I know many dog parents believe in grain free and raw food for their dogs. I haven’t always been sold on the ideas, but the more I learn the more I am. We’ve been feeding grain free for a while, and Luke especially seems to benefit from it the most, with far less digestive issues than he had in the past. I’d love to take the jump to raw or homemade, because I believe that a high protein diet is very important, but I’m just not ready to take that on yet. So we do the best we can to choose high quality kibble and canned foods, and occasionally throw in some fresh cooked meat or veggies.
We got a nice surprise recently when Merrick Pet Care sent us a package with their new food called Backcountry to try. I love their idea of adding freeze-dried raw real meat pieces to a protein rich kibble. It seems like a good way to take another step towards feeding a more natural diet to my dogs.
Merrick’s tag line “Feed as nature intended” describes this all natural, grain free, high protein “ancestral” diet very well. What are some of the benefits of this new food? Not only is it high in protein with meat as the first ingredient, but it helps to:
- Avoid grain allergies and gluten intolerance. Our dogs don’t have these issues at this time, but by sticking to grain free I feel hopeful we can avoid them.
- Reducing grains can lead to better overall gastrointestinal health.
- High protein diets are highly digestible, leading to less stool volume, as well as better weight management and overall health.
- Ancestral diets are more calorie dense, so smaller portions can be fed.
This food is made in Merrick’s USA kitchen, with no ingredients from China. It contains industry leading levels of Omega 6 & 3’s, along with glucosamine and chondroitin, all excellent ingredients for joint health (this is very important to us). There are no artificial ingredients, and no corn, soy, or wheat.
I also like the unique proteins they use in their blends, such as rabbit, trout, venison, and quail. I believe that feeding unique proteins can help reduce allergies to common ingredients like chicken.
The dogs were so happy to give these foods a try! Because it was a small bag of kibble we received, and we have three dogs, I decided to use the kibble as training treats. This is actually a good way to see if they really like it too. Since mixing high value and low value treats is a great tool for training, this really worked out well with those freeze dried raw pieces in there, but honestly, the dogs liked the high protein kibble just as well as the special bites.
Plus they LOVED the wet food as seen in the photos below….they ate every last bite and licked their bowls clean!
This food is now available at your favorite pet supplies stores and online. The kibble is available in 4, 12, and 22 lb bags in 4 different recipes. The canned food comes in 7 flavors rich in meat, fresh vegetables, and hearty gravy. For more information, you can visit merrickpetcare.com.
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