The New and Improved SlimDoggy Dog Food Rankings

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We are pleased to announce that we have updated our dog food database and made some improvements in our dog food ranking system. A summary of our approach is provided below. For a full description of our methodology please refer to the dog food ranking reference page.jackannounce

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Our dog food data contains a lot more than just rankings too.  We have collected calories, ingredients, and macronutrient  (protein, fat, etc.) so that you can learn exactly what is in your dog’s food.


Dog Food Rankings, the SlimDoggy Approach

Dog foods are evaluated based on their ingredients as reported by the food companies.   Foods with real, named meat and fish and that are free of by products and artificial ingredients are rated more highly.


New Additions to the Dog Food Ranking Methodology

There are two major changes to our dog food ranking methodology.


  1. We changed the scale to a 0-5 system with 5 being the best. We also now use a ½ point increments. Thus, you will see 3.5, 2.0, 4.5, etc as the rankings. We made this change so that it is easier to interpret the rankings and to group similar scoring foods into the same rank.
  2. We have added a macronutrient component to the ranking system that looks at the dry matter basis carbohydrate content in all foods and rewards lower carb foods. We added this component because dogs are really carnivores and their bodies are meant to thrive on diets high in animal and fish proteins and fats.


We have also added some new foods and treats and removed those that are no longer available for sale. The total number of dog foods and treats in the database now exceeds 3,200. And this will continue to climb as we are in the process of adding several more food brands to our data set.


Check out the dog food database and let us know if we are missing your dog’s favorite brand or recipe.

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  1. whoo hoo, way to go on the great updates.
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  2. This is great , thank you for keeping us updated 😀
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  3. Great! we made a list with the bad ingredients what mom has in her bag now. so we are better prepared when we shop for my food :o)
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  4. Looking forward to this new ranking.
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  5. Awesome! I’m definitely going to check out the updates. It’s such a great resource!
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  6. Love it! Just played around with it a bit and we are eating 5’s, so we are happy. The new improved version is easier to use.
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  7. I just used it yesterday! You are my go-to app for all food rankings. Thanks!
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  8. Y’all rock, you know that? Thank you for making life healthier for dogs!
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  9. I’ll head over and check it out. Sounds like you made some great changes!
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  10. This is awesome! I’m going to go check it out right now!
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  11. Such a fantastic resource and love your changes and updates!
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  12. Glad to know Sugar’s food is rated 5. Golden Woofs
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  13. I love the new point system and that the scoring takes dry matter basis carbohydrate content into consideration. We are trying to focus on that now to get those last extra pounds off Prince.
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  14. Great project.
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  15. Great job.
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  16. This is great news!! I can’t wait to update it and check it out!!
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  17. This is AWESOME! Thanks for pulling together such a comprehensive resource!
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  18. Is there anyway to download or export in excel format?? Kind of lazy to click through the pages to find the various food we’re feeding Donna XD *oops* but this looks like a great resource!!
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    • You can search for your food at the top of the page. There is a filter that let’s you pick your brand and the formula. Try that.
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