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


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

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

The Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine product line lists two canned dog foods, each designed to help in the treatment of digestive disorders, weight management or diabetes.

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

  • Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine with Chicken
  • Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine Vegetables and Chicken Stew

Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine with Chicken was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Hill's Prescription Diet W/D Canine with Chicken

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 19% | Fat = 12% | Carbs = 61%

Ingredients: Water, pork liver, whole grain corn, chicken, cracked pearled barley, powdered cellulose, chicken liver flavor, flaxseed, egg product, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, folic acid), iodized salt, choline chloride, dl-methionine, potassium citrate, taurine, l-tryptophan, minerals (zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate), l-carnitine, beta-carotene

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 13.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis19%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis19%12%61%
Calorie Weighted Basis18%26%56%
Protein = 18% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 56%

The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The second ingredient is pork liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The third 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 fourth ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is powdered cellulose, a non-digestible plant fiber usually made from the by-products of vegetable processing. Except for the usual benefits of fiber, powdered cellulose provides no nutritional value to a dog.

After the chicken liver flavor, we find flaxseed, 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.

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 one notable exception

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
W/D Canine Canned 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, it’s important to consult your veterinarian.

With that understanding…

Judging by its ingredients alone, Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine appears to be an average wet 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 19%, a fat level of 12% and estimated carbohydrates of about 61%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 20% and an average fat level of 11%. Together, these figures suggest an overall carbohydrate content of 61% for the full product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed in this recipe and the wheat gluten in the other recipe, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a limited amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine is a plant-based canned dog food using a limited amount of pork liver as its main source of animal protein.

Hill’s Prescription Diet
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Notes and Updates

10/09/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Susan

    Hi Kim, the Hills W/D is very high in In-Soluble Fiber-28.7% & very low in soluble fiber-1.5% with low Fat-9.1% & low Protein-18.9%….normal pet shop premium kibbles & wet tin foods do not have these percentages….
    Why was the Hills W/D prescribed to our dog??
    W/D is really good if your dog has Diabetes for glucose management….

  • anon101

    Because, prescription dog food is especially formulated for specific medical conditions and should only be used under the guidance of a veterinarian that has examined the dog.
    It may not meet the nutritional requirements of an otherwise healthy dog.

  • Kim

    Why is this food only available by perscription?

  • Bret Osborne

    How can a food that has 56% of it’s calories coming from Carbs(sugars) be anywhere good for a diabetic? Here’s a bowl of sugar for your diabetic dog. No I can’t understand why his BG is sky high either.

  • Jan

    I have a Scottie also, and have had her on W/D for bladder stone. A couple weeks ago she started showing frank blood in her urine. The Vet is puzzled – no ideas. As I though about this situation and I decided to take her off the W/D Hills diet – after one day she has a normal color urine. Time will tell if this continues to go in this positive direction. [email protected]

  • MollyM

    I originally was using unflavored Metimucil, but I found the Costco brand was comparable and at a much better price. My vet was great about working with me on food and she was the one who said if I wouldn’t use SD I would also have to add the soluble fiber. I had also looked at the Merrik line before settling on Wellness. I add nothing else to her diet. Best of luck to you!

  • dennisandconniegomez

    my friend feeds her Schnauzer with Pancreatitis boiled chicken and rice

  • dennisandconniegomez

    wow…my Diabetic Beagle is being fed W/D canned and kibble. Allergy tests (hair and saliva which vets “poo hoo”) show Polly allergic to all grains and white potatoes. Will look into this combo you do. What is the fiber you add? Any other supplements??? Thank you!!

  • MollyM

    I chose not to go with this food for my diabetic dog because of the quality of the ingredients. I made a spreadsheet for my doctor of the crude analysis of what she was recommending and the brands I preferred. We ended up agreeing to a blend of Wellness reduced fat Core mixed with Wellness Senior canned with added soluble fiber to the mix. Its been four years now and the doctor always comments on how she has never seen a diabetic dog thrive so well.

