We are often asked by dog owners to rate or comment on their dog’s food. As people become more educated about the commercial dog food industry, they are more interested than ever in understanding what they are serving their pet.
In July 2014, we will launch our Pet Food Reviews. This article is meant to provide an overview of the rating process we employ for our food reviews, which is based on the approach used by SlimDoggy.com and the SlimDoggy Food Ranking system. We also provide a simple framework so that you can make your own dog food evaluations.
Our overall philosophy is rooted in two core concepts:
Dogs are meat eaters: dogs are descendants of the carnivore wolf, and thus, they should eat meat. Their ancestors ate a diet high in protein and fat.
Stay close to nature: when given a choice between artificial and natural, choose natural. When given a choice between more processed and less processed, choose less processed.
At a very high level, your dog food should have the following attributes:
Our methodology ‘rewards’ foods that match with the above profile and ‘penalizes’ foods that don’t. SlimDoggy’s extensive database of over 3,000 dog foods and treats enables us to examine the ingredients in most commercially available dog food products. We scrutinize their ingredients and search for both good and bad items. Taken all together, we then create a rating which encapsulates the overall ‘goodness’ of each food.
Besides the ingredients themselves, there are other factors that can determine whether or not a food is a good fit for your dog. Our methodology does not consider these factors either because they are specific to your individual situation or the data needed to evaluate the factor is not generally available.
Are you thinking of switching your food? Remember to consult with your veterinarian before making dramatic changes to your dog’s diet.
Steve is an advocate for healthy pet food offerings.