Hill’s Prescription Diet Digestive Care I/D Canine (Dry)


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Hill’s Prescription Diet Digestive Care I/D Canine Dog Food is not rated due to its intentional therapeutic design.

The Hill”s Prescription Diet Digestive Care I/D Canine product line includes five dry recipes, one claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth and maintenance and four for adult maintenance.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D Canine
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D Stress Canine
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D Low Fat Canine
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D Sensitive Canine
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D Small Bites Canine

Hill’s Prescription Diet I/D Canine was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Hill's Prescription Diet I/D Canine

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 15% | Carbs = 50%

Ingredients: Brewers rice, whole grain corn, chicken meal, pea protein, egg product, pork fat, corn gluten meal, chicken liver flavor, dried beet pulp, lactic acid, pork liver flavor, soybean oil, potassium chloride, iodized salt, dicalcium phosphate, 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), calcium carbonate, psyllium seed husk, choline chloride, l-tryptophan, taurine, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), mixed tocopherols for freshness, natural flavors, beta-carotene

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis27%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%15%50%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%32%44%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 32% | Carbs = 44%

The first ingredient in this dog food 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 second ingredient 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.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

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 pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% 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 meat content of this dog food.

The fifth 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.

The sixth ingredient is pork fat, a product from rendering pig meat.

Commonly known as lard, pork fat can add significant flavor to any dog food. And it can be high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

Although it may not sound very appetizing, pork fat (in moderate amounts) is actually an acceptable pet food ingredient.

The seventh ingredient 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.

After the chicken liver flavor, we find beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

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 product.

With three notable exceptions

First, 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.

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

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Hill’s Prescription Diet
Digestive Care I/D Canine Dog Food
The Bottom Line

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, you must consult your veterinarian.

With that understanding…

Judging by its ingredients alone, Hill’s Prescription Diet Digestive Care I/D Canine looks like an average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still prefer to estimate the product’s meat content before concluding our report.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 15% and estimated carbohydrates of about 50%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 25% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 55% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Hill’s Prescription Diet Digestive Care I/D Canine is a plant-based dry dog food using a modest amount of chicken meal, chicken by-product meal or egg product as its main sources of animal protein.

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

Hill’s Prescription Diet
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Notes and Updates

11/22/2016 Last Update

  • A Nonnie Mess

    Colts and yearlings are so much fun (and so much work, and time, and work, and time, and money, and work…lol) but there’s something really calming about owning a senior horse that you develop a tremendous bond with. The young horses try to be reliable but..they’re kids and sometimes kids do silly things. The older horses are so dependable it’s almost unbelievable.
    We’re lucky people, aren’t we? =)

  • anon101

    Umm, that doesn’t sound right.
    I would put a call in to the vet that prescribed the food.
    He may want you to bring in a stool sample, just to be on the safe side.

  • Mica

    Hi! my 6 pug puppies (7 weeks old) are suffering from diarrhea. the vet prescribed this Hill’s prescription diet i/d turkey in can. i fed them this dog food during lunch and by late afternoon i’ve noticed that their stool has become red in color (not blood just the color is maroon or red). is it normal for them to get this color of stool while on this dog food? thank you!

  • Bobby dog

    Keep taking in those seniors canine or feline, they really do have lots to offer!!

    My horse, had him 20 years. When I bought him my Vet suspected he was a tad older than his original owner disclosed. But, it didn’t matter because he was an awesome, athletic, bomb proof ride that remained a gentleman even during his final moments on earth.

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap–35 years? Horse, bird, etc? Or a very lucky dog?? =)
    We’ve taken in seniors that offer nothing in workability but who cares–they’re super awesome dogs in their own right. (This goes for senior cats, too!)

  • Bobby dog

    I totally agree and that post tugged at my heart. I had to say goodbye to some very senior members of my zoo over this past year ranging in age of 17 – 35 years. I really enjoy reading/hearing stories from people who adopt seniors, they are the best!

  • Anonymous

    Seniors are the best =) They’re calm, quiet, usually house trained and have basic manners…not to mention tons of love, gratefulness an loyalty. All they need in life is food, shelter, lots of love and companionship, maybe a short game of fetch or a 10 minute walk. Perfect pets for a lot of people IMO.

