Science Diet Dog Food Review & Ingredients Analysis (2022)

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Company Information

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Science Diet pet food is made by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a subsidiary of the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Hill’s Science Diet was developed by Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr., a veterinarian at the Raritan Hospital for Animals in Edison, NJ, in 1968. At the time it was developed the food was only available through vets and pet professionals. Dr. Morris and his son, Dr. Morris Jr., continued with the food and created condition-specific and life stage pet food formulas under the Prescription Diet and Science Diet brand names. Today the company has more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods, including prescription foods for cats, that are available only through vets or pet pharmacies. Science Diet brand pet foods are sold through veterinarians and pet specialty stores. In 1976 the Colgate-Palmolive Company bought Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Today’s Hill’s pet food products can be found in over 90 countries around the world and company sales reached $1 billion in 1999.

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Recall History

One line of Prescription Diet food and five of the Science Diet products were involved in the 2007 pet food recalls because they had melamine-tainted wheat gluten from China.

Manufacturing

Hill’s opened a new, 500,000 square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Emporia, Kansas in 2010. They have three other facilities in Topeka, Kansas: the company’s global headquarters, the Pet Nutrition Center, and its canned pet food manufacturing facility. Hill’s currently operates seven manufacturing plants; five in the United States, one in the Netherlands and one in the Czech Republic. The plant in Hustopece, Czech Republic opened in 2009 and is LEED certified.

Product Overview

Hill’s Science Diet provides more individualized foods for dogs with different health conditions and life stages than any other brand that comes to mind. If your dog has any kind of health issue, regardless of his age or condition, it’s very possible that Science Diet has a food for him, or your vet can prescribe one of their Prescription Diets for him. Their Prescription Diets are costly and even their regular foods are expensive. Many people question whether these are good foods when they look at the ingredients but dogs who eat these foods seem to thrive.

Dry Foods

  • Adult Advanced Fitness Original
  • Adult Healthy Mobility
  • Adult Healthy Mobility Large Breed
  • Adult Healthy Mobility Small Bites
  • Adult Large Breed
  • Adult Light
  • Adult Light Large Breed
  • Adult Light Small Bites
  • Adult Oral Care
  • Adult Sensitive Skin
  • Adult Sensitive Stomach
  • Adult Small & Toy Breed
  • Adult Small Bites
  • Healthy Advantage Canine Adult
  • Healthy Advantage Puppy
  • Healthy Advantage Puppy Large Breed
  • High Energy
  • Ideal Balance Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Dinner
  • Mature Adult Active Longevity Original
  • Mature Adult Large Breed
  • Mature Adult Small Bites
  • Puppy Healthy Development Original
  • Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe
  • Puppy Large Breed
  • Puppy Small Bites

