Merrick Grain Free Review

Real Lamb + Sweet Potato Recipe

Merrick Grain Free Real Lamb + Sweet Potato Recipe

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Review of Merrick Grain Free
Real Lamb + Sweet Potato Recipe

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 Real Lamb + Sweet Potato Recipe 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 Real Lamb + Sweet Potato Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is lamb. Although lamb is an excellent protein source, raw lamb contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of lamb 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 lamb meal. Lamb meal is produced by cooking lamb using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of lamb 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 high-protein legumes which supply a healthy dose of dietary fiber and several important vitamins and minerals.

The fifth ingredient is potato. Potatoes are commonly used in pet food as a gluten free carbohydrate source which also provides various vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Merrick Grain Free Real Lamb + Sweet Potato Recipe 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 natural flavor. Natural flavoring does not contribute any nutritional value.

The next ingredient is salmon meal. Salmon meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking salmon until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with salmon (i.e. salmon meal).

Then we have pork fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Pork fat is typically collected while cooking pork using a process called rendering. Pork fat is a relatively high quality source of essential fatty acids. In particular, pork fat is high in linoleic acid, an important omega-6 fatty acid.

Moving on, we have apple. Apples are high in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins and minerals.

Moving on with this review, we have flaxseed oil, which provides a healthy dose of essential fatty acids.

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 potassium chloride, which is a potassium supplement.

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

Next on the list 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 Lamb + Sweet Potato Recipe is 4.0 out of 5.