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Hills prescription diet canine h/d, available from VioVet, has been developed for the nutritional management of heart disease in senior dogs. Inefficient heart valves or weakened heart muscle are the most commonly medicated complaints, with the onset of fluid-retention leading to extreme discomfort and being exacerbated by diets with a high sodium content. Hills prescription diet recognises this problem and has specially formulated a recipe with reduced sodium levels, as well combining nutrients such as taurine (most effective in cats) and L-carnitine, which are known for being beneficial to heart muscle and helping to control the symptoms of onsetted fluid retention and heart disease.
These ranges are a starting point only, because dogs' needs vary. Adjust the feeding amount to maintain optimal body weight.
|Body Weight (kg)||Cans 370g||Dry Grams|
|2.5||1/3 - 1/2||50 - 65|
|5||2/3 - 3/4||80 - 110|
|10||1 - 1 1/2||135 - 185|
|20||1 3/4 - 2 1/3||225 - 310|
|30||2 1/3 - 3 1/4||305 - 425|
|40||3 - 4||380 - 525|
|50||3 1/2 - 4 3/4||450 - 620|
|60+||3/4 per 10kg||9 - 11 per kg|
A 370g can is equal to 130 grams of the dry food.
|KEY FEATURES||KEY BENEFITS|
|Sodium Chloride||Low||Helps control clinical signs associated with sodium and fluid retention.|
|Optimally controlled||Allow patients to receive diuretics or ACE inhibitors.|
|Supplemented||Helps maintain normal heart muscle function.|
|Reduced||Helps slow progression of concurrent renal insufficiency|
|B-complex vitamins||Increased||Counters increased losses in patients receiving diuretics.|
|Superior antioxidant formula||Added||Neutralises free radicals to support cardiac function.|
Chicken, ground maize, ground rice, pork liver, animal fat, sucrose, digest, potassium citrate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, taurine, magnesium oxide, L-tryptophan, L-carnitine supplement, vitamins and trace elements.
|Ingredients (Dry): Chicken: Maize, wheat, animal fat, chicken (22%) and turkey meal, soybean oil, minerals, digest, dried whole egg, cellulose, L-carnitine, vitamins, taurine, trace elements and beta-carotene. With a natural antioxidant (mixed tocopherols).|
Electrolyte levels are compatible with both diuretic and ACE inhibitor therapy.
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Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Hill's Prescription Diet h/d Heart Care with Chicken Flavor Dog Food, including answers from our team.
My 8year old king Charles can just been diagnosed with early signs of heart failed she is really well in herself and responding to medication really well. After a short stay in hospital she came home with severe dihorea at the moment she is eating tinned zd the dihorea has well passed now so I would like to put her on a dry food my vet has recommended zd kd hd I would welcome your advise.
Hills z/d is normally used for dietary allergies. It can help with a digestive upset too, but is unlikely to be needed by your dog long-term. I would agree that either h/d or k/d would be beneficial for yor dog. The h/d is intended for dogs with a degree of heart failure. The k/d is used primarily for kidney conditions, but is similar to h/d and it is almost as good as h/d for heart conditions. Neither of these diets are as tasty as normal diets, so your dog might not take to them very happily. They are very good foods though.
what does it treat? how does it work? who is it not indicated for?
Hills H/D Prescription Diet is used to manage heart disease in senior dogs by providing reduced sodium levels with a combination of nutrients such as L-Carnitine and Taurine which are beneficial to the heart muscle and help to better control fluid retention.
This diet is not recommended for cats, puppies, pregnant or lactating bitches, dogs with sodium depletion (e.g. following severe vomiting or diarrhoea) or dogs with hyperlipidaemia or pancreatitis, or with a history of, or at risk of, pancreatitis.