Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA (Dry)


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA Hydrolyzed Dog Food is not rated due to its intentional therapeutic design.

The Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA Hydrolyzed product line includes two dry dog foods, each designed to help in the treatment of food sensitivities.

HA is a vegetarian recipe featuring simple proteins and low-allergen carbohydrates. It is typically prescribed to minimize the risk of food based allergic reactions.

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

  • Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA
  • Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA Chicken Flavor

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 20% | Fat = 9% | Carbs = 63%

Ingredients: Starch, hydrolyzed soy protein isolate, vegetable oil, dicalcium phosphate, partially hydrogenated canola oil preserved with TBHQ, powdered cellulose, corn oil, potassium chloride, guar gum, choline chloride, dl-methionine, salt, magnesium oxide, lecithin, taurine, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, garlic oil, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis18%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis20%9%63%
Calorie Weighted Basis19%21%60%
Protein = 19% | Fat = 21% | Carbs = 60%

The first ingredient in this dog food is starch. The source of this starch is unknown but it is most likely derived from corn or wheat. Without more information, it’s impossible to adequately judge the quality of this ingredient.

The second ingredient is hydrolyzed soy protein isolate. Soy protein isolate is a highly refined form of soy bean protein with a protein content of about 90%.

In this case, the soy protein has been hydrolyzed which means it has been broken down into its individual amino acid components.

Hydrolyzed protein is valued by veterinary professionals because of its proven and effective hypoallergenic properties.

The third ingredient is vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described. However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

The fifth ingredient is partially hydrogenated canola oil, a man-made ingredient similar to margarine or shortening. Hydrogenated oils are (at least, in humans) considered a source of unhealthy trans fats.

Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

What’s worse, this hydrogenated canola oil has also been preserved with TBHQ, a suspected cancer-causing agent.

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 prdovides no nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient is corn oil. Corn oil has one of the highest (and most unfavorable) omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratios of any vegetable oil. Compared to almost any named animal fat, corn oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

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 four notable exceptions

First, garlic can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.1

So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.

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

In addition, 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.

And lastly, this recipe contains menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.

Purina Pro Plan
Veterinary Diets HA Hydrolyzed 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, Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA looks like a below-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 20%, a fat level of 9% and estimated carbohydrates of about 63%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 20% and a mean fat level of 10%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 62% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

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

Because of its hypoallergenic design, this particular recipe contains no meat or any other source of animal protein. So, all essential amino acids appear to be provided by the hydrolyzed protein ingredient.

Bottom line?

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA is a plant-based dry dog food using hydrolyzed soy as its main source of dietary protein.

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Notes and Updates

11/27/2016 Last Update

  1. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • Susan

    Hi I would be finding out what ingredients in a kibble could cause Uric Acid stones & what ingredients prevent Uric stones?
    When I rescued my boy he was a sick dog, he was weeing blood & was desexed & had an ultra scan he had crystals & he was put on R/C wet & dry S/O formula for 6 weeks & all the crystals all dissolved, I ask the vet will he get these urinary crystal back again & his vet said probably not, it looks like he caught an infection from being used as a breeding dog, which cause the crystals…. then vet said you can stop feeding the R/C S/O wet & dry just feed him what he was eating before his normal diet which I didn’t know cause he was a rescue…..have a look at this link it’s what foods to fed a dog to prevent Acidifying urinary crystals diet, I’m not saying feed a raw diet but these ingredients must stop a dog getting Uric Acid stones, look for a kibble with these ingredient & don’t feed a fish kibble again, stick with a formula that has 1 novel protein & limited ingredients, I can’t see how the Purina HA will prevent him getting Uric Acid stones again…or contact Purina Hills & Royal Canine & ask what vet diets do they have that is for skin allergies & prevent Uric acid stone as well & a vet nutritionist will ring you back & probably tell you that they don’t have a vet diet that covers both health problems, that’s what happened with Patch with all his health problems there wasn’t a vet diet for him & the Hills vet nutritionist said to contact a nutritionist to formulate a home cooked diet for him that’s when I contacted the Naturopath Nutritionist on this link… These Bully breed seem to have a few health problems especially if they have white fur & pink skin they become a itchy mess, Patches vet told me first we deal with his IBD then worry about Patches skin allergies bath when he’s real itchy & use creams, I wont use any of the new drugs like Apoquel or steroids .. but there’s a new drug that’s suppose to be really good called Cytopoint injections stops a dog scratching up to one month after having 1 injection…. https://www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/cytopoint/index.aspx
    Link below has ingredients to feed a dog with Acidifying Diet.

