Adopt-a-Star strongly recommends a high quality diet. An excellent diet makes all the difference when it comes to a healthy coat and reducing shedding. A shiny and soft coat is the goal of most.

Honest Kitchen PreferenceJust like humans, not all greyhounds respond the same way to the same diet. Some need more vegetables, some more protein. None need fillers... Grain heavy foods aren't going to satisfy, but they will fatten. Your greyhound is used to eating vegetables at the track...so feel free to include them as a supplement. Raw is best, but cooked is fine too. Carrots, broccoli, apples, bananas...they can all be favorites...but stay away from grapes, avocados, onions and chocolate (of course).

One of the best ways that we have found to give our greyhounds veggies (and get them solid...if you know what we mean), is to use or supplement with The Honest Kitchen: Preference formula. There are other formulas - choose the one that matches your hound. To help save costs, we use a high quality kibble for the protein, with an equal amount of Preference for each feeding. Remember to use filtered water to rehydrate any dehydrated food (5-10 minutes). Never feed your greyhound dry food, as this may increase the risk of stomach bloat. Put enough water to cover the dry food.

For kibble, we recommend and use the Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Foods. They provide a single source of protein, and a single carbohydrate, without fillers. The food is low allergen, and well balanced. Below is a formula for grading foods:

Start with a grade of 100, then:

  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 food contains 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", "brewer’s 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 any 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 food contains 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 is not allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
  14. If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
  15. If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:

  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 food contains 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 it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
  14. If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point
     
    FINAL GRADES:
    94-100+ = A
    86-93 = B
    78-85 = C
    70-77 = D
    <70 = Fail

Scores of some popular commercial dog foods:

Grade A:

Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114
Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116
Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101
Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106
Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107
Canidae / Score 112
Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106
Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106
EaglePack Holistic / Score 102
Flint River Senior / Score 101
Foundations / Score 106
Innova Dog / Score 114
Innova Evo / Score 114
Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110
Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127
Nature's Recipe / Score 100
Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116
Nature's Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122
Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy / Score 101
Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98
Nutro Natural Choice Senior / Score 95
Nutro Ultra Adult / Score 104
Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109
Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94
Royal Canin Boxer / Score 103
Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97
Solid Gold / Score 99
Summit / Score 99
Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97
 
Grade B:

Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87
Nutro Max Adult / Score 93
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87
Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free / Score 86 

Grades C & D:

Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83
Diamond Performance / Score 85
Eukanuba Adult / Score 81
Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 
Member's Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84
Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81   
Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80

Failed:

Bil-Jac Select / Score 68
Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 
Purina Dog / Score 62
Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62  
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69

Hall of Shame:

Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23   
Purina Beneful / Score 17
Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16