Alpo vs Hill's Science Diet

Alpo vs. Hill's Science Diet

In this comparison article for Alpo vs Hill's Science Diet, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare Alpo and Hill's Science Diet, we'll use up-to-date nutritional and price information.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best pet food brand for your pet. Factors such as ingredient quality, guaranteed analysis, product safety, brand history, and cost are among the most important factors to consider.

Throughout this Hill's Science Diet vs Alpo comparison, we've utilized average data to make general comparisons. If you'd like to see individual product reviews, visit our Alpo Review Page or Hill's Science Diet Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Hill's Science Diet vs. Alpo

According to AAFCO, all pet food labels must provide a guaranteed analysis of nutrient content. The analysis must provide guaranteed minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture.

All percentages used in this comparison are averages reported on a dry matter basis.

Alpo Dog Food vs. Hill's Science Diet Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Alpo Hill's Science Diet
Crude Protein 23.7% 24.7%
Crude Fat 8.6% 14.6%
Crude Fiber 6.3% 4.1%
Wet/Canned Dog Food Alpo Hill's Science Diet
Crude Protein 47.7% 25.9%
Crude Fat 18.2% 17.4%
Crude Fiber 7.4% 3.3%

Crude Protein Comparison For Dog Food

Dogs require twenty-two amino acids to sustain life. Twelve of these amino acids are synthesized naturally, the remaining ten are consumed. Protein is the nutrient which provides some or all of these ten essential amino acids.

As you can see, Alpo and Hill's Science Diet guarantee a similar amount of crude protein. For wet dog foods, Alpo provides significantly more protein (about 21.75% more).

Crude Fat Comparison For Dog Food

Like protein, fats are an essential part of a dog's body. Fats are needed for the proper development and function of the canine body.

The table shows that Alpo provides far less fat than Hill's Science Diet. The difference in fat content is roughly 6.01%. For wet dog foods, Alpo and Hill's Science Diet provide roughly the same amount of fat.

If you look at the average percentages of crude fiber, you'll notice that Alpo typically guarantees 2.18% more fiber. This is a fairly small difference between Alpo and Hill's Science Diet, but still worth mentioning. In addition, Alpo wet dog foods also provide more fiber than Hill's Science Diet wet foods.

Alpo Pet Food Ingredients vs. Hill's Science Diet Pet Food Ingredients

Alpo and Hill's Science Diet both use the following controversial ingredients in many of their products:

Wheat Gluten
Corn Gluten Meal
Powdered Cellulose

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Alpo.

Corn Syrup
Ground Wheat
Animal Digest
Soybean Flour
Soybean Hulls
Corn Germ Meal
Meat By-Products
Ground Yellow Corn
Meat And Bone Meal
Chicken By-Product Meal
Hydrogenated Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Animal Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Hill's Science Diet.

Corn Flour
Iron Oxide
Pea Protein
Pork Plasma
Poultry Fat
Animal Liver
Brewers Rice
Caramel Color
Tomato Pomace
Beef By-Products
Pork By-Products
Whole Grain Corn
Whole Grain Wheat
Dried Tomato Pomace
Pea Protein Concentrate
Soybean Protein Isolate

We believe that certain pet food ingredients are linked to adverse health affects; these ingredients are classified as harmful.

Alpo and Hill's Science Diet both use the following harmful ingredients in many of their products:

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

Here are some of the harmful ingredients used only by Alpo.

Red 3
Blue 1
Blue 2
Red 40
Yellow 5
Yellow 6
Added Color
Red 40 Lake
Yellow 5 Lake
Yellow 6 Lake
Bacon Fat (Preserved With Bha And Citric Acid)

Product Safety: Recall History of Alpo & Hill's Science Diet?

According to our records, Alpo has never been recalled.

Hill's Science Diet has been recalled 2 times.

  • Jan. 31, 2019: elevated levels of Vitamin D
  • March 20, 2019: elevated levels of Vitamin D

Price Comparison: Which Brand Is More Expensive?

Dry Dog Food Alpo Hill's Science Diet
Per Pound $0.95 $2.18
Per Calorie $0.0007 $0.0014
Wet Dog Food Alpo Hill's Science Diet
Per Pound $1.05 $3.51
Per Calorie $0.0022 $0.0086

The average cost-per-lb is heavily influenced by the varying amounts of moisture present in each brand's food products (wet vs. dry food, dry vs. freeze-dried food, etc). However, the average cost-per-kcal eliminates the influence of moisture. Therefore, the average cost-per-kcal is the better metric to consider.

If you'd like to calculate the average cost-per-day or cost-pet-year of feeding Alpo or Hill's Science Diet, input your pet's weight into our cost analyzer widget.

Averages price data can identify whether or not there exists a significant price difference between two brands. However, the actual price that you'll pay for Alpo or Hill's Science Diet will depend on your shopping habits.

Pet owners who use our price comparison feature typically save more than 25% off retail prices for Alpo and Hill's Science Diet. In addition, we currently have some great coupons for our readers.

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Where To Buy Alpo Pet Foods

You can purchase Alpo pet foods from the following stores:

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Where To Buy Hill's Science Diet Pet Foods

You can purchase Hill's Science Diet pet food products from these retailers:

136 Recipes In-Stock Today

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Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Alpo Hill's Science Diet
Dry Dog Food 4 Recipes 32 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 20 Recipes 32 Recipes
Dog Treats 10 Treats 15 Treats
Dry Cat Food 19 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 38 Recipes
Cat Treats

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