Merrick Puppy Plate dog food

November 24, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Merrick

Merrick Puppy Plate dog food

Merrick Puppy Plate dog food is made and manufactured by, Merrick Pet Care Inc. It is one of seven recipes in the Merrick Dog Food line. Merrick Puppy Plate dog food comes in 5, 15 and 30lb bags. Don’t expect to get off easy, this brand of dog food will run you a pretty penny.

Please note (10/29/10): The formula has been updated and is now reflected in this review.

Merrick Puppy Plate dog food Review

This is one of the best puppy foods on the market today. All the ingredients are of the highest quality. It also contains duck, which is not only a great meat for your puppy, but is also very good tasting to the puppy. Merrick produces their own products in their own facility which is a real positive. We recommend all of Merrick’s products.

First five ingredients of Merrick Puppy Plate dog food:

  1. Chicken
  2. Turkey Meal
  3. Chicken Meal
  4. Ground Rice
  5. Oat meal

Chicken is a great meat source for dogs but is inclusive of their water content, meaning once the water is removed the ingredient well move down the list.

Turkey and Chicken meal are outstanding meats for puppies.

Ground rice is a medium grade grain.

Oat meal has been linked to the control of heart disease and is a very good grain for dogs.

Merrick Puppy Plate dog food Full Ingredients list:

Chicken,Turkey Meal,Chicken Meal,Ground Rice,Oat Meal, Pearled Barley,Chicken Fat(Preserved with mixed tocopherols),Ground Whole Barley, Duck,Natural Flavor, Rice Bran,Yeast culture, Dried Egg Product, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Salmon Oil (a natural source of DHA – Docosahexaenoic Acid)*, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Potato, Dried Carrot,Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dried Apple, Dried Peas, Dicalcium Phosphate, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Choline Chloride,Dried Blueberry , Dried Cranberry,Yucca Schidigera Extract, Inulin (from Chicory Root),Egg Shell Meal,Ground Fennel ,Dried Parsley ,Dried Marigold, Rosemary Extract, Zinc Amino Acid Complex,Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus casei,Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex,Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3,Niacin, Lecithin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Proteinate, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite, Colbalt Carbonate

Merrick wilderness blend dog food Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein (Not Less Than) 28.0%
Crude Fat (Not Less Than) 16.0%
Crude Fiber (Not More Than) 4.0%
Moisture (Not More Than) 10.0%
Docosahexaenoic Acid-DHA* (Not Less Than) 400mg/Kg
Vitamin E (Not More Than) 500mg/Kg

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14 Responses to “Merrick Puppy Plate dog food”
  1. Vivian says:

    I started my Yorkie out with Nutro Natural Choice Puppy and after he turned 4 months he started pooping close to 6 times a day. I read up on it and saw all the controversy with it so changed immediately. I read so much literature before choosing a puppy food and really liked what I read about Merrick on dogfoodanalysis.com. My little guy also always seemed uninterested in eating…when I brought the new Merrick home, he followed me around just from the smells from the bag. He also would never eat dry kibble but when I gave him the Puppy Plate, he gobbled it down. I was thrilled. He continues to eat happily and licks his plate clean if I mix it with water (it makes a great gravy when mixed with water.) His stool is back to 2-3 times a day and they are much smaller now, I am so happy with this food. My little guy eats so little that the expensive price is worth it to me, he is so happy, and a 15lb bag will last me months!

  2. Mike says:

    Merrick puppy food has done nothing more than give my Golden pup loose stool, and made him deficate far more times during the day than he used to. I eased a perfectly house trained pup over from Puppy Chow to Puppy Plate, and now I have a pup that poops and pees far more than he did on the Puppy Chow, sadly he does it in the house now. Maybe it’s just me and my own experience, but at this point I would NOT recomend Merrick foods and will be promptly taking my pup off of it.

  3. Guy says:

    My Brittany absolutely loves his puppy plate. The problem is trying to slow him down so he actually tastes it. His stools seem fine. I think the problem Mike had is typical when taking dogs off of inferior foods like puppy chow and putting them on high grade foods. The body is going through a detox reaction from all the CRAP they put in commercial foods like Puppy Chow.

  4. Greg says:

    I agree with Guy. I switched my 5 month old pup about 3 weeks ago. She has 2 firm poops a day. We tried many foods over the past two months, and her poops ranged from liquid to pudding. I did the research on dog food ingredients in the “grocery store” brands and was shocked at the ingredients. Yes, Merrick costs more, but a healthier pet means less $$ at the vet over the pets lifetime. Not to mention feeling good about what I feed my pup.

