Petsumer Report Review of the Month
June 2010 Petsumer Report reviews Merrick Pet Food, 22 new dog foods, 8 new cat foods; Natural Planet Organics, 1 dog food, 1 dog treat,1 cat food.
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Merrick Pet Foods
Merrick Pet Foods are manufactured at company owned plants in Hereford, Tx. Fish meal ingredient preserved with mixed tocopherols. Merrick did not reply to questions of pet food cooking time and temperature. For more information on Merrick Pet Foods visit http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
Merrick Pet Food
Campfire Trout Feast Dry Dog Food
Ingredients: Trout, Oatmeal, Barley, Salmon Meal, Whole Brown Rice, Canola Oil, (preserved with mixed tocopherols – a source of Natural Vitamin E and Ascorbic Acid, a source of Natural Vitamin C), Freeze Dried Potatoes, Freeze Dried Carrots, Freeze Dried Peas, Freeze Dried Apples, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Lysine, Sea Salt, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Whole Blueberries, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Whole Clove Garlic, Chondroitin Sulfate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Natural Venison Flavor, Chicory Root, Marigold Extract, Latobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Natural Celery Flavor, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Natural Caramel Color, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Niacin, Lecithin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.
Red Flag Ingredients: Canola Oil
US Only Ingredients: Yes with exception of Lamb & Venison
Natural Preservatives: Yes
Shelf Life: 13 months
Crude Protein: 25% Crude Fat: 15% Crude Fiber: 3% Moisture: 10%
Plus: The Merrick Representative told me all ingredients are human quality/grade. The mineral listings do read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). This food does appear to contain friendly bacteria (benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet).
Minus: Contains garlic – controversial ingredient. Contains Sodium Selenite – potential risk form of selenium. Contains Canola Oil; controversial oil.
To explain the rating – only the first five ingredients – the majority of the food – are rated and listed in bold type. Grey Font ingredients imply inferior quality ingredients providing pets little to no nutrition, and Red Font ingredients are Red Flag ingredients that are potentially dangerous to pets. Quality ingredients are listed in bold black font. Five quality ingredients gives the pet food a five Paw Print rating. Four quality ingredients gives the pet food a four Paw Print rating, and so forth. Four Paw Prints is the highest rating possible for a canned pet food. Do not rely on the paw print rating alone; read the Plus/Minus information and manufacturer information at the top of each page.
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