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Grain Free Real Buffalo and Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food

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If you were buying Before Grain Buffalo Recipe Dry Food, then we'd recommend that you give this item a try!

Dogs thrive on quality protein and healthy fats. That is why Merrick Grain Free Real Buffalo & Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food provides balanced nutrition with real whole foods sourced from local farmers. This natural, grain-free formula dog food is ideal for all life stages and all breeds of dogs with a focus on naturally nutrient rich ingredients to support overall health. Deboned buffalo is the first ingredient and helps comprise the 70% of meat and fish sourced ingredients that help build and maintain lean, healthy muscle tissue with high quality protein, support healthy skin and coat with omega fatty acids and support joint health with glucosamine. The 30% fresh produce fortifies this high-quality grain-free canine diet with potatoes, sweet potato, peas, apples and blueberries offering vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Easily digestible carbohydrates like potatoes and sweet potatoes offer the benefit of sustained energy without upsetting grain-sensitive systems. This food revolution in the dog bowl yields 38% protein in every bowl.

Deboned Buffalo, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Sweet Potato, Peas, Potato, Chicken Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), Salmon Meal (source of Omega 3 fatty acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Apples, Blueberries, Organic Alfalfa, Salmon Oil, Minerals (Salt, 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.


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  • Dog likes it (5)
  • Nutritional (5)
  • Tasty (4)
  • Easy to digest (3)
  • Improves coat (3)


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  • Larger dogs (3)
  • Smaller dogs (3)
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I have a 3 yr old APBT ...

I have a 3 yr old APBT and she absolutely loves this food!!!! From 0-3 yrs I fed her Blue Buffalo, which she liked, but she kept getting bumps on her...Read complete review

I have a 3 yr old APBT and she absolutely loves this food!!!! From 0-3 yrs I fed her Blue Buffalo, which she liked, but she kept getting bumps on her skin. I changed her food to Pro Plan and she gained about 10 lbs. in 8 months! Even with walking 3 miles per day. After doing online research, I was impressed with the quality ingredients and it is made in the USA with local ingredients. I am so happy to have found the Merrick brand and I feel confident feeding it to my dog. I costs more, but alot cheaper than any vet bill! I love Merrick and plan to use it forever! Thank-You Merrick!


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I have a pug dog that ...

I have a pug dog that loves your canned foods and one pug dog that has severe allergies. The allergic one loved this food. However, your formulas have multiple proteins in them when...Read complete review

I have a pug dog that loves your canned foods and one pug dog that has severe allergies. The allergic one loved this food. However, your formulas have multiple proteins in them when I check all the ingredients. Why does it have to have salmon or turkey and chicken if the formula is Buffalo? Buffalo is one of the only proteins she can eat. My dog loved the taste but never stopped itching and after allergy testing, she can't have chicken, or any poultry, lamb or fish, (no fish oil either). So sad I have to switch. Wish you had a Limited ingredient formula for pets who can't eat multiple proteins. I still would recommend this food as it is a good quality food.

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from NC North Carolina

I was feeding my very picky boxer cooked chicken thighs during the winter months to help keep some weight on her, now its warming up decided to try a dry food. So one day I stopped at Petco and asked the Rep what she would suggest for a picky eater and she pointed out this product: Real Duck sweet potato, bought a small bag just to try and went back this week to get a big bag!! Baby girl loved it! I was amazed how she went right to it the first time. My mom's dog is a picky eater too, and I am taking her a sample this weekend when I go visit!


Thank you Merrick!


from North Dakota, United States

A month ago I started our 10 yr shihtzu, Max, on grain free kibble. The difference in 2 weeks was already noticeable. In the past 8 years Max was to 6 different vets. It started as occasional ear infections, vomitting bile frequently, sore swollen feet and pads. Then turning to red, sore, itchy skin that would get weepy, hair lose on belly and an awful yeasty smell. Vets would prescribe several different meds, ointments, ear drops, medicated shampoo, do skin scrapings that showed yeast, and last summer punch biopsies in 6 different locations. He was on prescription Royal Canine PD for several years. About all that helped with was the vomitting bile no longer occurred. This winter I was to the point of thinking maybe there wasn't much more that could be done for him. After reading your reviews I figured we had nothing to lose. Max is now a different dog! Active, happy, hair is growing back, skin is no longer irritated looking and the terrible odor is gone!! I wish I would have found it sooner and that just 1 of 6 vets would have suggested trying to feed grain free.




from PA, United States

WOW!! What a difference this food makes. I switched from a very popular performance dogfood, that most exhibitors use, to Merrick and the difference in her skin and coat was outstanding. Although the other dog food was ok, I had to add canned food, just so they would eat the entire bowl. Most of the time I ended up throwing away almost a 1/3 of the food. What a waste. Not with Merrick. The minute they hear the velcro seal unzip, they stop whatever they're doing and high tail it straight to the kitchen. This is an outstanding product and I hope they're here to stay!


