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Purina Pro Plan is not bad at all. I sometimes feed the canned version as a treat or in a frozen Kong.

I think its a tad overpriced but the nutrient profile is solid.

Btw... Nestle Purina owns Merrick
 

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Pet stores are businesses and characterization (marketing) of foods is always going to have profit motive elements to it along with market studies to highlight what foods are on trend to sell most easily etc.

I think you're seeing something of a mix of the trend towards grain free and boutique type foods along with the negatives on the Purina brand from its truly junky lines of food which most of those other brands don't have (or they don't label with their brand even if same manufacturer)
My main dislikes on the Pro Plan are synthetic Vitamin K and animal fats rather than named fats, the heavy use of corn and grain by products is not necesarily nutritionally bad but part of what makes it overpriced IMO

I suggest a side by side comparison in text of the ingredients and nutrient profile (fat, protein etc) of the Pro Plan Savor and each of the other foods you have tried. Two things come to mind that you might discover-- one is that the Pro Plan has similar and sufficient nutrients protein etc and the other is that it does not have something that all the others do, such as peas maybe, which is what your dog dislikes.

If you find a common ingredient in the other foods but not in the Pro Plan, you could try another brand that you like better which also lacks that ingredient.
 
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