  • Denise T

    Thank you so much for your response. I had him on Zignature Salmon. However he’s prone to Uric Acid stones and had to get an emergency surgery last month. His doctor first put him on Royal Canin UR and. Ow we are going to try this and see if this helps with his alergies. It’s so hard, because I don’t want his stones to come back. But also I don’t want him to suffer from his alergies.

  • Susan

    Hi, the Purina HA is a Vegetarian diet, vets recommend Purina HA, Hills Z/d or Royal Canin Hypoallergenic when a dog has food sensitivities & they don’t know what foods the dog is sensitive too then after 2 months if your dog is doing well your suppose to start an elimination diet & add foods to the diet to see what foods the dog reacts too….There’s better quality foods out there…Have a look at the ingredients in the R/C UC & stay away from those ingredients… kibbles good for skin problems are “Zignature” look at the Kanagroo, Venison, Rabbit formula’s etc send Zignature an email & ask them any questions you may have….
    My boy is a Staffy he has, IBD, Seasonal Environment Allergies & Food Intolerances, most vet diets we tried fix one health problem but made his skin, ears & paws worse he doesn’t do well on vet diets, he gets his red paws, yeasty smelly skin & ears from chicken, whole corn & corn gluten meal, carrots, barley & oats…
    you have to work out what ingredients is he sensitive too.. you’d be better off trying the Royal Canine PR-Potato & Rabbit or PD-Potato & Duck wet tin foods, these diets are for food sensitivities & skin problems & are high in Omega 3 fatty acids what is needed for dogs with skin problems… another good brand is “Canidae Pure” formula, Canidae also has limited ingredients like the Zignature has…. But the Purina HA is very high in Carbohydrates, it has no meat protein & I’m pretty sure your dog can eat proteins, you just have to work out is it chicken he’s sensitive too??? the Purina HA is the same as the Hills Z/d vet diet..
    Baths, bath him twice a week or weekly, I use “Malaseb” medicated shampoo, its for yeasty smelly skin & skin allergies it can be used daily, I also use “Sudocrem” on Patches paws & head where he has white fur & pink skin, the Sudocrem acts as a barrier & protects their paws & skin, it’s an excellent cream, its in the baby section at supermarkets & chemist…once you change his diet bath weekly or twice a week & apply the Sudocrem daily, (I apply cream at night while Patch is sleeping I check out his whole body & head) you’ll start to see an improvement also after he’s been outside wipe him down, I use those Huggie Baby Wipes, Coconut Oil or Aloe & Cucumber baby wipes, they wipe off any pollens & allergens that may be on the skin & paws the days you don’t bath him..

  • Susan

    Hi yes as soon as you see red skin/stomach, give a bath & wash off whatever has cause the redness, grass etc, do you have a mild shampoo like “Aloveen” https://dermcare.com.au/Products/Shampoo-and-Rinse/Aloveen I’d be bathing every 5 days when it’s allergy season….

  • Angela Adams

    Hi Susan
    Thanks for replying. The apoquel did make a difference but it made him very sicky. We take him the dog wash every six weeks. Do you think we should wash his belly area every few days? I didn’t look at the other Purina formulas but it does make sense to give him the fish variety. The food has not come yet so I was thinking that maybe I could return it and exchange it for the fish one.
    Rocco has fresh chicken and fish and he is ok with these

  • Susan

    Hi, you are better off seeing a Dermatologist for skin problems instead of a vet, the makers of Apoquel have brought out their new product called CADI injections, CADI has less side effects, a lot of people say the CADI injections are excellent, some dogs just need 1 injection once a month, while other dogs are having the CADI injections once every 2 months now, join this Face Book group “Dog, Issues, Allergies and other information support group” look in their files or post a post…
    If the Purina HA kibble helps your dogs skin, it will be cause it’s very high in omega 3 fatty acid, what is needed for dogs with skin allergies, have you worked out does he/she have any food intolerances? you probably would have been better putting your dog on a kibble that is fish based high in omega 3 fatty acids, like “Canidae” Pure Sea or “Zignature” Kangaroo or the Zignature Whitefish formula…or trying the Purina Skin & Stomach Tuna formula….. the Purina HA vet diet is a vegetarian kibble & is very low in protein, it’s good for dogs with IBD..It is money back guaranteed so if there is a problem & your dog isn’t getting better take it back…Did the Apoquel work? Apoquel doesn’t work with some dogs is cause the dog has skin allergies & food intolerances & has Yeast Dermatitis, that’s why your better off seeing a Dermatologist they specialize in dogs skin & in the long run you’ll save money…. also ask your vet about the new CADI injections, are you giving weekly baths or bathing twice a week in a medicated shampoo like “Malaseb”? Baths are great when skin is really itchy to wash off any pollens allergens & dirt that’s causing the itchy red skin ? Buy some “Sudocrem” cream, it’s a healing cream, nice & thick & protects the skin from grass allergies, it’s in the baby section, Sudocrem is excellent for rashes on stomach, itchy red skin, dermatitis, eczema, nappy rash….