Wonderful food, our puppy loves it!!!


from Roodhouse, IL, United States

I bought this food for our puppy to start switching her over as soon as we brought her home. We have now had her for 7 months, and she still thinks meal times are just big treat sessions. She loves it! She is so healthy and shiny. Everyone at her vet always comment on how beautiful and healthy she looks (she loves her vet, and we stop in for visits). We take her everywhere and people always comment on her beautiful coat, so we get to brag on Merrick for that. Thank you for being committed to using quality ingredients!


Picky Eater!


from San Jose, CA, United States

We have a very picky, female lab who will turn her nose up at nearly everything. We recently switched her to this recipe when her regular food became increasingly difficult to find. She is also a champ at finding pills, no matter what we hide them in and spitting them out, so we wanted something with supplements to make things easier. Typically, she will not even entertain the suggestion of a new food, when she does it is after much coercion. To our very great surprise and relief, she immediately took to it and ate the whole bowl! It only costs a few dollars more than the food she was on (eukanuba Labrador formula) but she is much more enthusiastic about eating. Since she is a lab, we have had to be very conscientious about her weight, with the healthy ingredients in this food, we don't have to stress as much as long as we stick to the recommended servings. As soon as our 4 month old Doberman Shepherd is done with her current bag of food, we will be switching her, and possibly our cat, to the respective recipes. Very satisfied!


Want to like it, but...


from Atlanta

We switched to Merrick Real Texas Beef and Sweet Potato (38% protein) a couple of years ago largely because one of our older guys was a little anemic. Vet suggested giving him more protein so we found a very high protein dog food and even sprinkled ground beef on his food. None of our three dogs had any issue that we could tell. Sadly, two of those three guys are gone now but our 9yo Golden (with the cast iron stomach) continued on, drooling before every meal just as he has done since about one year old. A couple of months ago we brought in a new guy, another GR (this one from Turkey). For his first few weeks in this country he was on another brand's LID recipe with fish as the protein source. No problems reported by his foster. We switched him to Merrick RTBSP. No problem at first but within a couple of weeks he developed diarrhea. After a couple of days a trip to the vet. Well, their is bad bacteria (clostridium) so antibioitic (metrodazinole) for six days. He responded immediately. A couple of days after finishing meds, mucousy stool, precursor to diarrhea, coming back. Vet says is possible the most virulent bacteria were not killed or he reinfected (not likely) so try another six days. Stool firms up within a day. A couple days after meds we go again. We talked about it...let's change the food. I got a LID recipe from another premium brand. Almost overnight improvement began. After four is in the past and he is actually acting a little perkier. So, I cannot give it a high rating. Probably just this guy's chemistry but I am unsure at this point.


My Rescue Pup Deserves the BEST!!!


from Bloomingdale, NJ

Dear Merrick, I would like to start off by saying how much my pup Rockie LOVES your food, treats & bones, as do I. My mother (the research Queen) recommended your product to me & I'm happy to say I'm very pleased. Merrick products are a great way for me to keep my pup happy, healthy & active. I also tell all my fellow fur mommies to get Merrick dog/cat food & treats for their pets. Our pup Rockie was a six month old pit-mix puppy on Death Row at a NYC shelter, until my boyfriend & I rescued him last summer. About 2 months after we took Rockie home I had a really bad MS relapse & he stayed by my side once I returned home from the hospital, especially when I had to take my at-home steroid infusion to treat the relapse. He has been my Rock through so much since we've taken him home & it's hard to tell who has rescued who? So many of my friends comment "it's just a dog" but he is so much more, he's the reason I am walking over 2 miles a day & staying active is essential for someone with a neurological debilitating disease. I eventually want to get Rockie licensed to be a service dog so I can show people how loving & therapeutic any pet can be & pit bulls are not evil. I feel Rockie has been & continues to be a huge part of my battle against Multiple Sclerosis. Keeping Rockie happy & healthy, keeps me happy & healthy!! :) Sincerely, Jamie & Rockie


great food


from nj

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    • Older Dogs
    • Smaller Dogs

    Comments about Merrick Grain Free Real Buffalo and Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food:

    great food that all my dogs really enjoy

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      • 2 pug, 1 german shepherd, 1 schipperke

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      from Austin

      My pit bull has been on this from birth to now, he just started on the adult version and as always he loves it. My dog is so healthy and this stuff is the reason!


      My dog loves it!


      from Gibby

      Very happy yellow lab. No more ear infections. Good food if you can afford. Get it at Bills wonderland of pets.

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