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Merrick Grain Free Dog Food

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Merrick Grain Free Dog Food

Updated: Oct. 23, 2018

Ranked 3rd of 10 dog food with a Quid Score of 92.

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Merrick Grain Free Dog Food

Ranked 3rd of 10 dog food with a Quid Score of 92.

Product Details

Product Details

Ranks 3rd overall.

Key Information
  • Bag Sizes: 4lb, 12lb, 25 lb
  • Available Dog Sizes: Small, large
  • First 5 Ingredients: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes
  • Available Life Stages: Puppy, Adult, Senior
Product Specifications
  • Recall History: 7/6/2010; 1/30/2011; 8/9/2011; 5/23/2018
  • Calories Per Cup: 460
  • Flavors Available: 9
  • Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (min) 38%, Crude Fat (min) 17%, Crude Fiber (max) 3.5%, Moisture (max) 11%, Omega-6 Fatty Acid (min) 4.8%, Omega-3 Fatty Acid (min) 0.4%, Glucosamine hydrochloride (min) 1200 mg/kg, Chondroitin sulfate (min) 1200 mg/kg
  • Protein By-Products: Chicken and turkey meal
  • Full Ingredients List: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Peas, Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Salmon Meal (source of Omega 3 fatty acids), Flaxseed Oil, Apples, Blueberries, Organic Alfalfa, Salmon Oil, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate), Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

Expert Rating: 94%

Ranks 3rd among competitors.

Expert Rating: 94%

Ranks 3rd among competitors.

Experts like the high-quality, meat-based ingredients, but have found that it has relatively low nutritional benefits. While it's expensive, it’s suitable for dogs of every lifestyle and comes in a variety of flavors.

Full Expert Breakdown
  • Price- Above average
  • Flavor Variety- Above average
  • Life Stage/Size Variety- Average
  • Healthiness- Average
Notable Positives
  • Contains dried fermentation products and chelated minerals
  • Primarily meat-based
  • Lower carbs than other brands
  • Contains probiotics
  • Locally sourced ingredients
Notable Negatives
  • Expensive
  • Some quality control issues concerning amount of food packaged
Full Expert Breakdown
  • Price- Above average
  • Flavor Variety- Above average
  • Life Stage/Size Variety- Average
  • Healthiness- Average

Customer Rating: 91%

Ranks 10th among competitors.

Customer Rating: 91%

Ranks 10th among competitors.

Consumers say this product improves dogs’ coats and skin. They like the size of the kibble, as it’s easier for smaller dogs and dogs with weaker tooth enamel to eat. Customers report that the food quality has decreased since the acquisition by Nestlé, while the price has increased.

Ideal for people:

Dogs who have itchy skin and allergies. People with multiple-sized dogs.

Not ideal for people:

Those who are looking for a more affordable kibble option, or those with dogs that do not have food sensitivities and can be more flexible with kibble ingredients.

Notable Pros:
  • Reduces itchy skin and improves coat
  • Decent smell
  • Great for dogs with food allergies
  • Small kibble size
Notable Cons:
  • Formula quality has decreased since acquisition
  • Expensive
  • Can cause diarrhea in certain dogs
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Brand Score: 90%

Ranks 3rd among competitors.

Brand Score: 90%

Ranks 3rd among competitors.

Merrick is a pet food company that produces treats and meals for dogs and cats. The business operates under the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. Merrick emphasizes on its site that it creates food in small batches and uses premium ingredients.

Heritage - 5/5

Garth Merrick founded Merrick Pet Care in 1988. The company started as a family business and it continues to be headquartered in Hereford, Texas. Merrick is known for offering unique, seasonal pet food flavors. Nestlé Purina PetCare Company acquired Merrick in 2015.

Innovation - 4/5

Merrick was one of the first brands to release a dog treat that is also beneficial to dogs' dental health, called the Flossie. In 2012, Merrick introduced the "Real Food Revolution," where it reformulated old formulas to incorporate fresh, premium ingredients.

Reliability - 5/5

Merrick has an FAQ section on its website that answers popular questions in the general, treat, dog food, and cat food categories. On the How to Switch page, customers can learn how to transition their pet's food safely and how much to feed their animals. For more information, people can contact customer service via email, chat, or phone.

Social Good - 5/5

In 2016, Merrick donated $250,000 towards research concerning the effectiveness of service dogs in aiding veterans with PTSD as part of its partnership with K9s for Warriors. In 2017, Merrick announced a new line release called Merrick Backcountry Hero's Banquet. The line's purpose is to increase visibility of K9s for Warriors.

Relevance - 4/5

Merrick shares product updates and pet photos on its Facebook and Twitter pages. On Instagram the company frequently reposts fan images of pets with Merrick brand products. Merrick's Youtube channel features cute pet videos, company story segments, and videos done with the K9 for Warriors foundation.

Retail: Best Price $59.99

Ranks 8th in value among competitors.

Retail: Best Price $59.99

Ranks 8th in value among competitors.

On its website, Merrick offers a $3 off coupon for one bag of any grain free dry dog food. There is also an offer to autoship subscription bags, saving $3 on each shipment.

Best Purchase Options
Petco - $59.99
Amazon - $64.99
Other Purchase Options
Chewy - $64.99
Best Purchase Option
Petco - $59.99
Other Purchase Options
Amazon - $64.99
Chewy - $64.99

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