  • haleycookie

    The only thing I will never understand is why do you pay almost 100$ for a 20 lbs bag of corn and brewers yeast? When your new reacue has no proven stomach issues when you can get equal and maybe even better results on a more species appropriate food that he might enjoy more and live a long life on. Idk. I’ll never believe the high of cheap ingredient 100$ bags of “scientific” foods.

  • Jill Stanford

    I want to send a “shout out” to Hills for their amazing dog food. My Australian Shepard Elsa started on I.D. about 12 years ago and the results were amazing. No more stomach issues. After she crossed the “Rainbow Bridge” I adopted a shelter dog – an elderly Border Collie. I kept him on the I.D. and his coat was “like new” and he had no issues at all. He had to leave as well – and another, older Australian came into my life. Her coat was dull and her skin was dry. Dr. Caulkins at Sisters Veterinary suggested I keep on feeding I.D. and the results were like before – shiney healthy coat and good skin and no “tummy issues” at all. However, she is 12 now so it was suggested I move her to the one with fish oil in it for joints and lo and behold, she has a “spring in her step” again. Thank you Hills for your amazing products. My dogs just thrive on your food., I feed it dry, twice a day, and they are healthy and happy.

  • Eric Kralicek

    Our St Bernard had stomach issues when we first got him from another family. They had had him eating Purina dry dog food and his skin and fur had issues (along with other problems). He had stopped eating altogether until the vet had him try Hill’s. after a few months of steady feeding with Hill’s we moved him successfully to Nutro lamb for dogs (over one year of age with digestive issues). He has remained on Nuto with no more skin or fur problems and he has no more problems with his stomach. We buy a roasted chicken from Costco each week and mix that in with his dry food. He has never missed a meal since.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    That’s wonderful, I am glad that you found a vet that you trust and that your dog is responding to the prescribed treatment. I hope you will consult the vet before making any changes.

  • Susan

    Hi in about 6 months if your dog is doing really well start introducing over a 2 week period “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mounted Roasted Lamb, I had my IBD dog on a vet diet but the ingredients made him itch & smell yeasty & poos weren’t firm all the time, then I read on a F/B IBD & EPI group dogs were doing really well eating Taste Of The Wild, so I gave TOTW a go & haven’t looked back, my boy is doing firm poos & no itchy smelly skin….Vet diets are good for a short period to get the dogs health better but vet diets are no good to stay on for its life time….

  • Patti Tib

    We started our dog on this product about 2 months ago. Until this he had chronic diarrhea. He would get put on meds – it would clear up until meds were done then a week later – it would start all over again – for 7 months we tried meds & foods to no avail.

    He is now on the ID and it’s been 2 months since his last bought of diarrhea. He is happy with the food and eating/drinking well. We’ve seen no adverse side affects.

    I’ve searched on line and gotten better prices then the vet has – luckily my vet price matches so I print out the price and they match it for 6 mths – then I have to bring in another one. So I pay $55 for a 17.6lb bag. IF it keeps my dog from have diarrhea on a regular basis I’m more then willing to pay that.

  • misssunderstood1

    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/hills.html My boy was on this for years and did very well Hills T/D. Then they “changed” their formula and packaging mid 2015. My boy started having grand mal seizures from June 2015 til Jan. 2016 when I took him off of it. He has been seizure free for one month + now. This is a bad company read the complaints on the website above. They are hurting our animals….

  • Amy Clark

    My vet recommended this food due to crystals in 2 urine analysis for my hound Abbie. I didn’t buy it right away because I was skeptical due to the ingredients as I heard corn was not good for dogs. After voicing my concerns the next week to my vet, he assured me this food was great and was the only thing that would dissolve the crystals and Abbie would have to be on this food for the rest of her life. I wish I would of trusted my gut instinct and did more research. After a week of being completely on this food, she started shedding like crazy, smelled really bad, was itching everywhere like crazy, and now has given her yeast issues that I have to treat her for. After a week of watching her go through this, I said enough, I got rid of it. After doing some research, I put her on a grain and potato free high quality dog food and got some Solid Gold Berry Balance Nutritional Supplement to put on her food everyday in addition to some water mixed in to bring up her water intake and no more problems with crystals. Make sure you do your research first!

