Note: Some Pets no longer recommends pet food and no longer covers kibble or any treats or food that contain high levels of filler grains, necessary ingredients, or sugar. This post was written previous to that change.
Kirkland is Costco’s store brand dog food, and it has a rather good reputation as being a good value for its price point. However, like many private label dog foods, Kirkland food is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods, which has a reputation for adding lower quality ingredient to their foods and they have a history of recalls, although thier private label food often scores better than their own brand name food.
Diamond had large scale dog food recall in December 2011 and in May 2012 becasue of the potential for Salmonella. Kirkland dog food was recalled in 2012. While it did not test positive for Salmonella, Diamond recalled it as a precaution. Costco also issued a recall of canned Kirkland food in 2007.
While Diamond doesn’t have the best reputation, Kirkland dog food is generally free of artificial ingredients, and it does not contain corn or other questionable fillers. It is fairly high in protein, and the carbohydrates come from whole grain brown rice and cracked pearled barley. The brown rice is a fairly low nutrition item, and the food also contians brewers yeast, which is an allergen for some dogs. However, there are plenty of much lower quality foods on the market. I would like to see more meat content and less grain in the food. Given that, and the history of recalls, I can’t give Kirkland a top rating. However, the bargain price and general good ingredient profile are positives. Overall, I give Kirkland dog food a grade of B.
You can get Kirkland dog food at Costco stores.