Hill’s New Healthy Advantage Food Line

The Hill’s Pet Nutrition company is constantly innovating. Their latest addition to the world of superior dog and cat nutrition is the Healthy Advantage line. The goal of the new food is to address pets’ most essential preventive health needs to keep them healthy.

Hill’s began the task of developing the new line by identifying risks facing healthy pets.  They categorized those risks according to certain parameters, which delineated the categories of foods:

Healthy Advantage:  The finest Science Diet Hill's Pet Foods has ever made.

Healthy Advantage: The finest Science Diet Hill's Pet Foods has ever made.

  • puppy
  • puppy large breed
  • kitten
  • canine adult
  • feline adult

Clearly, Hill’s understood that the risk factors were different for each of these categories of pets. The next step was to identify the individual category risks so that each food would address those risks.  Each day this week we will outline the advantages and goals of each part of the food line.

For puppies:

  • Immunity is a major consideration. After all, without a healthy immune system, a puppy will not survive the dangers of infectious disease, parasitism and other attacks on its health.
    Willie LOVES his Healthy Advantage food so much he's willing to attack a bag weighing twice what he weighs!

    Willie LOVES his Healthy Advantage food so much he's willing to attack a bag weighing twice what he weighs!

    Ingredients have been carefully chosen to support strong immunity.

  • Weight management is crucial. Long gone are the days when veterinarians said, “Just put the food down and let him eat all he wants. You can’t overfeed a puppy while they’re still growing.” Now we know that feeding puppies optimally is the first step in weight control for the adult dog. Healthy Advantage contains nutrition that addresses the needs of growing puppies: energy they need to be active while maturing, without adding weight to their detriment.
  • Mobility health starts young, too, like weight management. Even though many of the orthopedic problems puppies experience later in life are influenced by genetics, environmental factors, including nutrition, also play a part. Hill’s Healthy Advantage includes clinically tested levels of omega fatty acids to act as antioxidants, along with natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. Doing so promotes healthy joint development and enhances mobility.
  • Healthy digestion comes from an optimal fiber mixture, superior ingredients which produce less waste and firm stools.

Healthy skin and coat show immediately upon your little one’s arrival. A sleek, shiny puppy gets ooohs and aaahs because its good health speaks through the outer appearance.

Willie reads the label of all food and medication.  No wonder intelligent dogs prefer Healthy Advantage!

Willie reads the label of all food and medication. No wonder intelligent dogs prefer Healthy Advantage!

Tomorrow, Healthy Advantage for large-breed puppies.

2 Comments to “Hill’s New Healthy Advantage Food Line”

  1. SammiJo 11 July 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Dear Dr. James Randolph, My name is Sammi-Jo and I am a Registered Veterinary Technician in Central Alberta. Just recently we began carrying the Hills Healthy Advantage line as a trial. Usually we run Royal Canin Medi Cal Product line, but have noticed many clients not wanting to place their dog on a veterinary exclusive diet. Enough of my rambling, I am just wondering if you have seen any dogs with problems that were switched to this food? My friend who is also a RVT told me they had 2 large-breed dogs come in with Pancreatitis [thought to be] due to the food. I know that pancreatitis can be caused by table scraps, dogs getting into the garbage, or dogs just eating something that just doesn’t agree with them. I just wanted to know if you had heard of any problems with the food yet? I also have begun to switch my working dog onto this diet as I can see him benefitting fr0m it. Sammi-Jo, RVT Alberta, Canada.

    • Dr. James W. Randolph 25 July 2011 at 11:43 am #

      Sammi-Jo, I just spoke to Hill’s Pet Nutrition and they have NOT heard reports of pancreatitis caused by Healthy Advantage Canine Adult foods. ANY dog with pancreatitis risk factors eating ANY food can have an episode, but that doesn’t mean that the food he ate was the cause. Thanks for reading, Dr. Randolph.


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