Merrick Dog Food Ingredients

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Merrick manufactures roughly 161 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Merrick ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Merrick uses roughly 220 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Merrick, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken meal
  3. pea
  4. sweet potato
  5. potato

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Merrick is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken meal, followed by pea, sweet potato, and potato.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Merrick does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 161 Merrick dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Merrick does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Merrick have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive dog foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 220 Merrick ingredients. According to our data, Merrick does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 5 controversial ingredients inside Merrick products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

powdered cellulose
1 Recipes

Powdered cellulose is produced from minuscule pieces of wood pulp and plant fibers. Other than its fiber content, powdered cellulose lacks any nutritional contribution.

The following recipes contain powdered cellulose:

pea protein
28 Recipes

Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

The following recipes contain pea protein:

caramel color
5 Recipes

Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

The following recipes contain caramel color:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
2 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

canola oil
8 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

There are certain situations where these ingredients may be necessary. We always recommend contacting Merrick for further clarification regarding any harmful or controversial ingredient.

We have identified 1 harmful ingredient used in certain Merrick recipes. To learn more, click on the ingredient's name.

menadione sodium bisulfite complex
10 Recipes

Merrick Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Merrick Fresh Kisses Double-Brush Coconut + Botanical Oils For Extra Small Dogs

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Merrick Fresh Kisses Double-Brush Coconut + Botanical Oils For Large Dogs

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Merrick Fresh Kisses Double-Brush Coconut + Botanical Oils For Medium Dogs

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Merrick Fresh Kisses Double-Brush Coconut + Botanical Oils For Small Dogs

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Merrick Fresh Kisses Double-Brush Mint-Flavored Breath Strips For Extra Small Dogs

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Merrick Fresh Kisses Double-Brush Mint-Flavored Breath Strips For Large Dogs

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Merrick Fresh Kisses Double-Brush Mint-Flavored Breath Strips For Medium Dogs

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Merrick Fresh Kisses Double-Brush Mint-Flavored Breath Strips For Small Dogs

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Big Game Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Game Bird Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Great Plains Red Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Great Plains Red Recipe + Grains

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Hero's Banquet

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused High Plains Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Large Breed Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Pacific Catch Recipe + Grains

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Pacific Catch Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Puppy Recipe + Grains

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Puppy Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Wild Fields Recipe

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Merrick Classic Puppy Recipe

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Merrick Classic Real Beef + Green Peas Recipe With Ancient Grains

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Merrick Classic Real Chicken + Green Peas Recipe With Ancient Grains

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Merrick Classic Real Lamb + Green Peas Recipe With Ancient Grains

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Merrick Classic Small Breed Recipe

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Merrick Full Source Large Breed Recipe

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Merrick Full Source Puppy Recipe

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Merrick Full Source With Real Beef & Bison

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Merrick Full Source With Real Chicken & Duck

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Merrick Full Source With Real Lamb & Venison

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Merrick Full Source With Real Salmon & Whitefish

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Merrick Grain Free Healthy Weight Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Puppies

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Merrick Grain Free Real Bison, Beef + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Large Breed Dogs

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Merrick Grain Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Senior Dogs

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Merrick Grain Free Real Duck + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Real Lamb + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Real Rabbit + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Real Salmon + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Real Texas Beef + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Real Texas Beef + Sweet Potato Recipe For Puppies

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Merrick Grain Free Real Turkey + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Real Venison + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Lil' Plates + Freeze Dried Raw Real Chicken + Sweet Potatoes Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates + Freeze Dried Raw Real Texas Beef + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Lil' Plates Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Puppies

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Merrick Lil' Plates Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Senior Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Real Lamb + Brown Rice Recipe With Ancient Grains

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Merrick Lil' Plates Real Lamb + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Real Salmon + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Real Texas Beef + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe (With Healthy Grains)

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Duck & Chickpeas Recipe

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe (With Healthy Grains)

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Turkey & Chickpeas Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Real Beef Recipe Meal Or Mixer

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Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Real Chicken Recipe Meal Or Mixer

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Real Beef Dinner

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Real Chicken Dinner

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Alpine Rabbit Stew

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Chunky Beef Dinner In Gravy

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Chunky Chicken Dinner In Gravy

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Chunky Lamb Dinner In Gravy

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Chunky Venison + Beef Dinner In Gravy

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Hearty Beef Stew

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Hearty Chicken Thigh Stew

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Hearty Duck + Venison Stew

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Merrick Grain Free Brauts-N-Tots

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Merrick Grain Free Cowboy Cookout For All Breeds

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Merrick Grain Free Grammy's Pot Pie For All Breeds

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Merrick Grain Free Puppy Plate Beef Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Puppy Plate Chicken Recipe

