Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Grain Free Great Plains Red Recipe Dry Dog Food
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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Grain Free Great Plains Red Recipe Dry Dog Food

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Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Grain-Free Great Plains Red Recipe Dry Dog Food focuses on an all natural, grain-free ancestral canine diet that is high in meat based protein that dogs crave. Real deboned beef, lamb, and rabbit are the first ingredients that make up 30% high quality protein. Freeze-dried raw protein pieces are mixed into the raw infused kibble in a pure state to provide a nutritional boost, easy digestion and the fresh taste dogs love. Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Grain-Free Great Plains Red Recipe Dry Dog Food is also rich in omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat as well as guaranteed levels of glucosamine and chondroitin to aid in hip and joint health. This recipe is poultry free with no gluten ingredients, making Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Grain-free Great Plains Red Recipe the perfect option for all dogs, including those with food sensitivities!

Why We Love It

  • Raw-infused kibble with freeze dried chunks of red meat for added protein
  • Grain-free and made with real, freshly sourced meat
  • Made in the USA

About Merrick

Merrick isn't your typical pet food company, and Merrick doesn't just make pet food. Merrick makes the best food ever for the best pet ever. Yours. The five star promise from Merrick is what's guaranteed to each and every dog and cat, along with their owners. Local growers, real whole foods, their own kitchen, balanced nutrition, and health you can see. Merrick creates real, wholesome recipes using USDA-inspected deboned meat and fresh produce for industry leading levels of protein, glucosamine and chondroitin. All of Merrick's foods are handcrafted in Hereford, Texas from USA farmers they know and trust. With no additives, sweeteners, colors or preservatives, real whole foods including high quality meats and fresh caught fish are the core of every Merrick dog and cat food. Merrick has been cooking their own foods in their own Texas kitchen for over 25 years. They stand behind their products with a 100% guarantee, promising that your dog or cat will be happier and healthier. You are what you eat, so why not feed your best friend the very best?

  • Rabbit Flavor
  • Merrick Food Brands
  • No Corn, Wheat, or Soy Special Diet / Food Allergies
  • Freeze Dried Food Food & Nutrition
  • Merrick Brand
  • Merrick Pet Care Manufacturer
  • Freeze Dried Food Type
  • Dry Food Type
  • Raw Special Diet / Food Allergies
  • High Protein Special Diet / Food Allergies
  • Grain Free Special Diet / Food Allergies
  • Gluten Free Special Diet / Food Allergies
  • Lamb Flavor
  • Beef Flavor
  • Dog Pet Type

What does raw-infused dog food mean?

The term "raw-infused" signifies that the dog food contains some raw ingredients that have undergone a specialized process to preserve their nutritional value. These raw ingredients are typically freeze-dried, which involves removing moisture from the ingredients while retaining their nutrients. The freeze-drying process helps maintain the integrity of the raw components and enhances the flavor and texture. The raw-infused approach aims to provide a balanced diet for dogs by incorporating the benefits of raw food, such as higher nutrient content, improved digestion, and potential dental health benefits, while also offering the convenience and safety of commercially prepared dog food. It allows pet owners to provide a diet that mimics the natural, ancestral diet of dogs, which often includes raw meat, while addressing potential concerns associated with feeding completely raw diets, such as bacterial contamination.

Is raw dog food good for dogs?

The question of whether raw dog food is good for dogs is a topic of debate among pet owners, veterinarians, and experts in the field. Advocates of raw diets for dogs argue that it closely mimics the natural diet of their wild ancestors and provides various potential benefits. However, it's necessary to consider both the advantages and potential risks associated with raw dog food. The raw ingredients used in raw-infused dog food are usually freeze-dried or minimally processed to retain their nutritional value. These ingredients can include raw meats, organs, fruits, and vegetables. The raw components are often freeze-dried, which involves removing moisture from the ingredients while preserving their nutrients. The purpose of incorporating raw ingredients in raw-infused dog food is to provide the benefits associated with raw diets, such as potentially higher nutrient content, improved digestibility, and the inclusion of natural enzymes. This approach allows pet owners to offer a diet that contains some raw elements while addressing safety concerns associated with completely raw diets, such as bacterial contamination.

Can I make my own raw dog food?

