Dog Food Ratings for the Most Popular Dog Foods

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Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C
Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+
Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B
Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+
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+
Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken / Score 114 A+
Eagle Pack Natural / Score 94 A
Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy Food/ Score 94 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+
Kirtkland Super Premium Lamb, Rice, & Vegetable / Score 104 A+
Kirkland Puppy Chicken, Rice, & Vegetable / 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
Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy / Score 101 A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
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
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+
Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A
Purina Beneful / 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
Summit / Score 99 A
Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+
Timberwolf Organic Lamb and Vegetable / Score 136 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
Wellness Super5Mix Senior Dry Dog 15 lb. Bag / Score 110 A
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

Glossary of Terms used in Dog Foods
Animal Digest: This is the dry by-product of rendered meat. During rendering, all usable animal parts (including fetal
tissues and glandular wastes) are heated in vats and the liquid is separated from the dry meal. This meal is covered with
charcoal and labeled "unfit for human consumption" before processing it into pet food. Digest can also include intestines,
as well as the contents of those intestines, such as stool, bile, parasites and chemicals.
Animal Fat and Tallow: Animal fat is a "generic" fat source that is most often made up of rendered animal fat, rancid
restaurant grease or other oils that are deemed inedible for humans. Tallow is low quality hard white fat that most
animals find hard to digest, not to mention the cardiac risks resulting.
Chemical Preservatives: Chemical preservatives include BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT (butylated
hydroxytolulene), propyl gallate, propylene glycol (also used in automotive antifreeze and is suspected of causing red
blood cell damage) and ethoxquin , are all potentially cancer causing agents that your pets are eating every day.
Chicken By-products: These are ground parts from poultry carcasses such as feet, heads, feathers, intestines, necks and
undeveloped eggs and can included any rendered material.
Corn Products: Corn products including corn meal, gluten and grits are cheap, allergy causing fillers and are very
difficult for animals to digest.
Food Fragments: Lower end by-products of the food manufacturing process, examples include wheat bran and brewers
rice, which are a waste product of the alcohol industry.
Ground Whole Grain Sorghum: The feed value of grain sorghum is similar to corn and is grown primarily as a feed grain
for livestock.
Meat and Bone Meal: “Meat” and bone meal are inexpensive sources of animal protein. Note: these companies do not
clarify the source of “meat”, nor are they human-grade meat. The protein in Meat meal containing a large amount of
processed bone may not be digestible and fail to provide adequate nutrition.
Meat Based: A label that say "meat based" may also include blood vessels, tendons, organs and other parts of the
rendered animal. Note again that these companies do not clarify the source of “meat”, nor are they human-grade meat
products.
Meat By-products: Pet grade meat by-products consist of organs and parts not desired or not fit for human consumption.
This can include organs, bones, blood and fatty tissue. It can also include brains, feet, heads, intestines and any other
internal parts.

Unbelievably, by-products can also contain cancerous or diseased tissue containing parasites, and euthanized animals.   
Choosing dog food is a very personal decision, and no one formula is ideal for any breed. High protein, meat-based diets
are not simply for pets with kidney/urinary issues or high metabolism pets, they are ideal for many because of the fact
that dogs and cats are carnivores, not meant to eat grains or fillers. Grains are fillers, and metabolize into sugar, causing
a variety of problems including allergies, behavior issues and also poor muscle building. Food companies add corn/wheat
etc to keep the price down and an important factor to keep in mind is that when you feed a higher quality food, you don't
end up paying more in the long run because your pet needs to eat less in order to receive optimal nutrition from the food,
not to mention the money saved on vet bills resulting from problems caused by poor quality nutrition. Foods full of fillers
equal "garbage in/garbage out", meaning more food is required in order to receive the necessary nutrition, more stool is
output to rid the body of grains and fillers that are unnecessary and indigestible (such as corn). We believe you should
spend your money on your pet, not your vet.  The most important thing for anyone considering a new food is to read,
read, read the label.  First ingredient should be a human grade meat-meat meal is ideal because it means the water has
been removed prior to weighing. Corn, Wheat, Glutens, BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, By- products, Animal Digest &
chemicals/preservatives are all ingredients you want to avoid! I can't begin to tell you how many clients come in with the
label of their current pet food and are appalled to see what is actually in the food they are feeding, because they didn't
read the label, or most commonly, simply did not understand what the ingredients were.  Most independent pet stores
offer frequent buyer benefits, and the smaller independent retailers are more likely to be knowledgeable regarding
nutrition. It is not as important where you shop as it is to be informed about what your pet requires for ultimate health,
and to be informed about the toxic effects of many ingredients that are in grocery store/big box/mass produced brands.  
Be sure that whatever pet food you choose to feed your furry friend, you are informed about your choices and feel that
you have a good relationship with your pet store to feel comfortable that they are knowledgeable about ingredients in
each of the formulas available.


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