Prescription Diets

  • b/d Canine Aging & Alertness (For the nutritional support of cognitive function in older dogs)
  • c/d Canine Urinary Tract Health (Bladder Health)
  • Canine Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution (Weight reduction and lifelong maintenance for overweight dogs and dogs prone to excess weight gain.)
  • d/d Canine Skin Support Potato & Duck Formula (Skin Conditions)
  • d/d Canine Skin Support Potato & Salmon Formula (Skin Conditions)
  • d/d Canine Skin Support Potato & Venison Formula (Skin Conditions)
  • d/d Canine Skin Support Rice & Egg Formula (Skin Conditions)
  • g/d Canine Early Cardiac-Healthy Aging (For the nutritional support of senior dogs)
  • h/d Canine Cardiac Health (Heart Health)
  • i/d Canine Gastrointestinal Health (Digestive Health Support)
  • i/d Low Fat GI Restore Canine (Low Fat Gastrointestinal)
  • j/d Canine Mobility (Mobility)
  • j/d Canine Mobility Small Bites (Mobility)
  • k/d Canine Renal Health (Kidney Health)
  • l/d Canine Hepatic Health (Liver Health)
  • r/d Canine Weight Loss-Low Calorie (Weight reduction for overweight dogs)
  • r/d Canine Weight Loss-Low Calorie with Chicken (Weight reduction for overweight dogs)
  • t/d Canine Dental Health (Oral Health)
  • t/d Canine Dental Health Small Bites (Oral Health)
  • u/d Canine Non-Struvite Urinary Tract Health (Bladder Health)
  • w/d Canine Low Fat-Glucose Management-Gastrointestinal (Weight control, diabetic, and digestive support for dogs prone to excess weight gain)
  • w/d Canine Low Fat-Glucose Management-Gastrointestinal with Chicken (Weight control, diabetic, and digestive support for dogs prone to excess weight gain)
  • z/d Canine ULTRA Allergen-Free (Adverse reaction to food)
  • a/d Canine/Feline Critical Care (For the nutritional support of pets recovering from serious illness, accident and surgery)
  • c/d Canine Urinary Tract Health (Bladder Health)
  • Canine Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution (Weight reduction and lifelong maintenance for overweight dogs and dogs prone to excess weight gain.)
  • d/d Canine Skin Support Duck Formula (Skin Conditions)
  • d/d Canine Skin Support Salmon Formula (Skin Conditions)
  • d/d Canine Skin Support Venison Formula (Skin Conditions)
  • g/d Canine Early Cardiac-Healthy Aging (For the nutritional support of senior dogs)
  • h/d Canine Cardiac Health (Heart Health)
  • i/d Canine Gastrointestinal Health (Digestive Health Support)
  • i/d Low Fat GI Restore Canine (Low Fat Gastrointestinal)
  • j/d Canine Mobility (Mobility)
  • k/d Canine Renal Health (Kidney Health)
  • l/d Canine Hepatic Health (Liver Health)
  • n/d Canine (For nutritional support of dogs undergoing chemotherapy)
  • r/d Canine Weight Loss-Low Calorie (Weight reduction for overweight dogs)
  • s/d Canine Dissolution (Bladder Health)
  • u/d Canine Non-Struvite Urinary Tract Health (Bladder Health)
  • w/d Canine Low Fat-Diabetic-Gastrointestinal (Weight control, diabetic, and digestive support for dogs prone to excess weight gain)
  • z/d Canine ULTRA Allergen-Free (Adverse reaction to food)

Canned Foods

  • Adult Beef & Chicken Entrée
  • Adult Gourmet Beef Entrée
  • Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée
  • Adult Gourmet Turkey Entrée
  • Adult Light with Liver
  • Adult Savory Stew with Beef & Vegetables
  • Adult Savory Stew with Chicken & Vegetables
  • Adult Savory Stew with Turkey & Vegetables
  • Ideal Balance Beef & Vegetables Dinner Adult
  • Ideal Balance Chicken & Vegetables Dinner Adult
  • Ideal Balance Chicken & Vegetables Dinner Mature Adult
  • Ideal Balance Chicken & Vegetables Dinner Puppy
  • Mature Adult Gourmet Beef Entrée
  • Mature Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée
  • Mature Adult Gourmet Turkey Entrée
  • Mature Adult Savory Stew with Beef & Vegetables
  • Mature Adult Savory Stew with Chicken & Vegetables
  • Puppy Gourmet Chicken Entrée
  • Puppy Savory Stew with Beef & Vegetables
  • Puppy Savory Stew with Chicken & Vegetables
  • Small & Toy Adult Gourmet Beef Entrée
  • Small & Toy Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée
  • Small & Toy Adult Light with Liver
  • Small & Toy Adult Savory Stew with Beef & Vegetables
  • Small & Toy Adult Savory Stew with Chicken & Vegetables
  • Small & Toy Mature Adult Gourmet Beef Entrée
  • Small & Toy Mature Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée
  • Small & Toy Mature Adult Savory Stew with Chicken & Vegetables
  • Small & Toy Puppy Gourmet Chicken Entrée
  • Small & Toy Puppy Savory Stew with Chicken & Vegetables

