Kirkland Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formula

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  • Kirkland Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formula
  • Published on: October 11, 2015
  • Last modified: December 21, 2015
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Review Summary:

This is a high fiber and low calorie recipe intended for weight loss. However, do note the protein levels are relatively on the lower side and the carbohydrates that do not include dietary fiber are relatively high. This is an important fact b/c this may counter the goals of weigh management and compromises the protein that a dog receives and may need. Chicken meal is the first ingredients, which are good sources of protein that offer all the essential amino acids that a dog requires. There are also a several vegetables and fruits further down the list that would a spread of additional nutrients, but don’t be fooled as their significance is very low since it is below added probiotics. The added minerals are “Protienate” to make it easy for the body to absorb them. Overall, this recipe is average.

Pros

  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals for better body absorption
  • Relatively higher in dietary -fiber
  • Cons

  • Added fruits and veggies are very low on ingredient and have low significance
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    20% (min) 6% (min) 13% (max) 10% (max) 43% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 275 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E 150 IU/kg
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium NA
    Phosphorus NA
    Selenium 0.3 mg/kg
    Zinc 150 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.3 %
    Omega-6 fatty acid 1.7 %

    *Values by either Guaranteed Analysis or Nutrient Analysis

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken meal
    2. Brown rice
    3. Peas
    4. Cracked pearled barley
    5. Millet

    Chicken meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein with the essential amino acids that a dog needs for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    Peas are a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.

    Cracked pearl barley is barley that has the outer bran hull polished off and the toasted to a crack state. The outer hull does contain significant nutrients and fiber. Barley itself is a cereal grain that provides a good source of fiber and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs. Do note, it is rich in carbohydrates.

    Millet is a grain and is a good source of fiber, but is rich in other carbohydrates too.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Oatmeal is ground oat groats, which are high in carbohydrates, and offer protein and fiber too.

    Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it is a good source for fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.

    Dried beet pulp is a source of fiber, but the saponins it contains may cause irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. If you choose a dog food with this ingredient, then keep a careful watch on your dog and consider discontinuing use if there are any signs of discomfort or irregularities.

    Egg product are eggs that are removed from the shell, then processed and pasteurized at a factory. Its composition does not necessary contain both the yolk and egg white from each egg. The manufacture may blend them at any ratio and may include non-egg products for processing purposes.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    Chicken meal, brown rice, peas, cracked pearled barley, millet, powdered cellulose, oatmeal, chicken, rice bran, potatoes, dried beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with natural tocopherols), natural flavor, flaxseed, fish meal, egg product, choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, dried chicory root, chondroitin sulfate, L-Carnitine, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, carrots, dried kelp, apples, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, maganous oxide, 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.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Diamond Pet Foods
    Location(s): USA

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent company  from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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