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Dog Food Calculator

 

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", "brewers 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 is not allergicto wheat), subtract 2 points
  14. If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog is not 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

Score:

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

Dog Food scores:

Here are some foods that have already been scored.

Brand

Score

Grade

Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium
Authority Harvest Baked
Chicken Soup Senior /
Innova Dog
Innova Evo
Canidae
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken
Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato
Foundations
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley
Royal Canin Bulldog
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies
Bil-Jac Select / Score
Diamond Maintenance
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+
Purina Dog
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice
Purina Beneful
Purina Come-n-Get It
122
116
115
114
114
112
110
110
106
106
106
103
100
99
97
97
93
92
87
87
73
69
68
64
63
62
23
17
16
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A+
A
A
A
B
B
B
B
D
F
F
F
F
F
F
F
F

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