Hill’s Adult Advanced Fitness Original

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  • Rated 3 stars
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  • Hill's Adult Advanced Fitness Original Dog Food
  • Published on: August 3, 2014
  • Last modified: December 23, 2015
  • Dog likes taste
    Editor: 0%
    User: 80%
  • I will buy again
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    User: 100%

Review Summary:

Looking at the nutritional label, Hill’s report the nutrients using the Dry Matter basis method, which removes moisture content for fair side-by-side comparison purposes with other recipes. We credit Hill’s going beyond the AAFCO minimal by using this method. Using this method, it also reports carbohydrate content, which is great, but it does seem high as hinted by some carbohydrate heavy ingredients too. If you select this recipe, be aware of the carbohydrates content, and keep an eye on your dog’s weight. Missing from the nutritional information is the amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 content. A positive note is this recipe is relatively higher in Vitamin E to other brands. The overall ingredients composition offers a good variety of fruits, vegetables, and flaxseed too. One shortcoming is the fiber content is relatively lower than other brands. Overall, this recipe is average.


  • Relatively higher in Vitamin E
  • Cons

  • Does not provide Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content info
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Relatively lower in fiber
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis

    24.6% (min) 16.1% (min) 2% (max) 52.1% (nitrogen-free extract)

    *Values by  Dry Matter Basis

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 370 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E 748 IU/kg
    Magnesium 0.099%
    Calcium  0.84%
    Phosphorus  0.7%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid  NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    *Values by  Dry Matter Basis

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. Whole Grain Wheat
    3. Brewers Rice
    4. Whole Grain Sorghum
    5. Corn Gluten Meal

    Chicken is a good start and source of protein that effectively covers each of the essential amino acids a dog needs, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Whole grain wheat is a source of fiber and some protein, but it is relatively high in carbohydrates.

    Brewers rice is milled & processed rice.  This processing strips valuable nutrients out; leaving the residual grain fragment, resulting in a carbohydrate biased focused filler.

    Whole grain sorghum is a grain where its feed value is similar to corn. Adding sorghum maybe a tactic to substitute corn out or help lower the ingredients in the order they rank.  Similar to corn, the concern is too many carbohydrates it may contribute to.

    Corn gluten meal is an inexpensive source of protein, and does boast protein content when used. However, the amino acids it contains are not well balanced for a dog. Thus, it is an inferior choice to meat or other sources for protein. Look out for this protein substitute. There are some dogs maybe allergic to corn, which applies to this corn by-product.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Chicken meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat.  Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Corn is source of nutrients and protein, but it is also contains relatively high amounts of carbohydrates and it is commonly found in dog food, since it is relatively cheap. Take caution some dogs may already be or will develop an allergy to corn.

    Dried beet pulp is a source of fiber, but the saponins it contains may cause irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. If you choose a dog food with this ingredient, then keep a careful watch on your dog and consider discontinuing use if there are any signs of discomfort or irregularities.

    Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates.

    All Ingredients

    Chicken, Whole Grain Wheat, Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Sorghum, Corn Gluten Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Chicken Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Pork Fat, Dried Beet Pulp, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Iodized Salt, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Oat Fiber, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Natural Flavors, Dried Apples, Dried Broccoli, Dried Carrots, Dried Cranberries, Dried Peas.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. (subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive Company)
    Location(s): USA


    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.

    • None
    Date Brand Reason
    06/02/2014 Hill’s Science Diet Salmonella

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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    One thought on “Hill’s Adult Advanced Fitness Original

    1. We recently switched to Hill Science diet and my dogs are really enjoying it. My little girl used to eat grass if her tummy hurt and she has not eaten any since we started this one. I like the that the first ingredient is the meat, chicken, not a filler. I’m happy so far and will stick with Science for now.

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