Merrick Grain Free 96% Canned Dog Food - an independent review, star rating and recall history by the editors of The Dog Food Advisor.
I have used Merrick grain free for a year now. I prefer the most wholesome and nutritious food for my dogs. Over the last 27 years I have had 13 of my own dogs; most from shelters or abandoned situations, and many fosters. In the beginning I was ignorant to the different quality of dog foods available and I look back now and feel guilty that I fed my first few dogs the big name basic quality dog foods; because that was good enough. As I became more educated about the seriousness of recalls, I began to look into the ingredients. I improved the quality as the years went along. And before Merrick I used a human grade, add water, brand that was great; but one of my new dogs had problems with the garlic. I then was introduced to Merrick by a small pet food store in Fort Collins, CO. I went on line and checked the history of recalls, all of the ingredients and benefits of grain free. I was sold on Merrick and have tried to convert all family and friends to this brand. I constantly receive compliments on my dogs’ beautiful glossy black coats, their sparkly teeth and great health. Both are rescues. I have also taken a friends mothers 12 yo dog, having entered a nursing facility, and his coat and feebleness have improved greatly. The quality of the food allows me to feed them less, while keeping their recommended weight and knowing the food they receive has no fillers. I am sold forever and don’t mind paying the price. Paying more for the best beats paying less for junk. We are what we eat, right? As a sidebar, I always keep a few cans of Merrick chicken just in case I need it. When I opened it the first time, my eyebrows arched and I said to my husband, “wow, this looks better than the canned stuff I have in the pantry for us. Give me a fork!” Thank you so much Merrick.
And, we didn’t stop there. After more than 20 years of innovation, we started the “Real Food Revolution” in 2012 by reformulating our Classic and Grain Free lines of dog food with new recipes that were unsurpassed in quality, nutrition and taste. And in 2013 the revolution continued with our Purrfect Bistro menu of high-protein, grain-free wet and dry foods in a wide variety of tastes and textures for cats. In 2015, we introduced Merrick Backcountry, the ultimate canine ancestral diet, and Limited Ingredient Diets, simple recipes for dogs and cats with ingredient intolerances or food sensitivities. Today, we continue to craft new recipes to help the Best Pets Ever stay happy and healthy.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 43%.
Merrick Dog Food | Review | Rating | Recalls - Dog Food Advisor
With your big dogs the one with flaky skin I had the same problem with my mix breed . when i switch to Merrick it got so much better,his coat is so soft but it took awhile for it to happen. With the other one it could be grains, an ingredient( it took me 3 different foods to find out my mix breed was allergic to chicken he would chew himself so bad and scratch like crazy)or an intolerance to being on one food for a long period of time or maybe something else. I haven’t heard of the food you were feeding them and didn’t see a review for it on this site so I’m not sure what ingredients it had. I’ve only been on this site since may so others will be able to help you better, and they might suggest putting the older dogs on certain puppy food because it’s supposed to be better for older dogs. A few days ago I got castor and pollox grain free ultramix duck and so far no problems and both dogs love it so that could be another option for you. Again hope this was helpful to you.