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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Very displeased with Merrick

I usually switch between a couple brands of dog food - Orijen, Acana, and Go! I decided to try out the pork recipe of Merrick dry dog food and since I added it to the food rotation, my pup has had nothing but diarrhea and a few instances of upset stomach including dry heaves and coughing up yellow bile. Had the vet check him out and he's fine, but I have taken him off of Merrick for good. What is everyone else's experience with Merrick? It seems like this is not usual for most dogs?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 07:49 PM
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Could be the pork protein.

Hans used to vomit all the time and I feed raw.

It stopped when he no longer ate poultry or pork or venison.
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 07:54 PM
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Merrick is by far one of my favorite foods. I would feed that and Victor as my two top picks.
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I have met a couple reps from Merrick's (Canada) and they had all good things to say about the company.
1) Independently in not owned by a massive (corp.) soap company
2) Their ingredients are sourced from USA only...even the vit./min. mix and sweet potato...NO ingredients from China.

This as told to me by the reps. Cannot vouch for however...I am RAW feeder and biased against kibble.

Oddly, my dog tried to stick his head in an empty bag on garbage day...he has never done this....guess if I HAD to do kibble, it may be the choice.

Perhaps a different protein/formula (lol, I hate that "term")

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Meh, some dogs just don't tolerate some foods. I won't ever feed Pinnacle again, because my Rattie developed acute pancreatitis and my mutt was a dandruffy, flaky mess on it. Other people swear by it, and will feed only that.

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always had good luck with merrick
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Here is a letter the owner, Merrick himself sent many years ago to the FDA
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-10-2014, 11:37 AM
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I have done a seminar with Merrick and had meetings with a sale rep in the past, and really like the company and food. I even recommend it to clients... I honestly recommend trying something other than the pork - pork is notorious for causing digestive upset. If it happens with a different formula though, I'd be interested in hearing about it!

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Originally Posted by APrimanti View Post
Hey sorry to crash your thread, but I had an issue with the beef gf, the dogs were drinking like crazy. I called and wanted to know the calcium and phosphorous and they told me they didn't have that information because the laboratory didn't do the calculation. I started screaming how the "bleep" can you sell a food and not know the analysis!!! Most of the other formulas have nose-bleed amounts of minerals, no thanks, over the AAFCO limits.

So I dug around and found out that 1) Merrick is not owned by any family, it is owned by Swander Pace Capital and 2) It is a subsidiary or affiliate of a rendering company called Tejas Industries. If you look at all the recall letters from FDA they addressed to Tejas Industries.

Great marketing lousy food. Stay away from it.
Interesting... time to do some research, I guess!

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My dog's gut has been über sensitive since treatment for giardia. Was on Wellness and switched to Merrick Pork and Sweet Potato and this is day 4 of no explosive diahharea. I am very pleased except that it's ten dollars more a bag and you get five pounds less... But it's worth it if he's done pooing all over the place via butt pee. Thinking the lamb was too rich so we'll keep him on beef, pork, or salmon. I was actually thinking about buying Merrick, Wellness, and a cheaper brand and mixing the three to make 60 lbs of equal parts to see how he does. That way there is some variety. He's also on probiotics. Haveyou tried this stuff? Worked great when my pups gut was sensitive to everything:

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