Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain product line includes the 2 canned dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- Nature’s Domain Turkey and Pea Stew [A]
- Nature’s Domain Organic Chicken with Vegetables [A]
Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Turkey and Pea Stew was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.
Kirkland Signature Nature's Domain Turkey and Pea Stew
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey, turkey broth, vegetable broth, natural flavor, dried egg product, peas, agar-agar, carrots, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, spinach, choline chloride, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, iron proteinate (a source of chelated iron), zinc proteinate (a source of chelated zinc), vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate (a source of chelated copper), manganese proteinate (a source of chelated manganese), riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||44%||28%||20%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||34%||51%||15%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The next two ingredients are turkey broth and vegetable broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.
After the natural flavor, we find dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The sixth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The seventh is agar agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.
The eighth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
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 Nature’s Domain product.
With one notable exception…
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 Nature’s Domain
Canned Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain looks like an above-average wet dog food.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 30%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 18% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 68%.
Which means this Nature’s Domain product line contains…
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a canned dog food containing a significant amount of meat.
Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain is a grain-free canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Kirkland Signature Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Kirkland Dog Food. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Kirkland Dog Food Recall (5/5/2012)
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Notes and Updates
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition ↩
09/23/2019 Last Update