If your practice is like the majority of veterinary hospitals, you treat acute cases of vomiting and diarrhea every week. Gastrointestinal disorders are so prevalent, that 34% of dogs experience vomiting or diarrhea in any two-week timespan, adding up to 2.3 million dogs seen by veterinarians each year.[1]

And gastrointestinal cases aren’t limited to dogs; 2.6 million cats also suffer from vomiting and diarrhea each year.[2]

While common, gastrointestinal disorders can be complex and encompass a wide range of acute and chronic disease conditions.

Food therapy is a cornerstone in managing these cases.  Choosing the right food that is tailored to each condition is essential.[1]  The four formulas within the Hill’s® Prescription Diet® i/d® Digestive Care canine portfolio each have a specific function and role, and as a group provide nutritional solutions for almost any GI disease or disorder.

A highly digestible food, like Hill’s Prescription Diet® i/d®,can help support  the gastrointestinal tract. Prescription Diet® i/d® Canine and Prescription Diet® i/d® Feline can be used for the most common GI disorders, especially when a specific diagnosis has not been made. These formulas also have appropriate levels of nutrients to meet the special nutritional needs of puppies and kittens.

i/d® Canine is clinically proven to settle digestive upset in as little as 3 days.[3] It is primarily recommended for the short-term management of acute GI upset and recovery/urgent care.

Hill’s has improved formulas of i/d® Canine and i/d® Feline to contain an optimal blend of soluble and prebiotic fibers to help support proper intestinal function. Prebiotic fibers can significantly increase beneficial gut bacteria and support a healthy microbiome balance. Psyllium, a soluble fiber, has been added to promote healthy motility and regularity.

The new i/d® Canine formulation also features a rich aroma and kibble shape that dogs can’t resist.

There are three additional formulas within the Hill’s® Prescription Diet® i/d® Digestive Care portfolio with specific functions and roles, offering a nutritional solution for almost any GI disease or disorder.

-Prescription Diet® i/d® Low Fat Canine is recommended for the management of chronic diseases that benefit from a low-fat diet (eg, pancreatitis, hyperlipidemia, protein-losing enteropathy, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency). The formula contains ginger, which helps to calm and soothe the digestive tract and has been shown to decrease fasting serum triglycerides in hyperlipidemic dogs.[3]

-Prescription Diet® i/d® Stress Canine is recommended for the management of acute, intermittent, or chronic stress-related GI disorders as well as for long-term control of anxiety in otherwise healthy dogs up to 30 pounds. Beneficial ingredients of i/d Stress Canine include hydrolyzed casein to manage anxiety[4], prebiotic fiber to restore the balance of intestinal microflora[5], and ginger to soothe the GI tract.[6],[7],[8]

-Prescription Diet® i/d® Sensitive Canine is the only food in the Prescription Diet i/d Digestive Care portfolio that contains a single intact animal protein and select carbohydrate source. It is recommended for the management of chronic enteropathies, including chronic food-responsive enteropathies and mild-to-moderate inflammatory bowel disease.

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[1] Hubbard K, Skelly BJ, McKelvie J, Wood JLN. Risk of vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs. Vet Rec. 2007;161:755-757.

[2] Lund EM, Armstrong PJ, Kirk CA, et al. Health Status and Population Characteristics of Dogs and Cats Examined At Private Practices In the United States.  JAVMA, May 1999.

[3] Data on File, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

[4] Beata C, Beaumont-Graff E, Coll V, et al. Effects of alpha-casozepine (Zylkene) versus selegiline hydrochloride (Selgian, Anipryl) on anxiety disorders in dogs. J Vet Behav. 2007;2:175-183.

[5] Gibson GR, Roberfroid M, eds. Handbook of Prebiotics. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group; 2008:1-22.

[6] Grzanna R, Lindmark L, Frondoza CG. Ginger—An herbal medicinal product with broad anti-inflammatory actions. J Med Food. 2005;8(2):125–132.

[7] Haniadka R1, Saldanha E, Sunita V, et al. A review of the gastroprotective effects of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe). Food Funct. 2013 Jun;4(6):845-55.

[8] Ghayur MN, Gilani AH. Pharmacological basis for the medicinal use of ginger in gastrointestinal disorders. Dig Dis Sci. 2005 Oct;50(10):1889-97.


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