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Hill's Prescription Diet j/d Dry Review

Type of food

Complete dry extruded

Dog types

Pet dogs

Targeted conditions

Joint support

Breed sizes

Suitable for toy breed dogs
Adult weight 1-4kg. e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier
Suitable for small breed dogs
Adult weight 4-10kg. e.g. Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russell
Suitable for medium breed dogs
Adult weight 10-25kg. e.g. Border Collie, Staffie, Springer, Vizsla
Suitable for large breed dogs
Adult weight 25-45kg. e.g. Boxer, Labrador, Greyhound
Suitable for giant breed dogs
Adult weight 45kg+ e.g. Bernese, Great Dane, Mastiff

Dog ages

From 12 months to old age

Pack sizes

2kg, 5kg & 12kg bags


12kg bags = £66.99


Veterinary diet: This food is specifically formulated for dogs with a particular health problem. Be sure to consult with your vet before feeding this food.

For the management of severe or short term illness, we recommend following your veterinarian's feeding advice, regardless of the rating we have given their recommended food.

For longer term and more mild illnesses, however, there are generally other options that are worth considering.

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AADF rating


At a glance

Natural: Free from added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients
Not high in meat: Contains less than 30% meat ingredients (on a dry matter basis) or meat percentage is unspecified
Not hypoallergenic: Contains wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and/or artificial additives or has an ingredient list that is too unclear to rule out their presence
Not clearly labelled:

It is difficult to tell exactly what is in this food due to a lack of labelling clarity.

Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

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Mixing bowl:

Maize, Rice, Flaxseed, Soybean Meal, Poultry Meat Meal, Pea Bran Meal, Digest, Animal Fat, Fish Oil, Dried Whole Egg, Minerals, L-Carnitine, Crustacean Hydrolysate, Pork Cartilage Hydrolysate, Vitamins and Trace Elements.

As fed (BETA):

Typical Analysis

Protein 18.4%, Fat 15.1%, Fibre 5.4%, Moisture 8.0%.


363.0 kcal/100g

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

* NFE carbohydrate level (i.e. not including fibre). Level estimated from available data.


12kg bags RRP


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Company info
Name: Hill's Pet Nutrition
HQ: Kansas, USA
Parent company: Colgate-Palmolive
Brands: Hill's Ideal Balance
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smf1956 11 years ago

This food has been a miracle for my dog, an English Setter with Bilateral Elbow Displasia.
Since being on it, her mobility has improved greatly, her pain has all but gone, and the stiffness in her joints is now minimal.
Prior to the food, she was on monthly Cartrophen injections, daily Seraquin, weekly hydrotherapy, and needed at least 3 doses a week of Metacam (pain killer).
Her symptoms are now so much relieved that she no longer has Seraquin or hydrotherapy, and has needed a maximum of one dose a MONTH of Metacam - and that is usually only because she has overstretched herself during exercise. She still has the monthly Cartrophen injections, but combined with Hills j/d, it has certainly made a huge difference.
My only concern is that the food is very fatty, and even the low calorie variety caused her to gain some weight. The recommended amount was far too high for my dog, and I have reduced it drastically (to less than half). The good thing here is that a bag lasts a lot longer, which is a bonus as it is quite expensive - but so worth it for the benefits.
All in all, I would highly recommend Hills j/d to those who's dogs are suffering joint problems. It has certainly been life changing for our dog.

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Pegasus Pets smf1956 11 years ago

HiHave you asked your vet what ingredients in the the J/D food actually help with your dog's problems? I would suggest it would be the 'crustacean hydrosolate' - which can be found in better dose rates in other dog foods that have better ingredients and are much much cheaper than Hills.

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