Snacks

  • Ideal Balance Fruity Snacks with Apples & Oatmeal
  • Ideal Balance Fruity Snacks with Cranberries & Oatmeal
  • Ideal Balance Jerky Strips with Real Beef
  • Ideal Balance Jerky Strips with Real Chicken
  • Ideal Balance Jerky Treats with Real Beef
  • Ideal Balance Jerky Treats with Real Chicken
  • Ideal Balance Soft & Chewy Training Treats with Real Beef
  • Ideal Balance Soft & Chewy Training Treats with Real Chicken
  • Ideal Balance Veggie Chips with Pumpkin & Yam
  • Ideal Balance Veggie Chips with Sweet Potatoes & Carrots
  • Simple Essentials Treats Light Adult Large Biscuit with Real Chicken
  • Simple Essentials Treats Light Adult Medium Biscuit with Real Chicken
  • Simple Essentials Treats Mobility Adult Large Biscuit with Real Chicken
  • Simple Essentials Treats Mobility Adult Medium Biscuit with Real Chicken
  • Simple Essentials Treats Oral Care Adult Medium Nugget
  • Simple Essentials Treats Skin & Coat Adult Medium Biscuit with Real Chicken
  • Simple Essentials Treats Small & Toy Light Adult Small Biscuit with Real Chicken
  • Simple Essentials Treats Small & Toy Oral Care Adult Small Nugget

Review of Science Diet Healthy Advantage Canine Adult

Ingredients In Science Diet Healthy Advantage Canine Adult

Chicken By-Product Meal, Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Soybean Mill Run, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Egg Product, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Iodized Salt, Dried Chicken Cartilage, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, L-Carnitine, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

It was hard to choose a food to represent Hill’s Science Diet. I didn’t want to choose a food for a special health condition since it might not interest many readers so I’ve finally chosen a food for adult dogs without health problems – Science Diet Healthy Advantage Canine Adult. It seemed like an ordinary food and it had good reviews on the Science Diet web site.

Before I begin I want to give credit to Dr. Christopher Lee DVM CVLS who wrote a very interesting article about Science Diet and their foods. I agree with much of what he says – not all, but much. I do believe that some foods are more nutritious than you can tell simply by glancing at the ingredient list. I particularly like his discussion of corn and how its preparation and quality can make a difference in nutrition.

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Ingredients Breakdown

The first five ingredients you note in this food are chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, whole grain wheat, whole grain corn, and powdered cellulose.

Chicken by-products are not what you serve on your table to dinner, most likely, but they are things that your dog likes: the stomach, intestines, heart, liver, head, and feet of the chicken. According to Dr. Lee’s article (and he works for Hill’s Science Diet), all of the company’s meat comes from the U.S. So, that’s chicken by-product meal – a rich source of protein – from American sources. However, in case you don’t like chicken by-products, Hill’s says on their web site that in the future they are eliminating this ingredient from their foods in favor of some other quality protein source as the number one ingredient. But for now, this food contains chicken by-product meal as the first ingredient.

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Brewers rice is the second ingredient. Brewers rice is a by-product of the rice milling industry. According to AAFCO it is “the small milled fragments of rice kernels that have been separated from the larger kernels of milled rice.” Brewers rice is a processed rice product that is missing many of the nutrients contained in whole ground rice and brown rice thus reducing the quality. It is often used in pet foods. Does this kind of milling make it easier for dogs to digest? Do we know how the brewer’s rice has been cooked or prepared to go in the dog food? Nope. Brewer’s rice is used as a source of fiber in dog foods. The kindest thing I’ve been able to find about brewer’s rice is that if it’s used in “moderation” it can add structure and texture to pet food – but not nutrition – and it should appear low down on the list of ingredients. But here it’s the second ingredient in the food.

