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10/17/2016 Last Update

  • Randy

    In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Hills is sending 16,000 pounds of food to shelters and clinics. Kudos to them for helping the animals and owners in need.!/HillsPet/?ref=content_filter

  • Pitlove

    Hi Sally-

    I share the same philosophy as disqus_SB17sCuYS7. Depends on the dog.

    I have a pitbull who I used rotate foods a lot with and change brands every bag. I found it made him more picky of an eater and I could not keep his food allergies under control as well. He’s been eating the same food for 8 months now and doing much better than when we were changing his food constantly.

    I believe firmly that there is no universal truth for every dog as they have individual personailities, behavior, eating habits and needs.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    It depends on the dog.
    I have an allergy dog with a sensitive stomach, even though her allergies are environmental, I have found it best to stay with the same limited ingredient kibble that agrees with her as a base. I do use a variety of toppers.
    My other dog that doesn’t have these issues alternates between a couple of different kinds of kibble as a base with good results.
    PS: Obviously, I am not Shawna, but I felt I had some useful information to offer.

  • Sally DiDonato

    I never heard this about not feeding one kind of kibble for long periods of time…?

  • Shawna

    I know several that react negatively to the lectins in even cooked potato. This research paper suggests that cooked potatoes have some residual lectins. The smaller amounts could still cause a problem if fed for longer periods of time (like many do when feeding only one type/brand of kibble).

  • theBCnut

    Um, I’m completely aware of all of this. You will note that the first post of mine that you replied to states ” The green in and under the skin of a potato is toxic to many species, dogs included” so I have no idea why you are spelling out to me in detail what I have already said. If you meant to reply to someone else, you should reply directly to them, or they will probably never read what you have to say, especially since this convo happened a year ago.

  • brad mayeux

    Raw potato flesh is harmful as it has toxins and should not be eaten uncooked. The chemical solanine, which gives the deadly reputation to nightshade, is present in potatoes as a defense against insects. It tinges the potato green. Never use a potato with a green color, as even a nibble can result in ill effects like nausea and headaches. Eating even more of those toxins can lead to a coma and death. Even cooking does not completely destroy the negative effects of a green potato.

    Cooking breaks down the cellular walls of the potato so the digestive system can access the starch inside. Raw potatoes deposit a large number of carbohydrates in the body, which leads to an insulin spike and a layering of fat around the liver.

    Potatoes can be juiced and the liquid mixed with other juices to enhance healing in the GI tract, such as settling upset stomachs with its alkalinity. Eating raw potatoes, however, is very dangerous.

    Potato also contains proteinase inhibitors which act as an effective defense against insects and micro-organisms but are no problem to humans because they are **destroyed by heat**.

    Lectins or haemogglutenins are also present in potato. These toxins are capable of agglutinating the erythocytes of several mammalian species including humans (Goldstein and Hayes, 1978),

    but this is of minimal nutritional significance as haemogglutenins are also

    **destroyed by heat**, and **potatoes are normally cooked** before they are eaten.

  • theBCnut

    We did always store them in the dark, but they still had some green in the skin.
    Sent from my iPod

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Okay, thanks.

  • theBCnut

    Considering the small amount versus the size of a human, I probably didn’t harm myself. We just grew up eating a slice of raw potato while we peeled potatoes. I’ve certainly lost my taste for it now, but I don’t think any of my issues can be blamed on that. I’m sure if a human ate enough green potatoes, it would be bad, but I have no idea what that amount would be, or if some people are more susceptible than others.
    Sent from my iPod

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Isn’t that supposed to be bad? Or just if the potato is sitting in the sun for a long time first?

  • theBCnut

    Actually, yes, I have eaten raw potato lots of times. It must be a country thing, but while peeling potatoes, I always used to eat some raw potato. It just what we did. But I don’t feed them to my dogs. And I still have no idea why you posted this to me.

  • brad mayeux

    solanine is the green in a potato.
    have YOU ever eaten green potato ?
    no ?
    then, your dog should not either.

    solanine is also in bell peppers, tomatoes etc… but, in low quantities

    raw, or undercooked potato is high in oxalates. something that ALSO would bother a HUMAN.

    (ever eat a raw potato ?)

    as far as vitamin K
    dogs will eat grasses and plants at times.

    some of these contain vitamin K
    but they dont contain K2

    K2 is found in cabbage and fermented for dishes
    these are not normal foods for dogs.

    they (as we can) convert K to K2 in our stomachs.

    menadione is synthetic and not advised

  • Chillywilly

    One of our friends dog had the same problem and he was allergic to chicken, so they tried turkey and he stopped scratching. Mind you, he gets high-grade kibbles, shredded cheese and shredded low sodium deli turkey. So far, switching to turkey has helped his problem with itching.

  • Michelle Boutwell

    I have a Boston Terrier 2 years old named Tobby, this dog gave me many problems. It ate my shoes, urinated in the room, the furniture stank. A teach my dog to behave with some training videos I found online. 1 dollar for trial period of 3 days, its amazing. My dog ​​is very well behaved, and does not make those deviltries and I have taught him many tricks. This is the location where I found the training:

  • DD

    Chicken thighs, skin removed. Boil water, turn off. Place thighs in water, cover. Remove when near done. Done for human consumption is Well. Done for canine consumption, is NOT well done. We leave it a bit pink.

  • Pattyvaughn

    That’s what I thought too.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Sorry you were posting on the SD thread I assumed that’s what you fed. You said you feed Merrick, Canidae and Natural Balance “on occasion for a special treat.”

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I thought the same.

  • Betsy Greer

    Did you realize you were posting in the Science Diet thread?

    I also believed you were saying that you used SD along with NB, Canidae and Merrick canned occasionally.

  • Evan

    I never said I fed my dogs SD. In fact, I specifically said I have only fed them Natural Balance, Candide & on occasion a can of Merrick’s for a treat.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Evan –

    I’m glad to hear that your dogs have lived long and healthy lives on Science Diet, unfortunately that doesn’t make it a good food. You can’t judge quality (or lack thereof) of a food based on the lifespan of a dog eating the food and/or the presence of any terminal illnesses that arose (or didn’t arise) while the dog was eating said food. Lifespan and health are very complicated equations and nutrition is only one of the many factors included in these equations. Things such as breed, exposure to toxins (environmental, vaccines, chemical preventatives, etc.), familial genetics (How long did the dog’s immediate relatives? Did any relatives have terminal illnesses? This is where horizontal and vertical multi-generational pedigrees need to be examined), level of stress during the dogs life, etc. etc. etc. It would be wonderful if we could just feed a good quality food and know that our dogs would live a long and healthy life or (on the flip side) be able to purchase a dog that appears to have good genetics, feed them a cheap low quality food and know that they will still live a long and healthy life due to their good genes. Unfortunately, as with most things in life, it’s not that simple. There any many children out there who are otherwise healthy but have parents that allow them to indulge in processed junk food on a daily basis – does that make junk food healthy? No. If I had children I wouldn’t say – oh it’s okay if they eat junk food at every meal because there are plenty of other children that do and they are still healthy. So I won’t do that for my dogs either. I’d rather do everything in my control to maximize their health and one of the items within my control is their diet. And for my girls this means a species appropriate raw diet.

