Quick Nutritional Breakdown:
|38% (min)||17% (min)||3.5% (max)||11% (max)||22% (Est.)|
Detailed Nutritional Facts:
|Calories||400 (per cup)|
|Vitamin E||50 IU/kg|
|Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid)||NA|
|Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid)||NA|
|Omega-6 fatty acid||3.8 %|
First 5 Ingredients:
- deboned duck
- turkey meal
- lamb meal
- salmon meal
- sweet potato
Duck is a good start and source of protein with all the essential amino acids for dogs, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.
Turkey and Lamb meal are rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.
Salmon meal is processed salmon parts and bones that are grounded down. It provides protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. As a meal it contains less water than just “Salmon” itself.
Sweet potatoes contains an abundant amount of vitamin A and beta–carotene, which are important for the eyes / vision. It is also a good source of fiber and be aware that it does offer carbohydrates, since it is a starchy food type.
Tapioca or Tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour) is high in carbohydrates and calories. It is good for energy, but of course too much carbs will go towards storage as fat. Beyond this, it does not offer much nutrients, fiber, or protein. This ingredient is a poor choice for average dog’s diet.
Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates.
Soybean meal is the remains after grinding the soybean to extract the oil. It is a low cost source of protein with all essential amino acids for dogs, and it’s commonly found in animal feed.
Other Ingredients to be Aware of
Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it is a good source for fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.
Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. It can also improve or be a stimulant to the circulatory system. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.
deboned duck, turkey meal, lamb meal, salmon meal (source of omega 3 fatty acids), sweet potato, peas,potato, duck fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potato protein, pea protein, natural flavor, bananas, carrots, apples, cranberries, blueberries, organic alfalfa, salmon oil, minerals (salt, zinc amino acid complex, zinc sulfate, iron amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, potassium iodide, cobalt amino acid complex, sodium selenite), vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin e supplement, vitamin a supplement, vitamin b12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin d3, niacin, riboflavin supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, thiamine mononitrate), dried chicory root, yucca schidigera extract, dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, rosemary extract
Manufacture and Location
Manufactured by: Merrick
Location(s): Hereford, Texas USA
Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.
*Recall information from FDA website.
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