Hills Ideal Balance Dog Food Review
hits the spot.

Getting free stuff always turns an ordinary day into a special kind of little holiday, so imagine my excitement when I earned an entire full-sized bag of dog food in the mail from Klout. (Because my social media presence lead an algorithm to the conclusion that I am a dog-obsessed maniac, I mean, dog lover.)

A few months back, our dog Evie had been thrilled with some gourmet kibble we’d gotten her that had some delicious-looking dehydrated chicken– for about a week. Then she started eating around the chicken, and the chicken started to look less like an imitation of grilled chicken strips, the kind that you consider taking a taste of when no one’s looking, and more like poor quality Chinese take-out “chicken” bits. We picked up some Rachel Ray Nutrish dog food in the meantime,which she liked but wasn’t nuts about. Suffice to say, it was great timing that this new food showed up.

I wasn’t familiar with the brand previously. The Hill’s website introduction reads, ” For more than 70 years, Hill’s has been advancing knowledge of how to keep pets their healthiest. That means great-tasting, nutritious food with natural ingredients that helps your dog live a long, happy life. We make every bag of our dry dog and cat food in our own U.S. facilities with highest quality natural ingredients from North America and Europe,” which sounds promising. 

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult dog food features:

  • Fresh chicken to provide lean protein which helps to keep pets slim and trim
  • Potatoes, which are naturally gluten free, for healthy digestion
  • Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids improve skin and coat, guaranteed or your money back
  • No grain, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Cranberries provide antioxidants that promote bladder health
I guess I expected more shapes representing those foods, like the sort of Lucky Charms dog foods we’ve tried with Evie before.  But it’s easy to forget how badly that processed crap seems to upset her belly. Ideal Balance’s little tan pellets actually smell great, like an organic cracker or bread, and she crushed it the first time we intermingled it with the Rachel Ray formula we’d been feeding her. Little by little, we’ve ran out of the Nutrish and have been feeding her the Ideal Balance only, for probably about a month. Evie’s stools are finally much more consistent and she really does seem to actually enjoy the flavor of the food.
In addition to the nutritional value and my dog’s overall enjoyment, Hill’s® claims that a percent of purchases  “feeds homeless pets in nearly 1,000 shelters every day.”, and you can donate directly at hillsfoodshelterlove.com. The Ideal Balance kibble is a welcome addition to Evie’s menu, and we’ll definitely pick it up again.

Get a mail-in rebate of up to $12.99 on any 3.5 lb bag or larger bag of Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ dry dog food by visting them online.  [Scroll to the bottom of the page to retrieve the offer by email.]   — Casandra Armour

One thought on “Hills Ideal Balance Grain-Free Dog Food Review

  1. Just tried this product with my dog who has urinary problems and she loves it! It is great to be able to find a dogfood now that focuses on the dogs with bladder issues! Thank you! Sincerely Mrs. Edna St. Louis

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