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

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Top IngredientsDeboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Sweet Potatoes...Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal...Deboned Salmon, Salmon Meal, Whitefish Meal...Deboned Beef, Lamb Meal, Salmon Meal...
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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.

About Merrick Lil' Plates Dry Dog Food

Big Nutrition for Small Breeds

Your furry friend may be able to hide under the bed or nap comfortably in your lap, but there’s nothing little about your small dog’s dietary needs! Merrick Lil’ Plates caters to the big appetites of small breed pups with a delicious line of grain-free and grain-inclusive recipes that deliver big on high-quality nutrition.

Try the Merrick Difference

Merrick’s Lil’ Plates dry dog food recipes are made with real whole foods for superior nutrition and taste.

Quality Protein

The #1 ingredient in every Merrick Lil’ Plates recipe is always high-quality protein like real deboned meat, fish or poultry.

Digestive Support

Prebiotics and probiotic fiber help support nutrient absorption for optimal digestion.

Small Kibble Bites

Ideally sized for small breed dogs, to help clean teeth and reduce plaque.

See The Difference

Made with guaranteed levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for skin and coat health and glucosamine and chondroitin for healthy joints.

About Merrick

Merrick believes whole foods not only taste better, but are better for your pet, and handmade recipes are much better than scientific formulas. That's why Merrick's been making pet food in their own kitchen for more than 30 years. Produced in small batches, each recipe is closely monitored to ensure it delivers the perfect balance of nutrients guaranteed right on the label. Merrick makes food to be fuel, not filler, and their wide variety of protein-rich dry and canned foods and treats means your pet will enjoy every second of his meal.
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Questions & Answers

12 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.

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.

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.

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109 Customer Reviews

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 5 out of 5 stars
By Sunny on Jul 1, 2021

What's so special about this product?

Lemme' tell ya'. First of all I have a little Shitzu Llaso Apso mix. She's had some dental work and lost some teeth. It's soooo important that she have small kibbles and a diet designed for her age. I've tested and tried many - and this particular dog food is her favorite. I admit, we do give her a little bone broth drizzled on it, so she has an easier time chewing. Bottom line, she's at healthy weight, doesn't seem to have as bad of breathe/caking on her teeth now, eating mostly dry food with broth and no wet messy canned stuff, which all of them love I know. Anyway - it's the kibble size, that's so important. So many of the lil' kibble products 'for senior dogs'.... don't come in large bags. Nor do many stores consistently restock this item. I'm so tired of chasing around trying to find reliable suppliers. If you're like me, I hate this hit and miss thing going on everywhere, for every thing. I have to go to so many stores as it is, just to get the products I like for us humans. I applaud Chewy for just being there, one click and a few days to delivery and voila'.... it's here. "That works for me!"

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 .

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sylvanas on Sep 9, 2021

My baby loves this food

Sylvanas always ate Merrick.. I changed to this one because she is almost 11 and I wanted something easier to chew. Well she loves this and so do I!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Doggie on Aug 26, 2021

Dog did not like it, not even a little.

Not buying again. This is for sure. The dog did not even want it mixed with chicken. It sits in the bowl until I dump it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Bonnie on Aug 16, 2021

My dachshund loves it

My thirteen year old miniature dachshund loves this food! She needs good fiber, and a small size kibble. Perfect so far.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By TheDogfather on Apr 20, 2021

Excellent reviews from the Only One who counts!

Our little dog is finicky, so we found that a blend of brands with similar profiles works best. We recently re-introduced Merrick Lil' Plats Senior Kibble to the mix and she loves it! She often picks out some pieces of food and sets it aside for "Last Taste" and now she just gobbles it all together! Less mess for me to clean up - which is an added bonus in choosing her kibble.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Zoey on Apr 2, 2021
Top 1000 Contibutor

Small kibbles

My 12 year old Shih Tzu is getting pickier. She used to love her prescription Royal Canin GI low fat kibble then suddenly, not as much. I was forced to add something to it. I picked this one although it’s not low fat or low calorie. She seems to like it so far. Perfect kibble size for toy and small breed.