Whole grain wheat and whole grain corn are the third and fourth ingredients in the food. Dr. Lee’s excellent article notwithstanding, whole grains are hard for your dog to digest. This doesn’t say “ground wheat” or “ground corn” or other forms of grains which might be easier for a dog to digest. If these whole grains are slow-cooked all day at low temps then they might be easy for your dog to digest, but we don’t know that.

Finally, the fifth ingredient is cellulose and, again, despite Dr. Lee’s explanation, I have a problem with cellulose, at least as provided by Science Diet. Dr. Lee explains that Science Diet uses cellulose from maple trees. But regardless of the source, cellulose is another fiber, in addition to the fiber already provided by the brewer’s rice. That’s a lot of fiber in a food.

The next ingredient is soybean mill run and that’s just not a good ingredient. Soybean mill run is composed of soybean hulls and such bean meats that adhere to the hulls and such bean meats that adhere to the hulls which results from normal milling operations in the production of de-hulled soybean meal. In other words, it’s the hulls from soybeans and whatever soybeans happen to stick to them while they’re being milled. I don’t even like to give my dogs food that contains soybeans or soy anything, much less the leftover hulls and beans sticking to them. Not good.

The remaining ingredients look typical of most average foods. The fat in the food – low down on the list at this point – is animal fat. This is an unnamed source of fat so you don’t know what animal(s) it comes from.

Quality Of Ingredients

The quality of ingredients looks disappointing, especially for a food that is sold by vets and which is rather expensive.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein: 24.6
  • Fat: 15.2
  • Carbohydrate (NFE): 44.6
  • Crude Fiber: 10.6
  • Calcium: 0.80
  • Phosphorus: 0.67
  • Sodium: 0.26
  • Potassium: 0.80
  • Magnesium: 0.101
  • Carnitine: 352 ppm
  • Vitamin C: 225 mg/kg
  • Vitamin E: 743 IU/kg
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids Total: 0.46
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids Total: 3.53
  • Chondroitin Sulfate: 1498 mg/kg (ppm)
  • Glucosamine: 831 mg/kg (ppm)

Science Diet Healthy Advantage Canine Adult provides 24.6 percent crude protein (Minimum), which is above the government’s recommendations (18 percent for adult dogs). Much of this protein probably comes from the first ingredient listed – chicken by-product meal – and from the whole grain wheat and whole grain corn. The 15.2 percent fat in Science Diet Healthy Advantage Canine Adult also meets the government’s recommendations (9 to 15 percent for an adult dog).

Calorie Content Metabolizable Energy (ME): 270kcal/cup

The calories supplied by this food are rather low for an adult dog. You should follow the label feeding directions but keep an eye on your dog’s weight and condition. You may have to increase his portions.

Company Reputation And Quality Control Issues

Hill’s Science Diet has a mixed reputation. Many people like and respect the food based on their veterinarian’s recommendation but looking at the ingredients in the food will shake your confidence in them, as will reading opinions about the food online. However, there are many dogs with various health problems who eat Hill’s Science Diet foods and their Prescription Diets and do very well, despite what the ingredients look like.

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Bottomline

The ingredients don’t look good, for the most part, but there are lots of people who are happy with this food. It looks like just an average or even below average food but if your vet recommends it, you might want to try it.

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Science Diet Dog Food has received our 2 paw rating.

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FAQs

What ingredients are in Hill's Science Diet dog food? ›

Chicken, Whole Grain Wheat, Cracked Pearled Barley, Whole Grain Sorghum, Whole Grain Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Soybean Oil, Pork Flavor, Lactic Acid, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, Calcium Carbonate, vitamins (Vitamin E ...

What should be the number 1 ingredient in dog food? ›

Starting With Protein

The first five ingredients of your dog's food should always start with protein. Dogs are omnivores, so they receive energy and nutrients from both plant and animal nutrients. But protein is essential to their muscle and tissue development, immune system health, energy, and healthy skin and nails.

