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Merrick Backcountry Hero's Banquet Stew Grain-Free 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 Green Beans, Dried Peas, and Potato Starch (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 Hero's Banquet Stew Grain-Free 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:
Green beans, Dried peas, Potato starch, Dried potatoes
All-Natural
20 Synthetics:
Calcium carbonate, Sodium phosphate, Choline chloride, 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, Vitamin d3 supplement, Riboflavin supplement, Folic acid, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Thiamine mononitrate), Potassium chloride
Nothing sketchy
4 Other Sketchy Ingredients:
Natural flavor, Guar gum, Caramel color, Xanthan gum
No Prep Required Prep Required
No Clean-up Required Clean-up Required
Ingredients:
USDA Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Bone, Pumpkin, Millet, Wild Salmon Oil, Sunflower Oil, Kale, Flaxseed, Zucchini, Sea Salt, Parsely, Kelp, Chicory Root, Turmeric, Mixed Tocopherols, Ginger, Selenium Yeast, Blueberries, Carrots, Apples, Tomatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms, Broccoli, Oranges, Cranberries, Spinach, Beets, Tart Cherries, Strawberries
Ingredients:
Deboned Beef, Beef Broth, Turkey Broth, Green Beans, Carrots, Deboned Lamb, Dried Egg Product, Dried Peas, Beef Liver, Potato Starch, Natural Flavor, Dried Potatoes, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, 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), Sunflower Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Potassium Chloride, Salmon Oil, Guar Gum, Gelatin, Cinnamon, Caramel Color, Xanthan Gum, Yucca Schidigera Extract.