Science Diet

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    Mon Sep 26 2011

    I'm going to give it two stars because I've used it before and my cats have not shown any ill effects. Granted, they were not on it for very long (was given to me by the shelter) so I cannot vouch for the long term health of a cat on SD products. I am tempted to rip Hill's a new one due to the ingredients (which are terrible and they SHOULD know better) but in the past I have had ill pets that have benefited from temporary usage of their Prescription Diet line. Some of their OTC products are okay if you carefully check the label and it's certainly not the absolute worst food you can feed your animal but it's far from the best. I *was* going to give it three stars, but the cost ratio to quality subtracts one star.

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    Sat Sep 24 2011

    I had my husky when he was 8 weeks. I wasn't really an experienced dog owner and don't know what brand of dog food is good. So i chose the dog damn science diet. My dog had diarrhea ever since. I thought it was because of my dog's sensitive digestive system. I tried switch him to boiled chicken breast and canned food from my vet (which she told me to him when he has diarrhea). His symptom always become better when i switch. I am finally getting aware of this dog food. As i searched this brand online. I am shocked. I am going to switch to another brand tomorrow.

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    Sun Mar 20 2011

    Logically, if the ingredients of a food are either inferior quality (i.e. from diseased meat sources, mouldy grains) and/or those ingredients offer little in the way of usable nutrition, then a dog fed those foods would not do well or thrive long term. They would most likely be able to sustain health only for a very short period of time before the signs of nutritional deficiencies became evident. The added vitamins in a food are only enough to replace anything that may have been lost during cooking and to keep the diet balanced for long term feeding. Even raw feeders would agree, you cannot feed a steady diet of chicken wings (or any one source of meat) for an extended period because even if you add the most complete nutritional supplement, the basic diet is shoddy and the body will not be able to function for weeks, months, years on a diet plan so flawed. I've been a professional handler going on 13 years, have shown and live with both long and short haired breeds, mostly the latter... Read more

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    Fri Feb 25 2011

    Look at the ingredients and you will be horrified by this food. starch is not a food source, its what you do to shirts. some of these formulas dont even have meat.

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    Sat Feb 19 2011

    People exaggerate about it being such a BAD food, and things like HE WILL DIE IF HE EATS IT. This is a review not a site where you add your sarcasm to it. People look at reviews to get an honest opinion not scare them and actually make them believe that their dog can actually die from feeding them any type of food. My dog eats wet and dry food, i mix the wet Science Diet Advanced Fitness with Beneful Original. The wet food works for my dog and doesn't give him runny poop. The food is not as expensive as many people on this site say it is, it's $1 for a 5.8 oz can. I feed mine a can with a cup of dry food a day and it's not as expensive as many think it is.

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    Wed Feb 02 2011

    Science Diet isn't really a BAD food... the reality is that the best of the Science Diet formulas are average to perhaps slightly above average. Many of their formulas are below average. Better than brands like Ol Roy, Pedigree, and Kibbles n' Bits, but far from great, nowhere near the quality of brands like Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Solid Gold, Fromms, Evangers, Orijen, and others. As of 2/2/2011, the first ten ingredients in a bag of Science Diet Adult Advanced Fitness Original Formula dog food: Chicken: Clean, not necessarily human-grade chicken meat, potentially includes bones and skin. Not a bad ingredient, but could be better sourced meat. Whole Grain Corn: Corn is largely undigestible, causes inflammatory response, is a primary allergen, and an all around worthless ingredient. Whole Grain Sorghum: Sorghum is a corn cousin, and is just as nutritionally void, undigestible, and allergenic as corn. Whole Grain Wheat: Wheat is another primary allergen. It also is an infla... Read more

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    Fri Jan 14 2011

    5 stars I have tried them all merrick, wellness, and all those so called top of the line foods al they did was make my dog sicker they we're why to rich and also had things like green tea and tomatoes and other ingredients that are not healthy for dogs I find most ALL dog food have something in it that shouldn't be there. the only two that my dogs did well on were science diet I/d and eagle pak holistic U have to find food that works with your dog as far as organ meats Dogs in then wild that what they eat it is something that is part diet People tend to thing in human terms of what's a good diet and dogs are not human in fact some of what may be good for us will kill a dog. I don't however suggest dogs foods such as store brands and ones like ole Roy they are crap but do give your dog what he does well on and agrees with them ! Sent from my iPad.