  • Evan

    I recently went to a new vet bc I moved far from my former vet. My girlfriend, who is a real health nut studies & researches everything. She has always rescued Labs. She feeds them food without wheat, corn, by-products, plus she gives them a type of wholistic mushroom blend daily, which is supposed to prevent/cure certain types of cancers in dogs. She feeds them vitamins, minerals & certain herbs, too. I have compared the lifespan/health of her dogs & mine over a 25 yr period. Other than feeding my dogs (also rescue) Candide & Natural Balance & Merricks canned dinners on occasion for a special treat, I do nothing else, but love them. My dogs have lived longer & none have contracted cancer or any other terminal diseases. All lived to late teens. My new vet, has been practicing for 35 yrs & he believes that the all “natural” trend is just a marketing ploy. Just something to think about.

  • Researcher

    Why are people buying this food it contains soy and that is bad for your animal! The reason Vets recommend it is because Hill’s which is the brand, pays for Vet school so Vet’s have to recommend it.

    Read how horrible soy is and it is for your Pets too! Stop buying this food until they remove the soy from their formulas. The only line of Hill’s that is natural is Ideal balance which some have no soy so use that if you choose Hill’s. Read the article below on the effects of soy.

  • USA Dog Treats

    Diabetes in dogs means they cannot process carbohydrates without injected insulin. Unfortunately injected insulin does not mimic the body’s natural insulin response very efficiently. With this in mind limiting carbohydrates to 10% or less is much more important to a dogs health then using a low glycemic food that can have upwards of 30% carbohydrates.

  • USA Dog Treats

    Wellness core canned food is low in carbohydrates and a decent food for diabetic dogs. Canned foods are much more appropriate for dogs with diabetes then most kibbles.

    I hope you consider it reasonably priced.

  • InkedMarie

    Go to In their search, type in low glycemic dog foods.

  • Abby

    I have a 7 yr old schnauzer that is diabetic. I need food that is reasonable price. Any suggestions?

  • Erin

    Jroach6346….,just read your comment….I have a 5 and a 10 year old Maltese …not related but both two weeks ago were diagnosed with Adddison’s….could you tell me a little more what your dogs symptoms were? And how is his condition now?
    The vet said that this is so rare !!!!!
    Thank you
    [email protected]

  • Pattyvaughn

    The green in and under the skin of a potato is toxic to many species, dogs included, not the whole potato though. However, I’m sure that dog food manufacturers are very unlikely to use a good grade of potato or peel them carefully. They just hope the heat and processing destroys enough of the toxin so that it isn’t a problem.

  • Greyhound Mom

    Potatoes are NOT toxic to dogs. I’m not sure how that myth started.

  • Pattyvaughn

    There are many, many good potato free foods. I can assure you that that is not why vets like this food, since some of their perscription foods have potato and vets recommend plenty of foods that do have potato in them.

  • Autumn

    I notice Science Diet is one of the only foods that does not list potatoes in their food . I thought potatoes were toxic to dogs??? Maybe this is also one of the reasons why vets like this food?

  • Sunny McAlister

    Bola and Chris- please read the post I just submitted about seizures

  • Sunny McAlister

    Dog foods containing menadione ( a synthetic form of vitamin K) have been known to cause seizures. instead of putting your dog on anti seizure medication switch dog foods to no less than a 3.5 star that does not contain ethoxyquin or menadione.

  • Chris

    my german shepard has but i don’t know if its because of the science diet

  • Peabody1911

    Dogs do not produce Omega-6 and they need it in their diet for fur and skin health. If your dog has skin and/or fur issues, it may be a sign of low Omega-6. He can only get it from what he eats.

    There’s a product available called Dream Coat which purports to support a lustrous coat and healthy skin.
    However, The dosage for a 50 pound dog is 3 teaspoons which contains 5670 mg of Linoleic Acid (Omega-6) and 540 mg of Linolenic Acid (Omega-3).
    The Omega-3:Omega-6 ratio is 1:10 and is backwards. The label even states that this product is intended for intermittent use.

    Omega-6 is inflammatory and must be offset with Omega-3 (dogs do not produce this fatty acid either) an anti-oxidant which is found in fish. Salmon is rich in Omega-3.

    I have read that a good ratio of Omega-3:Omega-6 should be 4:1 or more. If not, inflammation will occur and is bad for a dog’s (and human’s) health even leading to cancer.
    If your dog doesn’t like fish or other sources of Omega-3, then the dog could receive it through an Omega-3 supplement.

    The processing of canned foods destroys the bio-availability of these fatty acids.

    I would suspect that most dog foods have sufficient Omega-6 since I rarely see any dogs with skin/fur problems.
    Check the foods rated 5 on this site and the comments on the ingredients. Orijen was recommended to me by a nutritionist (human).

  • Bola

    Does anyone’s dog has had seizures related with the science diet dry food?

  • Nicole Glowaz

    I recently stated working at a vet’s office a few months ago and I was talking to her about dog food. She was telling me that Blue Buffalo can cause bladder stones because of the high protein. I asked her why she carried only Science Diet and she explained to me that it’s because it’s a long standing company that actually does years of research before putting anything on the market. Blue Buffalo opened in 2006, so they don’t know the ramifications of pets eating their foods. I told her that I have an issue with bi-products and she said that Science Diet is coming out with more dog foods without bi-products. She asked what fodd I was feeding my dog and when I told her Merrick, she was pleased and said that they were a good company with years of experience (that made me happy). I guess it’s best to see how long a company has been in business to make a decision on dog food. This website is a wonderful tool too.

  • BamaG

    and I do not believe that a zoo director or any zoo keeper is fine with feeding ‘chemicals’ and ‘unknown animals/parts’ to animals
    Hills products are garbage and I truly hope that other companies come out and begin their own versions of dietary specific foods (diabetes, etc) for pet owners – feeding chemicals is NOT okay in ‘my’ book

  • Dog Pharmacist

    This could also be skin mites. Take your dog to the vet and they can do a simple skin scrape and check your dog for mites. The treatment is usually a simple anti-parasitic medication.

