Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food With Turkey

Daniel asks…

wat are some actual good dog foods?

-dental care

my beagle has eaten eukanuba for small breeds and right now iams- smart puppy

would like to know the best good foods and avergae and worst ones thx.

Jimmy answers:

Here is an article on how to grade your dogs food and at the end it lists some of the more popular brands and their grades.

I feed my dogs Innova EVO. Some of the great brands are Innova, Wellness, California Natural, Solid Gold, and Natural Balance to name a few.

The worst foods you can feed your dog is the foods found in the grocery store!!

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”, “brewer’s 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 3points

9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 morepoints

10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil,subtract 2

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 isn’t allergic to
wheat), subtract 2 points

14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn’t 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.
Dog Food scores:

Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+

Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

Canidae / Score 112 A+

Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+

Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F

Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B

Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A

Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

Foundations / Score 106 A+

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

Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

Innova Dog / Score 114 A+

Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+

Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B

Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B

Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F

ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+

Purina Benful / Score 17 F

Purina Dog / Score 62 F

Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+

Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+

Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A

Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F

Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

Sharon asks…

Eukanuba Dog Food.?

Some reading this may of read my last question but I’m curious now of why some said Eukanuba was a bad brand of dog food? And if it is so bad, then what brand isn’t? And why is that brand better?
He is 6 months old. Mini Aussie.
(He has been on Eukanuba Puppy Small Breed. His breeder fed him this brand.)
Would Blue Buffalo Puppy Formula be best for him?
(Only have PetsMart and PetCo nearby.)

Also, what would I feed my 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier with the Blue Buffalo Brand?

(He has been on the Eukanuba Yorkshire Terrier.)

Jimmy answers:

Here are the ingredients for Eukanuba:Boxer.

Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Chicken Flavor, Brewers Rice, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Fish meal, Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Flax Meal, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Chicken Cartilage (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), DL-Methionine, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.

The first ingredient is great! But, look at the second one! By-product = chicken nails, feathers, heads, and everything else nasty about the chicken. There’s not enough meat content in this dog food. It’s also 1 star out of 6 stars. Also, look at all of the grainy ingredients, the 3rd ingredient is CORN! Corn is hard on dog stomach’s, and it’s also hard on us! It’s just a filler.

A good dog food needs to look like this —

Turkey, chicken, chicken meal, barley, brown rice, potatoes, rice, chicken fat, citric acid, natural flavors, flaxseed meal, herring oil, apples, carrots, cottage cheese, alfalfa sprouts, egg, garlic, potassium chloride, ascorbic acid, calcium carbonate, chicory root extract, beta carotene, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, chondroitin sulfate, rosemary extract, choline chloride, direct-fed microbials, viatmins/minerals

This is Innova. Look at the veggie and meat content, and it’s very well put together. 6/6 stars!

Also try –

Canidae, Solid Gold, Blue Buffalo .. Great quality dog foods. Blue Buffalo can be found at PetSmart, and Solid Gold can be found at PetCo.

ADDED: Blue Buffalo is a great dog food, and I’m feeding it to my two canine companions right now! :) Make sure to let them switch slowly over a period of two weeks. An automatic switch can upset the dog’s tummy.

Chris asks…

What kind of dog food should I feed?

I have an Australian Shepherd GSD mix, he is around a year and a half old. The vet said his recent chewing maybe OCD or allergies he is also scratching his facing and sneezing a lot. Been to the vet 7 times since mid January for pulling off the pads of his feet and the fur and skin in between his toes.

The vet suggested changing foods to Science Diet, before grain by merrick, or go to the store and look for food that doesn’t have grain in it. He is currently on IAMS large breed, he has been on iams since we got him as a pup. He has lost 8 pounds since February and is now underweight.

I was wondering if anyone has had a dog with allergies and what food worked for them to see if i can make this end quicker for him?

We have rewashed everything in the house with the hypo allergenic detergent, removed all air fresheners, changed bowls from ceramic to metal.

Jimmy answers:

ORIJEN is as good as dry dog food gets. Orijen has great meat content, with deboned chicken, chicken meal and turkey meal listed as the first three ingredients, and lots of other name meats and meat meals listed just a little further back. Carbohydrates — needed in a dog’s diet, most experts say — comes from high-quality sources such as russet potatoes. All ingredients are of very high quality, and meats and other proteins are certified as fit for human consumption by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (the company is based in Canada). The biggest negatives we’ve seen is that Orijen is harder to find than some other quality foods and that it’s relatively expensive.

INNOVA EVO DRY DOG FOOD (*est. $25 per 13.2-pound bag) is another high-quality food with high meat content, and is high in the same type carbs that are good for human comsumption, as well.
Among premium canned dog foods, Innova EVO gains recognition for its high meat content (95 percent) and quality ingredients. The food is designed to replicate what a dog might eat in the wild. Though many — but not all — experts swear by this and similar foods, such as Wellness 95% Chicken (*est. $2.16 per 13.2 ounce can), we’ve also seen reports that they can cause stomach upset, at least as first. Also, many say that premium dog foods such as Innova EVO are best suited as a supplement or for occasional feeding in conjunction with a top-quality dry food.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PET LOVER’S SOUL Dog Food (*est. $23 for an 18-pound bag) is a strong lower-priced alternative. It has less meat, but the ingredients are all regarded as excellent. Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul dog food doesn’t do too badly in that regard. More significantly, it’s free of low-quality fillers and by-products, and the majority of its carbohydrates come from better-quality sources, such as potatoes and whole grains. While more expensive than the very cheapest dog foods, it is price competitive with better foods sold in supermarkets and large pet food chains, such as Iams Healthy Naturals (*est. $24 per 17.5-pound bag), but rates considerably higher than most in terms of nutrition.

****MY CHOICE*** Experts say CANDIDE* ALL LIVE STAGES formulas are is among the better moderately priced canned dog foods. Ingredients are high quality, and there are no cheap fillers, by-products or chemical preservatives. Canidae can be fed as a sole food, though the manufacturer recommends a mix of 25 percent canned and 75 percent dry “to achieve a balanced diet and maintain firm stools.” The company’s dry food has come under some owner fire following a formulation change in the summer of 2008, but the canned foods are unchanged and still well regarded.

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