Dog Food Ratings and How To Grade Your Dog’s Food


How to grade your dog's food.  Ratings on the bottom of page.


Start with a grade of 100:


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

2) For every non-specific  animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or

fat) reference,  subtract 10 points

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

4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific  grain source, subtract 5

points

5) If the same grain ingredient is  used 2 or more times in the first five

ingredients (i.e. "ground brown  rice", "brewerâs rice", "rice flour" are

all the same grain), subtract 5  points

6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less  than 2 meats

in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points

7) If it  contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

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

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

10)  If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2

points

11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog  is allergic

to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

12) If it  contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points

13) If it contains wheat  (unless you know that your dog isnât allergic to

wheat), subtract 2  points

14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isnât  allergic to

beef), subtract 1 point

15) If it contains salt, subtract  1 point.


Extra Credit:

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

2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed  group or nutritionist, add 5

points

3) If the food is baked not  extruded, add 5 points

4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3  points

5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

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

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

8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points

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

10) If  the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

11) If the food  contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

12) 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

13) If it contains glucosamine and  chondroitin, add 1 point

14) If the vegetables have been tested for  pesticides and are

pesticide-free, add 1 point


94-100+ =  A

86-93 = B

78-85 = C

70-77 = D

<70 = F


Dog Food  scores (alphabetic):


Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C

Authority Harvest Baked  / Score 116 A+

Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93  B

Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score  83 C

Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+

Burns Chicken  and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+

Canidae / Score 112 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

Diamond Performance / Score 85 C

Dick Van Patten's  Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

Dick Van Patten's  Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+

Dick Van  Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

EaglePack Holistic / Score  102 A+

Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C

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

Innova Dog / Score  114 A+

Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score  122 A+

Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110  A+

Member's Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C

Merrick Wilderness  Blend / Score 127 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

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+

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 Sensitive Stomach /  Score 94 A

Purina Benful / 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 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

Timberwolf Organics Wild  & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+

Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score  110 A+


Use only glass or metal water bowls and food bowls,  Plastic harbors bacteria, even if washed daily.