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Is that chicken bone or chicken thigh bone supposed to be in the can in Merrick formulas?

Yes, in fact. The chicken bones you found in the can are there on purpose as this is one of our bone-in recipes. In fact, Merrick Smothered Comfort, Wingaling, and Gameday Tailgate products have been on the market since October 2005 and have become some of our top sellers.

If you notice on the can, there is a note from the chef that states the purpose of the chicken bones: “Our slow cooked, whole chicken thighs/wings are marinated tender chicken cooked on a softened bone. This special cooking process makes the bone mushy and safe for your dog to enjoy. Feel free to serve whole, remove, or break apart the soft chicken bones for ease of pet consumption.” The bones also provide the full flavor your dog loves.

The food is pressure cooked inside the can and this process is what softens the bones. For further assurance, please watch veterinarian Chris Smith in this video. about our recipes with bones.

If you have any other questions or if you would like us to make recommendations for other recipes that do not contain bones, please don’t hesitate to contact us!