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Today there is a right food available for every life stage and for almost every chronic disease your pet may have. From juvenile to senior pets and from petite to giant sizes there are specific reasons you should feed to match your individual pet’s needs. There are pet foods that are important for your pet’s physiological needs.

Hill’s Healthy Advantage

Preventative nutrition providing 5 essential health benefits for every pet. Hill’s® Healthy Advantage®, along with regular exercise and veterinary checkups, maximizes your pet’s potential for a happier, healthier future. It’s uniquely formulated to help address five common health concerns.

  • Dry and canned varieties
  • Great taste that pets love, guaranteed
  • Available exclusively from your veterinarian

For Dogs:

For Cats:

Hill’s Ideal Balance

Compare Hill’s® Ideal Balance to your natural cat or dog food. See the difference natural ingredients perfectly balanced can make.

For Dogs:

  • Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
  • Active Natural Chicken & Oats Recipe
  • Large Breed Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
  • Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe
  • Grain Free Natural Salmon & Potato Recipe

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For Cats:

  • Slim & Healthy Natural Chicken & Peas Recipe
  • Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
  • Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe
  • Grain Free Natural Salmon & Potato Recipe
  • Hairball Natural Chicken & Barley Recipe
  • Indoor Natural Chicken & Turkey Recipe

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Hill’s Prescription Diet Foods

a/d is complete nutrition all by itself and is the consistency of applesauce. It is excellent for pets who don’t feel well, have recently had oral surgery and can’t eat solid food and for pets who need to be syringe- or tube-fed.

b/d is for “brain diet,” and contains ingredients that help dogs who have dementia problems, especially from liver disease and old age.

The nutritionists at Hill’s figured out that not only could struvite problems be solved in cats by feeding a special diet, a dog-formulated diet would work for canines, too. Canine c/d was born, and the “c” still stands for “crystal.”  Click here for explanation of struvite.

d/d is for “dermatology diet,” and there are several formulations for patients who need a special diet for food allergyd/d can also be helpful for certain gastrointestinal problems.

g/d is for “geriatric diet” and is also used in certain cardiovascular and kidney diseases.

h/d is for “heart diet” and is formulated with low sodium for patients with cardiac problems.

i/d stands for “intestinal diet” and is effective for patients with a variety of gastrointestinal problems. It is highly digestible, making it ideal for pets with “sensitive stomachs,” and low-residue, so it’s excellent for constipation problems because less total stool is generated.

j/d is one of the newer foods and is formulated with neutraceuticals to enhance joint health through stronger cartilage.

k/d was Dr. Mark Morris’ very first food formulated, though, of course, new formulations have been created as research reveals more and better ways to care for patients with a variety of kidney diseases.

l/d is for “liver diet” and contains ingredients to help with a variety of liver problems including cirrhosis and copper storage diseases.

m/d is a feline-only formulation that is Hill’s lowest-carbohydrate food. It is the diet of choice for diabetics and cats with obstipation.

n/d stands for “neoplasia diet,” and is “clinically proven to increase survival time and improve quality of life for dogs with cancer undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment.” [Hill’s Key To Clinical Nutrition.]

r/d is one of Hill’s biggest-selling Prescription Diets because, as in people, obesity is epidemic in animals. Reducing diet is high in fiber, yet low in calories, so pets get to have a large meal, keeping them full, while also gradually taking weight off.

s/d is a “stone-dissolving diet,” discussed in detail in an earlier article.

t/d stands for “tooth diet” because its formulation and physical characteristics are both special. The formulation contributes less to the physical and chemical components of plaque. Also, fibers are laid into the food that squeegee each tooth that bites into the food.

u/d can non-specifically be called “urinary diet,” but it’s actually a food for pets whose kidney failure has progressed to an extreme level. However, u/d is also helpful for dogs predisposed to calcium oxalate urinary bladder stones.

w/d is kin to r/d in that it is a “weight-control diet.” w/d, though, is for dogs and cats who have lost the weight and are now ready for a maintenance food. It is high in fiber, but not as low in calories as r/d. It is also fairly low in carbohydrates and is often used in canine and feline diabetes.

x/d is a feline-only food designed to prevent calcium oxalate bladder stones in cats.

y/d is also feline-only, and is used for controlling hyperthyroidism in cats.

z/d (you thought we’d never get there!) gets its “z” from hydrozylate. Proteins an immune system has never seen are needed for food allergy patients. It is also unique in that its proteins are hydrolyzed, making it difficult for a food-allergy-primed immune system to respond to them.

There you have it, the entire Hill’s Prescription Diet alphabet soup.

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June 29, 2020

Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals adjust to providing care during the re-opening of Florida associated with human coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing Curbside Concierge Service, Telehealth, and Mobile Services, but we look forward to resuming limited in-hospital outpatient appointments as soon as we have sufficient confidence that we can do so safely.

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