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Merrick Backcountry Grain-Free Alpine Rabbit Stew Canned Dog Food is hot extruded (which means it's processed under extreme heat and pressure) and made with feed grade ingredients, which are unfit for human consumption. It contains 20 synthetic additives (so it is not all-natural), it has 4 anti-nutrients including Peas, Sweet Potatoes, and Potatoes (which may interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients), and it has 4 other sketchy ingredients, including Caramel Color and Xanthan Gum. Many consider this food to be inconvenient, because it requires clean-up.

Warning In June 2019, the FDA implicated Merrick's dog food in at least 10 cases of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (or DCM), a potentially fatal heart condition.

Read our article about Grain Free Foods And Heart Failure
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Merrick
  • Air-Dried
  • Human Grade
  • All-Natural
  • No Anti-Nutrients
  • No Sketchy Ingredients
  • No Prep
  • No Clean-up
  • Canned Wet
  • Feed Grade
  • 20 Synthetics
  • 4 Anti-Nutrients
  • 4 Sketchy Ingredients
  • Prep required
  • Clean-up required

Detailed Comparison

Sundays Air-Dried Food for Dogs Human Grade Beef Recipe Merrick Backcountry Grain-Free Alpine Rabbit Stew Canned Dog Food
Family-owned Owned by Nestlé
Human Grade Feed Grade
Air-Dried Canned Under Extreme Heat And Pressure
No Anti-Nutrients
4 Anti-Nutrients:
Peas, Sweet potatoes, Potatoes, Pea protein
All-Natural
20 Synthetics:
Calcium carbonate, Sodium phosphate, Potassium chloride, Vitamins (vitamin e supplement, Vitamin b12 supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, Vitamin a supplement, Vitamin d3 supplement, Riboflavin supplement, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Folic acid, Thiamine mononitrate), Choline chloride, Minerals (zinc amino acid complex, Iron amino acid complex, Manganese amino acid complex, Copper amino acid complex, Potassium iodide, Cobalt glucoheptonate, Sodium selenite)
Nothing sketchy
4 Other Sketchy Ingredients:
Canola oil, Guar gum, Caramel color, Xanthan gum
No Prep Required Prep Required
No Clean-up Required Clean-up Required
Ingredients:
Beef, Beef Hearts, Beef Livers, Millet, Pumpkin, Honey, Zucchini, Beef Bone, Kale, Sea Salt, Flaxseed, Wild Salmon Oil, Sunflower Oil, Kelp, Parsley, Chicory Root, Turmeric, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative), Ginger, Selenium Yeast, Blueberries, Carrots, Apples, Tomatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms, Broccoli, Oranges, Cranberries, Spinach, Beets, Tart Cherries, Strawberries
Ingredients:
Rabbit, Turkey Broth, Deboned Turkey, Peas, Turkey Liver, Dried Egg Product, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Pea Protein, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Canola Oil, Potassium Chloride, Flaxseed Oil, Guar Gum, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Sodium Selenite), Cinnamon, Caramel Color, Xanthan Gum.