Merrick Grain Free Review
Venison Holiday Stew
Review of Merrick Grain Free
Venison Holiday Stew
This product is manufactured by Merrick Pet Care, Inc.
According to our data, this Merrick recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Merrick Classic Recipe Venison Holiday Stew is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
We'll begin this review of Merrick Classic Recipe Venison Holiday Stew with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is venison. Although venison is an excellent protein source, raw venison contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of venison is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.
The second ingredient is beef broth. Beef broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, beef broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.
The third ingredient is pea. Peas are starchy members of the legume family. Other than carbohydrates, peas are notably high in plant based protein and various vitamins and minerals.
The fourth ingredient is carrot. Carrots are an excellent source of dietary fiber and minerals. In addition, carrots are rich in beta carotene, an antioxidant which is a precursor to vitamin A.
The fifth ingredient is potato. Potatoes provide a notable amount of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition, potatoes are gluten free and therefore commonly found in grain free and gluten free products.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Merrick Classic Recipe Venison Holiday Stew are not as important as the first five ingredients.
However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Merrick recipe.
Next we have zucchini. Zucchini is a summer squash, which means the squash is harvested when immature. It's an excellent source of dietary fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, and various minerals.
The next ingredient is apple. Apples are high in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins and minerals.
Then we have dried egg product. Dried egg product consists of shell-free eggs which are easy to digest and contain high quality protein. Egg protein is often given the highest biological value (BV). The BV metric measures the usability of the ingredient's protein.
Moving on, we have natural pork flavor. As the name implies, natural pork flavor provides pork flavor to the product. This particular flavor is derived from natural sources which may or may not include real pork.
Moving on with this review, we have modified potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free ingredient extracted from potatoes. Unlike whole potatoes, the starch itself does not provide a notable amount of nutrition. The modified term indicates that the starch has been treated or processed in order to expose or improve some property.
The next ingredient in this review is blueberry. Blueberries are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.
Our next ingredient is canola oil. 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.
potassium chloride is the next ingredient in this recipe. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.
Next on the list is calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is a naturally occurring mineral supplement. Although it's often used as a dietary calcium supplement, it can also be used as a preservative or color retainer.
The next ingredient in this recipe is salt. Salt is an important mineral for both humans and dogs. Depending on the quantity of salt used (which we cannot determine), salt may or may not be a nutritious addition in the recipe.
Next we have sodium phosphate. Sodium phosphate is a generic term used for salts of sodium and phosphate. It is most likely used as a emulsifier, thickening agent, or leavening agent.
The next ingredient is choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).
Then we have vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin required by dogs.
The remaining ingredients in this Merrick Classic Recipe recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.
Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a considerable amount of protein from non-meat ingredients. This is an undesirable property because plant based protein often lacks many of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. This property is typically found in lower quality products.
In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.
The official PawDiet rating for Merrick Classic Recipe Venison Holiday Stew is 3.0 out of 5.