How does science diet rate as dog food? ›

Hill's Science Diet Adult is a plant-based dry dog food using a modest amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.

Is Hills Science good for dogs? ›

Yes, Hill's Science Diet Dog Food is good. The main reason for this is that the Science diet involves natural science in its products. Additionally, it is also among the most popular dog food brands that are available in the market.

What three ingredients should not be in dog food? ›

10 Ingredients to Avoid in Dog Food
  • BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) First on our list is butylated hydroxyanisole, also known as BHA. ...
  • White Flour. ...
  • Meat Meal. ...
  • Artificial Food Coloring. ...
  • Corn Syrup. ...
  • Rendered Fat. ...
  • Vegetable Oil. ...
  • Farmed Salmon.
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What ingredients should be avoided in dog food? ›

The 8 Ingredients To Avoid In Dog Food
  • Melamine. ...
  • BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin. ...
  • Propylene Glycol. ...
  • Carrageenan. ...
  • Meat Meal. ...
  • Food dyes or corn syrup. ...
  • MSG. ...
  • Sodium Hexametaphosphate.
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What is the most important ingredient in dog food? ›

Meat. It should be no surprise that meat is the most important component of your dog's diet. Dogs are pre-programmed to go crazy for meat for a reason! Every dog is different, but a general rule is that your dog food should be 30 percent lean protein — dogs will not thrive on an all-meat diet.

Is grain free really better for dogs? ›

Despite the benefits for some dogs, there are downsides to feeding a grain-free dog food. Many people assume grain free means low carb, but that's not the case. In fact, some dog foods without grains are higher in alternative carbohydrate sources like potatoes and peas. This could result in unintentional weight gain.

What do dog breeders feed their dogs? ›

Dogs love to have food that's high in protein. High protein concentrations are found in poultry, beef, fish, cheese, eggs, lamb, supplements, and soybean.

What is the number one healthiest food? ›

Top 10 Foods for Health
  1. Water. Drink 8 to 12 cups of water daily.
  2. Dark Green Vegetables. Eat dark green vegetables at least three to four times a week. ...
  3. Whole Grains. Eat whole grains sat least two or three times daily. ...
  4. Beans and Lentils. Try to eat a bean-based meal at least once a week. ...
  5. Fish. ...
  6. Berries. ...
  7. Winter Squash. ...
  8. Soy.

How do I know if my dog food is good? ›

Look for food companies that exceed AAFCO guidelines and use high-quality ingredients. Choose foods with meat-based items listed as the first two to three ingredients. Avoid foods that contain excess chemical preservatives and high amounts of fillers like wheat, corn, and soy.

Do vets recommend grain free dog food? ›

When it comes to the question of grain-free diets, veterinarians recommended that dogs be fed a grain-inclusive diet unless there is a reason that makes it unsuitable. One thing to always look out for when choosing a food is an adequacy statement on the label.

Is Hill's dog food Safe? ›

Hill's Science Diet was one of over 100 brands involved in the melamine recalls of 2007. These recalls were started due to the inclusion of melamine, a chemical found in plastics. Thousands of pets were killed from eating tainted food, but it's unknown how many — if any — died as a result of eating Hill's Science Diet.

Is Science Diet dog food high in protein? ›

All Science Diet dry foods offer:

Natural, great tasting ingredients — with high-quality protein as ingredient #1. Precise nutrition to support healthy skin, coat and stool.

Do vets get paid to recommend dog food? ›

In any event, in an attempt to set the record straight, let's dive in and count down these Top 5 Myths About Veterinarians: #5. Veterinarians are on the dole from certain pet food manufacturers and get kickbacks for selling their products. This is simply not true.

Which Hill's Science Diet is recalled? ›

A: Starting on January 31, 2019 Hill's issued a voluntary recall of some of its canned dog food products due to elevated levels of vitamin D. The recall affected only certain Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Science Diet canned dog foods. No dry foods, cat foods or treats are affected.

