Hill’s Prescription Diet Z/D Canine (Canned)


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Hill’s Prescription Diet Z/D canned dog food is not rated due to its intentional therapeutic design.

Notes and Updates

07/21/2010 Original review
11/14/2013 Last Update

  • Soogiebosco

    My dog loves hills z/d canned now I’m terrified it will make her I’ll or kill her.are urbanized animals in this dog food ? :(
    Sincerely Denise

  • sandy

    One of my dogs seems to have seasonal allergies. He has really itchy paws right now. But during the winter and spring before all the grass and crepe myrtles came back, he was not scratchy. I give him Benadryl right now. And unfortunately he’s going to have to be itchy until the grass dies out again. I thought it could possibly be food related but he’s eaten everything under the sun- red meats, white meats, fish, rabbit.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Tracey… Our ratings have nothing whatsoever to do with expected results (especially when it comes to prescription-type products). Because Z/D uses hydrolyzed chicken liver as its primary protein, this food is said to be very effective for treating true food-based allergies.

    Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian and due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, it would be inappropriate for me to provide specific health advice or product recommendations. Please see our FAQ page and our reviews for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Darlene

    Hi Tracey,

    I have a very allergic Bichon cross. He has been blood tested for 32 things he is allergic to. Most of his allergens are not food related, though. Your dog could possibly be reacting to something else, because (as I understand it) many dogs with food allergies commonly have other allergies. This may be especially true if this new bout of licking/scratching just cropped up this spring, because many allergies can be inhalled (plant pollen and the like).

    I wouldn’t necessarily give up on switching food. I am currently switching my Bichon cross to Orijen 6 fish from Hills ZD, but am doing it very gradually and monitoring changes (like flared up ears which he usually doesn’t get and so on). He is more itchy right now because of his inhalled allergies, but I am looking for flaring up shortly after eating, new locations of itching (ears, bum) and the like.

    My 2 cents…good luck!


  • Tracey

    I have two papillions, one has what the vet describes as severe food allergies and she had me but ZD. The food is so expensive however it did clear up her bald spots (from scratching). I tried the Natural Balance (limited ingredients) as it appears to be a much higher quality than the ZD but within several months my dog started to show the allergy signs again. I sure wish I could use Natural Balance as it is less expensive and sure appears to have better ingredients. Any suggestions?

  • Jonathan

    Andy, have you tried Natural Balance LID canned food? Or Wellness Core Ocean? Don’t you think it’s crazy that a canned dog food contains 59% carbs? Why is that necessary to stop diarrhea? It’s not.

  • Andy

    Hill’s ZD cured my dogs Dierea when other prescription dog foods did not work.
    This is all he gets and it works, 100% reccomend this product.
    Expensive but worth it.

  • faith peay

    I have been buying this for my shitzu for 5 years, it has helped a little with food allergies, but the dog has thin, lack-lustre hair, bad skin, bad eyes, and constant ear infections. I can’t see how the food is doing any good.

  • Jonathan

    Kimberly, did you read the review of this food? “Don’t buy it” should be what you take away from this.

    You can’t get it wholesale because it is a so-call prescription food. But, your dog really doesn’t need a prescription to find a low allergen food.

    Natural Balance makes Limited Ingredient Diets in cans and kibbles. You could try several different unique high quality proteins such as venison, duck, bison, and fish. The other ingredient in their wet and kibble is potatoes and/or sweet potatoes. That’s it.

    Talk to your vet about this idea… but take what he tells you with a grain of salt…

    Remember, he’s selling the stuff!

  • kimberly burkett

    This food is so expensive, where can I buy it wholesale.