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Old 08-15-2008, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I've been feeding my dogs Alpo Prime Cuts dry food for the past year or so. They really like it but it's been tough to find it in the large bags sometimes and I thought I'd switch to a good food I can always find at Sam's Club. (I'm disabled and can't get out often, so it's best for me to buy a 40 or 50-pound bag once a month for my three dogs.)

Anyhoo, I noticed that Sam's Club carries Merrick Beef'n More so I thought I'd give it a try. I've been transitioning them to this new food and they LOVE IT! YAY! I know the Merrick name is considered a good brand and I Googled to find out more about it.

I found this rating tool and list of dog foods rated. Some of the findings surprised me! (Such as the Eukanuba and Iams ratings!) Thought y'all might be interested. Merrick's Beef'n More ranked really well and it's very affordable so I guess that's what I'll be feeding from now on! Check how your dog food compares with others!

How does your dog food rate? Easy scoring guidelines. - Large Breed Dog Meetups
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:45 PM
 
Location: California
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Thanks for the link Interesting, to say the least. We did excellent...the two brands we feed were rated A+
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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With feeding Canidae, we got an A+ as well
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Teatime,

I'm at work and my system won't allow me to access that site. After reading threads here about dog food I checked the brand that I was using and the first ingrediant was corn. Yuck. So I switched to Science Diet Lamb and Rice. Can you tell me what that site says about it?
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:30 PM
 
Location: California
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Here ya go...Just copied the article for you.

MODERATOR: Oops, sorry, no copying - this could be copyrighted - here's a link to a published article on the web:

How to grade your dog's food:
Start with a grade of 100:

http://www.acreaturecomfort.com/ratingpetfood.htm

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Old 08-15-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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[quote=ShelbyGirl1;4872048]Here ya go...Just copied the article for you.

How to grade your dog's food:
Start with a grade of 100:
[/mod] edit [/mod] see above post

Thanks Shelbygirl. The 2 Science Diet products that they list got a F. I'll print out the instructions and check it out when I get home. Thanks again.

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Old 08-15-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thanks for copying over the info, Shelby!

What I found so interesting about this rating system and list is that it gives folks good information and options. You needn't spend a small fortune on good pet food, especially if your dog doesn't have any health problems or allergies. Also, some of the moderately priced brands apparently aren't worth the extra money!

I think this is valuable insight for folks like myself who have three dogs and for rescuers.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:47 PM
 
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We feed Canidae, which I think is one of the best as far a dry food goes. I don't like brands that have canola oil in it and I try to get kibble that uses chicken fat and/or salmon oil. That's why we stopped buying Solid Gold.
I tried the Natures variety raw patties awhile back, and I think it's a million times better than any dry food BUT it is really expensive! It would cost me a fortune to feed 2 large dogs on it.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:55 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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INNOVA!!!!!! I've been preaching Innova for the longest time. They have never let us down.
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Old 08-15-2008, 02:04 PM
 
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If you subscribe to the Whole Dog Journal, it reviews dog foods annually.
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