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Old 09-17-2008, 04:53 PM   #31 (permalink)
 

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As I am reading through this list I am wondering the price difference on these. I have four dogs so I can't afford a real expensive brand. Any suggestions on which brand is also reasonable?
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so i feed my 3 month old blue buffalo (i heard its fairly new and it is really good) but she doesnt eat her whole bowl... she only gets half a cup in each foodtime (feed her 4times a day). she also just got her ears done.... do u think its cuz she is on meds right now????
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I wouldn't worry to much about it. Just let her get over her ears and she'll go back to being normal and happy!
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As you may have heard, there are many companies that currently have recalls out because of tainted foods. With that being said, let's start with what you SHOULD NOT be feeding your dog. Right now, everyone should be avoiding pet foods made by Menu Foods, Nestle-Purina, Del Monte, Diamond, and Sunshine Mills. If you are not sure if your food is made by one of those companies, you can go to the FDAs website and check out their complete listing of recalls.

Typically, you will want to feed your dog a food that is well-balanced and free of additives and fillers. Avoid foods that are mostly grain-based, especially those comprised mainly of corn or wheat. You should also avoid giving your dog food that has a high salt content. Chemical additives and preservatives should be avoided when possible, as well. The general rule of thumb that I follow is this: If I wouldn't feel safe feeding it to myself, then I shouldn't feel safe feeding it to my dog, either.

Look for a food that has a high protein content but that is low in fat. Make sure it has a good balance of meats, veggies, and fruits...and vitamins and essential oils wouldn't hurt, either.

While puppy foods are generally engineered to meet the specific needs of growing puppies, don't be quick to rule out foods that do not specifically say "for puppies" on the bag. There are many EXCELLENT dog foods out there that are actually "all stages" foods and will do just as well as, if not better than, a "puppy food" at meeting your pup's nutritional requirements. Example: I have been feeding my dogs Timberwolf Ocean Blue (which is an all-stages food) for what seems like an eternity...from the time they were puppies all the way up into adulthood. Their food is almost always more nutritionally complete than run-of-the-mill "puppy food".

I have listed a "dog food grading scale" below so you can see how foods are often "graded" and where some of the more common ones rank. This, obviously, is not a complete listing. So, unfortunately, if you don't see the food you are currently using on the list, you will have to do the math on that one yourself.





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", "brewerâs 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 isnât allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isnât 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


Dog Food scores:

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



I found this on a web site and thought I would post to reply to those scores. hope it helps
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:57 PM   #35 (permalink)
 

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i feed my dog nutromax puppy dry food with purena puppy wet food... i over herd someone says that wet food causes dogs to loose their teeth any truth to that?
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:05 AM   #36 (permalink)
 

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I am in the process of switching Hunter from Puppy Chow to Nutro. I really wanted Innova but couldnt find it. So far hes happy with Nutro.....
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:03 PM   #37 (permalink)
 

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shouldnt Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B...be a an "A" instead of an "B" because u said 86-93 = an "A"
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:36 PM   #38 (permalink)
 

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what would u guys say would be the rating for pedigree?
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:27 AM   #39 (permalink)
 
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i been feeding my dog pedigree dry mixed with wet food. recently he hasnt been as interested and not eating as much. any recommendations? much thanx for any help
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:53 AM   #40 (permalink)
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i been feeding my dog pedigree dry mixed with wet food. recently he hasnt been as interested and not eating as much. any recommendations? much thanx for any help
Yes, switch to a higher quality food is my suggestion. According to the Dog Food Analysis website:

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Purina rates at a 1-star out of 6. Not everyone can afford the best there is, but there are many many foods which are of higher quality than purina or anything else you purchase at a grocery store.

I feed Taste of the Wild High Prairie. It runs about $43 for a 30lb bag but is well worth it when I consider how many years I expect it will add to my dogs' life.
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I feed Taste of the Wild High Prairie. It runs about $43 for a 30lb bag but is well worth it when I consider how many years I expect it will add to my dogs' life.
Wild High Prairie???were could i get that from. petco or somthing like that???
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:40 PM   #42 (permalink)
 

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After reading this I think I'm going to have to change dog food for Elektra and Max.
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:28 AM   #43 (permalink)
 

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Great Post and great to see Natural Balance got such high ratings as that is what Franklin and Goldie have been eating for the last couple of years.
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where do you buy that at?ive never heard of it.i use iiams,but have a new bully,and want him to get the best
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Wild High Prairie???were could i get that from. petco or somthing like that???
Taste of the Wild - High Prairie and no, I don't believe you can get it at Petco. You can get the "real" dog foods at Co-ops, feed stores and many non-franchised pet stores.
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