Rate Your Dog Food Quiz – Dog Food Ratings – Dog Food Test

Rate Your Dog Food Quiz – Dog Food Ratings – Dog Food Test




DOG FOOD TEST

Best Dog Foods are Human Grade and Healthy Dog Food with Real Meat # 1 Ingredient, No Corn, No fillers, No by-products

To take this easy and fun dog food ratings quiz get your present dog food ingredients list.

This is a rating scale to determine if your dog food is excellent, good, acceptable, not acceptable or hazardous and dangerous for your pet.

Although it is a general “dog food ratings guide” based on someone’s opinion, it does make a great deal of sense.

At the end of the rating scale there are some good examples of what commercial dog foods you should never ever give your pet.

Use the scale as a general learning tool and evaluate your dog’s food and see where it falls.

START TEST

DOG FOOD TEST AND CRITERIA

Get the dog food ingredients list you want to check.

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. (these are known cancer causing agents.)
  • For every grain “mill run” or non-specific grain source subtract 5 points.
  • 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”, these are all the same grain), subtract 5 points.
  • If the protein sources are not specified meat and there are less than two specified meats in the top three 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 five 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 allergice to beef), subtract 1 point.
  • If the ingredient lists MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE (a synthetic version of vitamin K which is a known cancer causing agent), subtract 5 points.

            EXTRA CREDIT

  • If the meat sources are organic, free range, fresh and local, fit for human consumption, GMO free : add 5 points.
  • Fresh Ingredients (never frozen and never exposed to heat or chemicals.) : add 5 points
  • If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, or has won awards or is in The Whole Dog Journals approved list: add 5 points.
  • If the food is completely Grain Free: add 5 points.
  • If the food contains probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium): 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 is not grain free the carbohydrate is barley, brown rice, or oatmeal: add 2 points.
  • If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 point.
  • 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 one protein source, but “chicken” and “venison” as 2 different sources) add 1 point.
  • If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point.
  • If the vegetable have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point.
  • If the ingredients are local, fresh, free range, regional, free run, add 1 point.

 

SCORES:

  • OVER 100 = A+ SUPERB!
  • 94 – 100 = A BEST!
  • 86 – 93 = B STILL GOOD
  • 78 – 85 = C AVERAGE, COULD BE IMPROVED
  • 70 – 77 = D CONSIDER CHANGING BRANDS.
  • 69 = F AWFUL! POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS! CHANGE IMMEDIATELY.

Here are some examples of foods rated on this scale: The good, the bad and the ugly.

This is only a small list for comparison purposes only. Sadly there are still many low quality, unhealthy and dangerous dog foods full of chemicals still available.

These companies can advertise their cheap foods as 100% nutrtionally complete as they only need to meet minimal standards of nutrtion, not optimum.

WHICH DOG FOOD WOULD YOUR RATHER FEED YOUR PET? A SIDE BY SIDE INGREDIENT COMPARISON BETWEEN A BAD AND GOOD DOG FOOD.

PEDIGREE WITH LAMB AND RICE

INGREDIENTS:

Ground Whole Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Wheat, Meat And Bone Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved With Bha/Bht), Wheat Flour, Lamb, Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Vegetable Oil (Source Of Linoleic Acid), Caramel Color, Dried Beet Pulp, Titanium Dioxide, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source Of Vitamin E], L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [Source Of Vitamin C*], Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), Added FD&C And Lake Colors (Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Red 40)

Check out the first 5 ingredients :

  1. NO meat – Just by-products and mystery meat meal and bone meal. (Meat meal, and bone meal are usually inedible food, rotten meat, road kill, euthanized animals and body parts and bones left over that are considered garbage.)
  2. Two Fillers – (Corn and Wheat) which have no nutritional value for our dogs. Both these ingredients are used as cheap fillers and are one of the main causes of allergies in our pets.
  3. Animal Fat – Preserved with BHA/BHT – Another “unknown source” or not specified where the fat is rendered from, and then to preserve it with cancer causing agents just isn't healthy or conducive to a long life.

So the first 5 ingredients are on the “what to avoid feeding your dog list” due to the harmful, dangerous unhealthy reasons given here.

This is just thrown together like a smorgasboard of junk – Yuckkkkk!

TOP 7 WORST DOG FOODS

WELLNESS (Core Grain – Free)

INGREDIENTS:

Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potato, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Canola Oil, Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Vitamins & Minerals, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Products, Rosemary Extract.

Compare the first 5 ingredients:

  1. Two separate specified meat sources in two different forms: Deboned Turkey, Turkey meal, Deboned chicken and chicken meal. ( Specified meal such as these is just the fresh meat which has had the liquid removed, thus making a more concentrated protein source.) – So this is obviously a high protein dog food
  2. The other ingredient in the top five is dried ground potato – This is the carbohydrate of choice, which usually won't cause allergies and is highly digestable. A much higher quality choice.

Also NOTE:

  • No Meat By-products,
  • No Wheat or Wheat Gluten,
  • No Soy,
  • No Dairy,
  • No Corn,
  • No Artificial Colors,
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Does contain Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids from salmon oil, flax and canola oil which supports healthy skin and produces a glossy coat.
  • Does Contain Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, Botanicals, & Greens which provide Phyto-Chemicals, Micro-Nutrients and Antioxidants
  • Does contain Glucosamine and Chondroitin to help support long term bone and joint health.