Meet Kasiks Dog Food
Kasiks is a premium dog food line under the parent company Firstmate. The manufacturer believes that you must have total control over the quality of your ingredients to ensure you provide the best dog food money can buy.
The company has a solid reputation online, and they focus primarily on healthy dog foods free from grain and gluten. They do all their manufacturing in Canada and offer free shipping throughout most of the US and Canada.
At first glance, the ingredients in their food seem to line up with what the rest of the healthy food manufacturers are doing — meat as the first ingredient followed by starchy peas or lentils. We notice there is a higher fiber content in Kasik’s food which is something we like to see, but some users of the product have complained about it.
In this article, we’re taking a look at everything with Kasik’s dog food line to see if the food lives up to its somewhat hefty price tag.
Brand Quick Look
- Parent Company: Firstmate
- Founded in: 1989
- Made in: Vancouver, Canada
- Available at: Chewy, Amazon, Firstmate.com
- Types of Food: Dry and canned
- Real Meat in First 5 Ingredients? : Yes
- Recalled in Past? : No
Behind the Brand
The founder of Firstmate Pet Foods Michael Florian used to fish commercially as a deckhand in the North Pacific. Early in his career, he noticed the depleting fish stocks on the West Coast and he knew he had to take action to help grow the population naturally and harmlessly.
He started a company called Taplow Ventures that focused on manufacturing fish feed to help the salmon farming industry in British Columbia.
Interestingly enough, dogs were used on the fish farms to guard the stock against predators and humans alike. It was a great effort, but the dogs enjoyed feasting on the high-quality fish which made the owners concerned that the dogs were eating too much of their expensive inventory.
When the owners of the dogs saw how much they enjoyed the feed and benefited from it health-wise they asked Michael Florian if he could develop a high protein dog food centering around the fish feed on the farm. That is where Firstmate was born.
Years later Firstmate grew into a worldwide brand and Taplow still manufacturers all the feed that goes into the pet foods. Today the Vancouver based plant feeds dogs and cats of all ages and levels of health.
What Types of Dog Food Does Kasik Offer?
To make things clear, so we don’t confuse any readers, Firstmate owns Kasiks. They manufacture the food in the same facilities, and they both contain a lot of the same ingredients. Like many pet food manufacturers, they create a unique line that focuses on a specific issue within the pet’s diet.
Kasik’s food focuses more on a free-range and cage-free diet so we’ll be covering only those foods. The goal with the Kasiks line is for the company to pay more attention to where the ingredients are coming from and how they get treated during the process.
The company offers three different dry foods each of them containing proteins that are either wild caught or free range. The proteins go through the most humane process during manufacturing, and they are only fed all-natural ingredients during their breeding. All three of these foods are also grain-free.
Here are the three dry food options:
In addition to their dry foods, they also offer three different types of canned wet food. Again, the company focuses on overseeing everything in its manufacturing by remaining a small family run business. They do all their preparation, so they are not outsourcing the canning to another facility.
All their moist foods contain at least 95% of the main protein with a small percentage coming from fresh vegetables. All the canned foods are 100% rain-free, and they do not contain any GMO’s, fillers, or artificial flavors.
Here are the canned food options:
Kasiks Recall History
During our research, we did not find any recalls of Kasiks or Firstmate dog foods.
Best Kasiks Dog Food
In this section, we’re breaking down the best dog food brand within the Kasiks line. They don’t offer much, so we’re covering one dry formula that is considered their most popular. We’ll go in-depth to break everything down including ingredients, nutrition analysis, and results.
- Overall: 3.5 out of 5
- Ingredients: 2.5 out of 5
- Flavor: 4 out of 5
- Packaging: 4 out of 5
- Price: 3 out of 5
This food uses free-range Australian lamb meal as its only protein alongside antioxidants, coconut, and kale to round everything out. The lamb included in the food is grass-fed and free from hormones or antibiotics.