  5. Melodie says:

    I just bought a Yorkie, he came with Purina Pro plan. He had dry skin and didn’t eat his food. I then switched to Wellness whic is another good food but he didn’t eat it! After a nice grooming and switching his food to Merrick Puppy plate, his hair is perfect and he loves his food! It has real veggies in it! It’s all great human grade food. No by products, corn, fillers, etc. I know it can be expensive but think of it his way. You feed him low quality food not only will your dog be unhappy and unhealthy but you vet bill will become higher eventually too. So you might as well get the good food. I did alot of research and Merrick was the best that I found! Petland if you have one sells the puppy plate for $11.98 compared to $17.00 elsewhere!! I would still pay the $17.00 if I had to! Great product but it may not work for every dog…

  6. Melodie says:

    I just bought a Yorkie a week ago, he came with Purina Pro plan. He had dry skin and didn’t eat his food. I then switched to Wellness whic is another good food but he didn’t eat it! After a nice grooming and switching his food to Merrick Puppy plate, his hair is perfect and he loves his food! It has real veggies in it! It’s all great human grade food. No by products, corn, fillers, etc. I know it can be expensive but think of it his way. You feed him low quality food not only will your dog be unhappy and unhealthy but you vet bill will become higher eventually too. So you might as well get the good food. I did alot of research and Merrick was the best that I found! Petland if you have one sells the puppy plate for $11.98 compared to $17.00 elsewhere!! I would still pay the $17.00 if I had to! Great product but it may not work for every dog…

  7. Eric says:

    This is one of the best puppy foods out there. Nicely balanced with nice protein and fat levels…better ingredients than most.

    A word of caution though. The calcium level is 2.45% direct from Merrick, but they do not publish this. That’s a bit high for large breeds but just fine for small. High calcium in large breed pups can cause bone deformalities. If you are into this food but have a large breed pup, check out Wellness Just For Puppy or Wellnes Super5 Large Breed Puppy. Orijen puppy foods are fantastic if you are willing to pay the $ and are not loured into the high protein myths about puppies

  8. Kristen says:

    My French Bulldog came to me with Purina Pro Plan as well as the commenter above. I switched him completely over to Merrick with no problem at all. He loves his food, his coat is great and shiny, no allergies (and trust me, Frenchie’s are prone to allergies) and he’s put on the perfect amount of weight the past few week according to my vet. Highly Recommended!

  9. Julia says:

    I mix equal amounts of Wellness super 5 mix for puppies and Merrick’s Puppy Plate that way she is used to two different brands, equally good, and that was important to me because I bring her food overseas to Venezuela and at the beginnning I didn’t know if she would reject her food if I only had one brand. My 6 month old girl has beautiful shiny short coat, is slim, and very happy.

  10. Kristi says:

    I have 2 French Bulldog puppies. They are 6 months old. I have tried several different foods. The Merrick Puppy Plate is the only one that I can tell they truly love the taste of. When I changed them over I was worried at first because they had extremely loose stool. I kept waiting for it to change, hoping it would because I know this is a high quality food. I was worried that maybe it was too rich for my Frienchies tummies. But after about a week their stools are starting to return to normal.
    My advice would be for anyone trying this food to be patient and stick with it. It is a great food, and even smells good! My puppies cannot get enough of it.

  11. Kristi says:

    Accidently clicked on 3 stars…but meant to click on 5 stars! Merrick Puppy Plate dry food gets 5 stars for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Kelly says:

    My pup can’t get enough of Merricks Puppy Plate. I am so happy that the sales associate at Petco highly recommended it. My little girl jumps from excitement when I’m preparing her plate. I have also started mixing a spoonful of the wet canned puppy plate (the usual 1/4 of the dry). Her stools are firm (generally poops 2-3 times a day & NEVER runny!). Highly recommend Merricks!

  13. Eugene says:

    Well… I have read everyones comments on the Merrick Puppy Plate dry dog food …I will say this, today my toy Maltese puppy who is 7 months old went for a routine checkup …now when I purchased the puppy the breeder handed me a small bag of Royal Canin … I read the ingredients and said there is no way I’m feeding this to my puppy. I started to do my research anything and everything that I read that was good led me back to Merrick. I switched Milo to the Merrick’s puppy plate …Milo’s vet asked me what are you feeding him …I asked why are you asking? He replied with …he’s at a good weight (4 lbs) his teeth are perfect …he has no tear staining around the eyes and he has so much energy …when I heard that the first thing that came to mind was … I made the right choice in selecting a premium food for my puppy! I highly recommend this food … Nothing but great results!

  14. Eugene says:

    Correcting my vote

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