Hill's Prescription Diet Skin/Food Sensitivities d/d Review

Venison Formula

Hill's Prescription Diet Skin/Food Sensitivities d/d Venison Formula
Prescription Diets
Are Not Rated

Review of Hill's Prescription Diet Skin/Food Sensitivities d/d
Venison Formula

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 cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Unlike other AAFCO approved cat 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 Skin/Food Sensitivities d/d Venison Formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Hill's Prescription Diet Skin/Food Sensitivities d/d Venison Formula with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is venison. Although venison is an excellent protein source, raw venison contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of venison 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 second ingredient is water. Of course, water only provides moisture, which is a necessary component in wet foods.

The third ingredient is venison liver. Venison liver is an excellent organ meat which provides high quality protein and fat. In addition, venison liver provides many essential vitamins and minerals.

The fourth ingredient is ground green pea. Ground 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.

The fifth ingredient is pea protein concentrate. Pea protein concentrate is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein concentrate is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Hill's Prescription Diet Skin/Food Sensitivities d/d Venison Formula 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 soybean oil. Soybean oil is an omega-6 fatty acid source. Unlike other oils (flax, canola, etc), soybean oil does not provide omega-3 fatty acids; However, the balancing omega-3 fatty acids are most likely supplied by another oil or fat source in the product.

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

Then we have 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 remaining ingredients in this Hill's Prescription Diet Skin/Food Sensitivities d/d recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by cats. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.

Final Thoughts

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