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Review of Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Health Development

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is a pet food company with a legacy that dates back to 1939. Doctor Mark L. Morris devised specific nutrition formulas for pets because he theorised that by managing their diet you can manage their health.

Leading by example, Doctor Morris helped a guide dog with kidney issues by formulating a prescription pet food which is known today as Hill’s Prescription Diet.

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Like most ‘innovative’ and ‘forward-thinking’ pet food companies, The Hill’s Pet Nutrition Centre in Topeka, Kansas is a state-of-the-art facility that Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. use to further their nutrition research and veterinarian science.

Hills’s Pet Nutrition pet care products are sold worldwide.

Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Health Development OriginalHill’s Science Diet Puppy Health Development Original dry food is the standard variety. There are also small and large breed puppy food variations available. The bags come in 4.5, 15.5 and 30 pound bags.

Our Review of Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Health Development Original dry food reveals the main ingredients include:

  • whole grain corn,
  • chicken by-product meal,
  • soybean meal,
  • animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid),
  • dried beet pulp,
  • chicken liver flavour,
  • brewers rice,
  • lactic acid,
  • fish oil
  • flaxseed

The lack of a major meat protein source is disconcerting here. The primary core ingredient is whole grain corn which not only rates very highly on the glycaemic index—which can lead to high blood-sugar levels (diabetes)—but it also poses potential allergen issues for breeds that may be susceptible to gluten-related digestive problems.

Chicken by-product meal is not a glorious substitute for chicken either. We have an ambiguous mass of junk that has then gone through an additional stage of processing to render the bits of all moisture. This does not sound very nutritious.

Soybean meal supplements the protein ratio of the recipe.

Journal of Animal Science (vol. 74, 1996) published an article entitled ‘Digestion responses to low oligosaccharide soybean meal by ileally-cannulated dogs’. The experiment results were interesting:

‘We investigated digestion responses to conventional and low oligosaccharide soybean meal (SBM) incorporation into diets for dogs … Total tract digestibility of CP [crude protein] was higher (P < .006) in dogs fed the SBM diets’.

At a glance you may think that soybean meal would assist digestion. Sadly, the soybean meal process leaves the flour-like remnants of the soy beans after the oil has been ground out. The soybean meal is just protein filler.

Animal fat is always welcome when it comes to essential oils however the ingredient list is vague. It is not clear how beneficial ‘animal fat’ is because we do not know which animal the fat comes from.

Dried beet pulp is more filler with only a tenth of its content comprising useful protein.

Brewers rice is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to rice quality because it is just the husks of the grain.

It is good to see fish oil and flax seed on the ingredients list as they make up for the oils missing elsewhere.

Amazon user TexasShopper had trouble feeding Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Health Development Original dry food: ‘Our dog does not like it at all. Had to buy some sprinkles (beef liver) here at Amazon to make our 8-month old, 18 lbs Terrier mix to like it. And even then it takes her a long time to finish a cup of it on a twice a day feeding. She does get a few treats in between so that could be messing it up’.

Dogs without allergies seem to love the stuff as Carlton Davis explains: ‘My puppy eats it, and after several months has not come down with rickets, scurvy, or any other nutritional issues. Seems like a good sign to me’.