Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive

Last updated date: November 27, 2018

DWYM Score
5.5

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We looked at the top 1 Dry Dog Food and dug through the reviews from 4 of the most popular review sites including Dog Food Advisor, Dog Food Guru and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dry Dog Food you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 125 expert reviews, the Hill's Science Diet Hill's Science Diet Adult Sensitive placed 16th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 20, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
4.1
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
2,673 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Hill’s Science Diet Adult is a plant-based dry dog food using a modest amount of named meats and meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars. Recommended.
- Dog Food Advisor
If your dog is not allergic to chicken and he can tolerate pea protein concentrate, then the protein in this food will probably not bother his stomach.
- Dog Food Insider
January 17, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
- Dog Food Advisor
That’s all Science Diet dog food is. It’s basically junk food, like Little Debbie’s cakes. It looks like this brand lives up to its name, because there’s hardly anything natural about Science Diet dog food. This brand is marketed as being “highly recommended by veterinarians”. If those claims are true, then we’re sorry to say that you shouldn’t trust any veterinarian who sells Science Diet dog food in their office, much less recommends them to dog owners.
- Dog Food Guru
Overall, Science Diet has relatively low user ratings, and many owners complain that it does not live up to its descriptions and price. Still, others state that their pets have experienced no adverse reactions to the food.
- PetFoodTalk.com
October 26, 2018 | Full review
The food does contain a LOT of grain/carbohydrates and some prebiotic fibers which could be helpful for some dogs with sensitive stomachs. In other words, if you are trying to find something for your dog with a sensitive stomach, go ahead and try this food. It might work. But it probably wouldn’t be my first choice.
- Dog Food Insider
January 17, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Your dog’s nutrition is crucial to his health and wellbeing. The wrong pet food can cause an occasional bout of upset stomach or loose stools, or dermatological problems like flaky or itchy skin and a dry and dull coat. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin pet food provides precisely balanced nutrition for sensitive digestive systems and also improves skin and coat health. Our Science Diet dog food is made in the USA with global ingredients you can trust. Made without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, this sensitive stomach dog food is a complete, wholesome and flavorful meal for your dog. And with its exclusive blend of vitamins, omega-6 fatty acids and other nutrients, Hill’s Sensitive Stomach & Skin premium natural dog food, plus vitamins, minerals and amino acids, can help get your dog back on track and feeling and looking great. *Hill’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: We're confident your pet will enjoy Hill's Science Diet foods. We're so confident that we offer a 100% money-back guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, return the unused portion to Amazon for a full refund or replacement.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wellness Core
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Orijen Tundra
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Taste of the Wild Grain Free
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 8
4. CANIDAE All Life Stages
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
6. American Journey
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Fromm Classic
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Horizon Dog Food
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Natural Balance Dog Food
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
11. Nature’s Recipe
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Iams ProActive Health
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Royal Canin
Overall Score: 6.0
Expert Reviews: 7
14. Diamond Naturals Dry Food for Adult Dog
Overall Score: 5.8
Expert Reviews: 8
15. Purina ONE SmartBlend Natural Formula
Overall Score: 5.6
Expert Reviews: 6
16. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive
Overall Score: 5.5
Expert Reviews: 4
17. Pedigree Adult Complete
Overall Score: 5.3
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Dry Dog Food

Dogs are like members of our families, so of course, we want to keep them as healthy and happy as possible. The foundation for that is proper nutrition. A consistent, high-quality diet is the key to keeping your dog looking and feeling great. Feeding your dog the best dog food will keep them functioning at their best and can ward off chronic diseases, leading to a longer life. Dry dog food is very common and convenient, as it does not require refrigeration.

There’s a ton of different types of dry dog food out there, so the choices can be overwhelming.  You should look for dog food that is labeled as “complete and balanced,” which means the food contains the minimum amount of all the nutrients necessary for dogs. This standard is regulated by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Keep in mind that buzzwords like “premium” and “immune supporting” are not regulated and should not carry much weight in your choice.

Just as with human food, you want to make sure your dog is eating a diet with real, whole foods and one that is free from artificial preservatives and additives. Make sure your dog’s food contains a high-quality animal protein source, like lamb, chicken or turkey. Leading brands, such as Orijen Tundra, contain multiple protein sources, including chicken, turkey, flounder and egg.

Many veterinarians recommend avoiding dog food that contains grains like corn, wheat and soy, as dogs do not need these starches. Although many healthy dog foods contain carbohydrates in the form of fruit and vegetables, brands like Taste of the Wild tout their grain-free recipe.

Other healthy ingredients include probiotics, which benefit the intestinal and immune systems, and minerals. Minerals should be chelated or proteinated for maximum absorption.

Some dogs need special diets, and diets should be adjusted for puppies and senior dogs. The right dog food for your pet will meet all of their needs and come at an affordable price.

DYWM Fun Fact

Dogs have been humans’ companions for more than 30,000 years. In the beginning, man’s best friend’s diet did not get the consideration it does today. Dogs generally ate the scraps that were left over from their humans. Around 1860, businessman James Spratt introduced the first commercially prepared dog food. Official nutritional requirements for dogs and cats were established in the mid-1980s. Dry dog food, or “kibble” as we know it today, became popular in the 1950s.

As of 2017, commercial pet food was a $26 billion industry. These days, a lot of pet parents are turning to online retailers like Amazon and Chewy to get their dog food delivered straight to their door.

The Dry Dog Food Buying Guide

  • Make sure to feed your dog the proper amount. Overfeeding your dog ups their risk of obesity and associated health problems. There are some formulas to determine how much you should be feeding your dog depending on their size and breed, and your veterinarian can also provide you with guidance.
  • Puppies need small, frequent meals, while adult dogs can eat just one to two meals per day. Some dogs are grazers, meaning that they will eat small amounts throughout the day, but many more will eat all the food that is given to them at a time, which is why it’s important not to overfeed them.
  • Price is an important factor in dog food, as it’s one of the major ongoing expenses associated with being a pet owner. A higher price tag does not necessarily translate to a superior product. A moderately priced brand such as Nature’s Recipe scores high marks for its quality.
  • To keep your dog’s food fresh, make sure it is sealed. Some brands come with resealable tops, or you can put it in an airtight container, preferably made of glass or stainless steel. Make sure you keep your dog food in a cool, dry place. Moisture and heat can compromise the food’s safety and quality.
  • Just like human food, dog food has an expiration date. Dry dog food is generally good for one year. Never give your dog food that smells or looks spoiled.
  • It’s important that the food you choose is a good fit for your dog. If your dog rejects a food or it makes them sick, it may not be the optimal choice for them. Consult with your veterinarian to find the type of food that’s best for your pet.
  • Make sure you wash the bowls your dog eats and drinks from regularly, ideally every day. Once a week, they should be sanitized with a bleach solution. Stainless steel bowls are the easiest to keep clean.