Hill’s Ideal Balance Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe Review

//Hill’s Ideal Balance Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe Review

Hill’s Ideal Balance Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe Review

Hill’s Ideal Balance Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

Hill's Ideal Balance Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

Hill’s Ideal Balance Tender Chicken and Vegetables Adult Recipe Canned Dog Food gives your dog a balanced nutrition. In addition it is a delicious recipe.

This grain free dog food is a chicken rich formula that provides your dog the nutrition needed for a healthier life. Chicken lean protein aids keep your dog slim and fit. Brown rice provides natural fiber for a healthy digestion.

Chicken is the first ingredient and vegetables like carrots, peas and potatoes boosts your dog’s immune system.

This tasty recipe contains a mouthwatering gravy that will make your dog happy in every meal.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken broth, chicken, pork liver, pork plasma, pea protein
  • Fat and Oil: None
  • Carbohydrates: Brown rice, modified rice starch, potato starch, potatoes
  • Fiber: Pea fiber, guar gum
  • Fruits and vegetables: Carrots, peas, flaxseed, spinach
  • Flavorings: Chicken liver flavor
  • Preservatives: The canning process is the preservation method. No preservatives either natural or artificial are added.
  • Sweeteners: Dextrose
  • Dyes: Caramel color
  • Supplements and minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Phosphate, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid), Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), 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 Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe label already gives information about dry matter basis.

Dry Matter Basis
Protein 36.1 %
Fat 19.6 %
Fiber 3.1 %
Carbohydrates 34 %

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Hill’s Ideal Balance Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe provides complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance of adult dogs.

You should consider that pea products and flaxseed have a boosting effect in the protein percentage on the food label. Thus this canned product contains a modest quantity of meat.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken broth is a medium quality ingredient. However it is nutritionally acceptable and not likely to cause any problems.

In canned foods broth usually refers to the water in which the ingredients have been cooked. Because there aren’t any exact description for broth in dog foods, the term is open to abuse.

Chicken is highly tasty, inexpensive and provides an excellent source of protein.

Pork liver is broadly known as an exceptionally beneficial and nutritious food for dogs. It is full in vitamin B12, vitamin A, copper, folate, riboflavin, and selenium and contains abundant levels of zinc, vitamins C, B5 and B6, protein, niacin, phosphorous and iron. It is easily digested and highly palatable.

Pork plasma includes some immunologic fractions, including IgG, and haptoglobulin, growth factors, other proteins and peptides, and transferrins. The protein fraction of plasma is highly digestible for dogs. It also increases digestibility of the food. It boosts you dog immune system.

Pea protein is a byproduct of pea processing and is used as a protein source in some dog foods. It should not be used as an alternative to meat in dog foods because the quality and digestibility of vegetable proteins, compared with meat proteins, are low.

Carbohydrates: Brown Rice when well-cooked is easily digested by dogs. It contains B vitamins, iron, manganese, selenium, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids. It is also a good source of fiber which is important to support intestinal health.

Modified Rice Starch represents a starchy powder extracted from rice. It is used as a thickening agent.

Potato Starch is another thickening agent in grain free dry foods. Potato starch contains pure starch and veterinarian nutritionists have hesitations over whether dogs can digest starches efficiently.

Potatoes are mainly made up of starch. There is some discussion over the facility of dogs to digest starch competently. However, potatoes are an acceptable source of carbohydrates, fiber as well as vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium.

Fiber: Pea fiber is a blend of soluble and insoluble fiber resultant from pea hulls. Apart from the standard benefits of fiber, this by-product provides no nutritional value to a dog.

Guar Gum is used as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food. It is rich in highly soluble and highly digestible fiber with a low caloric content. Because of that it is known to significantly reduce cholesterol levels.

Flavors: Chicken liver flavor is an extract of chicken liver whose main function is add flavor to the food. It has a limited nutritional content.

Sweeteners: Dextrose is a crystallized form of glucose. It is used as a sweetener and as an agent to help develop browning in dog foods. So, dextrose can be considered a nutritionally pointless addition to this recipe.

Dyes: Caramel color is a natural dye. Although it is not harmful to dogs, it also is not beneficial.

Fruits and vegetables: Carrots contains antioxidants and health protecting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. They are rich in vitamin A and carotenoids. Carotenoids are also antioxidants providing protection against free radicals (cancer causing agents).

Peas contain antioxidants as well as a wide range of nutrients including vitamins C, K and B1, manganese, fiber and folate. Some dogs can have some difficulty in digesting peas. Thus in these individuals pea can cause gastrointestinal problems (diarrhea and vomit).

Flaxseed is a source of omega 3 fatty acids such as linolenic acid. Flaxseed is also a good source of essential amino acids and contains all the essential vitamins and minerals required by dogs. Flaxseed is also a good source of fiber and protein. However, flaxseed contains phytoestrogens that are elements able to mimic estrogens in the body. Thus it can interfere with reproductive cycle in dogs.

Spinach is an excellent source of fiber, phytonutrients, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins and minerals.

Supplements: The minerals included in the ingredient list do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb.

This food does not contain artificial dyes or preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Hill’s Ideal Balance Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe we give a 3.25 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients Hill’s Ideal Balance Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe seems to be a recommended canned dog food.

This canned dog food represents a healthy choice matter for your pet. For many years, Hill’s has been progressing knowledge of how to keep dogs healthy.

Hill’s canned dog food is an excellent complement to the Ideal Balance Adult dry food and has no added preservatives, corn or artificial colors. It is recommended for dogs at least 1 year of age.

Hill’s Ideal Balance Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe main benefits:

  • Real meat and great flavor
  • Includes vegetables, vitamins and minerals
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • No artificial colors or preservatives
  • Fresh chicken is the first ingrediente
  • Recommended for adult dogs 1-6 years of age

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 Tender Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken broth, chicken, pork liver, pork plasma
  • Brown rice, potatoes
  • Guar gum
  • Carrots, spinach
  • Grain free
  • Preservative free
  • Tasty recipe (gravy)

Negative Aspects

  • Pea protein
  • Modified rice starch, potato starch
  • Pea fiber
  • Peas, flaxseed,
  • Chicken liver flavor
  • Dextrose
  • Caramel color

Available in: 12.8 oz (362.87 gr)


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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