NOTICE: I am uploading this to show how I am looking for a new food for my Leilah, a 3 year old, 35 lb  Vizsla/beagle mix with previous dandruff problems, previous colitis problems, luxated patellas, no allergies, and a high metabolism.   Keeping this stuff straight is hard, so I made this page (I happen to LOVE netscape composer for a lot of things). I'm a consumer with some basic canine nutritional knowledge, not a nutritionist. The ideal is based on past experience as to what works and what doesn't for her. This is what I am looking at, for MY dog.  I don't even cook for myself, so I'm not going have the patience and time to do a BARF diet for her. What I choose for Leilah is probably is not what YOUR dog needs, I only want to show my format here for comparing foods, so you can see it and hopefully find a good food for your dog too. 

Since this is for me to do my own shopping, I didn't make it to be pretty, and it's my opinions, knowledge, or lack of, for better or worse. 

Prospective dog foods for  Leilah

Ideal:
on a 10% moisture kibble: protein under 25%  best about 22-23%, fat between 14-16% + or - 1 or 2% , poultry as main protein, lamb ok, more rice than corn, some corn ok, some omega acids, fiber at least 3%  higher is better. Glucosamine a plus. mail order a negative. she doesn't need vit c like copper does, and it's in the glucosamine supplement anyway, so don't need it in the food.  Kibble only, no canned.

contenders:
naturapet flint river canidae wysong
Innova dry Premium Kibble Puppy and Dog  maintenance formula synorgon
what she's on now. after 2 months, gaining weight free fed, average less than 1 c average a day (.9). coat almost greasy feeling, and a bit harsher too. Harsher is ok, it feels more like a vizsla coat now than when on eukanuba, but greasy not ok. wonder if caused by all the fish. it's got more omega than most too.l She's using the food, has less stool, but I don't like what she's doing with the food she's absorbing.  Worried her colitis might be returning too, don't have the granola fiber supplement figured right yet. fat low, fiber as fed low, don't know about wheat as main cereal (2x in top 6, 3X total), mail order white rice? is that good? Less omega 6 than the innova, might make her coat less greasy. Wouldn't mind the protein down a point or two. Not bad...but it's mail order maybe? or have I seen it at collar and leash? low fat, high moisture makes fat even lower, what's with all this dried fermentaion stuff. black pepper? salt? site says corn in their other foods is "hypoallergenic" and the salt is "special" salt not just added sodium. wierd. having an online feud with innova apparently, kinda funny.  Newfie dug up a list of places to buy it, all 5 places near here I won't patronize because they sell pups. so, it would have to be mail order. 
Crude Protein (minimum) 24.0%
 Crude Fat (minimum) 14.0%
 Crude Fiber (maximum) 3.0%
 Moisture (maximum) 10.0%
 Vitamin E (minimum) 200 IU/cup
 Vitamin C (minimum) 500 mg/cup
 Fatty Acids (Omega 6) (minimum) 4.25%
 Fatty Acids (Omega 3) (minimum) 0.60%
 Total Microorganisms (minimum) 900 million
 CFU/lb
Guaranteed Average Analysis "As Fed" 
    Crude Protein (Min.) 23.0% 23.5 % 
    Crude Fat (Min.) 12.0% 12.3 % 
    Crude Fiber (Max.) 4.0% 2.25 % 
    Moisture (Max.) 10.0% 8.8 % 
    Caloric Density (KCAL/Lb.) 1780 
    Caloric Density (KCAL/Cup) 413 
    Grams/Cup 113 
Crude  Protein - (Minimum) 24 %

                         Crude  Fat - (Minimum) 14.5 %

                         Crude  Fiber - (Maximum) 4 %

                          Moisture - (Maximum) 10 %

                   Omega-6 Fatty Acids - (Minimum) 3.20 %

                    Omega-3 Fatty Acids - (Minimum)  .60 %

                       Linoleic Acid - (Minimum) 3.70 %

                      Vitamin  E - (Minimum) 200 IU/KG

                   ME (kcal/lb) 1865   -  ME ( kcal/cup) 466.25

             Amylase (From Aspergillus Niger) - MIN. 950 BAU/ lb

             Xylanase (From Aspergillus Oryzae) - MIN. 136 XU/ lb

ANALYSIS: Protein 24%, Fat 12%, Fiber 4.5%, Moisture 12%
 Turkey
 Chicken
 Apples
 Garlic
 Potatoes
 Alfalfa Sprouts
 Carrots
 Cottage Cheese
 Milk
 Eggs

 In addition to these fresh ingredients, Innova contains:

  Whole Ground Barley 
  Whole Ground Brown & White Rice Quality grain
 sources of highly digestible carbohydrates...
 Not pre-processed grain fractions from other industries.

  Sunflower & Fish Oil Chicken Fat
 Ultra high-quality sources of fat...chosen for their skin &
 coat properties and are rich in linoleic acid & omega 3
 fatty acids!

  Chicken Meal 
  Herring Meal Low ash, ground chicken meat &
 whitefish that provide high quality, highly digestible
 protein.

  Lactobacillus Acidophilus 
  Lactobacillus Casei 
  Streptococcus Faecium 
  Lactobacillus Plantarum Important probiotics are added
 to help prevent disease and sickness. Especially critical
 for dogs and cats that are under stress from shipping,
 showing, surgery, and kennel stays. 

