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@geegerbee  Is this for weight loss?  My experience with Hills is good.  My Yorkie had bladder stones and my vet put him on Hills UD.  I have not had any problem with Hills.

Why do you think the vets get a huge discount?  I don't understand why you stated this.  

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Re: Anyone have a problem with Hills Prescription dog food?

Feed less of the same food and add green beans. I don't think you need a prescription food.

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my little diabetic shihtzu has been eating canned wd hills for  5 years ,he has pancrelatively issues  if eating other foods ,helps keep his weight ,glucose stable,He also gets boiled chicken ,fresh green beans.It was up to 4 dollars a can ,my little guy  goes through 11/2 large cans a day,we were buying it from the vets .I finally decided to check around and Chewys  had it for 14 dollars less for 12 cans,plus free 1 day delivery.Much nicer then going in to vets waiting  for them to  check records etc.Chewys called my vet  confirmed a prescription and am now on auto delivery.In ny state the vet must allow prescriptions to  source meds and food in other  retailers. So for us the vet is not making  any profit..Might check Chewys for the price . Also Dr mercola,s website has been listed as not reliable and false claims on  many  sites.. Maryanne 

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my little diabetic shihtzu has been eating canned wd hills for  5 years ,he has pancrelatively issues  if eating other foods ,helps keep his weight ,glucose stable,He also gets boiled chicken ,fresh green beans.It was up to 4 dollars a can ,my little guy  goes through 11/2 large cans a day,we were buying it from the vets .I finally decided to check around and Chewyscht  had it for 14 dollars less for 12 cans,plus free 1 day delivery.Much nicer then going in to vets waiting  for them to  check records etc.Chews called my vet  confirmed a prescription and am now on auto delivery.In ny state the vet must allow prescriptions to  source meds and food in other  retailers. So for us the vet is not making  any profit..Might check Chewys for the price . Also Dr mercola,s website has been listed as not reliable and false claims on  many  sites.. Maryanne 


 

Dr. Karen Becker is as very respected Holistic Vet.  Her site deals with pets and holistic approach to their health.  While associated with Mercola it is not the same site.

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I just got some Metabolic prescription dry dog food from my vet who is putting my 2 dogs on a diet. It is expensive, so I was looking on the internet for other places that sell it. I came across a consumer site that showed 171 people dissatisfied with Hills prescription dog food. It actually made many of them sick. Now I don't know if I want to continue on the plan or buy a different diet food. It is around $40 for a 6lb bag. The vets must get a huge discount for selling this product.


I can't speak to how good Hill's is (I use an Rx Purina food for my cat), but you might want to see if your vet would drop the price based on this:

 

Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Weight Management Chicken Flavor Dry Dog Food is $23.49 for a 6-lb bag at Chewy. Two larger sizes also available. Free shipping on orders $49+.

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@noodleann wrote:

@geegerbee wrote:

I just got some Metabolic prescription dry dog food from my vet who is putting my 2 dogs on a diet. It is expensive, so I was looking on the internet for other places that sell it. I came across a consumer site that showed 171 people dissatisfied with Hills prescription dog food. It actually made many of them sick. Now I don't know if I want to continue on the plan or buy a different diet food. It is around $40 for a 6lb bag. The vets must get a huge discount for selling this product.


I can't speak to how good Hill's is (I use an Rx Purina food for my cat), but you might want to see if your vet would drop the price based on this:

 

Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Weight Management Chicken Flavor Dry Dog Food is $23.49 for a 6-lb bag at Chewy. Two larger sizes also available. Free shipping on orders $49+.


My Vet told me that the reason they charge more for meds and other things they sell at their clinic is because they don't buy the large quantities that the big box and internet stores do.  I doubt they could afford to match Chewy's price.


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@Nicknack wrote:

@noodleann wrote:

@geegerbee wrote:

I just got some Metabolic prescription dry dog food from my vet who is putting my 2 dogs on a diet. It is expensive, so I was looking on the internet for other places that sell it. I came across a consumer site that showed 171 people dissatisfied with Hills prescription dog food. It actually made many of them sick. Now I don't know if I want to continue on the plan or buy a different diet food. It is around $40 for a 6lb bag. The vets must get a huge discount for selling this product.


I can't speak to how good Hill's is (I use an Rx Purina food for my cat), but you might want to see if your vet would drop the price based on this:

 

Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Weight Management Chicken Flavor Dry Dog Food is $23.49 for a 6-lb bag at Chewy. Two larger sizes also available. Free shipping on orders $49+.


My Vet told me that the reason they charge more for meds and other things they sell at their clinic is because they don't buy the large quantities that the big box and internet stores do.  I doubt they could afford to match Chewy's price.


That's too bad. My vet, who's a solo practitioner in a rural area, meets or beats Chewy on Purina's Critical Nutrition (for gaining weight). I buy it from him by the case. If the Hills works for your dogs, I'd suggest getting scrip from the vet so you could buy from Chewy and bring the price down.

 

At $40 for 6 pounds, that's $6.67/lb. Chewy's price is $3.92/lb for the same bag. The 17.6 lb bag, for $59.99, is $3.41/lb. The 27.5 lb bag, for $84.49, is $3.07/lb. All of those Chewy's prices can be reduced by $1 to $4 a bag if you set up the purchase as an autoship. I haven't factored in sales tax or shipping because those depend on your location and order volume (free ship over $49)

 

Other firms may meet or beat Chewy, but I've been buying from Chewy for years with no snags, fast delivery, and it's very easy to modify the autoship--skip a delivery, change the frequency, etc.

 

Best wishes to you and your chubs. I have a zaftig cat and know it's very hard to diet these guys.

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@noodleann, i  am still giggling  at the zaftig cat  comment .It sounds so much more elegant than what I call my 2 fat girl kitties, porky, you know belly on the ground swaying from side to side when they walk quickly... My other 2  cats, girls,skinny little things!   Maryanne 

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@Still keeper of the koi wrote:

@noodleann, i  am still giggling  at the zaftig cat  comment .It sounds so much more elegant than what I call my 2 fat girl kitties, porky, you know belly on the ground swaying from side to side when they walk quickly... My other 2  cats, girls,skinny little things!   Maryanne 


Oh, I held back on his true nics. They include "Your Porkiness," "Mr. Balloon," Get over here you big fat thing" (and he always comes), and Chunky Monkey. He's an orange boy, a true love bug, but he's over 18 times his rescue weight of one little pound.

 

I feel awful because, although he's the most food-motivated cat alive, I'm the keeper of the food. My inattention to his theft of his sister's high-cal Critical Nutrition is part of why he's gotten so lardy. It's hard to diet cats, and you have to do it slowly, because they can get toxic liver or something lethal if they lose weight too quickly. Sigh.

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@noodleann, my big orange girl is about16 lbs and my tuxedo about 14.My siamese 8 and my rag doll 9.They eat separately but I don't think  my big ones move enough.. My shihtzu is  16 lbs.  It is so difficult  weight wise.My shihtzu weighed 29 lbs before he was forced to lose weight..My 2 girls will be getting work ups next week for   metabolism problems..Hope we can get them slimmed down..I feel your pain...Maryanne