KASIKS Grain Free Dog Food: Complete Farce?



Overall Rating



  • Relatively cheap
  • Positive pet owner reviews


  • Too many lentil ingredients
  • Too many pea ingredients
  • Contains chickpeas

KASIKS dog food is a relatively new (well new to me), dog food that has recently caught my eye. A dog owner at the local dog park swore by this food so I knew then I had to check it out. So, is it as healthy as it is claimed to be?

Let’s get into my honest KASIKS dog food review to find out!

For this review, I will be focusing on the KASIKS Free Run Chicken Meal Formula.


KASIKS dog food

My Honest KASIKS Dog Food Review



Website URL: www.firstmate.com

Flavors Available: Free Run Chicken Meal, Free Range Lamb Meal, and Wild Pacific Ocean Fish Meal

Formulas Available: Grain Free and Grain Friendly

Sizes Available: 5 pounds and 25 pounds

Price: Varies

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Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min) 25% Ash (max) 6%
Crude Fat (min) 12% Calcium (min) 0.9%
Crude Fibre (max) 8% Phosphorous (min) 0.7%
Moisture (max) 10% Glucosamine (min) 100mg/kg
Magnesium (max) 0.13% Calcium / Phosphorous ratio 1.3:1
ME (calculated) 3260 kcal/kg and 505 kcal/cup



Chicken Meal, Chickpeas, Red lentils, Green lentils, Green peas, Yellow peas, Pea Starch, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Selenium Yeast), Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine hydrochloride, D-calcium pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Calcium Propionate, Yeast Extract, Blueberries, Raspberries, Cranberries, Rosemary extract, Coconut, Kale, Glucosamine Hydrochloride


Ingredient Breakdown

Chicken Meal

This is a high-quality protein ingredient that can contain as much as 300% more protein than chicken contains by itself.


Also referred to as garbanzo beans, this ingredient can add additional protein to dog food. It is also a known source of digestible fiber, low in fat and packed full of essential vitamins and minerals dogs need.

Red Lentils and Green Lentils

This is a legume ingredient that is often found in many grain-free recipes.  This ingredient is high in additional protein and digestible fiber. It is also loaded in iron, folate, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and phosphorus. They also contain Vitamins B1, B3, B5 and B6.

Green Peas

This is an ingredient that is rich in essential vitamins, minerals and fiber dogs can benefit from. It also contains additional protein.

Yellow Peas

This is an ingredient that is rich in Vitamins A, K, and essential B vitamins. They can also contain additional protein and fiber.

Pea Starch

This is an ingredient that is popularly found in many grain-free recipes. It contains additional protein, natural antioxidants, soluble fiber, and vitamins.

Chicken Fat

This is a healthy fat ingredient that can contain additional protein and omega 3 fatty acids.

Tomato Pomace

This is an ingredient that is a source of digestible fiber. It is made up of the skin and seeds of tomatoes.


Sizes, Flavors and Price

KASIKS Free Run Chicken Meal Formula

This formula is made with real chicken meal listed as the first ingredient. It is loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and natural antioxidants dogs could benefit from with the help of a grain-free diet.

Sizes Available: 5 pounds and 25 pounds


KASIKS Free Range Lamb Meal Formula

This is a formula that is specially formulated to help dogs with sensitive stomachs. It is made with real lean lamb meal for a better taste and quality protein dogs love.

Sizes Available: 5 pounds and 25 pounds


KASIKS Wild Pacific Ocean Fish Meal Formula

This is the perfect formula for pet owners who want to give their dogs the added benefit of fish to their pets. It is loaded with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which can give dogs that shiny coat you know and love.

Sizes Available: 5 pounds and 25 pounds


KASIKS Reviews by Pet Owners

Most of the KASIKS dog food reviews you will find online which have been left by pet owners seem to be mostly positive. Let’s take a closer look at what some pet owners have been saying about this food.

This food has been doing wonders for my 12 year old lab. Thanks to this food, my dog has been able to gain weight instead of lose it. I love this food! -4PawMom

This is absolutely a great food! We recently switched to this food and so far our dogs love it. Best of all, there have been no GI issues ever since we switched. -scrapperchick

I may love this food, but my dog sure doesn’t. My dog recently stopped eating this food and there is nothing I can do that will convince her to continue eating it. Looks like it’s time to find a new food. -Eliz

Great ingredients at a great price! This food checked off all of the boxes I use to find a good dog food: great reviews, made by a US company and quality ingredients. My dog likes it well enough. -Mbnichols

This is an excellent dog food. It helped to regulate my dog’s system. Not only do they look great, but my dogs seem to feel much better as well. -DoggieLover


KASIKS Dog Food: The Bottomline

At the end of the day, I REALLY want to like KASIKS dog food. I really do. It does contain good ingredients, but with the latest discovery of chickpeas being linked to heart disease in dogs, this food literally makes me cringe with worry. It contains WAY too many pea ingredients, WAY too many lentil ingredients and chickpeas, all that could potentially spell disaster if the chickpea vs. heart disease trend continues in an upward tick.

While it clearly is a quality food, it is one I can only recommend pet owners feed to their dogs at their own risk. In the end, there are much better and healthier alternatives out there.

Final Verdict:

Not Recommended. Use at Your Own Risk


Have you fed your dog KASIKS dog food? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Digital marketing specialist and Internet enthusiast. When Vanessa isn't working on PetFoodio.com or other marketing ventures, she spends her time making homemade dog treats and reading up on the latest advances in the veterinarian field.

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