Quick Nutritional Breakdown:
|26% (min)||12% (min)||4% (max)||11% (max)||38% (Est.)|
Detailed Nutritional Facts:
|Calories||340 (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
- Brown Rice
- Pearled Barley
- Natural Flavor
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.
Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.
Oatmeal is ground oat groats, which are high in carbohydrates, and offer protein and fiber too.
Pearl barley is a cereal grain with its hull and bran removed. Despite losing the bran, which is rich in nutrients and fiber, it still provides a good source of fiber from the inner kernel 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
Peas are a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.
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, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Pearled Barley, Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Peas, Chicken, Potato Protein, Salmon, 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.
This and other reviews on this website express the author’s opinions and analyses. All content in this review and website, may contain errors, lack completeness, may not present all the different views about certain topics, and/or maybe outdated. All content throughout this website is entirely to be used at your own risk, and we are not held to any liability for display or its use.
This is not a paid review; no money or gifts from pet food companies were accepted to write or influence any of our reviews.
Visit our Disclaimer & Disclosure page for further details.