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    Thu Dec 30 2010

    I am extremely disappointed with this product. My vet had recommended Science Diet and after putting my 5yr old beagle on it, he got really bad allergies and was vomiting daily. I took him to the vet to find out what was wrong (not realizing it was the food) and they apparently couldn't find the reason for his vomiting. It finally dawned on me (unfortunately later rather than sooner) that it was his food. I began doing my own research on dog food and the quality of ingredients used in dog foods. I haven't a clue how a vet could recommend Science Diet if they really, sincerely cared about animals. It is full of junk. Whole Grain Corn which is a useless filler that is a known cause of allergies and is difficult for dogs to digest. Chicken by product meal-Pet grade meat by-products consist of organs and parts either not desired, or condemned, for human consumption. Corn Gluten Meal is the remainder of the corn after the best parts of the corn have been removed. It does absolutely nothin... Read more

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    Tue Dec 14 2010

    I have an 8 month old Chiuhuahu I got him about a month ago , typically he was on OL ROY which is junk dog food so when I went to my local pet store I switched him to Merrick puppy plate , this is an all natural food. Now my dog isnt very food motivated to begin with , which makes him a bit on the "leaner" side but he is not under weight (4lbs) Of course when I took him to the vet they told me Science Diet is the best dog food , I went and checked the lables and I would have to disgree , I refuse to give my dog that sort of food, it may make them gain weight and keep there "coats shinny" but that would happen to humans too if we ate Mc Donalds everyday. I may be switching dog foods to attempt for my dog to get more food motivated but science diet will not be in my selection.

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    Wed Dec 08 2010

    We've been feeding our two year old Terrier mix Science Diet since she was a puppy. Most recently, I changed her diet to a half cup of Nature's Best (Science Diet) dry kibble and a quarter can of SD can food. She loves it. Her coat is shiny, her energy high and she's pretty regular in taking dumps. I don't see anything wrong with it. I'm fine with the ingredients. We recently adopted another two year old terrier who has been on an Orijen diet. To be fair, I'm going to do a label comparison this weekend and see what all the fuss is on Orijen. Unless I see something drastically better, I'm going to stick with Nature's Best and feed the newbie Nature's Best.

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    Mon Nov 15 2010

    To CatieC on the first page... your dog probably had loose stool because you were switching his diet around so much. You must transition a dog from one food to another over about a week's time. Fillers should be avoided in dog foods always. Science Diet has a great reputation but all one has to do to see why thei reputation is undeserving is read their label. Corn wheat and soy are just fillers... no nutritional value at all. THEY EVEN USE BYPRODUCTS. You might as well go buy store brand. Especially with how deceiving this company is. Try Blue Buffalo for a cheap, holistic alternative. There are better brands but BB is among the cheapest that is still healthy. Just stay away from science diet if you are looking for a healthy brand

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    Sun Nov 07 2010

    This dog food was recommended by my Vet but after looking at the ingredients such as animal fats and fillers this is a poor choice for dogs. I switched from Royal Canin as I was told it was equally as good for my dogs - bad decision! Ultimately, my dogs made the decision for me, they love Royal Canin and won't touch Science Diet. Unfortunately, my vet ordered in the largest bag of food so it is a complete waste.

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    Wed Oct 06 2010

    The worst dog food on the market and their cat food is even worse. Full of corn, wheat, animal fat, by-products, soy, brewer's rice, corn gluten meal and IT COSTS AS MUCH AS THE GOOD STUFF!!!! Why are people willing to pay those prices for Junk???? Oh, yes, I know: because the veterinarians tell them that it is good and they trust them. Shame on them. Your dog's health is far too important to leave up to your veterinarian whose main incentive is to make money. Question everything they tell you. Do some research on your own. Read the labels. Get a second opinion. Only use a holistic veterinarian.

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    Sat Oct 02 2010

    I gave it five stars. I understand alot of people not likeing it or the corn in dog foods. But after trying, several holistic brands over a 6 month time, I noticed my dog had the worst GAS EVER and loose nasty stools. She vomited on one food, thank God petco has a 100 percent money back. I went against everys bash and bought science diet lamb and rice. My dog within a week was so much better. Her gas went away, nice looking poop< which is way easier to pick up at the dog park:). And so I will never switch again. To each there own. I am just staying with what works great. Not all dogs r alike and u have to go with what works..

