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Hills Recalls SD Prescription Diet M/D Dry Food

By March 31, 2007

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Friday, Hills Pet Nutrition Inc. expanded its voluntary recall to include all lot numbers of its Science Diet Prescription Diet M/D dry food. Hills' Science Diet Savory Cuts Feline canned cat food was recalled by Menu Foods in the original pet food recall, first announced March 16, 2007. The Friday announcement on Hills' web site indicates that the latest recalled product is the only product sold by Hills Pet Nutrition Inc. in the U.S. and Canada that contains wheat gluten from any source.

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March 31, 2007 at 6:36 pm
(1) Jean says:

I am so upset about this whole situation. My cat is on a/d a canned
prescrption food for irritable bowel
syndrome, which is made by Hills! It
is to the point you don!t know what is
safe.

March 8, 2011 at 5:59 am
(2) sandra says:
March 31, 2007 at 7:37 pm
(3) Susan says:

My cat dudley has been on Hill’s KD for an already existing kidney problem! Is this product safe? I am at my wits end!

April 1, 2007 at 10:50 am
(4) suek says:

my cat has been on dry m.d. and i have spent thousands on this cat trying to figure out why her urine output changes so much blood sugur goes from 490 to 80! NOW poor girl was being poisoned. thanks! and i now have all the bills.

April 1, 2007 at 12:08 pm
(5) Brenda says:

Suek, I’m in the same club! I put my cat on dry M/D to help her lose weight. Then the huge urine output and drinking ensued…her blood sugar went nuts which we assumed were classic symptoms of diabetes…which we’ve been trying to treat her for. But, her blood sugar levels never go down even though I’ve had her on two differnt types of insulin using various amounts. Now her hind legs aren’t working right. It MUST be the cat food! Let’s just hope that we have caught this in time and that the “poisons” can get out of their little systems! (Yes, and there are all of the vet bills that we’ve been paying to trying to figure this all out. It’s all very upsetting and disconcerting, to say the least)

April 1, 2007 at 12:42 pm
(6) peggy coar says:

My cat eats prescription diet kd because of her age and kidney condition. Is this safe? I must know and I will talk to my vet on monday. Can you avise me what to do?

April 1, 2007 at 1:14 pm
(7) Jen says:

I have three gorgeous cats and I buy them various Hill’s dry food products; I very rarely give them wet food, for which I thought I was grateful for. Last year in June my oldest cat had given birth to four beautiful kittens, three weeks later they all died from flea anaemia, we thought we were doing everything right for them but they still perished, most of them in my arms. I was devastated by all of this … I became clinically depressed as all of my pets are like kids to me (I can’t have any human kids).

I couldn’t imagine what would happen if anything happened to my babies. I rang the Hill’s Hotline wanting to be ensured that what I feed my cats would be safe and they assured me that they would because the M/D product was made by a Coal Mine and the rest of the products were made by Hill’s themselves, very small comfort if you ask me.

April 1, 2007 at 1:18 pm
(8) Brigit says:

I am so fed up like I had eaten this stuff myself. My cat is on r/d NOT m/d.
Always healthy I noticed a bloody sore
on her neck since 2 days, gosh am I
running, like thousands others, now to
the vet.Why, because the may add this
one tomorrow on their list ???!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD,
man can’t eat spinach or peanut butter
any more, pet can’t eat their food
anymore. Is this the beginning of
THE END?????

April 1, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(9) Pam says:

Is the Science Diet “Hairball” dry food safe? Please respond as this is the best food I’ve found for “no hairballs”.
Thanks,
Rascal, Harley, Jaspurr, Tabby, Escape’, Tiger –and their human mom.

April 1, 2007 at 4:54 pm
(10) MARY says:

I was giving my cat Z/D for allergies. Well, I am not going to give it to her anymore. I am searching the NET for homemade receipes !! I found one that is simple. 7oz mashed sardines, 1/4 cup of dry non fat milk and 1/2 cup of wheatgerm. Roll into 24 balls. Put on greased cookie sheet. Press down on each one with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees until brown.

Tomorrow, it may be Z/D on the hitlist. I am not going to take that risk. My cat is too precious .

April 1, 2007 at 5:56 pm
(11) jo says:

Suek and Brenda,

My cat has been on MD for over a year for a diabetic disorder. She is on insulin with blood levels dropping as low as 90 to as high as 360. I can’t believe this is happening to my poor cat who has to tolerate insulin shots twice a day. She had liver problems and now this! Yes, my vet bills are high and I was paying over $40.00 dollars for a bag of MD cat to make her feel worst than she felt before. How awful! My other cat is on Science Diet…you can never be sure of what you are giving your cats.

April 1, 2007 at 9:00 pm
(12) Abby Macias says:

How about the I/D Hills Prescription Diet dry food? Is this ok? I have been giving it to my cat for almost one year. All I hear is about M/D and/or K/D. Please let me know about the I/D dry food. Thanks!

April 1, 2007 at 10:52 pm
(13) April says:

Brenda
The problem w/your cat’s hind legs not working is called diabetic neuropothy. I’ve experienced this first-hand w/my cat Emmet. According to my vets, the dry version of m/d is high in glucose-a result of the binding agents used w/dry foods. My Emmet has done awesome on canned m/d-to the point we should be removing him from all insulin in a few weeks. Ditch the dry m/d and go to canned!

April 2, 2007 at 3:09 am
(14) Ali says:

What are the symptoms that your cat may be at risk? I have 3 cats and only 1 out of the 3 have been acting differently. Willow looks as if she has been losing weight and I’ve seen her vomit twice now, which is not a normal thing for her, she rarely even coughs up hairballs. I have not noticed any unusual behavior with my other 2 cats Smokey or Coal, so Im not sure if it was the food or something else.

April 2, 2007 at 9:14 am
(15) J says:

My beautiful cat was put down on friday night due to liver failure. She has been on M/D for three years. I had her for almost 11 years. I am devestated and heartbroken. The vet says it isn’t likely to do with the recall, but I feel so guilty about it. My baby girl is gone and I miss her so much.

April 2, 2007 at 11:11 am
(16) Leaha says:

You think your animal is safe and healthy when you buy from the veterinarian. I guess not!

April 2, 2007 at 11:13 am
(17) Leaha says:

You think your animal is safe and healthy when you buy from the veterinarian. I guess not! Perhaps I will start making my own food for my pets. At least I will know what is in it. Could not believe that I had to throw out all my animal food this morning. My dog and cat have been eating this crap for years. So far so good. Could explain all the vomiting from my cat though!

April 2, 2007 at 12:31 pm
(18) dana says:

My cat Gretzky was diagnosed at diabetic last August. We had him on Hills MD Pres. Diet -both hard and soft food. By October his health had declined so badly (and the vet could not figure out why) that we had to put him down. Is it possible the food was contaminated as far back as September and contributed to his death??

April 2, 2007 at 3:18 pm
(19) Lyn says:

My cat died from eating Iams pouches, and I am beyond sick and heart-broken. How could this happen. I am furious that nothing is safe, what’s next, babies dying from poison baby food? Some are saying to cook the pet food yourself, well how do we know if the raw meats are safe. I am afraid of everything now.

April 2, 2007 at 3:46 pm
(20) Jane says:

My cat was diagnosed with diabetes in November 2006 and put on m/d. My bag of m/d was the second purchased early this year. Because he developed renal failure, his food was changed and I still had a bag hanging around. He had normal blood test at his teeth cleaning in May and his blood tests in November did not show renal failure, only diabetes. I’ve contacted Hill’s and had contact information collected. Does anyone know who to contact at the FDA?

