Merrick Grain Free Review
Review of Merrick Grain Free
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 Duck 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 Grain Free 96% Real Duck with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is duck. Although duck is an excellent animal based protein source, raw duck contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of duck 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 turkey broth. Turkey broth provides both flavor and moisture; however, as with other broths, turkey broth does not provide any notable nutritional contribution.
The third ingredient is 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.
The fourth ingredient is natural chicken flavor. As the name implies, natural chicken flavor provides chicken flavor to the product. This particular flavor is derived from natural sources which may or may not include real chicken.
The fifth ingredient is potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is a potassium supplement.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Merrick Grain Free 96% Real Duck 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 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.
Then 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.
Moving on, we have choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).
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 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 Grain Free 96% Real Duck is 3.0 out of 5.