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*Dog Food Ratings*
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Here are dog food ratings for many of the most popular dog foods on the market today.

These ratings were reached using Sarah Iricks' method of grading dog food, which uses a very detailed points system to determine the overall value/quality of an individual dog food.

In the uncertain world of dog food today, these kind of dog food ratings are hugely valuable.

The consistency of the dog food analysis method makes it easy to apply to any dog food of your choice, and gives all puppy and dog owners a way to evaluate the diet they're already feeding, or plan to use.

You can see the actual dog food rating system used here, on our Dog Food Comparisons page, where we show you EXACTLY how to analyze any dog food using the list of ingredients.


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+
Eagle Pack Holistic / Score 119 A+
Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken / Score 114 A+
Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy / Score 94 A
Eagle Pack Natural / Score 94 A
Eukanuba Large Breed Adult / Score 83 C
Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
Flint River Ranch / Score 92 B (non-specific fat source)
Foundations / Score 106 A+
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 A
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
Iams Large Breed / Score 83 C
Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
Kirkland Signature Puppy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable / Score 108 A+
Natural Balance Duck and Potato / Score 114 A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
Nutro Chicken, Rice, & Oatmeal / Score 85 C (non-specific fat source)
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B
Nutro Natural choice Lamb and Rice / Score 85 C
Ol Roy / Score 9 F
Pedigree Complete Nutrition / Score 42 F
Pedigree Adult Complete / Score 14 F
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
Pro Plan All Breed / Score 68 F
Pro Plan 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 chicken adult maintenance / Score 45 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
Solid Gold Bison / Score 123 A+
Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison / Score 136 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (Bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A


What NOT To Feed Your Dog


  • Fat scraps-- make dog fat, cause pancreatic disease, diarrhea


  • Dairy products-- cause diarrhea, develop lactose intolerance in adults


  • Liver-- too much causes diarrhea, vitamin A and D toxicity


  • Chocolate, all kind-- it’s like poison to your dog’s system. Dogs can’t process it.


  • Coffee, tea, caffeine-- Deadly, affects heart and nervous systems.


  • Raw eggs-- skin and coat problems, may contain salmonella


  • Anti-freeze-- Deadly, like poison Cause death.


  • Windshield fluid-- Deadly, like poison Cause death.


  • Brake fluid-- Deadly, like poison Cause death.


  • Raw fish-- cause Vitamin B deficiency, loss appetite, death.


  • Baby food-- in large amounts, nutritional deficiency


  • Cat food-- usually too high in protein and fats for dogs


  • Alcoholic beverages-- causes intoxication and death


  • Fat trimmings-- can cause pancreatitis


  • Citrus oil extracts-- can cause vomiting


  • Grapes, raisins-- cause toxin, damage kidneys


  • Marijuana-- depress nervous system, cause vomiting, change heart rate


  • Salt-- large amounts lead to electrolyte imbalance


  • Corn cobs-- pieces gets stuck in stomach and block off the intestine.


  • Spoiled food-- contain toxins causing diarrhea, vomiting, damage organs


  • Mushrooms-- contain toxins, cause shock, result in death


  • Onions & garlic-- damage blood cells, cause anemia


  • Peach, plum pits-- cause obstruction in digestive tract


  • Chicken bones-- they splinter, stick in digestive tract


  • Rat poison will cause a long, lingering death.


  • Any rodent or insect poison-- cause long, lingering death.




Don't feed your dog in combined food/water combo bowls. Dog food is likely to contaminate the water side of the combo. Use separate dishes and do NOT feed your dog in a plastic bowl. Plastic can cause your dog to have allergies, can contain bacteria as well as hold odors we cannot smell, but a finicky dog will, and he may refuse to eat. Use the shinny metal stainless steel or ceramic bowls… your dog will appreciate it.

Another bit of advice—do not teach your dog to “beg” at the table. All this does is encourage him/her to beg for more scraps from the table. Pretty soon your dog will need a diet. Dogs should never eat from the human table so don’t get it started with “begging.”

When your dog is finished eating, do as we do… wait an hour before exercising him. Yes, wait an hour or so before going for that long walk. If you plan to RUN your dog, you might wait longer than an hour. This advice has turned up in more than one place. Dogs need a chance to digest just as we do.

There are a number of websites offering quality dog food with no preservatives, holistic ingredients or ingredients that have never been exposed to harmful chemicals. They may cost more, but the extra cost is nothing compared to what you will be paying a vet when your dog shows up with cancer, pancreatic disorder, hypothyroidism or any number of other problems!