Merrick Grain Free Review
Real Salmon + Sweet Potato Recipe
Review of Merrick Grain Free
Real Salmon + 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 Salmon + Sweet Potato Recipe 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 Real Salmon + Sweet Potato Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is salmon. Although salmon is an excellent protein and omega-3 fatty acid source, raw salmon contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of salmon 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 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 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 Salmon + 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 whitefish meal. Whitefish meal is produced by cooking whitefish using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of whitefish and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.
The next ingredient is natural flavor. The usage of natural flavor to improve palatability is fairly common practice in dog food products.
Then we have canola oil. The usage of canola oil is controversial in dog food. Canola plant seeds are the product of selective breeding applied to rapeseed, which in turn is used to produce rapeseed oil. It is widely known that rapeseed oil is dangerous for human and animal consumption.
Moving on, we have whitefish. Although whitefish is an excellent protein and fat source, raw whitefish contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of whitefish 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.
Moving on with this review, we have apple. Apples are high in dietary fiber and provide a modest amount of vitamins and minerals.
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 yeast culture. Yeast cultures are composed of yeast and the media in which it was grown. It's primarily used to improve the digestibility of the food.
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.
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 Salmon + Sweet Potato Recipe is 3.5 out of 5.