Hill’s Ideal Balance Slim & Healthy Natural Chicken & Barley Recipe Adult

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  • Hill's Ideal Balance Slim & Healthy Natural Chicken & Barley Recipe Adult
  • Published on: October 4, 2015
  • Last modified: December 23, 2015
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Review Summary:

This is a high dietary fiber, low fat, and low calorie recipe, which match what its title implies as a “Slim” weight recipe. Meat protein comes mainly from Chicken offers all the essential amino acids a dog needs. Do not the protein is supplemented by pea protein too, which is not as good as protein from meat. There are a few vegetables and fruits, which should help 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 and healthy Omega fatty acid, which would be helpful to have. Overall, this is a decent recipe that is just above average.


  • Discloses Carbohydrate composition percentage
  • Relatively higher in fiber
  • 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
  • Does not provide Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids content
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis

    28.5% (min) 11.5% (min) 11.2% (max) 42.7% (nitrogen-free extract)

    *Values by  Dry Matter Basis

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 289 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium  0.97%
    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 NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    *Values by  Dry Matter Basis

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken
    2. Cracked Pearled Barley
    3. Brown Rice
    4. Pea Protein Concentrate
    5. Pea Bran 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.

    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.

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

    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.

    Pea bran meal mainly provides dietary fiber. It does contain some vitamin and minerals too.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Powdered cellulose is derived from plants and provides dietary fiber.

    All Ingredients

    Chicken, Cracked Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, Pea Protein Concentrate, Pea Bran Meal, Tomato Pomace, Chicken Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Powdered Cellulose, Coconut Oil, Flaxseed, Lactic Acid, Vegetable & fruit blend (Carrots, Green Peas, Apples, Cranberries, Broccoli), DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Iodized Salt, Calcium Carbonate, 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 (Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, L-Carnitine, 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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