Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused product line includes five dry recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Merrick Backcountry Big Game Recipe [A]
  • Merrick Backcountry Game Bird Recipe [M]
  • Merrick Backcountry Pacific Catch Recipe [M]
  • Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Red Recipe [M]
  • Merrick Backcountry Puppy Recipe (4.5 stars) [A]

Merrick Backcountry Pacific Catch Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Merrick Backcountry Pacific Catch Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 38% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 36%

Ingredients: Deboned salmon, salmon meal, whitefish meal, sweet potatoes, potatoes, peas, natural flavor, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potato protein, pea protein, whitefish, trout, apples, blueberries, gelatin, organic alfalfa, salmon oil, salt, minerals (zinc sulfate, iron amino acid complex, zinc 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 acetate, 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

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis34%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis38%18%36%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%37%30%
Protein = 33% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 30%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Although it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, raw salmon contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The next two ingredients include salmon meal and whitefish meal. Because they are considered meat concentrates, fish meals contain almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The fourth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fifth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

After the natural flavor, we find canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The ninth ingredient is potato protein, the dry residue remaining after removing the starchy part of a potato.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With six notable exceptions

First, we find pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, gelatin is a colorless, flavorless, translucent, brittle substance that’s irreversibly derived from the collagen found in the skin and bones of animals.

Although it consists mostly of protein (98-99% non-essential amino acids), gelatin is of only limited nutritional value to a dog.

In addition, this food includes alfalfa, a flowering member of the pea family. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

Next, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

We also note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Merrick Backcountry looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 38%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 36%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea products, potato protein and alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused is a grain free meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

10/11/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Sheri

    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/fromm-dog-food-recall-march-2016/

    And they also had one in 2013 as that is when my dog was born and the breeder had our puppy on them and couldn’t give us a sample of food. Fromm’s has had recalls, sorry!
    Never say never!

  • haleycookie

    Can this be updated to include the large breed and the heros banquet?

  • Dan M

    So get rid of the Merrick. Next, check the protein content of the feed. your dog is not a puppy and so she doesn’t need high protein, which can cause “hot spots” or itchy spots. I have a pit bull and a huskita. Both have sensitive skin. Make sure that what you feed her has NO grains whatsoever. Also, my vet has suggested to do away with chicken. They love Hill’s T/D, which is good for their teeth, but terribly expensive! If you have a Costco close by, I have been feeding them Kirkland Lamb & Sweet Potato. It is reasonably priced, lower in fat and protein than other foods, no grains, and they both eat two cups a day without any problems. It is also made by a reputable manufacturer in Washington.

    I have had ten dogs over the years and with some dogs, you never figure it out. The important thing is that they eat regularly and don’t get fat. And you can really stay away from over-priced dog foods which are probably higher in meat content (protein) than she needs.

    Also, if she sucks her food down without fully chewing it, she can puke it back up. If she does that, feed her less food, more often. And if you see grass in her puke or poop, that is a sign that she is not happy. Dogs will eat grass in order to puke. I believe that is due to food that is too high in protein. Good luck.

  • Beverly

    Thanks for telling me about the Purina/Nestle thing Dan M.

  • Beverly

    Ok. I’m trying to give her the right food she is very picky. She’s 3, we’ve had her since she was born but she’s the first dog we’ve ever had. Sometimes she’ll throw up after she eats not always. I was shopping trying to find a great food for her that doesn’t make her scratch like chicken or throw up. Do you have any suggestions for a picky eater? Anything I should read about & consider? She’s nearly out of her Merrick.

  • Dan M

    Beverly, Nestle’s owns Purina, so its the same company. Whatever anyone tells you, Purina is the top grocery store pet food manufacturer. They use by-products and corn for sweetening. While your dog should not get ill, he/she WILL get fat on Purina products which is why I avoid them like the plague.

  • Beverly

    My dog will throw up sometimes after eating her food. I’m considering a different food that won’t make her sick so easily.

  • Beverly

    You say Nestle bought Merrick & Rachel Tibbs say’s Purina bought Merrick? Which is it, I’m confused & I feed my dog Merrick Back Country Red Meat Raw Infused, however it’s exactly worded….. I’m just reading to see if I could find anything she will eat better?

  • Cliff Cherry

    Thanks – found them at Petco, and actually slightly cheaper than through amazon

  • Kim Van Houten

    I’m not at home to check but yeah I think that’s the one!

  • Cliff Cherry

    Just to make sure – are they the ones labeled as treats?

  • Cliff Cherry

    Just checked – are they the ones being sold as “dog treats”?