  • Angela Adams

    Aimee I have ordered this food on the advice of my vet. My staffie suffers from skin allergies and has a red sore belly. its costing me a fortune in apoquel tablets so the vet said to give this a go. after reading these comments I am a bit worried now however you praise the food and your dog is better for using it. I’m hoping it helps Rocco and makes him more comfortable. Thanks

  • Susan

    Hi Mary, Dog Food Advisor does not rate vet prescription diets, you need to contact Purina & ask them for the Carb % Protein fat & fiber percentage, I contacted Purina the other day about their Pro Plan HA Hydrolyzed formula, I noticed most of Purina Pro Plan diets are very similar to the Hills prescription vet diets…. In Australia Royal Canine vet diets have better ingredients in their vet formulas then Purina & Hills vet diets have.. With Kidney problems your dog is better off eating a balanced cooked fresh diet no kibble….

  • Mary Iggy

    Have you ever reviewed Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Formula Dog Food? I’m curious about your assessment of the ingredients and protein: fat: carb ratio.

  • GSDsForever

    If your dog does not require a strict hydrolyzed protein + starch formula, due to allergies or intolerances, you likely have more options. And, again, I would inquire with your vet.

    A dog with IBD and gastrointestinal disturbances, with upset tummy or problematic stools, sometimes does well on simply bland, “low residue” (most easily digestible) food. Some are explicitly labelled this way, while others that are not (i.e. Fromm’s Whitefish formula comes to mind) may also be very well tolerated and in fact also be “low residue” and/or bland. It is difficult to impossible to help further here without additional information.

  • GSDsForever


    I think Hill’s prescription Z/D canned is the most similar to the Pro Plan HA Chicken Flavor.

    If you are using the soy only Pro Plan HA version, this would not be as close a match — as the Z/D includes hydrolyzed chicken — but might also be an acceptable add in.

    You would need to inquire with your vet.

  • aimee

    Hi Travis,

    Check with your vet to see if your dog could safely incorporate this product into the diet.


  • bojangles

    Hi Travis,

    Why has your dog been prescribed this food? Can you tell us a little bit about her like her age any allergies etc?

    This food might be an example of the cure being worse than the disease. I mean it contains no meat, it has a carcinogen as a preservative, starch of unknown origin, wood pulp. hydrogenated oils….

    In my experience there is always a more appropriate and less toxic way of dealing with whatever is going on with your pup than a prescription dog food.

    Don’t forget that if this were a human food product that claimed to treat a disease it would have to go through the same vigorous testing that every human drug goes through. It would also have to be approved by the FDA.

    But when it comes to dog foods, manufacturers like Purina get away with murder (literally). This food would never pass the requirements for treating the same conditions it’s used for in dogs, if it was a human food product.

    It’s ingredients are too inferior and toxic and it probably causes more problems in the long run, than whatever it was being used to treat.

  • Pitlove

    I would assume something with simple limited ingredients, but it’s always advised to discuss any diet changes with your vet in cases like this.

  • Travis Wood

    I’m looking for a can food to mix in with the dry HA that would not irritate her IBD. She doesn’t like dry food alone. Thanks.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Travis-

    Are you asking if HA comes in a canned food? Or if there is an over the counter substitute for HA?

  • Travis Wood

    Is there a can food equivalent for Pro Plan HA?

  • Susan

    Hi, the Hills Z/d Ultra has the same ingredients as the Purina HA….. I would try the “California Natural” Lamb & Rice, it has just 4 ingredient & its a hydrolysed kibble also have a look at the Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin it has Hydrolyzed Tuna…. http://www.californianaturalpet.com/products

  • Salty2

    Ugh! It’s not rated but look at the ingredients – horrible!!!

  • InkedMarie

    Have you thought about raw? I feed ground raw that I buy from either Hare Today and reel Raw. My 10yr old dog had so many ear infections….food after food but raw was what worked. There are premade raws but a) more expensive than ground and b) most have produce which can be a cause of ear infections.

