Why Merrick? > Five Star Promises

Local Growers

No ingredients from China.

We’ll go to great lengths to make the best food ever, but we’ll never go to China for our ingredients. At Merrick, we only use local growers we know and trust. We buy fresh ingredients like real chicken, beef and sweet potatoes from family farms across the country, all four seasons of the year. And, we do it with fewer distributors and warehouses, so those ingredients make their way from farm to bowl faster and fresher. 

Real Whole Foods

These ingredients speak for themselves.

Whole foods not only taste better, they’re better for your pet. That’s why we use only the freshest ingredients. Without additives, sweeteners, colors or preservatives. Like real, high-quality meats and fresh-caught fish with industry-leading levels of protein and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Along with fresh fruits and vegetables brimming with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and whole grains in our Classic recipes for fiber and nutrients. 

Our Own Kitchen

Cooking and quality live under one roof.

There’s no substitute for home cooking. That’s why we’ve made Merrick pet food in our own kitchen for more than 25 years. We buy our own ingredients, create our own recipes and package every bag and can of Merrick in one place. Everything we make is handcrafted in small batches and closely monitored so we can ensure that each meal delivers the perfect balance of nutrients guaranteed right on the label. We carefully test every finished recipe to make sure it exceeds food and safety standards, and our facilities all uphold the strict guidelines defined by the FDA. And, we continue to enhance our quality and safety performance by partnering with organizations like NSF International, Safe Quality Food (SQF) and HACCP.  

Balanced Nutrition

High levels of quality protein

Dogs and cats thrive on quality protein and healthy fats. That’s why every Merrick recipe starts with deboned meat as the first ingredient. We make food to be fuel, not filler, and our balanced recipes ensure that your pets enjoy every second of their dinner. Our dry recipes are made with 60-70% meat, poultry and fish. After cooking, each bowl has a guaranteed protein level of 30-38%. We then add the exact amount of vegetables, whole grains and fruits required to give dogs and cats exactly what they need. And for pet with food allergies and sensitivities, we offer a number of options. None of our canned wet recipes have grain, and our dry Grain Free recipes are made with high levels of protein from sources like buffalo, duck and pork.  

Health You Can See

Better food for better health.

You are what you eat, so why not feed your best friend the best? Merrick pet food has more of what your pet needs and less of what they don’t. And the results speak for themselves. Watch your pet benefit from: 

Optimal weight and increased energy: Industry-leading levels of protein and healthy
fats keep your dog fit and healthy. 

Healthy skin and shiny coat: We use leading levels of omega-6 and omega-3
fatty acids to give your pet healthy skin and coat.

Healthy bones and joints: Top levels of glucosamine and chondroitin support
your pet’s healthy bones and joints.

Healthy digestive tract: Highly digestible meat proteins, peas, apples and blueberries support and improve digestive function.