  • eileen

    Hill’s W/D being a prescription food that tends to work well with insulin therapy with many diabetic dogs. Inviting diabetic dog owners that are interested in being a part of an experienced, knowledgeable and supportive facebook group called, Canine Diabetes Support and Information to join us here;


  • Marlene K

    Thanks, Melissa. I appreciate your input.

  • Marlene K

    Oh, Sue, I could cry from what you just told me. My Anastasia, who went to heaven when she was almost 15, was a Staffie, too. I can’t stand to watch or listen to any kind of show/info about animals being hurt. My Stella is fear aggressive and would have been euthanized if I hadn’t taken her from her last family. She hates men and especially men in trucks who have tools in their midst. Her last family found her running the streets at about 6 months old and took her in. After about 1 1/2 years, she and their male dog (not a pitty) started fighting so they needed to find a home for Stella. It was either me or the SPCA and they would have put her down, I think, because of her fear aggression plus she hates other dogs. They tried pit bull rescue groups but no one could take Stella. I’m glad I got her and believe the Lord sent her to me. I love the breed and would never have another breed even though I was raised with German Shepards who are amazing dogs but, if they live indoors, there’s just too much hair. As it is, I vacuum every morning before going to work because of Stella’s white hair on my burgundy carpeting with rose and yellow roses. I’m so happy to hear you love this breed. Living in Buffalo, there are a lot of them walking with their families. Stella is taller than most pit bulls so she may be a mix. You never know though because, with their genetic makeup, they can come out being any size or shape. It’s so very sad that people could not understand that a mistreated, hungry dog will protect its food and, if they were hurt by a man, they will not like males. You just have to work with them and love them. Stella is better after two years but still doesn’t like men until she trusts them then she’s a lover. My niece is a put bull advocate in California and a vet tech. She’s actively involved in rescue. Have a blessed day, Sue.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Sue-I personally don’t put stock in shelter assessment tests-they are just too generic and imo, don’t give the true picture of a dog-just a snapshot of the dog on that day, at that time, in that minute. However, I can understand that something is better than nothing, and while it may seem insane to pts due to such “minor” issues, they have to look at the bigger picture. They can not place a dog that growls at men for example. It may be a minor issue, or it could escalate into full blown aggression and lead to a male being severely injured. Not all owners have the same skill set, and not all use common sense. If one can not assure the safety of people, one can not place that dog with the general public. Some do place dogs with failed assessments with rescues. What it comes down to in a word is “liability”. Sad, but true.
    Beyond liability for rescues and shelters, there are just very few responsible homes out there willing to adopt, own and manage dogs with bite histories or known aggression.

  • Melissaandcrew

    HI Marlene- There are lots of foods out there that have a lower fat content that can be fed, I have schnauzers who are extremely prone to pancreatitis. Each dog has its own “fat limit” so you simply need to find it. Right after a flareup I would mix a lower fat dry with the RX canned, and feed that for a few months-even if it was NOT my food of choice. Slowly improving until I got to a brand with the quality that I could live with. Most of my crew can now eat up to 16% fat, without issues. Anything more, and the problems start.

  • sue66b

    Hi Marlene, Patch is a English Staffordshire Terrier they’re smaller in height, I rescued Patch 20months ago at the age of 4yrs old…I love the Pittys, I tried to rescue 4 Pitbulls females that were used for breeding but when they are in pounds they have to have an assessment test & have to past the assessment to be released to rescue or anyone wanting to adopt, the 4 I tried to rescued failed their assessment test, just for stupid things like food guarding, or scared of males,I thought that was so slack to have to be put to sleep all cause the poor things guarded their food bowl or one was so scared of males & growled at men,they were so skinny, in the end I gave up on the Pitbulls, it hurt to much & rescued a staffy as pounds are full of them, very sad what humans do with their animals….

