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Merrick Lil' Plates Grain-Free Pint-Sized Puppy Plate in Gravy Dog Food Trays 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 21 synthetic additives (so it is not all-natural), it has 3 anti-nutrients including Potato Starch, Potatoes, and Peas (which may interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients), and it has 3 other sketchy ingredients, including Natural Flavor 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
  • 21 Synthetics
  • 3 Anti-Nutrients
  • 3 Sketchy Ingredients
  • Prep required
  • Clean-up required

Detailed Comparison

Sundays Air-Dried Food for Dogs Human Grade Beef Recipe Merrick Lil' Plates Grain-Free Pint-Sized Puppy Plate in Gravy Dog Food Trays
Family-owned Owned by Nestlé
Human Grade Feed Grade
Air-Dried Canned Under Extreme Heat And Pressure
No Anti-Nutrients
3 Anti-Nutrients:
Potato starch, Potatoes, Peas
All-Natural
21 Synthetics:
Tricalcium phosphate, Sodium phosphate, Potassium chloride, Minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, Iron amino acid chelate, Copper amino acid chelate, Manganese amino acid chelate, Sodium selenite, Cobalt amino acid chelate, Potassium iodide), Choline chloride, Vitamins (vitamin e supplement, Thiamine mononitrate, Niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, Vitamin a supplement, Riboflavin supplement, Vitamin b12 supplement, Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin b6), Vitamin d3 supplement, Folic acid)
Nothing sketchy
3 Other Sketchy Ingredients:
Guar gum, Natural flavor, 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:
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Broth, Turkey Broth, Chicken Liver, Deboned Turkey, Dried Egg Whites, Potato Starch, Potatoes, Peas, Apples, Red Peppers, Guar Gum, Sunflower Oil, Salmon Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide), Ground Flaxseed, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Xanthan Gum, Rosemary Extract.