We have used the same dog food for our dogs for as long as I can remember, Iams Proactive Health. But recently we’ve mixed things up and started adding a little bit of Merrick’s canned food and I never thought someone could be so excited about canned food, but I am.
We started it because Petie has been starting to look a little… overly nourished if you catch where I’m going with that. In the past I would give the pups their food and they would kind of just graze during the day instead of eating their food in one sitting and everything was hunky dory. They both ate the appropriate amount of food in the end and they maintained a healthy weight but recently Petie started over indulging and sneaking food from Laverne’s bowl so it was time I stepped in.
I needed to cut back Petie’s food so she can get back to a normal weight but the only way to control what she ate was to make sure they both ate their servings when I gave it to them and in order to do that I figured I’d just make their meals a little more enticing by mixing in a spoonful of wet food in with their usual Iams and that’s where Merrick’s comes in.
I chose Merrick’s because the owners of a dog I used to sit for used it and I was always kind of curious about it. Here are my thoughts…
First of all the food looks and smells like people food. There are chunks of real meat, veggies, all soaked in gravy. Of course they all have different meats and veggies depending on which flavor you get which brings me to my next point of interest, their flavors. They have SO many different options all with cute names and delicious ingredients. I enjoy picking out what they’re going to eat for that meal WAY too much.
A lot of those flavors I listed above are grain free as well which I know has grown important for a lot of dog owners these days. They also have options for dogs with limited diets called the, you guessed it, Limited Ingredient Diet. They also have a different option called the Backcountry, which from what I’ve gathered is mostly meat in lieu of all the added veggies and what not and is higher in protein. I haven’t tried either of the Limited Diet or Backcountry blend so I can’t really give you my thoughts I just wanted you to know about their other options.
They also tick quite a few of the other important boxes like, no artificial coloring flavoring or preservatives, no fillers byproducts wheat or soy, always includes real fruits and vegetables, certified safe quality foods, meat is the first ingredient, no ingredients from China, made in the USA, added nutrients and vitamins like glucosamine, chondroitin, Omega 3 and 6 and is high in protein. This is all according to their website, you can find the rest of their nutritional facts there as well.
I’m not going to lie, after finding all those facts on their site I’m kind of having an internal battle of where or not I want to switch their dry food to Merrick’s as well now… Hmmm..
Now for what’s important. The dog’s opinions; all I have to say is, they LOVE it. It makes their regular dry food more enticing when coated with a little Merrick’s just like I had hoped. They get so excited when I’m mixing it up and they gobble it all down.
One week the store we wen to pick their food up didn’t have Merrick’s so we got another comparable brand to get us by and the girls could definitely tell a difference. Petie still ate it but was less excited and more hesitant and Laverne was much more hesitant and it took a lot more encouragement to get her to eat it, although she did eventually eat it. I also noticed they where a lot more gassy when they where eating the other comparable brand.
They cost about $2 a can which could get expensive if you where using more than a spoonful for each meal like I am but you get what you pay for and I recommend it never the less. Another thing to note is I’ve only been able to find it at Petco unless you want to buy it online.
So bottom line, this canned food is where it’s at. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to just feeding them plain dry food with out mixing in a little of this. If you’re looking for a good canned food or you’ve got a situation similar to mine where you’re just lookin’ to make their dry food more interesting for them I’d recommend Merrick’s every time.