Victor vs Merrick

Victor vs. Merrick

In this comparison article for Victor vs Merrick, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare Victor and Merrick, we'll use up-to-date nutritional and price information.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best pet food brand for your pet. Factors such as ingredient quality, guaranteed analysis, product safety, brand history, and cost are among the most important factors to consider.

Throughout this Merrick vs Victor comparison, we've utilized average data to make general comparisons. If you'd like to see individual product reviews, visit our Victor Review Page or Merrick Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Merrick vs. Victor

According to AAFCO, all pet food labels must provide a guaranteed analysis of nutrient content. The analysis must provide guaranteed minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture.

All percentages used in this comparison are averages reported on a dry matter basis.

Victor Dog Food vs. Merrick Dog Food

Dry Dog FoodVictorMerrick
Crude Protein31.7%35.9%
Crude Fat17.7%17.2%
Crude Fiber4.3%4.2%
Wet/Canned Dog FoodVictorMerrick
Crude Protein43.0%43.9%
Crude Fat29.4%21.1%
Crude Fiber6.8%8.3%

Crude Protein Comparison For Dog Food

Dogs require twenty-two amino acids to sustain life. Twelve of these amino acids are synthesized naturally, the remaining ten are consumed. Protein is the nutrient which provides some or all of these ten essential amino acids.

The table shows that Victor provides far less protein than Merrick. The difference in protein content is roughly 4.19%. For wet dog foods, Merrick and Victor provide roughly the same amount of protein.

Crude Fat Comparison For Dog Food

Like protein, fats are an essential part of a dog's body. Fats are needed for the proper development and function of the canine body.

As you can see, Merrick and Victor guarantee a similar amount of crude fat. For wet dog foods, Victor provides significantly more fat (about 8.32% more).

Merrick and Victor both provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber. With regards to wet dog food, Merrick and Victor also provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber.

Victor Cat Food vs. Merrick Cat Food

Dry Cat FoodVictorMerrick
Crude Protein39.0%40.5%
Crude Fat18.7%15.7%
Crude Fiber3.7%5.1%
Wet/Canned Cat FoodVictorMerrick
Crude Protein42.7%46.9%
Crude Fat24.7%21.3%
Crude Fiber7.6%6.0%

Crude Protein Comparison For Cat Food

Cats require twenty-two amino acids to sustain life. Eleven of these amino acids are synthesized naturally, the remaining eleven are consumed. Protein is the nutrient which provides some or all of these eleven essential amino acids.

There is a relatively insignificant difference between the crude protein content of the two brands. For wet cat foods, Merrick provides more protein (about 4.26% more).

Crude Fat Comparison For Cat Food

There are many ways in which dietary fat contributes to the overall health of our feline friends. Here is a short list of benefits provided by fats (not exhaustive):

  • Help transport nutrients across cell membranes
  • Fats produce metabolites, which help control inflammation
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure
  • Slow the growth of yeast infections
  • Fats improve the taste/texture of food.

If you look at the average percentages of crude fat, you'll notice that Victor typically guarantees 2.94% more fat. This is a fairly small difference between Victor and Merrick, but still worth mentioning. In addition, Victor wet cat foods also provide more fat than Merrick wet foods.

Both brands provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber. With regards to wet cat food, Victor and Merrick also provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber.

Victor Pet Food Ingredients vs. Merrick Pet Food Ingredients

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Victor.

Brewers Rice
Tomato Pomace
Vegetable Oil

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Merrick.

Canola Oil
Pea Protein
Caramel Color
Meaty Femur Bone
Powdered Cellulose
Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)

We believe that certain pet food ingredients are linked to adverse health affects; these ingredients are classified as harmful.

Here are some of the harmful ingredients used only by Merrick.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

Product Safety: Recall History of Victor & Merrick?

According to our records, Victor has never been recalled.

Merrick has been recalled 6 times.

  • Jan. 28, 2011: Salmonella
  • Aug. 8, 2011: Salmonella
  • July 2, 2010: Salmonella
  • Aug. 3, 2010: Salmonella
  • Aug. 13, 2010: Salmonella
  • May 23, 2018: elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone

Price Comparison: Which Brand Is More Expensive?

Dry Dog FoodVictorMerrick
Per Pound$1.85$6.15
Per Calorie$0.0011$0.0036
Dry Cat FoodVictorMerrick
Per Pound$2.79$4.09
Per Calorie$0.0017$0.0025
Wet Dog FoodVictorMerrick
Per Pound$3.50$5.97
Per Calorie$0.0077$0.0126

The average cost-per-lb is heavily influenced by the varying amounts of moisture present in each brand's food products (wet vs. dry food, dry vs. freeze-dried food, etc). However, the average cost-per-kcal eliminates the influence of moisture. Therefore, the average cost-per-kcal is the better metric to consider.

If you'd like to calculate the average cost-per-day or cost-pet-year of feeding Victor or Merrick, input your pet's weight into our cost analyzer widget.

Averages price data can identify whether or not there exists a significant price difference between two brands. However, the actual price that you'll pay for Victor or Merrick will depend on your shopping habits.

Pet owners who use our price comparison feature typically save more than 25% off retail prices for Victor and Merrick. In addition, we currently have some great coupons for our readers.

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Where To Buy Victor Pet Foods

You can purchase Victor pet foods from the following stores:

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Where To Buy Merrick Pet Foods

You can purchase Merrick pet food products from these retailers:

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Type Of Pet Foods Available

Dry Dog Food20 Recipes53 Recipes
Wet Dog Food5 Recipes58 Recipes
Dog Treats3 Treats35 Treats
Dry Cat Food4 Recipes18 Recipes
Wet Cat Food2 Recipes50 Recipes
Cat TreatsNoneNone

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