Does Science Diet dog food have grain in it? ›

Contains vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids to support healthy skin and a lustrous coat. Grain-free recipe made with natural ingredients, along with added vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

What does Oprah Winfrey feed her dogs? ›

Based on Dr. Marty's advice, Oprah says she now feeds her dogs a mixed diet of chicken, beef, lamb, brown rice, potatoes and carrots. Dr.

Which brands of dog food should I avoid? ›

Dry Dog Food Brands To Avoid
  • Purina Dog Chow Complete Adult Dry Dog Food With Real Chicken. ...
  • Kibbles 'n Bits Original Savoury Beef & Chicken Flavours Dry Dog Food. ...
  • Iams ProActive Health Adult MiniChunks Dry Dog Food. ...
  • Kal Kan Adult Dog Food. ...
  • Purina Senior 7+ Healthy Morsels Soft & Crunchy Bites Dog Food.

Is rice bad for dogs in dog food? ›

Rice is a food is not or poisonous for dogs. In fact, this carbohydrate is often added to commercial dog foods and prescribed for dogs suffering from a range of stomach issues or diarrhea. This is because rice is very easy for a dog to digest and is high in starch.

Why are peas not good for dogs? ›

Peas contain purines, a naturally occurring chemical compound, also found in some food and drinks. Purines produce uric acid that's filtered through the kidneys. Too much uric acid can lead to kidney stones and other kidney conditions. Dogs don't need fruits and vegetables in their diet the way humans do.

Do peas cause heart problems in dogs? ›

With a study of more than 800 compounds, peas were at the top of the list of ingredients that may be associated with this form of canine heart disease.

What foods are toxic to dogs? ›

Toxic food for dogs
  • Onions, garlic and chives. The onion family, whether dry, raw or cooked, is particularly toxic to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage. ...
  • Chocolate. ...
  • Macadamia nuts. ...
  • Corn on the cob. ...
  • Avocado. ...
  • Artificial sweetener (Xylitol) ...
  • Alcohol. ...
  • Cooked bones.

Why is corn not in dog food? ›

A dog's body cannot process corn properly.” “Corn-free dog food is an important part of a healthy diet for your dog.” Corn “can assault the sugar-controlling functions of both the liver and the pancreas, hence leading to medical conditions like dog obesity, pancreatitis, diabetes, and liver disease.”

What ingredients should I look for when buying dog food? ›

Quick Tip: Look at the basic four: protein, fat, fiber, and water. Many states have regulations requiring the minimum amount of nutrients a pet food must contain, as well as the maximum amount of moisture and crude fiber. Dog food labels must display the percentage of crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, and water.

What ingredients should good dog food have? ›

A food must contain at least 18% protein, 5% fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture. Some dog foods guarantee minimum levels of other nutrients such as calcium, phosphorous, sodium, and linoleic acid which are especially important for bone growth in puppies.

Are sweet potatoes good for dogs? ›

Why Sweet Potatoes Are Good for Dogs. Sweet potatoes provide an excellent source of dietary fiber, which helps the digestive system function more effectively. Eating fiber on a regular basis lowers the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancers.

What are the cons of grain-free dog food? ›

Cons of Grain-Free Dog Treats & Food
  • Not suitable for older and less active dogs. Grain-free dog treats can lead to weight gain for dogs that live a sedentary lifestyle. ...
  • Most are still rich in carbohydrates from non-grain ingredients. ...
  • It is a little bit more expensive. ...
  • Getting your dog to adapt to a new diet.
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Can dogs eat bananas? ›

Yes, dogs can eat bananas. In moderation, bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They're high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. They are low in cholesterol and sodium, but because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog's main diet.

Are eggs good for dogs? ›

Eggs are perfectly safe for dogs, Eggs are a great source of nutrition for your canine companion. They are high in protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and fatty acids that help support your dog inside and out. Remember that eggs are only as good as the chicken they come from.

