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Allergies are very irritating. Itching isnt cute. Indigestion is to be avoided at all costs. That is why I count on Hills Prescription Diet z/d Canine Skin & Food Sensitivities Canine Dry Food for my pets, designed by veterinarians for the diagnosis and nutritional management of food allergy and food intolerance in dogs. Also known as adverse reaction to food, this condition presents potentially serious problems that can result in sensitive or irritated skin, coat and ear conditions or even gastrointestinal upset. Most reactions occur because of an allergy to beef, dairy products or wheat. Prescription Diet z/d Canine Skin & Food Senseitivities food for dogs is formulated with Hill's Hydrolyzed Protein System of highly digestible proteins that minimize the chances of allergic reactions to food. This process breaks down intact animal proteins and virtually eliminates the possibility of an adverse reaction to food. Highly digestible carbohydrates and fats help reduce gastrointestinal workload; while increased omega 3 and 6 fatty acids help nourish the skin. Added antioxidants control cell oxidation and promote a healthy immune system and skin barrier function. For More Info Click Here: www.petfooddirect.com/Brand/Hill's-Prescription-Diet

Features & Benefits

Especially beneficial for dogs with:
  • allergy to foods
  • food intolerance
  • irritated skin, coat and ear conditions
  • digestive problems

Ingredients

Starch, Hydrolyzed Chicken Liver, Soybean Oil (preserved with BHA, propyl gallate and citric acid), Hydrolyzed Chicken, Powdered Cellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Potassium Chloride, Iodized Salt, Choline Chloride, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), DL-Methionine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Beta-Carotene.

Analysis:

Protein min 14.00%
Fat min 10.00%
Crude Fiber max 5.00%
Calcium min 0.50%
Phosphorus min 0.35%

Reviews

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Hill's Prescription Diet z/d Ultra Allergen-Free Canine Dry Food
 
4.5

(based on 403 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (263)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (6)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Dog likes it (109)
  • Easy to digest (84)
  • Nutritional (61)
  • Improves coat (38)
  • Tasty (37)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (79)
  • Causes irritation (3)

Best Uses

  • Special needs (81)
  • Larger dogs (33)
  • Active dogs (30)
  • Older dogs (27)
  • Smaller dogs (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Long-time pet owner (120), New owner (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Major improvement

My pug Lily has had terrible skin issues her entire life. She was getting sores and blisters in between her toes of her paws, in her folds and on her private areas and...Read complete review

My pug Lily has had terrible skin issues her entire life. She was getting sores and blisters in between her toes of her paws, in her folds and on her private areas and butt. Also , had constant ear infections and was miserable half the time. We switched her to ZD 4 years ago and it all ended. She hasn't had a sore since and has only had the occasional ear infection. She likes it, granted there isn't much food she does't like. We started adding a large spoon full of the canned ZD to her dry last year, just because she's old and deserves a little treat. She does still lick her feat a ton but we think it is more of a nervous habit than an itching issue. Great product and has saved a ton of money is vet appointments.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Meh

Not surprisingly, our female Lab mix has a very sensitive stomach; z/d Ultra is the only thing we've found that she can consistently eat without getting sick (and even then it's hardly...Read complete review

Not surprisingly, our female Lab mix has a very sensitive stomach; z/d Ultra is the only thing we've found that she can consistently eat without getting sick (and even then it's hardly foolproof, as anything from a Cheez-It to a leaf in the yard can cause problems for days). We didn't know she had this issue when we got her, and I won't give her up just because she has a bad stomach, but it's not much fun and z/d is the only option we know of that offers any relief. That said, if we could find a less-expensive brand for her, we'd switch in a heartbeat. Honestly I find the price on this stuff ridiculous. I know that you have to pay for quality and I appreciate that it's available, but spending over $1,000 a year on dog food is beyond anything we ever expected. Incidentally, having to spend that much on food has reduced the amount that we've been able to budget towards other veterinary care, which sucks but is our reality. I thought that signing up for the website and printing out coupons would help, but it turns out that's only a one-time offer and is basically useless. Anyway- I would only recommend this as a last-ditch option for someone in our situation, but the cost would keep me from recommending it for any other reason. I have no problem with companies making a profit, but I get a pit in my stomach every month when I have to go pick up another bag, and I hope at some point Hills will either drop the price tag a bit or someone else will come out with an option that's viable for our dog.

