Editor’s Taste Rating
The texture is a coarse soft mixture. Pieces of barley and corn give it the “coarse” bits. The meat flavor is a medium-light body with a mild liver taste. Combined with the meat flavor is a hint of sweetness from the corn and the barley adds to the flavor. Overall, the taste is good and easy to digest.
Dry Matter Analysis
|26.7%||17.1%||1.3%||49.6% (nitrogen-free extract)|
|Calories||424 (per lbs)|
First 5 Ingredients:
- Cracked Pearled Barley
- Ground Whole Grain Corn
Chicken is a good, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.
Animal Liver is a good straight meat, but it the word “Animal” is a generic term. This may allow for higher odds of a bad source such as a sick, euthanized, or road kill, which are just a few examples among many other possibilities. Keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, this ingredient factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.
Cracked pearled 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.
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.
Other Ingredients to be Aware of
Meat by-products are non- rendered parts from parts that are not considered fit for human consumption. Typical parts may include spleen, lungs, brains, blood, underdeveloped eggs, intestine, etc.. Some people consider this ingredient to be inferior quality to other meat sources and prefer to avoid it. Please note the animal type is not specified, it just says “Meat”, which leaves an open door to where they may have procure the generic “Meat” from. This may allow for higher odds of a bad source such as a sick, euthanized, or road kill, which are just a few examples among many other possibilities.
Water, Chicken, Liver, Cracked Pearled Barley, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Meat By-Products, Soybean Meal, Dried Whey, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Iron Oxide, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite.
Manufacture and Location
Manufactured by: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. (subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive Company)
Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.
|06/02/2014||Hill’s Science Diet||Salmonella|
*Recall information from FDA website.
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