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Do you know how good the dog food you are feeding is?  Are you falling for the claims made by multi-million dollar ad campaigns or being duped into buying inferior grain-filled food just because its sold by your vet?  Use this helpful guide to determine what is best to feed your dog.

AKC Grades Of Dog Food 

Start with a grade of 100:

  • For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points

  • For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points

  • If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points

  • For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points

  • If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", ôrice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points

  • If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points

  • If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

  • If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points

  • If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points

  • If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points

  • If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

  • If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points

  • If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

  • If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point

  • If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:

  • If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points

  • If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points

  • If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

  • If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

  • If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

  • If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points

  • If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points

  • If the food contains barley, add 2 points

  • If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points

  • If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

  • If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

  • 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

  • If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point

  • If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

A = 94-100
B= 86-93
C = 78-85
D= 70-77
F= 70 or lower

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+
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+
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
Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach.......Score 94 A
Purina Benful.......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+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken.......Score 110 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold.......Score 97 A

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