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Hill’s Prescription Diet C/D Canine Dog Food Review (Dry)

Hills Prescription Diet cd Dry Dog Food

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Which Hill’s Prescription Diet C/D Dry Recipes Get
Our Best Ratings?

Hill’s Prescription Diet C/D Canine Food is not rated due to its intentional therapeutic design.

The Hill’s Prescription Diet C/D Canine product line includes the 2 dry dog foods listed below. Each recipe is designed to help in the treatment and prevention of urinary tract stones — especially those of calcium oxalate or struvite origin.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Hill’s Prescription Diet C/D Multicare Urinary Care not rated M
Hill’s Prescription Diet C/D Multicare Urinary + Metabolic Weight Care not rated M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Hill’s Prescription Diet C/D Multicare Urinary Care was selected to represent both products in the line for this detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Hill's Prescription Diet C/D Multicare Urinary Care

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 22% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 53%

Ingredients: Whole grain corn, brewers rice, chicken meal, chicken fat, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, egg product, chicken liver flavor, soybean oil, flaxseed, pork liver flavor, lactic acid, l-lysine, calcium sulfate, fish oil, potassium chloride, iodized salt, choline chloride, potassium citrate, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin A supplement, biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement), taurine, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), mixed tocopherols for freshness, l-carnitine, natural flavors, beta-carotene

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis22%17%NA
Dry Matter Basis22%17%53%
Calorie Weighted Basis19%36%45%
Protein = 19% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The second ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The fourth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The fifth item is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is soybean meal, a by-product of soybean oil production more commonly found in farm animal feeds.

Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

After the chicken liver flavor, we find soybean oil. Soybean oil is red flagged here only due to its rumored (yet unlikely) link to canine food allergies.

However, since soybean oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids and contains no omega-3’s, it’s considered less nutritious than flaxseed oil or a named animal fat.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Hill’s product.

With 5 notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.

In addition, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

And lastly, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

Nutrient Analysis

Although this is a prescription product, our review has nothing to do with the accuracy of claims made by the manufacturer as to the product’s ability to treat or cure a specific health condition.

So, to find out whether or not this dog food is appropriate for your particular pet, it’s important to consult your veterinarian.

With that understanding…

Based on its ingredients alone, Hill’s Prescription Diet C/D Multicare Canine Dog Food appears to be a below-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 22%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 53%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 25% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the corn gluten meal, soybean meal and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a modest amount of meat.

Our Rating of Hill’s Prescription Diet C/D Canine Food

Hill’s Prescription Diet C/D Canine is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a modest amount of named meat meal as its dominant source of animal protein.

However, due to its intentional therapeutic design, this dog food is not rated.

Hill’s Prescription Diet Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Hill’s through November 2022.

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References

09/18/2022 Last Update

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