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June 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm #44123 Report AbuseDieselJunkiMember
With all these issues regarding Merrick as of late shouldn’t we re evaluate whether or not it should be on the Editor’s Choice list?
I know this is an old article but read the 6th paragraph
They admit to putting diseased animals into their feed.
Also read the thread here
Tons of folks are complaining!June 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm #44125 Report Abusecindy qParticipant
I was feeding Merrick, but I switched to Orijen because my dog didn’t really like Merrick. I do still have some cans of Merrick. I wasn’t aware of this.June 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm #44127 Report Abuse
Merrick treats have had many recalls lately and my neighbor was feeding Merrick to her pit bull until he became ill.June 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm #44128 Report Abuse
No, Merrick treats have not had many recalls lately, but maybe they should have. WEF certainly should have. Merrick does not like to do the right thing and issue recalls quickly. They wait until they receive a threat of lawsuit from the FDA.
OK, I sort of take that back. They have had a few minor recalls 2 years, 3 years, and 4 years ago, but nothing lately, though I think they should.
June 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm #44131 Report Abuse
- This reply was modified 8 years, 9 months ago by theBCnut.
When I try the Truth link it freezes up my computer every time, so I can’t scroll down. What does the 6th paragraph say?
I went back and read some of the WEF thread and was surprised to only find 6 complaints in 3 months, but they were all pretty much about the exact same thing. One formula smells chemically/rancid, always the beef and lamb.June 12, 2014 at 2:52 pm #44132 Report AbuseCyndiMember
BCnut, here is the 6th paragraph….
“One of many opposing the FDA’s consideration to prohibit SRMs in pet food is Garth Merrick (of Merrick Pet Foods) in his letter dated July 28, 2004. “ANPR’s proposed rule to prohibit SRM’s from all animal food including pet food and prohibiting materials from non ambulatory cattle and dead stock from all animal feed creates the below listed consequences of disposal of pounds that previously could be manufactured into animal feed. SRM’s in cattle under 30 months of age have been estimated to be 20 pounds per head. In Texas there are four packing houses processing approximately 100,000 head per week times 20 pounds equals 2,000,000 times 52 weeks equals 104,000,000 of product that no one has discussed what to do with. If you cannot render it for feed to be fed to chickens, swine or pet food, then you have destroyed a system that currently works. We are the original recyclers. These numbers are only for Texas; when you consider the other lower 47 states, the consequences are inconceivable as to what the health hazards could be if these products are not processed the way they are currently being done.”June 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm #44142 Report Abusecindy qParticipant
Any one know if Orijen has had any recalls?June 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm #44151 Report Abuse
They were recalled in Australia because cats were eating irradiated dog food(Australia requires it) and getting sick and dying. I believe it was from Vit. A deficiency. Champion pulled their foods out of the entire continent over it. I don’t have a problem with that.
They were withheld at the US border once because someone thought there was some contamination. Testing proved there wasn’t.
I think there was one other non incident, but I can’t remember what it was.June 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm #44154 Report Abuse
Merrick has had recalls on its treats in the past. My mistake 🙂June 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm #44160 Report AbuseBarbaraMember
I was curious if anyone knows if Castor and Pollux dog food was really a Merrick Pet Care product as stated in the Editor’s Choice of Merrick? I checked Merrick Pet Care products and it did not state it was. It appears that Castor and Pollux is not a product of Merrick…June 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm #44161 Report Abuse
Merrick acquired Castor and Pollux
Check out these websitesJune 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm #44163 Report AbusezcRileyMember
A few months ago, I got Merricks (a 2nd time) to mix with my constant Orijen. Massively dried out & stale with a weird smell. I almost killed my pups & will avoid Merricks from now on.June 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm #44165 Report Abuse
Merrick is a very questionable company and I agree with DieselJunki.
