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Old 04-04-2019, 10:13 AM
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Is Merrick a good dog food?

It seems to be the only one that my dog will eat (canned) that also doesn't have any chicken in it, which he's very allergic to.
Very frustrating that so many different types of dog food that say they're beef have chicken as one of their top ingredients. He gets awful diarrhea from any chicken and his ibd flares up.
Beef dog food should have beef, not chicken.
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Old 04-04-2019, 05:48 PM
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Very misleading!!! Label honestly, please!!

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Very frustrating that so many different types of dog food that say they're beef have chicken as one of their top ingredients.

Beef dog food should have beef, not chicken.
Yeah, @Shadowmom, isn't that a crock of it????

I see that all the time on dog (and cat) food labels. The bag (or can) will scream BEEF! on their labels in big bold print...but....if you dare to read the actual ingredient list in tiny print you will see chicken is actually the FIRST ingredient on so many of these products. Even the fancy schmancy over priced designer organic dog foods. Grrrrrr.

Really annoying and misleading.

Why doesn't the industry do something about these companies that are blatantly misleading their customers?????

Especially considering many pets have allergies to chicken, right???????
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Yes my dog is allergic to chicken and peanut butter. Which is in basically every type of dog food that exists.

Even a couple of bites or treats and he gets many huge bouts of diarrhea the next day, like 5-6. If I'm lucky he wakes me up all night and we basically have to live in the dog park the whole next day. And he must feel sick because he won't eat for days. At all.

Very irritating that pet foods are so lousy about ingredients and false labeling.
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Have you ever thought of feeding them a canned food?We have a turkey and shrimp with venison broth. NO CHICKEN. NO RECALLS.
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He gets canned food. One large can a day and if I'm lucky he'll eat one to two cups of dry food with it. For a ninety plus pound dog he should eat more.
He'll eat turkey dog food but isn't a huge fan. Real turkey for people he loves lol.
Most dog foods don't have shrimp so I don't think he's tried that.
I don't think he likes venison. In my area there's a zombie deer disease that's an epidemic so I've been avoiding venison since there's no way to know if the deer used were healthy.

He likes pork, beef and salmon as his favorite choices. Good luck finding dog foods that have those ingredients and nothing else in terms of chicken.
He also likes potato and sweet potato. He'll even eat plain iceberg lettuce, cucumbers and red peppers when I eat them. Loves raw carrots but that could be a jealousy thing when I give them to my horses.
He loves yogurt, blueberries and swiss cheese and never has issues from small amounts of those.
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There are quite a few chicken free options out there. Off the top of my head...
Caru, Elevate (4 out of 5 varieties are completely chicken free), pure vita, Rawz, farmina and Fromm all have chicken free canned options. Freshpet and honest kitchen also have chicken free options should your dog like those styles of foods.
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Forgot to say he likes the in gravy style the best. If it's the pate style that's all clumped together, for one thing it's a pain to get out of the can and wash the can for recycling and I waste a ton cause I can't get it all out and break all the plastic spoons trying.
More importantly than my inconvenience is he's weird and acts stressed like he can't eat it. He gets up and lies down and pushes the bowl across the floor and has a lot of trouble. I have to break it up and mix it for him. His teeth are fine he can chew bones no problem.
I think he just really hates the sticky texture even if he likes the actual taste. He lived the Alpo gravy cans but since he stopped eating those the vet thinks the chicken in them was causing inflammation, pain and nausea.
So far the only thing he really loves is the merrick Texas beef that's in gravy. The other beef flavor is pate which he does those weird rituals with.
I should video next time.
I found a duck and potatoes pate different brand yesterday. He ate breakfast pretty well. Then pushed the bowl around and got agitated and wouldn't eat. Then at four am I tried again and he ate it but I had to "cut it" for him and feed him a few spoonfuls then he ate it.
He seems so stressed about the pate style I'd rather just give him the gravy kind, much easier for me and he's much happier.
He has no problem eating homemade mashed potatoes but I make them more soupy than the dog foods.
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yes, it seems good for dogs. But nowadays I'm a littile bit of busy so I don't take care of my dogs. So I'm buying some needable things for them from an online store named Zen Dog Zone. It's a very good online store for dogs.
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