First 10 Ingredients:
Lamb meal, chickpeas, red lentils, green lentils, green peas, yellow peas, pea starch, chicken fat, tomato pomace, sodium chloride
Usually, we focus on the first five ingredients, but we wanted to bring attention to the amount of filler at the top of the ingredients. The company talks about using fruits and vegetables in the food, but those are the last five ingredients on the list.
Pea starch and tomato pomace are known fillers, and while they may not be as bad as some others, at the price tag of this food, you would expect a diet free of fillers that focuses on dietary benefits.
The nutrition is standard compared to many other foods, but the fiber is 3-4% higher than most. As we said, this could be a blessing or a curse for you and your pup.
Overall, the ingredients are underwhelming. Towards the top of the list, we’d like to see more fruits and vegetables. There’s a lot of different opinions on whether legumes are useful in dog foods and while they might not be the worst ingredient for your dog to have; they are not the best either.
The best way to get a feel for a company is to read real-life reviews from customers who already took the jump. You don’t want to play around with a product you’re feeding to your household companion.
The consensus on Kasiks is that the extra fiber in their food helps a lot with dogs who struggle from anal gland issues. The fiber helps dogs who have a hard time expressing their anal glands which result in infections.
On the opposite side, many pet parents say that the extra fiber is too much for their pups and they’re afraid they aren’t getting the nutrients they need.
We suppose it depends a lot on your pup’s individual genetics. It might work for some, but maybe not for you.
Here are some verified reviews from people who purchased on Chewy.com.
Recommend this product!
My dog went through many dog foods in the past to no help. First for diarrhea, then due to his anal glands filled due to loosening stool and last he kept getting ear infections that would cost me $300 to clear. We decided to go to the holistic pet store in town and were told to try a different diet, so we were introduced to this one. Three years later and NO EAR INFECTION!!! Another good thing about this food is that you can switch between the three flavors without any problem, so the dog gets different flavors each month. – Chewy Customer
Great food for maintaining weight for active dogs
I purchased this for my hyperactive three y/o boxer. He tends to lose weight in the summer since he is outdoors more. I wanted to give him something with a high kcal/cup, and Kasiks is 500kcal/cup. He has been on Kasiks for about four weeks now and has maintained his weight. He loves food. His stool is a little softer since being on Kasiks but doesn’t seem to be a problem. I rated it a four because I wish the bag were bigger for the price. I will continue to buy during the summer months but change during the winter due to cost. – Chewy Customer
Way Too Much Fiber
My dogs all of them were pooping so much more, so I suspect the nutrition wasn’t getting into them. Not good, and not safe for puppies that need all the nutrition they can get. I am moving back to NuLoh or Acana. I am throwing the other bags away …don’t want to give to a rescue. – Chewy Customer
Too much fiber maybe (soft stools)
Our ten month was struggling to gain weight on this food. We just switched to Fromm’s, and her poops went from enormous 5X/day to small 2-3X/day. I can’t help but wonder how much of this nutrition went straight through her. Also – the final thing that made us switch is she just flat out started refusing to eat it. She would only eat it with broth on it (homemade) and then started refusing even that. – Chewy Customer
Solid Reputation; Solid Ingredients
You could never say anything bad about a pet food manufacturer that focuses on sourcing the highest quality ingredients to use in their foods. Kasik’s entire mantra is paying more attention to what the food eats before our dogs eat it. We find this to be both refreshing and eye-opening.
You can’t look at a bag of dog food and always know where the chicken came from, what it ate, and its treatment while it was alive. With Kasiks, they’re trying to bring that type of information to you, so you know for a fact that your dog is receiving the best ingredients possible.
We like what this company is doing, and we’re hopeful that in the future they’ll optimize their ingredients a little to squeeze in more antioxidant-rich vegetables and a little less fiber.
If you’re curious about what Kasiks can do for your pup, you can find out more information here.