Regarding the diabetic neuropathy – magnet insoles by NIKKEN have been clinically tested and show to reverse the condition in humans. You could get a pet bed for your cat by the same company. This might be what is keeping my cat alive after eating the tainted food. I’d be happy to give you more information.

April 2, 2007 at 7:48 pm
(21) Diane says:

My cats were on Iams from 1998 up till 2003. Vet took them off and put them on Hills Prescription CD because 2 of my 4 cats, 1 ended up with Kidney and Liver desease, my purebred Ragamuffin ended up with his kidneys so blocked he couldnt pass urine. He had crystals in both his Kidneys and Bladder. So from 2003 to now they have been on Hills CD. I wonder if this is safe and I also even wonder if perhaps the foods, Iams was poisoned back in 2000 and they just never tested it to find out. My Salem died 2 yrs ago of the Kidney and Liver desease. He was such a special sweet cat, it sickened me when I think that what I’ve been feeding him may have killed him. Very sad My Ragamuffin , Bandit he will always be sick, poor guy gets kidney infections every 2 months now and he is only 3 1/2 yrs old.

April 3, 2007 at 3:46 pm
(22) Lori says:

My cat was on Hills M/D for about 1 month because of elevated blood sugars (170). After 2 weeks of being on M/D gher sugar was down to 88. Would she show signs of being poisoned yet? My vet switched her to M/D canned about 3 days ago. Should I already be seeing symptoms if she had any of the poisoned food?

April 3, 2007 at 3:47 pm
(23) Lori says:

My cat was on Hills M/D for about 1 month because of elevated blood sugars (170). After 2 weeks of being on M/D her sugar was down to 88. Would she show signs of being poisoned yet? My vet switched her to M/D canned about 3 days ago. Should I already be seeing symptoms if she had any of the poisoned food?

April 3, 2007 at 4:19 pm
(24) jodi says:

my boy cat is diabetic and was on Hill’s M/D my other 2 girl cats also were eating it,for about a year now.I haven’t seen any changes in their health they all are ok.But I’m watching them like a hawk.I am so worried about them they are my world.I want to know if they have tested the M/D food and if the food contained the poison?Is this a recall because they know it’s poisoned or are they just being safe and if they don’t know test the food.

April 3, 2007 at 5:34 pm
(25) Liz says:

You all should check out http://www.catinfo.org and get on the feline diabetes message board if your cat has diabetes. Science Diet and Hills in general has been known for years to contain some very questionable ingredients. Vets continue to say “it’s a good product”. Please!! You CANNOT feed this to a diabetic cat and they should not be eating dry food in the first place. Most vets are very uneducated about nutrition and certainly do not know how to properly treat a diabetic cat.

April 3, 2007 at 10:33 pm
(26) Lauren says:

My cat, Mickey, had been eating Prescription m/d for almost a year. In the last couple of months, he started throwning his food back up, almost whole, nearly everytime he ate it. I switched him to Innova EVO (has MUCH better ingredients) about a week ago and he hasn’t thrown up yet. I took him to the vet after the initial recall scare because he was eating wet Iams food, and his blood tests looked good. I’m going to continue watching him though, it makes me so nervous. I’m so infuriated with this whole situation, you think you’re doing the right thing buying expensive food from the vet, I’m going to stick to more organic foods from now on.

April 3, 2007 at 10:35 pm
(27) Andrea says:

I’d like to point out that only M/D is being recalled and suggest you don’t panic over any other diet food.
The food was not poisoned. Suggest you go onto the internet and do some research before panicing. And remember, the wet m/d is still fine to feed.

April 3, 2007 at 11:20 pm
(28) bill says:

Where have all you people been for the past 5 years. It has been well publicized that Iams ingredients “as well as many other commercial pet foods” have been suspect as well as the barbaric testing they do to check the nutritional values of there food. Just check out the PETA web site for more on that issue. It seems to me that if you were really so concerned about your cats you would have done more research on what your feeding them in the first place. On that subject just google rendering plants.

April 5, 2007 at 3:48 am
(29) Tanya says:

You’re an idiot Bill! Of course we love our cats! However, we DO listen to what the Vet tells us and go with that, even thousands of dollars later! I’m sorry if we all have jobs, children and other responsibilites as well that we don’t have the time to research what our cats are eating! We try hard to care for them and we DO love them, so don’t you dare sit there and act like WE have done something wrong!

April 5, 2007 at 8:19 pm
(30) Marcia says:

I am now making my own cat food. Here is one recipe full of vitamins: 2/3 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup biscuit mix
4 chicken livers, cooked in water, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons corn oil
Pinch iodized salt
Mix all ingredients together well.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

April 5, 2007 at 9:44 pm
(31) Christine from Canada says:

To all Cat Lovers – like myself – I feel that we, all of us, need to make a ‘ voice ‘ heard – from everything to the cost of vet bills incurred by this holy mess – to regulations being implanted to guarantee that we, as cat lovers/animal lovers never, never have to go through this again. Once again, the big companies, the big CEO’s, the person whom is responsible for this – is NOT being held accountable – we as cat/animal lovers have to start voicing our concerns !!! There is probably hundreds of us, that can not afford these vet bills, nor the trauma of god forbid having to have to put one of their animals to sleep – because of improper screening of foods. Wonder what we as humans are actually consuming ??????

April 5, 2007 at 10:03 pm
(32) Mindy says:

Hi! I’ve bought a couple of different foods for my cat. So far they’re all by purina. One called naturals is also from purina. So I’ve stopped giving her all of the foods and I give her peoples food, tuna in the can we can’t go wrong there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 6, 2007 at 7:40 am
(33) Dedee says:

April 6, 2007 at 8:01 am
(34) Dedee says:
April 6, 2007 at 9:38 am
(35) DF says:
April 6, 2007 at 1:15 pm
(36) Matt says:

I think a class-action suit against the supplier and distributors would send a real clear signal to people making pet food: don’t f*ck with our pets! And don’t f*ck with us! They skimp on ingredients and quality control because what do they care, these are “just animals”. Well, not to us they are not. Let’s get lawyered up and SUE THE BASTARDS NOW!!!

April 6, 2007 at 1:30 pm
(37) Mary Cappelmann says:

I am now feeding all my cats a holistic diet. This is more expensive, but it contains no wheat or corn products. I think anyone on these products can be assured that these products are safe. Some of the names I feed are – Chicken Soup for The Cat Lovers soul – Innova – Evolve – Artemis – Solid Gold. If you can find any of these in your area, they are relatively safe. They are also sold online, I have them shipped direct to my home from Pookies Bow Wow Bakery in Winter Park, Florida. These products contain no grains – and no meat by products such as organ meats or chicken necks or feathers. My cats once on supermarket foods had hairballs and I was cleaning up messes all the time. On these foods they thrive – no hairballs – their coats shine and they seem to like them better than the other foods I used to feed. They also do not scratch or have fleas. (I also use 20 mule team borax in my carpets for fleas – have been flea free for over 20 years). Tuna in the can depletes Vitamin E, so be careful feeding this. Try Salmon or chicken, although this is not a complete diet and is lacking many of the necessary nutrients. We can never be sure any diet is foolproof. Even human foods have a long recall list. I hope this helps some of you.

