Merrick Lil' Plates Review

Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Puppies

Merrick Lil' Plates Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Puppies

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Review of Merrick Lil' Plates
Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Puppies

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 Lil' Plates Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Puppies 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 Lil' Plates Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Puppies with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is chicken, which provides animal-based protein and important omega-6 fatty acids.

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

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 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Merrick Lil' Plates Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Puppies 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 chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Essentially fatty acids are crucially important for optimal health, chicken fat happens to be an excellent source of omega-6 fatty acids.

The next ingredient is 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.

Then we have natural flavor. The sole purpose of natural flavor is to improve palatability.

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

Moving on with this review, we have salmon oil. Salmon oil is an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids, an important part of a dog diet.

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

Our next ingredient is blueberry. Blueberries are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.

The remaining ingredients in this Merrick Lil' Plates 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 Lil' Plates Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Puppies is 3.5 out of 5.