  • Susan

    Hi, have you tried scrambling the white of the egg? also boil some sweet potato & mix in some turkey breast…more small meals thru the day if she will eat, some mash banana also baby food but read the fat on the baby foods, have you joined the “DogPancreatitis” group on Yahoo they can help with more ideas & what medication to give to increase her appetite

  • Kimberla Little

    Hi my dog is going through this now. It’s been three weeks and she will not eat or drink water. I’ve spent a fortune taking her back to the vet for fluids. She won’t even eat the ID FOOD! How long does this pancreatitis last?

  • Dori

    I flagged it because I wasn’t sure if anyone else did. These people just make me so sick. Coming here attempting to sell dogs.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Why are you on this site? You’re obviously a broker who’s pimping your food & $3000-5000 “designer” (aka mixed breed) dogs. A Pomsky??? Seriously? This is just pathetic!

  • Crazy4dogs

    This poster did it on a couple of year old posts. Looks like spamming to me. 🙁

  • InkedMarie

    No I did not.

  • Crazy4dogs

    It’s kind of crazy today. There’s someone on Off Topic Discussions trying to sell pugs! 🙁
    Did you flag this?

  • InkedMarie

    Oh great, it’s a puppy broker website.

  • Susan

    Why it works is the insoluble fiber % & soluble fiber % amounts, if your feeding the I/d gastro it has 2.6%-crude fiber 1.2%-soluble fiber & 6.7%-insoluble fiber ..email other kibble companies & try & get all the fiber % & make sure the fat% is around the same in the I/d…. Have you tried the “California Natural” limited ingredients Chicken & Rice or Lamb & Rice? the crude fiber is low & I know if you email California Natural they will give you all the fibers % it has better ingredients then the vet diets & I’ve read they use premium Lamb meal http://www.californianaturalpet.com/products1191

  • Ruby

    Blue is involved in a class action lawsuit currently for lying about its ingredient.
    June/July 2015…
    I have a better food I promote.
    Its fat content is 9% & it is meat based NOT corn kibble.
    Give it a try.
    Www. Islandpuppies. Com
    Order the lite formula in bright pink bag.
    Use promo code emf to get 20% of of your first order.
    My K9s Will eat this and mine are all raw fed. 🙂

  • Ruby

    I have a better food I promote.
    Its fat content is 9% & it is meat based NOT corn kibble.
    Give it a try.
    Www. Islandpuppies. Com
    Order the lite formula in bright pink bag.
    Use promo code emf to get 20% of of your first order.
    My K9s Will eat this and mine are all raw fed. 🙂

  • Ruby

    Its not a very good kibble. Corn based & numerous other CHEAP Products.
    Vets push Hills products because hills makes so donations to the vet school.

  • Ruby

    $$$$90 bucks for a corn based kibble. They should be ashamed…

  • sue66b

    Hi JZ, Ive been using the Wellness Simple now 3-4 months, I introduced it real slow at first over 2-3weeks.. I started with the Duck & Oatmeal cause the fat was 11%Patch started to scratch his ear so I re-read the ingredients to the Duck & Oatmeal & saw it had Potato Protein, Patch cant have Potatos so I changed to the Lamb & Oatmeal it has no Potatos but the fat is 12% 1% higher, he’s doing real good, his poos are firmer & dont smell on the Wellness Simple, His poos on his Prescription vet diet werent as firm & smelt real bad..Ive tried the Holistic Select Duck but Patch started to have gas so I stopped & never finished the bag & took it back, for a refund, the HS has alot more ingredients then the Simple, now I have Patch on the Wellness Simple & he’s doing real good, probably in a couple of months, I might try the Holistic Select Anchovy,Sardines & Salmon next & see if he can handle more ingredients …..Here’s a link to the Wellness foods scroll down for the Simple. http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/recipes.aspx?pet=dog&ft=1#Complete

  • JZ

    Thank you. The girl at the feed store recomended I try Holistic Select which is also by the Wellness Co. Simple was next on my list if this did not work out. Do you have any experience with HS? How long have you been using Simple?

  • sue66b

    Hi JZ, look for another kibble with around the same Fat% Protein% & fiber%, Im trying the “Wellness Simple” Limited ingredients, Lamb & Oatmeal also the ingredients are better then whats in the Hills kibble..here’s a link to the Wellness Range scroll down to see the Wellness Simple click on a kibble & watch the video on ur top right hand side….

