Merrick Grain Free Review

Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Senior Dogs

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

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

This product is manufactured by Merrick Pet Care, Inc.

According to our data, this Merrick recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Merrick Grain Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Senior Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for the maintenance of adult dogs.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Merrick Grain Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Senior Dogs with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken, which is an excellent source of protein and fat.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is produced by cooking chicken using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of chicken and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The third ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a common gluten free carbohydrate source in pet food. In addition to its fiber content, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, an important antioxidant which serves as a precursor to vitamin A.

The fourth 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 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 Grain Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Senior Dogs 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 salmon meal. Salmon meal is produced by cooking salmon using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of salmon and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The next ingredient is pea protein. 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.

Then we have chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Fat is an important part of your dogs diet, chicken fat in particular is an outstanding source of omega-6 fatty acids.

Moving on, we have potato protein. Potato protein is produced by extracting the starch of potatoes. This process results in a high protein and low ash ingredient called potato protein.

Moving on with this review, we have natural flavor, which is likely included to improve palatability.

The next ingredient in this review is salmon oil. Salmon oil is an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids, an important part of a dog diet.

Our next ingredient is apple. Apples are high in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins and minerals.

blueberry is the next ingredient in this recipe. Blueberries are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.

Next on the list is gelatin. Gelatin is produced from animal by-products and contains 98% to 99% protein by dry weight. However, gelatin protein is incomplete and lacks many essential amino acids.

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.

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 Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Senior Dogs is 3.5 out of 5.