Science Diet Active Adult Dog Food

December 6, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Science Diet

Science Diet Active Adult Dog Food

Science Diet Active Adult Dog Food is made and manufactured by; Hills Pet Nutrition Inc… Science diet makes both dry and canned versions of dog food. We are going to be reviewing the dry versions.

Science Diet Active Adult Dog Food Review

As with all dog food recipes the first thing we are going to look at are the first five ingredients. The first five ingredients are a good indication of the quality of the dog food. When looking at the first five ingredients you want to make sure there is plenty of meat and grains are minimal.

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Science Diet Active Adult Dog Food First Five Ingredients:

  1. Ground Whole Grain Corn
  2. Chicken By-Products
  3. Animal Fat
  4. Dried Beet Pulp
  5. Soybean Oil

Whole Grain Corn is the first ingredient. Corn provides your dogs with no nutritional value. Dog’s digestive systems have a hard time digesting this ingredient. If you feed your dog a corn kernel, you will get a corn kernel out. Corn in excess has also been linked to many cases of dog allergies.

Chicken By-Products is the second ingredient. This ingredient is impossible to determine the actual quality of. 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.”

Animal Fat is the third ingredient and also is an unidentifiable ingredient. This ingredient can come from anything/anywhere. Basically manufactures don’t have to disclose the origins of this ingredient and thus should be avoided.

Beet Pulp is the fifth ingredient. It is thought by some to be a cause of excess stress on kidneys and cause allergies and ear infections.


Science Diet Active Adult Dog Food First Full Ingredients:

Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Beet Pulp, Soybean Oil, Dried Egg Product, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Iodized Salt, Choline Chloride, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Vitamin E Supplement, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

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Science Diet Active Adult Dog Food Guaranteed Analysis:

Nutrient Dry Matter1
Protein 29.8
Fat 27.2
Carbohydrate (NFE) 35.4
Crude Fiber 1.8
Calcium 0.94
Phosphorus 0.77
Sodium 0.36
Potassium 0.79
Magnesium 0.086

¹The nutrient in the product after moisture is removed. It is used to make direct comparisons of nutrient profiles of products with differing moisture contents.

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7 Responses to “Science Diet Active Adult Dog Food”
  1. DON says:

    We recently adopted a pomerainian mix from the local humane society. They had been feeding him Science Diet adult fitness original. After reading the above review I wonder why they recommend this food. Any help here would be appreciated.

  2. Chocolate Lab Owner says:

    Don, Science Diet is recommended by most vets because they get promotional freebies and sponsorship from the brand. If you’re looking for a really good food that is reasonably priced, look into Blue Buffalo, in my opinion it’s the best brand on the market right now.

  3. Boxer Owner says:


    Chocolate Lab owner thanks for the insight. I understand now why they are called Science Foods and manufactured by Hills Pets Nutrition. Sounds like the movie Wrong Turn. Were you have hillbillie imbreads feeding off the population, (this is just a movie).

    But thanks for the information, who can we trust. I want my animals to eat health and live a health life.

    The Vets should be a shame to promote this brand.

  4. andrea says:

    i wanted to let every one know that even though your opionins are all great, hills/ science diet do not give free rebates and free merchandice despite what everyone thinks. i have been working with and selling hills food for over 5 years now and i have never recieved any sort of perks. i feed and sell this brand because i believe that it is a good quailty food with lots of high end research done over the last 90 years. the food and company only better themselfs as time goes on.
    i know its difficut to know what is good and what is not a good food to feed your loved pets. but listening to your vet and their support staff. aka techs, you can learn more about the right things to feed. not always is the information given to you in the pet stores correct. sometimes they have people that are not always fully trained in food and are just educated to sell what the company wants them to sell. i have learned this from my previos experiences. i can also say this truthfully as i have also taken quite a few canine and feline nutrition course, regared many different brands of foods.
    there are a lot of good foods out there though. i just think that sometimes more research is required before a person decides.

  5. Antonio says:

    Andrea, I don’t dispute any of your information, but I would have to ask one question? How many vets and “vet techs” are certified in small animal nutrition? Shouldn’t vets be required to have thorough understanding on dietary needs before they can PRESCRIBE a particular brand or formula? I’m not a dietician, but I do work at a hosptial as a computer analyst, and many of the patients here see specialist for many different health issues. While the specialist and doctors can identify different deficiencies in the patients, they normally call upon the help of dietician/nutritionist when it’s time to prescribe a specific diet for the patients. So my question is why should this be any different when dealing with small animal nutrition?

  6. Jess says:

    It is simple, just look at the ingredient list. If it does not contain at least 3 meats before the first fat or oil it is very limited in meat and the food contains a high percent of grains, which as everyone knows is mostly bad for dogs. If it contains CORN, WHEAT, SOY or Glutens leave it on the self. Their is more to it than this, but this is as easy as it gets.

  7. meesha says:

    @Andrea. You may not receive perks but you are not the vet. Vet techs and vets get free food from sponsoring companies while they are studying. Companies sponsor studies about their own companies’ products while attempting to seem unbiased. IF these foods are so wonderful–and my vet assures me only by feeding this food will my dog be cured of DIABETES(I’ll let you think about that one)–then why are some foods only available through the vet? Shouldn’t these miracle foods be in every store? IF these foods like Hills, Royal Canin, Purina Pro Plan are so wonderful why are we still struggling to feed our furry family members the right food? Shouldn’t the confusion and debate be over?
    I’m sorry but these are big name companies that have big profits from selling overly hyped empty calories. Feeding our furry relatives bad food as my vet suggests because it is high in fibre is like your doctor telling you to eat a Big Mac because sesame seeds are good for you.

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