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Essence vs Hill's Science Diet

Essence vs. Hill's Science Diet

In this comparison article for Essence vs Hill's Science Diet, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare Essence 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 Essence comparison, we've utilized average data to make general comparisons. If you'd like to see individual product reviews, visit our Essence Review Page or Hill's Science Diet Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Hill's Science Diet vs. Essence

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.

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

Dry Dog Food Essence Hill's Science Diet
Crude Protein 40.9% 24.6%
Crude Fat 20.0% 14.6%
Crude Fiber 5.9% 3.7%
Wet/Canned Dog Food Essence Hill's Science Diet
Crude Protein 46.2% 25.8%
Crude Fat 32.6% 17.4%
Crude Fiber 6.0% 3.5%

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.

On average, Essence dry dog food recipes contain 16.27% more protein than Hill's Science Diet recipes. Clearly, there is a significant difference between the protein content of Hill's Science Diet and Essence. Similarly, Essence wet dog foods provide significantly more protein than Hill's Science Diet wet foods.


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 Hill's Science Diet provides far less fat than Essence. The difference in fat content is roughly 5.32%. In addition, Essence wet dog foods also provide more fat than Hill's Science Diet wet foods.


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

Essence Cat Food vs. Hill's Science Diet Cat Food

Dry Cat Food Essence Hill's Science Diet
Crude Protein 44.1% 35.0%
Crude Fat 20.9% 18.5%
Crude Fiber 4.8% 4.5%
Wet/Canned Cat Food Essence Hill's Science Diet
Crude Protein 46.2% 38.7%
Crude Fat 31.8% 21.5%
Crude Fiber 4.8% 3.6%

Crude Protein Comparison For Cat Food

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

When you look at the average percentages of crude protein for dry cat food, it's clear that Essence provides significantly more protein. On average, Essence guarantees about 9.09% more protein than Hill's Science Diet. For wet cat foods, Essence provides more protein (about 7.49% more).


Crude Fat Comparison For Cat Food

There are many ways in which dietary fat contributes to the overall health of our feline friends. Here is a short list of benefits provided by fats (not exhaustive):

  • Help transport nutrients across cell membranes
  • Fats produce metabolites, which help control inflammation
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure
  • Slow the growth of yeast infections
  • Fats improve the taste/texture of food.

According to our data, Essence guarantees 2.42% more fat than Hill's Science Diet. Although this difference is relatively small, it's still a notable difference. In addition, Essence wet cat foods also provide more fat than Hill's Science Diet wet foods.


As you can see, Hill's Science Diet and Essence guarantee a similar amount of crude fiber. With regards to wet cat food, Essence and Hill's Science Diet also provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber.

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

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

Liver
Caramel
Corn Flour
Iron Oxide
Pea Protein
Pork Plasma
Poultry Fat
Animal Liver
Brewers Rice
Wheat Gluten
Caramel Color
Tomato Pomace
Beef By-Products
Corn Gluten Meal
Pork By-Products
Whole Grain Corn
Whole Grain Wheat
Powdered Cellulose
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.

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

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

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

According to our records, Essence 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

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Where To Buy Essence Pet Foods

You can purchase Essence pet foods from the following stores:


15 Recipes In-Stock Today

Where To Buy Hill's Science Diet Pet Foods

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


135 Recipes In-Stock Today

133 Recipes In-Stock Today

96 Recipes In-Stock Today

Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Essence Hill's Science Diet
Dry Dog Food 6 Recipes 48 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 6 Recipes 34 Recipes
Dog Treats 18 Treats
Dry Cat Food 3 Recipes 25 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 3 Recipes 48 Recipes
Cat Treats

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