Merrick Grain Free Review

96% Real Beef + Lamb + Buffalo

Merrick Grain Free 96% Real Beef + Lamb + Buffalo

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Review of Merrick Grain Free
96% Real Beef + Lamb + Buffalo

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 Grain Free 96% Real Beef + Lamb + Buffalo is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Merrick Grain Free 96% Real Beef + Lamb + Buffalo with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is beef. Although beef is an excellent protein source, raw beef contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of beef 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 lamb. Lamb is another excellent protein source. As with other raw meats, lamb contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of lamb is dramatically reduced after cooking.

The fourth ingredient is buffalo. Buffalo is another excellent protein source. As with other raw meats, buffalo contains a substantial amount of moisture and therefore the relative meat contribution of buffalo is dramatically reduced after cooking.

The fifth ingredient is natural flavor, which is used to enhance the flavor of the food.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Merrick Grain Free 96% Real Beef + Lamb + Buffalo 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 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 is 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.

Then we have potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.

Moving on, we have 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.

Moving on with this review, we have vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin required by dogs.

The remaining ingredients in this Merrick Grain Free recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.

Final Thoughts

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 Grain Free 96% Real Beef + Lamb + Buffalo is 4.0 out of 5.