Merrick (Cowboy Cookout)
Rating: | Price: $$$ | WebsiteMerrick is known for putting together a pretty good product in quite a few interesting varieties. Check out their selection next time you’re at the store and you’ll probably see what I mean by that. Here, we see the “Cowboy Cookout” selection, and let’s see how it stacks up.
They start with beef, which is fine, but what they really should do is swap the more protein-packed “beef meal” that’s in 4th and put it first so that it is a more true representation of how much of the food is really comprised of that beef. Just saying “beef” means it is weighed before dehydration, which skews how much is really in the food.
Oatmeal, barley and rice are all good grains to include in a dog food. They don’t cause many allergies and are higher quality than corn, wheat or soy. However, the concern here is that the amount of meat may be a little low as compared to other foods. It’s only 22% protein, and I’d like to see more than that.
That isn’t to say the ingredients aren’t solid, though. They definitely are. There are quite a few fruits and veggies (apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, and peas), and they do use flaxseed for the Omega fatty acids.
It’s a good product, but I’d use it mainly for animals who aren’t too active, because the meat portion is a little lower than most quality foods.
Where to buy?
What’s good about this food….
Beef is first, with beef meal 3rd, grains are quality, high in fruits and vegetables, flaxseed.
….and what’s not so good.
Meat content may be suspect.
Beef, Oatmeal, Barley, Beef Meal, Whole Brown Rice, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols – a source of Natural Vitamin E and Ascorbic Acid, a source of Vitamin C), Flaxseed, Freeze Dried Sweet Potatoes, Freeze Dried Carrots, Freeze Dried Peas, Dried Chicken Liver, Freeze Dried Apples, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Lysine, Guar Gum, Sea Salt, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Whole Blueberries, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Whole Garlic, Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Dried Beef Broth, Chicory Root, Marigold Extract, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Natural Celery Flavor, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Natural Caramel Color, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Niacin, Lecithin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.