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    Solid gold IS on there - the original adult lamb formula is called Hundenflocken. It's on there.

    I think that this is a good list, but I wouldn't consider all the foods to be the same quality.

    The foods listed range from the higher end of mid-grade, up to high end foods.

    But all the foods listed ARE good foods and do more than just meet AAFCO standards.

    Meghan

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    I think there's one part where they say that just because it's not on the list doesn't mean it's terrible. Nutro Natural Choice isn't there either, but it doesn't fit their criteria.
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    Science Diet is the dogfood for my pup and it says Its NOT approved.

    HUCCUM ???

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    I prefer this list for giving to people that are interested.

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    This is a dog food rating system created to help people find a quality food. This is not concrete but to be used as a guide. This was created by Fredalina of the GDR.


    Giving Dry Dog Food a Grade:
    Start with a grade of 100:

    For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points


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

    If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points

    For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points

    If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewerís rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points


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

    If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

    If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points

    If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points

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

    If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isnít allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

    If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isnít allergic to beef), subtract 1 point

    If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

    Extra Credit:

    If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points


    If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points

    If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

    If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

    If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

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

    If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points

    If the food contains barley, add 2 points

    If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points

    If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

    If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

    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), add 1 point


    If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point

    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
    <70 = F

    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

    Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

    Natural Balance Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

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

    Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

    Innova Pet / Score 114 A+

    Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

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

    Merrick Grammy Pot Pie/ Score 118 A+

    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 Beneful / Score 17 F

    Purina Pet / Score 62 F

    Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

    Royal Canin BullPet / 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

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    To whoever asked, Science Diet is NOT a good food in general, but if it works for your dog, go for it.

    Yeah, I had posted that one in someone's food thread (someone needed advice for their lab) but I thought this one was more straight forward (people could debate forever over which foods are better and this one doesn't rate, just "approves").
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meghan&Pedro View Post
    Solid gold IS on there - the original adult lamb formula is called Hundenflocken. It's on there.


    But all the foods listed ARE good foods and do more than just meet AAFCO standards.

    Meghan
    I was narrow mindedly looking for Wolf King in particular, but you are right, they are there just not that "line"

    AAFCO means nothing IMO, I could crap on a stick and it would probly meet or exceed their standard


    "Unnatural diets predispose animals to unnatural outcomes."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimble Woof View Post
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    AAFCO means nothing IMO, I could crap on a stick and it would probly meet or exceed their standard
    Now that's funny, and probably true...

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    That's why I say the foods on that list do MORE than just meeting AAFCO standards.

    I wish people would read my posts more carefully.

    AAFCO doesn't approve foods that won't sustain a dog. It does mean SOMETHING to see this stamp on pet foods. Not a lot, but something.

    I would rather see a dog eat Pedigree or Purina than eat a poorly balanced and poorly supplemented home cooked diet (which I see a lot of my clients trying to do!) because at least you know that they won't become deficient in the more important vitamin and minerals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimble Woof View Post
    AAFCO means nothing IMO, I could crap on a stick and it would probly meet or exceed their standard

    That is so funny and exactly how I feel about them too
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