(Closed) Anyone feed your puppy Kirkland brand food?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5668 posts
Bee Keeper

The dog/cat food debate is a heated one, so I will be surprised if you don’t recieve some passionate answers suggesting you feed your puppy a raw diet instead of manufactured food. While I don’t know a ton about the dog foods on the market, I just did a ton of research on cat food and switched the brand my cats are on, so I’ll give you my input as it relates to that.

I am personally not willing to feed my cats raw food so I wanted to find them something that was the closest I could get. I had been feeding them Nutro MAX and while it is considered one of the upper mid-level options I wanted better. The more I researched, the more I found that Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness line is the closest food to the raw food diet that is manufactured. It contains no grains and none of the other ingredients that worried me in the other catfoods I had looked at. It also has super high meat content.

It costs nearly twice what the Nutro cost me but when I though about it I decided that this food that my cats eat everyday is worth sacrificing a few vodka tonics at happy hour.


Post # 4
2750 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The dog/cat food debate is a heated one

^ This is very true.


My cats eat raw.  My brother’s dog eats raw as well.  I’d suggest you do some research into raw feeding.  You can’t be told by others what is the best, you’d have to discover it for yourself.  I would never ever subject my babies to dried food ever again!! It breaks my heart to have ever thought it was okay.

I’m always open if you have questions, so good luck to you! 

Post # 5
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have only ever fed my dogs dry food.  My current dog is 2 years old and healthy, and my other dog lived to be 15.  I haven’t had any experience with Kirkland brand though – I’d suggest looking at the ingredients. 

I feed my dog Wellness brand food.  It’s kind of pricey but the vet thought she was allergic to her old food so we had to find one with no meat or grains.  This one is fish and potato.

Post # 6
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Sorry to threadjack OP, I don’t own a dog so I won’t be too helpful, but


we feed our cat Nutro MAX right now and have been thinking of switching her to Blue Buffalo. We also heard that Wellness CORE is a good option (although I am not sure if it is grain free)…. Do you happen to know anything about that?

Post # 7
5668 posts
Bee Keeper

@TinyTina: I’ll shoot you a PM! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We feed our greyhound Kirkland brand food. Greyhounds have delicate digestive systems, so we were worried about it at first, but the fiance’s parents gave us a giant bag, so we tried it. She does just fine with it. We do mix in a third Nutro, just because fiance feels like a little bit of a better quality food is a good thing.

Post # 9
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We do right now and she likes it, and it is rated fairly highly. Agree with a pp that raw is not an option for me (I wont even cut raw chicken for myself, blech). However to be totally honest I am probably going to try Blue Buffalo next since it seems to get such great reviews, and I have read that you should switch your dogs food every 3 months or so, so that they get some variety.

Post # 11
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I kept my puppy on the breeder’s food for a couple weeks.  I weened him off it and moved him to a food I was more comfortable with at that point.

Most pups like a little mat in their crate.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I feed my GSD Kirlands from Costco. Our vet was actually the one to suggest it. I know several other people that use that food. It is a fairly good food for the price that you pay. You pay alot more for similar foods at the pet store. I have to feed my Wiener dog a food especially made for her as she eats everything in sight and I do not want a fat sausage ๐Ÿ™‚ If you don`t have that problem then I would give it a shot!

Post # 13
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

lol yep this is a heated topic!

I actually feed my dogs raw and have been for quite a while (about 6+ years now)–its easy for fi and i because we have a resturant supply store near by and we can get chicken breasts/thighs and beef for less that a dollar a pound…our pups also get a lot of veggies, fruit and some rice (they are all very active and need the carbs to keep the weight on).  we also have a few ethnic meat markets near by and we can get good organ meat for them…hearts, kidneys, and intestines.  for us raw works out to be only slightly more expensive than a 5 star dry dog food–and we have 3 dogs, 100lbs, 70lbs, 65lbs…

but we aren’t perfect and occasionally our kids get dry dog food (sadly is beneful–the only one that doesn’t give one of the kids diarrhea)–its like taking them through mc donalds–so bad for them but some times its easier and they just love it…we usally do this when on of the kids is getting too skinny and needs a little bit more cals in their diet.

i highly recommend a good dry dog food if that is the route you opt to go, aim for a 4 or 5 star…you might pay a bit more per bag, but usually your dog will eat less, and it typically evens out…plus their poo will be less stinky and not that weird orange color cheap dog foods color it!

check out: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-puppy-foods/

just another quick hit, try to keep your pup active and on the thin side, much like humans dogs tend to be overweight these days and its very hard on them long term–hard on their joints and heart.  ideally you should be able to feel your dogs ribs with out a layer of fat over them, and your dogs belly should tuck up…when looking from above you should see a defined waist…



feel free to pm me if you have any questions about dog foods/raw or puppy stuff–i raised guide dogs for the blind for a long time!


good luck with the new little one and have fun! <3

Post # 14
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I feed a raw prey-model diet, they’ve been on raw for about 2 years. I can’t imagine feeding anything else now! 


I used to feed kibble, so I’ve done quite a bit of research on it in the past.

Kirkland is a decent food, it’s not a “super premium” food, but it’s not bad either. (It’s actually better than Science Diet.) It’s made by Diamond pet food company, and is on-par with their Diamond Naturals line.

Always read the ingredients!

1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). “Meal” has the water removed, so “chicken meal” actually has more meat thant he same weight of “chicken”.

2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes. (Dogs actually have no nutritional need for carbs; but all kibble must have a carb/starch, otherwise it wouldn’t hold it’s shape and would be “crumble” instead of “kibble”.)

3) I don’t want to see any byproducts.

4) I don’t want to see a lot of fillers (beet pulp, brewers rice, etc).

5) I don’t want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).

6) I don’t want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.

7) I don’t want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).

8) I don’t want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as “meat” or “poultry”.)

Here is an article about byproducts:http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

And an article on what ingredients to avoid:http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

This website has a pretty good rating system:http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/


Post # 15
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

i second the dogfoodanalysis.com site.  we’re about to try the honest kitchen’s force food which is dehydrated human grade food.  a lot of home cooked/raw feeders use this while traveling so i’d put it in the btwn homemade and kibble category.

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