Hill's Prescription Diet Kidney Care k/d Review

Beef & Vegetable Stew

Hill's Prescription Diet Kidney Care k/d Beef & Vegetable Stew
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Review of Hill's Prescription Diet Kidney Care k/d
Beef & Vegetable Stew

This product is manufactured by Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc..

According to our data, this Hill's Prescription Diet recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Unlike other AAFCO approved dog foods which rely in laboratory testing to substantiate nutritional adequacy, this recipe has undergone feeding trials. In the pet food industry, feeding trials are often considered to be the superior testing method.

Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Hill's Prescription Diet Kidney Care k/d Beef & Vegetable Stew provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Hill's Prescription Diet Kidney Care k/d Beef & Vegetable Stew with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is water. Of course, water only provides moisture, which is a necessary component in wet foods.

The second ingredient is beef. Although beef is an excellent protein source, raw beef contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of beef is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.

The third ingredient is carrot. Carrots are naturally rich in many vitamins and minerals.

The fourth ingredient is rice. Rice is a gluten-free carbohydrate source. As long as the bran and germ of the grain are intact, rice can provide a notable amount of fiber and nutrition. However, because the type of rice ("brown" or "white") is not specified, we cannot make this determination.

The fifth ingredient is chicken fat, which is most likely used because of it's essential omega-6 fatty acid content.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Hill's Prescription Diet Kidney Care k/d Beef & Vegetable Stew are not as important as the first five ingredients.

However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Hill's Prescription Diet recipe.

Next we have pork liver. Pork liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, pork liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.

The next ingredient is rice starch. Rice starch is a gluten free carbohydrate derived from rice. Typically, rice starch is used as a binder in kibble.

Then we have dextrose. Dextrose is a simple sugar produced from starch. It's most likely used as a sweetener in this product.

Moving on, we have green pea. Green peas are starchy members of the legume family. Other than carbohydrates, peas are notably high in plant based protein and various vitamins and minerals.

Moving on with this review, we have sugar, which is really an unnecessary additive. It's most likely used to improve the food's palatability.

The next ingredient in this review is egg whites. Egg whites consist of shell-free egg whites, which are easy to digest and contain high quality protein. Egg protein is often given the highest biological value (BV). The BV metric measures the usability of the ingredient's protein.

Our next ingredient is natural chicken liver flavor. As the name implies, natural chicken liver flavor provides chicken liver flavor to the product. This particular flavor is derived from natural sources which may or may not include real chicken liver.

powdered cellulose is the next ingredient in this recipe. Powdered cellulose is produced from minuscule pieces of wood pulp and plant fibers. Other than its fiber content, powdered cellulose lacks any nutritional contribution.

Next on the list is fish oil. Fish oil is defined by AAFCO as "the oil from rendering whole fish or cannery waste." It is typically rich in omega-3 fatty acids and therefore a good fat source. However, the specific fish used to obtain the oil is not specified and therefore we cannot make any specific claims.

The next ingredient in this recipe is dried beet pulp. Dried beet pulp is the by-product which remains once sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. The primary contribution of beet pulp is dietary fiber.

We'd also like to note that beet pulp is fairly controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that beet pulp can promote intestinal health and regulate blood sugar. However, opponents claim that beet pulp is an inexpensive filler.

Next we have flaxseed. Flaxseeds are an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. They also provide a notable amount of protein, B vitamins, and various minerals.

The remaining ingredients in this Hill's Prescription Diet Kidney Care k/d recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a substantial amount of protein from non-meat ingredients. Since this product is a prescription diet, this property may be required and therefore we cannot make any further statements.

Final Thoughts

In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.