Is Hill's Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food a good brand of dog food?

Updated: Nov 8




Yes!


Hill's Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food is a good option for adult medium breed dogs without joint or digestive issues.

Despite misinformation that Hills Science Diet contains fillers, animal protein is almost always the first ingredient in their foods, and when it is not, it is usually because the diet has been formulated for dogs with a particular health requirement, and not because of cost-cutting.


Hills Science Diet has a huge amount of research and testing behind their products, adding to the reliability, quality assurance, and efficacy of their foods.

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Great things about Hills Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food

  • First ingredient is chicken

  • Contains dietary fibre in the form of beet pulp and oat fibre, both beneficial for gut health and healthy digestion

  • Nutritious grain ingredients like wheat, corn, sorghum, and soy. Formulations that are grain-free may actually be lower in nutritional quality as they substitute options like tapioca that are mostly starch.

  • Contains a high amount of omega-6 fatty acids (2.5%), which are beneficial for a healthy skin and coat.

  • High levels of antioxidants in the form of vitamin C and tocopherols to reduce oxidative stress

  • No artificial preservatives, flavorings, or colors

  • Appropriate protein and fat content for healthy adult pet dogs

  • Meets both AAFCO and WSAVA guidelines

Problems with Hills Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food

  • Chicken is a common food allergen in dogs

  • Some pet owners prefer not to feed wheat and soy products

  • Doesn't contain much omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for joint health

  • Doesn't contain probiotics, which are beneficial for gut health

  • Will contain some glucosamine and chondroitin, present in all chicken meal, but unlikely enough to be beneficial for joint health


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All information, research, and evaluation are personally performed by our in-house vets with over 10 years of experience in animal nutrition.

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