MERRICK Lil' Plates Grain-Free Chicken-Free Real Salmon + Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Dry Dog Food, 12-lb bag -

Merrick Lil' Plates Grain-Free Chicken-Free Real Salmon & Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food

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About This Item


  • Made in the USA!
  • Made from real deboned salmon.
  • Features glucosamine and chondroitin to help maintain healthy hips and joints.
  • Features omega fatty acids to help promote a healthy skin and coat.
  • Features probiotics to help support digestion.

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Nutritional Information

Feeding Instructions

About Merrick 'Lil Plates

Big Nutrition for Small Breeds

No matter how small your dog might be, there’s nothing little about his dietary needs! Merrick Lil’ Plates caters to the big appetites of small breed pups with a delicious line of dry food, silky wet food pates, bite-sized morsels in gravy wet foods, and bite-sized chewy treats. These grain-free recipes deliver huge flavor and big-time, quality nutrition for small breed dogs.

Quality Protein

The #1 ingredient in Lil’ Plates is high-quality protein like real meat, fish or poultry for healthy energy and muscles.

Healthy Digestion

The grain-free recipes include whole foods and no gluten, artificial colors or preservatives.

Sized Small for Tiny Dogs

The dry recipes and treats are sized for tiny mouths, and the wet pate and chunky recipes come in single-serve portions.

See the Difference

Crafted in Hereford, Texas and cooked in the US, these recipes include whole foods and probiotics in the dry kibble.

About Merrick

The Merrick story began over 30 years ago and their main goal has always been to make the best pet food possible. They use premium ingredients from real, whole foods, combining them to create nutrient-rich recipes that make a difference in how your pet looks and feels. Merrick is all about staying true to their roots, so they still handcraft recipes in the original Hereford, Texas kitchen where Garth Merrick started the company. They also partner with organizations that share their love of pets.

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Questions & Answers

9 Customer Questions

Is this dog food contain mercury and ethoxyquin?
Answer by ChewyOct 16, 2018
Merrick's salmon and tuna varieties have been tested and the results are well below the allowable level of mercury. The maximum level of mercury allowed in all seafood is 1 ppm. None of their products contain ethoxyquin.

Does this food contain any chicken, beef, pork? My dog is allergic to all of these items. Thanks.
Answer by ChewyApr 08, 2019
This food does not contain chicken, beef, or pork. The full list of ingredients can be found by clicking the 'Nutritional Info' tab.

do you know what the sodium content is
Answer by ChewyOct 17, 2018
The sodium content for the Merrick Lil' Plates Grain Free Real Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe will be 0.59% as fed.

Is the salmon in the product wild harvested of farm raised?
Answer by ChewyNov 23, 2020
Whenever wild-caught salmon is available, it is sourced for this diet. When not available, farm-raised Salmon from the Pacific Northwest is used to ensure the recipe is still available.

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Rated 4.4094 out of 5 stars
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127 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Annie on Feb 4, 2023

nummies for Lucy

yes she will eat this food, it was a recommended food, I feed my yorkie another wet style food and keep this by her water in case she gets hungry or I didnt give enough of the other food.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Sebrina on Nov 7, 2022

Would not eat

I have two Teddy bear dogs and neither of them liked this food. They love dried freeze dried salmon treats and one is allergic to poultry so I thought this would be a good alternative but nope both refused to eat Although I must say the dog food itself is high quaility with good nutrition

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By vgad on Mar 6, 2023


Not good. it has meta bi sulfate preservative. bought by mistake

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Enzo on Sep 8, 2022

Not his favorite but helps with his itching

Enzo eats FreshPet chicken for lunch and this for dinner. I’ve tried dry chicken food for dinner but switched to this in hopes to improve itching skin. I wasn’t sure it worked until switching back to dry chicken for dinner—he started itching like crazy. I’m going back to this. He gets more excited about chicken flavor at dinner, but he eventually goes to the bowl and eats it. I really wish it came in a smaller bag though. A 6 lb dog doesn’t go through it very fast, especially since I only feed it at half his meals. I store it in zipper bags in the freezer but seems like a waste of freezer space and plastic pollution.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By CesarB on Jul 22, 2022

Perfect for small dogs

This dog food is really high quality with very nutritious ingredients that your pets will love. The packaging is really nice and elegant. The size of the granules are small so they are perfect for small dogs and I really liked that. I will definitely be purchasing this after this bag because it has been really nice to my dogs enjoy it and eat it all when they eat. I am very happy I got to try this brand and product for my dogs so I really appreciate it and I hope my review helps others and they decide to give this dog food a try.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By rockychiwi on Jul 31, 2022

good food for my adult doggy

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. When I first got it, I wasn't sure if my dog would like it since he could be picky sometimes. He seemed to enjoy this food and I like that it meets his needs and that it will be benefiting him as he's getting older. If you have a small dog and are looking for a particular type of food for them, this is a good option. It has good ingredients and I think it’s a good choice for my dog.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on Jul 21, 2022

Dog wouldn’t eat it

I received this product free in exchange for my honest review, and unfortunately my dog refused to eat it. First impression, I thought the product looked great and smelled really strong. I tried feeding it to my pup, and he wouldn’t touch it. I tried again another day and he kept trying to rub his face into it when I put one piece on the floor. He’s a bit picky, but he’s never refused food to the point of refusing to even put it in his mouth. Not sure what the issue is, but sad to say I can’t recommend this based on my Maltese’s reaction.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By cesarb9 on Jul 20, 2022

Great dog food

This dog food is very high quality. The ingredients are very healthy and nutritious for your pets. They will love it so much and always want to eat. The packaging is so nicely designed. The size of the food is perfect for small dogs so I would definitely recommend giving this dog food a try for your pets. It smells nice so your dogs will definitely be jumping to try to eat already. Incentivized.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Flota77 on Jul 7, 2022

Great nutrition mix!

The Merrick real salmon and sweet potato recipe has a small perfect kibble bite for any small dog. It’s natural dry food for dogs with added vitamins, minerals and nutrients. My 5-years old dog is a picky eater, and she didn't even want to try it, the strong odor of salmon makes her not want to eat the food.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Kristincaye on Jul 7, 2022

Doggo did not approve

After taking the bag out of the box, I could immediately smell the salmon. I’m not a fan of seafood scents and this was really strong. I first put a small handful next to my dog’s bowl. He sniffed it and wouldn’t eat it. I then mixed some in with his current food and he sniffed his food bowl and then ate around this food and only ate his food. Unfortunately, this is wasn’t a hit in our house.