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    Fri Sep 24 2010

    4 stars Our black & white short haired female 1 yr old cat (indoor)has been on Science Diet Hairball Light ever since we adopted her. Recommended by our Vet. She hasn't thrown up a hairball yet (our other cat who since passed on used to throw them up constantly when I used a different brand). Her bowel movements are firm & consistent, her coat is like silk & shiny. Eyes bright & very active. All this hype about going hollistic got me thinking, so I switched her to Wellness cat food. She's been on it for 2-3 weeks now & goes sometimes 2 days without pooping & when she does her poop is formed but very soft. I'm definitely switching her back to SCIENCE DIET hairball light! I'm kicking myself for changing her food when she was doing so well. When it's not broke, DON'T fix it!! :)

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    Thu Aug 26 2010

    Science Diet is junk, it really makes me sick that this is the food most commonly recommended by vets. it is basically cheap fillers and animal fat with synthetic vitamins. Most formulas have more corn and wheat than any thing else (which dogs arent even made to digest). PLus the meat source that they use is often by products, which is the beaks and feet and other unedible partthe the animal that have no nutirtional value. They also use BHT as a preservative. BHT is strongly linked to cancer in humans. Cancer is the #1 killer in dogs and cats... Kinda makes ya think!

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    Fri Aug 20 2010

    I understand that Science Diet isn't the best brand ever, but it doesn't just depend on the brand, but the dog! Many dogs are picky about what they eat. My own dog prefers certain foods over others, so I understand the need to find the perfect dog food. The shelter I adopted my dog from, fed him Science Diet, so we continued to feed him that. We tried switching it to Beneful, and he started throwing up due to the change... So we kept him on Science Diet and he is doing fine! I read the ingredients, and agree it doesn't have all of what a dog needs, but I bet that my dog couldn't have his food any other way!

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    Fri Aug 13 2010

    I used to work for a veterinarian and I can tell you they do not get kickbacks from selling this food. Science Diet does not have the best ingredients in it but if your dog has ever been sick and had to go on a Prescription Diet then you would know that most of the time the diets do work for specific health problems. I don't know how, but they do. Even dogs that eat the regular Science Diet food have very shiny coats. Each dog is different. If your dog doesn't do good on this food, then switch him to another. I have seen many dogs do wonderfully on this food. I switched my dog to Pinnacle, a holistic food, for a while. His coat got dull and rough on this food. I have now switched him back to Science Diet and his coat is very shiny and glossy again. It all depends on the particular dog. If it works, stick with it. A lot of dogs do not do well on the holistic/organic foods.

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    Sun Aug 08 2010

    I have been feeding my golden retriever Science Diet since he was a puppy because that is what the breeder was using. I didn't even look at the ingredients. Just recently, I have been researching dog food ingredients and to my horror, Science Diet seems to be lacking in anything nutritious or naturally digestible. I have not had any real problems with my dog, but he just turned 4 years old. He sheds A LOT and he does have a bit of a weight problem even though I am feeding him the weight management formula at almost half of what the "weight management" feeding recommendation is (for his weight, it is 5 1/2 cups and I am feeding him 3 1/2 cups). Yes, he does get plenty of exercise and two 45 minute walks everyday. I have a feeling it is from all the carbohydrate fillers and lack of protein and vegetables. I'm sure his insulin levels are probably not the best with this high-carbohydrate, low protein/vegetable diet as well. There is not enough protein in Science Diet foods. There ar... Read more

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    Sat Jul 10 2010

    This food is a piece of crap! I have been feeding my dog this food trusting it was the best. "Vet Reccomended" I say bull... My dog has been to the vet becouse he has been shedding like crazy! He is almost bald, so i saw no improvement after the vet visit, and decided to investigate. On you can find out the what is good and what is not. Im switching to BLUE now n hopefully Shadow (my pitbull) gets better!! DO NOT FEED UR DOGS ROAD KILL which means by-products in other words.

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    Sat Jul 10 2010

    Science Diet has some of the lowest of the low ingredients put in it. People are misled to believe this food is high quality because it is "veterinarian recommended" (I wonder how much they have to pay vets to state this??) and sold only in certain stores. The second I found out how terrible this food was, it's the equivalent of humans eating potato chips every single day; I immediately switched my cats. This food is extremely overpriced for the kind of garbage it is.

