After surgery, the vet recommended putting her on Hill's Prescription Diet c/d Multicare Canine Urinary Care Dry Food so silly me, thinking the vet recommended it, I did not bother on reading up on its ingredients! (My fault for not researching, I know.) She was hesitant on eating it at first but eventually gobbled it up like she did with the previous brand. In the couple months after surgery and being on Hill's, she has vomited bile, acted somewhat lethargic, and had loose, bright yellow stools. I associated the change in maybe her just having an upset stomach and not feeling well for the day but it wasn't going away, and I became shocked at how much it was slowly making my dog exhausted, and how yellow/pale her stools were coming out.
Hill's Pet Nutrition - Wikipedia
My vet prescribed Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic for my American Eskimo dog to help her lose some weight to help with a luxating patella. We also have a 9-pound Pomeranian dog. So far we have fed a tiny amount of the Hill's food mixed with their regular dog food to try to get them used to it. For three days the Pomeranian has had diarrhea all over the house. After reading the comments here, I plan to return the food to the vet for a refund. The vet did tell me to try it and if I didn't like it, she would give me a refund.
History of Hill's Pet Nutrition & Its Heritage of Caring for Pets
Hill's dog food is nothing to brag about. I'm a little more than shocked to hear 'praises' from this website. With these types of ingredients, you can't convince me they really care about pets, it's obvious they really care about their own pocketbooks!
Whole grain corn - Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog. For this reason, corn is not considered a preferred component in any dog food.
Chicken by-product meal - a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It's made from what's left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed. In a nutshell, chicken by-products are those unsavory leftovers usually considered "unfit for human consumption". In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything -- feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs -- anything except quality skeletal muscle (real meat).
Corn gluten meal - Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it. Compared to meat, glutens are inferior grain-based proteins lower in many of the essential amino acids dogs need for life. This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label -- a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food. It's also been showed to cause allergies in dogs.
Animal fat - Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals. Since there's no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: restaurant grease, slaughterhouse waste, diseased cattle -- even (although unlikely) euthanized pets.
These are the top four ingredients in Hill's Science Puppy Small Bites.
I wouldn't feed this crap to a rat!
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I have 3 cats. My female got UTI and had stones. My vet wanted to put her on Hills C/D along with my other 2 cats. I already knew from family and friends this was a terrible food and made their animals sick. I have heard plenty of horror stories. I gave in and bought the over priced, over rated prescription food. My sick female threw up the wet along with my male cat. My 3rd cat refused to eat it (Smart cat). So I tried another flavor and they both threw that up too, twice and also the dry. They choked down the dry, they did not like it. After 2 days of feeding this food, all 3 cats became constipated. Vet visits came out nothing that could contribute to the problem. Upon research I decided to switch her food out. She's now on Canidae Grain-Free kibble and her stool has been coming out a healthy brown color, no puking yellow bile, and she seems to be her happy, active self so far. I decided to let her try the Hill's one morning just one time to really test if that was the source of her problems and lo and behold, she ended up with bright yellow stool once again that same afternoon!