Pets with Diabetes   Hill's Prescription Diet Descriptions - FELINE



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 cats.  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 dogs.

Formula Major Characteristics Used For Contraindications
a/d 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 Reduced magnesium and phosphorus Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) (management of struvite) Growth, reproduction
Use of urine acidifiers
Non-struvite urine crystals
c/d-o Reduced sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, protein, calcium
Increased Vit B6
FLUTD (management of oxalate) Growth, reproduction
Struvite uroliths or crystalluria
d/d Highly digestible, novel protein
Carbohydrates highly digestible from rice
Reduced magnesium
Food allergy or intolerance Growth and reproduction
Use of urine acidifiers
h/d Reduced sodium, magnesium
Increased taurine
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)
Use of urine acidifiers
i/d Highly digestible protein, fat, and carbohydrate
Fiber added
Gastrointestinal conditions, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, non-hyperlipedemic pancreatitis, colitis None
k/d Reduced phosphorus, calcium, sodium, protein,
Increased calories and B-vitamins
Renal disease
Mild to moderate heart failure
Hepatic disease where high fat intake is tolerated
Growth and reproduction
Struvite urolithiasis
sodium depletion states
p/d Increased fat and energy
Decreased fiber
Recovery from surgery or acute or chronic debilitating conditions Use of urine acidifiers
r/d Reduced fat, energy, magnesium
Greatly increased fiber
Adult obesity
FLUTD (Management of struvite)
Growth and reproduction
Use of urine acidifiers
s/d Reduced calcium, phosphorus, magnesium struvite urolithiasis
FLUTD (Initial management of struvite)
Growth and reproduction
Use of urine acidifiers
and Lots of other conditions - requires careful evaluation
t/d Moderately increased fiber
Reduced protein, calcium, phosphorus
plaque, stain, tartar Severe periodontal disease
Growth and reproduction
w/d Reduced energy
Reduced fat, magnesium
Increased fiber
Obesity prevention
Diabetes mellitus (normal weight or obese with no other disease problems)
Colitis, constipation, hyperlipidemia, FLUTD (struvite)
Growth and reproduction
Use of urine acidifiers

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