April 7, 2007 at 12:05 am
(38) Obduratus says:

Guys, I know that you all are outraged by Hills as much as I am, charging consumers outrageous prices for some food that ends up killing our loved ones only after a few days or weeks at best.

My cat, Sage, right now is in my house, slowly dying of Kidney Failure. I have been feeding him K/D since he developed the symptoms of CKD a few years ago.

I have talked to several vets in our local area, worked for one of them in the past even, and they all agree that the problem only seems to be with m/d for now, and k/d has NO wheat gluten in it (high protien additive, which is bad for cats with kidney issues, hence the lack of it in k/d and g/d).

My cat _is_ dying, and probably will not survive this latest attack. Hills needs to pay for this irresponsible behavior, but still no evidence points to k/d being affected at all. Take it for what you can, I’m not 100% sure that my cat didn’t get sick from the food, but all I can do is hope that he gets better.

Good luck to all of you. I hope this nightmare ends soon.

April 7, 2007 at 6:58 pm
(39) bill says:

Tanya
I never stated that you don’t love your cats.
There is a certain responsibility that goes with owning a pet. If you haven’t got the time to research what you are feeding your cats then maybe you shouldn’t have pets. You wouldn’t feed your children just anything off the shelf I hope.

April 9, 2007 at 2:32 pm
(40) Damaris says:
April 11, 2007 at 11:48 pm
(41) molly says:

Mindy, tuna in the can is bad if you only feed that because of the mercury. you can do a search for a cat food chicken recipe and maybe take turns between the tuna and chicken? I wish I had anwsers, too.

April 12, 2007 at 4:38 pm
(42) Mike says:

Cats are carnivors,dogs are omnivors.Look at Hills first few ingredients then answer your own questions.Look at Nutura, Eagle Holistic and Timberwolf if you want the best possible for your family member dog or cat!

April 16, 2007 at 2:39 pm
(43) Kat says:

My cat died. She was being treated for diabetes and we had been feeding her Hill’s Prescription Diet m/d for months along with insulin twice a day. Her blood sugar levels flip flopped all over the place and then she suddenly died of acute kidney failure! I had been poisoning her all that time and she suffered terribly. I’m interested in a class action suit against Hills. Does anybody know of one going on?

April 19, 2007 at 4:18 pm
(44) Susie311 says:

My cat died and I’m sure it was due to Prescription Diet S/D. This product has not be recalled but Casey had all the symptoms – jaundiced gums, vomiting, fatigue, frequent urination, extreme thirst. The vet had no idea what was wrong as this all occurred on March 12th, before we really knew about the problems with food. Has anyone else had problems with Prescription Diet S/D?

April 20, 2007 at 11:18 am
(45) Scott says:

I have a 9 year old calico that was eating hills m/d because our other tabby is diabetic so we were giving it to both of them. The calico was diagnosed with chronic renal failure a month ago but the tabby seems to be fine. I’ve filed a case with the FDA in new york but the product hasn’t been tested yet. I would be interested in pursuing a class action suit to recoup the $3000 we’ve paid so far and to compensate for ongoing costs.

April 20, 2007 at 2:11 pm
(46) bill says:

Molly
Never fed your cat Tuna it has a very high mineral content and WILL cause stones and a very high vet bill to operate and remove them. Speaking from experience and a $3000.00 vet bill.

April 20, 2007 at 11:57 pm
(47) Tiffy says:

Mike – dogs are carnivores.
Does anyone know anything bad about science diet i/d for dogs? how about nutro lamb & rice or chicken & oatmeal? My vet says that both of these are fine, but I don’t trust that she really knows. It’s not like our vets make it. I think some of them get kickbacks from the food companies to sell, sell, sell.

April 21, 2007 at 2:35 am
(48) GIN says:

My cat has alot of health problems including asthma and urinary problems with crystals, was on hills c/d prescription but his crystal got worse,vet can’t get blood without gasing him so he can’t get testing done because his breathing is acting up,Changed his diet to prescription s/d to help get rid of crystals,now has glucose in his urine which has never had before.Worried about this food recall and that my cat is feeling worse. Can any body tell me how sugar in urine affects them???????? Does it make weak or what else

April 22, 2007 at 9:27 pm
(49) Gem says:

A good vet does not have time to sell SD and other not-so-good foods, as they are too busy DIAGNOSING and FIXING, and are overwhelmed already from all their business due to their reputation & word of mouth. Click for the truth:
http://rawfed.com/myths/vets.html

The ones who sell SD, according to a Wall Street Journal article, get up to 40% of bag sold.

Dogfoodanalysis.com, among other web resources, lists all ingredients for each food., Or just google dog food ratings/forums/ ingredients for the facts.

Talk about a CONFLICT of INTEREST if you take your affected pet to a McVet who sells you an affected food, you’ll NEVER KNOW. So go to a REAL (NO-FRILLS”) vet!

If there are any doubts about which vets to really trust, just check out these ingredients for one of the Hill’s SD Vet “prescription” dog foods:
Ground Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Peanut Hulls, Chicken by-product Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Meal, Soybean Mill Run, Dried Egg Product, Soybean Oil, Corn Gluten Meal, Iron Oxide, Choline Chloride, L-Lysine, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin …

PROS:
CONS: Inadequate meat content, use of by-products, low quality grain fragments, carcinogenic chemical preservatives,

The first ingredient in this food is Corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain, which limits its nutritional value for dogs. We consider this to be a low quality ingredient. It is also commonly associated with allergy and skin problems. Corn appears a second time on the ingredient list as corn gluten meal. This is the “dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ …. In plain English, that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed. Powdered cellulose is further filler – more commonly known as sawdust. Peanut hulls are the ground outer casings of peanuts, and an utter waste product…

This food uses by-products as the sole meat-related ingredient. Chicken by-product meal – a very low quality ingredient…>>>> Dogfoodanalysis.com

A really good vet has no NEED to be selling this. Look to a Holistic vet for diet advice. And look to a “no frills” vet to just get to the bottom of health issues.

April 24, 2007 at 11:21 am
(50) susie311 says:

Scott,
You stated that you have been feeding your cats Prescription Diet M/D and one of them is having problems. Did you mean to say S/D? The M/D has been recalled. Please let me know.

April 25, 2007 at 7:23 am
(51) Jennifer says:

Gee, Bill, didn’t you research that Tuna before you fed it to your cat? You’re awfully lofty with your opinions considering that you yourself have made a costly mistake in the feeding of your cat. Perhaps you should be a little less judgemental and a little more sympathetic to others.

April 25, 2007 at 5:17 pm
(52) sam says:

hiya..so so sorry to all you people out there suffering this awful nightmare!!!i am from the uk and don’t know if the hills food has been affected here or not..but i am now very worried indeed,,as i was feeding 1 of my cats s/d then c/d for quite sometime for urinary problems…which are still ongoing i now have 2 of my cats with the same problem, but have since changed vets and was adviced to change food, which i did and they now eat royal cannin urinary…every vet has a different opinion..what do you belive…i have even been told to put them back on to tinned(whiskers) which one vet told me caused the problems in the first place…is royal cannin safe? is hills c/d s/d safe in the uk…what am i to do..please help!!!!!like you my cats are my babys and i’ll do anything to take care of them, whatever the cost, you think you vet feels the same and you trust there word…SO SORRY TO ALL OF YOU AFFECTED BY THIS..HOPE IT ALL ENDS SOON..AND ANY SICK ANIMALS RECOVER SOON, MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL..

