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Merrick Dog Food Review

Company HQ

LocationAmarillo, Texas

Parent company

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company

Sourcing and Manufacturing

LocationUnited States

Type of food

Dry Senior Dog Food, Dry Dog Food, Wet Dog Food, Wet Puppy Food, Dry Puppy Food

Ratings

54%
? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 58%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 70%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 25%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 48%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 79%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 44%
Pros
  • High protein content
  • Foods are nutritionally complete and balanced according to AAFCO standards
  • Merrick makes a diverse range of foods for various ages, sizes, and lifestyles
  • All recipes are free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives
Cons
  • Some recipes contain plant-based protein
  • The brand has been previously recalled
  • Price is above market average

Brand Overview

Merrick pet food was introduced in 1988 as an all-natural, handcrafted brand. The product line features natural ingredients, with ancestral diets, limited ingredient diets, and other special wet and dry formulas. Merrick pet food offers recipes for dogs and cats.

How Much Does Merrick Dog Food Cost

We’ve compared Merrick dog food price to the other 197 dog food brands in our database.

Dry Senior Dog Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per lb $4.33 $3.29 +32%
Price per 100 kcal $0.27 $0.27 -1%
Price per day $0.16 $0.16 0%

Merrick Dry Senior Dog Food is priced within the average market price for dog food.

Dry Dog Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per lb $4.39 $3.25 +35%
Price per 100 kcal $0.26 $0.21 +27%
Price per day $0.16 $0.12 +33%

Merrick Dry Dog Food is priced above the average market price for dog food.

Wet Dog Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per oz $0.35 $0.35 0%
Price per 100 kcal $1.31 $1.25 +4%
Price per day $0.78 $0.75 +4%

Merrick Wet Dog Food is priced above the average market price for dog food.

Wet Puppy Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per oz $0.35 $0.27 +30%
Price per 100 kcal $1.22 $0.86 +42%
Price per day $0.73 $0.52 +40%

Merrick Wet Puppy Food is priced above the average market price for dog food.

Dry Puppy Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
Price per lb $4.67 $3.37 +39%
Price per 100 kcal $0.28 $0.20 +38%
Price per day $0.17 $0.12 +42%

Merrick Dry Puppy Food is priced above the average market price for dog food.

Merrick Nutrient Profile Comparison

We’ve compared Merrick dog food recipes nutrient profile to the other 197 dog food brands in our database.

Dry Senior Dog Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 33.34% 28.44% +17%
DM Fat 14.60% 13.38% +9%
DM Fiber 3.93% 5.48% -28%
DM Carb 48.13% 51.94% -7%

Dry Dog Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 35.41% 30.03% +18%
DM Fat 17.43% 16.01% +9%
DM Fiber 4.37% 5.37% -19%
DM Carb 42.79% 47.69% -10%

Wet Dog Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 43.68% 42.92% +2%
DM Fat 20.18% 22.91% -12%
DM Fiber 7.99% 7.10% +13%
DM Carb 28.15% 26.32% +7%

Wet Puppy Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 47.22% 42.84% +10%
DM Fat 21.30% 27.27% -22%
DM Fiber 11.48% 7.01% +64%
DM Carb 20.00% 22.55% -11%

Dry Puppy Food

Brand Avg Market Avg % From the Avg
DM Protein 32.10% 32.35% -1%
DM Fat 17.34% 17.94% -3%
DM Fiber 4.41% 4.66% -5%
DM Carb 46.15% 44.25% +4%

All of Merrick dog food recipes meets AAFCO's minimum requirements.

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all dog food recalls related to Merrick Dog Food Review since 2011. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Merrick - Pet treats for dogs (07/02/2010) -+
Date: 07/02/2010
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: Pet treats for dogs
Recall Reason: Salmonella
Merrick - Texas Hold'ems Beef Filet Squares for Dogs (08/03/2010) -+
Date: 08/03/2010
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: Texas Hold'ems Beef Filet Squares for Dogs
Recall Reason: Potentially contaminated with Salmonella
Merrick - Dog treats - Texas Hold'ems, Beef Filet Squares (08/16/2010) -+
Date: 08/16/2010
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: Dog treats - Texas Hold'ems, Beef Filet Squares
Recall Reason: Potentially contaminated with Salmonella
Merrick - JR Texas Taffy Pet Treats (01/28/2011) -+
Date: 01/28/2011
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: JR Texas Taffy Pet Treats
Recall Reason: Salmonella
Merrick - Wishbone pet treat (08/08/2011) -+
Date: 08/08/2011
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: Wishbone pet treat
Recall Reason: Salmonella
Merrick - Beef dog treat varieties (05/23/2018) -+
Date: 05/23/2018
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: Beef dog treat varieties
Recall Reason: Ingredient Level
Castor & Pollux, Merrick - ‎Beef dog treat varieties (03/27/2020) -+
Date: 03/27/2020
Company Name: Merrick Pet Care
Product Description: ‎Beef dog treat varieties
Recall Reason: Ingredient Level

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FAQ

faq-item-image Who owns Merrick dog food?

Merrick is owned by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company.

faq-item-image Where is Merrick dog food made?

Merrick is manufactured in the United States .

faq-item-image Is Merrick AAFCO approved?

Yes, all of Merrick recipes are AAFCO approved.

faq-item-image Has Merrick dog food been recalled?

Merrick has been recalled 7 times in the years 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2020.

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