Science Diet w/d Dog Food: Not Veterinarian Recommended?

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I am VERY familiar with Science Diet w/d Dog Food. I became familiar with Science Diet dog food in general when I was going to school to become a Veterinarian Technician, especially since the company liked to swing by every semester to offer free gifts and teaching aids to the students. Above all, the company hosted the “What’s in the Bag” continuing education course offered at my school.

This was one brand I became extremely familiar with when I volunteered at a local veterinary clinic, especially when it came to dogs who had been diagnosed with diabetes. The question is, even with my experience with the brand, how beneficial is it to dogs it is recommended to?

Let’s find out!


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Science Diet w/d Dog Food Review


Name: Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d

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Sizes Available: 8.5 pounds, 17.5 pounds, and 27.5 pounds

Price: Varies

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Guaranteed Analysis


Nutrient Dry Matter1
Protein 20.7
Fat 13.0
Crude Fiber 16.0
Carbohydrate / NFE 45.1
Calcium 0.80
Phosphorous 0.66
Sodium 0.27
Potassium 0.78
Magnesium 0.099
Carnitine 515.8 ppm
Vitamin C 140 ppm
Vitamin E 682 IU/kg
Total Omega-3 FA 0.35
Total Omega-6 FA 3.02
Insoluble Fiber 25.5
Soluble Fiber 1.9
Total Dietary Fiber 27.6


Science Diet w/d Dog Food Ingredients

Whole Grain Wheat, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Fat, Cracked Pearled Barley, Whole Grain Oats, Chicken Liver Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Pork Flavor, Lactic Acid, Soybean Oil, Caramel color, Flaxseed, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Glyceryl Monostearate, Potassium Citrate, Iodized Salt, L-Lysine, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), L-Tryptophan, Calcium Carbonate, DL-Methionine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Taurine, L-Carnitine, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, Beta-Carotene.


Ingredient Breakdown

Whole Grain Wheat

This ingredient is used as the main source of carbohydrates in this formula. While it typically is used to fuel dogs with the energy they need, in diabetic dog food, this is not ideal.

Powdered Cellulose

This is an ingredient that is primarily used as a fiber source. It is only used to help firm up your dog’s stool. However, as far as nutrition goes, it really isn’t seen as overly beneficial other than being a source of fiber.

Chicken Meal

This is a high-quality protein source that contains as much as 300% more protein than chicken contains alone.

Whole Grain Corn

This is an ingredient that most dogs can’t digest. If the corn were processed, that would be a different story. However, whole grain corn is an ingredient that most dogs cannot digest.

Corn Gluten Meal

This is an ingredient that isn’t nutritionally complete and while it may contain additional protein, it is only typically used to boost the protein content on the label.

Chicken Fat

This is a high-quality source of fat that contains additional protein. It also contains Omega 3 acids which can help support a shiny coat and healthy skin.

Cracked Pearled Barley

This ingredient is a nutritious source of grain. It also contains additional protein, vitamins, essential minerals carbohydrates dogs need.

Whole Grain Oats

This is an ingredient that is a source of grains, fiber, and carbohydrates, as the name implies.

Chicken Liver Flavor

This is an ingredient that not only helps to boost the protein content on the label but is also used to enhance the flavor of the kibble.

Dried Beet Pulp

This is an ingredient typically used as a source of fiber. It also contains essential nutrients to keep your dog’s digestive system healthy.

Pork Flavor

Just as the name implies, this is a flavoring agent used to enhance the flavor of the kibble.

Lactic Acid

This is an additive added to kibble to help prevent and control the growth of salmonella.

Soybean Oil

This is a source of fat applied to dog food to help add a source of omega 3 fatty acids which can help support healthy skin and a shiny coat. It also contains more saturated fat than other oils used.

Caramel Color

This is an ingredient added to food to give it a “natural” brown color you associate with dog food. It is used more to make the food appealing to the pet owner rather than the dog.


This is an ingredient that is naturally rich in essential nutrients such as protein, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, which can support overall well-being, a shiny coat and healthy skin.



Science Diet w/d Dog Food: Sizes and Price

Digestive/Weight/Glucose Management Formula

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While this food is typically recommended and “prescribed” by a veterinarian, you can find the food many places online. It comes in a variety of sizes and ranges in price depending on where you purchase it from.

Sizes Available: 8.5 pounds, 17.6 pounds and 27.5 pounds


Pet Food Reviews by Pet Owners

Most of the reviews of this food left by most pet owners are very positive. Take a look at what pet owners have been saying below.

Great food. Ever since my dog was diagnosed with diabetes, I had a hard time finding a quality food he could go on to control his sugar levels. This is one brand my veterinarian recommended, and I couldn’t be happier. -Janet G.

Good value for what you pay for. A must have for diabetic dogs. -Amazon customer

This is a healthy dog food. My veterinarian advised me to buy this food. My dog loves it and it has done a wonder for her blood sugar levels. -Terry

This food gave my dog diarrhea, but since she has diabetes, this is a food I have to keep her on. I ended up supplementing pumpkin into her food to keep her poop solid. -Bobbie

This is a food prescribed by my veterinarian. My vet swears by this food and I can see why. -Stan

This is a quality dog food for diabetic dogs. My own diabetic poodle loves this food. -Ducky



w/d Dog Food Review: The Bottomline

I can honestly say Science Diet w/d dog food surprised me, not that I should be surprised at this point. For food that claims to help diabetic dogs, it contains a hell of a lot of carbohydrates, doesn’t it? However, those carbs may contain low levels of carbohydrates and instead are used for their fiber content, which has been known to help control blood sugar levels.

While it doesn’t contain any high-quality ingredients that excite me, for food primarily meant to help keep sugar levels stable, this food does the job.

Final Verdict:

Recommended for Diabetic Dogs


Have you fed your dog’s Science Diet w/d? If so, what did you think of the food? Let me know in the comments section below!


Digital marketing specialist and Internet enthusiast. When Vanessa isn't working on or other marketing ventures, she spends her time making homemade dog treats and reading up on the latest advances in the veterinarian field.

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