Hill’s Ideal Balance Grain Free Natural Salmon & Potato Recipe Adult

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  • Hill's Ideal Balance Grain Free Natural Salmon & Potato Recipe Adult
  • Published on: October 4, 2015
  • Last modified: October 5, 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. Meat protein from Salmon offers all the essential amino acids a dog needs and it is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acid too. Do not the protein is supplemented by peas and pea protein too, which is not as complete as protein from meat. There are a few vegetables and fruits, which should provide other nutrients for good health. 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

    25% (min) 20% (min) 1.1% (max) 47.8% (nitrogen-free extract)

    *Values by  Dry Matter Basis

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 421 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E 748 IU/kg
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium  0.85%
    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 1.04%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 3.38%

    *Values by  Dry Matter Basis

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

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

    Salmon is a good start by offering protein and essential Omega-3 fatty acids, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content when added, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it is a good source for 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 essential 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

    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.

    All Ingredients

    Salmon, Potatoes, Yellow Peas, Pea Protein Concentrate, Potato Starch, Chicken Fat, Chicken Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Lactic Acid, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Vegetable & fruit blend (Green Peas, Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, Broccoli), L-Lysine, 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), Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Phosphoric Acid, 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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