April 26, 2007 at 3:52 am
(53) gin says:

My response is to Sam,thanks for you caring about our babies.You mentioned you were feeding one of your cats s/d and other c/d. My cat was on s/d because he loaded with crystals took him off of it after a week because he was just weak on it and his urine developed sugar in it.Did your cat act alright on s/d. I went back to c/d,once awhile back before starting c/d, i had him on royal canin but didn’t help his crystals but c/d doesn”t seem to be helping either I was wondering also to anyone who posted here above that has a diabetic cat. What was the beginning signs was it sugar in the urine!!!! I have called hills company,no matter what they say it is extremely hard to believe them ,when we are so worried.The ascpa says on their website that more could be recalled. I am so worried, my heart go out to the people who have lost their babies!!!!!!!!!

April 26, 2007 at 2:11 pm
(54) Tori P. says:

I’m so confused about my next step. I have 3 Himalayanís and they are my pride and joy. Larry is my little boy, and we just returned from the hospital with a $3000.00 vet bill. He was placed on a special diet, “Hills CD” cat food, and since I have to wrangle the dry kibble bowl amongst three kitties, the decision was made to fee them all the same thing. I have been keeping an eye on the FDA’s publications and it’s more and more discouraging all the time… It seamís only a matter of time before this problem reaches the human food supply, or perhaps it already has (according to a press release I just read regarding rice protein)?

April 30, 2007 at 7:28 am
(55) Jess K says:

I was feeding my cat hills m/d and she had been showing some signs of confusion for quite some time on & off, in january/february this increased along with lethargy and she began to have blood in her urine. This was before all the news came out about melamine in pet food. The vet was unsure as to what was wrong with her. I switched her food and on the advice of a naturopath I have put her on a supplement of CoQ10 30mg daily. She has come back to her self, and actually seems a bit more peppy again. It’s sad when we can’t trust a vet brand of food to be made with quality ingredients.

May 4, 2007 at 8:44 am
(56) Pat says:

Hi, My cat asso is on MD, is there something else he might be able to eat for his diabetes, I need a dry food for him (still eating the wet food)

May 8, 2007 at 6:07 pm
(57) Lori says:

Do Not feed Hills /Science just read the label!!! My 14 year old cat had her life saved by Innova and Evo cat foods canned and dry. I have always been concerned when Drs and Vets sell product that there is a bias and simply put Science diets have serious flaws!

May 11, 2007 at 6:38 pm
(58) Jennifer says:

My cat was diagnosed with diabetes in early December. We started her on Hill’s M/D and insulin 2x’s a day. Now she has been diagnosed with kidney problems. I immediately took her off the Hills crap as soon as I heard of the recall and now she is eating Wheat Gluton free canned food Fancy Feast. She is doing so much better on this food. However I truly believe that M/D caused the kidney problems. I want to get my food tested and believe Hill needs to take responsibility for our sick pets. This was supposed to be “medicine food” and there should be no excuses. Besides I am not a rich person and that crappy food was costing me a fortune. Thank you

June 1, 2007 at 2:20 pm
(59) Mike says:

SCIENCE DIET m/d Dry Cat Food …

Fed to my cat, Fendie, for several months. Fendie just died a horrible death at a young age.

SCIENCE DIET Killed My Cat.

June 6, 2007 at 4:58 am
(60) Fiona MacMillan says:

I too believe Hills killed my 5 cats by giving them cancer, kidney failure, cystitis which lead to kidney failure and struvite crystals which stop a cat passing urine and can kill it. Dr. Elizabeth Hodkgins DVM has written a new book which you can order on Amazon called “Your Cat” in which she goes into all the illness that feeding pet food is giving cats including kidney failure, diabetes, struvite crystals, ibd etc. and she used to work for Hills but is now against pet food and advises her clients to feed raw food. The book is published by St. Martins Press or you can buy it on Amazon if you wish. I have read it and it is a book for all cat owners, all Vets and veterinary students. An excellent book.

June 6, 2007 at 5:37 am
(61) Fiona MacMillan says:

I too blame Hills pet food for the cancer, kidney failure and struvite crystals which stop a cat passing urine and can kill it within 24 hours. It is very worrying that Hills and all the pet food companies fund the veterinary schools and that Hills etc. are even allowed to teach nutrition to veterinary students as disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act to me. I have a lot of veterinary research which shows that pet food is causing serious and even fatal illness in cats and dogs.

A former Hills Vet, Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM, has written a book published by St. Martins Press which you can order on Amazon if you wish and in it she goes into all the illness that feeding pet food is giving cats such as diabetes, kidney failure, cystitis, ibd etc. She advises her clients to feed raw food to their cats. Hills are currently being sued by Markham Foreman, lawyers in Florida if anyone wants to join the class action by pet owners against Hills, Purina, Iams and other pet food companies. There is also a petfoodcampaign at http://www.petfoodcampaign.blogspot.com/ which gives all the information about the lawsuits against Royal Canin for $50M etc. When I took up with Hills in England that I believed their food had given my cats cancer, kidney failure, struvite crystals, fatty liver disease and had indeed killed them all because of the illness it gave them the Managing Director of Hills just ignored my letter as did Mr. Pratt their Vet at Hills in England, UK. This shows they couldn’t care less about the death of our cats from eating their pet food. The prescriptions diets did not work and Dr. Marion Smart on her website says that her research into prescription diets showed they are more or less the same as the usual food of the same pet food companies and that the pet food companies do not have the research to back up the claims made for the food and Markham Foreman, lawyers in Florida are suing Hills, Purina and Iams for making false and misleading claims to pet owners about the pet food so do look at their website if you want to join their class action against Hills.

June 6, 2007 at 5:44 am
(62) Fiona MacMillan says:

Hills are being sued in a class action by pet owners by Markham Foreman, lawyers in Florida and if you want to join the class action please look at their website.

June 6, 2007 at 5:56 am
(63) Fiona MacMillan says:

Sorry, the law firm suing Hills is Maltzman Foreman in Florida for making false and misleading claims about the food. You can ask to join the class action by going to their website and details of it are on the forum at http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com

June 6, 2007 at 6:15 am
(64) Fiona MacMillan says:

Sorry to leave another message but I have been reading your messages and thought you might be interested to know that dry food is the cause of feline diabetes and Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM at http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com confirms this and says it is vital cats are taken off dry food.

My cat had bladder crystals, ie. struvite which stops the cat passing urine and again dry food is the cause of this illnss and the cat must be taken off dry food, even Hills prescription dry food. Lisa Pierson DVM at http://www.catnutrition.org in her paper on how to feed cats and know the basics of nutrition criticises Hills and says it is amazing how Vets leave cats with these bladder problems on dry food and that even prescription dry food is very bad. Dry food as the veterinary research I have shows is causing kidney failure, cystitis and bladder problems in cats and the acidification of the food by the pet food companies is causing kidney failure as even admitted by Purina in a paper I have. Dr. Hodgkins DVM finds that taking cats off dry food can get them off insulin and can even cure the cat if the pancreas has not been too badly damaged. Feeding food like Hills is causing just about all the illnesses that cats get and this is backed up by the veterinary research I have which directly blamas pet food for causing kidney failure in cats, bladder problems such as cystitis, calcium oxalate stones, struvite crystals i nthe bladder, ibd, pancreatitis, heart disease caused by the rice in pet food interfering with blood taurine which is vital for heart health but which cats would get if they were fed raw food. Raw food fed cats would not get bladder problems and it is dry pet food and also the poor quality of protein in pet food and the lack of protein in pet food which is causing the bladder problems. Lisa Pierson DVM says in her paper at http://www.catnutrition.org that cats fed dry food are chronically dehydrated and this causes kidney faiure and bladder problems. Dr. Hodgkins DVM is an expert in feline diabetes and blames dry food for causing feline diabetes and says it is vital the cat is taken off dry food.