  • My 3 Dogs

    I find my labs scratch less when I put a tsp of ground flax seed on their food each day. I am guessing it is the high Omega 3 content. I buy the whole flaz seed and grind a little at a time using a spice grinder. However I am not a vet of course so I do not want to lead you away from checking into your dog’s condition futher.

  • aimee

    Previously I had reported that when commercial foods are fed to zoo animals that Hill’s products are often listed as being fed on websites zoo sites and are recommended in husbandry manuals.

    Some had responded that the likely reason was that Hill’s provided free food to the zoos and as zoo’s budgets are often “tight”, the zoos were likely feeding it for monetary reasons vs nutritional ones.

    I contacted Hill’s and asked if they have a free food feeding program for zoos. They rep. that took my call said to the best of her knowledge they do not nor ever had a free feeding program for zoo’s. She did say a number of zoos do have accounts with them and order food from them.

    Next I called the zoo. I was told that the diets of the animals are tightly controlled and are based on known nutritional needs. Products and fresh foods that are fed are specifically chosen by the zoo’s nutritionist for nutrient levels and bio-availability ( yes she actually used that word) of those nutrients.

    The nutritionist told me the zoo uses quite a few of the Hill’s therapeutic foods and that Hill’s maintenance diets are also part of their feeding program. I was told that all Hill’s products are specifically ordered and paid for by the zoo.

    This is just another example of how professionals in nutrition evaluate and choose products differently than the general public

  • Dog lover

    Thank you so much for your help and suggestions! I will definitely give them a try:)

  • Storm’s Mom

    Which Wellness Core? Original or Fish? I’m going to guess Original..and I’m also guessing your guy might have a chicken and/or potato intolerance/allergy. For something fish-based and potato-free, I would go with Horizon Legacy Fish, if you can find it (or order it online), or something like Nature’s Logic Sardine or Duck/Salmon, Acana Pacifica, or (if you can afford it) Orijen 6 Fish. Earthborn Coastal Catch has potato, so that one might be a good one to check out to see whether the reaction has anything to do with potato. Hope this helps!!

  • Dog lover

    My dog (a 4 yr old Pomeranian mix has been suffering from constant itching/scratching the entire summer. We thought it might be fleas, but found none, so I gave him vet approved allergy meds, but they didn’t help at all. I read that dogs need more meat-based dog food, so I started giving him Wellness Core about a month ago, along with occasional baths with an oatmeal soap…….he’s still scratching!!! A dog trainer friend of mine recommended salmon based science diet, she said it helped her Doug’s scratching, but having already lost one dog to renal failure from eating treats made in China, I am very wary about going back to a lesser brand of dog food. Plus, I thought I read a few months ago that SD was on the recall list…..can anyone give me some advice about the itching or the dog food or both? Thanks

  • rottiesrule

    Anal Cell Carinoma has not been linked to dog food period! Researching Vet Med studies and official websites clearly point to unknown origins and which breeds are more succeptable to this cancer. We all want to point to something when our ‘kids’ have horrible illnesses but in this case, pointing to any one food source is reaching. Put the blame aside, research and use what you wish for your animal and be realistic about the fact that the cause of so many pet illnesses is still a very young science. Pick your pet food based on your OWN reasearch and breed specific needs, adjust it when special circumstances arise and avoid both the good and the bad hype. Even with today’s technology, we do still live with coincidences – from an avid pet owner for 50 years.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Carolyn-
    Please see the great website called catinfo dot org. It is written by a vet that does know a lot about cat nutrition. She has a lot information on what to feed to prevent stones and blockages. Good luck. I hope your kitty gets better soon.

  • Shawna

    In cats they know that struvite crystals can actually be caused by a high carbohydrate diet—-assuming your kitty developed struvite stones.

    Here’s just one of MANY research papers on the subject.


    Starch and fiber in diets potentially stimulate formation of struvite crystals. Hence, reducing dietary carbohydrate is desirable to prevent struvite urolith formation. In addition, a net loss of body calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium during feeding of the fiber diet suggests that dietary inclusion of insoluble fiber could increase macromineral requirements of cats.”

    Here they are also saying that high fiber diets causes mineral loss and feeding a high fiber diet could increase the need for those minerals. Yet, it is my understanding, that SD controls crystals in the diet by increasing fiber/starches and decreasing these minerals.. Okay??

    Medi-vet website says

    “DL-Methionine may be used to prevent the formation of magnesium ammonium phosphate crystals in the urine. These crystals are commonly called struvite, Struvite is the most frequently involved mineral in uroliths that occur in feline lower urinary tract disease (LUTD) also known as feline urologic syndrome (FUS). Struvite crystals are more soluble in acid urine and tend not to develop and will eventually dissolve as urinary pH is reduced. Methionine is effective in increasing urine acidity.”
    Dl-methionine is a lab made, synthetic amino acid. Natural methionine is high in MEAT.. A high meat diet creates the same urinary pH as supplementing with DL-Methionine.. But rather than feeding a species appropriate, high protein high water diet they want to sell you something nutritionally inferior for cats.. I don’t get it??

    As already mentioned by others, a moisture rich diet is very important too..

  • sisu

    Cats are true carnivores. Feeding any brand of kibble is asking for trouble especially with a cat that is predisposed to bladder stones. To keep your cat healthy feed a balanced raw, pre-made raw, home cooked or canned diet. These maintain the moisture to flush the urinary system and contain few if any of the ingredients that cause stones. There are many sites with info on properly feeding a cat. Feeding Science Diet kibble or canned is not a good option.

    As you research the best food for your cat please keep in mind that vets have very little training in nutrition. They receive 1 or 2 semesters in classes sponsored by the food companies. These classes cover all animals, not just cats and dogs. Not much time to focus on domestic pets. Vets receive a 25% to 300% profit on the food they sell. There may also be financial incentives to attend seminars.

  • InkedMarie

    Why would you choose Science Diet when there are so many good foods to choose from?

  • Carolyn Nooney

    I just left my vet and I have also been under the impression that blue was the best for both my cat and dog. Turns out that blue is over the recommended daily allowance on items such as proteins and calcium. My cat has developed bladder stones from calcium build up which requires surgery tomorrow. I will be changing them to science diet.

  • Barb Paro

    Check up on Purina/Nestle co. They have a very bad rating for dog food.

  • Lisa Marie

    I have a vet that adamately states that Science Diet is the Best..of couse, he is an upscale Vet with many client also says the Blue Dog Food is not good for your dogs…but after much research and opinions I have determined it is the other way around. With the Vets I think it is a financial decision for them. By the way he feeds his dog cheeseburgers from McDonalds.?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Here is a place to start reading to learn what the issues are feeding a large breed dog. HDM has a google doc in there that lists good foods that are appropriate for large breed puppies.

