Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review | Merrick Classic Real Lamb with Brown Rice & Apple Dry Dog Food


Andy's been on a steady diet of Merrick Classic Real Lamb with Brown Rice & Apple Dry Dog Food for about 2 months now. So far we're happy with this product and Andy can't seem to get enough of it...although that sort of describes his relationship with food in general. This is my first experience with Merrick products (they also produce the Castor & Pollux brand). I was drawn to them because: 

* All of their ingredients are grown in the U.S. (no ingredients from China)
* Their products contain no artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings or preservatives
* They have a strong commitment to food-safety performance and quality management
* They use higher quality proteins - deboned meat is the first ingredient.

* Their foods include high levels of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin and shiny coat, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates to support healthy bones and joints, and highly digestible meat proteins, peas, apples and blueberries to support and improve digestive function.

Dog food and treat reviews are kind of goofy. Having never tasted the products myself I can't speak to things like palatability or texture, and really Andy will eat anything, so my opinions are based more on things like ingredients lists, where the products are manufactured, and whether or not my dog has a negative reaction to it (i.e. he doesn't want to eat it or it makes him sick). When it comes to dog food there are a number of brands that I would highly recommend (Merrick, Wellness, Blue Buffalo, just to name a few) and really as long as your pup is getting a high-quality diet that's all that matters. What's great about the brands I mentioned is that they all hit the five points I talk about above, and in addition, offer lines that meet special dietary needs: limited ingredients or grain free (which I need for my cat Diego).

For all the reasons I've listed above, Merrick Classic Real Lamb with Brown Rice & Apple Dry Dog Food is a terrific high-quality food. Unless Andy develops an allergy to one of the ingredients contained within, which can happen over time, I think this is the food we're going to stick with for the long haul. There are also additional practical benefits to this line for us owners: the scent of the food isn't gag-inducing - in fact there's a pleasant light curry powder scent (not that I'm sticking my head in the bag and inhaling deeply). The bag itself has a convenient zipper top that helps keep the product fresh; although sometimes it resists being zipped. I used to store dog food in a plastic tub but with all the controversy surrounding BPA I now just keep the food in the bag and make sure it's secured up top.    

Review | Merrick Classic Real Lamb with Brown Rice & Apple Dry Dog Food
Available at most retailers

$34.99 (15 lbs) | $55.99 (30 lbs) | +/-

Ingredients:
Deboned Lamb, Lamb Meal, Brown Rice, Peas, Sweet Potato, Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), Pea Protein, Oats, Natural Flavor, flaxseed, Carrots, Apples, Blueberries, Organic Alfalfa, Salmon Oil, Minerals (Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, 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 (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate), 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 
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min.) 25.0%, Crude Fat (min.) 15.0%, Crude Fiber (max.) 3.50%, Moisture (max.) 11.0%, Omega-6 fatty acid (min) 4.0%, Omega-3 fatty acid (min) 0.35%, Glucosamine Hydrochloride (min) 800 mg/kg, Chondroitin Sulfate (min) 800 mg/kg. 3638 kcal/kg or 440 kcal/cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

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