My sincere apologies for all these postings but at first I couldn’t seem to get the post to show and thought it had not been accepted so tried again so I do apologise for all the postings I have done but hope the information will help you and your cats and hope you will join the class action against Hills.

June 6, 2007 at 7:23 am
(65) Carol A. says:

I would encourage everyone with a sick kitty to DITCH THE DRY FOOD!

For FD kitties, I agree with Fiona above.

Get on Dr. Hogkins YDC site — http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com and register for the forum. You will find many helpful people there.

Dr. H’s protocol involves NO DRY FOOD, low carb canned or raw diet ONLY, PZI insulin and TR protocols.

I feed my kitties from this recipe:
http://www.catnutrition.org

or to get started you can order some felines pride which is the same formula — http://www.felinespride.com

My kitty got extremely sick from that poisonous Royal Canin/MediCal dry vet kibble — she got FD — but I found this site and now my kitty is in remission. The vets were ABSOLUTELY USELESS — none of them told me to take away the dry food that caused her illness.

Remember that unfortunately vets are too often the crux of the problem.

They are trained by pet food company representatives and get no nutrition training in their studies. So the pet food companies have jumped in to fill the gap so the “knowledge” they have about pet food is from a sales rep! Shocking but true.

Remember your vet PRESCRIBES and SELLS this stuff that made your cat sick. They make a profit off of every bag and get generous industry incentives to meet sales quota of this crap.

See this article:

Whatís eating kitty?

Beyond tainted eats, pet food corps turn cats into diabetes-prone carb fiends

http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2007-05-31/news_story5.php

June 6, 2007 at 12:02 pm
(66) Lynette says:

I agree with Fiona and Carol. The best thing I ever did for my cats was eliminate all dry food from their diet.

Three of my cats had irritable bowel syndrome – all CURED when dry was removed.

Four of my cats had diabetes – two are off insulin completely, two need much lower doses and their blood sugar levels are better.

My morbidly obese cat’s weight has just been melting off. In the three years since I eliminated dry food, he’s gone from 19 pounds to 11-1/2 pounds! He looks like a different cat, and now he gets to eat all he wants instead of tiny portions of “lite” dry food.

Canned food has shown to prevent recurrence of bladder crystals/stones BETTER than prescription dry foods.

Check out:
felineoutreach.org
catinfo.org
yourdiabeticcat.com
catnutrition.org

June 6, 2007 at 12:05 pm
(67) stephanie says:

I can’t agree with Fiona & Carol strongly enough.
unfortunately we’ve all been lulled into a sense of false security by the pet food industry, only out there to make big bucks at the expense of our beloved furry friends health, & the key to changing this is EDUCATION!

not only us as responsible pet owners & animal lovers, but Vets need to be educated too, by someone who hasn’t been SPONSORED by a pet food company!!!!
just take a look at the sponsors on the bottom of this site & next time you’re at your vet, take a look at what’s in the office. chances are, it will be wall to wall Hills food, or Royal Canin, or Waltham’s, etc.

my beautiful tonkinese was a victim of my & my vet’s ignorance, & became an insulin dependent diabetic on Hills dry food.

then I was lucky enough to find Dr Elizabeth Hodgkins &
http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com

I also found
http://www.felinespride.com

ditched all the poisonous dry food & switched to an all raw diet as befits a cat which is an obligate CARNIVORE!!!

within 2 weeks my beloved furbaby was in remission, off all insulin, & her health has never been better!!!!!!! she’s behaving like a kitten again.

for everyone here who has sick kitties, do yourselves & your cats a huge favor & feed them what nature meant for them to eat, MEAT! they are not cows or vegetarians & don’t have the GI systems capable of digesting cereals & carbohydrates, no matter what BS someone might try to tell you.

if they eat real meat, most of these diseases caused by people & bad food will go away. cats will no longer get IBS, renal failure, urinary crystals, diabetes, etc, etc.

Dr Hodgkins book will be published 6/26/07 & available on Amazon. it’s not expensive & should become the next feline “Bible”!

other great sites are…

http://www.catinfo.com
http://www.catnutrition.org
http://www.maxshouse.com
http://www.littlebigcat.com

June 6, 2007 at 12:36 pm
(68) Linda says:

I too have a cat with FD caused by high carb wet and dry food manufactured by the pet food companies. Since switching to raw with some low carb canned foods both my cats are much healthier, in better weight range and the incessant barfing stopped immediately after removing the dry food. Don’t poison your kitties any more…get rid of the dry foods. If your cat has any disease (FD, IBD, etc) check out the YourDiabeticCat website to see what you should be feeding them. The time it takes to make the raw food is well worth it – it doesn’t cost any more than canned food and is a LOT less expensive than the dry junk.

June 6, 2007 at 2:17 pm
(69) Debbie says:

DITCH ALL DRY FOOD. Kitty’s systems can’t digest carbohydrates. This was the cause of my kittys diabetes. The pet food companies put carbohydrates in the food to: 1) dehydrate the dry food (starch is needed to dehydrate) and 2) use as a cheap filler replacing more expensive meat.

I switched to making my own http://catinfo.org/. After just three months of feeding a raw diet, and giving insulin per Dr. Hodgkins protocol http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com/index.html my diabetic kitty went into remission. She is now 9 months in remission, and no longer has dandruff. Another of my kitties no longer vomits after each meal. The correct food is the most important thing you can do for your kitty.

June 6, 2007 at 5:05 pm
(70) Liz says:

I am positive that Hills Science Diet lite dry food caused my cat’s diabetes. It’s lite alright, causes Feline Diabetes so they become skeletal!

I just got the chance to read a few snipits from the “Your Cat” book written by Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins. It explains a lot about Felines (from kittens to seniors) and is a great reference book!

June 8, 2007 at 2:15 pm
(71) gin says:

My question is to the doctor. My cat several problems including asthma,urinary crystal which are struvite which he is now on multicare c/d hills cat food. He also has severe eye problems, itching and nausea and loose stools sometimes. He has been found to be allergic to soy, lecithin and lamb. His last bloodwork showed his kidneys were alright but his liver function was somewhat raised, they didn’t seem concerned but i am. THeir was some density on a ex-ray that really scared me,they sent it off to some lab out of missouri because they said they had good response time on answers. it came changes were due to his age and he’s only four but they found it to be normal. I am really bad with M.S I am really worried about my cat. Can you give me some comment, i don’t know what else i could feed him with the urinary crystals and can you comment on the other health issues i mentioned, very worried, gin

June 9, 2007 at 9:46 am
(72) Fiona MacMillan says:

Gin, I am so sorry to hear the problems your cat has. If you go to http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com to the forum there this is run by Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM, who only treats cats and you can tell her about your cat and she usually very kindly gives an answer.

