Grade your dogs Food

Discussion in 'English Mastiff' started by Zee, Sep 14, 2020 at 1:33 PM.

  1. Zee

    Zee New Member

    I got this from another dog form (if admins need me to link where i got it i can). But as I research food for my new inbound pup i wanted to see what's some of the better food out there. Here's how it goes:

    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", "brewerâ?Ts 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 3points

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

    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 isnâ?Tt allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

    14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isnâ?Tt 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

    69 = F

    Here are some foods that have already been scored. If you don't
    see your dog's food here, ask and someone will score it for you.
    Dog Food scores:

    Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+

    Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

    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

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

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

    Foundations / Score 106 A+

    Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 D

    Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

    Innova Dog / Score 114 A+

    Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

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

    Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B

    Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B

    Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F

    ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+

    Purina Benful / Score 17 F

    Purina Dog / Score 62 F

    Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

    Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+

    Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+

    Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A

    Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
    Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F

    Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

    Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A
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  2. Loverboy Skyline

    Loverboy Skyline Active Member

    Not a bad list, but it's outdated. Innova is no longer in business because recalls hurt them, and a lot of newer companies have become prominent. Some of the brands you might want to check out are Orijen, Acana, Stella & Chewy's, and Merrick. They are all on the expensive side, but I think they are worth it. I would also give extra credit for revealing exactly how much animal source ingredients are in the bag. Orijen, Acana, and Merrick actually do that.
  3. Zee

    Zee New Member

    Thanks its just a guideline i'll remove some of the outdated stuff (as mentioned it is not my work) but i want to see what everyone is rating their food
  4. Sheila Braund

    Sheila Braund Well-Known Member

    I buy raw, from a friend that started a raw dog food business....
    I rated the raw dog fod at 120 A+
  5. Loverboy Skyline

    Loverboy Skyline Active Member

    I would agree with that. Raw is best. Only problem I have with raw is the price, time, and cleaning. If you can put your time into it, that's the best way to go. I use kibble for convenience, and I think the best kibble are the ones that come closest to raw (lots of meat, no cheap fillers, minimal heat and processing, etc.). Some of the new kibble is baked and raw coated or mixed with freeze-dried raw.
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  6. Sheila Braund

    Sheila Braund Well-Known Member

    I had always fed my dogs kibble, that was until my little 6lb powder puff poodle, Sunny was getting infections in her sent glan. The vet told me to put her on their science hill diet high fibre.... which I had her on already.... he said that she would need surgery but there was a 50/50 chance that she would lose control over her bowels.... and if we didn't get the surgery she would lose control over her bowels.
    Our very good friends had adopted a bull mastiff and was feeding him raw.... so I tried her on the raw.... she only had one more flare up a couple weeks after we started her on the raw, and she's never had another one..... she was 4 or 5 years old. She's now 12.
    So when we adopted our English Mastiff after researching the kibble prices and the cost of really didn't cost a whole lot more. So Bella is now 140lbs. To feed both dogs it cost me $120 very 2 weeks. The kibble would have cost me maybe $10 or $15 less. AND that's with me buying them turkey, beef, chicken, pork and duck too. Yes kibble is much more convenient then raw. I'm very grateful we have the time and money to feed ours raw. If the dog food gets too costly....I have my own electric commercial meat grinder

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