Hill’s Adult Grain Free

  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
  • 3/5 Avg. Rating

  • Rated 1 stars1 Review

  • Hill's Adult Grain Free Dog Food
  • Published on: August 3, 2014
  • Last modified: December 23, 2015
  • Dog likes taste
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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. As a positive note is this recipe is relatively higher in Vitamin E and Omega-3 & 6 fatty acid content compared to other brands. The overall ingredients composition offers a good variety of fruits, vegetables, and flaxseed too. Overall, this recipe is above average.


  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Relatively higher Omega-6 fatty acid
  • Relatively higher Omega-3 fatty acid
  • Relatively higher in Vitamin E
  • Cons

  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis

    25% (min) 15.5% (min) 2.6% (max) 50.4% (nitrogen-free extract)

    *Values by  Dry Matter Basis

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 394 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E 748 IU/kg
    Magnesium 0.111%
    Calcium  0.925%
    Phosphorus  0.8%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid  0.96%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 3.8%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. Potatoes
    3. Yellow Peas
    4. Pea Protein Concentrate
    5. Potato Starch

    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.

    Potatoes is a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it offers a good source of fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.

    Yellow peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates and do not offer all the amino acids required by a dog.

    Pea protein is from processed peas with most of the starch removed.  It is a good source of protein, with almost no carbohydrates. Also, there isn’t any dietary fiber either.

    Potato starch contains high amounts of calories and carbohydrate.

    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.

    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.

    Egg product are eggs that are removed from the shell, then processed and pasteurized at a factory. Its composition does not necessary contain both the yolk and egg white from each egg.  The manufacture may blend them at any ratio and may include non-egg products for processing purposes.

    All Ingredients

    Chicken, Potatoes, Yellow Peas, Pea Protein Concentrate, Potato Starch, Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Dried Egg Product, Powdered Cellulose, Vegetable & fruit blend (Green Peas, Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, Broccoli), Iodized Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, 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, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Beta-Carotene, Natural Flavors.

    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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