  • Cliff Cherry

    Great – thank you very much again!

  • Kim Van Houten

    You can actually buy a small bag of just the raw cubes now, too! We do that and mix Them into the bagged food.

  • Cliff Cherry

    Just about to start my first bag of this – thanks for the info on the raw cubes – will mix them up best I can instead of feeding them all early on then having bitter doggos for the rest of the bag

  • nsirchov

    I feed my golden and bichon the Raw infused recipes. both love it and are doing great on it. The bichon sneaks over and steals the freeze dried cubes from my golden’s bowl.

  • Kim Van Houten

    Very glad to see Merrick’s raw-infused dry food get such a great review! We switched our American Eskimo Dog to this product about 6 months ago, and his coat is thicker than its ever been! He loves the dried raw cubes, as if they are treats, only wish there were more of these per bag. They seem to be unevenly spread in the bag, with a lot near the top and very few toward the bottom of the bag.

  • Derrick Salinas

    My 2 yr old English Bulldog has been on Orijen since he was a puppy. Ever since they changed their plant from Canada to Kentucky he won’t eat it and they went up in price and down in bag weight. I’m trying to find something similar to it and I’ve been told to try Merrick Backcountry and Evo. I’m having a hard time deciding which one to go with…. any suggestions?

  • Kadee Newton

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-news/nestle-purina-merrick-buyout/ even though Nestle purchased Merrick, there are no plans for changes in operations. Being that everything on the internet is true, I also spoke with a Merrick rep at my local Chuck N Don’s. He confirmed the hands off approach planned by Purina. Being that everything a salesperson says is true, if you love the brand, buy the brand but pay attention to the ingredient list and contact Merrick directly with concerns.

  • whoooo

    I have fed my Catalan Sheepdog puppy this almost exclusively since she was 4 months old – she’s now 9 months. I have always got the Merrick Backcountry Raw puppy version. However, in the last month with the last two bags of it she has turned her nose up, doesn’t gobble it down like she used to. I observe three things happened at about this time. 1) She’s 9 months old and she may just be slowing down her growth. 2) The raw pieces became much more homogeneous in size. 3) We’re actively training her so there are tastier treats at certain times of the day. Either way, this is no longer the right food for her, which is a shame as some of the others that I’ve tried really make her scratch.

  • Sheila Moore Rials

    Several of my dogs had GI distress and diarrhea when we tried the Great Plains formula as well. I have not tried other formulas. The other negative thing I noticed is that the bag was filled with the regular kibble and then all the “raw” pieces were thrown in right on the top. I keep my food in the manufacturer’s bag and the whole bag is placed in a sealed storage bin so the pieces don’t get mixed around really. I happened to open this particular bag upside down so we didn’t get to the raw pieces until we got down to the last of the bag. At that point, my dogs that had been tolerating it ok began having diarrhea as well – presumably from the heavy concentration of “raw” kibble. I don’t think I’ll include this in my rotation again.

  • oikawas

    My 11yr old Maltese has always been a picky eater. When I had him on Wellness Core, he wouldn’t eat at all and would go without eating for days and just sleep. Even when I mixed it with wet food, he would just lick the wet off the kibble. I decided to just switch him and my other dog to Merrick Backcountry (without a slow transition) and they both love it. My older dog literally licks the bowl clean every time and both didn’t have any stool problems or upset tummies from the fast transition. All the ingredients are still good and I am definitely glad I switched over to this brand.

  • sandy

    I looked at the Merrick website and both Backcountry and Backcountry Raw Infused links lead to the same product listing. All the bags say Raw Infused.

  • Dewittewolf

    Some of the Merrick “back country” flavors dont all have the freeze fried pieces in them(the above article/review is about those “Without” the “Raw Infused”. Thats probably why you didnt find any pieces in the bag. “Back Country” vs.”Back Country with Raw Infused Pieces”)..Those of you calling and complaining about not having those raw pieces in them.well..I hope you you didnt just rip of the company(and give them a bad review), because you didnt read what you were buying…

  • Rachel Tibbs

    Purina bought Merrick last year. I’d avoid the brand.

    Here’s some foods I keep in the food rotation for my dog: Acana, Wild Calling, Fromm, and Lotus.

    I worked at a holistic pet food store for about a year, and those are the four brands I felt were the best of the best.

    Acana is made by the same company as Orijen and uses extremely fresh ingredients, lots of meat and vegetables, and no grains.