  • Marlene K

    Sue, looks like your baby is a pit, too. They are amazing, aren’t they! Thank you for the into on the Wellness Simple. We can get both foods you suggested here in Buffalo, NY, USA. Stella is also white but with taupe patches, has yellow eyes and pink nose with pink around her big ROUND eyes. She looks like a little calf. Thanks, again. Marlene

  • Marlene K

    Hi, Melissa – my last pit bull suffered from pancreatitis several times and I almost lost her. She lived to be almost 15, however, and the vet said it was because I took such good care of her. He put her on ID when she’d get the attacks but then said she could go back to her normal diet. This lady vet, now, has Stella on WD but never said anything about diabetes. She was a little overweight, though, and since I work all day, she’s crated but my neighbor comes over every day to take her in the backyard to play ball and go potty. This vet told me she’ll have to be on this diet the rest of her life when I said I thought it was not a very good food. The last couple of weeks, she’s vomited a few times but it could be from the heat (I do have ac, though) or from the stuffing she’s pulling out of her quilts. This morning she gobbled up her kibble, canned, beans and pumpkin mixture. I then give her some canned food in a big empty bone for her “present.” If she has to be on this diet forever, it’s okay as long as there is nothing out there that’s better for her. Thank you for replying to my email, Melissa. Marlene

  • sue66b

    Marlene, My boy has Pancreatitis & IBD, he’s been on Eukanuba Intestinal vet diet for 11months, 3 weeks ago I started introducing him to the “Wellness Simple” Duck & Oatmeal, Im half way & he’s doing really well, no acid reflux & his poos are better now then when just on his Intestinal, more firmer, I tried 4 different kibbles in the last 6months before finding the “Wellness Simple” Ive learnt I had to stay as close to the Vet diets fat% & the Protein % when looking for a new kibble & Patch is doing really well, when I tried kibbles that were the same fat% but higher in protein Patch had his acid reflux.. I think people think that the vet diets are really good cause their dogs got better but if they just dropped the fat% & the Protein % for pancreatitis their dog would of gotten better, I also give Patch boiled pumkin & tuna in spring water drained for breakfast, I was adding a boiled egg to boast his protein but egg yoke is high in fat & he was having his pain again, so I stopped the boiled egg…. when you feel Stella is doing really well sooooo slowly start adding something new to her diet I also give Patch a couple of slices of mashed Banana as a treat in the morning & at night, & he has his Probiotic evey morning mixed with 15mls of water he loves it, Ur lucky ur in America I’ve read so many low fat diets that are really good, Im in Australia we just got the Wellness Simple 1 month ago…
    there’s also a good group on yahoo called “dogpancreatitis” Ive learnt a bit on that site & seen what other ladys are feeding their dogs, a few are feeding the Wellness Simple, a few are feeding the Royal Canin Low fat, & Fromm 4% fat ..we dont have any kibbles in Australia that low at fat 4% not for a kibble..

  • Melissaandcrew

    WD? Is there a reason for the WD versus the normal ID or En that is typically prescribed for pancreatitis? Is your dog diabetic and/or overweight?

  • Marlene K

    My pit bull was diagnosed with pancreatitis and is now on Hills Prescription w/d which I feel is nutritionally incomplete. I told this to the vet and she promptly informed me that she had her degree and you can’t believe everything you hear about dog food on TV, etc. I supplement Stella’s diet with organic plain non-fat yogurt once or twice a day (a large tablespoon), green beans and canned pumpkin. Before I added these food items, she was having to strain when moving her bowels and they were like compacted sawdust. Now she can defecate normally. I’ve looked for food that is low fat and low glucose but cannot find anything. I have fed my last two dogs holistic food and feel w/d is not really that good. Any suggestions? Thank you.

  • Chris P

    Our diabetic dog was eating organic dog food from Trader Joes and even after insulin, he did not improve. After going on the Hill’s WD, the insulin seemed to bring his glucose levels down drastically, his water consumption was cut in half, and we got our dog back with only a diminished level of activity, which is not super surprising considering he will be 9 soon.