Yes, it is possible to make your own raw dog food at home. You must create a balanced diet that includes a variety of raw ingredients to provide the necessary nutrients for your dog. The diet should typically consist of muscle meat, organs (such as liver or kidney), bones, and fruits and vegetables. The proportions and specific ingredients may vary depending on your dog's needs. Choose high-quality, human-grade meats from reliable sources. You must handle raw meat safely to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination. Freezing the meat for a certain period can help reduce the presence of potential parasites. When including bones in the raw diet, opt for raw, meaty bones that are appropriate for your dog's size and breed. Avoid cooked bones, as they can splinter and pose a choking or injury hazard. Depending on the specific recipe and your dog's requirements, you may need to include supplements to ensure your dog receives essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Your veterinarian can guide you on appropriate supplements. Maintain strict hygiene practices when handling and preparing raw food to minimize the risk of contamination. Clean utensils, surfaces, and bowls thoroughly to prevent the spread of bacteria. If you are transitioning your dog from a different type of diet to a homemade raw diet, you must introduce the new food gradually to allow your dog's digestive system to adjust.

Is raw dog food better than dried?

Raw dog food and kibble (dry dog food) have distinct characteristics when it comes to canine nutrition. Raw dog food is often praised for its abundance of easily digestible nutrients, as well as its natural vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. The minimal processing involved in raw dog food aims to preserve the nutritional integrity of the ingredients, potentially offering benefits such as improved digestion, healthier skin and coat, and increased energy levels. On the other hand, kibble undergoes more extensive processing, including high levels of heat, which can lead to the destruction of some vital nutrients. While commercially produced kibble is formulated to provide a complete and balanced diet for dogs, certain nutrients may be compromised during processing. However, well-manufactured kibble can still provide the necessary vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for a dog's nutrition. Commercially produced kibble is carefully formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of dogs, and it undergoes quality control measures to ensure it provides a balanced diet. One advantage of kibble is its convenience and longer shelf life compared to raw dog food. Kibble is easy to handle, store, and feed, making it a practical choice for many dog owners. Additionally, kibble is generally considered more hygienic compared to handling raw meat, reducing the risk of bacterial contamination.

Is grain Free food good for dogs?

The question of whether grain-free food is good for dogs is a topic of debate and ongoing research in the veterinary community. While some dogs may benefit from a grain-free diet, it is not inherently necessary or beneficial for all dogs. Grain allergies in dogs are relatively rare, with true allergies to grains being uncommon. Food allergies in dogs more commonly involve protein sources like beef, chicken, or dairy. However, dogs can have sensitivities or intolerances to certain grains, just like they can to any other food ingredient. Grains, such as wheat, corn, and rice, can provide important nutrients like carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. They can be part of a balanced and nutritious diet for dogs. However, the specific nutritional needs of dogs can vary based on factors such as breed, age, activity level, and underlying health conditions. Grain-free dog foods often use alternative carbohydrate sources like potatoes, peas, lentils, or tapioca. While these ingredients can still provide carbohydrates, they may have different nutrient profiles compared to grains. You must ensure that the alternative ingredients used in grain-free diets are nutritionally appropriate for dogs and meet their specific dietary requirements. Grain-free diets have been associated with an increased risk of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in certain dog breeds. DCM is a serious heart condition that can lead to heart failure. Research is ongoing to understand the relationship between grain-free diets, specific ingredients, and the development of DCM. If you have concerns about DCM, it's best to consult with a veterinarian.

Crude Protein 38.0% min
Crude Fat 17.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.5% max
Moisture 11.0% max
Omega-6 Fatty Acid 3.0% min
Omega-3 Fatty Acid 0.3.0% min
Glucosamine 1,200 mg/kg min
Chondroitin SulFate 1,200 mg/kg min

Deboned Beef, Lamb Meal, Salmon Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Peas, Natural Flavor, Potato Protein, Pork Fat, Pork Meal, Pea Protein, Lamb, Rabbit, Beef Liver, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Organic Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Apples, Blueberries, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Proteinate, Cobalt Carbonate), Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Citric Acid for freshness, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product.

3,738 kcal/kg, 374 kcal/cup

Weight Daily Feeding (cup)
3 lbs 1/3
6 lbs 2/3
10 lbs 1
15 lbs 1 1/4
20 lbs 1 1/2
30 lbs 2
40 lbs 2 1/2
50 lbs 3
60 lbs 3 1/2
70 lbs 4
80 lbs 4 1/3
90 lbs 4 3/4
100 lbs 5 1/4
  • For dogs over 100 lbs: Add 1/4 cup per additional 10 lbs.
Transition Instructions

Mix Merrick's food with your current pet's food over the course of 5-7 days. Continuously increase the amount of the Merrick food while decreasing the amount in your dog or cat's current diet.

Merrick Backcountry is manufactured by Merrick Pet Care
Option UPC/SKU
12-lb 0022808370154
22-lb 0022808370192
20-lb 022808370550
10-lb 0022808370543
4-lb 0022808370741

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