Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted Roasted Beef, Peas & Buckwheat Recipe

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  • Hill's Ideal Balance Crafted Roasted Beef, Peas & Buckwheat Recipe
  • Published on: October 3, 2015
  • Last modified: December 23, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe contains numerous carb heavy ingredients, and it is reflected in the carb content value. This is something to consider if you do not wish to feed your dog so many carbs. Do note the vegetables below the added minerals are likely to be traces and should not be counted on adding a significant contribution of nutrients. There are other vegetables, but most of them are located in the lower part of the ingredient list Protein comes mainly from beef and peas, between the two beef is a better source that offers a better amino acid profile for dogs. 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. This is good, however the moisture content is missing and is important too to understand how much water there is. Also, lacking is the information on the vitamin content, which would be helpful to have. Overall, this recipe does not offer any stellar offerings and is average.


  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids content
  • Discloses Carbohydrate composition percentage
  • Could disclose more information on Vitamins
  • Cons

  • Does not provide moisture content info, which is important for buying wet dog food. This helps determine how much water you are getting
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis

    23.2% (min) 14% (min) 4.8% (max) 52.6% (nitrogen-free extract)

    *Values by  Dry Matter Basis

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 391 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium  0.92%
    Phosphorus  0.6%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.25%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.77%

    *Values by  Dry Matter Basis

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Beef
    2. Yellow Peas
    3. Cracked Pearled Barley
    4. Whole Grain Oats
    5. Pea Protein

    Beef 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.

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

    Cracked pearl barley is barley that has the outer bran hull polished off and the toasted to a crack state. The outer hull does contain significant nutrients and fiber. Barley itself is a cereal grain that provides a good source of fiber and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs. Do note, it is rich in carbohydrates.

    Grain oats are a cereal grain that is high in carbohydrates and a good portion of this is comprised of dietary fiber. It also offers protein too amongst other nutrients.

    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.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    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.

    Buckwheat is not a grain, but rather it is fruit seed related to rhubarb, knotweed, and sorrel. It has a variety of B series vitamins and minerals to offer. Also, it is rich in carbohydrates, which includes dietary fiber amongst other types of carbs.

    Oatmeal is ground oat groats, which are high in carbohydrates, and offer protein and fiber too.

    Powdered cellulose is derived from plants and provides dietary fiber.

    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.

    Barley is a cereal grain that provides a good source of fiber and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs. Do note, it is rich in carbohydrates. Malted Barley is simply barley that has gone through the malting process where enzymes are produced in preparation for breaking down starches and proteins to produce simpler sugars and yeast.

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. It can also improve or be a stimulant to the circulatory system. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    Beef, Yellow Peas, Cracked Pearled Barley, Whole Grain Oats, Pea Protein, Chicken Liver Flavor, Chicken Fat, Egg Product, Chicken Meal, Buckwheat, Oatmeal, Powdered Cellulose, Dried Beet Pulp, Malted Barley, Brown Rice, Parsley, Canola Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Flaxseed, Choline Chloride, Green Peas, Carrots, 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), Iodized Salt, Cranberries, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, minerals (Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate), Apples, Broccoli, Zucchini, Citric Acid for freshness, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

    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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