Hill's Ideal Balance Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Puppy Dry Dog Food, 12.5-lb bag

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Healthy choices matter, for both you and your pet. For more than 70 years, Hill's has been advancing knowledge of how to keep pets their healthiest. That means great-tasting, nutritious food with natural ingredients that helps your dog live a long, happy life. Hill's Ideal Balance Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Puppy Dry Dog Food provides natural ingredients perfectly balanced for growing puppies.

Key Benefits

  • Made with fresh chicken for a lean protein to keep your dog slim, trim and healthy
  • Authentic ingredients are combined with our nutritional expertise and unique cooking process of oven roasting so you can give your dog a delicious, perfectly balanced meal
  • Flaxseed is included to provide omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids to support a healthy skin and coat
  • Formulated without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives for a wholesome and healthy meal
  • Recommended for puppies up to 1 year old and pregnant or nursing dogs

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  • Brand
  • Breed Size
    All Breeds, Small, Medium, Large
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Lifestage
  • Made in
    United States
  • Special Diet
    No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info


  1. Chicken, Brown Rice, Whole Grain Oats, Cracked Pearled Barley, Chicken Meal, Pea Protein Concentrate, Chicken Fat, Flaxseed, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Lactic Acid, Fish Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Vegetable & Fruit Blend (Green Peas, Apples, Cranberries, Carrots, Broccoli), Iodized Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols for Freshness, Beta-Carotene, Natural Flavors.

Caloric Content

  1. 436 kcal/cup
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 25.5% min
Crude Fat 16.5% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Vitamin C 85 mg/kg min
Vitamin E 550 IU/kg min
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.5% min
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 3.0% min

Feeding Instructions

Adjust feeding amounts as necessary to maintain optimal weight. If you are unsure, ask your veterinarian. For nursing dogs: keep food available at all times. New to this food? Mix increasing amounts of your pets new food with decreasing amounts of the old food over a 7-day period. Keep fresh water available at all times! Your pets nutritional needs may change as they age. Ask your vet at every checkup.

Transition Instructions

A gradual transition to a new pet food is important to avoid digestive upset. To transition, mix your pet’s current food with the new food. Over 7 days, gradually decrease the amount of the current pet food while increasing the amount of new pet food.

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Finding the Right Balance

Hill's uses natural ingredients combined with vitamins, minerals and amino acids in Ideal Balance. With optimal levels of more than 50 important nutrients, it provides the perfect balance of nutrition for your dog's health—nothing more, nothing less.

The Right Balance
Natural Ingredients,  Perfectly Balanced

Natural Ingredients, Perfectly Balanced


Balanced levels of high-quality protein help promote lean muscles and proper growth.


The right proportions of omega fatty acids lead to healthy skin and a glossy coat.


The proper ratio of vitamins and minerals is vital for strong bones and teeth, and immune health.


The right amount of the right type of fiber is important for maintaining digestive health.

Hill's Nutritional Philosophy

Hill's is committed to research and innovation, and believes that the right nutrition is vital to helping pets live long, healthy lives. They also know that the proper balance of essential nutrients supplied by high-quality ingredients is the key to optimal health for pets. Guided by evidence-based research, Hill's formulates their food with a precise balance of these nutrients to meet the specific needs of pets associated with their life stage, size or special needs.

Hill's Nutritional Philosophy
Natural Nutrition for Healthy, Happy Dogs

Natural Nutrition for Healthy, Happy Puppies

In an effort to make the best dog food around, Hill's uses high-quality protein, including real chicken as the first ingredient in their dry puppy foods. Each Ideal Balance recipe is made with natural ingredients and provides clinically proven antioxidant benefits, and never contains artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or chicken by-product meal.

Fresh, Whole Food Ingredients



Delivers the right amount of healthy fats from Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids to provide energy and maintain healthy skin.



Provides a healthy level of vitamins and minerals to promote energy, healthy blood and proper bone growth.



Good source of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber to promote healthy joints and gastrointestinal health.



Excellent source of fiber that provides bulk for good, normal stool formation, and also serves as a prebiotic.

About Hill's Pet Nutrition

For more than 70 years, Hill's Pet Nutrition has helped enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets by putting their passion for balanced pet nutrition into everything they do. With a dedicated team of veterinarians and pet nutritionists involved in the development of all their products, Hill's is able to ensure high-quality pet food to help all pets live a happy and healthy life.

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  • My dog loves the taste of this food.

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    My mini goldendoodle was eating another pet food recommended by her breeder, but her vet thought this food would be a more quality food. I'm transitioning in this new food, and my dog is picking through her food to eat this rather than the old one! No digestive issues on day 2, just a bouncy, happy girl who loves mealtime. I think we'll be buying this for quite a while!

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  • Great Puppy Food

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    If you have a active puppy like a Border Collie, this is the perfect food to start them off on, she is 6 months old know and was the runt of the liter, she almost as big as my 12 year old in size, she will fill out as she ages.

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  • Good food for pups

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    My litter of Springer Spaniels started on a different puppy food when first weaned. Their reaction was lukewarm, at best. I had to supplement that food to entice them to eat. When I switched them to Ideal Balance, it was clearly more delicious! They would eat it slightly moistened, and then even enjoyed it dry (7 week old pups!).

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  • Great product.

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    My Vet recommended this this food. Good quality and fast service. Better than buying from a corporation.

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  • Puppy likes new food

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    We are phasing in the Natural Balance. Our puppy seems to like better because he is picking through and leaving the old food. Note: took almost 10 days to receive this food. So if you are running low, beware.

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  • Great food for puppies with sensitive stomach

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    Our puppy Milly seems to be have a super sensitive stomach. We've tried Merrick, Blue Buffalo, Nutro, Purina and every time ended in a visit to the Vet. Hill's Ideal Balance for puppies seems to be the only food that doesn't upset her stomach and allows her to have normal stools. We were upset when this brand was removed from Pet Store Shelves, but now are really happy that it is available at chewy.com. The order arrived in a timely manner.

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  • Great puppy food

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    This brand is healthy and my puppy loves it! He started off with purina puppy food which I didn't think was healthy for him, I weened him off slowly and now he loves the Ideal Balance food.

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  • Love the big bag

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    This is what I started my puppy on, and she loves it. Local stores only sell little bags. Love getting a big bag at a great price and I received it in two days.

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  • This product is very good

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    Our Boxer puppy came to us malnourished, once we got her fully transferred to this product. She started to gain ground, she went from 4lbs to at 16 weeks old she is almost 20lbs. Her coat is very soft and very shiny, she is very happy and very healthy and growing in leaps and bounds. She absolutely loves her food, so far no problems with this food. I only wish it came in a larger bag.

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  • Pup just loves it

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    Have a mixed breed that is just 6 mos. old. She literally consumes this food. Her coat is great and she has gotten as strong as an ox (mostly shepherd). Eyes are bright and shiny and has a cold wet nose.

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