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Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food Review

//Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food Review

Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food Review

Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food

Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food

This dog food recipe is made with big chunks of chicken, peas and carrots in gravy. This chunky flavor is irresistible and your dog will love. The ingredients included in this dog food provide all the nutrients your dog needs.

Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food contains vegetables and fruits from local farmers. Fruits and vegetables offer antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber crucial for a long and healthy live. It is appropriate for dogs of all life stages.

This grain-free canned recipe present chicken as the first ingredient for the protein and taste dogs love. If your dog have food allergies issues this recipe may be appropriate.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Broth, Dried Egg Product
  • Fat and Oil: Canola Oil
  • Carbohydrates: Dried Potatoes
  • Fiber: Guar Gum
  • Fruits and vegetables: Peas, Carrots
  • Flavorings: meat sources
  • Preservatives: the canning process is the preservation method. No preservatives either natural or artificial are added.
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate), Choline Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Sodium Selenite), Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

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 8 % (min.) 42 %
Fat 5 % (min.) 26 %
Fiber 1.8 % (max.) 9.4 %
Moisture 81 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 21 % (EV)

(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.

The ash value considered to the calculation of the estimated value of carbohydrates was 2 %.

The high content of protein and fat included in this canned dog food make it very appealing and tasty for your dog.

Merrick’s Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Deboned Chicken is a very popular meat source found in dog foods. It is very tasty, cheap and provides a brilliant source of protein. It provides essential amino acids, fatty acids, and some minerals for muscle development, organ function, and energy. Chicken Broth adds both flavor and moisture to canned dog foods.

Dried Egg Product is a good source of inexpensive, premium protein, fat and various minerals and micronutrients. The fatty acid profile includes arachidonic acid, and Omega 6 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and coat.

Carbohydrates: Dried Potatoes begun to be included in grain free dog foods as a carbohydrate source. Potatoes also contain some dietary fiber as well as vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium.

Fiber: Guar Gum is added as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food. It is full in highly soluble and digestible fiber with a low caloric content that is known to considerably reduce cholesterol levels.

Fat and oil: Canola Oil is a controversial ingredient in dog foods. It contains omega-3 fatty acids. However it has a relatively high content of the known toxin – erucic acid – which may be a existent cause for concern.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas contain antioxidants and lots of micronutrients including vitamins C, K and B1, manganese, fiber, folate and potassium. However, some dogs may have some difficulty to digest pea protein. This can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea and vomit.

Carrots are a good source of antioxidants and health protecting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. They are also rich in Vitamin A and carotenoids that provide protection against free radicals (cancer causing agents). Vitamin A is used in the eye to maintain healthy vision.

Supplements: Rosemary is a powerful source of antioxidants which are able to slow down the oxidization process that turns fats rancid. Rosemary antioxidants act as natural preservatives and protect cells from free radicals (causing agents of cancer).

Sage is an herb that’s been used as a food preservative, flavoring, health-supporting tonic and medicine. It has anti-microbial and antifungal properties, promotes dental health, provides anti-oxidants, helps manage diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels and aids digestion.

Thyme is used in dog food to add flavor and improve digestion. It acts also as an anti-bacterial agent and has antiseptic. It presents anti-spasmodic and anti-bacterial properties. Thyme is rich in vitamins C, A, and K, iron, manganese, calcium and anti-oxidants.

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 Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food we give a 4.8 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food seems to be a highly recommended canned dog food.

Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Recipe contains nutritious, natural ingredients that will please your dog’s desire for your home-cooked meals. A blend of delicious deboned chicken with vegetables such as peas and carrots mixed into gravy is mouth-watering. Merrick’s ingredients are sourced from local farms and each formula is produced in the U.S.A.

Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food main benefits:

  • Grain-free formula
  • Suitable for all breeds and all life stages
  • Does not contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Deboned Chicken as the first ingredient
  • Nutritious vegetables providing antioxidants that protect cells from damage
  • Supplemented with essential vitamins and minerals

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

Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Deboned Chicken, Chicken Broth, Dried Egg Product
  • Dried Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Guar Gum
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Grain free
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Negative Aspects

  • Canola Oil
  • Peas

 

Available in: 13.2 oz (368.54 g) cans

By | 2016-12-16T21:42:59+00:00 October 27th, 2014|Review|Comments Off on Merrick Chunky Colossal Chicken Dinner Wet Dog Food Review

About the Author:

Dora Mancha

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.