The variety pack we chose to check out is the mini medley that includes three different varieties: Petite Pot Pie (in gravy), Itsy Bitsy Beef Stew, and Tiny Thanksgiving Day Dinner (in gravy). Honestly, when we got this box, we didn't notice the in gravy nor the mini medley. One of our pups always has an issue with food in gravy (yep, he get the runs), so we tend to steer clear of it. But, more on that shortly.
As you know, we always pay close attention to the ingredient list of all the food we test. We were quite pleased with what we saw in the Lil' Plates. Here are the first five ingredients of each variety (remember, ingredients are listed in descending order so you always want to pay special attention to the first several ones listed):
- Petite Pot Pie - Deboned chicken, chicken broth, turkey broth, chicken liver, dried egg whites.
- Itsy Bitsy Beef Stew - Beef, beef broth, venison broth, beef liver, dried egg whites.
- Tiny Thanksgiving Day Dinner - Deboned turkey, turkey broth, chicken broth, chicken liver, deboned chicken.
These ingredients are solid and protein rich! No grain, no by-products, no gluten, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. This product is made in the United States, Texas to be specific, and uses locally sourced ingredients. So we really like that, too!
Now, onto the taste test!
We gave everyone a normal serving, but we gave our "gravy-adverse' pup (Alexander) a small sample serving. Everyone gobbled it up! Over the course of several meals, we put the food on top of kibble and we sometimes mixed it in with the kibble. We also tried all three of the different flavors and all of them were met with wagging tails and dancing paws!
We also gradually increased Alexander's serving size, as well. It should also be noted that the gravy is way thicker that what you might expect. It's actually gravy consistency, not watery at all. And, we're very happy to report that Alexander didn't have any issue with loose or runny stool. That's pretty unheard of and we were quite happy that we found a food in gravy that he can safely enjoy!
The Merrick Lil' Plates Mini Medley variety pack is sold on Chewy in a 12-tray box (four of each flavor) and is a good price for a quality food! Although we were skeptical when we noticed we got a cuts in gravy style food, we were delighted about our mistake! We happily give this assortment an enthusiastic four out of four paws!
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