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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Pacific Catch Recipe with Salmon 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 18 synthetic additives (so it is not all-natural), it has 6 anti-nutrients including Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, and Peas (which may interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients), and it has 2 other sketchy ingredients, including Natural Flavor and Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols).

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
  • Hot Extruded Kibble
  • Feed Grade
  • 18 Synthetics
  • 6 Anti-Nutrients
  • 2 Sketchy Ingredients

Detailed Comparison

Sundays Air-Dried Food for Dogs Human Grade Beef Recipe Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Pacific Catch Recipe with Salmon
Family-owned Owned by Nestlé
Human Grade Feed Grade
Air-Dried Hot Extruded Under Extreme Heat And Pressure
No Anti-Nutrients
6 Anti-Nutrients:
Sweet potatoes, Potatoes, Peas, Potato protein, Pea protein, Organic alfalfa
All-Natural
18 Synthetics:
Minerals (zinc sulfate, Iron amino acid complex, Zinc amino acid complex, Manganese amino acid complex, Copper amino acid complex, Potassium iodide, Cobalt amino acid complex, Sodium selenite), Vitamins (vitamin e supplement, Vitamin a acetate, Vitamin b12 supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, Vitamin d3 supplement, Riboflavin supplement, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Folic acid, Thiamine mononitrate), Choline chloride
Nothing sketchy
2 Other Sketchy Ingredients:
Natural flavor, Canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
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 Salmon, Salmon Meal, Whitefish Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Peas, Natural Flavor, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Potato Protein, Pea Protein, Whitefish, Trout, Apples, Blueberries, Gelatin, Organic Alfalfa, Salmon Oil, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate), Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.