Most Recent Reviews

WOW - Excellent Dog Food
5.0 of 5 stars
I chose Merrick based on a 5 star rating with Dog Food Advisor, a neutral group of people who review and rate dog food for consumers. I was looking mainly for a dog food to supplement with the raw diet I was feeding my 14 year old hound (Harvey) with lymphoma and my daughter's pitbull mix (Ro) who has immune-mediated poly-arthritis and is allergic to nearly every food we've tried. Things I've noticed with all 5 of our dogs, their coats look amazing. The most significant change has been that my picky elderly hound prefers to eat Merrick over his raw food. I have to mix his raw with the dry food. This food has also helped his digestive issues as a result of his illness and treatment. Harvey, with the addition of Merrick food to his diet, no longer has to take medicine to help with his runny stool. I've also noticed an increase in his energy level. Harvey just seems to feel better in general. Ro is also doing great. He's a little over weight from his steroids but we're seeing good progress with getting him to a healthier weight and this food doesn't upset his allergies. Wow...what a difference good food makes. =)

I like it for my puppy, but...
4.0 of 5 stars
We have a Belgian Tervuren and have fed him Merrick Grain Free since we got him at 8 weeks. I just wish they had a large breed formula for puppies as the pieces are very small and he tends to inhale and then vomit instead of having to chew if the pieces were bigger.

Since I brought him home at 8 weeks
5.0 of 5 stars
I got my baby Yorkie at 8 weeks and since the day I brought him home he has eaten nothing but merrick. That was in 2011. He is currently a healthy happy high energy 6 year old who loves life and lives it the way a Yorkie should. Curiously and cute! I have recommended Derrick to countless friends and colleagues over the years and have converted so many over to this amazi g product. I did very extensive research for 6 months before choosing what I consider the best dog food on the planet! Nothing but the best for my little guy and he loves it. Switch flavors as often as you want for variety with no upset stomach. And it just so happens to be made in the great state of Texas! My home state! SOLD! Keep up the phenomenal work with the best product available! Thanks again Merrick!

Bravo Zulu!
5.0 of 5 stars
As a retired Marine who served our nation 24 years, I have experienced fellow Marines with PTSD due to war time deployments and situations. Thank you for making a product that will help Veterans with PTSD. It means the world to those of us who served this great nation.

Great nutritional Content
5.0 of 5 stars
I only feed Mariah wet food and after gping through a few brands this is our favorite. It is affordable and I live the ingredients. She is a little over a year now and I still feed her this flavor because its great for all cats.

great for Westie with lots of allergies
4.0 of 5 stars
I have 2 Westies, both rescues. One has very bad allergies. They both eat a fish and pulses kibble bit I wanted a canned food to make a 'soup' because the other one doesn't drink much water. I had them on a canned fish but it stunk! By trial and error I discovered that the Merrick 96% Beef is tolerable for them and not stinky for me!

Better than Halo Salmon food.
5.0 of 5 stars
I use to feed the Diva the Halo brand Salmon dry food. But lately she didn't want any part of it. I always buy Merrick canned food so why not try the Salmon dry.
OMG she could not get her face out of the feed bowl it tasted so good.

My new little rescue loves this!
5.0 of 5 stars
I started my new rescue a little 12 pound Westie mix on this. He is about a year old and loves it.

Change to pea protein not good
1.0 of 5 stars
This was the ONLY wet cat food my picky cat would eat. He loved it as it was very juicy and he would gobble it up. However, the latest batch has changed the formula from egg protein to pea protein and it is now dry and a more solid paste like substance and my cat will not eat it. I had to return the unused cans to the pet store. Luckily I had saved the labels so I could track the change. This is the 3rd change this year of ingredients.
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1 week ago
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Great Dog Food !! no more gooey ears
5.0 of 5 stars
I got my little rescue Chihuahua Michaela from the shelter almost a year ago and as healthy as she is now , she has always had gooey ears . I put her on the real lamb and sweet potato 2 weeks ago and her gooey ears are completely clean . She loves the food and its a perfect size for her :)
Thanks so much for doing the right thing and making a quality dog food .

Good food, bad packaging
2.0 of 5 stars
When I first bought this product I was looking for a healthy and natural meal for my cat, and he seems to like it just fine. But I also purchased this product because of the "resealable" bag, to keep the food fresh. I have repurchased this item three times now and each time when I cut open the bag as directed, it tears and the seal never actually seals. I will not be purchasing this item again.
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1 week, 6 days ago
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Love this product!
5.0 of 5 stars
We have two rescue huskies and one has skin sensitivities. The Merrick limited ingredient food has provided relief for our boys itchy skin. We highly recommend this product.