My own cat had struvite crystals so I know they are a complete nightmare but I have veterinary research which blames the carbohydrate in dry food for causing them ie. the American Journal of Veterinary Research 2004, Vol. 65 on carbohydrate and struvite in cats directly blames dry pet food for causing struvite. Other veterinary research I have blames the lack of protein in pet food saying that a high protein diet actually dissolves the struvite and yet more veterinary research says that the lack of water taken in by cats on dry food is a big problem and is causing these bladder problems. Dr. Hodgkins has written a book which you can buy on Amazon called “Your Cat” which is an excellent book and in this book she gives case histories of how cats that had bladder problems were fine when taken off dry food. She says raw food is the best thing to feed cats and cats on raw food would not get bladder problems. Dr. Hodgkins used to work for Hills but on her forum she has criticised Hills c/d saying it causes calcium oxalate stones in the kidneys of cats which has been found to give cats kidney failure so it it would be good to get your cat off Hills c/d since on Hills c/d my cat did end up with kidney failure. Dry pet food also causes fatty liver disease in cats.

I am so sorry to hear that you have MS. It is a terrible illness and my heart goes out to you. Do go to the forum at http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com and ask Dr. Hodgkins about your cat. If you go into the Toronto Report thread it is all about pet food since Dr. Hodgkins recently gave a talk in Canada where they are calling for regulation of the pet food industry as they are in America too and in Britain where I am we have a campaign about the illness that feeding pet food is causing.

June 10, 2007 at 12:38 am
(73) Char says:

I have eight cats. Most have been strays that have adopted me. They are indoor/outdoor(mostly indoor). Up until now, I have always fed dry cat food. One of them developed a bladder infection, and had crystals in his urine a year or so ago. Was prescribed antibiotics and was told to feed a food for urinary tract health. The cats don’t like it, but they eat it. They also eat mice quite often. Then the same cat got another infection, more antibiotics and was told he would have to eat CD/Prescription Diet Dry from now on. Now I am totally freaked, since all the info I have come across says not to feed dry food at all. No way can I feed Felines Pride or anything similar, as I just cannot afford it, and have to feed them all pretty much the same thing. In the summer they can hunt, because I have acreage (and lots of mice), but I still have to feed them something, and what to do with the sick one? Anyone have any suggestions for a low cost healthy diet? These guys range in age from one year old to about eight years old, and are all nuetered or spayed, so not as active as they could be, but none are overweight. Any help would be appreciated. I just cannot believe that no one is going to be accountable for all the pets that have died from contaminated food. Makes you wonder if we will be next.

June 10, 2007 at 12:21 pm
(74) Heart Sick Owner says:

Hills feline M/D is killing my cat!!!! My cat started M/D in Dec. 2007. He had exam and bloodwork done at that time and was healthy. Became sick with first bag of M/D. Doctors ran bloodwork again with strange results. Not knowing food was toxic. Now its June and my poor cat suffering with kidney failure. Bloodwork was real bad now showing kidney failure. Im not sure how much longer he has????????????? Does Hills even care????????????????

June 13, 2007 at 5:17 am
(75) Fiona MacMillan says:

June, I am so sorry to hear what has happened to your cat. We need to stand together against Hills because they don’t care. I wrote to them at their offices in England, UK and told them that I blame Hills for 3 of my cats getting cancer, one struvite crystals which eventually killed it and one cystitis which lead to kidney failure but the Managing Director of Hills did not even reply and so I wrote to Mr. Pratt the Hills Vet in England and he too just ignored my letter so if your cats get ill or all die as mine did on Hills, Hills could not care less. Do join the class action on the website of Maltzman Foreman, lawyers in Florida since they are suing Hills for making false claims about the food.

If you can get your cat on to raw food this has been shown to improve kidney function and getting him on to raw food would also be an immense help for his diabetes and the diabetes expert, Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins on her forum at http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com says in the Canned Food or the Toronto Report thread that she would not recommend any Hills product and she used to work for Hills so that shows what she thinks of them and I am so pleased she is standing up for the animals and speaking out and openly criticising hIlls as is Vet, Lisa Pierson at http://www.catinfo.org. If you are in America the e.mail address of the lawyer dealing with the class action against Hills. Purina, Iams etc. is Russell Keith and his e.mail address is rkeith@mflegal.com and he is asking people to contact him if they want to join the class action against Hills and other pet food companies.

If there is any way you can get your cat to eat raw food it could improve his kidneys and get rid of his diabetes even if his pancreas has not been too badly damaged. I know it is a lot of anguish and stress to have a cat so ill and my thoughts are with you.

June 13, 2007 at 5:41 am
(76) Fiona MacMillan says:

June, I am so sorry to hear about your cat’s illnesses. Hills could not care less because I wrote to their Managing Direct in England saying I believed Hills gave 3 of my cats cancer, one struvite crystals which stop cats passing urine and can kill them and the other got cystitis on Hills which lead to kidney failure because Vets wrongly keep the cats on dry food instead of telling us to get the cat off Hills or any dry food but the Managing Director ignored my letter and does not care my 5 cats suffered horrendously and were euthanased because my Vet told me to feed them Hills and on it they got all this illness. I then wrote to Mr. Pratt the Hills Vet in England but he too just ignored my letter so they do not care. If you are in America do contact the lawyers who are suing Hills. The e.mail address for the lawyer at Maltzman Foreman, lawyers is rkeith@mflegal.com. If you could possibly manage to get your cat on to raw food this will help his kidneys since pet food puts huge stress on the kidneys according to Vet Martin Goldstein in his book and I have veterinary research which shows that cats fed a commercial pet food developed kidney lesions and kidney failure as a direct result of being fed the pet food but I understand kidney problems can be linked to diabetes but I know of a diabetic cat who is now cured after being fed raw food. The Vet thought it had a problem with its kidneys but the cat is now fine on raw food. I know what a huge stress a sick cat is and my heart goes out to you. Let us sue Hills over the illness their food is giving our cats by joining the class action against Hills.

July 3, 2007 at 10:51 am
(77) Sharon says:

Hi Fiona,

My 12yr old nm domestic cat has been on a raw diet for the last 6 years (Dr. Pitcairn’s and Anitra Fraizier diets)Prior to that he was a ferrel cat. Other than some tarter on his teeth and a few extractions he has always been healthy. A few days ago I noticed he was excessively licking his penis and trying to urinate. He was able to pass a little stream and I that’s when I saw blood. Vet diagnosed him with FLUTD with partial blockage so she had to catheterize him. His ph levels were 8.5 and he has struvite crystals. Antibotics and SD were recommended but I will not feed him SD even though out of panic I did try it and he looked at me as if to say “you have to be kidding, me eat that …” I will see my homeopath on Saturday, but any recommendations are welcome. Thank you.

July 30, 2007 at 3:39 pm
(78) Ken says:

Before you accept a veterinarian’s recommendation that you feed your pet only Hills Science Diet, prescription or otherwise, please do some research into the ingredients used by Hills Science Diet, as compared to other premiums cat foods, such as Castor & Pollux, Blue Spa Select, and Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance. Then do some additional research into the amount of money that Hills has invested in the veterinary community and you might have a new outlook on why Hills Science Diet is recommended by veterinarians.

