Kirkland Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula

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  • Kirkland Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula
  • Published on: October 11, 2015
  • Last modified: December 21, 2015
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Review Summary:

At the top of the ingredient list Chicken and Chicken meal are first, which are good sources of protein that offer all the essential amino acids that a dog requires. Following up are a few carb heavy ingredients, which may be too much for some dog diets. 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 “Chondroitin sulfate”. 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
  • 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
    27% (min) 12% (min) 3% (max) 10% (max) 40% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 330 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E 160 IU/kg
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium 0.9%
    Phosphorus 0.7%
    Selenium 0.3 mg/kg
    Zinc 225 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.4%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.2%

    *Values by either Guaranteed Analysis or Nutrient Analysis

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. Chicken meal
    3. Whole grain brown rice
    4. Egg product
    5. Oatmeal

    Chicken is a good start and source of protein that effectively covers each of the essential amino acids a dog needs, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    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 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.

    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.

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

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    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.

    White rice is lower in dietary fiber than brown because white rice lacks the germ and bran. It does contain a high amount of other carbohydrates. Also, its glycemic index is significantly higher than brown rice, which translates to a quicker surge in blood sugar and higher insulin levels as a response by the body. For dogs that are diabetic or at risk of becoming diabetic, this is effect and ingredient is undesirable and should be avoided.

    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.

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

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

    Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates. However, being so low on the ingredient list it should be a significant contributor.

    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, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, egg product, oatmeal, cracked pearled barley, ground white rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried beet pulp, potatoes, natural chicken flavor, flaxseed, millet, fish meal, potassium chloride, choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, carrots, peas, dried kelp, apples, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, 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, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, L-Carnitine, 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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