Rated 3 out of 5 by Twooz my old man likes it!
Dog will be 17 this August and he's showing severe signs of joint disease now... Got this to see if he would eat it (historically, my pets have all shunned Hill's, and I personally have always felt there were better products out there). HE ATE IT!
So, a quickie review:
1 - this is a COMPLETE and BALANCED formula. Some of the SD foods are marked to be fed intermittently or else supplementally, but this one is safe to feed for maintenance and without interruption. I would not give it to a puppy, as the Dry Matter Basis protein is only 20% (adult dogs require at least 18, puppies need more!).
2 - this is the CLOSEST level of DMB Protein I have found! My dog is also showing EARLY signs of kidney disease and I thought that it was a bad idea to reduce his protein intake... Until I researched it and learned that about the minimum for adults (18% based on a dry matter basis), and then checked the foods I had been using in rotation. YIKES, I was killing my dog! I do not feed this alone (I combine it with other lower protein options, ranging from this 20% to 25%), because my dogs have always had all kinds of food and they don't typically accept a "bland, one food forever diet."
3 - It mashed pretty easy into some of the kibble that we are NOT buying again... I put about 1/4 the can in to see if he'd eat it and it mashed in really nicely actually: not so wet it stuck to everything and also not so dry it crumbled off the food. It has a pretty good texture compared to what I recall of the old SD foods (which were like... gel...).
4 - NOT a fan of the first 6 ingredients: Corn is the 6th and corn is usually 1, GMO (genetically modified to be either a pesticide or herbicide resistant by producing its own toxins), and 2, not as easy to digest or available for nutrient absorption. And what by product of pork are we talking, exactly, here, Hill's? Organ meats are considered a by product, and I have fed raw organ meats before in my rotation, so that wouldn't bother me. I'm hoping that's what it is (and not something higher in protein but WORTHLESS to digest, such as feet/hoof material...).
I paid 2.79 per can at the veterinarian's office, and Chewy has it .04 cheaper. I'll be buying from Chewy since I'm mixing about 1 can a day into the rest of his food. Not my favorite product but I definitely have to admit that it at least doesn't turn my dog 100% off and make me feel awful for trying to add more "joint stuff" in when and where possible.
6 - the only OTHER complaint I have about this food is the same as the ones coming out of California right now: there is nothing in this formula indicating that it REQUIRES a prescription to purchase. You can buy higher amounts of glucosamine and the rest of the "joint compounds" in concentrated doses pretty much anywhere without an Rx. It annoys me that I have to get an Rx for it, and I'm not sure who exactly enforces this but it's a bit silly, considering I bought it at work today (ok, I work for a vet...) WITHOUT an Rx. My boss didn't think I needed one, but ok, I'll get it...
Bottom line: Great food to add into your dog's diet, provided you account for calories and ingredients/nutrients and adjust the rest of the diet accordingly. BEST DMB protein level I've found to date, for those seeking safe foods for kidney dogs too!
January 12, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5 by Etsufin Prescription Canned JD
My Henry (min pin) has been on prescription JD since he was 1-1/2 he's 4 know. My doctor suggested I get him on wet food. He ate once and after that he wouldn't, so I put a little virgin olive oil (not a lot just enough to give it flavor) he loves it. Both are good for his coat and skin, he gets wet in the morning and dry in the evening and with him being a small dog both 8lb bag dry and 12 cans wet will last him a long time.
November 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by JeannieT Great dog food!
My dogs love this! I noticed my shelties hair is coming in better and she seems to be getting around better. This dog food is great and my babies love it!!!
October 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by uvlaw Vet Recommended, Really Helps
We have a 5 year old Llewlyn (English) Setter, who is very active and runs like the wind, but recently started pulling up lame, and started having trouble getting up. We took her to a major vet school, and a vet who is an expert in canine arthritis, and a well known veternary surgeon.
He diagnosed our dog with severe hip dysplasia and/or hip arthritis. Eventually he wants to replace her hip, but for now he recommended the Hill's J/D prescription dog food, which he says contains a large content of fish oil, which is rich in omega fatty acids, and which he said cuts back on inflammation which is big part of arthritis.
He seems to have been right. We've been feeding our Setter the Hill's j/d for a couple of months now, and she really seems to be moving better, and in less pain. It really seems to have helped.
October 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gage810 amazing results
My chocolate lab had bilateral acl surgery before he was 2yrs old. After those surgeries we found that he had bilateral elbow dysplasia. It's hard seeing ur 5 year old act so much older. After about a month on the dry and wet food, I saw a lot of changes. His limping after exercise went down about 80%. It was remarkable. And the interesting thing that I noticed the most was his increase in energy and personality. It made me realize that he was in more pain and had more stiffness before the food. The only issue I have is with the weight gain. If anyone has a lab, you know weight is a constant issue. I originally had him on a low calorie food and was feeding him 2 cups twice a day. He is a big lab so getting him down to 90 lbs was great. He looked very lean. But the j/d food is a lot higher in calories. So I cut it down to 3 cups a day. And he's gained probably 8lbs. Labs already act so hungry all the time, it's hard to cut the food down any further. I refuse to feed him a cup at each meal. So it's hard because it's either fat and happy, or lean (which is better on his joints) and the added stiffness that comes with it =( But if weight isn't an issue. This food is absolutely worth it! All the joint supplements and pain meds and anti-inflammatory pills aren't needed anymore, making the price of the dog food worth it!
February 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MomofCharlie He eats it!
Charlie is/has been a very picky eater (he is 1 1/2 years now). He has been given some of the best canned food and kibble you carry yet he did not eat enough. In desperation I started to cook him people meats and it didn't help!
My vet was very concerned that he is too thin no matter what we fed him. So she gave me a script for this special diet food to see what would happen because he had us wrapped around his doggie finger!. When I opened up this diet can I figured he wouldn't even touch it which is what he does if a food doesn't strike his fancy. Low and behold he eats it. I am amazed and he is finally gaining weight. Yeah!
June 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by dogmomdwd didn't like
Unfortunately my dog didn't like this. However, he is very picky. I really wanted him to like this because I heard so many great things about it. Maybe if they added gravy it would be better.
April 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hugie oh boy!!!
great on Pizza!!!!! Also great on muffins...yummy,yummy,yummy.....!!!!
March 22, 2016