Merrick Grain Free Puppy Recipe

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  • Merrick Grain Free Puppy Recipe
  • Published on: January 25, 2015
  • Last modified: June 12, 2015
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Review Summary:

Starting off on the right foot, this recipe is relatively high in protein. Further down the list you will find various 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. Another note, is the estimated carbs level may be on the the high side for some dogs. Overall, this recipe is a good healthy choice that is above average.

Pros

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

  • Not enough nutritional info on vitamins & minerals
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    28% (min) 12% (min) 4.5% (max) 11% (max) 37% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 381 (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 0.3 %
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.2 %

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Deboned Chicken
    2. Chicken Meal
    3. Potatoes
    4. Peas
    5. Sweet Potatoes

    Chicken is a good start, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Chicken  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.

    Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it offers a good source of fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.

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

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    None

    All Ingredients

    Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Natural Pork Flavor, Potato Protein, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Chicken Flavor, Deboned Salmon, Apples, Blueberries, Yeast Culture, Organic Alfalfa, Flaxseed Oil, Potassium Chloride, Salmon Oil, Salt, Minerals (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.

    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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