where I learned about numerous ways
the company can help keep pet costs
down. For example, in addition to name-brand food, there’s Costco’s Kirkland
Signature™ dog food in several formulas,
all at a great value.
Costco pet food buyer Tom Whalen
says, “The Kirkland Signature dog and cat
foods meet—and in many cases exceed—
the highest quality of food on the market.
Protein from chicken, turkey, beef and
salmon are always the first ingredients,
and we’re very proud that all of our animal
food is made in plants with the same stan-
dards for human food production.”
He continues, “The biggest influenc-
ing factor for our formulations is what is
best for the pet. We use a team of veteri-
nary specialists that help to produce
high-quality, well-balanced diets.
“We evaluate whole-animal health.
For example, we use canine- and feline-specific probiotics with guaranteed minimum active cultures.”
It’s a dog-sleep-dog world
Brisson was also the one who told me
about Costco dog beds. They have six dog
beds in their house that are used daily.
“We work with the manufacturer to
design our beds to complement people’s
homes,” says Whalen. “We look at style,
fabric, how it feels and style trends.
“The fabrics we choose are upholstery-grade quality that are picked for their look,
and then we say, ‘Now make it dog-proof.’
Durability matters. Many of our fabrics
are produced with a backing to add an
extra layer of protection against pet nails
and day-to-day rough-and-tumble use.
And the covers are completely washable.”
Additionally, Costco sells flea, tick and
dewormer products, absorbent pads,
chews and treats and, at Costco.com, dog
toys, kennels and crates—all at those
lovely Costco prices.
This all led me to wonder: Does
Costco have cat lovers’ backs too?
Sure enough, I found a bevy of kitty
deals at Costco, including Super
Premium and Nature’s Domain Salmon/
Sweet Potato grain-free offerings, both
from Kirkland Signature. Costco also
features Cosequin for cats (online on
Costco.com), Scoop Away Low Dust Cat
Litter, and flea and tick products.
And since owning an animal isn’t all
fun and games, when you’re ready to vacuum up the mountain of hair or fur, take
a look at the Dyson Big Ball Animal;
Whether you’re treasure hunting in
the warehouse or online, Costco’s deals
for animal lovers let you pamper your
furry sweethearts and your wallet.
Love a backyard brimming
with songbirds? Check out
Costco’s wild bird food,
packed with black oil
sunflower, millet and sa;ower
seeds. Costco.com also
carries chicken coops and
And, for those seeking
to honor a well-loved animal,
Costco o;ers Near & Dear Pet
Memorials, urns designed in a
classic style featuring a band
of paw prints. The handcrafted
urns come in four sizes and
two colors: slate gray and
raku, a green glaze. Search
under “Pet Supplies” on