Aug. 31, 2015
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While some owners have expressed satisfaction with Science Diet dog food, the brand has recently come under fire for exaggerated claims and questions about the quality of its ingredients.
Hills Science Diet, the company that manufactures Science Diet, claims that the food is recommended by veterinarians and contains high-quality ingredients, but many have found these claims to be misleading.
The company uses many questionable ingredients, such as animal byproduct and some artificial ingredients.
Furthermore, while Science Diet is more expensive than many other dog food brands, its highest volume ingredient is ground corn.
Many owners also report that their dogs have experienced allergic reactions to many of the ingredients in Science Diet, most notably its corn and many processed ingredients.
Overall, Science Diet has relatively low user ratings, and many owners complain that it does not live up to its descriptions and price. Still, others state that their pets have experienced no adverse reactions to the food.
Science Diet Dog Food is one of the more expensive brands available at “big box” stores, though it is highly recommended by veterinarians. Oddly enough, though, it is generally considered to be a strictly “middle of the road” brand by most dog owners. Both the dry and canned foods only contain a rather moderate portion of meat, and the food itself generally seems to be filler. Dogs in general may or may not like the product, though it seems that most animals tolerate Science Diet about as well as any other form of kibble.
In general, it seems that consumers would be happier with the product if the price was a bit lower. It has similar ingredients to most major dog foods, but costs over twice as much as some of the more popular brands. Science Diet is definitely not a bad choice for dogs, but it might be a bad choice for your wallet.
The company who makes Science Diet dog food is called Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Aside from Hills Science Diet, Hills Pet Nutrition also makes Hills Prescription Diet formulas, which can only be purchased after obtaining a prescription from a veterinarian.
Hill’s is coming out with a new line of dog food called Hill’s Ideal Balance. Read about it here.
Though none of the Science Diet dog food formulas were involved in any recalls, several of the Feline formulas were recalled in 2007. The affected brands were several of the Hills Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts.
Dogs with food allergies may experience symptoms from some of the ingredients contained in Science Diet dog food. Common allergens include corn-derived ingredients, chicken (or other protein-specific allergens) and soy ingredients.
Science Diet Dry Recipes:
Science Diet Canned Recipes:
Where can I buy Science Diet?
Are you wondering, “Where can I buy Science Diet dog food?”. To assist you, we have included links on the specific Science Diet formula pages to purchase Science Diet dog food.
How much Science Diet should I feed my dog?
A common issue that many pet owners may wonder, is “How much Science Diet dog food should I feed my dog?”. Since the answer is dependent on several factors (such as your dog’s age, weight, activity level, etc) always follow the specific instructions on your formula’s packaging.
Have you fed your dog any of the Science Diet dog food dry or canned formulas? Do you have feedback that could help other pet owners? Please share your review of Science Diet dog food!
Science Diet Dog Food Ingredient List
Whole Grain Corn, Soybean Mill Run, Chicken By-Product Meal, Powdered Cellulose, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Flaxseed, Caramel Color, Iodized Salt, L-Lysine, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, L-Carnitine, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.