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3.0

Really expensive

By Nixie

from Indianapolis, IN

About Me Long-time Pet Owner

Pros

  • Dog Likes It
  • Easy To Digest

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Special Needs

Comments about Hill's Prescription Diet z/d Ultra Allergen-Free Canine Dry Food:

The kibble size pellets are so small that our dog does not chew it. She just licks it up and swallows it whole. She can clean out her bowl in about 30 seconds or less. She can't eat anything else so she does not get to chew on anything except the special dog treats we can give her. It would be nice if they made a large dog size kibble that the dog would have to chew rather than just inhaling it. I see there are other large dog owners who would like to see the same thing happen. Hopefully the maker of this food will hear our voices and make a change. Even though we all may like this dog food for our dogs, it could still be made better. So just because we like it and would even recommend it to others, it could still use some improvement. So please don't ignore our voices.

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1.0

25lbs of expensive cornstarch!

By shannonbaker87

from Guilford, VT, United States

Comments about Hill's Prescription Diet z/d Ultra Allergen-Free Canine Dry Food:

I am starting to feed my dog this food after being told to try it by my vet. It's too soon to tell if it works but I have to be honest....charging this much money for a dog food that has CORN STARCH as the first ingredient has me pretty angry. Not only does it cost an arm and a leg, it has terrible caloric/nutritional value and he has to eat a TON of it compared to any other food I've ever fed him. I have a pretty big dog so he eats alot so I'm glad this is only a food trial. BTW I feel so bad watching him eat this food, he looks like he hates it.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

works wonders

By thehuskymom

from Michigan, United States

Comments about Hill's Prescription Diet z/d Ultra Allergen-Free Canine Dry Food:

Works wonders for food sensitivities. My husky went a year of having bouts of diarrhea. I refused to believe it was his food. Ultrasound, radiographs and full blood work up showed nothing. Put him on z/d for about 6 months and he did phenomenal. I wanted to see what he was actually sensitive to so I started using limited ingredient diets with a single protein and single carb. He did well on a lot of those for a while then had an unknown bout of GI issues (without even switching his food) so we went back to this. I had finished off a bag of the "old formula" then switched to the "new improved formula". My dog still loves it but I'm angry that the kibble size is much smaller AND the food now contains 50ish less kcal per cup. I have a skinny large breed dog to begin with and now I have to feed him even more food per day for him to put some pounds on when the price of this food is high. I see I'm not the only one bummed about kibble size. Make a large breed and high cal formula please.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Kibble size change was stupid

By whocares

from Oregon, United States

Comments about Hill's Prescription Diet z/d Ultra Allergen-Free Canine Dry Food:

The size of the kibble is now the same as cat food. Don't you stop tothinkthat many large breed dogs are on this food? And, since it is sensitive stomach, they can't eat other foods without issues. My Aus Shep has been on z/d for over 10 years. She can't eat chew bones and raw bones and such for her teeth /gums because of stomach upset, vomiting, diareah. So the large kibble gave her some chewing material. The small kibble she just swallows. Then to do it with nothing on the bags or web site or whatever. Also, her calorie level was carefully measured for her weight, so with the changes you made, it screwed everything up. It is like you care nothing for the pet ya just do whatever ya want.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hill's listenings to their consumers

By Concerned Pet Owner

from Atlanta

Comments about Hill's Prescription Diet z/d Ultra Allergen-Free Canine Dry Food:

Hill's honestly cares about the pets that consume their food and the quality of what they deliver. The are concerned that the product is palatable for different breeds which I do not believe is the case with all manufacturers. They know that their prescription diets are key to a quality of life for many pets as is the case with my dogs who both eat Z/D and are toy breed. They listen and show they truly understand pet nutrition.

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