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Hills Prescription Diet

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Millie1 Fri 05-Aug-11 21:38:01

vet has recommended we put our elderly and shockingly overweight lab on Hills Prescription JD Calorie Controlled Diet. Does anyone have any experience of Hills Prescription Diet? Have read many threads recommending JWB, Burns etc and have been considering the Burns High Oats food before seeing vet today.

Any views please?

hephaestus Fri 05-Aug-11 22:28:15


Whole Grain Corn, Soybean Mill Run, Chicken By-Product Meal, Powdered Cellulose, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Flaxseed, Caramel Color, Iodized Salt, (Vitamins and minerals)"

Awful, awful, awful and so expensive.

Skinners duck/turkey/salmon and rice would be much better and is £20 for 15kg. Is there a medical reason the dog is so overweight?

Millie1 Fri 05-Aug-11 23:23:37

Mmmm had looked at ingredients Heph and have a vague recollection of reading not so good reports of the Hills stuff in relation to ingredients. No, no medical reason (a long story) but we do need to be careful as she's a 14 yr old lab so need to get weight off to take extra strain of organs and limbs! Vet suggested the JD range in the hope that it would help her arthritis. Will look into Skinners and do more research - our Border Terrier pup has not long started on the Natures Menu frozen complete nuggets and they're working great for him so am considering same for lab. Thanks!!

MotherJack Fri 05-Aug-11 23:37:45

Not so good, according to this. My vet recently recommended Purina OM to my dog in the absence of finding out why she was gaining weight at an alarming rate... and said I wanted to go and research it before I bought any. Glad I did.

So, basically what Heph says. I have now bookmarked this site and will be switching to BARF as soon as I move and get a spare freezer smile

Scuttlebutter Sat 06-Aug-11 00:02:43

OP, if dog is very overweight,then you may find it helpful to think about hydrotherapy/swimming? As it's non weight bearing it would be ideal to help your lab along with a sensible diet. Would really help his fitness. We have an elderly arthritic greyhound who is loving it. If you are insured, your policy may cover the costs.

Another one here who's switched to a non kibble, raw type diet - our dogs are looking fantastic.

Millie1 Sat 06-Aug-11 08:52:21

Thanks guys - hadn't thought of hydrotherapy Scuttle - what a brilliant idea. We had her in kennels recently and I know they have a hydrotherapy pool so will look into it. No insurance ... we just pay bills and happily til now it's just been one minor ear op and having her spayed years back!

minimu11 Sat 06-Aug-11 09:56:42

Don't do it dreaful food with ingredients that are banned in Europe as they can cause cancer.

Feed less and exercise more - Chappie would be better than Hills! Little and often with the exercise would be best for an oldie several short walks a day. Raw feeding would be even bettter and easier to control quantities!

You can add glucosmaine and chrondroitin to help the arthitis try yumove tablets

Millie1 Sat 06-Aug-11 16:01:08

Thanks Minimu - thanks for the name of the tablets ... Had wondered whether there's a supplement available. Think we're going to finish current food and then put her on the Natures Menu so as both dogs get the same food. Yes, short walks are the way to go I think with little and often being the key.

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