Quick Nutritional Breakdown:
|26% (min)||13% (min)||4.5% (max)||12% (max)||36% (Est.)|
Detailed Nutritional Facts:
|Calories||348 (per cup)|
|Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid)||NA|
|Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid)||NA|
|Omega-6 fatty acid||NA|
First 5 Ingredients:
- Chicken Meal
- Dried Potatoes
- Chicken Fat
- Dried Sweet Potatoes
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 with the essential amino acids that a dog needs 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.
Dried 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, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.
Chicken fat is a good for dogs in the right amount, since dogs can effectively metabolize fat and use it for various body system functions, including for energy.
Dried 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
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.
Chicken Meal, Dried Potatoes, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dried Sweet Potatoes, Chicken, Natural Flavor, Turkey, Organic Dried Alfalfa Meal, Dried Yeast Culture, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex), Salmon Oil, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate), Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Cinnamon, Dried Blueberries, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, 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 Pet Care Inc.
Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent from 2013.
*Recall information from FDA website.
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