  Vitamins E, C & A (Beta-Carotene)
  Selenium, Zinc, Manganese

INGREDIENTS: Chicken Meal, Wheat Flour, Ground Rice, Lamb Meal,
    Poultry Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbic Acid),
    Ground Wheat, Dried Whole Egg, Lecithin, Fish Meal, Brewers Dried
    Yeast, Wheat Germ Meal, Dried Kelp, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Salt,
    Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, DL-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate
    (Source of Vitamin E), Zinc Oxide, Selenium Supplement, Manganous
    Oxide, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Copper and Colbolt, Niacin,
    Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin
    A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, D-Biotin Supplement, Pyridoxine
    Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Iodate, Thiamine Mononitrate,
    Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement. 
CHICKEN MEAL, TURKEY MEAL, BROWN RICE, WHITE RICE, LAMB MEAL, CHICKEN
 FAT, ( PRESERVED WITH MIXED TOCOPHEROLS AND ASORBIC ACID ,VIT.E & C ), FISH
    MEAL, FLAX SEED, DEHYDRATED ALFALFA MEAL ,SUNFLOWER OIL , LECITHIN ,
    BREWERS YEAST , NATURAL FLAVORS, MONOSODIUM PHOSPHATE , CHOLINE,
   LINOLEIC ACID, ROSEMARY EXTRACT, SAGE EXTRACT , FERROUS SULFATE , DL -
    ALPHA TOCOPHEROL (SOURCE OF VITAMIN E) ZINC OXIDE, SODIUM SELENITE,
  MANGANOUS OXIDE, RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT ( SOURCE OF B2), YEAST CULTURE,
 DRIED ASPERGILLUS NIGER FERMENTATION EXTRACT, DRIED ASPERGILLUS ORYZAE
   FERMENTATION EXTRACT, DRIED LACTOBACILLUS ACIDIPHILUS FERMENTATION
 PRODUCT, DRIED STREPTOCOCCUS FAECIUM FERMENTATION PRODUCT, ZINC AMINO
 ACID CHELATE, MANGANESE AMINO ACID CHELATE, COPPER AMINO ACID CHELATE,
  COBALT AMINO ACID CHELATE, IRON AMINO ACID CHELATE, NIACIN, VITAMIN B12
    SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE , D-BIOTIN
   SUPPLEMENT, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6) , CALCIUM , IODATE,
  THIAMINE MONONITRATE , FOLIC ACID , PAPAIN , BACILLUS SUBTILI , ASPERGILLUS
                      NIGER , YUCCA SCHIDIGERA EXTRACT.
Chicken, Ground Brown Rice, Ground Flax Seeds, Poultry Fat, Salt. 
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Yeast Culture, Lecithin, Natural Extractives of Cloves, Sage, and Rosemary, Dried Kelp, Garlic,
Black Pepper, Artichoke, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae
Fermentation Product, Dried Entercococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus
acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried
Lactobacillus lactis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Product, Ascorbic
Acid, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Manganese
Proteinate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Pyridoxine
Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12
Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement.

 

iams and euk: I'm mad at them, too much corn - makes her crap a lot, she apparently not using a lot of it

nature's recipe: lots of coat type fats and oils - too many?, proteins on high side, chicken fat or other fat pretty high up on lists

solid gold: fat too low all types

diamond: nutro nuggets, too much corn, protein and fat too low.  Premium edge and professional: protein too high, chicken fat too high on list

mother hubbard wellness: no real info on site, no analysis

nutro natural choice: protein and fat  too low. max: protein too high

sensible choice: protein too high, wierd ingredients: "spray dried chicken liver"??? salt?? what is "natural flavor"? "powdered cellulose" and it has a somewhat low fiber content?  sounds messed with more than necessary.

phd: protein too high. diamotaceous earth?? it goes in gardens, not dogs, doesn't it?

precise: no omegas, too much corn

Balanced Diet: per a good friend, mail order HELL

Best in show:  Their info not on their site, but got info from TR

  Chicken, chicken meal, Barley, brown rice, millet, white rice, herring meal chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherois and
  ascorbic acid) Whole sweat potatoes, oat hulls, sunflower oil, cheddar cheese, flaxseed, whole carrots, whole apples, spirulina,
  alfalfa sprouts, whole egg, potassium chloride, monosodium phosphate, chicory root extract, whole garlic clove, parsley, salt,
  probiotics (dried B. Licheniformis Fermentation product, dried l. Acidophilus fermentiation product dried b. subtilis fermentation
  product, dried l. lactis fermentation product, Vitamin A. D3, E, B12 supplements, Choline Chloride, NIacin, Panthenic acid,
  ascorbic acid, Riboflavin, Thiamin Mononitrate, pyrodsoxine hydrocholoride, folic acid, menadione sodium, sodium bisulfate
  (source of vitamin K. activity) Biotin, Zinc Oxide, Iron Carbonate, Magnanous Oxide, Sorbic Acide, Sodium Selenite

  Guaranteed Analysis: crude Protein 25.0% Curde Fat 15.0% crude Fiber 3.0% Moisture 10.0%

very much like Innova, too much oil. Lady at centinela feed wonders if the cottage cheese in the innova is causing the weight gain too, so could cheddar?. I don't think this will solve what I don't like about innova, and it's mail order.