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Merrick Grain Free Smothered Comfort

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Merrick Grain Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner For All Breeds

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Merrick Grain Free Turducken For All Breeds

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Merrick Grain Free Venison Holiday Stew

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Merrick Grain Free Wilderness Blend

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Merrick Grain Free Wingaling

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Merrick Grain Free Real Beef, Lamb + Bison Dinner

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Merrick Grain Free Real Chicken Dinner

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Merrick Grain Free Real Duck Dinner

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Merrick Grain Free Real Texas Beef Dinner

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Merrick Grain Free Chunky Big Texas Steak Tips Dinner

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Merrick Grain Free Chunky Carver's Delight Dinner

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Merrick Grain Free Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner

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Merrick Grain Free Chunky Pappy's Pot Roast Dinner

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Merrick Lil' Plates Dainty Duck Medley For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Itsy Bitsy Beef Stew For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Little Lamb Chop Stew For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Petite Pot Pie For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Pint-Sized Puppy Plate For Small Breed Puppies

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Merrick Lil' Plates Rascally Rabbit Stew For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Small Surfin' + Turfin' Supper For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Teensy Turducken For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Teeny Texas Steak Tips Dinner For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Lil' Plates Tiny Thanksgiving Day Dinner For Small Breed Dogs

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Merrick Limited Edition Christmas Day Dinner

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Merrick Limited Edition Grain Free Pawlicious Picnic

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Merrick Limited Edition Grain Free Sizzlin' Summer Supper

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Merrick Limited Edition Howl-O-Ween Stew

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Merrick Limited Edition New Year's Eve Paw-Ty

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Merrick Limited Edition Sweater Weather Supper

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Beef Recipe

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Canned (With Healthy Grains)

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Chicken Stew

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Duck Recipe

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Lamb Recipe

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe Canned (With Healthy Grains)

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Turkey Recipe

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Merrick Limited Edition Kiss Me I'm Irish Stew

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Merrick Limited Edition Grain Free Star Spangled Supper

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Merrick Slow Cooked BBQ Carolina Style With Smokey Sausage

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Merrick Slow Cooked BBQ Kansas City Style With Chopped Pork

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Merrick Slow Cooked BBQ Memphis Style With Glazed Chicken

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Merrick Slow Cooked BBQ Texas Style With Braised Beef

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Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Real Beef Recipe Mixers

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Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Real Chicken Recipe Mixers

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Merrick Bone Broth Beef Bone Broth

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Merrick Bone Broth Chicken Bone Broth

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Merrick Bone Broth Turkey Bone Broth

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Merrick Backcountry Big Game Real Lamb + Buffalo Sausage Cuts

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Merrick Backcountry Big Game Real Lamb + Venison Jerky

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Merrick Backcountry Biscuits Real Beef + Bison Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Biscuits Real Lamb + Venison Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Biscuits Real Salmon + Whitefish Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Biscuits Real Turkey + Duck Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Game Bird Real Duck Sausage Cuts

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Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Jerky

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Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Beef Sausage Cuts

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Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Steak Patties

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Merrick Backcountry Hero's Banquet Treats

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Merrick Backcountry Pacific Catch Real Salmon Jerky

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Merrick Backcountry Wild Fields Real Chicken Jerky

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Merrick Backcountry Wild Fields Real Chicken Sausage Cuts

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Merrick Backcountry Wild Fields Real Turkey & Sweet Potato Patties

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Merrick Kitchen Bites Brauts-N-Tots

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Merrick Oven Baked Cowboy Cookout

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Merrick Oven Baked Grammy's Pot Pie

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Merrick Oven Baked Turducken

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Merrick Kitchen Bites Wingalings Applewood Bacon Flavor

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Merrick Lil' Plates Bitty Beef Recipe Small Breed Treats

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Merrick Lil' Plates Lil' Chunky Chicken Recipe Small Breed Treats

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Merrick Lil' Plates Small Salmon Recipe Small Breed Treats

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Merrick Lil' Plates Teensy Turducken Recipe Small Breed Treats

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Merrick Oven Baked Paw'some Peanut Butter

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Merrick Oven Baked Pumpkin Patch

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Merrick Power Bites Big Bites Real Beef Recipe

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Merrick Power Bites Big Bites Real Chicken Recipe

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Merrick Power Bites Real Beef Recipe

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Merrick Power Bites Real Chicken Recipe

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Merrick Power Bites Real Rabbit + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Merrick Power Bites Real Salmon Recipe

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Merrick Power Bites Turducken Recipe

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Merrick Texas Hold 'Ems Premium Beef Lung Filets

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Merrick Texas Hold 'Ems Premium Lamb Lung Filets

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