  • JZ

    I have been using Hills I/D with success for my GSD with unexplained GI upset Yes it works! BUT WHY OH WHY DOES THIS FOODN HAVE TO BE SO DARN EXPENSIVE??! $90 a bag is outrageous. Is there not an affordable option out there?

  • Crazy4cats

    Good news. Glad to hear she is doing so much better. Hope you have a great bday party for the girls!

  • mimi

    my sweet little Lizzy was so sick the beginning of this year, she was throwing up and suffered severe diarrhea everytime she ate and she would shake with pain so bad she would hunch her back and she wouldn’t move. She got to the point where she would not eat or drink, She lost so much weight, she went from 21 lbs down to 11 lbs within 3 weeks while the vet was trying to figure out what was wrong with her. I thought this was the beginning of the end. Finally she was diagnosed with pancreatitis. The vet hospitalized her for 2 days for dehydration and started her on the hills prescription id/low fat dry and can mix. I am happy to say, she is doing very well now and the weight loss has helped her condition. She has not had a scrap or a crumb of any other food (human or dog) since January and she is happy again. She and her sister will be 12 this coming Saturday.

  • Dori

    I’m not sure I understand so please forgive me in advance. If Eva was sick and put on i/d food how did Ozzy get sick? Why did you feed it to him if Eva was the sick one and the prescription was for her?

  • Celtic Rhosyn

    My dog, Eva, was very sick a couple of weeks ago with severe diarrhea and vomiting. I took her to the vet to find all of her blood work, etc was fine…it was only some kind of common stomach illness that’ll pass. The vet put her on Hill’s i/d prescription diet for a week, and it didn’t help much. It actually made my other dog very sick with vomiting and diarrhea, and he was perfectly healthy before.

    Eva eventually recovered from her issue, yet the vet is insisting on keeping her on that food for some reason for now. I had her on a much higher quality diet before and she was fine until she got sick from no idea what weeks ago. But the food I fed before was something I’ve fed them for over a year, and they did great on it. It was impossible to feed Eva the Hill’s diet and to feed Ozzy the regular food. They both wanted each other’s food and weren’t interested in eating at all when separated…they each thought the other was getting a treat. So, my husband and I put them back on the regular food and mixed a little of Hill’s in with it.

    The vet told me at the follow up that it would be perfectly fine for Ozzy to eat the Hill’s i/d food as well in order for Eva to be on the diet. My husband and I complied, and now Ozzy is once again vomiting and having diarrhea very badly…too many accidents inside, the poor guy can’t help it. I’m throwing Hill’s out because I feel it hasn’t really helped Eva since she healed even while eating her normal diet predominantly, and my other dog gets very ill every time he eats Hill’s. My vet sold it very well saying it’s the best and safest diet. I would like to refute that.

  • sue66b

    Hi Margo, the only thing that you can do is have ur vet back u on the evidence about the corn meal causing Jets Silica stones & find a good solicitor that will take on Hills for free, if they have a good case lawyers will take big companies on & make Hills write on the front of their cans not to be used longer then 2-3 months…least you mite help other people & their dogs & cats…

  • Margo

    Great to hear from you sue! Jet is eating a home made diet because of the type of stones the Hills ID food caused him. They are seen in less than 5% of all stones and are caused by corn meal. Sadly they NEVER tell owners that their animals are not meant to eat their special diets for a long period. Mine ate it for three years after a wrongful surgery when they said he had a blockage of his intestines when it was simply Pancreatitis from digging in the sand at the beach. Sue, I am so happy to hear that your dog is improving! Any way since I am new to the site that you could help me locate owners who have developed stones from eating ID. I want to address my serious concern with Hills Legal Depsrtment as I feel they need to start taking blame for what their food is causing our pets!
    Look forward to hearing from you,

  • sue66b

    Hi Margo, yes I dont like any of the Vet Prescription diets & I never did try the Hills, I stuck with the Eukanuna Intestinal, & started introducing the “Wellness Simple Duck & Oatmeal” Kibble & Patches poos are at there best since adding the Wellness Simple, Im half way & slowly adding less of the Eukanuba Intestinal, Im doing it slower this time as when Ive tried a new foods I did it 1-2 weeks & had problems plus the protein % was higher in the last kibbles that I tried…What are you feeding now…

  • Margo

    Hello Sue,
    I saw your post and wanted to share some results that I have using ID as well as Pepcid AC. After feeding ID for 3 years y 5 year old mini schnauzer came down with Silica Stones in his bladder and kidneys. We had the stones analyzed and they were caused by the CORN and any usage of antacids. Hills will not even address my concerns after numerous attempts. Sadly, now we find out that these special diets are NOT to be used for prolonged periods. We just want other users to know the truth.

