Hill’s Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Puppy Dry Dog Food Review

//Hill’s Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Puppy Dry Dog Food Review

Hill’s Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Puppy Dry Dog Food Review

Hill’s Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Puppy

Hills Ideal Balance Small Breed PuppyIdeal Balance provides a faultless balance of nutrition for your puppy’s health – nothing more, nothing less.

The ingredients included in this dog food must meet the exact requirements for purity and nutrient content defined by Hill’s company.

First-rate chicken protein promotes lean muscle; omega 3 and 6 fatty acids guarantee healthy skin and a shiny coat; brown rice and other natural fibers aid in healthy digestion and antioxidants and vitamins from vegetables and fruits help preserve your small dog puppy immune system tough. Eggs are a good source of essential amino acids that are building blocks of muscles and organs.

This dog food formula is yummy and nutritious with natural ingredients that helps your puppy to growth healthy and strong.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein Concentrate, Dried Egg Product
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken Fat, Fish Oil
  • Carbohydrates: Brown Rice, Whole Grain Oats, Cracked Pearled Barley
  • Fiber: Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed
  • Fruits and vegetables: Vegetable and fruit blend (Green Peas, Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, Broccoli)
  • Flavorings: Chicken Liver Flavor, Natural Flavors
  • Preservatives: Mixed Tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Lactic Acid, , Dicalcium Phosphate, Iodized Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Beta-Carotene

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Hill’s Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice label already gives information about dry matter basis.

The dry matter basis percentages (nutrient in the product after moisture is removed) is used to make direct evaluations of nutrient profiles of products with different moisture contents.

Dry Matter Basis
Protein 30 %
Fat 20 %
Fiber 1.5 %
Carbohydrates 41 % (EV)

(EV: estimated value)

This dog food presents 30 % of protein but you should consider the protein enhancing result of the peas, pea protein concentrate and flaxseed. This kibble profile contains only a fair amount of meat.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken is highly palatable, inexpensive and provides an excellent source of protein. Chicken is very easy to digest for most dogs and offers essential amino acids, fatty acids, and certain minerals for muscle development, organ function, and energy.

Chicken meal is a concentrated form of chicken protein. It contains highly digestible protein produced by cooking chicken at high temperatures, extracting the fat and drying the meat residue.

Pea protein is a byproduct of pea processing. However, pea protein should not be used as an alternative to meat in dog foods since the nutritional value and digestibility of vegetable proteins are poor compared to those found in meats.

Eggs are an excellent source of inexpensive high-quality protein, fat and numerous minerals and micronutrients. It is a broad protein source providing essential amino acids contributing to growth and muscle development.

Carbohydrates: Brown rice, as long as it is well cooked, is easily digested by dogs. It offers a range of natural nutrients including three B vitamins, iron, manganese, selenium, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids. It is also an excellent, high–quality complex carbohydrate source for energy and fiber for colon health.

Whole Grain Oats are an excellent carbohydrate source for energy. It is full of B vitamins and reduces allergic reactions classically associated with wheat and corn. Oats are known to help protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer as well as help to lower cholesterol and maintain the proper levels of blood sugar. They are also a good source of dietary fiber.

Cracked Pearled Barley, once cooked, is easily digested by dogs. It is a good carbohydrate source for energy. It is an excellent source of soluble fiber and has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Barley is also known to minimize allergic reactions characteristically associated with corn or wheat.

Fiber: Dried Beet Pulp is considered to be an excellent fiber source. In addition to being a good fiber source, it benefits intestinal bacteria that help maintain colon health. When fed correctly, is an ingredient that can be beneficial. However, there are some concerns about beet pulp in dog foods including the potential swelling of this ingredient in the stomach, palatability, and plugging of the intestinal villus. Though, few of these have been substantiated and most discuss to the feeding of beet pulp to horses.

Flaxseed includes flax seed oil, which is an excellent source of the essential omega 3 fatty acids. Flaxseed is also a good source of essential amino acids and holds all the essential vitamins and minerals required by dogs. Flaxseed is also a fiber source that aids in digestion. Though, flaxseed contains phytoestrogens that are elements able to mimic estrogens in the body. Thus it can interfere with reproductive cycle in dogs.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat is a high class source of essential fatty acids and energy. It is also full in linoleic acid (source of Omega 6 fatty acids), which helps support healthy of skin and coat.

Fish oil comes from the processing of oily fish such as tuna, sardines and salmon. It provides energy and is rich in essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which have numerous health benefits. They have been recommended for the prevention and treatment of some health conditions including joint problems, skin conditions, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. However, in this specific case we don´t known what is the fish used in the production of this oil. So we cannot evaluate precisely the quality of this ingredient.

Fruits and vegetables: Green Peas are a source of antioxidants, vitamins C, K and B1, manganese, fiber and folate. Peas are filled with fiber to help manage cholesterol and blood sugar. Some dogs can have some difficulty in digesting fiber. Thus in these individuals pea can cause gastrointestinal problems (diarrhea and vomit).

Apples are an outstanding source of pectin, a water-soluble fiber.

Cranberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. They are also known as agents that prevent urinary tract infections.

Carrots are exceptional sources of vitamin A, which is important in the eye to maintain healthy vision, as well as minerals, soluble fiber and natural antioxidants.

Broccoli is rich in Vitamins A and C, calcium and antioxidants.

Flavors: Chicken Liver Flavor is a named combination of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food in the final stages of manufacturing.

Natural Flavors can include any extract from any food. Its major function is flavoring rather than nutritional. This is very general and could refer to anything from herbs or meat meals to more dubious ingredients such as digest.

Supplements: The minerals listed are not chelated. Thus they are more difficult to absorb.

This food does not contain dyes, sweeteners or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Hill’s Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Puppy Dry Dog Food we give a 3.95 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Hill’s Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Puppy Dry Dog Food seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

Consisting of over 50 nutrients, Ideal Balance Small Breed Adult Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food provides a balanced nutrition for small breed puppies and pregnant or nursing small breed bitches.

Hill’s Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Puppy Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Fresh Chicken as the first ingredient
  • Omega 3 and 6 to improve skin and coat health
  • Natural fiber helps healthy digestion
  • No corn, wheat, or soy
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Vegetables have vitamins and minerals
  • Antioxidants from fruit support immune system

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Hill’s Ideal Balance Small Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Puppy Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken, Chicken Meal, Dried Egg Product
  • Chicken Fat
  • Brown Rice, Whole Grain Oats, Cracked Pearled Barley
  • Vegetable and fruit blend
  • Omega fatty acids sources
  • Mixed Tocopherols
  • No wheat, corn or soy

Negative Aspects

  • Pea Protein Concentrate
  • Fish Oil
  • Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed
  • Natural Flavors
  • Green peas


Available in: 4 lbs (1.81 Kg); 12.5 lbs (5.67 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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