Healthy Dog Foods Review – Science Diet Adult Oral Care Dry Dog Food

Hill's Science Diet Adult Oral Care Chicken, Rice & Barley Recipe Dry Dog FoodScience Diet Adult Oral Care Dry Dog Food Ingredients:

Chicken by-product meal, corn meal, brewer’s rice, powdered cellulose, soybean mill run, animal fat (preserved with BHA, propyl gallate and citric acid), dried egg product, vegetable oil, natural flavor, flaxseed, taurine, preserved with BHT and BHA, beta-carotene, potassium chloride, salt, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, choline chloride, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, niacin, thiamine, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement.

Science Diet Adult Oral Care Dry Dog Food Review:

Inadequate meat content, by-products, low quality grains, fat of unidentifiable origin, carcinogenic preservatives.

The primary ingredient in the food is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”

The second ingredient is Corn gluten meal, another low quality ingredient. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. The AAFCO definition of corn gluten meal is “the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm”. In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed. Corn appears a second time as the fourth ingredient.

The next ingredient in this food is brewers rice which is a low quality grain that is by-product of the alcohol industry for which the AAFCO definition is “the dried extracted residue of rice resulting from the manufacture of wort (liquid portion of malted grain) or beer and may contain pulverized dried spent hops in an amount not to exceed 3 percent.” Cellulose is pure junk filler. It is undigestible by dogs and otherwise known as sawdust.

Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as “obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words “used as a preservative”.

This food contains chemical preservatives (BHA, BHT and propyl gallate) that are believed to be carcinogenic.

Science Diet Veterinarian Recommended.. Really… Why?

I would never feed this food to one of my dogs and after reading that review, can anyone tell me why Vets push this product on dog parents? Do you think it has anything to do with the health and well being of our pets or is it profits for the Vets?

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