  • FirstGSD

    Anyone have recommendations for a German Shepherd pup? Besides raw chicken back guy. He’s 12 weeks. Vet said use Science Diet. I don’t like the 2 star rating it gets on here.

  • Lynn

    Thanks for posting that list on dog foods. What work you went to. thank you so much!!

  • Lynn

    In case this makes you feel any better, Science Diet Dog food sales are plummeting. Apparently people are smartening up about what to appropriately feed their dogs. That would be called divine justice.

  • suzy

    My vet suggested Science Diet mature for my 13 y/o dashound mix rescue dog because he has too much protein in his kidneys – also have him on a blood pressure pill and omega 3 fish oil – couldn’t find the mature so am trying 4health canned food – anyone know any problems with this food? It’s much less expensive than Science diet and is easier to find (Tractor supply). Thanks

  • LOL

  • Pattyvaughn

    You want to eat dog food?

  • Dexter Morgan

    I am trying to lose some weight and I am trying to find some of the best rated diet products. Do you know of any? Thanks.

  • InkedMarie

    Christy, please accept my condolences on the loss of your dogs. Words cannot convey what I am feeling. What have you changed your current dogs food to?

  • Shawna

    I’m sooo very sorry for your losses Christy!!! That must have been absolutely horrible!! 🙁

    That does seem pretty unlikely to be a coincidence..

    Fingers crossed and praying for your little one’s good health!!!!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Sorry to hear about your dogs. Don’t feel bad about it – you live, you learn. I think that most will agree that feeding our animals is an ongoing learning experience. My dogs have been on quite the nutritional “journey” – so to speak – over the past 5 years. I went from feeding Beneful dry food (recommended by my vet), to feeding 3 and 4 star “holistic” dry foods without corn or by-products, to feeding 5 star grain-free dry and canned foods, to feeding dehydrated foods and am now feeding a homemade raw diet to all three of my hounds. The important thing is that we – as pet owners – need to be proactive and research for ourselves, we can’t just sit back and believe what vets and pet food companies tell us.

  • I’m not one to post opinions online but I felt led to share my own experience in regards to Science Diet and you all can make up your own decision. I’m an avid pet owner for 36 years. 11 years ago I got 2 dogs, a lab and a beagle lab mix. My vet recommended science diet. I faithfully, and regretfully, used it for 11 years. In the past year, I have lost both of my beloved dogs to Anal cell carcinoma. My lab had “GI” issues for 2 years before being DX. After months of chemo and no improvement he lost his battle. 3 mos ago my other dog had a mass in his anus. He became very sick this past week and when I took him to the vet yesterday he too had anal cell carcinoma with mets throughout. I had to put him down. Coincidence??? Unfortunately, I have 1 little dog left and have also fed him science diet his whole life. It was only after I lost my dogs that I began to research their food. Seems that I’m not the only one who believes science diet has caused-or greatly contributed to-the death of my dogs. Please save your own animals and research there food

  • Mountain Rich

    Lots of surprises reading about dog food products on this site. I have always tried to feed my dogs ( over 35 years ) good grades of food and after viewing this site I am both appalled and disappointed by some of the info on products I have used or have considered. I am glad I found this. I can share with other readers that I believe by using better and best grade foods that my dogs are healthier and my vet bills have been lower over the years.

  • blackdog

    I was transitioning my Lab from Hill’s Large Breed Light to Hill’s Prescription JD at a 60/40%.  This 8 year old dog apparently died from Hypervitaminosis.  Hill’s is running away from answering any questions faster than my dog could run!

  • Pattyvaughn

    A coffee grinder works great.

  • Shungakansas

    PLIERS, or a hammer.    My geriatric Yorkie mix cannot chew the large size Renal Diet SD food.   I crack each nugget into small pieces with pliers.

  • Scot Compston

    hey here is the problem, low quality product. That’s what most commercial foods are made of. These foods cause bacteria to grow in your doggies digestive tract that are not supposed to be there. The high volume poo is just the start. there will be vomiting, bloody stool, and so on. try this Chicken backs, bone and all. a raw diet of chicken with the bone is just what your dogs need. Its way cheaper then those “high quality foods” there is less poop, with no smell and dries up, turns white, and washes away in the rain. less shedding, and less vet visits cause its natural to their system. here is a secret your vet wont tell you, they dont know crap about nutrition, and raw chicken bones are malleable and safe for dogs not to mention extremely healthy with most nutrients they need. Plus you can cut it to whatever size you want. Add steamed or raw veggies but should be mashed like you would find in animal intestine. dogs dont digest plants that well, so why feed them corn wheat and soy that is in commercial dog foods? for smaller dogs use chicken necks. oh and they are way cheaper then kibble. Good luck and get away from commercial foods.

  • Scot Compston

    Dorothym, they dont put quality ingredients in these ‘dog foods’ only the cheapest.  try Chicken backs, bone and all. a raw diet of chicken with the bone is just what your dogs need. Its way cheaper then those “high quality foods” there is less poop, with no smell and dries up, turns white, and washes away in the rain. less shedding, and less vet visits. here is a secret your vet wont tell you, they dont know crap about nutrition, and raw chicken bones are malleable and safe for dogs not to mention extremely healthy with most nutrients they need. you can add steamed or raw veggies but should be mashed like you would find in animal intestine. dogs dont digest plants that well, so why feed them corn wheat and soy that is in commercial dog foods? for smaller dogs use chicken necks. oh and they are way cheaper then kibble. 

  • Scot Compston

    Chicken backs, bone and all. a raw diet of chicken with the bone is just what your dogs need. Its way cheaper then those “high quality foods” there is less poop, with no smell and dries up, turns white, and washes away in the rain. less shedding, and less vet visits. here is a secret your vet wont tell you, they dont know crap about nutrition, and raw chicken bones are malleable and safe for dogs not to mention extremely healthy with most nutrients they need. you can add steamed or raw veggies but should be mashed like you would find in animal intestine. dogs dont digest plants that well, so why feed them corn wheat and soy that is in commercial dog foods? for smaller dogs use chicken necks. oh and they are way cheaper then kibble. 

