Hill’s Science Diet Adult Savory Stew with Turkey & Vegetables

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  • Hill's Science Diet Adult Savory Stew with Turkey & Vegetables
  • Published on: December 20, 2014
  • Last modified: April 18, 2015
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Review Summary:

Good variety of wholesome ingredients in the recipe. The downsides are they don’t specify their liver source/type, added caramel coloring for aesthetic purposes, which is linked to premature aging. Also, they have added dextrose, which is a simple sugar that isn’t good for the teeth and doesn't offer any nutrients other than carbohydrates, which you get enough from other ingredient in this list. It is probably added to sweeten the taste. Overall, this wet food recipe is average.


  • Good variety of wholesome vegetables and fruits
  • Cons

  • Contains caramel coloring, which aids premature aging
  • Does not specify the liver type ie from which animal
  • Contains added dextrose (simple carbohydrate / sugar)
  • Does not provide moisture content info, which is important for buying wet dog food. This helps determine how much water you are getting
  • TurkeyVeggies

    Editor’s Taste Rating


    There are chunks of meat mixed with visible pieces of carrots and peas, then smothered in gravy/stew.  The liquid tastes great, while the meat chunks has a medium to light liver taste accompanied by some odd side taste that is not so great. The texture of the meat pieces is soft, but combined with grittiness of fine harder particles.

    Nutritional Breakdown:

    Guaranteed Analysis

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture

    Dry Matter Analysis 

    Protein Fat Fiber Carbohydrates
    30.7% 20.8% 2.6% 40.6% (nitrogen-free extract)

    *Average values


    Calories 407 (per lbs)

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Water
    2. Turkey
    3. Liver
    4. Brown Rice
    5. Carrots


    Turkey 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.

    Liver is a good meat part, but it does not specify what animal it came from. By not specifying, it 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.  Thus, it would be better if they specified the type of liver.  Also, keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, this ingredient factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

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

    Carrots are a good source of vitamins and antioxidants. It’s well known for its high content in vitamin A and beta -carotene.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Rice Starch (Modified) is derived from rice and is typically used as a thickening agent.  Like other starches, it is rich in carbohydrates.

    Wheat flour is milled down whole grain of wheat. It is a source of fiber and some protein, but it is relatively high in carbohydrates.

    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.

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

    Glucose (Dextrose) is a monosaccharides carbohydrate (simple sugar). In excessive amounts over time it can lead to diabetes, weight gain, and tooth decay.

    Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates.

    Caramel color is not necessary as its only purpose is for aesthetics. The downside is it contains advanced gycation end products, which aids  in premature aging.

    All Ingredients

    Water, Turkey, Liver, Brown Rice, Carrots, Rice Starch-Modified, Wheat Flour, Potato Starch, Pork Plasma, Dried Beet Pulp, Potatoes, Dextrose, Peas, Chicken Fat, Chicken Liver Flavor, Spinach, Calcium Carbonate, Soybean Oil, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Caramel (added color), Choline Chloride, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid), Taurine, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride.

    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.

    Date Brand Reason
    06/02/2014 Hill’s Science Diet Salmonella

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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