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Hills Prescription Diet z/d Canine is formulated for dogs with food hypersensitivities and skin irritation.
Food hypersensitivities are responsible for approximately 10% of skin allergy cases in dogs, ranked third after flea allergy and atopic dermatitis (airborne allergies).
Signs of a Food Hypersensitivity:
It is a common misconception that food sensitivities in pets occur in response to additives or preservatives. Food allergies and hypersensitivities in pets are most commonly to a protein contained in a food that they have eaten for a long period of time. Over time an abnormal response from the immune system causes it to become sensitised to the proteins from the food. The food ingredients that are most commonly associated with adverse reactions in dogs are beef, dairy, wheat, lamb, chicken, egg and soy. Z/d is made from a protein that has been hydrolysed, which means that it does not react with your pets allergy receptors. It also contains just a single carbohydrate source, to reduce the risk of an adverse reaction and help to eliminate potential sources of allergy.
Z/d also contains vital nutrients to help maintain your pets skin and coat health. The skin is the largest organ in your pets body and it is directly affected by the nutrients they consume. The skin is the barrier between your pets body and the outside world. It protects against fluid loss, physical injury and infection. Z/d is rich in essential fatty acids, which play an integral role in the maintenance if the skins natural barrier function. Pets fed a diet that is deficient in essential fatty acids can have scaly skin, loss of skin elasticity and a dry dull coat. Adding essential fatty acids to your pets diet will help to support its barrier function, reduce scaly skin and improve their coats shine and lustre. Z/d also contains antioxidants, including Vitamin C & E, to support the immune system and control oxidative injury to cell membranes caused by free radicals.
Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Chicken Liver, Soybean Oil, Powdered Cellulose, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Monostearate, Potassium Chloride, Iodized Salt, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, Beta-CarotenePet Food Ingredient Glossary / Explanation
These are broad guidelines only, designed to assist with feeding your pet based on their weight, age and activity level. Always check the feeding charts on your pet's food packaging in conjunction with these feeding guidelines. Required amounts may differ between individual pets, and adjustments may be required to maintain optimal body weight.
Once or twice daily feeding is recommended for adult dogs, unless otherwise specified by your veterinarian. Puppies and kittens require feeding more regularly, with the total portion divided into three or four meals throughout the day. Ensure fresh water is available at all times.