Can I feed my dog human food instead of dog food? ›

A dog's digestive system is different from a human's. Typical human food is much too rich and fatty for a dog to properly digest; eating it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and even more severe conditions like pancreatitis. Many human foods also contain an unhealthy amount of sodium for dogs.

Is it good to feed dogs pumpkin? ›

Plain canned pumpkin is the healthiest choice for your dog. Both fresh and canned pumpkin are good sources of nutrients and fiber, but canned pumpkin contains a higher concentration of fiber and nutrients compared to fresh pumpkin. This is because fresh pumpkin has higher water content than canned pumpkin.

Why do vets recommend Purina Pro Plan? ›

Yes, Purina Pro Plan is good for dogs. Backed by 400+ Purina scientists, including nutritionists, behaviorists, and veterinarians, Pro Plan dog food formulas offer advanced nutrition and the highest quality ingredients to nourish your dog's best life. Pro Plan is recommended by veterinarians.

What is the number 1 unhealthiest food in the world? ›

#1 Pizza. Being nicknamed for the love of pizzas, this name was hard to mention in the list. However, with highly refined dough, heavily processed meat and extremely high calories, pizza is one of the unhealthiest junk food in the world. So better avoid it or make one at your home with healthy ingredients.

What are the 3 foods to quit? ›

"This can lead to weight gain and other detrimental health conditions," Corey warned.
  • Processed Meats. Foods such as bacon, sausages and some deli meats are not only high in calories and sodium, but also in saturated fat as well as some nitrates and nitrites. ...
  • Sugary Coffee Drinks. ...
  • Sugary Cereals.
19 Mar 2022

What is the number 2 healthiest food in the world? ›

The 10 healthiest foods on Earth
  • Spinach. If it's good enough for Popeye, it's good enough for you. ...
  • Garlic. Agreed, it may make your breath smell, but trust us, the benefits it provides are well worth it. ...
  • Lemons. ...
  • Beetroots. ...
  • Dark Chocolate. ...
  • Lentils. ...
  • Raspberries. ...
  • Walnuts.
12 Jun 2017

What percent protein should dog food have? ›

As a general guideline, the Association of American Feed Control Officials requires adult dog food to contain a minimum of 18 percent crude protein on a dry matter basis (meaning what's left after all of the moisture is extracted from dog food).

What percentage of meat should be in dog food? ›

How much meat? Owners should look for at least 50% meat content in their dog's food. That means they'll be getting enough animal protein and fat to help them build and maintain strong bones and muscles in a controlled way.

What is the best ratio for dog food? ›

A good recommendation is 40% protein, 50% vegetables and 10% starch. Some dogs cannot handle high amounts of protein, though, so it is important to visit your vet to determine the best ratio to suit their dietary needs.

Why do vets not like grain-free dog food? ›

Grain-free dog food does not contain wheat, rice, or other types of grains. Grains are usually substituted for legumes, which could cause dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). When you cut out grains, dogs can miss out on fiber, fatty acids, and protein.

Should dogs have grains? ›

Should dogs eat grains? Whole grains such as corn provide dogs with important digestible nutrients including energy, protein, vitamin E and linoleic acid. It is those nutrients that are crucial to a dog's overall health.

What dog foods are not linked to DCM? ›

The 10 Best Dog Foods to Avoid DCM
  • The Farmer's Dog Chicken Recipe — Best Overall. ...
  • Evanger's Super Premium Dry Dog Food — Best Value. ...
  • Annamaet Original Option Dry Dog Food — Premium Choice. ...
  • Dr. ...
  • Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Mini Breed Dry Dog Food — Vet's Choice. ...
  • Dr. ...
  • Nature's Logic Dry Dog Food. ...
  • FirstMate Dry Dog Food.
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Is there titanium dioxide in Hills Science Diet? ›

Two feline diets — Purina Pro Plan and Hill's Science Diet Urinary — that contain the colorant titanium dioxide will stay because “there is not yet a suitable artificial-free formula,” the company stated.