  • Douglas Lowenthal

    I agree. My dog gets periodic pancreatitis so the vet recommends low fat Canine ID kibble. However, the first ingredient is corn, which is crap. So I found Blue Basics Turkey and Potato which is 8% fat. I’m going with that. Any advice?

  • Andrew Hoffmann

    I was giving my 9-year-old German shepherd with elbow dysplasia glucosamine, chondritin, and fish oil supplements. My veterinarian suggested this J/D formula. Not only does it save money, but it apparently has the “optimal” ratio of these three supplements to work together. I had my doubts, but the next day she was clearly in less pain. I am still not impressed with some of the ingredients, such as powdered cellulose.

  • Lisa Sears

    Aimee, is there a definitive answer… what are the comparable percentages for i/d vs i/d low-fat? And are you talking about canned or dry, I’ve fed the canned, but would like to add dry, now I don’t know WHAT to do. Help, please!

  • Lisa Sears

    vettech24, I have an elderly spayed lab, always lanky, but now she’s thin with visible hip bones. Bloodwork says everything’s okay, no pancreatitis. Vet put her on canned i/d, I’m wanting to try dry i/d as well. But now I wonder about i/d regular vs i/d low-fat. Help, please!

  • sue66

    Joy’s mum how’s ur dog doing, my boy has similar problems, sore tummy, Acid Reflux, vomited blood about 1 month ago, now vet is saying Pancreatitis is causing the acid, he said either put him on the Z/D, W/D or i/D.. i/D the fat is13.9% but, the W/D is only 8.7%…dont know which one to try, 13.9% is a bit too high in fat for pancreatitis….how ur dog doing now

  • InkedMarie

    Ingredients to possibly avoid would be helpful.

  • Cyndi

    I was just curious, geez. What if the food that your dog was eating caused the ulcer and I’m feeding my dog the same thing? I’d want to know so I could switch foods. I guess you don’t care about helping other people out. Thanks anyways!

  • Betsy Greer

    I hardly think gathering more information is trying to place blame.

  • Tish

    As long as the dog is off of it…what difference does it make??
    It’s time to fix the problem not worry about playing the blame game.

  • Tish

    Thanks for sharing…maybe you could help me? I used to cringe at the thought of foods such as hills. I have recently changed my tune and believe that any food is a good food as long as it is working for your dog.

    I have one year old Bernese Mtn Dog with a VERY sensitive stomach. We have had her on Hills i/d for a few months now…all is great!

    Can we just keep her on this food or should we try again to find her something else and use this as a “back-up plan”

    I’m pretty confident that its high protein that my pup has issues with.

    Your opinion would be appreciated. Thanks

    Please note: I am asking VETTECH 24

  • Cyndi

    What kind of food were you feeding him prior to being diagnosed with the ulcer?

  • Joy’s Mom

    My dog was just diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer. He can only eat boiled chicken and rice without throwing up at the moment. He takes a half a Pepcid A/C…all other coating medicines tried make him sick. I have started putting a few pieces of the dry I/D in his food and so far so good. As soon as his stomach is stronger we’ll try introducing a little more slowly and see how he does. Anyone else have the same issue with their dog?

  • Karma_Grant

    Just keep in mind this food isn’t for super long term. You’d be better off finding other foods. Especially once you get the dog off this food to give a rotation/variety.

  • JRO

    I started looking for other dog food because I thought perhaps there might be a better option for my little guy. He currently is on hills prescription oral health t/d diet. After reading all these comments I think I will leave well enough alone. He is healthy, happy has good poops and we have never really had any issues with his health. We give him the odd treat now and then but it never interfere’s with his regular eating habits. Boy everyone sure does have an opinion on this blog. I feel kinda lucky that I’ve had no problems so I think I will just let it be.

  • iluvmychis

    seems to be that you are the one that needs a little education. Might want to think about that before you become so combative.

