Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée Canned Dog Food Review

//Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée Canned Dog Food Review

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée Canned Dog Food Review

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée Canned Dog Food

Hill's Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée Canned Dog Food

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entree is a tasty canned dog food.

It provides adult dogs with the protein and energy they need for healthy life being an exceptional choice for dogs between one to six years old.

Protein included in this recipe sustain muscle mass and promote an ideal body weight in adult dogs. Additionally, it contains controlled levels of sodium and phosphorus to help maintain renal and cardiovascular health.

This yummy canned dog food provides balanced nutrition to maintain advanced fitness.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken, Liver, Meat By-Products, Soybean Meal, Dried Whey
  • Fat and Oil: Soybean Oil
  • Carbohydrates: Ground Whole Grain Corn
  • Fiber: Cracked Pearled Barley
  • Fruits and vegetables: absent
  • Flavorings: Meat sources, Chicken Liver Flavor
  • Preservatives: the canning process is the preservation method. No preservatives either natural or artificial are added.
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Water, Calcium Carbonate, Iron Oxide, Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite.

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

Nutrient Analysis

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée Canned Dog Food label already gives information about dry matter basis.

Dry Matter Basis
Protein 26.7 %
Fat 17.1 %
Fiber 1.3 %
Carbohydrates 49.3 % (EV)

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée Canned provides complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance of adult dogs.

You must consider the protein-boosting effect of the soybean meal and dry whey contained in this recipe, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing only a modest amount of meat.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken is a high–quality, highly digestible protein source. It contains essential amino acids, fatty acids, and minerals ideal for muscle growth, organ function, and energy.

In general liver is known as a remarkably beneficial ingredient, nutrient rich food for dogs. It is full of vitamin B12, vitamin A, copper, folate, riboflavin, and selenium and contains excellent levels of zinc, vitamins C, B5 and B6, protein, niacin, phosphorous and iron. It is also extremely palatable. However, the nutritional value of liver varies a little according to its animal source. Here we don’t know if it is chicken/cow/pork liver.

Meat By-Products are slaughterhouse squander. This means that they are what are left of a slaughtered animal after all the muscle have been removed with the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves. They are a cheap source of protein.

Soybean Meal is obtained by grinding the flakes which stay behind after subtraction of most of the oil from soybeans. It is considered a poor quality protein filler used to boost the protein content of dog foods.

Dry whey is the product obtained by removing water from whey and is a protein source. It contains 11 % protein and 61 % lactose.

Carbohydrates: Ground Whole Grain Corn is widely used in dry dog foods as an alternative to grains like rice, oats and barley. It is a controversial ingredient. Some argue that corn is harder for dogs to digest and is therefore able to lead to food intolerance or allergies. However, it is a source of nutritious carbohydrates.

This dog food does not contain any fruits and vegetables. These missing ingredients are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.

Fiber: Cracked Pearled Barley is a source of slowly digested starch and the soluble fiber B-glucan. This fiber aids your dog’s digestive process.

Fat and oil: Soybean Oil does not contain cholesterol. It contains more saturated fat than other vegetable oils, thus it is generally regarded as a poor option. Soya oil does not include soya proteins and therefore does not upset dogs with soya intolerance. Additionally, soybean oil is full of omega fatty acids.

Flavors: Chicken Liver Flavor is made from chicken liver extract and it function is to add flavor rather than nutritional. It refers to a mixture of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food in the final stages of manufacturing.

Supplements: Water is the most important nutrient for life. Water is needed for all functions of the body, and it must be consumed every day. It adds moisture to this food. Water is a regular finding in most canned dog foods.

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 dyes, sweeteners or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée we give a 3.65 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée seems to be a recommended canned dog food.

This canned dog food formula provides good nutrition to your dog. It has precisely balanced nutrition to maintain advanced fitness. It contains good quality proteins for maintenance of lean muscle. This recipe conveys the proper amount of energy to maintain ideal body weight.

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée main benefits:

  • Recommended by veterinarians
  • Formulated for adult dogs between 1 to 6 years old
  • Premium protein sources – chicken and liver
  • Preserves lean muscle tone and ideal body weight
  • Supplemented with vitamins and minerals for heart health and organ vitality
  • Highly palatable, dogs love liver taste
  • Fibers promote healthy digestion

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

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Gourmet Chicken Entrée Canned Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken, Liver
  • Chicken Liver Flavor
  • Dried Whey
  • Cracked Pearled Barley
  • Supplements of vitamins and minerals

Negative Aspects

  • Meat By-Products, Soybean Meal
  • Soybean Oil
  • Ground Whole Grain Corn

Available in: 13 oz (368.54 g) cans


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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