Posted by: euzoia | July 26, 2009

DOG FOOD

Dog Food

Rating Dry Dog Food

Everyone who comes to PDX wants to make sure their dogs are getting healthy, safe foods. We’d love to give you the perfect solution, but as with so many things these days, the only definitive answer is “it depends”. There’s a whole lot that goes into food analysis, and many wonderful resources on the internet if you want the unabridged version. I like to keep it simple, though, and this little food rating system boils it all down to a nice little formula. Fair warning — you should take this for what it’s worth — free advice from someone you don’t know. In the end, you have to go with what works best for you and your dogs. In addition to the little quiz below, you have to give points to convenience and affordability.

How to grade your dog’s kibble (dry food): Start with a grade of 100, then:

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For every listing of “by-product”, subtract 10 points
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For every non-specific animal source (“meat” or “poultry”, meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
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If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
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For every grain “mill run” or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
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If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. “ground brown rice”, “brewers rice”, “rice flour” are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
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If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
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If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
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If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3points
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If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
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If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
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If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
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If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
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If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
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If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
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If it contains salt (sodium chloride), subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:

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If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
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If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
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If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
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If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
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If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
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If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
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If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
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If the food contains barley, add 2 points
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If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
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If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
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If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
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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
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If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
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If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

Scoring:

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

Here are some foods that have already been scored.

Brand/Formula

Score

Grade

Merrick Wilderness Blend

127

A+

Nature’s Variety Raw Instinct

122

A+

Innova Large Breed Puppy

122

A+

Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium

122

A+

Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry

120

A+

Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice

116

A+

Authority Harvest Baked

116

A+

Chicken Soup Senior

115

A+

Innova Evo

114

A+

Innova Dog

114

A+

Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy

114

A+

Canidae

112

A+

Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken

110

A+

Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables

110

A+

Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry

109

A+

Burns Chicken and Brown Rice

107

A+

Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult

106

A+

Foundations

106

A+

Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato

106

A+

Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice

106

A+

Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice

106

A+

Nutro Ultra Adult

104

A+

Royal Canin Boxer

103

A+

ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley

103

A+

EaglePack Holistic

102

A+

Nutro Natural Choice Oatmeal

101

A+

Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy

101

A+

Flint River Senior

101

A+

Beowulf Back to Basics

101

A+

Royal Canin Bulldog

100

A+

Nature’s Recipe

100

A

Summit

99

A

Solid Gold

99

A

Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula

99

A

Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Lamb and Rice Puppy

98

A

Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice

98

A

Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold

97

A

Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice


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