  • iluvmychis

    I agree with you, Todd. I have been told by many that this is a horrible diet but it is the only thing my chihuahua can eat that doesn’t cause her severe pain and she has done very well on it. She loves it and it keeps her out of the emergency vet office! I’m glad your Yorkie is doing better as well.

  • iluvmychis

    I, also, was never a fan of the Hill’s products and avoided them at all costs but when my oldest chihuahua started having frequent pancreatitis attacks, I was told to keep her in the Hill’s I/D Low Fat and while I don’t like the look of the indredients, this food has been a blessing for her. Anything else has caused her a great deal of trouble so I am extremely grateful for this product!

  • butchroy

    I had a rescue French Bulldog who lived for 10 years, he had horrible skin, Hill’s had just come out with ZD, it did not help at all. He suffered, we suffered, now I would go raw, no question about it, you ought to give it a try, Darwin’s is wonderful for my pittiemix. I would not touch Hill’s today with a ten foot pole!

  • tubbsthepug1 .

    I have a older French bull dog that has been on every high end food. this is the ONLY food that has 100% eliminated our gas and skin issue. I too was not a fan years ago and cringed when my vet suggested it. Its
    been an year and he’s still doing great.

  • Larry W. Evinger

    Corn is hardly digestible.. To suggest such a thing is crap!! (Both literally & figuratively)..

  • Shawna

    Many nutritionists and doctors DO feel this “same reasoning” does apply to humans as well.

    I recently downloaded a book written by a neurologist called “Grain Brain”. Haven’t had a chance to start it yet but here’s an intro to the book “Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.” http://www.drperlmutter.com/about/grain-brain-by-david-perlmutter/

    He’s just one of MANY that are giving warnings about the high amount of carbs humans eat.

  • aimee

    If your reasoning that dogs shouldn’t eat a diet with 50% carbohydrates is because dogs have no dietary requirement for carbohydrate why wouldn’t this same reasoning apply to people?

    What do you think about wild canids, who also have no need for dietary carbohydrate, yet eat a significant amount of carbohydrate as part of their natural diet?

  • Storm’s Mom

    We’re not talking people, we are talking dogs. For dogs, they require 0 carbs. So, while it’s impossible to get down to 0 carbs by feeding a kibble, “less is more”. This food has 52% carbs …so a dog is getting more than half of their diet via something it has no need for. Regardless of how “easily digestible” the carb is, it’s still 52% more carbs than a dog requires.

  • aimee

    Storm’s Mom,

    Dogs do not have a requirement for carbohydrates yet I don’t see that as a reason to not feed carbohydrates as we do recognize that they do confer health benefits.

    I’ve never found a reference that states people have a nutritional need for carbohydrates. Should people eat a carbohydrate free diet? If not how much carbohydrate do you think is appropriate amount for people to consume and why?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Most dogs will have some degree of periodontal disease by the time they’re into their adult years unless their teeth are brushed regularly. I do not believe that Science Diet (aside from their prescription dental formula) would prevent periodontal disease from developing. The best assurance toward good dental health is to feed a raw meaty bones diet and regularly brush the dog’s teeth.

  • Storm’s Mom

    This food is fine to feed as a short term “life saver”, but it’s not appropriate to feed over a longer term once the GI issue has been resolved. In that case, it just becomes a crutch.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Except that dogs have no nutritional requirement for carbs, period.



    and BTW-corn is the majority of this food because it is such an EASILY DIGESTIBLE CARB! That is why this food works.

  • Betsy Greer

    So HIll’s products are a step up from Alpo, Kibbles & Bits and Gravy Train? OK, I’ll give you that.


    I am a vet tech and a prior non-believer in Hill’s products. But after a few years in practice I have completely changed my mind and am a huge fan. I see many dogs come in whose owners feed them very expensive top shelf foods that claim to be organic and “wild” and blah, blah, blah….but these dog’s dental health is TERRIBLE. I feed my dog’s the corn-free Healthy Advantage and Hill’s prescription j/d- they love it- NEVER HAVE HAD ANY GI issues and have very healthy looking teeth for their age. I now recommend Hill’s brands quite often but also have some other favorites out there. I have taken hours and hours of Nutrition classes and have certification in pet nutrition. John Doe-you are a little crazy…

    I have seen so many owners struggle with diarrhea/vomiting pets and i/d is a life saver. It is wonderful and I have seen it save dogs and cats from euthanasia because it resolved there GI issues. Believe it or not, small animal practices don’t make a lot of money off of food sales. The reason we try to sell it is to help owners NOT put their dogs on Alpo, Kibbles n Bits, or Gravy Train. We don’t push one food-we push a good quality food.

