How to Rate your Dog Food

INGREDIENT
Points
(Add or Subtract)
New Score
For every listing of “By-Product”
-10
 
For every Non-Specific Animal Source (“Meat” or “Poultry”, Meat, Meal or Fat) reference
-10
 
For every Grain “Mill Run” or Non-Specific Grain Source
– 5
 
Same Grain ingredient used 2 or more times in the first 5 ingredients. 
(example: ground brown rice, brewer’s rice, and rice flour are all the same grain)
– 5
 
Corn listed in the top 5 ingredients
-2
 
Protein Sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients
– 3
 
If Lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources)
– 2
 
Food is Baked NOT Extruded
+ 5
 
Food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist
+ 5
 
Animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free
+ 2
 
Vegetables have been tested for pesticides and ARE Pesticide-Free
+ 1
 
Any of the meat sources are Organic
+ 5
 
For every different specific animal protein source, other than the 1st one.   (example: Count “chicken” & “chicken meal” as only 1 protein source, BUT count “chicken” & “fish” as 2 different sources)
+ 1
 
IF THE FOOD CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING:
BHA, BHT, or Ethoxyquin
– 10
 
Any Artificial Colorants
– 3
 
Ground Corn or Whole Grain Corn
– 3
 
Any Animal Fat (other than Fish Oil)
– 2
 
Soy or Soybeans
– 2
 
Salt
– 1
 
Wheat (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to wheat)
– 2
 
Beef (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to beef)
– 1
 
Fruit
+ 3
 
Barley
+ 2
 
Probiotics
+ 3
 
Vegetables (NOT Corn or Other Grains)
+ 3
 
Flax Seed Oil (not just the seeds)
+ 2
 
Oats or Oatmeal
+ 1
 
Sunflower Oil
+ 1
 
Glucosamine & Chondroitin
+ 1
 
TOTAL POINTS HERE
 

                                                                   
                                                                                                                                          
 100   +/-     =   _______   

Grade Scale

100+ = A+          94-100 = A          86-93 = B          78-85 = C          70-77 = D          69-below = F

SEE THE DOG FOODS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SCORED.  
For convenience we have listed the dog foods Alphabetically by Brand & then by Numerically by Score

Alphabetically by Brand
Brand
Score
Grade
Authority Harvest Baked
116
A+
Bil-Jac Select
68
F
Canidae
112
A+
Chicken Soup Senior
115
A+
Diamond Maintenance
64
F
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice
92
B
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula
99
A
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium
122
A+
Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato
106
A+
Eagle Pack Holistic
119
A+
Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken
114
A+
Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy
94
A
Eagle Pack Natural
94
A
Eukanuba Large Breed Adult
83
C
Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice
87  
B
Flint River Ranch (non-specific fat source)
92
B
Foundations
106
A+
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold
93
A
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium
73
D
Iams Large Breed
83
C
Innova Dog
114
A+
Innova Evo
114
A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables
110
A+
Kirkland Signature Puppy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable
108
A+
Natural Balance Duck and Potato
114
A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice
87
B
Nutro Chicken, Rice, & Oatmeal (non-specific fat source)  
85
C
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy
87
B
Nutro Natural choice Lamb and Rice 
85
C
Ol Roy
9
F
Pedigree Complete Nutrition
42
F
Pedigree Adult Complete
14
F
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice
23
F
Pro Plan All Breed
68
F
Pro Plan Natural Turkey & Barley
103
A+
Purina Beneful
17
F
Purina Dog
62
F
Purina Come-n-Get It
16
F
Royal Canin Bulldog
100
A+
Royal Canin Dachshund 28 Formula
97
A
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult
106
A+
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice
97
A
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+
63
F
Science Diet chicken adult maintenance
45
F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies
69
F
Solid Gold Bison
123
A+
Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison
136 
A+
Wellness Just for Puppy
117
A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken
110
A+
Solid Gold Wolfking Adult Dog (Bison)
97
A
Numerical by Score
Brand
Score
Grade
Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison
136 
A+
Solid Gold Bison
123
A+
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium
Score 122
A+
Eagle Pack Holistic
Score 119
A+
Wellness Just for Puppy
Score 117
A+
Authority Harvest Baked
Score 116
A+
Chicken Soup Senior
Score 115
A+
Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken
Score 114
A+
Innova Dog
Score 114
A+
Innova Evo
Score 114
A+
Natural Balance Duck and Potato
Score 114
A+
Canidae
Score 112
A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables
Score 110
A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken
Score 110
A+
Kirkland Signature Puppy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable
Score 108
A+
Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato
Score 106
A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult
106
A+
Foundations
106
A+
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley
103
A+
Royal Canin Bulldog
100
A+
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula
99
A
Royal Canin Dachshund 28 Formula
97
A
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice
97
A
Solid Gold Wolfking Adult Dog (Bison)
97 A
A
Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy
94 A
A
Eagle Pack Natural
94 A
A
Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb)
93 A
A
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice
92 B
B
Flint River Ranch (non-specific fat source)
92 B
B
Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice
87 B
B
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice
87 B
B
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy
87
B
Nutro Chicken, Rice, & Oatmeal (non-specific fat source)
85
C
Nutro Natural choice Lamb and Rice
85
C
Eukanuba Large Breed Adult
83
C
Iams Large Breed
83
C
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium
73
D
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies
69
F
Bil-Jac Select
68
F
Pro Plan All Breed
68
F
Diamond Maintenance
64
F
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+
63
F
Purina Dog
62
F
Science Diet chicken adult maintenance
45
F
Pedigree Complete Nu
42
F
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice
23
F
Purina Beneful
17
F
Purina Come-n-Get It
16
F
Pedigree Adult Complete
14
F
Ol Roy

 

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