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Fri, Sep 17, 2010

Hills Dog Food Reviews

A large number of dog owners are already familiar with Hills dog food formulas, mostly under the name of Science Diet. However, did you know that Hills also has a line of Prescription dog food formulas? These formulas can only be prescribed by a veterinarian, usually in response to a health diagnosis. Here is some information about Hills dog food.


Who is Hills Manufactured By?

All of Hills dog food formulas are manufactured by Hill's Pet Nutrition. Hills Pet Nutrition is a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive company. Colgate-Palmolive purchased Hills Pet Nutrition in 1976.

Hills Dog Food Recall:

There is one Hills food formula that is listed as being involved in a pet food recall, though it's a cat formula. Hills Prescrption Diet m/d was recalled in 2007.

Hills Dog Food Ingredients

The ingredients contained in Hills dog food formulas may vary depending on the specific formula. Ingredients will also vary from dry and canned dog food formulas. This is because canned formulas contain a high percentage of moisture. For example, Hills Prescription Diet g/d Canine Early Cardiac Healthy Aging contains water as its first ingredient, and corn flour as its second ingredient.

Hills Dog Food Allergies

There are several different ingredients contained in many Hills dog food formulas that could cause allergic reactions in some dogs. These ingredients may include Soybeans, Corn, Chicken by-products and artificial flavoring.

Hills Recipes

Hills Dry Recipes:

  1. Hills Prescription Diet b/d Aging and Alertness
  2. Hills Prescription Diet c/d Canine Urinary Health
  3. Hills Prescription Diet d/d Canine Skin Support Potato and Duck
  4. Hills Prescription Diet d/d Canine Skin Support Potato and Salmon
  5. Hills Prescription Diet d/d Canine Skin Support Potato and Venison
  6. Hills Prescription Diet d/d Canine Skin Support Rice and Egg
  7. Hills Prescription Diet g/d Canine Early Cardiac Healthy Aging
  8. Hills Prescription Diet h/d Canine Cardiac Health
  9. Hills Prescription Diet i/d Canine Gastrointestinal Health
  10. Hills Prescription Diet j/d Canine Mobility
  11. Hills Prescription Diet j/d Canine Mobility Small Bites
  12. Hills Prescription Diet k/d Canine Renal Health
  13. Hills Prescription Diet l/d Canine Hepatic Health
  14. Hills Prescription Diet r/d Canine Weight Loss Low Calorie
  15. Hills Prescription Diet r/d Canine Weight Loss Low Calorie with Chicken
  16. Hills Prescription Diet t/d Canine Dental Health
  17. Hills Prescription Diet t/d Canine Dental Health Small Bites
  18. Hills Prescription Diet u/d Canine Non-Struvite Urinary Tract
  19. Hills Prescription Diet w/d Canine Low Fat Diabetic Gastrointestinal
  20. Hills Prescription Diet w/d Canine Low Fat Diabetic Gastrointestinal w/Chicken
  21. Hills Prescription Diet z/d Canine Low Allergen
  22. Hills Prescription Diet z/d Canine ULTRA Allergen Free

Hills Canned Recipes:

  1. Hills Prescription Diet a/d Critical Care
  2. Hills Prescription Diet c/d Canine Urinary Health
  3. Hills Prescription Diet d/d Canine Skin Support Lamb
  4. Hills Prescription Diet d/d Canine Skin Support Salmon
  5. Hills Prescription Diet d/d Canine Skin Support Venison
  6. Hills Prescription Diet g/d Canine Early Cardiac Healthy Aging
  7. Hills Prescription Diet h/d Canine Cardiac Health
  8. Hills Prescription Diet i/d Canine Gastrointestinal Health
  9. Hills Prescription Diet j/d Canine Mobility
  10. Hills Prescription Diet k/d Canine Renal Health
  11. Hills Prescription Diet l/d Canine Hepatic Health
  12. Hills Prescription Diet n/d Canine Chemotherapy
  13. Hills Prescription Diet r/d Canine Weight Loss Low Calorie
  14. Hills Prescription Diet s/d Canine Dissolution
  15. Hills Prescription Diet u/d Canine Non-Struvite Urinary Tract
  16. Hills Prescription Diet w/d Canine Low Fat Diabetic Gastrointestinal
  17. Hills Prescription Diet z/d Canine ULTRA Allergen Free

Hills Consumer Info

Where can I buy Hills?

You may be wondering, “Where can I buy Hills dog food?”. Since some Hills dog food formulas (such as Hills Prescription Diet) require a prescription to purchase, you will first need to obtain a prescription from your veterinarian. To assist you in finding a place to purchase Hills dog food, we have included links on the specific formula pages.

How much Hills should I feed my dog:

If you're curious about the answer to the common question “How much Hills dog food should I feed my dog”, simply follow the instructions on the product's packaging. Or, your veterinarian may give you specific instructions as to how much (and how frequently) to feed your dog Hills dog food.

Hills Dog Food Coupons

Sometimes, pet food manufacturing companies will offer us coupons to share on our site. Are you searching for Hills dog food printable coupons? We will let you know when they are available!

Please check back soon for Hills dog food coupons!

