Science Diet Reviews, Recalls and Coupons



Brief Overview: Want to know why Hill’s came up with the name Science Diet for their dog food? It’s because their dog food product lines are specifically formulated to suit each type of dog’s nutritional needs. In fact, Science Diet has a formula for any type of condition your dog may have! Aging dogs, overweight dogs, and pregnant dogs are some of the types of dogs Hill’s took into consideration when they developed their Science Diet formulas. Hill’s claims that every single ingredient in Science Diet dog food is analyzed to ensure that it meets your dog’s nutritional needs. Is it true? Let’s find out!
Has this dog food brand been recalled?: On March 16, 2007, Hill’s issued a recall for various kinds of canned cat food as a voluntary precaution because a small amount of canned cat products were co-manufactured by Menu Foods, the company behind the nationwide melamine pet food recall. As far as dog food goes, there hasn’t been a recall yet.

Coupons: You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to score some free Science Diet dog food coupons. In fact, you can find some here!

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Science Diet Recipes

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You can choose the perfect Science Diet dog food formula based on your dog’s age, breed, and special needs, if any. Science Diet has many different dry and wet varieties geared towards various body issues, like obesity, digestive problems, skin problems, and limited mobility.

  1. Hill’s Science Diet Adult (Canned or Dry)
  2. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Light (Canned or Dry)
  3. Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Advantage (Dry)
  4. Hill’s Science Diet High Energy (Dry)
  5. Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult (Canned or Dry)
  6. Hill’s Science Diet Puppy (Canned or Dry)

The official Hill’s Science Diet website lists 77 products in total currently including dry and canned dog food products, and treats.

Ingredient Analysis

hills science diet reviewOne of the things that you need to do before you buy any food, and pet food in particular, is to go through the list of ingredients and guaranteed analysis reported on the product label.

It provides you with important information about the food’s quality that not only includes nutritional value but also highlights ingredients that may be considered controversial.

You can check out our list of controversial dog food ingredients up top for that. If you shop locally, print it out and take it with you or use your smartphone or tablet to access the information while you are shopping.

This sample analysis looks at Hill’s Science Diet Adult Advanced Fitness Lamb Meal and Rice product for dogs. The quality of other products may vary.

Top 15 Ingredients

  1. Lamb Meal
  2. Brewer’s Rice
  3. Brown Rice
  4. Corn Gluten Meal
  5. Whole Grain Wheat
  6. Whole Grain Sorghum
  7. Pork Fat
  8. Cracked Pearled Barley
  9. Chicken Liver Flavor
  10. Flaxseed
  11. Lactic Acid
  12. Dried Beet Pulp
  13. Soybean Oil
  14. Potassium Chloride
  15. Iodized Salt

Controversial Ingredients

  1. Brewer’s Rice is a by-product of the rice milling process that consists largely of small left-over fragments. It is of modest nutritional value to dogs.
  2. Brown Rice has only modest nutritional value to dogs.
  3. Corn Gluten Meal is a by-product of corn once the starchy carbohydrates have been washed out. It is high in protein but of lesser value than meat based proteins.
  4. Whole Grain Wheat is another inexpensive grain of only modest nutritional value.
  5. Dried Beet Pulp is a by-product of sugar beet processing. Critics say it is an inexpensive filler item with no nutritional value to dogs, while proponents believe that it benefits the blood sugar level and intestinal health.
  6. Soybean Oil is rumored to cause food allergies. While it contains high amounts of omega fatty acids, it is generally considered less nutritious than flaxseed or named animal fats.

Guaranteed Analysis

  1.  Protein (min): 24.2%
  2. Fat (min): 16.4%
  3. Carbohydrate (NFE): 51.5%
  4. Crude Fiber (max): 2.0%
  5. Calcium (min): 1.01%
  6. Phosphorus (min): 0.8%
  7. Sodium (min): 0.32%
  8. Potassium (min): 0.82%
  9. Magnesium (min): 0.099%
  10. Vitamin C (min): 264 mg / kg
  11. Vitamin E (min): 592 IU / kg
  12. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: 0.67%
  13. Omega-6 Fatty Acids: 3.33%

If you look at the ingredients used in this Science Diet product, you will come the conclusion that it contains below-average protein that comes from a below-average amount of meat. It also contains below-average fat and above-average carbohydrates.

Science Diet Reviews

Judging by its ingredients alone, Hill’s Science Diet Adult dry dog food looks like a below average dry product. – Mike Sagman @ Dog Food Advisor

Sometimes a diet put together by science isn’t better than a diet put together by holistic needs. Science Diet dog food proves this. Despite their claims of being healthy and beneficial to dogs’ health, Science Diet actually pumps cheap fillers, artificial ingredients, and by-products into their dog food, and they have the audacity to charge their customers big bucks for their cheap dog food just because it’s marketed as high-quality. If you really look at the ingredients list, you’ll find that Science Diet is not as healthy as Hill’s would like you to believe. Corn is the number one ingredient in many Science Diet dog food formulas, and the quality of its protein sources is questionable (because the protein comes from corn gluten meal, animal by-products and animal fat). Many dog owners have reported allergic reactions and other health problems in their dogs after switching to Science Diet. A lot of veterinarians sell and prescribe Science Diet formulas. We think that if your vet is a Science Diet supporter, you might need to find another vet, preferably one who actually understands what good nutrition is and cares enough to put your dog on a good diet.

Science Diet User reviews

If you have your dog on Science Diet, please let us know how that’s working out for you! Rate the dog food below and leave a review for other users to read.

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Rating: 5.6/10 (6 votes cast)

Science Diet Resources

Please consult the following resources for additional information about Science Diet.

Science Diet Manufacturer Website:http://www.hillspet.com/

Science Diet WiKi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_Diet

Science Diet Recalls: Recalls

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    Jane Carey

    I have been with science diet for years and had no problems with it.

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