Kirkland Dog Food Comparison

Has Kirkland Dog Food Ever Been Recalled?

As of 2022, Kirkland Dog Food has only been recalled twice.

The most recent recall took place in 2012. Diamond Pet Foods made a massive voluntary recall of 10 pet food brands due to potential Salmonella infection. It was simply a precautionary measure since none of the recalled foods tested positive for Salmonella.

There were several cat and dog products involved in the recall. To check if the pet food was recalled, take a look at the production codes and best before date:

  • recalled pet food had both a number “3” in the 10th digit and an “X” in the 11th digit.
  • the best before dates were December 9, 2012, through January 31, 2013.
  • Kirkland pet food was also a part of the notorious 2007 melamine pet food recall. The recalled products showed traces of the industrial chemical melamine. When combined with other ingredients commonly found in pet food, melamine can become toxic and cause kidney failure.

    “The Great Melamine Recall” affected more than a hundred pet food brands, including Blue Buffalo and Purina. Even though hundreds of pets got sick, it’s impossible to say if any pets got ill from eating Kirkland dog food.

    Kirkland dog food recalls 2005-2022

    Year Reason
    2012 salmonella
    2007 melamine

    Kirkland is Made by Diamond Pet Foods, Inc.

    Diamond Pet Foods is a manufacturer that has been around for quite a long time, so this is hardly a brand-new food. However, for most of Kirkland’s history they were limited to only being distributed within a 100-mile radius of the company’s headquarters in Missouri.

    That all changed when they partnered with Costco, and that deal has opened Kirkland (and, by extension, Diamond Pet Foods) up to virtually the entire nation.

    What is the average price and how long will it last?

    Kirkland products are sold in 40 lb bags at Costco, and the average price is $40*. That’s just 1$/1lb, which makes it a very affordable dog food.

    *all prices in this post are given approximately by looking on average at 5 of the top online retailers. The final price can vary.

    Below is a chart showing roughly how long a 40lb bag of this food can last your dog, depending on her weight:

    Weight of adult dog, lb / kg


    How long does it last approx.?

    20 / 9

    150 g

    4 months

    30 / 13.6

    198 g

    3 months

    40 / 18

    254 g

    2 1/3 months

    60 / 27

    339 g

    1 3/4 months

    80 / 36

    413 g

    1 1/2 months

    100 / 45

    489 g

    5 weeks

    125 / 56.5

    565 g

    1 month

    150 / 68

    678 g

    3 weeks

    *Kirkland displays their recommended daily intake in cups; an 8 fluid oz. cup equals roughly 113g.


    Is Costco Kirkland dog food good quality?

    Based on the result, Kirkland adult dog food is most comparable to: Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula™ Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe. Diamond Naturals All Life Stages Dog Chicken & Rice Formula. Kindfull Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food.

    Is Costco dog food the same as diamond?

    Rating: Costco Kirkland Signature Dog Food earns the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.