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Merrick Lil’ Plates Grain-Free Real Salmon + Sweet Potatoes Recipe Dry Dog Food

Top 5 ingredients of Merrick Lil’ Plates Grain-Free Real Salmon + Sweet Potatoes Recipe Dry Dog Food are Deboned Salmon, Salmon Meal, Whitefish Meal, Sweet Potatoes, and Potatoes.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min.): 32%
Crude Fat (min.): 14%
Crude Fiber (max.): 4.5%
Moisture (max.): 11%
Calories: 3,581 kcal/kg, 390 kcal/cup

Merrick Lil’ Plates Grain-Free Real Salmon + Sweet Potatoes Recipe Dry Dog Food Ingredients

Deboned Salmon, Salmon Meal, Whitefish Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Peas, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Potato Protein, Pea Protein, Chicory Root (source of Inulin), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Apples, Blueberries, Organic Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, 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, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Niacin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Citric Acid for freshness, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product
We specified the salt's position and marked it to help you evaluate the ingredients better with The Salt Divider.

While this doesn’t include the weight of bones, the fact that this isn’t dehydrated or a meal product means that much of the weight is liquid. If you want a product that is mainly salmon, you’ll have to look elsewhere. This one has some, but it is probably not the main protein in the food.

Salmon Meal is a dry, rendered product from whole salmon that has been through some processing to remove water and fat.

Salmon is a high protein food and also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s moisturize the skin and fight skin disorders.

(Contains wild-caught flounder, halibut, and cod.)

Sweet Potatoes are an excellent source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. They don’t cause food sensitivities in dogs and also are an excellent source of beta-carotene, phytochemicals, and carotenoids – all which are healthy immune supporting antioxidants.

Potatoes are a fantastic source of complex carbohydrates which provide fuel for energy for dogs. They are also rich in many minerals and vitamins. Key elements include thiamin, manganese, folate, niacin, copper, phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C.

Potatoes are also a key source of dietary fiber as they are good source of digestible carbohydrates.

Starch Meter

According to the guaranteed analysis, Merrick Lil’ Plates Grain-Free Real Salmon + Sweet Potatoes Recipe Dry Dog Food has 32% protein, 14% fat, 4.5% fiber, and 11% moisture. If we assume 5% ash, then the starch amount in this dog food is 33.5%.

The largest proportion of Carbohydrates in dog food is provided by starch and indeed dogs don't have carbohydrate requirement at all.

We calculated the starch ratio in Merrick Lil’ Plates Grain-Free Real Salmon + Sweet Potatoes Recipe Dry Dog Food as 33.5%. Basically, around one third of the food you feed to {your dog} is starch.

Average starch ratio of dry dog foods on inthekibble.com is 38.67% - and that means this Merrick kibble has less starch ratio than the average.

Protein (32%)
Starch (33.5 %)

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