Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Science Hill Grain Free Dog Food Review

We were very fortunate recently to get to try one of Science Hill's newest dog food that is Grain Free. I don't know if you know this or not but alot of dogs are allergic to corn and alot of dog foods have corn and corn fillers in them. That is what happened with Charlie, our little Yorkie, he would have the awfullest gas and was just not acting right and did not want to eat any of the dog foods that we tried.

And believe me, we tried just about every one of them on the market. My vet was just about at the point of writing a RX for special dog food when he suggested one last thing and that was a dog food found at our local tractor and feed place, which I know sounds funny because they feed cows and horses and such but believe me, they have lots of cat and dog food too. Well, Charlie will eat it if it is the last thing there is. For the last 3 years almost (Charlie will be 4 in June) we have had to boil chicken breasts for him.
I don't know what happened to him because as a puppy we started him on the puppy Science Diet and everything was going great. Then just out of the blue one day, he refused to eat dog food ever again. Well, after about a few days of not eating and throwing up, I took him to the Vet and he suggested boiling chicken and then maybe gradually putting the dog food back in. Well, that did not work out so great either. He really never has gone back to dog food. He will eat it maybe once or twice a week but mostly it is still the boiled chicken breast. I had hoped that this new one without the grains in it would change his mind but unfortunately, it did not. He will eat a few pieces but goes right back to the chicken.
There is he taking his usual afternoon nap after eating his half boiled chicken and about a handful or less of the Science Hill Grain Free Dog Food. Hey, at this point, I will take every little bit that I can. If all he will eat is a half handful for now, I can live with that and work my way up. The other issue we have going on right how is that he seems to have the same allergies that hubby and I have which is springtime pollen. His poor little eyes just drain all the time. We have given him pills and a shot but I hate to keep doing that so I limit his time outside until all the pollen has fallen and then we will go out. I am hoping that that also might have an effect on his eating habits right now because we are even having a harder time getting him to eat his boiled chicken now also. So, in another week or so if it doesn't clear up, off to the vet he goes.

It really has nothing to do with Science Hill's Grain Free Dog Food because we took half of the bag to his dad's who just got a new dog and I wish I had thought to bring my camera because that dog attacked that dog food like it was steak or something. Mike's dad said he had already eaten once that day so it wasn't like he was starving. So, that, at least, made me feel better that I could give a good report on the Grain Free Dog Food. Other dogs ate it up without a problem, it was just Charlie being Charlie!

We couldn't even get him trained at Petsmart because he would not eat any of the treats they had to give them when they wanted them to do something or as a reward. Charlie would just smell it and walk away. So, even the trainer at Petsmart said he has never seen a dog turn down a treat before. Charlie is something else! But we love him so what are ya gonna do? I keep buying the chicken breast and boiling it and we will let him have half if he eats some dog food and so we go back and forth. And he will eat the chicken jerky strips and the duck ones along with the yam french fry looking sticks. So, that is what we do. We are constantly mixing it up so that he will eat a little of everything and so far all of his tests are fine and nothing is off whack.
I know it's not the glowing report that Science Hill would like to have and neither does our Vet but as long as he is healthy and he is as you can see from above, our approach is to just keep slowly getting him to eat the Grain Free a little here and there every other day and hopefully, before long it will be all he eats.

This is what Science Hill's Grain Free bag says on it and what is on their website. Oh, and this is recommended only for dogs between 1 and 6 years:
Ideal Balance™ is a combination of natural ingredients and the power of advanced nutrition to create a pet food that is perfectly balanced. For adult dogs, Ideal Balance™ Grain Free has fresh chicken as the 1st ingredient with fruits and vegetables including cranberries, limited animal protein sources to help minimize risk of food sensitivity, and No corn, wheat, soy, beef, artificial colors or flavors.

It really is a great company and they make great dog food or else my vet would not be recommending it. This is what I found while looking thru their website and found this under how the company got started:
Today, Hill's Pet Nutrition carries on the tradition of caring that began in 1939 with one remarkable veterinarian. Our Prescription Diet® and
Science Diet® pet foods offer the highest-quality pet nutrition available. We're making a difference for people and their pets all over the world.

The Hill's® pet food lines began in 1939. Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr. believed certain health conditions in pets could be managed through carefully formulated nutrition. His ideas were visionary in veterinary medicine, and he soon had the chance to prove his theory.

A young blind man named Morris Frank asked Dr. Morris if anything could be done to help his guide dog, Buddy, who was having kidney health issues. The result of Dr. Morris' efforts was the nutritional formulation that became the first product in the Hill's Prescription Diet line of therapeutic pet foods, and the world's first pet food designed for kidney health. Soon after, Hill's Pet Nutrition was founded and the field of clinical nutrition sprang to life. That first therapeutic dog food evolved into Hill's® Prescription Diet® k/d®, which is still sold today.
Connect with Science Hill several ways:

Mailing Address:
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
ATTN: Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 148
Topeka, KS 66601-0148
Phone: 1-800-445-5777

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were taken by Mary Bearden and her camera. I am a BzzAgent and I was provided with a means to experience the product or service thru a coupon for the free bag of dog food.