Merrick Dog Food Ingredients

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Merrick manufactures roughly 128 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 180 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. beef broth
  3. pea
  4. pea
  5. potato

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

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Merrick does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 128 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 180 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 6 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
31 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:

garlic
2 Recipes

Garlic in very small quantities can be an acceptable addition, however, garlic can also be toxic. Therefore many pet owners choose to completely avoid garlic.

The following recipes contain garlic:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
3 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
4 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.

During our review, none of the Merrick ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

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 Hero's Banquet

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Pacific Catch Recipe

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Puppy 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 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 Buffalo, 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 + Chickpeas 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 + Chickpeas Recipe

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Merrick Lil' Plates + Freeze Dried Raw Real Chicken, Sweet Potatoes + Peas Recipe

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Merrick Lil' Plates + Freeze Dried Raw Real Texas Beef, Sweet Potatoes + Peas 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 + 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 Recipe

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Duck & Chickpeas Recipe

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Lamb & Chickpeas Recipe

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Salmon & Chickpeas 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 96% Real Beef

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Merrick Backcountry Grain Free 96% Real Chicken

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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 + Buffalo

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Merrick Grain Free Real Chicken

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Merrick Grain Free Real Duck

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Merrick Grain Free Real Texas Beef

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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 Ingredient Diet Real Beef Recipe

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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 Recipe

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Merrick Limited Edition Grain Free Kiss Me I'm Irish Stew

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Merrick Limited Edition Grain Free Star Spangled Supper

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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 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 Kitchen Bites Cowboy Cookout

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Merrick Kitchen Bites Grammy's Pot Pie

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Merrick Kitchen Bites 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 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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