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Dog food grading scale

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by HarlDane, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. HarlDane

    HarlDane

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    I got this kibble grading scale from another forum....works out pretty good

    Giving Dry Dog Food a Grade:
    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", "brewer’s 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 isn’t allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

    14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn’t 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
    <70 = F
    Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 - D

    Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 - F

    Canidae / Score 112 - A+

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

    Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 - A+

    Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 - F

    Purina Benful / Score 17 - F
    Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 - F
    ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 - A+

    Science DietAdvanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 - F

    Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 - A
    Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 - B

    Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 - F
    Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 - B
    Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 - A

    Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 - A+