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    Sun Jun 20 2010

    Deserves ZERO stars. Complete utter garbage even worse than Alpo and Purina. Look at the main ingredients, corn, by products, soy and flavoring. Compare this to the food I feed my German Shepherds (and it is CHEAPER), Fromms : their ingredients: This product contains no corn and no wheat. Duck, Chicken Meal, Chicken, Brown Rice, Pearled Barley, Oatmeal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Lamb, Potato, Tomato Pomace, Whole Egg, Salmon Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Cheese, Flaxseed, Brewers Dried Yeast, Alfalfa Meal, Carrots, Lettuce, Celery, Lecithin, Chicken Cartilage, Monocalcium Phosphate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcous Faecium, Vitamin A, D3, E, B12 Supplements, Choline Chloride, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid... Read more

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    Tue May 11 2010

    I started feeding Science Diet prescription c/d to my cat 8 years ago when she was having urinary tract issues, it was recommended to me by my vet. When we got our boxer I fed her S.D. as well. The c/d worked as far as preventing uti's, Lola hasn't had one in years, but last winter she started going completely bald and, Scout, our dog was having issues with bright red, itchy paws. I made a slow switch to Taste of the Wild, a grain free food, and Lola's hair is growing back and Scout's paws are no longer itchy. Thank goodness! Scout also poops less, only twice a day with nice solid stools and they both shed less now. Honestly, I'm kind of glad Lola started balding, it got me to read more about nutrition for my pets instead of just blindly trusting the vet. I really do hate how it seems like so many pet food companies and vets are out to get your money as opposed to helping you take the best care of your pet possible. The more I've learned about Science Diet, the more I regret giving the... Read more

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    Mon Apr 12 2010

    Chocolate's coat was pretty dull on this food. He did just ok. and not to mention he shed like crazy, and I thought shedding that much was normal until I switched from this. Hill's has some pretty useless ingredients, like cellusose(fiber in cotton and wood) buckets of grain and not much meat. We switched to By Nature salmon,oceanfish, and yogurt formula(you can get it at petsmart) and saw a marked improvement. Often times my motto is you get what you pay for but this stuff is a notable exception.

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    Sat Apr 03 2010

    My 8 year old beautiful male chow/shepherd/lab mix recently almost died from Ketoacidosis and pancreatitis. I was shocked that out of the blue he also suddenly became type 1 diabetic. Nine days in the hospital was expensive but he ended up going home in much better shape then when he went in. While pancreatitis can be genetic, I suspected his food was somehow involved in all this. Being a large dog, it was convenient to get his food from Costco, either Kirkland or Beneful brands, which I mixed with canned Alpo. For years he suffered with a dry, stiff coat and frequently had gas (ugh!!) but nothing compared with the amount of shedding he underwent on a continual basis. There was dog hair everywhere in my house, car, and clothes. Having him groomed every three months to remove the undercoat did help, but still, he dropped a massive amount of hair on a regular basis. My friends refer to my car as the "dander-mobile". When he finally left the hospital, his vet put him on Hill's Prescript... Read more

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    Sun Mar 14 2010

    Science diet! The only thing these guys have down to a science is making money on a very inadequate product. The bags of regular dry food have no meat in them what so ever! Talk about a profit margin! Now that's what I call SCIENCE! HAD to give it a star although it doesn't deserve that! It's not terrible it is horrific! NO STARS in book!

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    Mon Feb 08 2010

    SD isn't that bad. I mean, I got my dog from the shelter, and he seemed to be fine withit then, so I continued to buy it. He is a three year old shnowser-terrier mix, and he is very active and loveable. So the food seemes to be decent. The reason I gave it a 4 star is because he is always hungry. He will wolf down his food, then go look for more. But otherwise, it's good.

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    Sat Feb 06 2010

    Please do some research and don't feed your pets foods that have CORN, wheat, soy and bi-products in them! You are paying TONS for a very non-nutritious food. Vets recommend it because Hills helps pay for vet school. Then, when the new vet graduates and starts “practicing” Hills calls them up and asks them to return the favor and to promote/carry their food. I will not use a vet that promotes their food. I suggest that people start taking labels of holistic foods to their vet and asking them to educate themselves so that they can actually help pets! Good foods: Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Solid Gold, Pinnacle, Wellness, the Natura products, Ultramix, Acana, Orijen and many more. Read your labels! No corn, wheat, soy or bi-products!!!!

