Start with 100 points.            94-100+        = A

86-93            = B

78-85            = C

70-77            = D

<70              = F


100 Points

For every listing of “by-product”


For every nonspecific animal source (“meat” or “poultry,” Meat, Meal or fat) reference


If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin


For every grain “mill run” or nonspecific grain source


If the same grain ingredient is used two or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. “ground brown rice,” ‘”brewer’s rice,”  “rice flour” are all the same grain)


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


If it contains any artificial colorants


If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn


If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients


If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil


If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources)


If it contains soy or soybeans


If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to wheat)


If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to beef)


If it contains salt


Extra credit


If any of the meat sources are organic


If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist


If the food is baked (not extruded)


If the food contains probiotics


If the food contains fruit


If the food contains vegetables (Not corn or other grains)


If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free


If the food contains barley


If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds)


If the food contains oats or oatmeal


If the contains sunflower oil


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)


If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin


If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free



Authority Harvest Baked                                                                               116 = A+

Bil-Jac Select    68 = F

Blue Buffalo      94 = A

Canidae All Life Stages Chicken & Rice  101 = A+

Canidae All Life Stages Lamb & Rice     114 = A+

Canidae Platinum          91 = B

Chicken Soup Senior     115 = A+

Diamond Maintenance   64 = F

Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice       99 = A

Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula        92 = B

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

Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato       106 = A+

Doctors Foster and Smith Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Formula  101 = A+

Doctors Foster and Smith Adult Lamb & Brown Rice Formula      102 = A+

Eagle Pack Holistic Select Large & Giant Breed Adult Formula    101 = A+

Eagle Pack Super Premium Large & Giant Breed Puppy Formula 97 = A

Eagle Pack Super Premium Natural Formula       96 = A

Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Formula   82 = C

Foundations      106 = A+

Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold 93 = B

Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium          73 = D

Iams Smart Puppy Large Breed Formula 81 = C

Innova Dog       114 = A+

I n n ova Evo    114 = A+

Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables           110 = A+

Natures Recipe Lamb Meal & Rice          96 = A

Nutrisource Lamb and Rice        87 = B

Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy            87 = B

Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Adult  86 = B

Nutro Max Large Breed Adult     85 = C

Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice           23 = F

Premium Edge Chicken, Rice &Vegetables         111 = A+

Premium Edge Lamb, Rice &Vegetables            110 = A+

Premium Edge Puppy Large Breed Lamb, Rice & Vegetable       104 = A+

ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley 103 = A+

Purina Beneful                                                                                                17 = F

Purina Dog                                                                                                     62 = F

Purina Come-n-Get It                                                                                       16 = F

Royal Canin Bulldog                                                                                       100 = A+

Royal Canin Large Breed Giant Adult Formula                                                  95 = A

Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult                                                                      106 = A+

Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice                                                                   97 = A

Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+                                                        63 = F

Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies                                                             69 = F

Wellness Fish & Sweet Potato (for skin & coat issues)                                     108 = A+

Wellness SuperS Mix Chicken                                                                         110 = A+

Wolfking Adult Do (bison) b Solid Gold                                                           97 = A


Here is information on the ingredients on some dog food brands

Eukanuba Adult                         Chicken, chicken-by product meal, corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain barley, chicken fat, fish meal, brewers rice

Eukanuba  Large Breed Puppy       Chicken, Corn Meal, ground whole grain sorghum, Chicken by­ product meal, brewers rice, chicken flavor, dried beet pulp,fish meal       (26% protein)

lams Chunks                             Chicken, corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, chicken by-product meal, chicken fat, dried beet pulp, natural chicken flavor

Kibbles N Bits                           Corn, soybean meal, ground wheat flour, beef and bone meal, Original animal fat, BHA used as preservatives, corn syrup,wheat middling, water sufficient for processing, animal digest

Kirkland Super Premium Rice and Vegetable  Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled Adult Dog Chicken,  Barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols and Vitamin E) (protein 26%)

Kirkland Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable       Lamb, lamb meal, wholegrain brown rice, white rice, rice brand, egg product, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols and Vitamin E (Protein 23%

Nutro Natural Choice    Chicken meal, ground rice, corn gluten meal, wheat flour, rice flour

Large Breed Puppy           Rice Bran, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Poultry Fat (preserved withT ocopherols a sourse of Vitamin E (Protein 28%)

Pedigree Complete Nutrition      Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal,chicken by-product meal, animal fat (preserved with BHAIBHT), wheat mill run, natural poultry flavor, rice, wheat flour

 Pro-Pac Adult Chuck     Chicken meal, ground yellow corn, chicken fat, rice flour, dried beet pulp, natural flavoring (unspecified), flaxseed, salt   

Purina one Natural Blend,  Chicken, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, brown rice, oat meal, animal fat, beet pulp, calcium phosphate

Purina Beneful Original, Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, beef tallow, rice flour, beef soy flour, sugar

Purina Dog Chow Complete Formula,           Ground yellow corn, poultry by-product meal, animal fat, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, animal digest

Sportmix Lamb, Lamb meal, brewers rice, chicken meal, rice four, rice bran, Chicken fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, (a source of Natural Vitamin E) Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, (230o protein)Science Diet Adult, Ground whole grain corn, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain wheat, chicken by-product meal, soybean mea animal fat, corn gluten meal, brewers rice