    I asked the vet, who recommended and sold us the food, what the deal was with prescribing primarily corn, which converts to sugar, to a diabetic dog was. She just said it seems to work. It doesn’t make any sense, but our dog was drinking 66 ounces of water per day, and after converting to the Hill’s food, reduced to less than 35 ounces.

    My dog hasn’t had any other medical issues, and after being cleared for Cushing’s disease, he’s doing much better. I would never have considered this food, but for some reason, it seems to be working. So if your dog has diabetes and the insulin doesn’t seem to be working, if your vet suggests Hill’s WD, I would recommend trying it for a week to see if it works. If not, then do something else, but it worked for Cujo, so it may work for you. Don’t just listen to all the psycho anti-dog-food company people because they dominate the internet.

    The moment Cujo has problems with this product, I’ll be online condemning Hill’s, but for now, it seems to have helped him.

  • Keith Walden

    Can you send me a trial? My dog will not eat the Hills either, its over-priced and smells awful. What exactly does this food have or not have that is treatment for diabetes?

  • Sharon

    Yes it is making a difference in dogs and cats. By the way if you try it you start out really slow with it and not every day. It is ok for puppies and dogs and cats but not for kittens. It has made a difference in the dogs and cats I have seen use it including mine especially my one kitty. But you had to use it sparingly if not they get D.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Sharon-
    After checking out your site, I do think the Essential Greens supplement looks interesting.

  • Sharon

    Will need your address to send you a sample to try. [email protected]

  • Teresa Taylor Thrush

    Well, I had to euthanize my female just a little over a week ago. She had pancreatitis again and I couldn’t afford $1500 treatment again. But my male with diabetes is doing just fine with what I give him. She was my main worry because she was a finicky eater. So he eats w/d and chicken breasts with green beans. He and my normal male don’t eat the canned w/d until it’s dried out most of the time. Don’t know why this is. Yes, I would be interested in trying the food.

  • Sharon

    HI I just replied to a lady with a dog with D and have seen great results with the food I sell. I am a Dist of course but if I didn’t believe in it I would not be selling it. Also have had dogs with P do really well too. If you would like to try it let me know.

  • Sharon

    Hi Sondra
    I am a Dist for FRR and just heard back last night from a lady that her dog has Diabetes and was on the special food from the Vet and they could not get her regulated. Was 600 and finally got it down some but not good. She had seem what FRR does and decided to give it a try and is having great results with it. Just called me yesterday and told me the test results came back really good and the Vet was really happy with the results. I have had comments from some saying this food is not good for D but when I have seen the results I truly believe in it. Just wanted to let you know about it.

  • Sondra Fuller

    Our now 6 y o rescued dalmatian was diagnosed with acute diabetes (BG 800), pancreatitus, liver + renal failure 2 yrs ago. He spent 12 days at the Emergency Vet Hospital, was put on insulin 2x a day. He was also prescribed w/d. I was horrified at the contents (all that corn) and almost no protein. He became blind 6 months later + began to develop uric acid stones 3 months after that. We have never been able to completely regulate his Blood Glucose levels but seem to have diminished his UTI and stones considerably.
    We also haven’t found a really great, low fat, low glycemic, grain free food – kibble + cans which is the combination that he prefers. We are now experimenting with Wellness Reduced Fat Kibble + Weight Management cans as well as Dogswell Nutrisca Chicken + Chick Pea Stew kibble and cans.

