GIVE YOUR PET FOOD A GRADE - START WITH 100 PTS

*For every listing of “BY PRODUCTS” subtract 10 pts
*For every non-specific source (meat, poultry, meat meal, animal fat) reference, subtract 10 pts
*If bone meal appears in the top 6 ingredients, subtract 10 pts
*If bone meal appears after the top 6 ingredients, subtract 5 pts
*If the food contains BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 pts
*For every grain “MILL RUN” (flour, bran, gluten or anything NOT “grain or whole grain” subtract 5 pts.

Subtract an extra 2 pts for each of those that is a gluten.
*If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first 5 ingredients (ground brown rice, rice bran, brewer’s rice, rice flour are all the same grain), subtract 3 pts each
*If the food contains any kind of animal digest, subtract 5 pts
*If the food contains any artificial colorants, peanut hulls or powdered cellulose, subtract 3 pts each
*If the food contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 4 pts each
*If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 1 point.  If the fat source is beef tallow or an unspecified animal fat, subtract 2 more pts
*If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless our dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 pts
*If the food contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 pts
*If the food contains wheat, subtract 2 pts
*If the food contains beef, subtract 1 point

EXTRA CREDIT – EARN BACK POINTS FOR EXTRAS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR DOG

 *If the first 2 ingredients are specific animal proteins (e.g. chicken, chicken meal, lamb meal, turkey, etc), add 2 pts
*If the food contains probiotics (natural enzymes for digestion), add 4 pts
*If the food contains fruit, add 4 pts
*If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 pts
*If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 pts
*If the food contains barley, oats or oatmeal, or quinoa, add 2 pts
*If the food contains flaxseed oil (not just the seeds) or salmon oil, add 2 pts
*If the food contains alfalfa, kelp, seaweed, spinach or spirulina, add 2 pts
*If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
*If you know whether the food is ethoxyquin-free, add 2 pts
*If the food contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
*Add 1 point if any of the following ingredients are included: taurine, chicory root, garlic, yucca schidegera, cinnamon, cottage cheese, cloves, glucosamine & chondroitin
*If you know all production of the food to be tested for salmonella, add 4 pts

FOOD WITH OVER 100 POINTS ARE AMONG THE BEST