So how did Hill's Science Diet and their dog food and cat food ranges begin?
In the late 1930's, Morris Frank, a young blind man, was touring areas of the USA with his guide dog, Buddy, promoting Seeing Eye ™ dogs. However, Buddy, a German Shepherd, was suffering from kidney failure and Mr. Frank asked Dr Mark Morris for help. Dr. Morris believed Buddy's illness was the result of poor nutrition, so he set about developing a new pet food with the help of his wife, Louise Morris. They originally developed this food in their kitchen. Eventually, Louise and three other women continued making the food in the Morris family basement, storing the food in Ball™ jars. The food was known as Raritan Ration B and was the forerunner of Hill's Prescription Diet k/d Canine and is developed for dogs with renal failure and insufficiency.
Dr. Morris would mail the food to Mr. Frank, who was continuing to travel the country with Buddy. However, the jars often broke in transit. Mr. Frank arranged for a delivery of several thousand cans and a hand-operated canning machine to Dr. Morris - and then the team started canning food.
®/ ™ Seeing Eye is a trademark owned by Seeing Eye, Inc. Ball is a trademark of the Ball Corporation.
In 1948, Dr. Morris contracted with Burton Hill of the Hill Packing Company in Kansas to can the food with a new name, Canine k/d ™ , and licensed Hill to produce his pet food formulas.
Over the coming years, the partnership evolved into Hill's Pet Nutrition, and it continued to grow and add formulas of therapeutic pet food to its Prescription Diet ™ line of products.
Dr. Morris's son, continued to help grow Hill's Pet Nutrition over the next several decades. In 1968, the food line was available through veterinarians and pet professionals as Hill's Science Diet. The brand continued to grow and today includes more than 50 pet foods formulated for many lifestages and special needs of both dogs and cats.
In 1976, the Colgate-Palmolive Company purchased Hill's Pet Nutrition. Today Hill's Science Diet pet food products are available in 86 countries around the world. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.
Today, Hill's Pet Nutrition carries on the tradition of caring that began in 1939 with one remarkable veterinarian. Our Prescription Diet™and Science Diet™ pet foods offer the highest-quality pet nutrition available.
Since 1997, Hill's Science Diet has supported shelter animals by ensuring they eat precisely balanced nutrition 365 days a year.
Hill's Science Diet helps to feed homeless pets in more than 50 Australian animal shelters.
For more detailed information about Hill's Science Diets - please check out their website www.hillspet.com.au