    Wild Calling has some great unique protein options (kangaroo, rabbit, bison) and a proprietary probiotic blend that has been proven to multiply in the dog’s system (great digestive health).

    Fromm is a family-owned company that hasn’t had a recall in their 110 years of operation. They have tons of options for different dietary needs.

    Lotus is oven-baked, which retains more nutrients than extrusion and basically makes every piece of kibble taste like a dog biscuit. Great for picky dogs.

  • Joy Espeleta

    My Plott Hound loves the Merrick grain free Texas Beef and Sweet Potato. I knew they had been bought out by Nestle, so I wasn’t sure if this flavor would continue to be available. As I was running out anyway, I decided to try a bag of their new Backcountry Great Plains Red Recipe with the raw bits. As usual, I opened the bag and poured it into a clear plastic container with a tight fitting lid. I could not find even ONE piece of the freeze dried raw bits. I poured it out and looked again, but not one was in the mix. Poured it back into the plastic jar and called Merrick. They took the information, apologized to me, and promised to investigate. Also sent me a gift certificate for a “free bag” of Backcountry, which I’ll use later as the shelf stock at Petco gets rotated. Ria’s been eating this kibble with no problems, but I don’t like paying for something I’m not getting…. i.e., the raw bits.

  • Judy Stephens

    My dog became very ill; lethargic, sick, and not herself at all from this food. I returned the bag of raw infused and she is better now. Disappointing that there is no real good organic dog food around.

  • Janice Zadwick Monson

    We bought a new bag of Backcountry pacific catch last week. It had no freeZe dried pieces in the bag. Both our dogs threw up after earing, 2 days in a row. We sropped feeding them the kibble and they are fine. My husband called Merrick to complain. they sid they havent changed the formula and are still making the food in the Merrick plant in Texas. They toldhim if they recie ed more complaints they would investigate and are sending us a voucher for food.

  • Crazy4cats

    I bought a bag of Whole Earth Farms chicken and turkey last week and everything looks and smells the same to me. So far so good! (WEF is made by Merrick)

  • Kerry Wood

    Are there any updates of a quality change since Purina acquired Merrick? I have always used this in my dogs’food rotation, but am now nervous to do so.

  • Crazy4cats

    Agreed. I think it’s best to just buy the freeze dried meal mixers separately so you can control how many go into each meal.

  • Elisha

    My father works for the packaging industry and provides packaging materials for Merrick. Merrick is supposed to discuss any changes to their formulary as it can potentially cause issues with the packaging. So far there have been no changes to their recipe. In fact my father stated that Merrick is a very well kept and clean facility that cares very deeply about the quality of their items. He says that their ingredients are very high quality.

  • Pitlove

    not a purina change. this is a common problem with all dog foods that are doing this “freeze dried raw bits” trend.

  • Dozer

    Purina Purchase: I think I already noticed a change in this formula. My recent bag I purchased barely had any freeze dried bits in it. I usually pour out the contents of the 22 lb bag into a clear plastic container and I can definitely see a difference in the amount. my dog sometimes doesn’t even get any freeze dried bits when I pour it out into the bowl with this bag but prior to this, he had plenty to nibble off from. I’ve tried other dog brands and for the same price range my dog does really good on Merrick, especially when comparing the consistency of his stool so I am going to stick with this for now and keep a close eye on the ingredients and it’s sourcing.

  • htroba

    Unfortunately I do not think this was an isolated event. About 2 months ago my 1 year old boxer had the exact same thing. The vet told me to take her off of backcountry and put her on the grain free. She was much better in only two days. No more backcountry for us.

  • Pitlove

    Hi- I have an AmStaff as well. He needs to be on a large breed puppy formula until he is a year old to help prevent growth and skeletal disorders. I suggest Fromm Gold Large Breed Puppy or Precise Holistic Complete Large/Giant Breed Puppy.

  • sam

    I have a 7 month old American Staffordshire Terrier. I recently switched his food from Merrick Backcountry puppy recipe to Blue Seal. At first my pup had a soft stomach and loss of apetite, I thought it was the new food been introduced to him. After two days he developed a rash in his groin area, I really dont know if it was an allergic reaction towards Blue Seal or its just a food changing process. I’ve heard so many good things from Blue Seal that I thought it would be best to feed him that from now on. After the rash I stopped feeding him Blue Seal and went back to Merrick BackCountry puppy recipe, but I’m still doubting if I should trust Merrick after the whole purina case and I would extremely appreciate some recommendations on food brands for an American Staffordshire Terrier.

