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My 7 year old very finicky boy absolutely loves this. It is not the shredded texture as Tikki Cat but he prefers this texture. My 2 year old girl Sophie loves this as well be she will eat anything, haha.

Wonderful quality!
5.0 of 5 stars
I started buying this for my dog about 6 months ago. He loves them and they are a healthy jerky. His veterinarian actually recommended them by name!

Grain Free and Not Loaded with Legumes!!
5.0 of 5 stars
I wanted to feed my dog a grain free kibble, but other brands were loaded with pea and chickpea protein, and many had kidney beans and navy beans too, which gave my dog gastro-intestinal issues. These Grain free recipes have been awesome! My dog loves the food, and can tolerate the ingredients, and I feel like I'm feeding her a good quality food.
PLEASE DON'T CHANGE YOUR RECIPE MERRICK - LOVE THIS LINE !!!!

Doggy Diarrhea
2.0 of 5 stars
Purchased for my dogs birthday and gave to him when I was going to be gone a few hours. I got back and he was fine, but the next morning he had terrible diarrhea. I won't be buying another because of this. My dog has a strong stomach so it was rather odd it affected him this way. I love Merrick but would not recommend this specific chew.
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1 day, 23 hours ago
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My dog loves this food!
5.0 of 5 stars
I have a 7yr old Golden Retriever who has been on Wellness Core for 6yrs. He has done great on it, no complaints. However I decided to change things up thinking it must be boring eating the same thing everyday for years. So when I noticed the Back Country Big Game Recipe I decided to give it a try. My dog Monty absolutely loves it! I never see any left over food in his bowl anymore. In fact when he hear's the bag open he'll get up from a dead sleep and come running! Not to mention he has had skin irritations in the past (hot spots) etc. So being grain free was a have to have. No more skin issues and his coat looks unbelievable!

Amazing Product
5.0 of 5 stars
I have an 6 yr old German shepherd mix who's had major food allergies all her life. Been on nearly every brand of dog food to NO AVAIL. Did allergies test and she's allergic to SO MUCH in dog foods. Put on raw diet. Hard and complicated to do and expensive. I took her report to pet store to compare ingredients against her allergies and Merrick was ONLY DOG FOOD BRAND "without" her allergens. I bought a bag to be hopeful and she's been eating it for 2 days and so far all is fine.
I also have 14 month old Plott who can't eat lamb or beef and he's fine too... Life and money saver!!!!!!

Solved a Loose Stool Issue!
5.0 of 5 stars
A chronic loose stool problem has plagued us since Piper was a pup. After eliminating other causes, we introduced new food gradually. After a few tries, Merrick grain-free chicken has solved the problem - hopefully for good. I'm starting to see a shinier coat, as I'm sure she was losing nutrients and water previously.

UNSAFE lamb lung training treats
1.0 of 5 stars
I bought this product a month ago at our local PETCO. Our 3 month old puppy seems to love the lamb lung treats at our vet, so I decided to try the Merrick lamb lung training treats "premium bite-sized lamb lung treats". After purchasing the treat, we opened the bag after we left and gave him a smaller piece to snack on. Our pup gobbled up the piece we gave him immediately and then we drove home. About a half an hour after getting home, our pup became very sick and vomited 4 times over an hour period. Mostly fluid and very small pieces of the "lamb lung treat". That is the only thing that was found in his vomit. The next hour he puked up several more pieces of the “lamb lung treat”. He was refusing water, and laying around with no energy. Neither less to say, you can imagine how upset I was to see my puppy so ill from this new “treat”. On the back of the Merrick lamb lung treat bag it reads: “all natural, delicious bite-sized training treats. Dogs of all ages (picture with arrows going from puppy to a senior dog) will love these crunchy textured treats……”quality seal means that every treat is both locally sourced and safely made in the USA…..quality meaty treats..” I have to say that the back of this bag is all false advertisement. Upon further investigation of the pieces he vomited up and the pieces actually in the bag, we discovered that each piece is very hard (almost impossible to break with your bare hand/even a knife) and has very VERY sharp edges. So sharp that pieces were actually protruding through the thick bag material containing the treats. The bag was not expired as expiration date is for 2018. I can’t believe I trusted this company to provide this so called “safe & premium bite sized lamb lung treat”. Our pup did recover from this, however spent several hours recovering and us almost taking him to an emergency vet clinic. After this unfortunate incident we purchased NON-Merrick brand lamb lung treats and have gone through to containers with no issues. We will never ever purchase anything from Merrick again due to this and I would never recommend this company to anyone that I know.
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4 days, 1 hour ago
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My picky eater loves this!
5.0 of 5 stars
This is a high quality canned beef food! My picky eater loves Merrick 96% Real Texas Beef, offering her breakfast is easy now!