  • GoonieGooGoo4

    My english bulldog is on Purina HA……and it has solved his skin allergy problems and cut down on his vet visits & ear infections. However, the food is so expensive (In reality It is more often than most food we buy by the lb at the grocery store) and it never goes on sale and I have yet to see a single coupon.
    If I were to take him off the Purina HA……what are other food options? And I am saying making his food at home…..rice & tofu??

  • Karen Bonner

    This food is good for allergies but it is total crap with next to zero nutritional benefit. I would use it only for short term use until you can up with a better, nutritionally balanced, healthy alternative. The reason vet allergy foods work is because everything of any value that might cause allergic reaction has been removed and replaced with chemicals. Total garbage.

  • elisha

    Carolina Prime. Wheat free Sweet tater fries all natural.

  • DAWN

    Your thoughts are…exactly right! Vets want dogs on rx foods because they get a kick back from it!! Grrrrr..These ingrediants are deplorable 🙁 IMO

  • Aimee Jolley Somers

    I give it my Praises!! Wow, lots of bad comments. Well I’m not wild about the ingredients but Purina HA is the ONLY commercial dog food my dog can eat. So I will give it my praises!! I’m tired of making home made food (people food/twice a day) or having a dog with diariah or bladder problems. And the only treat he could handle before was Ice cubes. It is so wonderful now that he is on Purina HA. He is now a normal dog, not a demon from hell (and I have never ever called any of my animals that before). He is rapidly and happily improving on his training. And now that he is on normal food we can travel. Not every food is right for every dog. My older one also has an allergy but not as severe and is on Blue Diamond.

  • Dori

    Is it possible for you to use something other than canned tuna? Tuna has the possibility of containing Mercury so long term it may not be a good idea. Possibly integrate sardines in water and/or canned mackerel so that he’s not eating quite so that he’s not eating tuna on a regular basis.

  • Christina Cervantes-Ayotte

    Our Lab/Golden mix has had the same issues. We have spent thousands on him trying to find out what is causing all of these problems, including specialists, medications, and ultrasounds. While on the HA, he began to lose his fur. He’s on a couple of meds now, including Imodium anti-diaherial, and is eating a combination of HA and grain free Sojos with canned tuna that we add to it. He’s doing much better now, but we’re not entirely out of the woods, yet. We’re happy with the Sojos and hope we can phase out the HA, as that is our Vet Specialists goal.

  • Tracy Hutchinson

    FYI For those reading…Our dog also had problems choking and gagging on this food. Adding some water to it just before eating alleviated his issues in regards to it getting stuck in places.

  • Julie A

    I have a 2.5 year old Weimaraner that has really bad dirty ears. I have had problems with her ears since she was little. She was on Life Abundance Dog food from the breeder. I checked the dog food out and decided to keep her on it. Finally after numerous vet visit’s one of the vets had me put her on the Purina Veterinary Diets HA Hypoallergenic cleared ears right up never looked better! He just wants me do a trial and error to figure out what she is allergic to. Mean while my dad heard about Dinovite so I got online and checked it out. Put her back on Life Abundance added the Dinovite to her food her ears are back where we started. So now I want to start food trials see if I can get her on something that works for her. Through some of my reading and research on here sounds like dogs are usually more allergic to a protein source than a grain source. Just was looking for some recomendations on what to try.

    I also have a 14 week Weimaraner and 12 Year old Black Lab they do great on the Life Abundance!


  • K8a

    My dog was prescribed this in attempt to alleviate allergies. I hated the ingredient list from the second I saw it but thought I would give it a shot. She did horrible on it and only lasted 5 days. I understand the idea behind the hydrolyzed diet but it’s still soy.
    Not to mention, the food goes really pasty when the dog is eating it and it sticks like glue to the roof of their mouth. I was careful to watch her as she was eating it from reading other posts and I had to feed her a bit at a time to prevent choking. BE CAREFUL WITH THIS ONE!

  • theBCnut

    Why did you turn this into an argument? The OP was feeding Purina, Wellness is leaps and bounds better than that. The OP stated that their dog had a weight problem, the advice that you originally replied to gave suggestions for quality low fat foods. Wellness may not be quite as high quality as Orijen, but it is certainly a high quality food in its own right. And the post that you originally replied to specifically mentioned Wellness Core, which is not grain inclusive. You created an argument out of nothing. Try adding further suggestions instead.