Hills Ratings

Customer reviews of Hills dog food formulas are mixed. Some Hills dog food reviews cite positive results with Hills Prescription Diet formulas, in their ability to manage certain health conditions. However, the inclusion of corn, soy and other common allergens is cited as a negative factor by most all dog owners.

Have you fed your dog any of the Hills dog food dry or canned formulas? Do you have feedback that could help other pet owners? Please share your review of Hills dog food!


22 Responses to “Hills”

  1. avatar
    Tesia Says:

    My dalmatian is almost 8 years old. He was put on u/d 6 months ago for bladder stones. He is also allergic to corn and of course this has corn starch in it…not a HUGE concern…as it doesn’t seem to bother him too much…its better than another couple thousand dollar surgery. However…in the past 6 months he has gained a good 10 lbs. He is still as active as he was once was…but now weighs in at around 74 lbs! That’s a lot for a dal! He was always a bit chubby for a dal, as dalmatians have that sleek body…but this is overboard!

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      robert Says:

      This is a reply to all the comments. All the prescription foods are a scam. If your vet recommends them, either they are ripping you off or they need a course in animal nutrition. Read the ingredients, use your brain. There is no such thing as a prescription for dog food, it is an agreement between vets and manufacturers for vets to sell this garbage exclusively at exorbitant prices. Really aggravates me. Robert

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        swissik Says:

        I tend to agree with you. When I read the ingredients on canned prescription food the vet sold to a family member for an old dog I couldn’t believe that there was virtually nothing nutritional among the ingredients. It reminded me of the “foods” they sell for people who are medically impaired and the meals you receive when in hospital. I never understood why one would feed dogs as well as people who are sick poor nutrition. Makes no sense to me.

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    Ashley Says:

    Just put our 10 month old Siberian husky, Spyro, on i/d Canine canned food for gastrointestinal health because we gave him some pieces of pork last night not knowing he would get sick. So he got sick twice and his poop looked odd. We took him to the vet, they gave us this….this…CONCOCTION of NASTINESS and Spyro will NOT touch it. It smells like crap, it tastes like crap…MUST be crap. Just sayin.

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    Elizabeth Says:

    I used to breed Dobermans and always had at least 4 of them at a time in the house with us and none of them ever liked any of the “Science Diet” products. Now there are so many good dog foods out there. I like Innova or Taste of the Wild. I’ve been told if you can find dog food with at least the first 2 ingredients being protein, it is best, although expensive. But you generally feed less so it lasts longer and your dog is healthier and therefore less Vet visits. So ultimately you end up saving money.

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    Jami Says:

    My dog just had surgery for bladder crystals and was prescribed Hill Prescription diet u/d canine non-struvite urinary tract food and he actually likes it but he likes his daily treat. Are there any u/d treats that can be boughted or home made that would be okay to give him?

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      Steve Says:

      Jami,
      I feed my Yorkie the ID formula wet food because he has a very sensitive stomach. He cannot have treats either so my Vet told me to take the ID canned food, and spoon it out on a cookie sheet then bake it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Then let cool and feed him that in place of other treats.
      I Have to tell you he loves it and it has replaced all the other treats I used to give him. It’s like dog cookies and he stands by the oven while they are cooking!!!!
      It’s the same food as I feed him but baking it seems to make it a whole different product for him. Ask your Vet but it might be a way to deal with the treat issue,

      Good Luck,
      Steve

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    Jennifer Says:

    I have been feeding my basset the dry Z/D Ultra. It is the only food that seems to keep his ear infections from reoccurring. Otherwise he gets ulcers in his ears and they swell shut. We have done allergy testing, but this is the only food he seems to be able to consistently eat. No issues with different bags looking different. The canned is just gross. I just put warm water on the dry.

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    Debbie Says:

    I am having the same problem with my Shizu. We just had surgery a second time and removed 2 stones. Is there anything out there that helps prevent bladder infections in our pets?

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      Belinda Says:

      Yes there is CRANBERRY CAPSULS…GOOGLE CRANBERRY FOR DOGS UTI and you will get a lot of links that will come up. there is also a powder that you can put in their food too.

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    EM Says:

    My yorkie has been eating Prescription Diet u/d Canine Non-Struvite Urinary Tract Health for about a year. He hasn’t gotten sick of it yet and is very excited about mealtimes. I’ve noticed that for my dog it is very digestible. I never had any concerns until I’ve recently begun to notice a slight loss in muscle mass in his back legs and I’m curious if there is a connection with the limited amounts of protein in the formula.

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      Laura Says:

      The loss of muscle mass may well be due to the reduced protein – but since protein is hard on the kidneys, you may be stuck with a trade-off here. My old (9 yr) german shepherd mix was strong and wonderfully muscled on a high-protein premium mix, until his lab tests showed early stress on the kidneys – so we were told he needed to eat a lower protein (no more than 18%) blend, also with very low phosphorous (I want to say less than 0.6%, but it might have been lower – don’t quote me on this). He lost some of his muscle tone, too. Lots of exercise is the only way to make it up, I suspect. He hated the Hills version, but I did find a premium senior dog formula (one of the smaller brands) that fit the bill and he loved eating it. (very sorry I can’t remember what it was – Charlie died last year).