Wreckless disregard for pet safety
1.0 of 5 stars
I was shocked when I opened this can of food and found it contained whole chicken wings (It does say so on the label). I did some research and found that cooked bones are much worse for dogs than uncooked bones, though no small bones are good as they can get stuck and cause perforations . One of our dogs has a significant intestinal disorder and would never be able to tolerate this. This makes me question the judgment of the company. The health and safety of the animals should be the utmost priority. Do not buy this!
Pet Parent Relations
4 days, 2 hours ago
Thank you for your review and for sharing your feedback with us. Food safety is very important to Merrick, and we want to assure you that this recipe is safe for your dog to enjoy. The chicken bones you found in the can are there on purpose as this is one of our bone-in recipes. In fact, Smothered Comfort, Wingaling, and Gameday Tailgate products have been on the market since October 2005 and have become some of our top sellers. If you notice on the can, there is a note from the chef that states the purpose of the chicken bones: “Our slow cooked, whole chicken thighs/wings are marinated tender chicken cooked on a softened bone. This special cooking process makes the bone mushy and safe for your dog to enjoy. Feel free to serve whole, remove, or break apart the soft chicken bones for ease of pet consumption.” The bones also provide the full flavor your dog loves. The food is pressure cooked inside the can and this process is what softens the bones. For further assurance, please watch veterinarian Chris Smith in this video about our recipes with bones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETem8C6fGx8 . If you have any other questions or if you would like us to make recommendations for other recipes that do not contain bones, please don't hesitate to contact


Happy cat, happy me
5.0 of 5 stars
My cat loves this food. He has slimmed down while on it. I have not had any problems with it disintegrating like other users mentioned. For an adult cat who needs to maintain a healthy weight on a diet that is not formulated for all life stages (like most of the other foods), this is a good option. We are pleased!

7 happy cats
5.0 of 5 stars
Purchased the game bird recipe. They absolutely love it. Even our mom cat with stomatitis can eat the small pieces.

Try if your dog has skin allergies!
5.0 of 5 stars
My dog has had horrible allergies her whole life. She's 4 now. I tried this food after she had to have surgery on her colon. After a few months, her skin looks amazing. No inflammation. No itching. Life changer!

Awesome Whole Health
5.0 of 5 stars
My cat is only seven and a half, but we started to notice some weight gain while she was on her IAMS indoor weight control food. We switched to a Purina senior food and she subsequently gained two pounds in two months and got an urinary tract infection. After clearing the infection we switched to this Merrick food and love it! She is back to her regular weight after only two months, and likes the food. Her coat is shinier and she no longer is lethargic and sick! Extremely pleased with this food!!

German Shepherd's Favorite Treat
5.0 of 5 stars
My 7-year German Shepherd L-O-V-E-S this bone! He'll chew on an old one for months. When I buy him a new one, he can't wait for me to take the wrapper off, so he can get at the outer beef coating. 100% recommended.

What a Difference in skin & coat plus healthy
5.0 of 5 stars
Got a 9 week old rescue dog with menge and dandruff and soft stool. Learned about feeding her a raw diet but don't have the time to do that. Was told about Backcountry Raw Infused, that it was as close to raw without doing 100% raw. In 2 weeks, her coat was shiny, no more dandruff, skin cleared of parasites and has a regular stool. Took her to the vet for her last shots and the vet called the rescue and wanted to know what she was being fed, he couldn't believe the difference in her. I am now feeding backcountry raw infused to my cat. Thank you

Dissappointed
1.0 of 5 stars
Our 3 dogs have been on the lamb, rice, and green apple receipe for awhile now. They loved it. It took us awhile to find a good food that they loved. Just found out they changed the receipe. Our dogs don't like it at all and have been throwing up. Now we are in the same boat again and are struggling to find something that works for them. We were not aware that they were changing and don't have enough food to make the slow change. Very dissappointed and unsatisifed.
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1 week, 2 days ago
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Reordering!Cats love, improved fur coat,digestible
5.0 of 5 stars
I purchased 1st at a pet store and reordering online. Looking for the right kibbles. All my cats (3) like this real chicken recipe, no barfing, (yeah!) and improved coats. So I'm getting the big bag this time!! I give canned food in AM and kibbles for the balance of the day. Love my catkids!!! They are all around 6-8.

Dog Would Not Eat
1.0 of 5 stars
Unfortunately my 3 year old pitt/beagle would not eat Backcountry food. I think the formula was too overwhelming for her. She is like the raw infused pieces though, she would pick those right out!
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1 week, 2 days ago
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Beautiful healthy puppies!!!
5.0 of 5 stars
I had my golden doodle on this food and she is doing amazing on it. Her fur is soft and she doesn't get stinky. I recently got a new poodle puppy and bought a bag of the food the breeder had him on because she said it does wonders for them. The adult dogs she had there were soft and healthly and gorgeous. While on that food Pickles (my poodle puppy) was very gassy and not very active and was always hungry. I decided to try and transition him to Merrick but he loved it so much that I could properly finish the transition period. It was only 2 days worth of transition because he would eat his food that was mixed then eat the rest of Buttercup's (my goldendoodle) food. I know it's important to transition between foods but it was preventing Buttercup from eating. Not being able to transition him has not fazed him at all! He is fully on Merrick with no stomach problems and no more gas! He's even pooping less which is awesome! On the other food he pooped about 12 times a day! So happy with Merrick!!! Thank you from Buttercup and Captain Pickles!