Merrick Lil' Plates Review

Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed Senior Dogs

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

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

The first ingredient is chicken. Although chicken is an excellent protein source, raw chicken contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of chicken 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 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 Lil' Plates Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe For Small Breed 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 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.

The next 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.

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

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. Natural flavor enhances the flavor of the product. The difference between natural and artificial flavoring is that natural flavoring starts from a plant or animal whereas artificial flavoring is entirely man-made.

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.

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 Senior Dogs is 3.5 out of 5.