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Rating Your Dog Food

 

A = 94-100  

B=86-93

C=78-85

D=70-77

F=69 or lower

 

 

    • Alpo Prime Cuts........................................................Score   81  C
    • Aretmis Large/Medium Breed Puppy......................... Score 114  A+
    • Authority Harvest Baked............................................Score 116  A+
    • Authority  Harvest Baked Less Active.........................Score   93  B
    • Beauwulf Back to Basics.............................................Score  101 A +
    • Beneful by Purina.......................................................Score   17  F
    • Bil-Jac Select..............................................................Score   68  F
    • Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice.................................Score    83 C
    • Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice....................................Score 106 A+
    • Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice........................................Score 113 A+
    • Burns Chicken and Brown Rice...................................Score 107 A+
    • Canidae.....................................................................Score 112 A+
    • Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lovers Soul:Large Breed.Score 118 A+
    • Chicken Soup Senior..................................................Score 115 A+
    • Diamond Maintenance...............................................Score   64 F
    • Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice....................................... Score  92 B
    • Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula............................Score  99 A
    • DiamondPerformance.................................................Score  85 C
    • Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium........Score 122 A+
    • Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Venison & Br Rice...Score 106 A+
    • Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato..............................Score 106 A+
    • EaglePack Holistic.......................................................Score 102 A+
    • Eukanuba Large Breed Adult.......................................Score   83 C
    • Eukanuba Lamb andRice.............................................Score   87  B
    • Eukanuba Puppy.........................................................Score   79  C
    • Flint River Senior........................................................Score 101  A+
    • Foundations...............................................................Score 106 A+
    • Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold........Score   93 B
    • Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium...................Score   73 D
    • Iams Puppy.................................................................Score   89 B
    • Iams Senior.................................................................Score   85 C
    • Innova Dog.................................................................Score 114 A+
    • Innova Evo..................................................................Score 114 A+
    • Innova Large Breed Puppy...........................................Score 122 A+
    • Kibbles and Bits..........................................................Score   44  F
    • Kirkland Lamb and Rice..............................................Score   97 A
    • Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables.......Score 110 A+
    • Maxxium Lamb and Rice.............................................Score   93  B
    • Member's Mark Chicken and Rice................................Score   84  C
    • Merrick Wilderness Blend............................................Score  127 A+
    • Merrick Puppy.............................................................Score  129 A+
    • Nature's Recipe...........................................................Score  100 A
    • Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice............Score  116 A+
    • Nature's Variety Raw Instinct.......................................Score  122 A+
    • Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice.....Score    81 C
    • Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy.........................Score  101 A+
    • Nutrisource Lamb and Rice..........................................Score   87  B
    • Nutro Max Adult..........................................................Score   93  B
    • Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice............................Score   98  A
    • Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy......................Score   87  B
    • Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free.......................Score   86  B
    • Nutro Natural Choice Senior.........................................Score   95 A
    • Nutro Ultra Adult.........................................................Score  104 A+
    • Nutro Ultra Puppy........................................................Score    97 A
    • Ol Roy Complete Nutrition...........................................Score      9 F
    • Orijen Large Breed Puppy.............................................Score  119 A+
    • Pedigree Adult Complete..............................................Score   14  F
    • Pedigree Complete Nutrition.........................................Score   42  F
    • Pedigree Puppy.............................................................Score   66  F
    • Pedigree Lamb and Rice................................................Score   50  F
    • Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice...................................Score   23  F
    • Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry..Score 109 A+
    • Pro Nature Puppy..........................................................Score   80 C
    • Pro Plan Large Breed.....................................................Score   68 F
    • Pro Plan Puppy..............................................................Score   71 D
    • Pro Plan Selects Turkey & Barley Score...........................Score 104 A+
    • Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach............................................Score   94 A
    • Purina Beneful...............................................................Score   17  F
    • Purina Dog....................................................................Score   62  F
    • Purina Come-n-Get It....................................................Score  16   F
    • Purina One Large Breed Puppy.......................................Score   62  F
    • Royal Canin Boxer..........................................................Score 103 A+
    • Royal Canin Bulldog.......................................................Score 100 A+
    • Royal Canin German Shepherd.......................................Score 104 A+
    • Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult.....................................Score 106 A+
    • Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+........................Score   63 F
    • Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies..............................Score   69  F
    • Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice...................................Score   97  A
    • Solid Gold.......................................................................Score   99  A
    • Summit...........................................................................Score   99  A
    • Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry.........................Score  120  A+
    • Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula............................Score  112  A+
    • Wellness Super 5 Mix Chicken.........................................Score 110  A+
    • Wellness Puppy...............................................................Score 118  A+
    • Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold........................Score   97  A

 

How To Grade Your Dog Food

Start with a grade of 100:Feed your dog the best you can afford.  It pays off in the long run!

  • For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points

  • For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat,  meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points.

  • If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points

  • For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source,  subtract 5 points

  • If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the  first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", 

  •                       “rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points

  • If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than  2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3

  • If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

  • If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points

  • If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points

  • If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil,  subtract 2 points

  • If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is  allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

  • If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points

  • If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't  allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

  • If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't  allergic to beef), subtract 1 point

  • If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:

  • If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points

  • If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points

  • If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

  • If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

  • If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

  • If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points

  • If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points

  • If the food contains barley, add 2 points

  • If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points

  • If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

  • If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

  • For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point

  • If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point

  • If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point.


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