Pets with Diabetes   Hill's Prescription Diet Descriptions - CANINE


Many diabetic pets also have other medical needs that require specialized diet management.  This is a brief summary of the major characteristics of most of Hill's Prescription diets for dogs.  More information can be obtained by your veterinarian or by contacting Hill's. This information was obtained from the January 1998 edition of the Hill's Key to Clinical Nutrition. View a similar chart for Cats

Formula Major Characteristics Used For Contraindications
a/d Increased protein
Decreased carbohydrate
Extremely digestible
Increased vitamins, minerals, fatty acids
Growth and repair
of body tissues after
injury, infection,
or many diseases
that have left the
body depleted.
Avoiding fluid retention,
Preventing build-up
of nitrogenous  by-products,
phosphorus, sodium,
When the pet
will not tolerate
a high fat diet.
c/d Mildly reduced protein
Reduced calcium and phosphorus
Mildly reduced sodium
Prevent struvite crystals and urolithiasis Growth, reproduction,
Use of urine acidifiers
Non-struvite urine crystals
d/d Reduced,  highly digestible, novel protein
Carbohydrates highly digestible from rice
Highly digestible
Food allergy or intolerance Growth and reproduction
h/d Greatly reduced sodium Reduced chloride, protein, phosphorus
Increased B-vitamins
Moderate to advanced heart failure
Liver and renal diseases where salt and fluid retention are the main problem
Growth and reproduction
When sodium is depleted (from vomiting, diarrhea)
i/d Highly digestible protein, fat, and carbohydrate
Fiber added
Gastrointestinal conditions, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, non-hyperlipedemic pancreatitis, colitis None
k/d Reduced phosphorus, protein, sodium,
Increased calories and B-vitamins
Renal failure
Mild to moderate heart failure
Hepatic disease where high fat intake is tolerated
Growth and reproduction
p/d Increased fat and energy
Decreased fiber
Recovery from surgery or acute or chronic debilitating conditions renal, liver, or heart disease
r/d Reduced fat
Greatly reduced energy
Greatly increased fiber
Adult obesity
Growth and reproduction
Moderate to advanced heart failure
Renal failure and hepatic disease
s/d Greatly reduced protein
Reduced calcium, phosphorus, magnesium
struvite stone and crystal dissolution Growth and reproduction
and Lots of other conditions - requires careful evaluation
t/d Moderately increased fiber
Reduced protein, calcium, phosphorus
gingivitis, plaque, stain, tartar, oral odor that is not from metabolic causes Severe periodontal disease
Growth and reproduction
u/d Greatly reduced protein
Reduced minerals and copper
Urate, oxalate and cystine urolithiasis
Advanced renal failure
Hepatic copper toxicosis
Growth and reproduction
Struvite urolithiasis
History of pancreatitis
w/d Moderately reduced energy
Reduced fat, minerals
Increased fiber
Obesity prevention
Diabetes mellitus
Colitis, constipation, hyperlipidemia, pancreatitis, struvite urolithiasis in obese prone patients
Growth and reproduction
Use of urine acidifiers

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