  • Scot Compston

    switch to a raw diet, not the pre-packaged stuff tho. go with some raw beef, not ground, and fish, any but salmon. You can cut as small as you like, and itll get rid of those digestive problems. Here is the issue, the Corn, Wheat, and Soy in “dog food” is hard to digest, and causes the problems you are seeing. Dogs are not meant to eat that stuff, or wolves would eat it. Dont worry, they can handle any bacteria that may be in the meat. Chicken is good too, and usually cheaper. You can get alot of trimmings from your butcher as a low price too. Raw is high in protein and will help your little guy gain his weight back. There is a supplement called Spirulina, a type of seaweed, its full of complete proteins, with all essential amino acids. Its used in cancer and AIDS patients to help with weight loss. good luck and get away from commercial foods

  • Scot Compston

    Chicken backs, bone and all. a raw diet of chicken with the bone is just what your dogs need. Its way cheaper then those “high quality foods” there is less poop, with no smell and dries up, turns white, and washes away in the rain. less shedding, and less vet visits. here is a secret your vet wont tell you, they dont know crap about nutrition, and raw chicken bones are malleable and safe for dogs not to mention extremely healthy with most nutrients they need. you can add steamed or raw veggies but should be mashed like you would find in animal intestine. dogs dont digest plants that well, so why feed them corn wheat and soy that is in commercial dog foods? for smaller dogs use chicken necks. oh and they are way cheaper then kibble. 

  • Scot Compston

    chicken backs, bone and all. a raw diet of chicken with the bone is just what your dogs need. less poop, with no smell and dries up and washes away in the rain. less shedding, no bad breath, and less vet visits. here is a secret your vet wont tell you, they dont know crap about nutrition, and raw chicken bones are malleable and safe for dogs not to mention extremely healthy with most nutrients they need. Vets get paid to carry those foods, not cause they are good for your pet. you can add steamed or raw veggies but should be mashed like you would find in animal intestine. dogs dont digest plants that well, so why feed them corn wheat and soy that is in commercial dog foods? for smaller dogs use chicken necks. oh and they are way cheaper then kibble. 

  • Scot Compston

    chicken backs, bone and all. a raw diet of chicken with the bone is just what your dogs need. less poop, with no smell and dries up and washes away in the rain. less shedding, and less vet visits. here is a secret your vet wont tell you, they dont know crap about nutrition, and raw chicken bones are malleable and safe for dogs not to mention extremely healthy with most nutrients they need. you can add steamed or raw veggies but should be mashed like you would find in animal intestine. dogs dont digest plants that well, so why feed them corn wheat and soy that is in commercial dog foods? for smaller dogs use chicken necks. oh and they are way cheaper then kibble. 

  • Jroach6346

    We have a 4 year old Maltese that was having similar problems. $1700.00 later we found out that he has Addison’s disease and auto-immune system problems. He is now on a steroid pill everyday for the rest of his life along with a special diet of HA dog food sold at our vets office. His diarreha with bright red blood and vomiting is now under control.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    One of my hounds has had some problems in the past with colitis. Her stomach use to sound terrible after eating. I now feed kibble once a day and canned or air dry the second and I always add digestive enzymes, probiotics, and pumpkin. She will inhale her food so I also use those special bowls that make her slow down. I always wet the kibble and since going totally grain and potato free her problems have gone away entirely. I would also recommend that you research some of the 4-5 star foods on DFA. Personally I do not think Science Diet is a quality food. Your dog may do better with a canned food (not Science Diet) or dehydrated that you can add water to. Fromm has small bites.

  • I have an 8 year old Yorkie that is really having some serious digestive issues. She has had a bloody stool on and off since she was a puppy, but now is having the problem almost every day. Her stomach rolls after she eats and it is not long before she has bloody diarrhea often accompanied by vomiting. She used to weigh 5 1/2 pounds, but is down to under 5 pounds now. She is still energetic and playful, so it has not affected her disposition yet, but we are all worried. I started her on Science Diet for Sensitive Stomachs and that does seem to help. The only problem is that I have not been able to find it in small bites. She doesn’t have many teeth left, so I have to soak the big bites to get them where she can handle them. Not ideal by any means. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Kmwilk55

    A very helpful site!  Thank you for showing it to me!  very much! 

  • Kmwilk55

    Love it now!  Dog’s stomach has calmed down but seems to have a bit of a problem other than the dog food!  But even though it is more, Kaysee only weighs 5 lbs so she doesn’t eat very much!  I truely think it has improved her “system” all the way thru!  Not a lot of unnecessary filler!  Se the ingredients!  I give it an A Plus!

  • I am very happy i have come to this particular website.

  • Very interesting blog page. I simply got nothing to do therefore I’m simply killing time searching the internet and I find that I’ve discovered some really valuable web site. Many thanks

  • maxmabi

    Hi, Dr. Mike. Is that “hover” feature still active? I don’t seem to get the posting history. I “thought” I did see it a couple of weeks ago, but now I don’t.

  • Dogs are cool in every way, and we have so much to learn from them. 

  • Sylviecorbin

    May be you can give me some advise.Ihave 2 standard poodle on EN veterinary gastric food; very expensive and not really good 2 strars
    I don’t want to ignore their problem but…
    I went to many stores to find THE ONE. I’ve heard about Pronature senor.A breeder(standard poodle) told that is the food she is giving to her dogs who has the similar problem
    I live in Québec city Ispeak french That why my english writing is so so

  • blue buffalo coupons

     Anything is better than Purina, but try putting your dog on an all natural dog food. It might cost a little bit more but once you see the results it will be worth it. There are a lot of great foods on the market.

  • melissa

     Hi Guest-

    I have to agree with Michelle. I would not feed them a food that is causing them to border on incontinence.  One or two pounds heavy is not obese, and can be managed by a slight decrease in the amount fed of the original food. SD commands a high price, and imo, is not worth it. I fed SD many many years ago when it was new to the market and the dogs did fine, but there are better foods out there.  Stay awhile and check out Mike’s site for reccomendations, write down the ones that catch your interest and check them out at your local petstore. You will be amazed that many higher rated foods are less than the SD both grain free and grain inclusive(I feed a mix of both)

  • Melinda18

    Thanks for brief explained. i have to sharing related to this topic.Dog food refers to food specifically intended for consumption.Though technically omnivorous, dogs exhibit a natural carnivorous bias, have sharp, pointy teeth, and have short gastrointestinal tracts better suited for the consumption of meat. In spite of this natural carnivorous design, dogs have still managed to evolve over thousands of years to survive on the meat and non-meat scraps and leftovers of human existence and thrive on a variety of foods.


  • Dorothym

    what about Ideal Balance Science Diet?  It does not have corn in but does have whole grain, chicken, veggies, cranberries, etc.  I was told that “chicken meal” is all the chicken “junk” mushed up together.

