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

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Review of Hill's Prescription Diet Skin/Food Sensitivities z/d
Original Flavor

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 Skin/Food Sensitivities z/d Original provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult dogs.

Ingredient Review

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

The first ingredient is water, which increases the food's moisture content.

The second ingredient is hydrolyzed chicken liver. Chicken liver hydrolysate is produced by subjecting chicken liver to a processes called hydrolysis. In short, hydrolysis makes use of water to split chemical bonds. By doing this, amino acids from the protein source can be absorbed into your dogs body quicker than the original intact protein source.

The third ingredient is corn starch. Corn starch is derived from the endosperm of the corn kernel. Typically, corn starch is used as a binder in kibble.

The fourth 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.

The fifth ingredient is 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.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Hill's Prescription Diet Skin/Food Sensitivities z/d Original 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 dicalcium phosphate. Dicalcium phosphate (misnomer for dibasic calcium phosphate) is commonly used in pet food and treats as a dietary calcium supplement. It can also be found in breakfast cereals, enriched flour, noodle products, pharmaceutical tablets, and toothpastes.

The next ingredient is calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is a naturally occurring mineral supplement. Although it's often used as a dietary calcium supplement, it can also be used as a preservative or color retainer.

Then we have potassium chloride, which is a potassium supplement.

Moving on, we have iodized salt. Iodized salt is simply table salt mixed with very small amounts of iodine-containing salt. Iodine is an important natural element required by dogs to maintain good health.

Moving on with this review, we have choline chloride. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

The remaining ingredients in this Hill's Prescription Diet Skin/Food Sensitivities z/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.