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    Sat Jan 30 2010

    Feeding this "food" to your dog is cruel and inhumane punishment. Vets should be ashamed of themselves for taking profits over the care and well being of thier pets and concerned owners. Most of these posts are accurate, so please be warned. There are many excellent foods out there. Iams, Eukanuba, ProPlan, Nutro, are all poor foods and Hills Science is the worst of the bunch. For a list and review of some excellent foods please check out this web site... It is a great site for honest reviews of dry and can food. Some good 5 and 6 star foods are Nature's Variety, Wellness, Canadea, Merrick, Blue Buffalo, California Natural, Solid Gold, TimberWolf, Innova, and many more. Many of these are the same or lower price than Hills. Please go to this site and see, and for the health of dogs all over, please spread the word. Check out my profile for a pic of my 2 dogs that I care for very much. By the way I feed my dogs Natures Variety. What is good about these fo... Read more

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    Wed Jan 27 2010

    My dog would not touch this food! I tried it because we were told it would imporve his teeth. Yeah, not going to happen. This food smells bland even to me. Dooie will not eat it.

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    Mon Jan 25 2010

    I started my boxer on SD and then I bought into the hype that SD was garbage. I switched to several of the CORN, SOY, and BY-PRODUCT free brands and that's when my troubles began. Loose stool after loose stool I decided to switch back to SD!! Problem solved, my boxer is doing great!! I mean if you really think about just because your dog doesn't agree with SD it doesn't mean it's garbage. Not for my boxer anyway!! Some people don't do milk, it doesn't mean it's garbage right? Just go with what your dog does great on and quit bashing other brands!!!

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    Fri Jan 22 2010

    Can not stand this company. All they care about is making money. Sure its vet recommended but that is only because they sponsor the vet schools and hills is the company that gives vets their nutritional education. So of course they are going to explain why corn is so good and by products are good as well. Its a bag of corn! Actually I work at a vet clinic and the one time this vet rescued a pigeon and the bird actually ate science diet I think it was their i/d formula so what does that tell you? They also are making alot of money because it does not cost them much to make their food as it is filled with cheap ingredients. Yet they charge the same amount as Orijen! I think Id rather feed a species appropriate food like Orijen thank you very much. Daisy my one papillon will eat anything but one day at work there was some science diet kibble spilled she took off to eat one and actually spit it out!!!! Probably because she is a carnivore and prefers the taste of meat to that of c... Read more

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    Tue Jan 19 2010

    Expensive. Low quality ingredients. False marketing.

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    Thu Jan 14 2010

    This company is disgusting. The vets promote this food because it causes a lot of problems with the dog, which leads to more vet visits. This leads to more money for the vet and Hills. My vet put our dog on Science Diet and they would not eat it. I have a yorkie and a poodle. I told the vet they wouldn't eat it and he said they would when they got hungry enough. I guess if you are starving you will eat anything. When they did eat the food, they started to eat their stools. I Googled this and it said dogs ofter eat their stools if they are lacking nutrition or are hungry. Needless to say I will never feed my dog this garbage food again.

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    Wed Dec 16 2009

    The reason why people knowledgeble about canine nutrition and ingredients always trash Science Diet is because the labels lists low quality ingredients and lots of chemicals! I would like to point out It is likely that this brand contains the toxic perservative, ethoxyquine. The toxic effect of ethoxyquine is cummulative and will result in liver problems in your dog! The label does not state that it contains ethoxyquine because the manufacturer does not have to list ingredients not specifically added by them (the ethoxyquine is added to the rendered animal fats by the rendering company possibly in very large concentrations-- nobody keeps track). I have used Hill's Z/d for my very allergic dog to stabilizer her so I could do food challenges and determine her food allergies. This food was a Godsend for this purpose, however, the fatty acid profile and low protein content make it unsuitable for long-term use. This formula probably does not contain ethoxyquine because it has plant source f... Read more

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    Mon Dec 14 2009

    Having used Science Diet for over 20 years I can say it works and works well. I have used it for large dogs to small dogs and cats and never once had any issues with it. My cats are currently on Natures Best. For those who think Nutro is better look up thier history on products being recalled. No thank you!!! Science diet is made in the USA and is safe. Ask your vet if they get kick backs from science diet and they will laugh at you. Mine did and yes I asked and they do.My vet does recomend Science Diet. Holistic has no deffinition by AAFCO its up to the company to decide . Human Grade isn't approved by AAFCO either. I could go on and on. I will be sticking to science diet for my pets. Not to say its the best for every pet since they are all differant and have differant needs but from my experiance it is for most. If you want the truth pull out an actual Vet book and do your research.

