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

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Updated: March 22, 2024

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Which Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine Wet Recipes Get Our Best Ratings?

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 includes the 2 canned dog foods listed below. Each recipe is designed to help in the treatment of weight management.

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

Recipe and Label Analysis

Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine Multi-Benefit Chicken Flavor was selected to represent both products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

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


Hill's Prescription Diet W/D Canine Multi-Benefit Chicken Flavor

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

19.3%

Protein

11.4%

Fat

61.3%

CarbsCarbohydrates

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) = 13.7%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 19% 11% NA
Dry Matter Basis 19% 11% 61%
Calorie Weighted Basis 18% 26% 57%

Ingredient Analysis

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.

The fourth item 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 next 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 Hill’s Prescription product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, this recipe includes 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.

Next, we find 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.

And lastly, 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.

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 W/D Canine Dog Food appears to be an average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 19%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 61%.

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

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

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, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a limited amount of meat.

Our Rating of Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine Wet Dog Food

Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine is a grain-inclusive canned dog food using a limited amount of named organ meat as its dominant source of animal protein.

Hill’s Prescription Diet Recall History

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

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

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Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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