Merrick Classic Real Beef with Whole Barley & Carrot

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  • Merrick Classic Real Beef with Whole Barley & Carrot
  • Published on: January 25, 2015
  • Last modified: June 12, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe is relatively high in protein, which is mainly attributed to various meat-based sources. This is good. Further down the list you will find a few wholesome ingredients that provides additional nutrients. One small complaint about Merrick is they don’t disclose much nutritional information about amounts of vitamins and minerals. Overall, this recipe is a good healthy choice.

Pros

  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids content
  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Good variety of wholesome fruits and vegetables
  • Cons

  • Not enough nutritional info on vitamins & minerals
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    30% (min) 15% (min) 3.5% (max) 11% (max) 33% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 400 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Calcium NA
    Phosphorus NA
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.28 %
    Omega-6 fatty acid 1.5 %

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Deboned Beef
    2. Pork Meal
    3. Peas
    4. Salmon Meal
    5. Barley

    Beef is a good start, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list; it factors in the water content (roughly about 70% water).

    Pork meal is 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.

    Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates.

    Salmon meal is processed salmon parts and bones that are grounded down. It provides protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.

    Barley is a cereal grain that provides a good source of fiber and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs. Do note, it is rich in carbohydrates.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    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.

    Oats are a cereral grain that is high in carbohydrates and a good portion of this is comprised of dietary fiber. It also offers protein too amongst other nutrients.

    All Ingredients

    Deboned Beef, Pork Meal, Peas, Salmon Meal (source of Omega 3 fatty acids), Barley, Brown Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Oats, Natural Flavor, Carrots, Apples, Flaxseed Oil, Blueberries, Organic Alfalfa, Salmon Oil, Salt, Minerals (Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, 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 (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate), Choline Chloride, 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

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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