Is Merrick Lil’ Plates Dry Dog Food Good?
Merrick Lil’ Plates Dry Dog Food is a second top tier pet food with a 4-star rating — around 10% of all the pet food we review fall in this tier.
They seem to be higher in protein and less in carbs, contain mainly named animal products as main ingredients, and a decent amount of meat. We recommend this!
What We like
- High Protein — over 35%!
- Consists Mostly Good Quality Ingredients
- Use Organic Minerals to Improve Absorption
- Aid Digestion with Probiotics
- No Potential Allergens like Corn, Soy, Gluten, and Dairy products
What We Concern
- More than 34% Carbs
- Contain Ingredients that might be Uncertain
Recipes could have different ingredients in the same product line. We rate each recipe and list them from higest to lowest ratings.
TipsRecipes have different ratings, and some of the recipes contains grains.
Recipe to review
To rate Merrick Lil’ Plates Dry Dog Food, we will take one representative recipe to evaluate the nutrition, ingredients and meat content of this product line.
We have chosen Lil' Plates Grain Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato with Raw Bites.
Pet food show guaranteed analysis on their labels. It includes moisture and does not reflect the level of carbs — which we prefer lower for dogs and as low as possible for cats.
Calculate the dry value (no moisture) on a dry matter basis will help us to estimate the carbs level and other nutrition without water — so we can get a better idea about the ratio.
(We think the ideal nutrition profile would be Protein > Fat > Carbs)
|Nutrition||Our Ideal||Dry Value||Like?|
|Protein||30% or more||38%|
|Fat||15% or more||19%|
|Carbs||Less than 28%||30%|
|Fiber||Less than 5%||3.9%|
52 ingredients are listed on the label. We research their quality to pet and use our best judgement to group them in the proportion of Prefer, Concerned, and Notice ingredients in the bar chart.
Deboned ChickenAnimal Protein
Chicken MealAnimal Protein
Turkey MealAnimal Protein
PeasCarbs, Plant Protein
Whitefish MealAnimal Protein
Dried Egg ProductAnimal Protein
Natural FlavorFood Additive
Chicken LiverAnimal Protein
Organic Dehydrated Alfalfa MealCarbs, Plant Protein
Iron Amino Acid ComplexSupplement
Zinc Amino Acid ComplexSupplement
Sodium SeleniteFood Additive
Manganese Amino Acid ComplexSupplement
Copper Amino Acid ComplexSupplement
Yucca Schidigera ExtractCarbs
Vitamin E SupplementSupplement
Vitamin B12 SupplementSupplement
Vitamine A AcetateSupplement
Menadione Sodium Bisulfite ComplexSupplement
Vitamin D3 SupplementSupplement
Mixed TocopherolsFood Additive
Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation ProductProbiotics
Citric AcidFood Additive
Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation ProductProbiotics
Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation ProductProbiotics
Dried Enterococcus Faceium Fermentation ProductProbiotics
Dried Lactobaccillus Acidophilus Fermentation ProductProbiotics
TipsMost ingredients are considered as clear ingredients, but we do find 6 Concerned and 1 Notice ingredients from Lil' Plates Grain Free Real Chicken + Sweet Potato with Raw Bites. Check from the above list to view the details.
- Dried Egg Product
- Natural Flavor
- Sodium Selenite
- Citric Acid
- Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex
Estimated Meat Content
Some pet food uses high plant protein ingredients to boost up the overall protein level — to make it looks like it includes a lot of meat, which is more appealing for customers.
Therefore, protein level itself cannot tell the quality and how much animal ingredients (more digestible than plants) is in the pet food.
1 / 7 (14%)in top 7 ingredients
38%in dry matter
By looking at the plant protein in top ingredients and compare with the total protein level, we will try to estimate how much animal ingredients is used in the pet food as Meat Content.
Based on my "godly" guess, the meat content might be Medium to high !
It looks like it contains a significant amount of meat and majority of the protein should come from animal sources. Your furbabies will like it like I do!
Merrick Lil’ Plates Dry Dog Food Product Line Review
To make a conclusion about the whole product line, we will consider all recipes and their average nutrition ratio.
Recipes Average Compares to Ideal Level
In the total of 9 recipes, the group has an average of 35% protein, 17% fat and 34% carbohydrate.
（Protein and Fat: Prefer Higher丨Carbs: Prefer Lower）
- Protein is 5 (%) higher than ideal
- Fat is 2 (%) higher than ideal
- Carbs is 6 (%) higher than ideal
What does it mean?Overall,Merrick Lil’ Plates Dry Dog Food has an carbs level that is higher than our preferred level.
Throughout the review, we have 3 major opinons about this pet food line:
- Quite attractive protein and/or carbs level
- Major ingredients from animals
- Medium to high level of meat content
Based on these, we can conclude Merrick Lil’ Plates Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 4 star rating.
Do we recommend Merrick Lil’ Plates Dry Dog Food ?It is a good quality above average pet food that we recommend.
The review is entirely our own view and opinon. It is for informational reference only and not a purchase advice.