  • Teresa Taylor Thrush

    I have 2 diabetic Min Pins. I’ve been feeding them Hill’s Prescription w/d canned since Jack had pancreatitis about 2 years ago. He’s 7 and my other one Gigi is 8. I just started her on it also. Yep, she got panceatitis. Now both are on this nasty dog food canned and dry. They are diabetic now. The canned is so darned nasty, and I cut it up into small chunks and it’s so sticky, ick. So now I cook chicken breasts, boil or pressure cook it, add some veggies, no rice and subsitute canned which they won’t touch. So they eat the dry when I run out of chicken breasts. I do boil beef roasts that have been trimmed of fat also. Their home diet is expensive for us because I can’t work, my husband does. Where does this end? I hate Hill’s dog food, which I still use the canned, and give them dry and I cook for them. What am I doing wrong? The dry I give them, okay with that. I’m disabled with a muscular disease and have a hard time cooking and keeping them in chicken breasts and veggies. So I’ll stop buying the canned w/d. But isn’t there a dog food I can put them on so I can quit cooking so much that will help with their diabetes and pancreatitis? Just trying to help my dogs stay away from the emergency vet and $1500.00 in costs to treat it. Oh, and I have used Evanger’s hand packed Hunk o’ Beef and Chicken Drumettes hand packed. Costly and yep, I do have to wash the fat and grease off of this food as well. At $32.00 and $28.00 a case I quit using that also. Sorry this post is so long, but something has to give. Emergency Vet said not to put Gigi on a raw diet, feed them Hill’s w/d only. I’m at a loss folks and I’m lost in the whole diabetic/pancreatitis diet thing as well. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Hope to get some good solid advice. I forgot to mention the mixed Min Pin I have, Buddy, a rescue. Normal, no diseases, eating what the others eat.

  • Indigo’s Story

    My Sheltie has hyperlipdemia. His Gallbladder, Bile Ducts, and Liver are somehow the suspected culprits. Bottom line, he has great difficulty in metabolizing fat lipids. I’ve spent a few thousand dollars in blood work and tests and the vets shrug their shoulders. I’m very disenchanted with the lack of nutritional knowledge of the vets I’ve encountered and a certain dismissiveness over any of them taking any type of interest or personal investment in digging deeper to help me develop a solution. I started digging deeper myself to try and educate myself as best I could. I’ve come to loathe and distrust commercial anything so I began cooking my own dog food (base) for the past 3 years in a search to find a Holistic solution. I’ve had a great learning curve and the initial panic for a solution, I transitioned to organic everything which included eggs as an initial main ingredient. My base alternates between combinations of Barley, Steel Cut Oats, Millet, Amaranth and Quinoa as the High Fiber Grain ingredient. Sweet Potato’s and Carrots are the continuous low Glycemic vegetable addition to the alternating grain base plus there’s the great benefit of the Beta Carotene. I cook a 2 week supply and freeze 50%. Each day I feed them, (my 2nd Sheltie that’s not sick), about 1/2 cup of the base I make plus fresh steamed vegetables, (based on availability & quality), (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, yellow squash, and zucchini). Raw Sweet Pea Pods are given as treats. I also looked for a high quality, limited ingredient organic kibble to give them as a morning snack. A Holistic Vet also suggested Organic New Zealand Venison recipie as New Zealand as a culture has been organic and eco minded so the chance would be better that the fields that the Deer were grazing in would not be sprayed with chemicals. They receive boiled chicken breast as the animal based protein source. There was immediate improvement in the first year. Year 2, his blood work started going in the wrong direction again, so I dug deeper. His triglicerides were in the mid 600’s. I was feeding organic eggs thinking “organic” was part of the solution. But then concluded that whole egg regardless of it’s organic status was “still” loaded with cholesteral. I tried egg whites for a while but his blood numbers weren’t moving so I eliminated eggs altogether or so I thought. I’m perplexed that every commercially produced dog food I found contains “egg” products, even the Hills PD w/d low fat….In May ’13 his Trig. escalated to the mid 700’s with bad HDL & LDL numbers. Panicing even further, I tried yet another Vet. He suggested the Hills Prescription w/d Diet for Diabetic and Hyperlipedemic dogs. In my research, I also found a supplement called: “Denamarin”, (rehabilitates the Liver), which along with the Silymarin in the Milk Thistle ingredient, the Denamarin has another compound added to allow better bioavailability molecularly for dogs. In two months of feeding the Hills w/d along with my homemade recipie and a daily tablet of Denamarin, he’s dropped 2 more pounds. ([email protected], [email protected]’13, [email protected]’13). More importantly his Trig dropped to the 350’s in only 2 months. The Vet wants me to feed only Hills. While I’m very happy that his Trig’s dropped in half, I don’t know how much of a variable the Denamarin has contributed to this solution. If he’s getting better Liver function, it’s possible that his body is metabolizing his food better. I’m also not impressed with the ingredients in the Hills w/d…Chicken Meal is a crap ingredient and Corn is also main ingredient. It is not good to feed “Corn” to any dog regardless of their health status. Corn is a cheap carb filler and it does not make any sense to feed a low fiber carb to a Glucose sensitive animal. The fact that eggs are included in the Hills product is also suspect and I don’t understand how they’re getting their total fat down so low when other so called high quality, low fat, limited ingredient brands are closer to 20% total fat. I’m wondering how their Lysine and Taurine additions are adding to the overall success of the Hills product. Lysine & Taurine are ingredients in many diet products that are marketed to humans. I’m wondering if it’s the Lysine and Taurine along with the Denamarin that’s producing the positive result I’m experiencing!?! I’m going to continue to feed Hills w/d as 50% of their daily food alotment because his blood work was reaching critical levels and we’re currently experiencing a positive result. I am however very concerned about the actual nutritional value of this kibble or lack thereof. Anyone that would like to discuss further contact Susanne at [email protected].