  • Dorothym

    what about Ideal Balance Science Diet?  It does not have corn in but does have whole grain, chicken, veggies, cranberries, etc.  I was told that “chicken meal” is all the chicken “junk” mushed up together.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Guest, the extra output is probably due to higher fiber content in the weight management formula. You are paying a premium price for a 2 star product, please  read a detailed review above. For the money that you are paying, or maybe even less, you could get your dogs a much healthier food. If you would like help in choosing a new food please let me know. If not ,then I would suggest just feeding less of the original formula. 🙂

  • Guest

    We have 3 dogs, 2 Shih Tsus & a Boston Terrier/Pug mix.  We were feeding them the Regular Science Diet Small Bits.  Our vet thought all 3 were a little overweight.  He thought they could all loose 1-2 lbs.  Recently I bought the Science Diet Small Bites weight management formula.  Our dogs’ bowel movements have increased so much, maybe at least 3 times more than before.  They’ve been having accidents, if they’re not walked every few hours.  Is this normal?  Should I switch back?  Anyone have any experience with this.  Is this temporary?  No upset stomachs, just a lot of….output.  Not to be gross.

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  • USB 3G

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  • Holiday cottage type mozzarella dairy product provides some limescale mineral. Calcium is a really essential aspect of a pet’s eating plan so you will need to supplement with a multivitamin pill. I use and suggest Pet-Tabs Plus. I like to mix a little bit of water in with the meals to incorporate.

  • Hi Sandy… That page is still there. But the links won’t take you to where you want to go. All the comments are now stored on the Disqus server. So, they all have different comment number identities.

    I’m still setting things up as I find time. One new page not yet posted is called

    Try that page and notice the 3 tabs at the top. They will also provide some new info. Always click on the time/date links to be transported to the appropriate comment.

    Hope this helps.

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  • Anonymous

    I found it.  It moved to the left side.

  • Anonymous

    Morning Sandy!
    It’s two blue titles above “Latest Articles” on the left, t’words the top. 🙂

  • sandy

    I have this page saved:

    But how would I get to it otherwise directly from the site?

  • Gordon

    I like this new blog format. I also prefer the default, ‘Sort by newest first’ comments option so one can see straight away the latest comments.

    In passing….R.I.P. Jenna O’Grady Donley, a young smart and  beautiful woman who was to officially graduate from Sydney university in veterinary science, next week, was killed by an elephant in Malaysia in the last 24 hours.

  • Hi Toxed2loss… Great. There are some issues I’m not crazy about. But try this: Hover your mouse over anyone’s profile picture (even the ones without gravatars). You can see a whole history of that person’s posts. Pretty cool and useful, too.

  • Hi Monkey… I don’t like “Newest First” either as I’m used to newest comments at the bottom of the page (along with the comment box).

    You can change the sort order yourself to oldest first. I tried it but that means that if you have 1,500 comments (like some posts already have), you’ll see the oldest comments on your first page. So, you’d have to navigate to page 15 to see the newest ones.

    I decided to use the current “Newest First” sort for myself. It’s more like my email editor, Facebook and Twitter. Though it doesn’t seem natural now, it will in a few days or so.

    The excerpt page still exists, but since our comments are now hosted on the Disqus server, the links in our page won’t take you to the comment you’re looking for.

    I’ve settled on Disqus because of its Internet-wide acceptance as “the standard”. Once you register with Disqus, you can use it on thousands of blogs that use Disqus, too.

    Sorry for all these changes. I dislike change as much as anyone. But since WordPress is not currently supporting comment structure like it once did, I found Disqus to be the best solution.

    Here’s something interesting. Hover over anyone’s profile picture and notice the pop-up that lists that person’s posting history. Pretty cool way to find older comments that you’d like to re-read.

    You can also link to Facebook and Twitter, too.

    There are dozens of other features you’ll slowly uncover like I did. Hope this works out better for all of us over time. Thanks for your question.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if i like “newest first” being default. It doesn’t feel very natural. Mike S, will you be bringing back the excerpt page too or does that not work with Disqus?

  • Anonymous

    Mike S,
    I LOVE THE EDIT FEATURE!!!! Woooo-hooo!

  • Hi Marie and Toxed2loss… Finally, we’ve migrated to a new comment system called Disqus (pronounced “discuss”). This software has lots of cool features, like threading, email notification and the ability to view someone’s posting history.

    With threading (using the “Reply” feature), your comment will not necessarily be at the top of a thread but indented just beneath the post you replied to.

    There are lots more features coming. So, for now, get comfortable. I’ve been testing this for weeks and I promise, it will get much easier for you moving forward.

    This should preclude any need for us to open a forum. I’m going to be introducing lots of new topics over the next few months. And your comments will be used to help re-write parts as we work together to build more interesting content for others to reference.

  • Anonymous

    You’re not dense! Mike S is working on upgrading the site. There have been a few bugs. While he works on fixing it, he puts the old format back in place, so we can keep blogging. 🙂 thoughtful, huh? Then he tries uploading the “debugged” version, until he finds a bug in that. He’s certainly being diligent. I’m liking this threaded format! 😉

  • Marie

    LOL because I guess I don’t get what’s going on now? I AM really tired, so I think that’s it. Sorry for being so dense. 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Why are you confused?

  • Marie

    I shall remain forever confused. 🙂

  • Toxed2loss

    Hang in there Marie! Keep trying! 🙂

  • Marie

    Uh, no? LOL what’s going on now? 🙂

  • Toxed2loss

    Not any more, or the government either, but lots of people still
    Do. Afraid I lost my naïveté when I got toxed. It’s a very cruel world. Good thing there are still some incredible people in it.

  • Dog Food Ninja

    You trust the police?  lol

  • Toxie? LOL, you haven’t seen any unmasked pics of me floating around, have you DFN? Never mind!

    I agree with you on the premise that they SHOULD be more careful. But the fact is they are indoctrinated. They have been taught by a chemical industry financed system in a mind controlling manner only rivalled by Stalin, Hitler, and the Taliban. 8 years of intense study and sleep deprivation, followed by internships w/grueling 48 hr rotations!

    Yes, the system is broken. That’s part of the reason I do what I do! (Raise awareness) I do think the public needs re-educating. If your older, you grew up before the chemical companies had such a tight grip. Back then your doctor was trusted. He was someone you knew all your life. It’s hard for people to let that go. They still see docs like they see policemen. Trusted authorities. We all want things just a bit easier, that’s why so many people come to this site. They can get good info here, without doing the extensive research. I do think it’s important to question your service providers, but not everybody operates that way. I’m aggressive, most people are passive. They would never think of questioning an authority. That’s another good reason to come to this site… We do. We kick it back and forth, so less combative people can see both sides…

    You both have good points!