August 2, 2007 at 9:47 am
(79) Fiona says:

Sharon, I am really sorry to hear that your cat has the same bladder problem my cat had and am glad you have not put him on Hills s/d because my cat was on that and ended up euthanased. I am very surprised that a cat fed raw food would get this bladder problem because I have veterinary research which shows that the carbohydrate in dry food and the lack of protein in pet food caused this problem so I am puzzled that a raw fed cat could get it since raw food has methionine in it which is a natural acidifier and should keep the urine of your cat at the correct pH level and so it should not be too alkaline since an alkaline urine is what struvite crystals form in and stop the cat passing urine so I am afraid I have never heard of a raw fed cat getting this illness. Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM who only treats cats in her new book called “Your Cat” available from Amazon also says in the book that dry food is the cause of bladder problems in cats and that she finds that taking cats off dry food cures the bladder problems. If you go to her website at http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com and go to the forum there you can post a question for her and ask if she can give you advice since I am sure she will be very concerned to hear that a raw fed cat has got this terrible bladder problem. I understand Cantharis can be used for bladder problems but really what your cat eats is of vital importance.

Ken, I am totally against Vets selling pet food or recommending it since it was my Vet who told me to feed Hills and on Hills my cats got nothing but illness ie. cancer, kidney failure, cystitis and struvite crystals and all ended up euthanased. A member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London, England in writing recently has said to me that dry food is causing illness and that perhaps a warning should go on the packets of dry food and that the pet food companies should be stopped from making the claim that dry food contains adequate nutrition. I am pleased he is taking the matter seriously but it is the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons who are allowing Hills to teach nutrition to veterinary students and this really needs to be stopped since it is scandalous that Hills are being allowed to teach veterinary students but I have proof of it from the veterinary schools and this is another reason why Vets tell us to feed Hills since they graduate knowing so little about nutrition and of course the 20% profit they apparently make from selling Hills to clients is another reason they tell us to buy it but it is completely unethical that Vets sell pet food and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons if it is on the side of animals must put a stop to Vets selling pet food. A member of Parliament in writing has said to me it is a Government matter and is taking the matter further.

August 6, 2007 at 6:51 am
(80) Marilyn Parks says:

They KILLED my cat and now are not even willing to pay the Vet bills,They have a large staff of lawyers to prevent cost to the company,they dont give a damn that they over charge us and then put cheap and poison in the ingredients in the pet food,MUDERERS!!!

August 8, 2007 at 6:12 pm
(81) Kate says:

For Sharon: While Dr. Pitcairn and Anitra Frazier’s diets are much better than many commercial foods, they are still too high in carbohydrates for felines. Cats are obligatory carnivores and are not equipped to process carbs. If you want to try a better home made diet which does not have the carbs, you can find the recipes at catnutrition.org or catinfo.org. You can buy a pre-made version of this from felinespride.com. I learned about all of this from Elizabeth Hodgkins, who brought my diabetic cat back from the brink using this dietary approach. Cats who continue to have urine pH higher than about 7.0 can have additional Vitamin C added to their diets. In the most severe cases, you can also add dl-methionine just until you get the pH down. Hope this is of some help.

August 29, 2007 at 5:46 pm
(82) Daisy says:

Seriously. I know that Hills makes some good food, but the fact that one of their products was included in the recall makes me question their business practices. If they are supposed to be so reputable then why is there grain in their cat food in the first place. Cats are obligate carnivores and do not need or should not consume meat.

Furthermore, Hills is no longer independently owned and operated…it is owned by Colgate Palmolive. People should not but their cat food from a company that makes toothpaste and dishsoap. People should do more research as to what they are feeding their pets and but from companies who make pet food, and only pet food. And know what they put in their food.

I am not innocent in this, I was feeding my cat a recalled product. After that huge reality check I decided to make more informed decisions about what I was putting in my pets stomachs. I now feed Orijen kibble which is grain free and made with 100% Canadian products with no crap in it. My cat is happier than ever and I feel great about feeding time with no second thoughts.

September 25, 2007 at 3:23 pm
(83) Carol A. says:

Daisy,

ALL DRY FOOD is poisonous for cats. It doesn’t matter if it says “natural” or “organic” on the label. It is the very fact that it is meat flavour coated CEREAL that is the problem.

Cats can’t tolerate carbs — they get sick from them in fact. You are not helping your cat by feeding kibble. Please ditch it!

October 30, 2007 at 1:14 am
(84) Shosh says:

One of my 14 yr old rescued cats was recently dx with kidney problems,tho’ not severe,now. My vet told me to feed her raw chicken liver which both despise..The vet told me to purchase Hill Prescription Diet K/D..

Purchased several cans to try out & didn’t see the K/D recalled…Now,don’t trust Hills & worried the K/D might be dangerous :-)

If anyone has any advice whether the K/D is safe or not,would appreciate ANY help!!! Love my babies so very much..

Disabled & worried in the US.. TIA

October 30, 2007 at 2:32 pm
(85) Halley says:

I would go to the website of Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM which is http://www.yourdiabeticcat.com and go to the forum and ask her about Hills since she used to work for Hills. She said somewhere on the forum that she would not recommend any Hills product and I too would not feed any Hills product since this food causes illness. The acidifiers in pet food as Purina even admit in a paper they have written are causing kidney failure in cats. You Vet is only telling you to feed Hills because the Vet can make up to 100% profit from the sale of pet food so a Vet tells me.

November 5, 2007 at 4:20 pm
(86) Claudia says:

Has there been any recalls on Hills proscription diet canine can dog food Z/D??? I bought a case that appears to be tainted. Appreciate your immediate response.

November 6, 2007 at 2:29 pm
(87) Katie says:

I have begun feeding my cat z/d because of her possibly having IBD. We are trying to still find a diagnosis for sure. She seems to be tolerating the canned food o.k. The dry definitely isn’t working. It is soooo expensive. Does anybody know of something else that will work that isn’t so pricey?
In response to the last comment, my vet sold us z/d on Sat. so I am assuming that it hasn’t been recalled.

November 14, 2007 at 4:34 pm
(88) Wendy says:

I work for a Holistic veterinarian in NJ who advocates feeding our carnivores a raw natural diet, with mostly fresh organic meat as the mainstay. Most of the commercial pet foods are made with mostly grain ingredients, which are bad for them. And the cooked food kills the important digestive enzymes and takes away the natural nutrition. Their digestive systems are meant to eat raw meat and a healthy dog or cat’s systems won’t suffer from the bacteria. Plus, think about it, in their wild state- would they be taking out a frying pan after they killed a prey animal?

December 2, 2007 at 8:58 pm
(89) Don says:

I am sorry about all your cats, and see that you are all angry towrds Hill’s.

What about the veterinarians who SOLD you this food?! Hill’s are not doctors, and do not profess to be. But somebody you PAY for the HEALTH and WELL-BEING of your pets is pushing BAD food on you and there’s no talk of lawsuits against the vets?
THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS SELLING THE STUFF TO BEGIN WITH! READ THE INGREDIENTS!
THERE IS NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE IN THERE — JUST CHEAP FILLERS!
Hill’s may make the stuff, but they certainly do not *PROFESSIONALLY ADVISE* you to FEED IT!
Talk about FRAUD! Those Vets aren’t nutritionalists!!

December 2, 2007 at 9:09 pm
(90) Don says:

WOW! People are still buying food from vets!

READ THE INGREDIENTS!

And then check out INGREDIENTS in Innova and other DECENT foods! You need to feed MORE of the BAD foods because the junk fillers GO RIGHT THROUGH the animal — just check your BACKYARDS after they do their business.

READ THE INGREDIENTS!!!!!!!!