  • Pitlove

    It depends on what your doing is intolerant to and if the BackCountry contains those ingredients. As long as they don’t I would say it is worth a try. You will always find that some people have excellent results with a food and others using the same foods, don’t.

  • Chrissy

    I could use some assistance. I know I probably will not stay on Merrick with the whole Purina thing…but we do have some Merrick left over and could use some help with this before it is too late to exchange out. We have been feeding Merrick limited ingredient salmon and sweet potatoes.

    We have pugs and some have allergies, but with our middle two they seem to be ok. Over the weekend we decided to get them a bag of the Pacific Coast Backyard Country – we are not familiar with this one and wondering if we should give this to our two pugs or should we just stick to the the limited ingredients in the Merrick lines that all have been on?

    We DO rotational feed, but we have been trying to feed the Merrick lines we have at this time – use our coupons, etc.

    I have read some stories of dogs getting sick on this formula and it worries me a little, but then again all dogs are different.

    If anyone has some advice it would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thank you so much! <3 Chrissy

  • aquariangt

    Recipes may not change, but knowing how important profit is to Nestle Purina, I can’t imagine they keep the quality of ingredients the same. I’d put money on the fact that Purina will start putting pressure on the Merrick team to get their costs down

  • aquariangt

    While true, it still doesn’t change DF’s comment. There are plenty of other companies who haven’t sold out, and just don’t supply big chain stores so that they can keep their food in stock for their consumers. That tells me those companies are more focused on wellbeing than on profit (not to say profit shouldn’t play a part, it should and does for all business, just the levels you’re looking for)

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m in the same boat, kind of. If it changes, I have to figure out a new canned source. Merrick canned was one of my favorites.

  • Crazy4dogs

    LOL! Just keepin’ it real! πŸ˜‰

  • Crazy4cats

    Hey, hey, hey, Missy! Us Merrick/Whole Earth Farms fans are trying to stay positive! Don’t be such a kill joy! πŸ™‚

  • Crazy4dogs

    Um, they were already owned by a private equity group who sold them off to Purina. If you believe that, I have some land to sell…..

  • DogFoodie

    I don’t disagree with you. I’m not aware that they’ve had a problem with availability at their current level of production. It’s a good reason to consider rotation, if nothing else. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/frequently-asked-questions/diet-rotation-for-dogs/?utm_content=buffere6a71&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  • Adrian

    Okay but that’s how you do things. The majority of people do not rotate, or if they do they do it within a brand, so that doesnt help anyone. Having the food available is sort of important. It doesn’t matter how good or transparent something is if it’s never available..

  • DogFoodie

    Yes, if it meant that they were actually hands on and had sole control over their own operation and were truly able to be transparent; and yes, because I rotate, so having the food always available isn’t a concern to me.

    His answer to your question was a carefully constructed marketing piece.

    I don’t care for Merrick anyway. Haven’t ever fed it and wouldn’t.

  • Adrian

    Would you rather they underproduced and left shelves empty?

  • DogFoodie

    Where I live, that’s called greed.

  • Adrian

    So I happen to have met and spoke with Allan, one of Merrick’s higher up regional overseers or something like that (one guy looks after the whole east coast, one after the west coast, and Allan covers the Midwest where I am) on several occasions. The way he explained the Purina thing to me was that their rate of growth is rising rapidly and they cannot keep everything going as it is now. They want to open an entirely new facility and run Whole Earth Farms from that facility alone, but the problem is that they dont have the money to build a whole new setup. He explained that even just the machine that dries their ingredients is over $1,500,000. So in order to keep up with increasing demand they got money from purina as they would a private investment firm. As such, purina has no hand in anything they do nor will they be allowed to have a say in anything in the future. Time will tell us whether this statement holds water, but in the meantime I have some confidence restored.

  • Storm’s Mom

    He got little legs, but a big heart πŸ˜‰ He tries so hard to keep up with the bigger dogs πŸ™‚

  • Pitlove

    hah he’s adorable. I love his little bitty legs!

  • Dori

    Ewww! I love this picture. Great shot Storm’s Mom.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Awe, that’s SO cute!!! πŸ™‚

  • Storm’s Mom

    <–1st one.. I think I'll stay with this one.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I think I missed some too. It’s nice to see Storm’s mom with an avatar! πŸ™‚

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m with C4C, I think I missed the 1st one, but this one is really cute!!! <3

  • Crazy4cats

    I think I might have missed one. I really liked the first one also. It looked like he was having a very good time! But, this one does does definitely show his features the best. It’s a toss up?

