Merrick’s Classic Senior Real Chicken with Brown Rice and Green Pea Dry Dog Food Review

//Merrick’s Classic Senior Real Chicken with Brown Rice and Green Pea Dry Dog Food Review

Merrick’s Classic Senior Real Chicken with Brown Rice and Green Pea Dry Dog Food Review

Merrick’s Classic Senior Real Chicken with Brown Rice and Green Pea

Classic Senior Real Chicken with Brown Rice and Green Pea
Classic Senior Real Chicken with Brown Rice and Green Pea includes quality protein, healthy fats, whole grains, vegetables and fruits.

It provides a natural formula loaded in nutrients to maintain the overall health of senior dogs.

This dog food formula includes Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids to support a gorgeous, shiny coat. Glucosamine and chondroitin help maintain joint health so your dog can run and play. Make your dogs golden years as painless as possible.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Salmon Meal
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken Fat, Salmon Oil
  • Carbohydrates: Brown Rice, Barley, Sweet Potato
  • Fiber: Oats, fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Peas, Carrots, Apples, Blueberries, Organic Alfalfa
  • Flavorings: Natural Chicken Flavor
  • Preservatives: Mixed Tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Minerals (Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Rosemary Extract

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 30 % (min.) 33.7 %
Fat 11 % (min.) 12.4 %
Fiber 3.5 % (max.) 4 %
Moisture 11 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 45 % (EV)
Omega 6 3.8 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 0.4 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 1200 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Chondroitin Sulphate 1200 mg/Kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?”  and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

Real Chicken Brown Rice and Green Pea Recipe Senior Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

On a dry matter basis, this food contains 33.7 % protein and 12.4 % fat. These are good percentages of protein and fat. Fiber makes up 4 % of the food. The food contains 45 % carbohydrates which is a moderately high percentage for most foods.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Deboned Chicken and Chicken Meal Chicken meal are highly digestible protein sources. They are meat protein, providing essential amino acids and fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals for muscle development and energy.

Turkey Meal is another high-quality protein source and has the advantage of being lower in fat than chicken.

Salmon Meal is a highly digestible protein source. It provides essential amino acids, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. These elements are very important to your senior dog.

Carbohydrates: Brown Rice is frequently included in natural health foods. It provides essential B vitamins, minerals and fiber. Brown rice is an excellent complex carbohydrate source for energy and fiber for colon bacteria balance.

Barley is a good carbohydrate source for energy, B vitamins and fiber for colon health. It has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In addition, this grain is a quality grain source and minimizes allergic reactions characteristically linked with corn or wheat.

Sweet Potato is an exceptional source of potassium, B vitamins and beta-carotene. They are a source of antioxidant agents providing natural cellular protection against cancer causing agents.

Fiber: Oats are a good source of dietary fiber and micronutrients including manganese, selenium, vitamin B1, magnesium and phosphorus. Once cooked, oats are reasonably easily digested by dogs. This ingredient contributes to intestinal flora balance and health.

Fat and oil: Chicken Fat represents a high–quality source of essential fatty acids and energy. It helps promote healthy skin and coat.

Salmon oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acid, which also supports skin and coat health, as well as in DHA for cognitive development and maintenance.

These two ingredients are especially important to your senior dog maintain a shiny coat and a balanced cognitive health.

Flavors: Natural Chicken Flavor is used to add flavor to dog foods. Generally, it is a combination of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food in the final stages of manufacturing.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas are a good source of protein and Vitamin A. Peas are also full in fiber to help manage cholesterol and blood sugar. However, for some dogs peas can be hard to digest, thus they are able to induce gastrointestinal problems such as vomit and diarrhea.

Carrots provide antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are high in Vitamin A and carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants providing cellular protection against free radicals – cancer causing elements.

Apples and Blueberries are excellent source of vitamins, fiber and some minerals.

Alfalfa is a mineral food containing abundant amounts of minerals (zinc, iron and manganese) and vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin C) required for dogs.

Supplements: Yucca Schidigera Extract adds in anti-inflammatory processes in tendons and joint cartilage. Rosemary Extract represents an excellent and natural preservative that is also known to help protect against cancer.

Fermentation products aid in digestion and reduce the incidence of diarrhea, contributing to colon and rectum health.

This dog food formula contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb.

This food does not contain dyes, sweeteners or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Classic Senior Real Chicken with Brown Rice and Green Pea we give a 4.9 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Classic Senior Real Chicken with Brown Rice and Green Pea seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

Senior dogs need excellence protein and healthy fats. This recipe is made with high-quality protein, whole grains, vegetables and fruits. It provides a balanced and complete nutrition to support the overall health of your senior dog.

Classic Senior Real Chicken with Brown Rice and Green Pea main benefits:

  • Formulated to senior dogs
  • Deboned chicken is first ingredient
  • Contains glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for a beautiful, shiny coat
  • Fruits and vegetables provide a blend of antioxidants to protect cells from oxidative damage
  • Ideal for of all breeds

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Classic Senior Real Chicken with Brown Rice and Green Pea

Positive Aspects

  • Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Salmon Meal
  • Chicken Fat, Salmon Oil
  • Brown Rice, Barley, Sweet Potato
  • Oats, fruits and vegetables
  • Omega Fatty Acids
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin
  • Supplemented with vitamins and minerals

Negative Aspects

  • Peas


Available in: 5 lb (2,27 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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