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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2007
I bought this dog food based on several recommendations. My dog is not impressed though. He refuses to eat it unless I mix it with his old dog food (Purina Lamb and Rice). This has been going on for quite a while so I don't think it's just a resistance to change thing. Plus, he devours the puppy food put out for our other dog if he gets a chance. The puppy, however, loves this Cowboy Cookout and will eat it whenever she finds leftovers.

Overall I like the product. The ingredients list is easy to decipher and the real pieces of fruit and veggies running through it make it look appetizing. And Amazon's price is currently competitive. I just wish my dog liked it as much. I think I might have a future customer in the puppy though when she changes over from puppy food.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2011
My Westie is 4 years old and has always been the type to nibble throughout the day, even though we have always purchased high quality dog foods. This Merrick Cowboy Cookout is the one and only dog food that he will actually eat as soon as we give it to him - and he eats it all. He has gained 3 lbs since we started buying it (which is a lot for a 15 lb. dog - now 18, but still normal for Westies.) We also tried "Grammys Pot Pie" which he seemed to enjoy, but he has never loved any food better than this one. All dogs are different, but I definitely recommend trying Cowboy Cookout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Even my finicky Yorkie loves this dry dog food.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2011
So far, this brand has the highest quality ingredients that I've found for this price level ($40). Beef meal, pork meal, decent grains like barley and rice, no wheat or corn or significant amounts of junk space fillers like brewer's rice or beet pulp. I supplement it with occasional plain chicken, vegetables, etc.

My dog happily eats it all, but he's not exactly picky. He even stole some straight out of the bag at first. He passed a lot of gas while eating through the first bag (we mixed increasing amounts with his old food over about a week or two), but now on the 2nd bag of this Merrick, it's nothing major.

I'm planning on rotating between the different Merrick flavors or possibly going with Merrick's value brand, Whole Earth, if I like the ingredients.
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on December 22, 2011
Is this brand considered an upgrade from Royal Canin?
I have a very picky eater and he only ate the Chihuahua breed formula from RC but recently I've heard bad things about RC so I bought a bag of this Merrick food. I love the packaging and the ingredients list looked okay but I think I saw by-products as one of the first ingredients listed. He doesn't like it right now so we have to coax him with his old food and some bits of chicken. I don't know Merrick's reputation. I refuse to buy any brand that is found in a grocery store and I especially refuse to buy Iams due to their exposed testing on animals. The reviews sound great. I wanted a formula for seniors but Petco didn't carry any so I got cowboy cookout. Since eating it he seems a little more active.
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on June 13, 2012
There aren't a lot of beef-based, high-quality dog foods around, so it was great to find Merrick Cowboy Cookout, which my dogs eagerly eat. A positive for me is that the dogs don't fart much at all when I keep them on Cowboy Cookout.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2011
We absolutely LOVE Merrick pet food. But the third party reseller is either criminal in their handling of the packages and so rough that the package opens in the corners OR they know the package is open and ship it anyway. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and go with the former. If you handle the bags from the corners/top, then the packaging will open on you. Guess they don't know or have the muscles to pick the bag up by the middle. So from now on, no more ordering Merrick from Amazon.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2011
Merrick 5 star entrees for dogs comes in a variety of sizes (1lb., 5 lb., 15 lb., & 30 lb. bags) & flavors (turducken, puppy plate, senior medley, grammy's pot pie, thanksgiving day, wingaling, buffalo, salmon, & cowboy, etc.).

On average, Merrick costs bet. $1.69-$2.00 lb. Merrick also makes canned entrees which typically cost $1.98 oz. (24/5.5 oz.). It is to be noted that these are online distributer's prices.

Retail prices tend to be somewhat higher. They also make cat food.

Pros:

Most Merrick dry food products do not contain wheat, corn, & rye, etc. or other fillers. Their food does however contain barley & white rice. Merrick touts that their dog food is natural, & it states on the bag that it contains no preservatives.

Their product typically contains natural supplements for vision, breath, joint health, & some biomedical elements.

Cons:

I am not thoroughly convinced that they are truly all natural. On the label they list several questionable ingredients: Thiamine mononitrate, sodium selenite, pyriodoxine hydrochloride, enterococcus faecium, & cobalt proteinate, etc.

Merrick also falls short of the primary ingredient dogs need to maintain health & vitality, & shed reduction--protein. Their products typically contain over 45% whole grains, only 39% premium protein, 7% vitamins & minerals, 2.5% elements, & 6.5% chicken fat.

I tend to err on the side of natural ingredients for my entire household. I like the way Jack Lalanne put when he stated, "If man made it, don't eat it! Eat what God made!"

So, I'm sticking with God made poultry, fish, brown rice, peas, and carrots at between $0.69- $0.99 lb. for my animals.

It's much cheaper per pound, & I know what's in it. Plus, I have never seen a mother wolf feed her pups kibble--exactly what is kibble really?

For more information about the side effects and safety of these ingredients go to [...] to judge for yourself the benefits and hazards to your pet family members.
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