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I am in the process of taking my boys off of their current food which was Pedigree dry and canned and putting them on a grain free food.

I was overwhelmed at the choices and the prices! I ended up buying a bag of Wellness Core but am now wondering if that is the right choice. I found some horror videos on You Tube of all places about the Wellness Fish. I am not feeding them anything with fish in it this one has chicken and beef and veggies. It is a high protein food.

Are there any other suggestions which you might have which may be better for them. I am really nervous about switching their food. But I feel grain free is the way to go.

Thanks for all your help

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I have had great luck with both of my dogs on Orijen.

Good stools, they look bright and healthy, great coats!

My cav is strictly on Orijen (adult regional red) and my spoo is on a raw Stella and Chewy's patty in the morning and Orijen large breed puppy in the evening.


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BB is low grain but good, I have been using it a while now and the dogs like it. It is a bit pricier tho. I will determine tomorrow after a Vet appt is I will continue, my one gets a bit of a tummy ache almost weekly so this could change - but I dont think its the food. Coats loos nice and the tearing my Poms did is gone since BB.

Also the wilderness I have not used but have considered

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Blue Buffalo is a good one. Another good one, which was a total shock to me, was Kirkland Brand (Costco). They have a high score on the dog food rating scale. It actually scores higher than Blue Buffalo.

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

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 dog food ingredients include 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 3 points
9. If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
10. If the dog food ingredients include 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 isn’t allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
14. If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn’t allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
15. If the dog food ingredients include salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:
Grading Scale

* 100+ = A+
* 94-100 = A
* 86-93 = B
* 78-85 = C
* 70-77 = D
* 69 or less = F

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 dog food ingredients include 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 " turkey" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
13. If the dog food ingredients include Glucosamine and Chondroitin, add 1 point
14. If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

Following are some foods that have already been scored:

Dog Food Name Total Points Letter Grade
Alpo Prime Cuts 81 C
Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy 114 A+
Authority Harvest Baked 116 A+
Authority Harvest Baked Less Active 93 B
Beowulf Back to Basics 101 A+
Bil-Jac Select 68 F
Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice 83 C
Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice 106 A+
Burns Chicken and Brown Rice 107 A+
Canidae 112 A+
Chicken Soup Senior 115 A+
Diamond Maintenance 64 F
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice 92 B
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula 99 A
Diamond Performance 85 C
**** Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium 122 A+
**** Van Patten's Duck and Potato 106 A+
**** Van Patten Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice 106 A+
EaglePack Holistic 102 A+
Eukanuba Adult 81 C
Eukanuba Puppy 79 C
Flint River Senior 101 A+
Foundations 106 A+
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold 93 B
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium 73 D
Innova Dog 114 A+
Innova Evo 114 A+
Innova Large Breed Puppy 122 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables 110 A+
Member's Mark Chicken and Rice 84 C
Merrick Wilderness Blend 127 A+
Nature's Recipe 100 A
Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice 116 A+
Nature's Variety Raw Instinct 122 A+
Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice 81 C
Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy 101 A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice 87 B
Nutro Max Adult 93 B
Nutro Natural Choice Oatmeal 101 A+
Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice 98 A
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy 87 B
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Lamb and Rice Puppy 98 A
Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free 86 B
Nutro Natural Choice Senior 95 A
Nutro Ultra Adult 104 A+
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice 23 F
Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry 109 A+
Pro Nature Puppy 80 C
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley 103 A+
Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach 94 A
Purina Beneful 17 F
Purina Dog 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It 16 F
Purina One Large Breed Puppy 62 F
Red Flannel Adult Formula 83 C
Royal Canin Boxer 103 A+
Royal Canin Bulldog 100 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult 106 A+
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice 97 A
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ 63 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies 69 F
Solid Gold 99 A
Summit 99 A
Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry 120 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken 110 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold 97 A

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I would recomend a Raw diet first, but if you want a good kibble I think Orjien is best, I tried Blue bufflo but my dog Harry didn't like the little blue bits and left them beside his bowl lol.
How funny. Suri doesn't eat them much either and Aoki my Pom will come behind her and eat them! The small bits I get are brown tho:)

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I hear good things about Orijen. I personally have gone with Taste of the Wild simply because it is an all life stages food (there is no "puppy" vs "adult" formula, nor is there "large breed" vs "small breed". I have dogs from 6 months to 7 years, big and small and it is a pain to buy all these different bags for each dog.
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