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manufactured pet foods rating scores

Manufactured Pet Food Rating Scores

This excellent way of rating dog foods for their healthfulness and nutritional value was developed by veterinarian Stephen Molle, DVM, a rural Michigan companion animal house-call specialist.

Scoring System for Nutritional Value and Overall Quality of Various Dog Foods

Grading Scale
94  -   100   +   =   A
     86   -   93     =   B
     78   -   85     =   C
     70   -   77     =   D
                     <77 = F

 

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If you don't want to take the survey now, here's how to score the quality of Dog Food
(can also be used for cat food)

Start Each Dog Food With A Grade of 100.
 
Subtract points for each true statement:
- 10 pts. 1. Subtact 10 for every listing of "by product".
- 10 pts. 2. Subtact 10 for every non-specific animal source reference (meat, poultry, meal, or fat; as opposed to beef, lamb, chicken, etc.
- 10 pts. 3. It contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin (often found in Science Diets dry and web dog and cat foods).
- 5 pts. 4. Every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source (specific ex. would be wheat, barley, oats, etc.).
- 5 pts. 5. The same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewerÕs rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain).
- 3 pts. 6. The protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients.
- 3 pts. 7. It contains any artificial colorants.
- 3 pts. 8. It contains ground corn or whole grain corn.
- 2 pts. 9. Corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients.
- 2 pts. 10. It contains any animal fat other than fish oil.
- 2 pts. 11. Lamb is the only animal protein source (Do not subtract if your dog is allergic to other protein sources).
- 2 pts. 12. It contains soy or soybeans.
- 2 pts. 13. It contains wheat (Do not subtract if you know your dog isn't allergic to wheat).
- 1 pts. 14. It contains beef (Do not subtract if you know your dog isn't allergic to beef).
- 1 pts. 15. It contains salt.
 
Add points for each true statement:
+ 5 pts. 1. It contains organic meat sources.
+ 5 pts. 2. It is endorsed by a major breed group or nutritionist.
+ 5 pts. 3. It is baked not extruded.
+ 3 pts. 4. It contains propiotics.
+ 3 pts. 5. It contains fruit.
+ 3 pts. 6. It contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains).
+ 2 pts. 7. The animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free.
+ 2 pts. 8. It contains barley.
+ 2 pts. 9. It contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds).
+ 1 pts. 10. It contains oats or oatmeal.
+ 1 pts. 11. It contains sunflower oil.
+ 1 pts. 12. It contains glucosamine and chondroitin.
+ 1 pts. 13. The vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free.
+ 1 pts. 14. Add a point for each different specific animal protein source (i.e. "chicken" and "chicken meal" is one combined protein source; whereas "chicken and ..." would be two separate protein sources).

Scores for Various Dog Food Brands

  DOG FOOD BRAND: SCORE: GRADE:
1. Merrick Wilderness Blend 127 A+
2. Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium 127 A+
3. Innova Large Breed Puppy 127 A+
4. Nature's Variety Raw Instinct 122 A+
5. Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural 120 A+
6. Life's Abundance 117 A+
7. Authority Harvest Baked Less Active 117 A+
8. Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Venison & Rice 116 A+
9. Chicken Soup Senior 115 A+
10. Innova Dog 114 A+
11. Innova Evo 114 A+
12. Canidae 112 A+
13. Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice & Vegetables 112 A+
14. Wellness Super 5 Mix Chicken 110 A+
15. Premium Edge Chicken, Rice & Vegetables-Adult Dry 109 A+
16. Burns Chicken and Brown Rice 107 A+
17. Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice 107 A+
18. Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Venison & Brown Rice 107 A+
19. Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato 107 A+
20. Foundations 107 A+
21. Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult 106 A+
22. Nutro Ultra Adult 104 A+
23. Royal Canin Boxer 103 A+
24. EaglePack Holistic 102 A+
25. Flint River Senior 101 A+
26. Nature's Recipe, Royal Canin Bulldog 100 A
27. Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula, Solid Gold 99 A
28. Nutro Natural Choice, Lamb and Rice 98 A
29. Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice 97 A
30. Nutro Natural Choice Senior 95 A
31. Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach 94 A
32. Authority Harvest Baked Less Active 94 A
33. Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold 94 A
34. Nutro Max Adult 93 B
35. Diamond Lamb and Rice 92 B
36. Blue Diamond Large Breed Lamb and Rice    
37. Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy 87 B
38. Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free 86 C
39. Diamond Performance 85 C
40. Member's Mark Chicken and Rice 84 C
41. Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice 83 C
42. Alpo Prime Cuts    
43. Eukanuba Adult    
44. Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal & Rice 81 C
45. Pro Nature Puppy 80 C
46. Eukanuba Puppy 79 C
47. Iams Lamb Meal and Rice Formula Premium 73 D
48. Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies 69 F
49. Bil-Jac Select 68 F
50. Diamond Maintenance 64 F
51. Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ 63 F
52. Purina One Large Breed Puppy 62 F
53. Kibbles and Bit 31 F
54. Pet Gold Adult with Lamb and Rice 23 F
55. Purina Beneful 17 F
56. Purina Come-n-Get It 16 F

 

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