  • Iggy

    I have an Italian Greyhound that was on R/D then switched to W/D. Same negative whole in middle problems and corn evidence. I called the company when I saw that. They said it was because of temperature changes during delivery. I am switching to Royal Canine after seeing dirt inside upper lid on 36 cans I purchased.

  • Iggy

    Same with my Italian Greyhound. I also recently called Hills because I bought 36 cans of the W/D from my Vet and all the cans have a dirt-like substance inside the upper lid. The rep on the phone called it something so they’re aware of the issue and asked me to send a photo. I did. They sent me a $10 coupon which no way covers the cost of 36 cans! I am switching to Royal Canine after five years of using W/D.

  • JellyCat

    That is simply not true. There is nothing proprietary in diabetic diet. This food however, doesn’t even adhere to best research based evidence which is low carbs and high fibre.

  • Craig

    Guess none of you have a diabetic dog. Just try the designer foods you like and see the blood sugar levels shoot through the roof and when you’re dog is in the vet and you run up a $500 vet bill, you’ll think twice about your comments.

  • Thank you, I will give it a try.

  • Pattyvaughn

    The digestive supplements are to heal his gut so he isn’t so sensitive in the future. Greyhounds, as a breed, don’t have to have sensitive stomachs. We had retired racers for years, 5 of them, and not a single one of them had sensitive stomachs, but sensitive stomachs can be created by unbalancing the good bacteria in the gut.

  • Pattyvaughn

    They(Natura) don’t even know yet what the eventual extent of the recall will be. It is common for them to release a recall order and the expand it however many times until they finally have recalled all the affected foods. Sometimes it takes a while to discover how far the problem reaches, I’m not convinced that they will ever really know.

  • I was told it was the high water content and non-digestible fiber that slows digestion and then makes the stool firm. I’d rather just get a similar but better quality (than Hill’s) dry food than mess with supplements. Greyhounds’ digestive tracts are so sensitive. The vet’s office said to go with a light formula or one for sensitive stomachs.

  • No, it wouldn’t have been, although I’ll double check. The place I buy it are very careful about stuff like that. They would probably have called me.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Good point – I totally forgot about the Natura recall. Now that I’m thinking about it (this was several months before the recall) but I got some sample of the California Naturals grain-free and threw a couple out because they smelled super funky (they weren’t expired either).

