Merrick?

Discussion in 'Dog Food and Recipes' started by Laurelin, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2006
    Messages:
    30,963
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    a lot
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Home Page:
    In the never ending search for food Hank can tolerate I picked up a small bag of Merrick grain free on a whim. The fish one.

    His poops have been normal now for a week. Still some farts and belches but no big piles of yellow mushy poops.

    Has anyone fed this long term? Any thoughts? The vet was wanting to do either Royal Canin or Science Diet Rx food next with him. He has had horrible digestion on all other grain frees.
     
  2. Julee

    Julee UNSTOPPABLE

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2012
    Messages:
    3,418
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Kent, CT
    I feed Merrick, and have for about 2 years. I love it. I rotate flavors, I have bags of other foods around for when I'm not home to feed Bloo (so end up feeding other things when I run out sometimes), but Merrick has been the staple.
     
  3. Beanie

    Beanie Clicker Cult Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 17, 2006
    Messages:
    14,012
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Illinois
    Home Page:
    I looked at Merrick before I switched to the Earthborn. Sabine has some significant trust issues with them. Recent issues seem pretty insignificant IMHO, salmonella risk happens and it doesn't get me all hot and bothered like it does some people. But there is some history there.

    I do like their treats and feed those with no real qualms, and their food ingredients look good to me. But ultimately I did decide it wasn't something I felt comfortable feeding on the regular as food. YMMV of course, everybody has their own comfort level.
     
  4. FG167

    FG167 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Messages:
    2,709
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    3
    Location:
    Jefferson, GA
    One of my favorite foods
     
  5. DJEtzel

    DJEtzel Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Messages:
    3,267
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Kalamazoo, MI
    I've been rotating Merrick, Fromm, and CORE primarily after leaving Earthborn. Love what my dogs look like, smell like, and poop like on it. ;)
     
  6. teacuptiger

    teacuptiger floor dancer

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,447
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    I haven't fed it long-term, but I have rotated it. Roxie looked good, pooped good, smelled good on it. I had fed the dry pork grain free.

    As for wet food, I commonly get their wet food (last time it was Turducken) and really liked that too.

    The only reason (aside from price) I have not continued feeding the dry is because it was a bit greasy and stinky imo. Otherwise, I've been quite satisfied with it :) The wet food, especially, I will always continue to buy for Roxie's kongs.
     
  7. SoCrafty

    SoCrafty New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2011
    Messages:
    505
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2
    Location:
    US
    I bought Merrick Grain Free puppy for Addie. She loves it - so much so that she actually takes the food her breeder was feeding out of the dish (am transitioning her) and lays it in a pile next to the dish and only eats the Merrick. So much for transitioning!

    I loved the ingredient list on the puppy and adult foods. She has had great BM with it, and is putting on some weight - which is what I wanted. She's tiny. We are sticking with it. It's available at one of the big stores (in other words, easy to access), and its reasonably priced.

    I say go for it. Can't hurt to try it.
     
  8. CharlieDog

    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2008
    Messages:
    9,419
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2
    Location:
    Georgia
    If I could afford to keep Harrison and Indy on Merrick exclusively I would. Right now though Harry is on Nurtisource and is actually gaining some weight (a ten month old mal who never stops moving gaining weight, saaay WHAT???)

    So we're going to stick with this for a bit. I'm not sure the kcals per cup or whatever, plus the protein and fat are high enough for him right now either.
     
  9. JacksonsMom

    JacksonsMom Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2009
    Messages:
    8,694
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Location:
    Maryland
    Heard of a lot of quality control issues with them in the past, not totally comfortable with their company BUT IMO, if it was working and basically nothing else was, I would still feed it. They do seem to have improved over the past few years too. I think the issues were more within their treats than the food. Lots and lots of treat recalls.
     
  10. SpringerLover

    SpringerLover Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2006
    Messages:
    3,415
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    fiver
    Location:
    B-ville
    Home Page:
    I really love Merrick. I am currently feeding it mixed with Fromm gold and love the results. My dogs keep telling me they do really well on Fromm but it doesn't have enough protein. If I mix it with a GF Merrick, then it does. And they do even better as far as poop and coats go.
     
  11. Grab

    Grab Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2005
    Messages:
    3,374
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Aesop ate it in his younger "everything gives me diarrhea" stage with no issues :)
     
  12. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2006
    Messages:
    30,963
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    a lot
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Home Page:
    I definitely think we're going to try it long term and see how they all do on it! I'm hopeful!
     
  13. monkeys23

    monkeys23 New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,621
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    3 currently, counting the foster dog
    Location:
    PNW
    Last bag was Merrick Duck & SP. I really liked it!!
     
  14. SoCrafty

    SoCrafty New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2011
    Messages:
    505
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2
    Location:
    US
    just as an update to this - accidentally picked up a bag of the regular, instead of the GF. Seems a little bit greasier than the GF. Haven't seen any drastic changes. Her BM seemed to be about the same, though I think it was a little more formed on the GF. But, she hasn't been noshing on grass as much on the grain version, either.
     
  15. LeonilCraig

    LeonilCraig Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2013
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Occupation:
    3
    Location:
    Perth
    Home Page:
    Judging by its ingredients alone, Merrick appears to be an above average dry dog food.
     
  16. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    14,854
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    1
    Location:
    Twin Citay!
    I wouldn't have fed the Merrick pre-2012, but they completely revamped the line and now I'm a huge fan.
     
  17. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2006
    Messages:
    30,963
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    a lot
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Home Page:
    So far so good! The paps even like it.
     
  18. SoCrafty

    SoCrafty New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2011
    Messages:
    505
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    2
    Location:
    US
    How is it working out for you, Laurelin?
     
  19. Marie

    Marie New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2014
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    10 +
    Location:
    USA
    Home Page:
    Merrick dog food is an excellent brand

    We have great luck with Merrick Dog food brand; We have used the Grain free and also the Lamb ; We top off our Dry Merrick Dog kibble with some of my Doggie Stew - just a small amount added to the Dry Merrick - Check out this recipe for Crock Pot dog food http://bulldogvitamins.blogspot.com/2014/12/homemade-stew-for-dogs.html
     
  20. Marry Ann

    Marry Ann New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2017
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Gender:
    Female
    Occupation:
    Consultant
    Home Page:
    If you're looking for an all-natural dog food that will keep your pup happy, Merrick is the way to go. Each Merrick dog food recipe is specifically formulated to provide your dog with the best. This is the last Merrick food I remember. https://petcaresunday.com/merrick-dog-food-reviews/
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2017

Share This Page