  • Marie

    Yes, I think they DO make erroneous recommendations. But they are erroneous to you and I, not to them – and at least in the case of vets recommending Hill’s, it’s at LEAST based on some form of formal testing and study.

    Agreed that health and nutrition are intertwined – but doctors and vets studied medicine to practice using evidence based medicine. Hill’s provides vets and pharmaceutical companies provide doctors with a form of each, and THAT’S what they use to make decisions. I’m not saying it’s good, but this is why vets recommend what they do.

    In this era, people have literally the most powerful educational tool sitting in their offices, bedrooms, and even in their cell phones. There is NO EXCUSE to NOT educate oneself on health and nutrition. So I feel little sympathy for those that can but don’t bother and would rather listen to someone tell them what to do in life.

  • My problem, Marie and Toxie, is that these people are in a position of power and trust. And many times I’ve heard vets and doctors make food suggestions based on erroneous information, so then you have a person who thinks “well my doctor/vet recommended it…”. Also, you mention their job is to diagnose. Well guess what… they misdiagnose things CONSTANTLY and throw medications at symptoms rather than fix the root cause, which, many times, is diet related. You are what you eat! Nutrition and health care should not be mutually exclusive, they should be indelibly intertwined! And yes, consumers have a responsibility to self educate. But at the same time, industry (medical, food, etc) shouldn’t be so free to take advantage of consumer’s gullibility and/or lack of knowledge.

  • Marie

    And to be honest, I have strong objections towards blanket statements regarding a specific demographic of people.

  • Marie

    My vet has been in practice for 25 years or so, and she sells prescription Hills and Royal Canin. Of course, what she has on her shelves seems to be collecting dust – in the 2 years I’ve been going to her, the only Rx food she has recommended was to help my severely underweight kitten get her blood glucose up as a temporary fix. When she complimented me on my other cat’s glossy fur, she got excited when I told her about Blue Wilderness (the food he was on since he was a kitten) and started recommending it to her clients. She is not a holistic vet, but she has talked to me about a diabetic cat that impressed her by doing so well on raw that it no longer needed shots – and now she recommends raw for her diabetic patients (when she deems it appropriate against other health factors). She’s even said she’s glad I tell her about this stuff, because with a large practice and family to run (LOL) she just doesn’t have much time left over for research. Vets are in business to make money, sure, but a lot of them do it because they really do want to help animals, but their training just doesn’t emphasize nutrition, as well as that of other medical professionals. (Except for dentists? :D)

  • sandy

    Vets are indoctrinated by the machine of big businesss:

    Vets won’t have a clue about diet unless they do their own research…

  • I’m jumping in and agreeing with Marie here, DFN. Vets are indoctrinated, and many are now getting a clue. It’s difficult for them, because “the machine” keeps churning out more indoctrinated ones and they, like many f you when I get talking, feel over whelmed by the sheer magnitude of what they discover they don’t know. Toxicology is after all, another 8 year degree, as is a clinical nutritionist… So they practice what they know and they are on call. Nt much tie for research… The system rather overwhelms them. Which is why I work with a conventional vet and just keep educating him. He has an open mind, and if I give him relevent and reliable arterial, he’ll act on it. 🙂

    I chose my doctor and pharmacists the same way. I no longer take pharmaceuticals, but I need compounded nutrients.

  • Marie

    *years, lol Although I did want to cry a lot 🙂

  • Marie

    Doctors aren’t popping anything down anyone’s throats. People demand an easy quick fix, so doctors just give it. I’ve worked in retail pharmacy for several tears, I’ve seen this lack of desire to be proactive (from a patient standpoint) and pharmaceutical companies just market to that.

    There is no excuse for patient or client ignorance in that matter, and I agree that vets and doctors alike SHOULD learn more about nutrition. But that is NOT what they are trained in, and that’s not why I go to a doctor or veterinarian. I go because I need a diagnosis, or treatment that I cannot legally purchase without a physician’s (or vet’s) consent. I don’t demand expertise in oncology out of an endocrinologist, and I don’t expect my vet, trained in treating (allopathically, mind you) several species to be an expert in nutrition of any one animal. That’s not what western medicine focuses on, unfortunately.

  • But Marie, the vet is also being “blissfully ignorant”. Look, I run a pet store and in the last year and a half have become extremely knowledgeable about dog and cat nutrition and have, on more occasions than I can even remember now, “cured” a dog of chronic health problems by changing their diet. I’ve applied the same principles to myself and have gotten off of all the pharmaceuticals I was on. The way I feel about vets blindly accepting the information fed to them is “shame on you!”. I could make just as much money selling people low cost crappy foods… heck, maybe more money, because they’d have extra cash left to blow on higher margin toys. But I have taken it upon myself to learn all I can about nutrition to help animals. And I’m a pet store employee. You would think a Veterinarian, who spent years in school to learn how to help animals and has made a career out of it, would WANT to learn about nutrition. That’s why it bothers me. It tells me they don’t care about their job. Just like with human Doctors and their pharmaceuticals. It’s all about the money. There may be genuine needs for some pharmaceuticals, but most of the ones that doctors are popping down the throats of their patients are medicines designed to cover up symptoms of an overlying problem caused by poor diet.

    “let medicine be thy food and food be thy medicine.” -Hippocrates

  • Marie

    Look, vets aren’t retarded – they’re practitioners of allopathic medicine – just on animals. They receive scientific training in their studies, and while I 100% agree that Hill’s OTC Science Diet food SUCKS, their prescription foods they actually test and a scientifically-minded professional like a vet appreciates that. Whether or not it’s funded by Hill’s isn’t too relevant given that pharmaceutical companies MUST fund and preform their own testing if they want to claim their product can treat a specific condition. So I guess this implication is that Hill’s lies in all their studies on their food? Doctors don’t know much about nutrition either. That’s why you usually get referred to a nutritionist for specific dietary needs.

    The mark-up on pet food in the average vet practice isn’t exactly them making money hand over fist – it’s usually vaccines and other procedures that make them money. Not that there is anything wrong with that – a vet practice is a business, and if the vet recommends a *prescription* food in good faith to my animal for it’s well-being, I’m not going to flip out and change vets or think s/he doesn’t ‘know any better’.

    That being said, I do agree that vets (like doctors) do NOT know much about nutrition. But they don’t base their food recommendations on what we call ‘common sense’, they base it on data.

