As many of you may know, I feed Kyuss a mix of home cooked food with kibble.
Previously Kyuss was on PC Nutrition First – Lamb & Brown Rice formula, which is a mid quality kibble for a decent price. However, a few months ago I happened to be in Ottawa and stopped to grab a few groceries while there.
I shopped at a Loblaws, knowing they carry President’s Choice products. When I went to grab Kyuss’ usual brand of kibble, I noticed a flavour I’d seen before, but with a new design sitting on the shelf; PC Nutrition First – Salmon and Potato. The first thing that caught my attention was the black lab on the bag, but right next to it was a little red spot that said “NEW Grain-Free.”
I was surprised! I hadn’t heard anything about a grain-free kibble being introduced; apparently on the shelves since August 2011. But what was even more surprising, was the price; $17.99 CDN for a 4.5kg (10lbs) bag. That’s the price for the same sized bag of the kibble with grain.
I thought I would give it a shot so I bought a bag and switched Kyuss over once his other kibble had run out. Kyuss, thankfully, has an iron gut, which is somewhat unusual for the breed.
When I first opened the bag, it smelled quite pleasant as far as dog food goes; not tasty ‘I’m going to try some myself’ smelling, but not like off-putting like regular dog food. The pieces were small which I prefer, although, those who have ravenous dogs who vacuum kibble from the bowl might not. When I feed Kyuss kibble, I do so in the evening with added cottage cheese, yogurt, pumpkin, olive oil, raw eggs etc. (not all at the same time!) However, this time I opted for just the kibble alone for the first few days to see how he would take to it. I was shocked when Kyuss gobbled the stuff up ‘dry,’ as he is normally rather picky about having something on his kibble. Even my cats were interested in trying the kibble as my one cat managed to chew a hole in the handy resealable bag… (They have grain-free cat kibble as well.)
The website hasn’t updated the Salmon & Potato dog food page and the grain recipe is still listed, so I snapped a photo of the ingredients as well.
Since being put onto the kibble, I’ve noticed Kyuss’ stools to be slightly more firm than they once were and he loves the stuff. I even found a store nearby which sells the food so I don’t have to make the trip to Ottawa anymore. Sadly, the only downside to buying this kibble is the fact it is not yet available in a larger sized bag. All other formulas of PC Nutrition First dog food come in bags up to 13.5kg (29lbs), so why they haven’t yet made a bigger bag is unknown to me. I’ve let PC know that I would prefer a larger size, as have others who leave comments on their website. Hopefully soon a bigger bag will be available as 4.5kg only lasts Kyuss a month or so, and that’s with eating home cooked food for breakfast.
All in all, I’m quite happy with this kibble. The quality is good, the price is right and Kyuss is happy and healthy eating it. If PC Products are available in your area, I’d recommend giving it a shot!