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    Tue Dec 08 2009

    I have 2 puppies, a Malshi-(Maltese-Shih Tzu) and a Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel-Bichon Frise). They are both under 18 lbs and very adorable. Needless to say, they are very important to me. The breeder I bought them from gave me Hill's Science Diet original formula for puppies, and I thought that meant I should buy it for my 2 pups. Negatives: I noticed that they both started defecating more, and by more I mean 4 times a day, in considerable amounts. They both would gulp down the food and then scrabble around for food the rest of the time. They acted like they were extremely hungry, even though I would feed them snacks in between meals. I thought that them constantly looking for food was normal, until I asked other dog owners whose dogs did not seem constantly hungry. The ingredients are horrible for dogs, poor quality, and full of fillers. You can see a break down of the ingredients, and perhaps a better dog food for your pup here: Dog Food Analysis Positives: The dogs ... Read more

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    Sat Nov 14 2009

    I realize that this site is a place for people to state their opinions regarding dog food brands, however I think one should have actually fed the food that they are reviewing before they write about it! I have fed Science Diet to my two dogs and I am very happy with the results. They love the food, it seems to have a good nutrient profile, my dogs have not had any gas or loose stool, in fact the clean up has been minimal so far, poop is much smaller and less of it that ever! I keep searching the yard with the scooper several times a day and there just isn't much to clean up! I can honestly say that they are going HALF as much as they were before! I never would have believed it, considering that there is a considerable amount of corn in these formulas. My dogs were itching, had greasy coats and dandruff all at the same time! I was frustrated and worried for them...after a relatively short time, one of the dogs has virtually stopped itching and the other has decreased her itching i... Read more

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    Mon Nov 02 2009

    My dog won't eat anything else but SD. She was raised on Ol' Roy and would not eat that when I bought it for her. I tried many different types of food. First I started with the lower quality foods, Beneful, Purina, Ol' Roy, etc. She would not eat any of it. My vet recommended SD and gave me a free sample. She has loved it ever since. SD time is her favorite part of the day. She is now 7 years old and acts just like she did when she was one. SD is the best thing that ever happened to my dog. Everyone should give it a try.

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    Wed Sep 23 2009

    I have a Shih tzu-we got our puppy when he was 9 weeks old and he was on SD small bites until about about 11 and a half months of age-had no issues. Researching and reading all sorts of negative comments in regards to SD let me to change his food (we did as we should and changed it slowly over the course of a week-I did not suddenly change his food so please don't attribute the following as a result of doing it improperly)....he soon developed chronic bouts of constipation and diarrhea...we tried several brands such as Wellness...Blue Buffalo...and Orijen-all "high quality" foods that were recommended by others....we brought him to the vet at least 4 or 5 times within a matter of two months....we, nor the vet could figure out what was wrong....they thought he'd swallowed something and had a blockage (negative), tested for parasites (negative), was given a $200.00 test for salmonella poisoning (negative), in between waiting for test results he was given antibiotics to firm up his poo... Read more

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    Fri Sep 18 2009

    Horrible!! The First few ingredients are the worth ones for dogs, stop feeding your pet this brand~

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    Thu Sep 17 2009

    Cheap ingredients that are not good for our pets! Dogs cannot digest corn or any grain for that matter, yet you can find whole ground corn, whole ground sorghum, whole ground wheat, soybean meal, corn gluten meal in a basic bag of SD dog food. Not to mention all the by-products (which are leftovers from the edible parts of animals - stuff like beaks and feathers) and the "animal" fat. What kind of animal is this fat from? If they can't name it, you shouldn't buy it! This stuff is absolute crap. Dogs deserve real meat protein from specified meat sources. They NEED meat protein to thrive and be healthy. Do your research and feed your dogs human quality, all natural foods.

