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We can all say that if you can’t afford to feed your dog right, then you shouldn’t have a dog. But that’s just cruel. We all deserve the love and companionship of a dog. Personally, my dogs keep me going every single day. This past year has brought one trial after another and our dogs have given me strength that no human could offer.
So when I hear from my readers who want to provide their dogs with better food, but just don’t have the budget, my heart sinks a little bit, but then it soars, because these are dog parents who are hearing that…
- there are better options,
- our dogs deserve better, and
- we need to try and give them better
When I was approached to become a brand ambassador for Hill’s Ideal Balance, I was a little hesitant for all of 5 seconds. I met with reps from Hill’s at BlogPaws this year and I loved what they had to say, but wondered if they were telling me what I wanted to hear. Are they providing better food or did they just change the packaging?
After gaining customer input to find out what dog parents want to see in the pet food they buy, Hill’s Ideal Balance dog food was created. No corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. When I was first looking into the food, I thought they made the mistake of only using one protein (chicken). Our dog Rodrigo is allergic t chicken, so this isn’t a brand we would buy. But then I saw that they also have a Salmon recipe too.
I think Hill’s Ideal balance is a great alternative for dog parents to consider if they’re looking for a better quality food, but are living on a tight budget.
And Hill’s Ideal Balance dog food…
- incudes proteins that promote lean muscle and growth
- includes vitamins that promote a strong immune system
- includes minerals to help keep teeth and bones strong
- includes fiber to support healthy digestion
- has a money back guarantee if it doesn’t work for you and your dog
Dog Food Advisor and Hill’s Ideal Balance Dog Food
Yeah yeah, I probably lean on DFA too much, but I trust their reviews and think it’s a great site to start at when researching brands. DogFoodAdvisor.com says “Hill’s Ideal Balance Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.” That’s not very heartening, so now I want to find out why they only received 3 stars.
Ingredients in Hill’s Ideal Balance Dog Food
Chicken, brown rice, whole grain oats, whole grain barley,brewers rice, chicken fat, chicken, pea protein concentrate, dried beet pulp, flaxseed, chicken liver flavor, lactic acid, vegetable & fruit blend (green peas, apples, cranberries, carrots, broccoli), 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, 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, mixed tocopherols for freshness, phosphoric acid, beta-carotene, natural flavors
- Although the brown rice isn’t a terrible ingredient (I feed it to our dogs mixed with plain chicken when they have upset tummies), I would prefer to see chicken meal as the 2nd ingredient. Just a reminder, I’m not a nutritionist, so this is just my opinion.
- There is controversy about the oats and grains; some feel that they add unnecessary carbs to our dog’s diet and others feel that it’s a great source of fiber and vitamins. I think it most likely has something to do with quantity – if the amount in the food (order in the ingredients list doesn’t always denote quantity) is high, then I would be concerned about our dogs’ carb intake.
- When I see pea protein concentrate (which isn’t a terrible ingredient), I wonder why the brand just didn’t use more meat protein, which is better for our dogs.
- And dried beet pulp is something that comes up a lot for me. Dried beet pulp, in the right quantities, acts as a fiber source. Too much beet pulp turns it into a cheap filler.
As a brand ambassador, I will be sharing more information about Hill’s Ideal Balance food and hosting giveaways; there will be an opportunity for 20 Keep the Tail Wagging readers to win a gift basket so that you can try the food for yourself. Stay tuned!
I have been compensated for this article about Hill’s Ideal Balance Dog Food. All thoughts are my own. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.