  • Pattyvaughn

    Was his Cal. Nat. part of the recall? the expanded recall? the next expansion of the recall?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Ellen Gross Briggs –

    It’s likely the high fiber content of this food that’s firming his stools. You can just feed a normal high quality food and add supplemental fiber. Most human fiber supplements would work they generally contain things like psyllium, pectin or bran. I’d start with a very low dose and increase it gradually until you get firm stools. You may want to try getting him on a quality digestive supplement with enzymes and probiotics as well.

  • I need a food for my greyhound that will harden his stool. I had him on California Natural grain free dry food with a quarter cup or so of canned food (various flavors) by Evangers and he was doing well. Then he got diarrhea, not sure why, and the vet gave him a five day course of metronidazole, which had no effect on the diarrhea so vet put him on Hill’s prescrip.w/d (a mix of dry and wet) and stools now formed. Really good. The vet’s office said I could keep him on this diet but after reading the review and comments, I’m not so sure. I wish I knew what caused the outbreak. Maybe too many different flavors of the canned food? Greyhounds have a disposition towards loose stools. Can you recommend a good dry food that might harden stools so I can take him off Hill’s?

  • aimee

    Hi Ursugarmag,

    I think the change in stool consistency could reflect a  higher fiber level in this diet over your previous diet.

  • Ursugarmag

    my scottie has been put on this & also the dry version for weight loss & mild pancreatitis.  He likes it & it has helped alot.  No more vomiting, Weight is dropping.  I’m concerned about his Poop though. Its no longer coming out in tubes but in pieces… is this normal with the diet change?

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  • daisy1999

    I’ve used this intermittently without issues.  As far as your dog having pancreatitis, you have many better choices than this.  My vet never even recommended a presciption food.  Cancer causing-I would doubt it.  But, I’m interested in your dogs lymphoma.  Thats not something you would see on the nose or ears.  Why if your dog had a baseball sized tumor didnt the vet remove it?  Thats HUGE!!  To shrink that much in 3wks with no treatment-your guess is as good as mine.  But when something causes cancer, just removing the cause isn’t a cure.  Still glad your dog is doing better.

  • Lasellsboats

    Anyone wonder if hills w/d may cause cancer? My dog has been on this since his attack of pancreatitis in 2006 and
    now had lymphoma the past 10 months. I took him off it 3 weeks ago and make him fresh rice, fresh veggies and ground chicken or veal or pork with seasons.. his giant tutmor on his nose and ear went from base ball size – to quarter.. not sure if this is due to the change in his diet. But would love to hear if anyone else feels this way about the Hills w/d.  

  • Larry

    Concerned about possible impurities in this dog food–I have fed it to my dogs for two years because it cleared up sudden-onset bloody stools in my Border Terrier.

    The concern is due to finding whole cockroaches in two of the last three or four cans that I opened.  They were imbedded in the food–and only found because I thoroughly break up the food.

    Is this a typical occurrence?

    Makes me wonder what else in in there!

  • Dave M

    I would think Hills has lost significant market share as pet owners become more educated – especially after the poison from China killed so many pets. Yet they do not seem to have changed their model or improved their food. Perhaps the super market crowd is still large enough to keep them afloat.

  • Gordon

    The Weruva product is low in fat and looks like a good choice if you don’t want to go raw. And if you’re from the US, I would recommend Karen Becker’s digestive enzyme supplement. But I would strongly advise you to add digestive enzymes to the low fat canned product.

    Anyway, good luck!

  • Italian Greyhound Lover

    Thanks for all the info! I will be looking into Weruva and Tiki Dog canned dog food for their low-fat content.

  • Gordon

    Dr. Barbara Fougere…her last name was meant to read above, in case you wanted to look her up on the net.

  • Gordon

    Italian Greyhound Lover – Dr. Barbara BSc BVMS (Hons) recommends a diet of high protein, high digestibility, (hence raw), low in fat, supplemented with digestive enzymes, Cobalamin, vitamins A, D, E, K (fat soluble vitamins may be low in a low-fat diet), vitamin B complex, zinc, copper, multivitamin mix, trace elements, and certain herbs for dogs with acute pancreatitis.