Why is Hills dog food so expensive? ›

Hill's only uses food grade components in their pet foods. They do not use any fillers (ground up bone, feathers, grass, etc.) in their products. Since they use higher quality ingredients, they charge a little more for their products.

Does Science Diet dog food contain titanium dioxide? ›

Although most claim the pigment to be a safe food additive, one international agency 2 has classified titanium dioxide as a “Group 2B carcinogen” possibly linked to cancer in humans.
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Hill's Healthy Advantage Adult Chicken and Vegetable.
Nutrient Type% Composition
Fat39
Carbs34
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Is Hill's Science Diet dog food made in the USA? ›

The food is made in Topeka, Kansas, and each recipe is overseen by a staff of veterinarians and nutritional specialists.

What ingredients are not good in dog food? ›

The 8 Ingredients To Avoid In Dog Food
  • Melamine. ...
  • BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin. ...
  • Propylene Glycol. ...
  • Carrageenan. ...
  • Meat Meal. ...
  • Food dyes or corn syrup. ...
  • MSG. ...
  • Sodium Hexametaphosphate.
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What is the difference between Hill Diet and Science Diet? ›

What is the difference between Prescription Diet® and Science Diet® brand pet foods? Prescription Diet® brand pet foods are formulated to address specific medical conditions that can develop in pets. Science Diet® brand pet foods are formulated to meet the needs of healthy pets during various life stages.

Is titanium dioxide harmful to dogs? ›

Titanium dioxide can no longer be considered safe when used as an additive in animal feed, EFSA has concluded.

Can I feed my dog chicken and rice everyday? ›

Can Dogs Eat Chicken And Rice Every Day? It is not a good idea to keep your dog on a daily diet of chicken and rice for long. While this dish is extremely healthy for dogs, it does not contain all of the nutrients they need, which they get from other sources such as red meats and vegetables.

Do vets make money on prescription food? ›

And while many pet owners believe that veterinarians make a lot of money selling prescription diets, this is not true. The mark-up on therapeutic pet food is typically less than that of most regular pet food you buy in stores.

Who makes Science Diet dog food? ›

Hill's Science Diet is owned by Colgate-Palmolive.

They have four brands: Science Diet, Prescription Diet, Ideal Balance, and Healthy Advantage.

Does Science Diet have taurine? ›

Hill's Science Diet d/d lists potatoes, potato starch, (venison, salmon, or duck), and potato protein as its first four ingredients. One would think these foods would be particularly dangerous, but there is added taurine in these foods. Vegetarian and vegan dog foods include both taurine and carnitine.

Does Hills Science Diet have byproducts? ›

Our ingredients include by-products, which are common ingredients found in both human and pet food. Chicken by-product meal is a high quality, very palatable, concentrated source of protein. The chickens are sourced from human grade processing plants.

What dog foods do not have propylene glycol? ›

"Propylene glycol functions as a humectant food additive and preservative. In other words, we use propylene glycol to help keep the semi-moist kibbles soft and moist," Vlieks says. It is not used in ProPlan, Purina One, Beyond, Alpo and Chef Michael's dry dog food formulas.

Is Hills Science Diet sourced from China? ›

Today, most major pet food manufacturers, including Natural Balance, Hills, Mars Petcare, and Purina still source from China or say that they “source globally” (which means they source from China).

Does Science Diet have preservatives? ›

Science Diet has the finest natural ingredients your pet will love and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives to help ensure that your pet lives a happy, healthy life.

Is Science Diet dog food being recalled? ›

Hill's Prescription Diet and Science Diet Dog Food Recall Expands to Include 44 Varieties. March 20, 2019 — Hill's Pet Nutrition is expanding its voluntary recall of canned dog food products due to elevated levels of vitamin D.

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