    I’m not trying to defend Hill’s here, just trying to illustrate where most vets are coming from. 🙂

  • Robyn

    Hill’s sponsors a lot of veterinary nutrition seminars/classes, as well as major entertainment at veterinary tradeshows (I have been/witnessed firsthand), and I know at least one vet school (I would guess a lot) is “sponsored” by Hill’s, they give food to the vet students at a huge discount (like $10 for a huge bag) if not free for their personal dogs, as well as the dogs in a lot of shelters and humane societies. When the vets learn nutrition from a Hill’s perspective, with a lot of “science” to back it up, and they get perks, it lends them to like/prescribe Hill’s. It is the same as pharmaceutical reps taking doctors out to play golf or to medical conferences in the Bahamas. Many vets offices also sell Hill’s, so they get a good bit of income from the product as well. If anyone prescribes something that they sell/make money off of, be skeptical. I appreciate HIll’s donating to shelters, any food is better than none, but it is also marketing to adopters that Hill’s is the food to continue feeding to their new dog. Hill’s is prescribed by vets who don’t know any better, since their nutritional studies more likely than not were sponsored by Hill’s (same with drug companies). Vets tell me they do not learn much about nutrition in their curriculum and I hope that will change. I have friends in vet school, and I do marketing. The strategy works, unfortunately.

  • Jc

    Lynne,& Marie,

    Vets pushing this food is probably just like doctors pushing certain meds. It is not solely bcs of the empirical test data but also bcs of the sales rep effort to have the vet endorse it. If you know it’s bad, if the reviews here are bad then no matter what test results you have, it is still bad.
    It’s like saying marlboro ultra lights are better than reds, they’re both bad, no matter how less of which ingredient is in it

  • Patricia Hofer

    In what country are the Hills dog food (Science) diet foods made in ?

  • Marie

    Well, what I meant was that they formulate these foods (with said awful ingredients) and then test them to see if they would work for certain conditions. Even if the animal’s condition improves just marginally, it’s considered a success and they write up how they did the trial, a vet reads it, deems it scientifically sound, and prescribes it.

  • Lynne Riney

    Dear Marie – thank you for your reply but it doesn’t make much sense to me. Kind of reminds me of the idea that just because you are really intelligent does not always mean you have much common sense. (referring to vets and pet food companies). You have a food that consists of ingredients that are terrible but cause you study and test these terrible ingredients…..then its okay to feed them to dogs/cats. Hmmmm…..I’m still confused but thanks anyway. And still won’t purchase Hills products.

  • Marie

    Vets “push” this food because, unlike many other foods, Hill’s does actual studies and testing on their foods – and to a scientifically trained professional like a veterinarian, that’s very very important. It’s like a doctor prescribing a non-tested drug…they won’t do it. And they don’t want you taking it.

    I am not trying to defend Hill’s – their food, ingredient-wise, is terrible – but they do have at least that to their credit. *shrug*

  • Lynne Riney

    Any vet I have ever used thinks the “ONLY” food everyone should be feeding their pets is Science Diet. Since I would never feed my dogs this food; it usually gets a little heated when the subject of diet comes up. I would like to know the real reason vets push Science Diet. I’ve heard that the company, Hills, is very present at vet schools across the country and that vets make lots of money selling this crappy product. Why would these people who have been to college, are smarter than me, have chosen a career of helping animals……and yet they push this bad food down our throats. Whats the deal?

  • Hi Linda… The fact a food is made in the US does not automatically make it a good food. Some of the very best (and very worst) dog foods I’ve reviewed come from our own country. The country of origin can be an important clue but it is never a guarantee you’ve found a good or a bad food.

    That is why all the ratings of all the foods on my website are based upon the label alone. And nothing else.

    To learn why I intentionally ignore everything else in my reports, please be sure to check out my article, “The Problem with Dog Food Reviews“. Hope this helps.

  • Linda

    Hi, I am trying to find a dogfood that my dachshund, Wendell, can eat asap, since I believe he may be allergic to his current food. I have tried Simply Nourish and he seems to like it, but I would like to know why you said that the brand “claims” to meet the AAFCO standards and not that it “does meet” the AAFCO standards.

    I also noted on the bag of dry dogfood that it was made in Taiwan. Do you know the bearing of this on the quality of food. Are the standards for the meat and products used in the “Simply Nourish” food as good as other well-rated foods made in the US, Canada, etc.

    Thank you,

  • Hi Cheryl… I’ve already reviewed Hill’s Science Diet Nature’s Best. Just look for it using its full name in our Search by Brand list. Hope this helps.

  • Cheryl

    Have you viewed Science Diet Nature’s Best?

  • Michaela

    Hey Mike – Sorry to add to your backlogged To Do List, but could you review Hill’s Ideal Balance line? To this (rather untrained) eye, the ingredients looks a slight bit improved upon the traditional SD foods (no by-products or brewers rice, etc.). Maybe the SD version of Purina’s One Beyond?

  • Karen

    Hi Mike – Really appreciate the work you do on these dog foods. I, too, am interested in your review of Hills Prescription t/d. Thanx again, Karen

  • Hi Dianne… Hill’s Prescription Diet D/D canned dog food is already on my To Do list. However, due to our current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before I get to it. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Dianne B. Mullis

    Mike, I hope d/d canned is somewhere on your to do list.Took
    Sharpee to his Vet for annual checkup yesterday.Discussed my concerns about his food and he said if it were his dog,he was eating it and had no problems,he would leave him on it.And why…because we don’t know what he can tollerate in his diet.The d/d kibble/hard is a one star…Thanks in advance if and when you have the time! Dianne

  • Hi Mary… Thanks to your suggestion, I’ve added Hill’s Healthy Advantage to my To Do list. However, due to my current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before I get to it. Thanks again for your suggestion.

  • Jonathan

    All seven of the first ingredients are red-flag agricultural and meat-packing by-products. This trash is nothing but filler. Have a look.

    Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Advantage

    Chicken By-Product Meal, Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Soybean Mill Run, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Egg Product, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, 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), Iodized Salt, Dried Chicken Cartilage, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, L-Carnitine, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

    Protein 24.6
    Fat 15.2
    Carbohydrate (NFE) 44.6
    Crude Fiber 10.6
    Calcium 0.80
    Phosphorus 0.67
    Sodium 0.26
    Potassium 0.80
    Magnesium 0.101
    Vitamin C 225 mg/kg
    Vitamin E 743 IU/kg
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids Total 0.46
    Omega-6 Fatty Acids Total 3.53
    Chondroitin Sulfate 1498 mg/kg (ppm)
    Glucosamine 831 mg/kg (ppm)

  • Mary

    Could you pleased review Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Advantage.

  • Hi Meagan… Hill’s Prescription T/D is already on my To Do list. However, due to our current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before we get to it. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

  • Meagan

    Mike- Wondering if you could review the Hill’s perscription T/D its for dental.

  • Shelby