Get the SCOOP on dog food: Hill’s Science Diet

Get the SCOOP on dog food: Hill’s Science Diet

The foods in the next part of this series are aimed more toward dogs with special diet needs, we’ll be taking a look at Science Diet: Nature’s Best, Nutro Natural Choice, and Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice Formula. These foods are not considered premium pet foods but still can only be found in pet specialty stores.

The first food we will be looking at is Hill’s Science Diet: Nature’s Best Chicken and Brown Rice formula. Science Diet does do a good job with their natural line of pet food, but your options are limited. They have Chicken and Lamb formulas, but no soy/gluten free options.

The Hill’s company of pet foods also has a shelter partner program that is simply fantastic, they donate enough food for a shelter parter to feed all animals in their care for FREE…that can save a rescue organization thousands of dollars, as well as donating 4 or 5 pound bags of food to hand out free with every adoption. (are you part of a rescue organization? click here to learn more about becoming a shelter parter!)

How much should my dog eat? 

Feeding Instructions:

  • Adult dogs up to 5 lb. 1/2 – 5/8 cup
  • Adult dogs up to 10 lb. 3/4  –  1 1/8 cups
  • Adult dogs up to 20 lb. 1 1/3 – 1 3/4 cups
  • Adult dogs up to 40 lb. 2 1/4 – 3 cups
  • Adult dogs up to 60 lb. 3 – 4 1/4 cups
  • Adult dogs up to 80 lb. 3 3/4 – 5 1/4 cups
  • Adult dogs 100 lb. and up 4 1/3 – 6 cups

Note: These feeding directions are guidelines only. If your dog is still a developing adult (many large breeds are considered developing until age 2-3) or above average in activity level you will need to adjust.

What’s in it?

Chicken, Brown Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Cracked Pearled Barley, Soybean Meal, Chicken Meal, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Whole Grain Oats, Apples, Lactic Acid, Cranberries, Soybean Oil, Peas, Carrots, Dried Beet Pulp, Iodized Salt, Flaxseed, Broccoli, 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), Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

 

How much does it cost?

  • 30lb Bag – $50

What’s the bottom-line?

The ingredients in Nature’s Best are good quality, good sources of protein and essential carbs. The only issue with this special diet food is lack of options. If your dog has a sensitive stomach for rice or chicken, this line isn’t your choice.

Four coupons on Hill’s Science Diet foods, click here. (Link takes you to manufactures website)

 

Sources:
Feeding guidelines: Science Diet.
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hoto Courtesy: KB35.

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