Merrick dog food

October 29, 2010  
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Merrick Dog Food Review

Merrick dog food products are formulated based on the company’s mission statement “comfort for the soul”. The Merrick Pet Foods, Inc. is a family-owned business that started out as a manufacturer of natural dog treats. Merrick claims that all their products have undergone a very simple process to ensure that the nutrients are retained as much as possible without the addition of artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors.

It was only in 2003 that Merrick started a dry dog food line originally composed of six different formulas. They have added one dry dog food formula to the six original ones. Merrick’s existing dry dog food gourmets include Campfire Trout Feast, Cowboy Cookout, Grammy’s Pot Pie, Puppy Plate, Senior Medley, Turducken, and Wilderness Blend. All these formulas have been tailored to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles required for all life stages.

We recommend Merrick’s dog foods and believe that they produce some of the highest quality formulas available. While it is an expensive option, we believe that that quality warrants the higher price.

The main ingredients of Merrick dog food products contain a major protein source that combines fresh or raw meat with a specific meat concentrate. A Merrick dog food formula may contain one or two of the following meat sources—buffalo, chicken, trout, beef, salmon meal, lamb meal, turkey meal, chicken meal, and pork meal.

In formulating their rations, they paired up a raw meat source with a specific meat concentrate to maintain the protein levels of the dog food. Fresh meat sources such as buffalo, chicken, beef, or trout contain high levels (approximately 80%) of water which evaporates upon processing leaving only a fraction of the original raw ingredient. Meat meals are considered meat concentrates that contain almost 300% protein than raw meat sources. It is good to note that the meat meals used Merrick dog food products are specified and not like some dog food products that use generic meat meals. Sources of ingredients are very important in order to determine the quality of the dog food.

The fish meals are said to be ethoxyquin-free.  Ethoxyquin is considered a dangerous food additive. Trout and fish meals contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential in many physiological processes of the body and to maintain healthy hair coats.

The carbohydrate component of Merrick’s dog food formulas is comprised of pearled barley, oat meal, and ground rice.  These are whole grains which are also excellent sources of fiber and B-vitamins. Oatmeal is made from coarsely ground oats and is mostly gluten-free. Gluten-rich ingredients in dog food have been linked to allergies in dogs.

Probiotics have been added to infuse beneficial microorganisms into the dog food. Chelated minerals are also present for easy absorption and utilization of essential amino acids.

Customer Reviews

Many dog owners like the fact that Merrick dog food products do not contain common food allergens such as corn, wheat or soy. There are many dog owners who shifted their dogs’ diet to Merrick to alleviate and/or get rid of food-based allergies.

Most negative feedbacks are centered on digestive disturbances that a dog may have when switching dog food brands. Some owners reported their dogs having loose stools and emitting foul-smelling gas. This is especially true for dogs with sensitive digestive systems.

We strongly support Merrick dog food and believe that this is one of the better dog food brands for your dog. Their updated formulas are a welcomed improvement and the company continues on a great path.

Merrick Dog Food Reviews

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110 Responses to “Merrick dog food”
  1. Delilah says:

    I was very surprised to find a 1 & ½ inch long crab/crawfish Claw, in my cat’s dish, after feeding her a can of Merrick Southern Delight. What a blessing that she didn’t eat it. I contacted Merrick directly and was very disappointed in the customer service. I was told that the food might contain shells. This was a claw with a sharp point on the end. I will no longer purchase or feed my pets Merrick products.

  2. Michelle says:

    Delilah,I have found bones in my Chicken and Fish that I eat.Am I gonna stop eating them? HECK NO!! It’s not the end of the world!!!

  3. Jess says:

    Tony digs those things up and eats them every time when we go to the beach and every time we go to the beach I just get a can of pumpkin dog food on the way home, because I know whats going to come out. Remember dogs and cats systems are a lot tougher than ours. Geez, the only cat I ever owned was a barn cat and that cat would kill and then eat every single part of a mole, rat, mice, birds or any other thing he could catch. It used to drive me nuts because he never ate his cat food wet or dry. But he sure did his job. That cat ruled my German Shepherds…

  4. Michelle says:

    Jess,lol people forget that cats are carnivores,and really don’t need us.They can kill and eat a good variety of animals.And they do eat the whole thing.My neighbors DECLAWED cat kills birds,mice,and rabbits!!!

  5. Jess says:

    Declawing should be illegal, do you realize they actually cut the end of the cats toes off ? THAT IS JUST SO MEAN. It really tells you how little people really know about their pets and what goes on.

  6. Jess says:

    I wonder if Delilah had her cat declawed ?

  7. Anna says:

    We need the canned dog foods, like: before grain here also.

  8. Becky says:

    Hi Jess & Michelle, you guys are everywhre! I feed my Suzie & Dusty a little canned Merrick with their Acana, they love it! But Merrick has now gone BIG BOX, I wonder what will happen next??????

  9. sean says:

    Merrick wet caused both my dogs, one with an iron stomach, to get severe diarrhea. Switched them off and the problem immediately stopped.

  10. Michelle says:

    My dogs love Merrick.

  11. ashley says:

    The claw found in your cats food is normal, it shows it’s from an actual crab and not bi product. I always find a chicken bone in my dogs merrick food, it’s big and easy to find, the meat falls right off so it’s easy to remove. I rather put the effort in removing a large noticeable bone than to feed my dog artificial meat and unhealthy corn and starch products. I see ppl complaining about a lot of petty things. For instance .. SEAN when your dogs had the watery stool, before feeding them merrick did you slowly introduce them to the food by mixing the old food? Or did you just serve up the new food? That is what is most likely the reason for their new digestive issue. Make sure you take the proper steps in introducing the food before making an issue of things. And i see most of the comments turned to talking about declawed cats. I understand that declawing cats is extremely unhealthy and cruel…but we are talking about the merrick dog food, plain and simple. It surprises me the lack of attention span ADULTS have now-a-days. Anyway i feed both my dogs Merrick dry and wet food, and they love it, and my big American bulldog has a very sensitive stomach and eats and poops just fine.

  12. Tessa says:

    I feed my dog Merrick’s Before Grain dog food. Boy did I NOT do my research during his first year, I was feeding him Beneful… BAD IDEA. It’s horrible dog food. Once I was enlightened, I immediately started feeding him Merrick’s Before Grain, it’s rated 5/5 stars on several professional dog food review websites. Being an Australian Shepherd, he has a a lot of energy to burn every day so he needs a high protein-high quality dog food. About a month in, he started putting on muscle weight and his coat is soft and as shiny as ever. It’s expensive, but he’s a grazer. One large bag lasts him about a month and a half, it’s worth it.

    My German Shepherd will be going onto Before Grain as well, she has some sort of allergy that I am hoping to relieve by putting her on this food that does not contain any corn, wheat, or soy.

  13. Jess says:

    Tessa, Tony is my 6th GSD so I have lots of experience with the breed. GSD’s have issues with 2 things, the #1 issue is flea saliva and it can be a real issue with some/lots of GSD’s, so make sure this has been taken care of. No. 2 is chicken. I have taken Tony off chicken, other than a small amount he gets in a little of the Orijen I feed him. He is feed mostly Orijen 6 fish, Regional Red and Taste Of The Wild Sierra Mountain(Lamb). Take your GSD off chicken and see if that helps.

  14. Michelle says:

    Merrick foods are very good imo. :O

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