Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Made With Turkey

Donald asks…

What is the website to see how good a dog food really is?

I have searched for dog foods that would be good for my 10 yr old lab that has high cholesterol. I was going to buy Canidae, but I was talked into another food called Apex (I think thats the name) The first ingredient was Lamb, but the food came in a brown paper bag thing with a sticker on the front. It made me kind of iffy. I fed her the food once and even thought it looked bland, she loved it. I would still like to research it more. The guy said I could bring it back if I had to.
Again, my question is whats a website to compare foods? I have seen it posted on Y!A quite a few times. Thanks in advance!
I know the first ingredient was lamb. Unfortunately the bag is home, so I can’t look at all the ingredients this second. (I am at work)

Jimmy answers:

I actually have a scoring sheet on my website that I use myself. Really comes in handy.

Score Your Dog’s Food

How to grade your dog’s food: 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 allergic to 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

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

Here are some foods that have already been scored:

Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium 122 A+
Authority Harvest Baked 116 A+
Chicken Soup Senior 115 A+
Innova Dog 114 A+
Innova Evo 114 A+
Canidae 112 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice & Vegetables 110 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken 110 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato 106 A+
Foundations 106 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult 106 A+
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley 103 A+
Royal Canin Bulldog 100 A+
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula 99 A
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice 97 A
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold 93 B
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold 93 B
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice 92 B
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice 87 B
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy 87 B
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium 73 D
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies 69 F
Bil-Jac Select 68 F
Diamond Maintenance 64 F
Sience Diet Advanced Protein Senior7+ 63F
Purina Dog 62 F
Purina One 56 F
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice 23 F
Purina Beneful 17 F
Purina Come-n-Get It 16 F

Ruth asks…

what are hotdogs made of?

i’m eating one right now and i was just wondering


I herd they were made of chicken butts and other grose stuff like that? if they’re made of grose stuff like that they why do they taste so good?

Jimmy answers:

Contrary to popular belief, hot dogs are not made from left-over meat laying around on the floors of meat-packing houses. Whether it is pork or beef that is stuffed into a hot dog, the meat trimmings are carefully selected just like the meat you buy in your grocer’s coolers.
Most recipes for hot dogs combine together a blend of meats (pork, beef, chicken, or turkey), meat fat, a cereal filler which could be either bread crumbs, flour, or oatmeal, a little bit of egg white, and a array of herbs and seasonings including garlic, pepper, ground mustard, nutmeg, salt, and onion.
Once these ingredients are ground together, the stuffing is squeezed into sausage casings. Many of the hot dogs sold in stores are enclosed in synthetic cellulose casings, but most home-made hot dogs are made out of natural animal intestines.
Following the stuffing process is the pre-cooking cycle in which the hot dog links are tossed into boiling water for approximately 15 minutes. Finally, the dogs are packaged, loaded on delivery trucks, and sent off to food markets.

Thomas asks…

what is chili dog?

hello i new to thiss country of all of yours, so my english may not be good. i meet new friends at school, they told me if i want to go to food market and eat hot dog. at first i scared i think it is a dog? and they tell me it is just name not actually dog so i eat it.

now i go back to food market and they also sell chili dog. what is this, what are in it, are there many vegetables or is it just like hot dog, do u eat with mustard, i eat hotdog with mustard and i like so i want to knwo what chili dog may be.

Jimmy answers:

First off, anything here in the USA with “dog” attached in the name refers to hot dogs. Hot dogs are a sausage made of a combination of beef, chicken, turkey and/or pork.

A chili dog is a hot dog on a bun with a chili sauce poured over it. They are good. No condiments like mustard, but sometimes there is cheese on it.

Another tasty treat is a kraut dog…it is a hot dog covered with sauerkraut (German cured cabbage). Try putting ketchup on this fellow to tame down the sourness of the kraut.

A regular hot dog with mustard is okay, but boring.

Hope that helps.

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