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.

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

  1. sharron 16 September 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    hi – i have a 5 yr old yorkie/chihuahua and just started her in this food – so far she is eating it as long as i turn it into a game, like chasing after the kibble pieces, she is a very fussy dog when it comes to dry dog food. i have had her on straight can but it ends up being too expensive and she just eats the can if i mix it with dry. many times over the past 3-4 yrs when i have gone to buy RC from pet stores, i have been raked over the coals for not feeding a more superior food that has high protein, high fat and loaded with calories. lexee is not an overly active dog. she gets her 4 – 20 min walks/day, and she has her moments of play. i explain to pet store owners/employees that i don’t feel she needs a super duper dog food – she is doing well on what she is eating just like the next dog that is doing well eating orijen or raw, (she doesn’t like either of them.) why do people push these high end foods at me – are they that much better? – thankyou

    • Dr. James W. Randolph 20 September 2014 at 11:53 am #

      Sharron, I used to have a saying, “Pet food is an area in which you truly get what you pay for.” To an extent, it’s still true, with the limitation that there are some expensive foods on the market that are simply outrageously priced. Hill’s Healthy Advantage is not one of them. It is superior, even, to the Hill’s foods in the Science Diet line. My advice to pet owners is: If you can afford Healthy Advantage, it’s the best. If you can’t, go with Science Diet by Hill’s, which is still going to be excellent. Yes, canned food is more expensive, and, except for some medical conditions that may need to be addressed, is unnecessary. Therefore, you can use dry food exclusively unless your veterinarian tells you otherwise. Excessive protein and fat and calories are not good for you, and they are not good for your pet. He needs a balanced diet. Good for you for standing your ground. And, stay away from those raw diets! There is too much risk of bacterial contamination: for you and for your pet.

      • sharron 21 September 2014 at 5:35 pm #

        thank you dr randolph for your reply – i guess it comes down to opinion – i wish these so called self proclaimed dog food gurus would provide proof while they’re raking, the typical pet owner, over the coals for feeding, in their opinion, a less than adequate dog food – thanks again
        p.s. – i’m in alberta, canada and the small bag of healthy advantage is 14.95 – so i think it’s a good price

  2. 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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