Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Analysis

Jenny asks…

Merrick Dog Food??

Hi. I would like to know if anyone eles is feeding there dogs Merrick dog food. I started mine on Campfire Trout Feast.
Anyway, I looked this up under the dog food analysis but I highly value the Public’s input. Any, Negs. or Postives on this dog food.???? Thank you, God bless.

Jimmy answers:

Merrick is supposed to be a very good dog food (rated 4 out of 6 at DogFood Analysis). What I also like about it, is that it comes in many flavors, so regularly changing dry food within this product line should be easy on your dogs stomach and tasty on his pallet.

I’ll actually be upgrading my dogs possibly to one of their brands shortly too. He’s currently on BilJac but started with Iams Puppy, so I’m making baby steps to better foods. He stopped eating the Iams back in Dec, and when he did start to eat the BilJac I had already purchased a 18 lb bag, so I’m not rushing out to get anything new until he at least finishes it.

I’m also going to be looking at Canidae All Life Stages food (4 stars), and Chicken Soup For The Dog Lover’s Soul (4 stars).

There aren’t many 6 out of 6 star dog foods on this site either to choose from so I would tell you as long as you are feeding your dog rated at least a 4 Stars or higher (as these will be easier for you to fine at your local store) then you are doing well.

Here’s a list of the dog foods by star ratings >

Linda asks…

puppy food????

I have a 12 week old maltese yorkie mix. he is sweet as he can be. The lady i got him from had been feeding him Science Diet puppy small bites. when I took him to the vet the vet said it wasn’t the best and not one she used but since that is what he has been eating I probably should continue with it for a while since he is young and is use to it.My problem is I went to the dog food web site and I’m not happy about its rating a 1 star. Is is ok to switch now I know you are supposed to wean them you like mix it a little at first and gradually add more and more of the new until all the old is gone. Or should I take the vets advice and wait a few more months. If I wait could this science diet food hurt him? Also he is white and has some tear stains I know some are normal but I’m wondering if his food could be causing them ? Where do I buy the better food at I dont remember seeing it at the pet store . Do I order on-line?

Jimmy answers:

Even the most premium of dry dog foods have been sitting in warehouses for 6-18 months. Think of the preservites used to keep the dog food fresh. With that being said you have several options, make your own food following the raw diet, or go to small pet food stores and find out it they sell frozen raw food or finally stick with dry dog food but research it ccarefully. Look at the first 5 ingredients, if the majority of them are corn wheat or soy its going to be hard on your dogs stomach. We feed our two ABPTs chicken soup for the large breed puppy which is one of the best dry foods on the market.

This is the kibble rating chart…

You will need your kibble’s list of ingredients, as found on the bag (or oftentimes their website).
Please note, however, this is for ingredients ONLY…. So before feeding a pup be sure to look at
the protein and fat and calcium and calories in the Guaranteed Analysis.

Start with a grade of 100:

For every listing of “by-product”, subtract 15 points

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

If there are no specific meats or meat meals, subtract 25 points

For every grain “mill run” or non-specific grain source, or grain “middlings”, subtract 10 points

If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 15 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”, “rice flour” are all the same grain), subtract 5 points for each

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

If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 5 points

If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points (subtract 5 if corn is listed in the
top 5 ingredients)

If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 3 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 5 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 3 points

If it contains corn syrup, molasses, or other added sweetener, subtract 10 points

Extra Credit:

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 “turkey” as 2 different sources – do
not count egg, cheese, or other similar ingredients), add 1 point

If the food contains 3 or less different mentions of grains (or other high-carb plant-based foods
like potatoes), add 5 points

If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points (if the number 1 ingredient is organic meat,
add 10 points)

If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 3 points

If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

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

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

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

If it contains sunflower, hemp, flaxseed, or other polyunsaturated vegetable oils, add 3 points
(add 5 if it is the #1 fat)

If the vitamin and mineral sources are chelated, add 5 points

94-100+ = A

86-93 = B

78-85 = C

70-77 = D

Food Grade Results
A’s Score
A+ Chicken Soup for the pet lovers soul 113
A+ Eagle Pack Holistic chicken 114
A+ Eagle Pack Holistic LG and Giant Breed Adlt 113
A+ Eagle Pack Natural 104
A+ Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison 136
A+ Solid Gold Bison 123
A+ Solid Gold Wolf King 109
A+ Solid Gold Hund N flocken 105
A+ Solid Gold Mmillennia 111
A+ Innova 117
A+ Natural Balance Duck and Potato 114 * this is what we are feeding our pups*
A+ Canidae 119
A+ Foundations Chicken and Vegetable 109
A+ Flint River Ranch Fish and Chips 109
A+ Wysong Synorgon 110
A+ Flint River Ranch Lamb, Millet and Rice 117
A+ Back to Basics 107

B Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice 87

C Nutro Lamb and Rice 85

D Iams Lamb and Rice 74

F Pedigree Adult Complete 14
F Ol’Roy 9
F Science Diet Chicken Adult Maintainance 45
F Purina Beniful original 23
All Purina and Pro Plan foods rate as a F
F Pro Plan Giant Breed Adult 41
F Pro Plan Performance 53
F Pro Plan Chicken and Rice
F Purina Dog chow
F Purina Large Breed 40
F Diamond Lamb and Rice 61
F Diamond Performance (formerly professional)
F Diamond Large Breed 55

Susan asks…

Is Authority good dog food?

I thought it was good but dogfoodanalysis says its 2 star… is it okay? It’s large breed puppy lamb and rice.
eh, I think Science Diet is worse. I refused to get Science Diet.

Jimmy answers:

Don’t buy that dog food. Lots of people at Petsmart says it is the worst food they carry. I also checked the reviews and the forums and only a few people had a good experience with it. And dog food analysis is true, they are bad. They are just like Purina, Iams, and Beneful. Garbage dog food.

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