPECIFIC KIBBLE, such as Rinehapa is doing is utterly ridiculous. Surely you agree. I mean c’mon

  • Pitlove

    Hi April-

    Unfortunately because bloat is idiopathic, the pet parent can do everything “right” and still have a dog end up bloating.

  • April French Leavitt

    If your dog has a susceptibility to bloat, he should avoid ALL KIBBLE. There is not one certain kibble that will lessen that. Only a raw fed diet or home cooked diet can lessen the chance of bloat, food speaking. So to say that a poodle or poodle mix should avoid this specific food because of their susceptibility to bloat is crazy

  • April French Leavitt

    It’s not Call of the WIld. It’s Taste of the Wild. Also before you go blaming the dog food, since ALL of the dogs got sick, why don’t you take this up with your adult son sneaking them unhealthy snacks??? Seems like a culprit to me

  • Cosmo Lynn

    I hear what you’re saying. And normally I would agree. I am in no way trying to bash Costco or the Kirkland Signature line of dog food. But all my dogs got sick. Bag one. I too thought it could be environmental. (They could’ve caught something in one of the lakes, a tick, a virus, someone gave them something to eat that didn’t agree with them, too much sun, got into garbage, etc.) They just weren’t themselves. Bag two…no improvement. Youngest Golden is uninterested in eating kibble yet begs voraciously for scraps. Oldest Golden started itching really badly. Ear infections. Now we’re dealing with diarrhea from all of them. In the house at night which NEVER HAPPENS because my dogs would rather die than have an accident in the house. Should’ve stopped feeding them there. But opened bag THREE because I too, didn’t believe it was possible. I had to shave my oldest golden’s back because of severe hotspots. Dogs are all uninterested in feeding time. A new dog joined our house. After 2 days of feeding my three and the new dog the 3rd bag, the new dog also has diarrhea AND vomiting!

    Went to the store – got new food (Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon – 5 star rating from this website….. All four dogs DEVOURED the new food like they were starving, and were COMPLETELY better in less than 48 hours.

    I noticed the kibble in these KS bags is lighter in color and doesn’t seem as oily or moist. I also noticed there is a LOT more kibble “dust” on the bottom of the bag.

    I’m not saying this dog food is evil. I’ve loved it for years. I’m saying something is DIFFERENT in these bags… That doesn’t make me crazy. It’s more than possible they had contaminated chicken or some other ingredient get into this batch. Happens in our human food supply all the time!

    I came here – to this site which I use often and trust to see if others have been experiencing problems, which they have. Identical problems to the ones we’ve been experiencing lately. When I originally started feeding my dogs this food – I came to this site for the original recommendation to put them on the KS Mature line! This isn’t my first time here. Although yes – these are my first comments…

    I feed my dogs all 5 star rated food. KS Mature was an exception at 4.5 stars because the price is so amazing and I trust this website and Costco.

    If I lived closer to Costco – and could buy one bag at a time – I would have no problem giving it another try in a few months…. My point for commenting was – I suddenly began having trouble with this formula. Have others been experiencing the same thing? And if so – maybe try something else for a while and see if it improves…

    I respect your opinion, but why are you taking it so personally when people say they have been having a hard time lately? People that come here love their dogs. It’s not an unrealistic calculation that when a dog gets sick – food could be the issue.

    I am saying – I took my dogs off this formulation for a while because something was different. I am not saying to buy it, I’m not saying don’t trust it – I’m saying watch your dog for a while. If somethings not right – try switching food.

    Peace be with you, Adam. No hard feelings. But let’s not bully or insult the intelligence of people just trying to do the best thing for their beloved pets. Not everyone on the internet is a troll or has bad intentions. I am not trying to hurt anyone…

  • Adam Haag

    >Dogs have been fine on dog food for years
    >Suddenly, problems develop
    >Clearly is the dog food, definitely not some other health condition or environmental factor.

    I’m sorry your dogs are sick, but your logic here is a tad lacking

  • kellie

    I started feeding our 11 year old border collies the Kirkland Mature and they seemed fine at first but this last bag, the third bag, both have had really bad gas and diarhea. I just want to find the best food for them that doesn’t make them sick!

  • Cosmo Lynn

    Geez… I really hate to post this because I’ve been feeding my 3 dogs (a chocolate lab and 2 golden retrievers) Kirkland Mature formula for a long, long time and I’m a huge Costco fan. They have always done fabulously on their food. It seemed to alleviate joint pain in my eldest, the lab, and decrease hot spots and ear infections in my susceptible golden. But the last few bags I’ve purchased – they are experiencing diarrhea, terrible hot spots, flaky skin, crazy itchiness and now vomiting. I guess I’ll return the bags (I bought 4) next time I make the three hour drive to Green Bay, but what a disappointment! Seems like this food should be re-tested and recalled. I’ve never seen posts like this for the Kirkland brand/formulation….so why no red flags if this is a “bad batch?” Back to Call of the Wild. I do appreciate people taking the time to post their recent issues. We’ve had another dog added to the household and I was thinking it could be stress or maybe my adult son sneaking them unhealthy snacks. Thought maybe it was repeated trips to Lake Michigan this summer…..but I know now that can’t be the case.

  • Jennifer Donovan

    I just wanted to say that my medium size (40lb) mixed breed dog is about to turn 16 years old. She has been eating Kirkland’s Best Dog food (Lamb & Rice and now Mature) her whole life. I don’t know if that’s a factor, but she has certainly thrived!

  • GSDsForever

    No. They are both Costco/Kirkland, made by Diamond, but the Nature’s Domain (GF) is its own line, carried in Costco next to the Kirkland Signature (grain inclusive).

    DFA has a separate review page for Nature’s Domain.

  • michellew

    Hi, I didn’t read all the comments, is this “Natures Domain”?

  • I really don’t know why everyone is complaining. My 5 (almost 6) year old chihuahua Kaiser has been eating the Adult Chicken formula for about 2 years and he has not had any problems ever since. If your dog is having problems it’s most likely because they’re allergic to one or more of the ingredients (as Adam said a few comments below) so quit trying to stop us from buying this great product T_T

    The picture below is Kaiser and his food in the background (not the garbage can..)

  • LabsRawesome

    Haha yeah I was. No I haven’t ordered it yet. I actually haven’t checked to see if it’s available on the Costco site.
    I’ll have to check it out. lol