Dog Food Calculator

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”, “brewers 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 is not allergicto wheat), subtract 2 points
  14. If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog is not 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

Score:

94-100+ = A 86-93 = B 78-85 = C 70-77 = D 69 and below = F

Dog Food scores:

Here are some foods that have already been scored.

Brand

Score

Grade

Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium

Authority Harvest Baked

Chicken Soup Senior /

Innova Dog

Innova Evo

Canidae

Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables

Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken

Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato

Foundations

Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult

ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley

Royal Canin Bulldog

Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula

Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice

Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold

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

Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice

Nutrisource Lamb and Rice

Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy

Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium

Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies

Bil-Jac Select / Score

Diamond Maintenance

Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+

Purina Dog

Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice

Purina Beneful

Purina Come-n-Get It
122

116

115

114

114

112

110

110

106

106

106

103

100

99

97

97

93

92

87

87

73

69

68

64

63

62

23

17

16
A+

A+

A+

A+

A+

A+

A+

A+

A+

A+

A+

A+

A+

A

A

A

B

B

B

B

D

F

F

F

F

F

F

F

F

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