Comparing Science Diet and Halo Dog Foods

September 6, 2012

On the advice of a veterinarian Arizonan, Melissa Gogel, fed Science Diet Canine Adult Fitness to her English Bulldog, Maggie, for the first 7 years of her life.

“Maggie was a good weight with no health issues, but we were having serious behavioral issues with her.  We hired a trainer and his first question was, ‘What do you feed her?’”

“We were embarrassed that we had never checked the ingredients in Science Diet .  The trainer walked through the list with us and recommended that we put Maggie on healthier food; i.e., no corn, no by-products, etc.”

“We switched her to Halo Spot’s Stew Dry Dog Food and noticed a definite improvement in her coat, but the behavioral issues continued.  Maggie would easily get worked up and have difficulty calming down.”

Under the direction of a nutritionist, the Gogels did a hair analysis on Maggie and discovered significant deficiencies in her mineral levels.  The switched her wet food to Wellness, on the recommendation of the nutritionist, and added supplements of calcium, magnesium, zinc, Vitamins A & D, and cod liver oil.

“We’ve seen amazing improvements in her behavior, and she passes all her check-ups with flying colors,” said Melissa.

With that comparison of foods by an actual dog owner in mind, let’s look at the two dry dog foods and see how they stack up:

Not the best dog food

A completely healthy dog food

Both foods begin with a high-quality protein source, but the similarities end after that.  All the ingredients in the Halo food are healthy choices.  However, they could have left out the salt. Dogs don’t need the extra sodium.

Science Diet shows corn as the second most important item in the food.  That’s never a good idea because many dogs are allergic to corn or react badly to it.  It’s a cheap source of protein for the pet food manufacturer, though.  After 2 grain fillers, they add chicken by-product meal – another no-no in pet food.  By-products come from the rendering industry and you have no idea what might be in that product. Next, we see soybean meal – a useless filler and often difficult for dogs to digest – and more corn.  Animal fat is what’s left over after the rendering process.  Brewer’s rice has no nutrient value.  On down the list, we see soybean oil and salt, neither of which is good for dogs.

Comparing the two foods, it’s easy to see why Maggie’s skin issues cleared up so quickly when she was switched from the Science Diet food to the Halo product.  I cannot comment on the deficiency Maggie showed in Vitamins and minerals.  I don’t know enough about a dog’s requirements to feel comfortable stating my opinion, but it is obvious that Halo is the healthier food and the dog has thrived on it.

Use this information as you decide what food is best for your own pet.  Then shop wisely.


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Jean Ben February 19, 2016 at 12:00 am

Thank you for the information I have been using science diet since Diego was little he just didn’t seem satisfied our groomer suggested the Halo brand so far he seems to like it after doing my homework I’m glad I switched to the halo brand


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