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Title: Merrick
Post by: ancona on February 16, 2008, 11:58:44 AM
Has anyone fed Merrick Dog Food, which line and also Merrick dry kibble


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Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: shibadiva on February 16, 2008, 12:21:58 PM
Grammie's Pot Pie, primarily. The wet food. My dogs threw up on it, or would not eat it.


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: Laurie on February 16, 2008, 05:03:50 PM
 I know you are inquiring about the dog food but I recently purchased 2 cans of the Thanksgiving Dinner for cats. My Jinx used to be crazy about it and I had not purchased any for almost a year. When I opened the can it looked completely different from what I remember. Basically looked like shredded chunks of meat in some gross looking sauce. Jinx would not touch it. I still have the opened can and the unopened one. The ingredient panel seems to read the same as before.  ???


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: JanC on February 17, 2008, 07:31:30 AM
Hannah had the grammie pot pie twice.....but you have to understand that it's mixed in with a ton of other stuff, including my home cooking.

I did some reading about the rendering plant on the same property & then somebody sent me info on the owner & his attitude about tighter regulations.....that did it for me.  Maybe I'm paranoid but my dog is still alive & healthy (at least so far)...... :P

My safe list of pet foods (or those that I consider safe) keeps getting smaller & smaller...... ;)


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: petslave on February 17, 2008, 05:33:42 PM
More cat info - a friend's cats were on the canned food for many months & really loved it until recently when they just stopped eating it completely.  Maybe they did a formula change to keep up with orders?


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: Laurie on February 17, 2008, 05:40:25 PM
More cat info - a friend's cats were on the canned food for many months & really loved it until recently when they just stopped eating it completely.  Maybe they did a formula change to keep up with orders?
Well whatever they did I will not be purchasing again. Should not have purchased to begin with with all the previous statements about Merrick and the possible connection to rendering plants. I remember the food used to look somewhat like a stew. You could see the veggies and other items in it. This can basically looks like hunks of meat in some funky colored broth. I need to go smell it and see if it smells rancid or something. 


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: JJ on February 17, 2008, 05:41:24 PM
There is a huge post/topic on here all about Merrick food. Do a search on here to find out all the information one would require to decide to feed this food or not.


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: mainecoonpeg on February 17, 2008, 08:08:01 PM
More cat info.  Just threw away 4 cans that I bought the other day.  Never again.  Looked horrible and smelled awful by comparison to what I purchased a few months ago.  Indoor cats would not eat.  Ferals walked away too.   Yuckie poo


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: JanC on February 18, 2008, 05:42:16 AM
Yuckie poo?  Too funny...... ;D  Apt description though...... ::)


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: notherdirtybird on March 08, 2008, 02:52:07 PM
Merrick has dropped off of my list of choices as well. While the boys loved their canned and dry formulas, I wasn't happy. Gunner's overall health dropped significantly while on the Grammy's Pot Pie dry formula. He lost weight, itched more, had dry skin, and got his first UTI. Add that to the higher price for lesser quality,  that left me not pleased, and I have not returned to the food since.

I had no clue that Garth Merrick, the owner of the company, also owns Hereford By-Products and Beef'N'More dog food. That just sealed the deal. The pet food business anything but trustworthy anymore.


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: stickyicky on May 03, 2008, 02:43:46 PM
im really sad to hear about this. merrick is one of the FAVORITE brands for my cats.  Ive tried wellness but they wont even touch. i tried instinct and they like it but now i read some articles about natures variety.  They LOVE nutro kitten formula dry but everyone here says dont feed nutro.  seriously guys are there any brands of food you would feed your pet besides home cooked?? my cats dont eat home cooked like they eat the merrick.  Are we all sure were not being overly paranoid and kinda critical when it comes to these pet food companies. i didnt have any pets during all the big recalls so i never dealt with sick cats etc but it seems to me like a lot of you guys are overly picky about each company. if you look for something wrong with each company something is bound to come up. 

ps i get meows if i dont give them ocean breeze daily. they also love the new england boil and before grain chicken dry and canned. they will eat the thanksgiving dinner and surf and turf maybe twice a week but if i feed it too often no one eats it. 

I did have a problem with newer ocean breezes being darker and not as much broth in the can. i emailed merrick and they said that they have started something different with the canning process but nothing has changed with the formula. they also mailed me a coupon for a free 24 case of 5.5 Oz cans. since they have taken the time to address my concerns and even send me free stuff in the mail i will continue to use merrick.


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: MaineMom on May 03, 2008, 03:55:34 PM
Hi Stickyicky - My cats think all food comes out of bags and cans; they'd rather starve than eat raw or home cooked!  My short list shrunk to one brand over the past year.  Solid Gold Indigo Moon dry (no grains, so the chubby lady is now svelt) and Solid Gold Blended Tuna plus I add organic minced chicken breasts steamed/simmered in organic chicken broth.

I would also like to check out Weruva, but they have no locations selling thier products yet in the Sacramento, CA area and all the web sites only sell cases of one type.  I'll probably call a store in the Bay Area when I get a chance and see if they will pack up a mixed case and ship it to me.

I did use Kumpi and Flint River Ranch dry foods when problems started surfacing in 3/07 and feel they are both safe to feed, but have found my cats do well on Indigo Moon.


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: Laurie on May 03, 2008, 04:29:05 PM
im really sad to hear about this. merrick is one of the FAVORITE brands for my cats.  Ive tried wellness but they wont even touch. i tried instinct and they like it but now i read some articles about natures variety.  They LOVE nutro kitten formula dry but everyone here says dont feed nutro.  seriously guys are there any brands of food you would feed your pet besides home cooked?? my cats dont eat home cooked like they eat the merrick.  Are we all sure were not being overly paranoid and kinda critical when it comes to these pet food companies. i didnt have any pets during all the big recalls so i never dealt with sick cats etc but it seems to me like a lot of you guys are overly picky about each company. if you look for something wrong with each company something is bound to come up. 

ps i get meows if i dont give them ocean breeze daily. they also love the new england boil and before grain chicken dry and canned. they will eat the thanksgiving dinner and surf and turf maybe twice a week but if i feed it too often no one eats it. 