  • evilpinkloli

    You’re wrong. Wellness Grain Free is $53 for a 26 lb bag on Chewy. It has similar ingredients to Orijen: turkey, chicken, peas, potatoes, etc. Orijen is $74 for a 28.6 lb bag on Chewy. That’s for the CHEAP Orijen. Now if you want the fancy Orijen, you’re paying $93 for a 28.6 lb bag ($3.25/lb).

    And I’d like your proof that you’d be feeding more Wellness than Orijen, because you’d have to be feeding almost twice as much Wellness Grain Free to make feeding overpriced Orijen worth the extra money.

  • erm016

    You’re wrong. Wellness is SUPER expensive for what it is, the mediocre products & ingredients.

    You feed A LOT more of Wellness than you would Orijen, so it’s no cheaper, and in fact, more expensive to feed Wellness.

    Not to mention the ingredient panel. Compare Orijen to Wellness (assuming you know what you’re reading) and you’ll see the difference.

    Wellness has no business charging what they do for Adult Chicken (with grains) for close to $60. It’s crap.

    I promise, you won’t win this argument.

  • Kramer

    No big surprise here, evilpinkloli eats dog food

  • evilpinkloli

    There is nothing wrong with Wellness. It’s a great food. Orijen is extremely expensive, and other foods, such as Wellness, are just as good for much less money.

  • Thanks for your question. Because of their intentional therapeutic designs, we don’t review prescription dog foods on this website.

  • erm016

    And anyone who knows about dog food doesn’t recommend Wellness 😀

    I recommend Orijen over Core.

  • Chad

    Thanks for adding a positive comment. So many bash a particular good when they have almost no idea what they are taking about. Purina, other pet food companies and your vet all want your pet to be healthy. It’s their ultimate goal.

  • healthyliving

    Consider a hydrolyzed protein food- purina HA sucks with corn and soy protein sources (two worst GMO poison crops), but Hills ZD Ultra has a better ingredient list. Visit their websites and look at their choices. They are prescription foods. For a cheaper-available at Walmart- OTC alternative the Rachel Kay grain free or just 6 aren’t too bad.

  • healthyliving

    I hate the ingredient list- Corn starch and corn oil, Soy protein and soy oil- the two worst GMO crops. Since it is hydrolyzed to component amino acids- for this price they should be able to use a higher quality food source. Once it is broken down to the less allergenic amino acids vs the intact protein, the amino acids are the same. But I would rather NOT start with protein from the two worst toxic poison GMO source plants.

  • InkedMarie

    Have you looked at the ingredients? They’re horrible. Please think about changing your dogs food. I recommend Wellness Core reduced fat dog food, also Annamaet lean. Your dog deserves better.

  • Sky Soldier

    Try giving your dog simple bites of fresh apple. Our dog loves it..and also fresh bits of carrot.

  • Sky Soldier

    Our elderly dog (mixed breed Cocker Spaniel/Terrier) was overweight until the Vet prescibed (Veternarian only carries it) “Purina OM (overweight management)” dry food. I’m wondering why this specific Purina dog food is not on the list?

  • JM

    Hi! My dog is having very similar issues to yours….chronic diarrhea, etc. The vet suggested we try this food out, so we just started him on it yesterday. His diarrhea is now like water! Anytime we have changed his foods we have issues. Can you tell me how long it took for your dog to get used to this food and for the diarrhea to stop? thank you!!!!

  • Eldee

    Purina makes a veterinary treat called gentle snackers hypoallergenic dog bisquits.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Time to break him of being spoiled by treats, it seems to me!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Sorry, there is nothing like this except other prescription hydrolyzed foods.

  • Erik E

    Does anyone know of a dog treat with similar or equivalent ingredients that I can give to my dog while on the Purina HA? He’s on it for allergy testing purposes for the next 8-10 weeks but won’t eat the puffs as a treat. He’s been spoiled to get a treat after he eats his meals.

  • Betsy Greer

    Gotcha! I think I’ll try it also, then. We’re doing good so far on the Legacy, but I think I’ll look at Great Plains Feast then also and see if that might fit into our rotation. Thanks!

  • Pattyvaughn

    So far Great Plains Feast. I would try Coastal Catch, but I can’t remember why I thought I’d take a pass on Meadow Feast, either protein to low or it had something in it that I’m avoiding with my crew, or maybe it was just that they didn’t have it when I came across Earthborn at a little hole in the wall pet store I found by my agility class. They had the new Orijen, but only in tiny bags, so I still haven’t tried it, but now I’m not so sure that I want to, until I find the freeze dried.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hey Patty,

    Which particular variety of Earthborn do you use?