Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet product line includes 5 canned dog foods.

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

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Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Turkey recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Turkey

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey broth, turkey liver, dried peas, natural flavor, sodium phosphate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, agar-agar, flaxseed, locust bean gum, xanthan gum, minerals (zinc amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, potassium iodate, cobalt glucoheptonate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, niacin, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, thiamine mononitrate)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.4%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%23%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%44%23%
Protein = 33% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 23%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is turkey broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.

The third ingredient is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient lists dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the 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 two notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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 Limited Ingredient Diet
Canned Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet looks like an above-average wet dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 23% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 25%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the dried peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet is a grain-free canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Merrick Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Merrick product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition

09/14/2019 Last Update