  • Storm’s Mom

    Last one πŸ˜‰ I think I may go back to the 1st one, of him running in the field.

  • Crazy4cats

    Definitely meant to be. Glad to read he’s doing better.

  • Crazy4cats

    Cute as well!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Yeah, funny story that I’ll try to make quick: I’d never heard of an SV either when I started thinking about/searching for the kind of dog I had in mind. Went to this website that had pics of hundreds of breeds, it seemed like.. and obviously since I got all the way to the end of the S’s I’d seen a ton of them. When I saw the pic of the SV I was like “that’s the one!!”. The problem was, I didn’t really want a “puppy puppy” and SVs are, well, kinda rare lol That night I actually found a breeder back east in Canada who had a couple of 9 month olds she was rehoming. It was like “what are the odds?!”, you know? I had to do it. A month later (after doing a ton of research to make sure the situation was the right fit for me and the dog/breed), Storm was here πŸ™‚ SVs are AWESOME dogs!! πŸ™‚ It still floors me that they aren’t more popular.

  • Storm’s Mom

    How about this one? πŸ˜‰

  • Crazy4cats

    That is a great pic!

  • Storm’s Mom

    <-this one? πŸ™‚

  • DogFoodie

    I just remember the little picture of Storm from your old avatar, but I don’t recall you saying his breed before. I googled images of a Swedish Vallhund also. So cute!! πŸ™‚

  • Crazy4dogs

    I googled too, very cute!!! They look exactly as you described! πŸ™‚
    Let’s hope Purina hasn’t already messed with Merrick. πŸ™

  • Pitlove

    LOL I just googled that breed since I’ve never heard of it before. HOW CUTE! haha Really does look like a tiny German Shepherd/Husky mix.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Thanks πŸ™‚ He’s doing a lot better today πŸ™‚ I think we’ve passed the worst of it πŸ™‚

    I often hear that he looks like a “mini Husky”, or a “mini Husky/German Shepherd” or a “Husky/German Shepherd/Corgi cross” ..but he’s a Swedish Vallhund. And a total “fair weather dog” with not a hint of a “stormy” personality!! lol I didn’t name him well. I contemplated renaming him when I realized all of that, but now it’s just a funny misnomer πŸ˜‰

  • Pitlove

    omg! I’m so sorry to hear about Storm! I wish him a swift recovery. I know a lot of people blame food instantly and we all say it might not be the food, but hey sometimes theres something that just doesn’t work for them that’s in the food. My boy had the same thing happen with ONE cup of a sample of Purina ProPlan. He ended up with explosive diaherra and with one meal of the food he was on at the time he was fine. And before now I was changing his food all the time just like you do for Storm.

    Btw I’m sure you have answered this, but I have no clue what kind of dog Storm is. My first instinct is to say Husky lol

  • Storm’s Mom

    Here’s the backstory on my Backcountry concerns (and I hesitate to post it, but I have long posted on here how Storm has done on new foods we try, so I am doing so with Backcountry):

    Storm switches food (brands, proteins, etc) all the time. About 2 weeks ago, I started him on Backcountry Great Plains. A week later, we were in emerg with a severe case of gastroenteritis. The cause was not determined (he’s had it once before, immediately after eating horse poop, but that was not the case this time, and I have no idea what is). I cannot and will not say that Backcountry was the cause, it just factors into the course of these events.

    The more concerning thing is that he has refused to eat the Backcountry since returning home Wednesday night, even though he’ll now eat tripe and another kibble I have samples of on hand (Open Farm). He refused the Backcountry with and without tripe, so I immediately whipped up some Open Farm with tripe, and he ate it (he’s also refused the Royal Canin that we came home with, so I had no choice but to go straight to tripe and kibble just so that he gets some nutrients (and meds!) in him..so far he hasn’t regressed or reacted to going straight to tripe and kibble, but I’m working at home today and monitoring him closely).

    The things is that Storm has NEVER refused food before, and I know that part of his refusals is because his stomach is still not right.. and in this case he may be associating the food I’m trying to feed him now with the food he was eating when he got sick, so he’s scared to eat it again …and this may not have anything to do with Backcountry at all …but I’m concerned that it may be. I’m not going to continue to try to feed this Backcountry bag to him anymore ..and hope this is just an isolated incident.

  • Tony Owens

    So far I give their food 5 stars.!!!!!!!! and great customer service

  • Jeannine Marie Jones

    My Brittany loves Merrick Backcountry Pacific Catch dog food! He eats it enthusiastically! We’ve had him on a few other varieties of Merrick and so far he likes this one the best!!!