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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  • Item Number
  • Weight
    12.5 pounds
  • Brand


  • Breed Size

    Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds

  • Food Form

    Dry Food

  • Lifestage


  • Made in

    United States

  • Special Diet

    No Corn No Wheat No Soy

Nutritional Info

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

Caloric Content

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
Weight Daily Feeding less than 4 months old and pregnant dogs 7-9 weeks (cup) Daily Feeding 4-9 months old and pregnant dogs 5-6 weeks (cup) Daily Feeding 10-12 months old and pregnant dogs 1-4 weeks (cup)
2 LBS 1/2 3/8 1/3
5 LBS 7/8 3/4 5/8
8 LBS 1 1/4 1 7/8
10 LBS 1 1/2 1 1/4 1
20 LBS 2 1/2 2 1 2/3
40 LBS 4 1/4 3 1/2 2 3/4
60 LBS 5 3/4 4 3/4 3 3/4
80 LBS 7 6 4 3/4
100 LBS 8 1/2 7 5 2/3
120 LBS 9 2/3 8 6 1/2
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.


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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  • Puppy Food

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    We recently got a Shepherd/Curr mix (Murphy). He has eaten everything we have set down in front of him. This food is no exception. We have noticed that he is more active. Murphy has been on this brand for a little over a week with no noticeable ill effects. We trust Hills and have been using their Over weight formula for a couple of years on one of the Beagles that we have.

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    My daughter said her French Bulldog puppy loves his meals now and seems to be thriving on this food.

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  • Puppy Loves This Food

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    My new puppy loves Hills Ideal Balance puppy food. And I love ordering from Chewy.com.

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  • Recommended Brand

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    I love the velcro closer for the bag. Has great nutrition for my puppy. Like the small bite size for my small puppy. I have used Ideal Balance product in the past and have always been pleased with this product. I like that the have great variety for different stages of a dogs life and size

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  • Amazing!!!!

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    The fastest and most efficient service ever!!! I love Chewey and so does Emmi. :)

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  • Great! Amazing!

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    Firmed up poop! Def worked on my pup. She has had soft poo on and off, this seems to have fixed the problem. Get it! Thanks!

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  • Great food for picky eater

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    Great. Tried tons of other foods. He loves this one.

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  • Puppy Likes it, need a bigger bag

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    My puppy likes it's but it would be nice if Hills would make a 30 pound bag, this 12.5 pound bag is small and pricey, it's worth it but it would be nice to have a bigger bag, my next order I'll will probably switch to a 30 pound bag of the Hills science Diet Large Breed Puppy just because I need something to last long and not always spending so much every 2 or 3 weeks, My vet recommend any Hills puppy brand, Great stuff

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  • Hills puppy food

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    I have a 4 month English pointer. He loves his food. This brand of food was highly recommend by our vet.

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    Still waiting to see if the is going to be the right food for my dog. I like it. I want to see if it will work

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