  • sandy

    Here’s some info for you. There are better foods to feed a dog with pancreatitis. I even know one lady who has a chi with pancreatitis and has successfully put her dog on a raw diet.



  • Italian Greyhound Lover

    My eleven year old Italian Greyhound has been diagnosed with pancreatitis also. My vet suggested feeding her Hills R/D. She has been on it for a couple of years but when I started getting a can here and there that was dry inside with a negative space going down the middle of the can I asked my vet what other food she could eat. He suggested Hills W/D. She’s been on that but the other day a few cans had pieces of corn very evident in it unlike normal. I’m concerned too since it is rated very low on your Web site. You would think since you can only purchase it with a prescription from your vet that it would be at least a four-star food. Any suggestions for a good dog food wet or dry for a small dog with pancreatitis? It would be nice to be able to buy it any place other than just the vet’s.

  • Weimaraner lover

    My Weimaraner has been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitus and irritable bowel disease. He also has malabsorption issues. He was previously on Hills z/d biscuits and our vet subsequently recommended Hills d/d. He is eating four cans a day and I am starting to introduce biscuits too. Has anyone else found a better (and preferably slightly cheaper) food for dogs with this long term condition? He’s a wonderful dog and I will do all I can to help him.

  • Hi BoBo’s Mom… Unfortunately, in most cases, we only have manufacturers’ marketing to go by. You can find a few listed here that claim to be appropriate for pets with digestive issues. Also, foods with less complicated recipes (known as limited ingredient diets) can sometimes be helpful. You may also want to consider an ultra-simple quality raw food, too. Hope this helps.

  • BoBo’s mom

    Hi Mike, Thank you for providing us those useful informations. BoBo is a 1 year and 3 months old Lhasa Apso. He threw up several times recently. He got hosp inj – famotidine and 2 exposures x-ray on April 29, doc told us he had some “gas” in his body that make him uncomfortable. According to doc suggestions we gave BoBo baby food for 3 days, then regular food – fromm dry dog food. Everything back to normal.
    May 19, May 22, and May 23 BoBo threw up again. BoBo visit doc on May 24 again. He got another inj – reglan and medications – metronidazole for 5 days and special dielt – Hill’s W/D 7 cans. He threw up again this morning after he finished his W/D breakfast (within in 5 min).
    Do you know which brand is for sensitive stomach?
    Thanks Mike!

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  • Santa… PetMix looks like a great product. However, since it’s a premix, the company does not list a Guaranteed Analysis profile for the finished product (after the meat is added). So, we’re currently unable to review this product. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • santa

    Well look-y..it’s Tom Peters. Sagman, why haven’t you done a review on Petmix?

  • Meagan

    That is great news to hear Mike. Looking forward to it!

  • Hi Faye… Unfortunately, we do not currently track the retail availability of the dog food products in our database. However, within the next 30 days, we’ll be adding a very cool “Where to Buy” directory of dog food retailers. So, you’ll soon be able to find a retailer that sells the foods you’re looking for. And you’ll be able to search by either brand or by zip and postal code. Until then, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer for this information.

  • Meagan

    Faye- Call
    Mid America Pet Food
    They should be able to let you know where to buy.

  • Faye

    Were to buy Victor dog food in Lafayette, Louisiana.

  • Jonathan

    Judging by the protein number alone, this appears to be a can of cooked corn. What the heck, Hill’s. Would it kill them to make a can of something resembling an appropriate diet for dogs?

  • I am still shocked to see foods like this actually prescribed by Veterinarians. I guess when the goal is weight loss a dog would lose weight when he is fed a barely digestible food made primarily from corn.

  • erin c.

    It’s amazing the stuff prescribed for dogs.
    It’s sort of like the meds we see on TV–yeah I’ll feel better soon because I’ll be dead. Or, nope, don’t notice that fibro anymore because I’m focused on the part that just fell off. GAK!