December 13, 2007 at 9:46 am
(91) Cathy says:

1 of 4 cats diagnosed as possible Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Sci Diet ID recommended by vet. Based on what I read, I do not want to feed SD, what should I feed all 4 cats instead? Would Innova dry be good? Would it address IBS issues? Could cats current diet of Iams be causing IBS/bloody stool? Thanks

December 29, 2007 at 6:06 am
(92) Wendy says:

HAD 5 cats, were feeding Purina, switched to Science Diet, 2 cats ended up with diabetes, one of which had Kidney failure, the 3rd cat ended up with anal gland problems. Then we switched to EVO Innova wet and dry food. No problems until a year and a half later. The 2 with diabetes ended up with bloating and the vet didn’t want to do anything but put them to sleep! They needed to be unblocked. One was put to sleep, and 3 months later the other one was kept at the vet for a surgery that they wanted to do in the morning. She died alone in that cage at this vets office!!!! Well, all of a sudden another cat that never had any symptoms before became bloated and acting like the other 2..I decided to give him a warm water enema and filtered salmon oil (salmon oil found in a bottle at the pet store), watered down his wet food to give him a little more hydration. Had to do this for almost a week and a half every day until his system was clear. After a couple days I noticed that he had what seemed like a cold (just like the other 2 cats that died) so I ordered Respo-k from nativeremedies.com on their link to their pet site and also bought 2 different eye drops from Walgreen’s (one for infections, and one for severe dry or erritated eyes). Well his eyes cleared up and so did his cold! He went from looking like he was at deaths door to better than I can ever remember him being before all this! THEN..the other 2 cats also got the virus. Not as bad as Benny though. It was very easy to treat.
I think this is just a long term problem that goes along with eatting tainted or bad nutrition in the past. I also think it’s important not to feed only one type of food. I add a little water in SOMETIMES with the wet food, NOT OFTEN! I feed regular innova, wellness, and a small amount of baked boneless chicken breast (hormone free), a little turkey sometimes too. We suppliment with vitamins that are also effective on hairball, with taurine with no petroleum!
I really think that the other 2 cats who died had a viral illness that went undiagnosed! Benny is proof that they could have gotten better with the right treatment. The beginning of all the problems that weakened their immune system was the tainted bad food. Now we are symptom free and thought I should share our nightmare and how we took charge of the situation. (The reason we went with respo-k is that antibiotics only treat secondary infection and not against any virus..antibiotics also weaken the immune system and if it’s a virus it can get WORSE..respo-k is affective against several strains of flu virus, AND infection, also improves the immune system and helps the oxygen and cells in the body carry iron and helps with other important cell functions.)
I strongly beleive that they were eatting tainted food in the past and need to build their systems up to combat infections and other diseases that will happen after these toxins took up residency in their liver and kidneys. (not to mention other important organs.) They need their immune systems to be strengthened and body to be cleared of this or they can get just about anything! Fever will cause dehydration and blockage too. Give them what they need to fight viruses and help their immune system. Everything we are doing now seems to be a miracle and i can’t beleive how it has improved all our cats lives. Their ages are 10,12 & 13!

July 1, 2008 at 7:33 pm
(93) Valerie Bennett says:

Hill’s has used ‘meat by-products’ in their formulas for as long as I can remember. The company is also one of the last pet food manufacturers to stop using ethoxyquin liberally as a method of keeping decaying rendered meat by-products from putrifying. My advise is to choose products with wholesome ingredients on the labels — Wellness, Precise, PetGuard, etc. and ideally manufactured in this country.

September 4, 2008 at 1:08 am
(94) Samantha says:

After reading these posts, I am afraid for my cat. I have not been feeding him the Hills Prescription Diet M/D Dry Food, but rather the Hills Science Diet Light Adult Dry. I switched to this food in April (2008) when the vet stated that my male cat was overweight. It is September, and he has lost 5 pounds. I didn’t realize he had lost so much until I took him in to the vet today (that is not the reason I took him in). He became very ill, and is exhibiting some of the same symptoms. He’s lethargic, and weak. His bloodwork showed that his kidneys are okay, but his liver levels are elevated. He doesn’t want to do anything but lay around. He is usually VERY active and cuddly. The vet is running more tests but I feel like after reading this that it could be the food. I intend to change the food in the morning, but I don’t know if it is too late for him. He is very sick. They have put him on antibiotics in the meanwhile. I don’t think it is going to do enough. He seems to be straining to pee–taking longer and not producing much–but the vet said after running tests on a urine sample that it doesn’t seem like he has any blockages. I have already located a place to purchase the recommended brands of holistic food, and will change to the wet food. But I don’t know what else to do for my little guy (Samurai). His sister (Sabre) does not appear to be ill, but she has lost 2 pounds since April. Does anyone have any advice on what else I could do for my sick cat?

September 11, 2008 at 3:35 pm
(95) diana says:

I brought my 12 year old cat to the vet about a month ago for a full check…blood work and everything. The results were that he was a VERY healthy cat. In fact, the vet’s exact words were “his results would be great for a much younger cat too, but they are exceptional for a cat his age.” He was put on Hills r/d because of weight. He’s just gotten back from being in the emergency vet for 5 days while very possible test was done on him. He was admitted because I came home to a very bloody stool and he was acting “odd” (very lethargic and panting). His red blood cell count was critical and in the 5 days they had him trying to figure out why he was bleeding internally, he had 5 blood transfusions.
Turns out he has inflamatory bowel disease and is anemic. $6,000 dollars later and MUCH stress to my poor kitty, he’s finally home but it will take some time for him to return back to healthy. (I hope…..)
The ONLY change in the one month time span between being extremely healthy was the diet change. I would have to say HARDLY a coincidence!!!!

July 12, 2009 at 9:53 pm
(96) larae wenzel says:

my cat tigger was put on dd food in march in april he was diganosed with diabetes since he refused to eat the dd food they put him on md food, he refused to eat the dry but would eat the can, now today june 12th at 8:30 am he died because his liver stopped functioning, I blame the food, he was ok until he started eating the dd, and md, both my other cats could not hold down the md food, I should have seen that as a warning signal, so please anyone feeding your cat a diet food check it out thoroughly, if i only had seen this recall sooner my cat would not have been fed this food

September 24, 2009 at 1:01 pm
(97) Pets Without Parents, Inc. says:

We are fir 101 animals daily. They range from 20 years old to 4 weeks old. All rescues. We cook for all of them. Bake chicken and turkey, pasta, vegetables (all organic) eggs.
They have beautiful coats, great teeth and our veterinarian says he can’t believe how healthy they are.
It is more economical than buying foods.

Also, for liver problems, try (from the health food store) Milk Thistle. The recommended dosage per days is 700 mg for dogs and 125-150 for cats.
It is inexpensive and works well.

Love your pets…cook for them. Susie

October 15, 2009 at 3:07 pm
(98) lindsey says:

I have 3 cats. My newest cat started to have blood in his urine so i took him to the vet. I was told not to give him the cheaper cat foods and to get the prescribed science diet foods. Well the vets kept running out and the cost was aweful, because trying to keep 3 cats seperate from the different kinds of food was just a silly idea. I went to one of those places speciality stores that sell organtic pet food and they gave me more info in 1 hr than i ever learned from the vets, whom by the way are in these companies pockets. All 3 of my cats are now on this EVO food and they are doing well. I also changed my “hairball” problem cat to quail which helped her digestion.

April 7, 2011 at 1:26 am
(99) Hannah says:

I was feeding my kitty science cd for crystals, she made it through one bag and I had to put her to sleep today due to kidney failure. This was my grandmas cat, 6 years old, that I promised to take care of. Now Ive lost my grandma and her cat. I now know to never trust a vet again!

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