    John Doe- I have personally seen what Hill’s research facilities look like and how they run it. It is amazing! The animals are treated like royalty in the facility and have it much better then most pets living in a domestic setting. They live their entire lives at the research facility and are treated wonderfully. Looks like you need to do research. If we did not use cats and dogs for nutritional research-how could any commercial diet exist? And if you don’t agree with using animals then I hope you NEVER consume any of modern medicine’s drugs because EVERYTHING must go through animal testing.

    Ugh. Sorry. I had to let you all know how irritated this thread made me.

  • Uncreative Name

    So do most dog food manufacturers. Your responses seem to be a little hostile for a dog food forum.

  • Storm’s Mom

    It could be a formula change triggering that reaction, but, more likely, the reaction is from an intolerance that has built up from feeding the same food for “a few years”!!! This is why feeding a rotation of completely different foods is so important!!! You simply don’t give the ingredient time to manifest an intolerance and subsequent reaction. The I/D diet likely does not have the trigger ingredient. Feeding any other food without the suspect ingredient will also likely be fine, and I would hope that the original poster would look at the Halo ingredients (particularly the proteins.. likely chicken or something like that), do some testing to figure out what the suspect ingredient is..and then feed a rotation of high-quality foods that don’t have that ingredient.

  • somebodysme

    I understand completely! No matter how good of a quality a dog food supposedly is, if your dog is sensitive to an ingredient then they cannot eat it, it’s just that simple! Have you attempted to contact Halo and find out what they have changed? If a new ingredient was added that was not there before, you could learn what that ingredient is to avoid. That would be in a perfect world…HEEHEE!

  • Todd S

    I use to feed my yorkie Halo for a few years. Seemed to work fine no issues. Then suddenly my yorkie got sick. We tried two more different bags of Halo. Tried Pumpkin you name it. He would constantly have loose stool. My dog is finicky and strange, but I will do anything no matter the cost to make him healthy. Went to the doctor three times to get antibiotics only to be back a few months later. Without many more options the Vet suggested the I/D gastrointestinal brand. I could not believe my eyes. He eat the food right away (never happened before) and was asking for more. His stool got better right away. This was about 6 months ago. On top of having a good stool he has gained a few pounds and seems healthy/happy. Preach all you want about how bad it is, but in my case it worked and is still working. I may look for a better food and try to switch or mix the two. Saying this food is terrible is easy to do when you don’t have a sick dog. Every dog is different so results may vary, but I am happy he finally likes eating and the stool looks good.

  • beenroundtheblock

    No one is bashing facts and no one is being naive. See my response above.

  • beenroundtheblock

    We have gotten to the bottom of it. It is a common problem with dogs that have her medical condition.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Why won’t your dog eat the other prescription options (what about non-prescription options?) or anything home cooked? Seems to me that you’d want to get to the bottom of that and fix it so that you can feed her anything you want whenever you want, rather than catering to whatever is wrong with your dog by just feeding Hills?

  • beenroundtheblock

    J Doe, You should really step down off that soap box, the air seems to be a little thin up there.

    Nothing you posted is news, and for the record, my vet does not carry Hills, but my dog would not eat the other prescription options, or anything home cooked. I guess in your eyes, it would have been better for her to starve to death, rather than feed her something that you, in your all-empowering wisdom, find objectionable.

  • beenroundtheblock

    and who here said dogs were eating Hills because their pets were overweight?

  • beenroundtheblock

    JVG, I hope your dog is doing better,

  • jon doe

    You really are naïve Aren’t you? dog food companies experiment on dogs and cats, vets want to make money, not every vet is an animal lover. Do you know how they make food palatable to dogs? Animal Digest, what is animal digest you ask? Well I will tell you. What ever is left on the slaughter house floor, besides fur and teeth, is gathered up and boiled down into a liquid, this liquid is then sprayed to the outside of your dogs food to trick the dog into thinking it is good and tasty.
    I’m sorry that your dog has problems, but I can assure you that, you can do so much better than Hill’s, but hey if it works for you, good ! Just don’t bash the facts because don’t agree with them.