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    Sat Sep 05 2009

    I have just taken my puppy on her first trip to my parents home in Florida and while here she has refused to eat her regular food. So yesterday I went to the vet and got her SD. She has had diarrhea ever since and it's so distressing. If anyone has had the same issue please let me know how you helped your dog recover. Before this she was on a very healthy, organic raw food. Today she would only eat baked chicken. She is a very small toy puppy and the vets in this area are closed tomorrow. I am worried. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Tracy

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    Thu Aug 27 2009

    Like many others, I switched to SD K/D that was prescribed by my vet for a temporary ailment my dog had. He immediately started having larger and more frequent stools, began itching constantly and developed hotspots and thinning hair. I switched brands to a more natural food that was based in ACTAL MEAT, not CORN AND CORN BYPRODUCTS! After that, his stools returned to normal as did his skin. I started researching and found that the ingredients in SD are nothing but garbage. Not only does Hills give kickbacks to vets who push this stuff, but they also "sponsor" the few nutrition classes that are taught in most of the veterinary schools. Talk about conflict of interest! Why not have McDonalds and Pepsi sponsor nutrition classes in our nation's elementary schools next? Seriously, I wouldn’t feed this garbage to a stray dog.

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    Tue Aug 25 2009

    I wouldnt recommend this food at all! its nothing but by-products, fillers, and preservatives! Now I know there are some people that say its the worst food ever, but they are just being melodramatic. Working at petco for yrs really opened my eyes to not only dog foods, but animal health period! Hill's is recommended by vet's because they get payed for it! Any dog food(or cat food) you can buy at a market is basically junk food.. with fillers and by-products. I know people who feed their dog's Science Diet and their dogs are very healthy and active, but even with that said... I still wouldnt recommend it.

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    Wed Jul 22 2009

    I don't recommend this food at work. It has corn, wheat and soy. Not only that but Hills uses Animal Fat for a preservative. I did call and ask what kind of animal they used and the person told me either chicken or pork. So then how come they can't put that on the bag? I don't know. There have been a lot of customers that complain that their dog(s) poop more or they are hungry again after being fed. In reality, you need to feed more because of the grains. I went to a SD seminar last summer and the lady said that if you don't feed your dog or cat SD then you might as well buy a shovel and a coffin because you are killing it! I will not sell this to a customer.

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    Sun Jul 19 2009

    I started feeding my Chihuahua SD puppy when he was 9wks old. The breeder had started him on Eukanuba but he was pooping 10-15 time a day so I switched him. There seemed to be a large improvement with Science Diet. He wasn't going as much and he seemed to like it just fine. However, he still wasn't very healthy. His skin was red and flaky and he was loosing hair. I was told by my vet that this was normal because he is a blue chihuahua and they tend to have skin conditions. I thought there was nothing I could do about it. Then when I was visiting my sister months later, I spotted a Holistic Pet Center. I dropped in to see if perhaps they had something topical i could apply to my chi's skin to help it. They did have something topical but they also insisted that his diet was the main problem for him. I was really resistant but grudgingly I purchased a bag of Azmira Holistic dog food. With in a weeks of switching from SD to Azmira his skin started looking less red and flaky and in about a ... Read more

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    Mon Jul 13 2009

    I gave it 4 stars because I know its ingredients are not really that good, but nonetheless my dogs love it and are healthy when on it. SD is not the best food, but it is not horrible, either. At the end of the day, it's the dogs' opinions (expressed in the form of their health conditions) that matter. If your dogs aren't in good heath when on SD, then feed them something else. But if your dogs are in good health when on SD, like my dogs are, then there's nothing wrong feeding them SD. I'm so tired of hearing people accusing SD users to be bad pet owners. I choose SD and I am not a bad pet owners. I take my dogs exercises regularly and give them a lot of love and attention. They are healthy and happy dogs. I've tried several good brands (Wellness, Blue, Nutro, Natural Balance...) but somehow my dog just didn't do well when she's on these better brands. She had loose stool and her itching and paw-chewing problems got really bad, even when these brands were introduced to her slowly. Thi... Read more

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    Wed Jun 17 2009

    i used to fed my dobie with this brand. Have to add meat and fish oil to make her swallow this brand. failed

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    Tue Jun 16 2009

    My mother's Staffordshire Terrier was being fed Science Diet by recommendation of her veterinarian. She suffered from horrible allergies. She licked and licked constantly. She also shed a lot and had a bad doggy odor. I did some researching and found out that science diet adult formulas contain corn, corn gluten meal and whole grain wheat, which studies have shown to be causes of allergies in dogs. Needless to say I informed my mother right away of this so-called "good food" and so my mom put her on Taste of the Wild grain-free Pacific Stream canine formula. She is doing much, much better! She does not lick anymore, she dosent shed like she used to, the doggy odor is gone and her coat is shinier. I wouldn't recommend Science Diet to anyone. I suppose some dogs can get along fine with it, but think of the kind of life they would have if they were fed a more nutritious food!