MERRICK Lil' Plates Grain-Free Small Breed Dry Dog Food Senior Real Chicken + Sweet Potato Recipe, 4-lb bag -

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

By Merrick
Rated 4.4538 out of 5 stars

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About This Item


  • Grain-free dry food for older dogs of small breeds.
  • Features real deboned chicken as the very first ingredient.
  • Developed with high levels of omega fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin.
  • Formed into a small kibble size with a crunchy texture to help reduce plaque and keep teeth clean.
  • Crafted in Hereford, TX and cooked in the USA.

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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

10 Customer Questions

Why do you only have a senior diet in CHICKEN?? is there any other options for a senior diet other than chicken
Answer by ChewyJan 15, 2018
At this time the manufacturer only has this formula available for senior dogs but they are always working on innovating and improving their products.

Is the Lil Plates the same dietary formula and the regular dry, but just a different size kibble?
Answer by ChewyJan 23, 2018
The recipes are the same, with the kibble being smaller in the Merrick Lil' Plates formula.

My Maltese is 8 years old. Should I be feeding her Senior dog food?
Answer by ChewyOct 07, 2017
Senior dog food should be fed to your dog around 7 years old and above.

What is roughly, the shelf life of an unopened bag of food?
Answer by ChewyDec 03, 2017
We encourage pet parents to check for a 'best if used by' date on the container. Most dry foods have a shelf life of up to one year.

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Rated 4.4538 out of 5 stars
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119 Customer Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By kaenik on Dec 25, 2022

Merrick Dog Food

Well I'm not sure why this dog food is so over priced, just my opinion. I won't buy it again, I'm sure it is good but so are a whole bunch of other brands

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By PeanutMom on Sep 28, 2022

Loves it but HUGE POOPS

My dog loves the flavor of this food and ate it all in one go so I had to give it to her in smaller portions throughout the day to make sure she doesn't binge it too quickly. However, one thing I've noticed for this food is that it gives my dog HUGE poops and I have to be careful to not couple it with wet food or she will have diarrhea from the richness.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Trish on Aug 24, 2022

Finally a food for small senior dogs!

Every other brand of dry senior dog food I’ve tried contained large kibble pieces and was not designed for small breeds. So happy to find this one so I can phase out the other brand. The difference in the sizes of the kibble is very apparent!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Vonni on Oct 31, 2022

First time

This is the first time I tried this product. My senior dogs enjoyed the food. It was easy for them to chew.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Maggie on Aug 11, 2022

loved the food but---

When I couldn't get my usual food, I decided to try this one. The 2 dogs ate it ok but then they both developed bowel issues. The older one really had a hard time. I know this can happen with any food but for both dogs to have same issue, I'd be super careful.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MineThatBird2 on Jul 14, 2022

Superfood for seniors

Thanks Chewy for working so hard to get this back in stock. Great nutrition for seniors & she likes it! Truth be known, she's spoiled & I cook for her but this added sneaks in nutrition. Other brands, she shoves with her nose till it's scattered (she thinks into oblivion I'm sure)

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Mitch on Sep 3, 2021

Weird smell

I got this food when my Morky's regular food was unavailable. She is a very picky eater and turns her nose up at most foods other dogs will readily eat. When I first opened the bag I noticed a strange smell which I can not really describe but, the kibble was small so, I thought I would try it. She won't touch it!!! I tried mixing it with some of her old food which I still had left. She ate her regular food and left the Merrick food outside her bowl.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Coopgal86 on Jul 10, 2021

Packaging is flawed

My dog has allergies and this food has been a great alternative to the $100 prescription bag we used to buy. However, today I received yet another bag that had a faulty closure on the bag. Typically it has a velcro-like closing which is great to keep the bag closed and the food fresh. My dog is small so it takes about 6 weeks to get through the bag and if I can't close it, by the end it is stale or that mushy consistency from the humidity. Once or twice I could handle but now it's more and more. Not happy at all with that flaw

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By csdesbonnes on Jul 14, 2021

More for tiny dogs not small dogs

I have two small chihuahua mixes 14lbs and 18lbs. They’ve been on regular Merrick dry and wet but they’re getting older and having some minor health issues, so we’ve been switching over to senior dry food and lil plates for wet food (dry/wet mix). I think I ordered this by mistake. The pieces are really small compared to the regular senior dry. They ate it but they were looking for bigger pieces and even gave us a look. Great for teeny pups, but mine not so much. Love Merrick and all of their products.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By SunShne on Jun 26, 2021

My dog loves this!!

My just turned 8 years old today, loves this small kibble dog food. He is pretty picky, I usually have to put a little strands of chicken mixed in, but he can’t handle to much protein these days as it gives him very soft Pooh. He’s better off with just dry food, but I haven’t found one he really likes till this very high quality (I would have given it 5 stars but its also rather expensive compared to the Nutro Ultra weight management I was feeding.) I’m still transitioning from the Nutro, he’s at 2/3drs Merrill to the 1/2 Nutro, but he eats it without chicken because he likes the Merrick. Since he is a little bow legged as he gets older, I am worried about his joints and Merrick includes some excellent ingredients for joint health as well as glucosamine. I only wish it was not so expensive .