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SPORTMiX vs Hill's Science Diet

SPORTMiX vs. Hill's Science Diet

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

Guaranteed Analysis: Hill's Science Diet vs. SPORTMiX

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.

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

Dry Dog Food SPORTMiX Hill's Science Diet
Crude Protein 27.2% 24.7%
Crude Fat 17.4% 14.6%
Crude Fiber 5.0% 4.1%

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.

There is a small difference between the protein content of SPORTMiX and Hill's Science Diet. We can see that SPORTMiX guarantees about 2.55% more protein than Hill's Science Diet.


Crude Fat Comparison For Dog Food

Fats are an absolutely vital component of a balanced canine diet. Not only do fats provide energy, but they also serve important roles in the normal development and function of your dog's body. For example, fats help dogs produce prostaglandins, which reduce inflammation among many other significant functions.

According to our average data, Hill's Science Diet typically provides less fat than SPORTMiX. However, this difference is relatively small and doesn't represent a significant difference between the two brands.


There is a relatively insignificant difference between the crude fiber content of the two brands.

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

Dry Cat Food SPORTMiX Hill's Science Diet
Crude Protein 34.1% 35.5%
Crude Fat 12.6% 18.2%
Crude Fiber 4.1% 5.5%

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.

Both brands provide roughly the same amount of crude protein.


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):

  • Fats help with the digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
  • Reduce inflammation associated with arthritis
  • Slow the growth of yeast infections
  • Prevent or reduce the likelihood of certain heart problems.
  • Aid in the development of the retina and visual cortex.

There is a relatively large difference between the fat content of Hill's Science Diet and SPORTMiX. On average, SPORTMiX dry cat food recipes contain 5.61% less fat than Hill's Science Diet recipes.


As you can see, SPORTMiX and Hill's Science Diet guarantee a similar amount of crude fiber.

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

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

Pea Protein
Brewers Rice
Corn Gluten Meal

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

Beet Pulp
Meat Meal
White Rice
Ground Corn
Ground Wheat
Corn Gluten Feed
Ground Yellow Corn
Ground Brewers Rice
Chicken By-Product Meal
Canola Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)

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

Liver
Caramel
Corn Flour
Iron Oxide
Pork Plasma
Poultry Fat
Animal Liver
Wheat Gluten
Caramel Color
Tomato Pomace
Beef By-Products
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 SPORTMiX.

Blue 1
Blue 2
Red 40
Yellow 5
Yellow 6

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

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

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

According to our records, SPORTMiX 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 SPORTMiX Hill's Science Diet
Per Pound $0.90 $2.18
Per Calorie $0.0005 $0.0014
Dry Cat Food SPORTMiX Hill's Science Diet
Per Pound $0.87 $3.15
Per Calorie $0.0005 $0.0019

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 SPORTMiX 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 SPORTMiX 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 SPORTMiX and Hill's Science Diet. In addition, we currently have some great coupons for our readers.


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Where To Buy SPORTMiX Pet Foods

You can purchase SPORTMiX pet foods from the following stores:


28 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:


136 Recipes In-Stock Today

107 Recipes In-Stock Today

130 Recipes In-Stock Today

35 Recipes In-Stock

Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product SPORTMiX Hill's Science Diet
Dry Dog Food 17 Recipes 32 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 32 Recipes
Dog Treats 9 Treats 15 Treats
Dry Cat Food 3 Recipes 19 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 38 Recipes
Cat Treats

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