Merrick recently introduced four new all-natural, grain free and gluten free dog treats: Merrick Power Bites, Merrick Premium Dental Chews, Merrick Kitchen Bites and Merrick Jerky Chip Treats. Made in the US with limited US-sourced ingredients that are easy to recognize and not ingredients that are hard to pronounce or things we have no idea what they are, Merrick created chewy, crunchy and dental treats to suit every dog’s taste. I’ve had the chance to taste each new treat and here’s what I can tell you:
Merrick Power Bites are the chewy treats whereas Merrick Kitchen Bites and Merrick Jerky Chip Treats are the crunchy kind. And the Merrick Premium Dental Chews are of course, dental chews. The treats are available in several flavors and they come in various sizes, shapes and textures.
Merrick Power Bites are protein-packed, bite-size, star-shaped chewy treats that can be used for training and rewarding. They are the meatiest but smallest of the four newly introduced treats. Available in four flavors: Real Texas Beef, Real Chicken, Real Pork, Turducken, Real Salmon and Peanut Butter & Sweet Potato.
Merrick Premium Dental Chews are the only dental chews I know that are all natural, grain free and gluten free. Most other brands are one or a combination of those, but not all four. Made without sorbic acid and sodium copper chlorophyllin, the dental chews are chicken flavored! Available in five varieties, there are three different shapes and textures: bones (Mini Brush Bones, Li’l Brush Bones, Big Brush Bones), straight asymmetrical sticks (Texas Toothpicks) and a wavy zig-zag kind of shape (Flossies). I’ve tried the Mini Brush Bones even though they’re meant for dogs 5-15 lb., and I’ve also tried the Texas Toothpicks and the Flossies (both for dogs 15 lb. or more). The bones are classic, but what you might not know is that the Texas Toothpicks can be broken into smaller pieces, which helps control the chewing pace. But if you want your dog to have more fun while chewing their dental chew, you might want to get the Flossies because they’re basically edible toys.
Merrick Kitchen Bites are the most classic of the new dog treat lineup. They are oven-baked biscuits inspired by Merrick canned food and made with deboned meat, fruits, vegetables and flaxseed. They’re also shaped after the flavor (e.g. pie slice shape for the Grammy’s Pot Pie biscuits). Available in six flavors: Grammy’s Pot Pie, Brauts-n-Tots, Turducken, Cowboy Cookout, Wingalings Applewood Bacon, Wingalings Hickory Smoked.
Merrick Jerky Chip Treats are oven-baked treats with a twist. They are a cross between cookie and jerky—- think chocolate chip cookies for dogs minus the chocolate plus jerky. The treats are very similar to the Castor & Pollux Organix Jerky Chip Cookies, except they are gluten free and grain free. Available in four flavors: Real Chicken, Real Beef, Real Salmon & Potato and Real Lamb & Potato.
Verdict? Well, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a preference. My favorite treats in order of preference are:
- Premium Dental Chews
- Power Bites
- Jerky Chip Treats
- Kitchen Bites
I mean, how could I not put the dental chews on the number one spot? They are everything: super healthy, fun to eat, chicken flavored, they maintain my pearly whites and help with the not-always-great breath.
Which of the new treats do you think would be your dog’s favorite? Have you treated them to any of Merrick’s new grain free treats? Send me a tweet @SawyerTheLab and let me know!
After reading extensively about the best types of dog food and diets, I learned that a grain free diet is one of the most recommended. It’s the way to go for dogs that are affected by food allergies (wheat, corn, etc.), sedentary lifestyles, or being overweight. In my case, the vet recommended I eat more protein and less fiber because that’s what’s healthy for me, but your dog’s needs may be different from mine. While fiber helps prevent constipation, too much of it causes nutrient absorption and water retention problems. Am I overweight? Depends on who you ask. Dog show people say I look good or that I could use a few more pounds. Meanwhile, the vet suggests I get rid off a few pounds given my hip condition. The less I weigh, the better.
It only makes sense— since I’m already eating grain free kibble— that I also snack on grain free treats. And these new Merrick treats really do get my tongue and tail wagging!
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