Hill’s Prescription Diet Dog Food Review
I read on the Hills website that this food “is clinically proven to improve quality of life in dogs”. I’m not really sure what that means? Does it improve the quality of life in dogs that are currently being fed sawdust? It’s a meaningless statement.
Vets swear by this Colgate-Palmolive brand, and I believe the reason is this – they often see an improvement when a dog with renal failure is prescribed this expensive diet. What’s not considered though is a key factor – what the dog was fed previously. Most kibbles are terrible, often cereal or cereal by-product based, so switching to a food predominantly rice will obviously show an improvement. At least in the short term.
When we consider a canine as essentially a carnivorous animal which requires amino acids from animal products to sustain a healthy existence, it may surprise you the main (and very prominent) ingredient in this product is brewers rice. The second ingredient is flaxseed which won’t be in a significant proportion, so what we have is a product made mostly of a cheap-as-chips grain. To support the health and well-being of your sick pet?
From a nutritional standpoint it’s an absolute fallacy, and goes to show how easily we’re fooled by corporate marketing.
What redeeming ingredients do we have in this food? Sorghum? Chicken liver flavour – what do they mean by flavour? So, we’re not talking about healthy, nutritious chicken liver? Hmm.
I hear claims of sick dogs being given 6 months to live, then survive on this food for years. That might be true, but would they have done better on a food with better ingredients? I don’t know, and I can’t answer that.
How on earth can they charge such a premium price for a food with so much rubbish in it? Even the vitamin and mineral sources are relatively standard, none of them are quality.
I realise this is a formulation for dogs with kidney problems, but it concerns me there’s no meat in the food (only pork fat). How will your dog retain strength and muscle mass? The brewers rice and other fillers will cause your dog to add weight and lose muscle, which can lead to no end of other problems in the long term. Your dog may “survive” on this food, but they’ll never “thrive” on it.
Given the food is sold as a prescription formula, and given what they charge per kilo, I’m astounded they get away with selling it. Why do vets recommend it?
Brewers Rice, Flaxseed, Pork Fat, Egg Product, Dried Beet Pulp, Soy Protein Isolate, Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken Liver Flavor, Powdered Cellulose, Fish Oil, Chicken Fat, Pork Liver Flavor, Lactic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine, Soybean Oil, Lipoic Acid, DL-Methionine, L-Threonine, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Iodized Salt, Taurine, L-Tryptophan, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Carnitine, Magnesium Oxide, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, Beta-Carotene.
- Brewers rice
- Not much else.