I have been feeding the Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet (wet and dry) for about year and have been generally happy with the product. However this past Monday I fed my cat a newly opened can of the chicken recipe and he has been sick since. He was vomiting into the night on Monday and has had a hard time keeping anything (both food and water) down since; so coming up on two days. He had an onset of diarrhea beginning Tuesday as well.
I've taken him to the vet to rule out a possible obstruction in his stomach/intestines (which required X-rays) and possible viral/bacterial infections. He does not have access to anything in my home that could cause these symptoms so it leads us to the conclusion this was a very bad batch of the chicken recipe. He eats the chicken recipe a regular basis and has never had this reaction before.
I called customer service to report his illness to hopefully have it noted that there may be issues with the batch of wet food to hopefully prevent other cats from becoming sick. Luckily my cat is young and healthy, but I can't imagine an older cat or cat with medical issues fairing as well as he has with his symptoms. All we are able to do now is hope the fluids he required and the anti-nausea medication he was given will allow him to be able to start keeping food and water down. I will be getting rid of my remaining cans of the chicken recipe from that case.
I must say it would also go a long way if customer service had asked how my cat was doing after I stated he required medical intervention.

Perfect for my Picky little guy!
5.0 of 5 stars
Miniature American Eskimo - EXTREMELY picky! He LOVES Merrick - chicken is his favorite. He's about 11 or 12 & you would never know it - still has as much energy as if her were still a pup. Keep up the good work & DON'T you dare change the recipe!

Cancer Survivor - best option
5.0 of 5 stars
We have twin 7-yr old Goldens. One of them is a cancer survivor, and when he was diagnosed, I went in search of the best food to give him the nutritional support he needed during and after chemotherapy. After a great deal of reading, I chose Merrick and he and his brother love it! His brother waits for the bag to be opened when it arrives.... they are both strong, happy, and healthy today - and we credit a little luck, a lot of loving veterinary care, and excellent nutrition.

my dogs love it
5.0 of 5 stars
My dogs love the chicken and ancient grains. I read the reviews on the previous formula but cannot comment as I never used it. I had my dogs do a 'taste test' & they all chose the merrick over the other food (which is a good brand too). They have been doing well on the merrick :)

Cat Puked After Eating This Blend
1.0 of 5 stars
I don't know if it was the blend, or something else, but my cat violently puked three times after eating a half of a can of this product. This was the first time trying it so luckily I was able to return the other 23 cans I purchased. I'm not blaming the company, but pointing out that it didn't sit well with my cat. Perhaps too rich of a blend from what she was used too...idk.
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1 week, 6 days ago
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Will never not feed my dog Merrick.
5.0 of 5 stars
I have a 5 month old puppy. When I got her, she had been previously fed Purina Puppy Chow. I noticed that she was making gross, runny, rancid eliminations. She was lethargic, not really active or energetic like a puppy should be, and she shivered a lot, which of course can be indicative that they don't feel well. I decided to switch her to Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Puppy food at a friend's recommendation.

For the first couple of days, I noticed a little bit of a change in her eliminations, and not so much her mood or energy levels. Around day five, I said "screw it" and started feeding her exclusively Merrick, and once she got the purina puppy poison out of her system, she was an entirely different dog.

Because Merrick is such good food, anything else that I give her makes her ill (like someone who eats well and occasionally eats fast food, their body is just not used to eating poorly), so we're very vigilant that she gets nothing that contains wheat; her only treats are dehydrated meats, freeze-dried raw cubes, and grass-fed bully sticks.

Additionally, her breed is known for having dry skin and dull coats, but her coat shines and gets remarked on all of the time for bing so nice. Thank you Merrick, for making and keeping my dog healthy!

Our cats lost their mind over your rabbit recipe
5.0 of 5 stars
My two cats tried your product for the first time today (the rabbit recipe) and they LOVED IT!!! Last year, we switched to only the best foods for our cats, after one became blocked and had to have surgery. I will be trying more of your products in the near future. Reasonably priced and two paws up!

Great product
5.0 of 5 stars
I've recently switched over from a hills brand dry food mainly oral care as our cat tends to regurgitate her food 5 mins after eating becuz she chooses not to chew food and just swallow whole peices she wud do it still with oral care foods which are much larger kibbles. We have also tried wet food in the past and whatever portion we feed her it's the same result. She has been doing this for 3 yrs pukes 3-5 times a week always whole kibbles. Finally a pet store recommended merrick
backcountry dry food mainly Becuz of the larger freeze dried portions and more protein per serving so she may not have to eat as much. I said why not worth a shot I've tried many differnt premium brands and we are now on week 3 with no puking :) thats probably a record in with our cat. She seems to pick out the larger freeze dried portions but I tend to throw them back in and notice eventually there always eating. She has never been a picky eater and has always eaten anything we have bought. I would recommend merrick in a heart beat it has been a savour in our house with our cats health thank you very much merrick for the great product and keep up the good work. I plan on buying the game bird recipe next as we went with the fish blend for the first bag. The aroma is extremely fresh smelly and my cat loves it.