“With all these issues regarding Merrick as of late shouldn’t we re evaluate whether or not it should be on the Editor’s Choice list?”June 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm #44181 Report AbuseBarbaraMember
Tina, Thank you for the websites…I must have looked up older sites… I really wish that Castor an Pollux Ultramix Grain free was not part of this issue…
June 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm #44234 Report AbuseAnna SMember
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Oh gosh! I just am finishing up our Acana Grasslands and purchased Merrick Lamb grainfree. I hope I don’t have any problems with it. We were doing good on Grasslands until I found a bone fragment in the kibble.June 13, 2014 at 11:09 pm #44254 Report AbuseLynn JMember
So the question remains, should Merrick be an Editors Choice food, given it’s questionable response to recall issues? I was going to try Merrick, but there are quite a few iffy reviews about not only the food, but the company.June 13, 2014 at 11:14 pm #44255 Report Abuse
I’ve never cared for Merrick and I don’t think it should be an Editor’s Choice food; but that’s up to Dr. Mike, not me. I respect Dr. Mike’s opinion and this is his blog.June 14, 2014 at 6:43 am #44261 Report Abuse
After working at Petco for 3 years I did learn some secrets about many of these dog food brands. Sometimes they would clear the shelf of a product and not tell costumers why or they would make up excuses. Merrimack changes its formula every 5 years or so and has lots of silent recalls.June 14, 2014 at 10:01 am #44281 Report Abuse
Oh no! I just bought a bag of WEF beef and lamb and started transitioning my dog to it. I did notice that it smelled a little funny, but not bad enough to cause alarm. It had a bitter smell that reminded me of horse feed. Fortunately for us, it inflamed my dog’s allergies (I assume because of the pork, as she’s never had it before) and I had to stop feeding it. I inspected the kibble pretty well and didn’t see any unusual particles.June 14, 2014 at 10:04 am #44283 Report Abuse
In what way did it inflame your dog’s allergies?
I’d be a little surprised if your dog had a pork allergy that you were unaware of.June 14, 2014 at 10:56 am #44296 Report AbuseLynn JMember
I believe that you need exposure to an allergen for awhile before you develop the allergic reaction. That’s not to say that pork didn’t agree with your dog, or that you didn’t need a longer transition period.June 14, 2014 at 11:47 am #44299 Report Abuse
She developed really bad hives all over her body. I had been transitioning her to it for a few days when I noticed the hives and scratching. Now that she’s not eating that food, her hives are going away.June 14, 2014 at 11:50 am #44300 Report Abuse
How would I know if she had a pork allergy if I had never fed her pork before?June 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm #44301 Report AbuseaquariangtMember
You wouldn’t 🙂
Also, totoro terrifies me, though I’m a big fan of his workJune 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm #44304 Report Abuse
Lol, I can understand the terrifying part. He has a lot of teeth.June 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm #44305 Report Abuse
I guess her allergic attack could have been caused by something in the environment that happened to be around at the same time that I gave her the new food… My vet said that was possible. Nothing else in the ingredients seemed like possible triggers, also. It just seemed like too much of a coincidence.June 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm #44308 Report Abuse
So, it sounds like you’ve possibly dealt with other intolerance / allergies that your pup might have had previously. Is that the case? At first, I thought this was his first reaction ever, to anything. It seems like a dog that has any intolerance / allergy, is likely to have more.
I’d probably compare the rest of the ingredients just to be sure. I’d hate to see you rule out pork. Maybe keep it in your back pocket (figuratively) to try again another time just to be sure. My thought was that it could been another ingredient or an environmental allergy…, or depending on the type of reaction, it could’ve been a problem with the food (an ingredient, a chemical, preservative or some sort of chemical reaction).
And, I don’t believe you have to have had prior exposure in order to illicit a response. I have a pup whose food intolerances have me confounded. I believe his food intolerance issues started as a result of vaccinosis as a tiny pup. He’s just turned two and there are very few foods I can feed him. I never know what he’ll react to and I always have a food spreadsheet going.June 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm #44325 Report Abuse
Yes, she has a history of allergies. She was more or less allergy free for two years, then I decided to try the WEF, then BAM! hives! I’m pretty sure that she’s had all of the other ingredients before, if the ingredients list is accurate.
When my husband and I adopted her, we didn’t know anything about dogfood, didn’t know what was in the food that we were feeding her, and struggled with her horrible allergic attacks. Her health was what made us start researching dogfoods. Before we stopped feeding her supermarket brands or Royal Canin (the food our vet recommended) I don’t know if she ate pork or not. Since then, though, she hasn’t had pork and she hasn’t been itchy until now.
I also know that she’s allergic to plastic, which is what the WEF packaging is made of. I thought that maybe it was the plastic, so tried Merrick Pork, which has packaging similar to ones that she’s been ok with in the past. WORSE hives than the WEF were the result. Now she’s back on her Wellness Simple Salmon and Peas. Her hives are going away, so this is why I think that it was the pork.
I also don’t think that a dog has to be on a dog food for very long to be allergic to something. Sometimes a dog develops an allergy over a long period of time, but sometimes not.June 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm #44326 Report Abuse
I won’t be feeding her pork again. I think that I also won’t feed any Merrick products anymore because of the things that I’ve been reading about them. When people are involved, mistakes happen, and I think that most people won’t begrudge a company one or two honest recalls. A company who has persistent recalls or who KNOWINGLY sells products that can make animals sick while concealing the facts is unforgivable. We can’t do our jobs as consumers if they don’t perform a proper recall.
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