GRADE YOUR DOG 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 two 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 two meats in the top three 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 five 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 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       
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             

Scores:             
94 -100+ = A      BEST!               
86 -93 = B          STILL GOOD.             
78 -85 = C          May need to change or add additives.         
70 -77 = D          Need to think about changing.         
69 or < = F         AWFUL! CHANGE!           

Wood, Kim. "Nutrition and Dog Food." Health Issues Nutrition N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.doublebarrelbulldogs.com/healthissuesnutrition.htm>.
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