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KilliansIrishRed
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Postby KilliansIrishRed » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:19 pm

rgyoung777 wrote:How long have they been eating it?

Have you considered supplementing with salmon oil? I know that often improves the coat, as well as having many other benefits.

If their energy is up, and everything else is going well, I really wouldn't worry too much about their coats, but you might try the salmon oil if you're concerned.

I swore by Timberwolf for a few years, and my dog did extremely well on it for most of that time, but last year, she began to have reflux-type reactions to it, regardless of the formula I fed. So we switched to Nature's Variety prairie venison, and haven't looked back since. She's had zero issues with the new food, even though it's of inferior quality to the TW, according to that list.


They've only been on it for a couple months now, but yeah I was actually going to wait and see if their coats were just dull because its "shedding season" and then add fish oil if they didnt brighten up some :)

I really am less worried about the "rating" per say, so much as I just wanted peoples opinons and experiences with different foods.. I know as far as ratings/opinions go, they're like.. well.. lets just say everyone has one :)

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Postby picara » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:24 pm

Found it!

Quote:

Here is a way to find out how good the dog food is you are feeding your dogs.

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 3points
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

Score:
94-100+ = A 86-93 = B 78-85 = C 70-77 = D 69 and below = 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
--male genitalia-- Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
--male genitalia-- 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 Beneful / 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

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Postby KilliansIrishRed » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:26 pm

roflmao roflmao

--male genitalia-- Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score

Sorry... I'm such a child sometimes :)

That does make me feel a little better :) It seems like everyone who feeds Canidae feels strongly about it in a positive light :)

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Postby picara » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:48 pm

KilliansIrishRed wrote:roflmao roflmao

--male genitalia-- Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score



Somebody somewhere is a little overanxious about keeping the posts clean! (It might not have been PBF, but wherever this was cribbed from originally)!

Anyway, Dick Van Patten! DICK DICK DICK Van Patten.

roflmao

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Postby KilliansIrishRed » Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:59 pm

roflmao

Glad I'm not the only one :)

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Postby Allie » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:08 pm

We've tried feeding raw, TW, and NV in the past and always have gone back to Canidae. It works best for our dogs. :thumbsup:

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Postby KilliansIrishRed » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:11 pm

Allie wrote:We've tried feeding raw, TW, and NV in the past and always have gone back to Canidae. It works best for our dogs. :thumbsup:


Good :) Im glad to be getting such positive feedback about Canidae.. Its definantly the most bang for your buck around here as far as quality/cost :)


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