Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites Dry Dog Food Review

//Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites Dry Dog Food Review

Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites Dry Dog Food Review

Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites Dry Dog Food

Hill's Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites Dry Dog Food

Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites offers an accurately balanced nutrition contained in a smaller kibble and promotes a youthful vitality.

It is especially formulated for adult dogs over 7 years old that prefer a small bite. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate support joint health and your older dog’s mobility.

This easily digestible recipe includes carnitine to help turn fat into energy in order to maintain a healthy body condition.

This dog food formula also has controlled levels of sodium and phosphorus for long-term vital organ health. It contains omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin E to clearly improve skin and coat in 30 days.

Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites works to preserve an ideal weight, helping your mature dog lead a happier, healthier and extended life.

Dog Food Analysis

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

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

Nutrient Analysis

Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites label already gives information about dry matter basis.

Dry Matter Basis
Protein 19.6 %
Fat 14.9%
Fiber 2.4 %
Carbohydrates 58 % (EV)

(EV: estimated value)

On a dry matter basis, this food includes a low protein percentage and a low fat percentage for a first rate quality dog food. The food contains 58 % carbohydrates which is high. You should consider this values when comparing this food with others dog foods appropriate for older dogs.

This Hill’s dog food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance of adult dogs.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken Meal is a condensed type of chicken protein that has had most of the moisture removed. It’s also a good source of vitamins and minerals. It is tasty and inexpensive.

Corn Gluten Meal represents a by-product of corn processing and can be used to elevate protein percentages in dog foods. Corn gluten protein is easy to digest for dogs as a result it can lead to health issues such as digestive and skin problems.

Carbohydrates: Brown rice is easily digested by dogs. It contains lots of natural nutrients including vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids. It is also a good source of fiber which is important to support intestinal health. Brown rice is also an excellent, high quality carbohydrate source for energy.

Whole Grain Wheat is an inexpensive grain frequently associated with food intolerance in dogs which makes it a controversial ingredient. Wheat intolerance can lead to wide-ranging health problems often affecting the skin, coat and digestive system.

Whole grain sorghum is gluten-free and contains some B vitamins, minerals and lots of omega 6 fatty acid.

Whole Grain Corn isn’t necessarily a bad ingredient but this food looks very carbohydrate dense. Corn may be hard for some dogs to digest. Of all of the grains included in dog foods, corn is certainly between the most controversial.

Fat and oil: Specified animal fats are particularly good. Pork fat is a named fat and dogs enjoy its taste. It is loaded with omega 6 fatty acids.

Soybean Oil is cholesterol free but it contains more saturated fat than most other vegetable oils. Thus it is commonly regarded as lower quality option.

Flaxseed contains flax seed oil one of the richest sources of the essential omega 3 fatty acids. Flaxseed is valuable for its anti-inflammatory influence and has been recognized to help arthritis and prevent cancer. It includes also phytoestrogens as a result it can be a cause of hormonal problems for dogs, especially for female dogs.

Fiber: Whole Grain Oats are an excellent source of fiber as well as a multitude of micronutrients including manganese, selenium, vitamin B1 and phosphorus.

Dried Beet Pulp is a natural, fermentable source of fiber. It help move feces along in the intestinal tract. It also acts as a pre-biotic to help good bacteria grow in the gut. Some argue that beet pulp is an inexpensive filler used in dog foods. I believe that in adequate amounts it can be beneficial for dog’s intestinal health.

Cracked Pearled Barley, once cooked, is easily digested by dogs and provides fiber and numerous micronutrients.

Fruits and vegetables: Dried Apples are rich in fiber.

Dried Broccoli contain vitamins, calcium and are an excellent source of antioxidants.

Dried Carrots also provide antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are high in carotenoids which are antioxidants that provide protection against free radicals.

Dried Cranberries are antioxidants that fights toxins in the body and they also support urinary tract health, preventing bacterial infections.

Dried Peas are a good source of protein, vitamin A, fiber and potassium. Some claim that pea protein is difficult for dogs to digest thus it can lead to gastrointestinal problems in some dogs.

Flavors: Chicken Liver Flavor and Pork Liver Flavor are named flavors dogs love. Probably it refers to a combination of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food.

Natural Flavors are a very general term and could refer to anything from herbs or meat meals to more dubious ingredients like meat by-products.

Supplements: Non chelated minerals are hard to absorb. If they are attached to an easily absorbable element, they will get into the bloodstream faster.

L-carnitine is an amino acid which has a central role in the metabolism of fats. So extra carnitine is often added to weight loss formulas as it helps to break down body fat and maintain lean muscle mass.

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

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites Dry Dog Food we give a 3.7 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites Dry Dog Food seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

You should take in account that energetic dogs, even older dogs, may need a dog food with a higher percentage of proteins and more calories. On the other hand, if you have an overweight older dog who is not very active, this food might be appropriate.

Hill’s Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Nutrient blend for youthful energy
  • Supplemented with omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin E
  • Contains sources of glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health
  • High quality chicken protein
  • Promotes healthy digestion, healthy heart and vital organs
  • Supports a healthy immune function
  • Ideal for mature adult dogs who prefer a smaller kibble
  • L-carnitine contributes to the maintenance of an ideal weigh

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 Mature Adult Active Longevity Small Bites Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken Meal
  • Pork Fat
  • Brown Rice, Whole Grain Sorghum, Cracked Pearled Barley
  • Whole Grain Oats
  • Dried fruits and vegetables
  • Natural Preservatives
  • Absence of sweeteners and dyes

Negative Aspects

  • Corn Gluten Meal
  • Soybean Oil, Flaxseed
  • Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Corn
  • Dried Beet Pulp
  • Natural Flavors
  • Non chelated minerals

Available in: 5 lb (2.27 Kg); 17.5 lb (7.94 Kg); 33 lb (14.97 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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