  • John Doe

    You should really educate yourself on dog food, before you comment. You have a lot to learn. Did you know purina has an animal experimentation lab that has 500 dogs and 700 cats? Didn’t think so.

  • john doe

    I see a lot people complaining about the facts above. jvgrossman and gotmoose and beenroundtheblock, I’m very glad that your dog is doing well on this food. Let’s take a trip away from naivety for just one second. Veterinarian’s, no matter how good they are or how much you trust them, don’t get a lot of training on nutrition. Sorry, they don’t. In many ways they are like your family doctor, Drug companies (for human Doctor’s and Vets), and dog food companies (vets), provide a lot of the secondary knowledge that these health care professionals get and rely. Purina has an entire web site dedicated to telling you how great animal digest and unidentified by-products are for your dog. Your vet is bombarded by this propaganda from all the large pet food companies. I’m sorry that you don’t agree that the above food has very little nutritional value.
    This food is made for a reason, to make money for the vet. These “prescription diets are a big money maker. Case in point: how much time has your vet spent talking to you about nutrition, prior to your dogs problem? Not much time , HUH?
    Another case in point: Does your vet sell “Diet” dog food for over weight dogs? Why? Too make money, that’s why! What do you need to do, if your dog ifs fat? STOP FEEDING IT SO MUCH! That’s it. SO, if your vet will sell you “DIET” dog food that you don’t need, he will certainly sell you this prescription food, that you don’t need and isn’t good for your dog as well. Why? Because the dog food companies say too!
    WE now conclude our trip to Dog Food Reality and you can safely return to your world of naivity.

  • gotmoose

    I hope the ID works for you dog. My daughters 1 yr old Black lab is still on it and doing fantastic. I tried many other dog foods like the people here suggested only to have to go back to ID to stop his loose stools. I’m sold on it , like it or not it works where all else fails . So bash ID all you want, its proven to work and I’m sticking to it.

  • jvgrossman

    Wow, holy idealistic dog-owners batman!! ID brought my yellow lab back from almost dead! I cooked for him for almost a year after he could tolerate no commercial dog food post-emergency vet and massive antibiotics from septic arthritis. It’s nice to be all touchy-feely and holier-than-thou, but if you haven’t tried it, DON’T KNOCK IT. It’s not intended to be a lifestyle; it’s a segue back to normalcy (hopefully). I’m with gotmoose, and after 10 weeks of bland diet for mysterious gastrointestinal who-knows-what (not pancreatitis, not GERD, no blockages, just lots of vomiting which switched to loose stool, then back again…) I’m starting him back on ID and I’m hopeful. No success reading ALL the preaching about grain-free.

  • Shawna

    One pic is of Gus and foster puppy Max — Max has a visible ringworm spot. The second pic is Gus and baby Teddy. This pic of Gus and Teddy is pretty grainy — sorry.

  • Shawna

    Interesting, thanks for posting..

    This must have been what my foster dog had (a Boston Terrier named Gus). Gus was a retired puppy mill breed dog and lived with me for 13 months before he was adopted by my neighbor across the street.

    Gus would vomit up whole chunks of kibble up to 23-24 hours after eating. The rescue group requires I feed some kibble to my foster dogs as they are easier to place if they can consume kibble. But Gus vomited so often (even when medicated) and pretty much emptied his stomach that I refused to foster him if I had to feed kibble. 🙂 Once on an ONLY raw diet he improved immensely. He would still vomit but if the vomiting occurred at least two hours after eating he would vomit up chime or water only (after about three hours) NEVER recognizable food. He could eat anything I gave him as long as it was raw —- venison, buffalo, beef, chicken, turkey, sweet potatoes, strawberries etc.

    PS — canned I/D was better than ANY kibble but raw was cheaper and even better than canned I/D..

  • Ducky’s mom


    This is why Ducky eats Hills I/D Canine Gastrointestinal Health.

  • Ducky’s mom

    I totally agree. My six month old Chihuahua has struggled with digestive issues for two months while eating a 5 star product as identified on this site. After extensive tests, his vet recommended we try Hills I/D Canine Gastrointestinal Health. He has no problem digesting this food.