I did have a problem with newer ocean breezes being darker and not as much broth in the can. i emailed merrick and they said that they have started something different with the canning process but nothing has changed with the formula. they also mailed me a coupon for a free 24 case of 5.5 Oz cans. since they have taken the time to address my concerns and even send me free stuff in the mail i will continue to use merrick.
Overly Picky??? Well I suppose if you had a pet or pets that have died or have become ill from eating crappy pet food, I would think that would be reason enough to become "overly paranoid and kinda critical" wouldn't you say?. I also do not believe that anyone has said not to feed Nutro. But if you read all the complaints about the food why would you want to take that chance? IMO the majority of pet food companies do not truly care about your pets. Many are large conglomerates who are out to make an average inexpensive food that they can make a large profit on. If you would check out some other threads you would find that there are many commercial pet foods that have been used with success and why we are so diligent about what we feed our pets.


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: stickyicky on May 03, 2008, 04:54:43 PM
I read something last night that stated solid gold was bought by another company and their standards went down.  Someone even posted and said their vet used to carry solid gold but bc of the changes she doesnt recommend people feed it to their cats. you can find all this in the cat food review section in the thread about solid gold indigo moon.  The thing with weruva is that people say the fish varieties have menadione. thats another no no. ive ordered all the new chicken and beef flavors from weruva and out of the on the cat wok and green eggs and chicken the cats enjoyed the green eggs and chicken.  And, if you check out waggintails.com you can order just one can at a time. i did that with weruva, natures variety instinct, and merrick before grain. i got the order in 7 days. I also paid online.

I know what your saying about having a pet die from crappy food. believe me i do not want that to happen. my last cat i had for 12 years died of blood parasites. she was an indoor kitty but i would let her go outside with me when i smoked a ciggy and i think thats how she got it.  She wouldnt eat i had to sit in the bathroom with her and force feed her with baby food hoping she would lick up the broth to get something in her (she had anemia). im really mad at the vet cause the more i thought about it after i broke down in the vets office and just said put her to sleep he should have done an emergency IV and give her the medication that she wouldnt take from me (pills) i took her 3 times to the vet in one week one time to the emergency room because i was just so scared for her. i couldnt stand to see her suffer and i was so emotional about having to put her down i just walked out of the office in tears and i couldnt handle saying good bye. thats something i will always regret. so i guess if my cat died because some company instead of me not being able to save her i would hold a grudge and be picky too. sorry if i sounded cold hearted i was just getting so frustrated about what to feed these new cats i got.  ive tried the most expensive foods i can find but they always like kibble with corn more and the merrick. so i dont know....sorry i went on a ramble i hope i made some sense. i dont even know what my point is. ???


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: Laurie on May 03, 2008, 05:06:29 PM
 Sticky, read some of the cat food experiences threads and also check out this one http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/ask-questions-share-tips-here-on-how-to-choose-a-cat-food-t3546.0.html. Choose a couple of foods to feed your kitties and stick with those of brands as long as they do well on them. Too much variety in foods can make very finicky cats and you go crazy trying to please them.


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: Sandi K on May 03, 2008, 08:27:41 PM
StickyIcky, we lost our KiKi to the tainted food last year so Im probably paranoid but at the same time we are feeding commercial food to our new girl so I might not be paranoid enough, lol  I think all you can do is do the best you can.  I think it helped me to read thru alot of the info here at Itchmo on people's experiences with food section and just do the best you can.  I think we have all learned that sometimes its what the pet does best on is the food to go with as each pet is different.  Im sorry, I dont know anything about Merrick so I cant help you there.  Ive been down the road you are on, feeding one thing and then hear some not so good stuff about it and then change the food, and so on.  Im only posting to give you hope that at some point you will find something you feel comfortable enough to stick with, if it can happen with me, it can happen with you too.  Although thats not to say I wont switch what Im feeding next week if something comes out about the food were on......or then again maybe I wont or then again.........oh well I should just stop while Im ahead.   ;D ;)
Sorry Im not much help. 


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: pawsandwhiskers on January 06, 2009, 02:56:29 PM
Hi- I've recently noticed a really nasty smell from Merrick's canned dog food so I called them regarding the new one with Tripe and they said it was normal.  Then I noticed mold looking stuff on Cowboy cookout, Wild Buffalo Grill was super runny... anyway- the smell was weird and I've thrown them all away.  Just wandering if anyone else has had weird experiences?  I will no longer use this brand!


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: menusux on January 06, 2009, 03:08:46 PM
Start with these:

http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/merrick-dog-foods-t1880.0.html

http://itchmoforums.com/pet-news/merrick-company-letter-t4178.0.html


Title: Re: Merrick
Post by: JanC on January 07, 2009, 06:34:16 AM
I did open a can of Merricks maybe about a month ago (can't remember the flavor now) & it did smell. :o  I believe it was one I hadn't tried before so I really wasn't sure if this was normal or not.  I've found most of them smell a lot like human food......but this one could've contained tripe.  Never thought to check that because I know tripe stinks.

I only gave Hannah a tiny amount with each meal......she gobbled everything down & never got sick so now I'm thinking maybe it did have tripe in it.

I've used Merricks for a while now (since another co. had a problem) but I only use maybe one can a month, if that much, & a tiny amount in each meal.  Still paranoid! :-\