Kirkland Super Premium Puppy Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula

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  • Kirkland Super Premium Puppy Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula
  • Published on: October 10, 2015
  • Last modified: December 21, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe is relatively high In protein and Omega-6 fatty acid. 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. Fish meal and Salmon oil are further down the list, and they help contribute healthy Omega-3 fatty acid. There are also a several vegetables and fruits further down the list that would provide a spread of additional nutrients, but don’t be fooled as their significance is very low since it is below “salt”. The added minerals are “Protienate” to make it easy for the body to absorb them. Without a better contributions of veggies and fruits, this recipe is just slightly above average.

Pros

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

  • Added fruits and veggies are very low on the ingredient list and have low significance
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    28% (min) 17% (min) 3% (max) 10% (max) 34% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 390 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E 250 IU/kg
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium 1.2%
    Phosphorus 1%
    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 0.5%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 3%

    *Values by either Guaranteed Analysis or Nutrient Analysis

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. Chicken meal
    3. Whole grain brown rice
    4. Cracked pearled barley
    5. Egg product

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    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.

    Brewer’s dried yeast is a good source for proteins and vitamins. The proteins from yeast are complete and it offers good B-complex vitamins particular. However, a possible drawback is some dogs maybe allergic or will develop an allergy toward yeast. Thus, take caution and keep a careful eye on your dog.

    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, cracked pearled barley, egg product, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried beet pulp, potatoes, fish meal, flaxseed, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, salmon oil (a source of DHA), millet, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, 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, 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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