Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Dog Food Review

//Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Dog Food Review

Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Dog Food Review

Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Dog Food

Hill's Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Dog Food

Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Dog Food promotes healthy mobility and skeletal development.

This recipe contains omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil that support healthy bone growth and development in puppies. DHA, an omega 3 fatty acid, is known as a central building block for optimum brain and eye growth in puppies.

Vitamins and antioxidants support a healthy immune function to protect between vaccinations.

This recipe is intended for dogs that prefer a small kibble. This dry dog food may be fed to pregnant female dogs and their pups.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken meal, pork meal, corn gluten meal
  • Fat and Oil: Pork fat, fish oil, soybean oil
  • Carbohydrates: Whole grain wheat, whole grain corn, whole grain sorghum
  • Fiber: Cracked pearled barley, Dried beet pulp, flaxseed, oat fiber
  • 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 for freshness
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Lactic Acid, Dicalcium Phosphate, Iodized Salt, Potassium Chloride, L-lysine, 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, Phosphoric Acid, 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 Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Label already gives information for dry matter basis.

Dry Matter Basis
Protien 30.4 %
Fat 19.8%
Fiber 1.8 %
Carbohydrates 39.8 %


On a dry matter basis, this food is formulated to assemble the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO.

You should take in account the protein-boosting effects of the corn gluten meal and flaxseed included in this kibble. This puppy food is a plant-based kibble using a reasonable amount of chicken or pork meals as its central sources of animal protein.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken meal is a concentrated form of chicken protein. Chicken is very palatable, inexpensive and provides an excellent source of protein.
Pork meal is a concentrated form of pork protein. It is a highly palatable meat source. However, pork contain high levels of purines and other minerals which should be avoided in dogs with urinary disease.

Corn gluten meal is a by-product of corn processing. It is used to augment the protein levels of dog foods, as an alternative to costly meat proteins. Unfortunately, corn gluten protein is not easy for dogs to digest.

Carbohydrates: Whole grain wheat is a low-cost grain. It is frequently connected with dietary intolerance in dogs which makes it a controversial ingredient. Wheat intolerance can lead to some health problems usually affecting the skin, coat and digestive system.

Whole grain corn is broadly used in dry dog foods as an alternative to more expensive grains like rice or oats. Corn is a controversial ingredient. Critics of corn state that corn is harder for dogs to digest and is therefore lead to food intolerance or allergies.

Whole grain sorghum is a grain high in starch and gluten free. So it is often recommended for dogs that are predisposed to food intolerance.

Fiber: Cracked pearled barley is frequently used in dog foods. Once cooked barley is easily digested by dogs and provides fiber and some important minerals. It is gluten free.

Dried beet pulp corresponds to the fibrous material from sugar beets. It is used in dog food as a dietary fiber complement. Fiber helps to promote general digestive health in dogs. Dried plain beet pulp can be harmful when used in an unbalanced quantity and sometimes it is considered as a low-grade filler for dog foods. However, beet pulp in proper amounts is a healthy intestinal tract cleanser and a stool firmer.

Flaxseed Ground is a rich source of the essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, essential amino acids and contains all the essential vitamins and minerals important for dogs. Flax is also advantageous for its anti-inflammatory effect and has been known to help arthritis and prevent cancer. It is also a great fiber source that supports digestion. Nevertheless, flaxseed contains phytoestrogens that are components able to mimic estrogens (reproductive hormones) in the body. Thus it can interfere with reproductive cycle in dogs, you should be aware of this especially if you are a dog breeder.

Oat fiber is the outer casing of the oat grain. It helps move food through the digestive tract slowly, optimizing the absorption of nutrients. It also helps to lower cholesterol.

Fat and oil: Pork fat contains omega 6 fatty acid. It is a product from rendering pig meat. It can add significant flavor to dog foods.

Fish oil generally results from the processing of oily fish like sardines and salmon. It provides energy and contains essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. They are recommended for the prevention and treatment of some health conditions such as joint problems, skin conditions, cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, in this dog food there is no specification about the fish used to produce the oil, so fish oil can be considered as a vague term.

Soybean oil is a vegetable oil and it is cholesterol free. However, it contains more saturated fat than other vegetable oils. So it is commonly considered as a lower-grade choice.

Fruits and vegetables: Dried apples are an exceptional source of pectin that is a water-soluble fiber.

Dried broccoli are rich in Vitamins A and C, calcium and a source of antioxidants.

Dried carrots provide antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. They are high in Vitamin A and carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants providing protection against cancer causing agents.

Dried cranberries offer antioxidants that fights free radicals in the body. In addition, they act as a natural acidifier that contributes to urinary tract health.

Dried peas are good sources of protein and vitamin A. Peas are rich in fiber to help manage cholesterol and blood sugar. They also contain antioxidants as well as other nutrients including a wide range of vitamins and minerals. Still, pea protein can be hard to digest for dome dogs and can cause some digestive problems.

Flavors: Chicken liver flavor and pork liver flavor are natural flavorings whose main function is to improve the taste of the food.

Natural flavors are a very broad term and can be used to mention anything from herbs or meat meals to more debatable ingredients like digest. In dry pet foods, natural flavorings usually refers to a blend of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food in the end of manufacturing.

Supplements: Taurine is an amino acid that can help in the treatment and prevention of heart problems.

The minerals listed in the dog food label do not appear to be chelated, so they are more difficult to absorb by your dog’s digestive tract.

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

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Dog Food we give a 3.65 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Dog Food seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

This formula offers a balanced, easy-to-digest nutrition for growing puppies. Hill’s Science Diet Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Puppy Food is not recommended for adult dogs, mature dogs and obese dogs.

Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Recommended for puppies up to 1 year old or pregnant or nursing dogs
  • High-quality chicken protein
  • Omega 3 fatty acids for healthy mobility and skeletal development
  • DHA maintains healthy development of brain, eyes and learning aptitud
  • Vitamins C and E for a solid immune system
  • Small kibble size for puppies
  • Promotes a healthy digestion
  • Supports an ideal body weight

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 Puppy Healthy Development Small Bites Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken Meal, Pork meal
  • Pork Fat
  • Whole Grain Sorghum
  • Cracked Pearled Barley, Oat Fiber
  • Dried Apples, Dried Broccoli, Dried Carrots, Dried Cranberries
  • Mixed Tocopherols for freshness

Negative Aspects

  • Corn Gluten Meal
  • Fish Oil, Soybean Oil
  • Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Corn
  • Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed
  • Dried peas
  • Natural Flavors
  • Non chelated minerals
Available in: 4.5 lb (2 Kg); 15.5 lb (7 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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