Merrick Dog Food | Review | Rating | Recalls - Dog Food Advisor
Merrick Backcountry Grain Free 96% canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
I’m kind of freaking out. All the foods I look up have some pretty horrific stories about killing tons of dogs. I had all my dogs on Blue Buffalo Puppy and was looking for something better, but reading even the reviews here is confusing. One second Acana/Orijen, Merrick, Annamaet, Fromm (which I’ve found recalls for) are all good and another someone who gives a lot of advice says something to worry me. I just want the best for my dogs without having to break the bank or take HOURS making. Please help! I though Merrick looked promising but now I’m second guessing that from what I’ve read about stuff with the FDA and such. Acana/Orijen is sounding best or even Annamaet? I haven’t found anything really damning for thme.
Per Merrick’s Facebook page in response to chicken bones in the canned wet food: We want to reassure you the chicken bones you found are there on purpose. If you notice on the can, there is a note from the chef that states the purpose of the chicken bones: “Our slow cooked, whole chicken thighs/wings are marinated tender chicken cooked on a softened bone. This special cooking process makes the bone mushy and safe for your dog to enjoy. Feel free to serve whole, remove, or break apart the soft chicken bones for ease of pet consumption.” The bones also provide the full flavor your dog loves, along with calcium and nutrients. The food is pressure cooked inside the can and this process is what softens the bones. Veterinarian Chris Smith recently made a video with us about why he feeds his pups our recipes with bones: Of course, we always advise using your discretion when feeding your pets, so if you are uncomfortable feeding chicken thighs/wings, we do offer plenty of other Merrick recipes that do not contain bones. Thanks!
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According to Dog Food Advisor, Merrick’s products offer a 3.9% fiber content (lower than Blue Buffalo, but still strong), with 38% protein, 17% fat and no more than 25% carbs, which is a pretty decent average by any measure. This is a great ratio of nutrition to filler by any measure, as the only real filler you can find in Merrick’s stuff is potato and potato protein, as well as alfalfa (which is usually found in horse feed). However, this stuff is notable only for being slightly less healthy than the rest of the primary ingredients in Merrick’s products, which should be no cause for concern.Below you will see why more people don’t post on Dog Food Advisor. Jimbo was treated far differently than aimee when they both reported the same thing, hard bones in Merrick’s foods. I value free speech but I think more needs to be done to protect the free speech of newbies on Dog Food Advisor.According to Dog Food Advisor (which gave Blue Buffalo a mid-tier rating when evaluating its food), This particular product is full of complex carbs like flaxseed (which is another great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), oatmeal, while also supplementing them with cranberries, blueberries, whole carrots, parsley and kelp to provide added nutritional value to foot itself. Altogether, this brings Blue Buffalo’s food to an estimated fiber content of 5.6% (higher than Merrick’s score).In a recent batch analysis performed by an independent testing laboratory for Merrick (and obtained by the Dog Food Advisor), average nutrient content for the company’s complete BG product line was 49.3% protein, 36.4% fat and 11.6% ash. Since these numbers are reported on a dry matter basis, moisture was 0%.