dog food allergies

Limited Ingredient Dog Food for Dogs with Sensitivities Debuts

dog food allergies

One of the most popular questions we are asked at Fidose of Reality is what sort of food to feed a dog. Remember the great dog food scare a few years ago? Dog parents became more diligent about what they feed their precious canine family members as a result.

Last week, we attended the pet industry’s only conference dedicated exclusively to pet bloggers and lifestyle bloggers with a pet focus: BlogPaws. While there, the folks at Merrick asked us to stop by their booth, learn about their new line, and take part in some Broadway fun. Here’s what we learned and want you to know about feeding the new Merrick Limited Ingredient diet to your dog(s):

Are Dogs Created Equally?

No two dogs are the same, just like people. I may like steak and you might despise red meat. Some people like duck while others prefer turkey. Dogs are the same way. Eating the same meal day in and day out can get boring for dogs. The old adage of “let the bowl there, he’ll eat it if he is hungry enough” is just that: an old and antiquated way of thinking. Pets are family, right?

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My little boy only deserves the best and so does your dog.

For dogs who have food sensitivities, the choices are limited as to what they can eat, so the folks at Merrick decided to do something about it. Here’s what I learned. This is he sort of information I would want to know if researching a new dog food to feed my dog with food sensitivities:

  • Ingredients like grains + gluten have been left out of this recipe as some dogs have sensitivities to these ingredients.
  • The single source deboned protein provides amino acids, vitamins and minerals that dogs need daily.
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
  • Made in with all-natural ingredients sourced in the USA.
  • Easy-to-understand ingredients and right from the bag: Deboned Lamb, Lamb Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Potatoes, Pea Protein, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavor, Organic Alfalfa, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate), Choline Chloride, 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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Available in canned and kibble varieties including:

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You can click here for the guaranteed nutritional analysis from the Merrick Limited Ingredient Diets for dogs. It is also available for cats, so all you bi-petual households, rejoice.

Now without further ado, here’s our Broadway debut and try to spot Fidose of Reality’s founder, aka ME, in the video. Tell me the counter spot in the comments below and I will send you a surprise in the snail mail from all folks who comment with the video location over the next week.

Bonus: Every person who took part in this video is receiving $250 of Merrick Pet Food to their favorite 501(c)3 shelter, and we have selected NYC Second Chance Rescue for this. That’s close to 60 people getting this food: Imagine the lives affected. Thanks Merrick! The spotlight is on you!

Do you feed your dog a rotating or limited ingredient diet?

Note: We were not compensated to share this information; we just believing in sharing useful information from a health and wellness perspective that would be of interest to Fidose of Reality readers. 

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  1. We have a fur kid with many food intolerances. Bet you can guess I was more than happy to read this post. Bummer! He has sensitivities to potatoes and probably peas. His Zignature does have peas and it seems to be working, but potatoes and sweet potatoes are a real deal breaker at our house. We continue searching and, fingers crossed, hope that you keep finding new foods and sharing the information. Thanks and a big thank you for sharing the ingredients!!

  2. Saw the video and loved it! Made me chuckle out loud 🙂 Shiner has loved all of the Merrick food she’s tried so far (not this one yet though). Especially their canned food.

  3. Even though I do not have a dog, I think this brand is great because it is catering to a growing sector that only want a handful of ingredients in their pets food.

  4. I think it is fantastic that there are options out there like this for dogs who need it 🙂

  5. We love Merrick! Its what we feed! I do love your Broadway debut! It makes me even happier to think that the equivalent of about 5-6 bags was donated to each shelter!

  6. Bentley was beyond thrilled to get to experience their rabbit and duck flavors. Both are cool proteins that he can enjoy without an allergic reaction! Merrick is awesome and OMD! that video is priceless!

  7. This is a wonderful option for pups who need something like this! So glad that there are options, I know a few people with dogs who need special diets!

  8. Ok that video was just absolutely adorable!!!! When I saw you post this on your instagram yesterday I knew I had to come by and see the full thing!! hahahaha! Well done everyone!!!! BTW your counter spot in the video was exactly 1 minute and 35 seconds 😉
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  9. I love that their is an option for dogs with food sensitivities. This is perfect for my older dog (14) who has recently started having food issues.

  10. We just love Merrick. We switched to their food after we first worked with them a year ago. They are a great company and super fun too!

  11. All Dogs are not crated equal. One thing works for one Dog will not work for another. I’m liking that more people are taking the time make quality Dog Food

  12. I love feeding my dogs Merrick canned foods as a treat because the flavors and packaging are so fun! But they’re pretty ingredient heavy. This new single-source line is awesome for sensitive dogs!

  13. I don’t have animals but I will definitely spread the word to my neighbor who has a ton of cats and dogs

  14. I hope our new puppy doesn’t develop food allergies. Good to know there’s a food option out there though if he ever needed it.

  15. I’ve heard good things about this dog food. I have never tried it for my dogs but we have a brand that the dogs enjoy and we can buy in bulk.

  16. I just learned that dogs can have a similar form of celiacs! We changed my parents dogs diet from grain and gluten free and seriously he is a different dog. I will have to tell my mom about this food

  17. Love that there’s many food choices out there for pets needing limited ingredients. 1 min 36 seconds was my favorite part of the video! 🙂

  18. This is one food that I feed my dog without hesitation. I’ve chosen Merrick because of my dog’s food sensitivities. I recommend this food without reservation.

    1. So sad we never got a photo – I kept admiring Rama and never got a chance to do selfies and hugs – booo on me. It was a fun booth!

  19. What also works well is adding tuna and fish oil to their diet. My Alsatian has a sensitive tummy and I started mixing the cat’s tuna and he loves it! Importantly, his tummy is settled.

  20. So, should I experiment until I found out what my dog likes, and stick with it, or should I change my dog’s diet from time to time? Thanks

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