      Also, you might clarify w/ your vet about what sort of urinary tract issues your dog has – different food needs for kidney stones, bladder infections (add cranberry extract!), or kidney stress / overload that can lead to kidney failure.

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        Jade Says:

        I recently had to have my min schnauzer put to sleep. A couple of months ago she was still doing very good. Had a lot of pep in her walk. She had a vet check. Her labs were good except some decreased kidney function. He recommended feeding her Prescription Diet K/D. I noticed her decreased muscle also. She was getting weaker by the day. She suffered a mild stroke and I eventually had to have her put to sleep. I still miss her every day and wish I had taken her off sooner before it was to late.

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    B Godfrey Says:

    y little maltease just had a stone removed from his bladder. They said it was a calcium oxalate crystal, The vet put him on PX Diet Hills U/D non- struvite can food. He will not touch the stuff, I mix it in with his other dog food, and he picks out his dog food and leaves the PX dog food in the bowl. He was on Cesars which I have to take him off of because its all meat by product and he cannot eat that. SO today I mixed the PX with a can on Science Diet beef stew for ages 1-6 and he again ate the science diet and not the PX Hills. I told his Vet twice that he won’t eat this dog food. All they tell me is this is what he is suppose to eat. So I am going to make my own judgement call and put him on Blue Buffalo dog food or the Science Diet. I don’t what else to do.

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      Belinda Says:

      Blue Buffalo is a very good choice, I just switched my 3 Siberians to Blue Home style
      Chicken and Vegetablee dinner and the adult senior dry. They LOVE IT! Had them on WD Canine for 6 years for IBD…they hated it.. and in the summer they almost choked to death on it, it is so sticky they can’t swollow it,… then they all started having medical issues and I lost my special little girl a year ago thispast Decemberr, my other special little girl started with seizures she is 9…my two males both have problems with their muscles in the hind legs my oldest one is the worst..he is 12 and my 8 year old is following. I have never heard many good thing about Hills WD..now I really have to wonder. I hope this is not to late to help my other 3. An article you may want to read “where is the beef” regarding dog food and treats…MILK Bones” is one of the worst…everyone with furry family members need to read this article.

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    Abi Says:

    I just tried my dog on the hills z/d canned food, it was really rubbery and sticky, she had a lot of trouble eating it, i had to spoon feed it to her, is it meant to be this rubbery? iv never used hills before so i didnt know if the z/d was just meant to be like this or was it a dodgy can?

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    Karen Says:

    I chose Dissolution s/d for my baby girl because the other option was surgery. I was told this will help her with breaking up a good sized stone. Sle is also on an antibiotic for a urinary infection. She stays on this for 4 weeks and then she will have another x-ray. I surely hope this works. Does anyone know if it does?? Can you still give your dog healthy, natural treats while eating this? Are there any side effects?
    The Vet recommended 2 1/2 cans…but it is soo expensive…can I just give her 2. Is this enough food for her to wat throughout her day? Any answers would help! Thanks Karen

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      Jeanie Says:

      Did the dissolution s/d work for your dog? My mini schnauzer has stones in her bladder & need surgery. This would be her second surgery. She had the same problem last year :( I’m a single mom now & can’t afford surgery so anything you know will help.
      Thank you!

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    Sue Says:

    Most Vets do not realize that the prescription diets are not a complete diet, and cannot be fed continuously. My 15 year old westie was prescribed CD for 2 1/5 years. Her skin was rough and irritated, and her hair was falling out. She improved dramatically when I put her on Canidae Platinum, and lived to be 19.

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      Debbie Says:

      I’m anxious to know more about the Canidae Platinum versus the Hills Science Diet, both my dogs (10 year old Choc Lab & 18 month old mixed breed) are on the Science Diet j/d (joint mobility) for both joints & coat. I supplement with Life’s Abundance canned food once a day as well as with chicken & ground beef about twice a week. It never dawned on me that the Hills was not a complete diet and my vet recommended it so why would I question it. I had already started my dogs on the Life’s Abundance because it is all natural, real food and isn’t that much more expensive. It wouldn’t really matter the cost, my dogs are my babies and I want the best for them. I feed the dry Life’s Abundance to both my 15 year old & 2 1/2 year old cats. You may want to check out the Life’s Abundance formula and see if you like what you see. They deliver right to the house.

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    Matt Says:

    I have seen poor quality control with Hill’s z/d canned dog food. Twice I have bought cases that were “sticky” and my dogs were unable to eat (they had difficulty swallowing it and soon threw it back up). I returned one case to my vet and they still sold me a bad case the next week. And this is for food that costs ~$40/case…

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    Jennifer Says:

    I have given my peke the Hills prescription diet for urinary tract health for about 7 years now. It was given by the vet because she has lots of issues with her kidneys. Over the years I have seen that the formula has changed substantialy just by looking at it. Apart from the fact that the cans have been reduced in size, the contents are watery and fatty – far more than they where. I am going to try to look for a good alternative for her. She is like a child to me, feeding her bad food is just unthinkable.

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