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  5.0 Superior Expert rating
  1. #1 ingredient is whole named meat and/or fish that is butcher-quality/human-grade.
  2. Predominantly a meat-based diet. Other protein sources are of animal origin (i.e. eggs) or high-quality plant-based proteins (i.e. peas).
  3. No meat meals (rendered meats).
  4. Contains whole grains only (if applicable).
  5. Contains vegetables.
  6. No fillers (ingredients with little or no nutritional value).
  7. No by-products.
  8. No artificial flavorings/digests, sweeteners, colors/dyes, or preservatives.
  9. Contains natural preservatives only (i.e. mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, ascorbic acid, etc).
  10. Contains natural foods as a source of vitamins when possible. If synthetic vitamins are used they are present in chelated forms or other highly bioavailable forms.
  11. Meats are from USDA- or CFIS- inspected facilities.
  12. All ingredients are sourced from the USA or Canada.
  13. Manufacturer has veterinarian(s) for answering questions and/or excellent customer service support.
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  4.0 Very Good Expert rating
  1. #1 ingredient is whole named meat or fish or high quality named meat meal (For example: chicken or chicken meal, not poultry meal).
  2. Contains whole grains only (if applicable).
  3. Contains vegetables.
  4. No fillers (ingredients with little or no nutritional value).
  5. No by-products.
  6. No artificial flavorings/digests, sweeteners, colors/dyes, or preservatives.
  7. Contains natural preservatives only ( i.e. mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, ascorbic acid, etc).
  8. Contains natural foods as a source of vitamins when possible. If synthetic vitamins are used they are present in chelated forms or other highly bioavailable forms.
  9. All ingredients are sourced from the USA and Canada.
  10. Manufacturer has veterinarian(s) for answering questions and/or excellent customer service support.
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  3.0 Good Expert rating
  1. Has whole named meat or named meat meal as one of the main ingredients. (For example: chicken or chicken meal, not poultry meal).
  2. Contains plant-based protein as one of the main ingredients.
  3. Contains mostly whole grains.
  4. Contains vegetables.
  5. Contains fillers (ingredients with little or no nutritional value) but not as a main ingredient.
  6. No by-products.
  7. No artificial flavorings/digests, sweeteners, colors/dyes, or preservatives.
  8. Ingredients are not necessarily USA- or Canada-sourced but are not sourced from China.
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  2.0 Fair Expert rating
  1. In most cases, #1 ingredient is a plant-based protein (i.e. corn, corn gluten meal, etc).
  2. Contains named meat or meat meal as one of the main ingredients. (For example: chicken or chicken meal, not poultry meal or meat meal).
  3. Food may have partial grains with lesser nutritional value.
  4. Contains fillers (ingredients with little or no nutritional value).
  5. Contains by-products.
  6. Contains at least some artificial ingredients (flavorings/digests, sweeteners, colors/dyes, or preservatives).
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  1.0 Poor Expert rating
  1. In most cases, #1 ingredient is a plant-based protein (i.e. corn or corn gluten meal, etc).
  2. Contains unknown or unnamed animal proteins (i.e. meat meal, poultry by-product meal).
  3. Contains unnamed animal fats (i.e. animal fat, lard, tallow).
  4. Contains by-products.
  5. Contains fillers (ingredients with little or no nutritional value).
  6. May contain flavorings/digests, sweeteners, dyes/coloring, or other artificial ingredients.
  7. Contains artificial preservatives.
  8. May not be labeled as Complete and Balanced as set forth by AAFCO guidelines.
  9. May contain sources of vitamins and minerals with low bioavailability.
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Meet the Experts
Dr. Michael Dym, VMD
Veterinarian (Bio)
"I believe in providing our pets with as close to an evolutionary diet as possible. Many of the processed commercial pet foods today are made with lower quality ingredients, too many refined carbohydrates, as well as sometimes unhealthy additives and preservatives. A proper and balanced homemade diet is ideal; however, when looking for a natural commercial diet, I try to find one that has good quality meat ingredients in two out of the first three ingredients listed on the label, preferably not meat by-products.  For my feline guardians, I am a strong believer in wet food or meat-based diets, as many dry food only feline diets may lead to an increased incidence of obesity, diabetes, and/or feline urologic syndrome, especially in those cats who graze on dry food throughout the day."
 
 
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