Apr 30, 2015 - Several pet food companies started in the region, including Hill's in Topeka in the late 1930s
As part of a diversification strategy that included food products, Colgate-Palmolive, the toothpaste and personal care product conglomerate, purchased Hill's in 1976. A few years later, as Colgate-Palmolive again restructured, management considered selling off Hill's. In fact, if it weren't for Reuben Mark, an executive vice-president in charge of Hill's who would later become CEO of Colgate-Palmolive, the company would have been sold. Mark persuaded Colgate executives that Hill's had great potential and could find a profitable "niche" in premium pet foods and clinical nutrition. Mark's pleas were heard, and Colgate executives gave him a chance to turn the company around.
The Hill's® Pet Nutrition Center in Topeka, Kansas, is a state-of-the-art center that illustrates our commitment to improving the health of cats and dogs. In addition to a staff of veterinarians and board-certified specialists in nutrition and internal medicine, we also have a staff of companion pets. Our furry team members put our products to the test; ensuring pets get the most nutritious, best-tasting food available. In return, we give them everything a pet could want, including clean, roomy living quarters, exercise areas, an agility course and plenty of friends, both human and animal. Each pet has his own dedicated team. They develop a strong trust and human-animal bond, just like you and your pets do. Learn more about our commitment to animal welfare.
Hills Pet Foods Company Profile
Hills Pet Foods Company Profile
I couldn't understand what had happened to my perfectly healthy baby boy. He was completely lethargic and not doing very well at all. They sent me home with a different Hill's prescription wet food I/d for sensitive stomachs and told me to start using that instead. After two days he still was not bouncing back at all. The vet called to check on him and suggested that he may have a problem with his liver and wanted me to bring him back for blood work in a week or so. We trust our vets to Take care of our beloved pets so why would we think they would ever do anything to harm our pets? I racked my brain day and night trying to figure out what could have possibly happened and then it hit me like a ton of bricks! I remembered when he was 12 weeks old I had him on Hills Science Diet puppy food. He had almost the exact same symptoms until I finally took him off of it and switched him to another brand. I came to find out through his vet that this food is high in fat and known to cause pancreatitis. As expected and previously read on previous reviews that also shared the same experience, upon expressing my complaint to Hill's with medical bills and tests that all pointed to the food being the culprit, Hill's told me that my "claim does not qualify for reimbursement." I am currently working on pressing charges. Someone needs to put a stop to such a sick and selfish company that thrives on slowly killing our beloved pets.I thought, "Could it really be a coincidence that a few days after I started him on the Hills metabolic diet he got so deathly ill?" I began researching online and found hundreds and hundreds of complaints From consumers that also purchased Hills products. Some of them ranged from their pets becoming deathly ill and some even reported the unfortunate death of their pets! I couldn't believe what I was reading. How could this be happening to so many people and this product still be on the market and the veterinarian still be prescribing it. Well I will tell You why! It is a huge moneymaking racket for veterinarians. They get Enormous kickbacks from the Hills company! Unfortunately dog food is not regulated by the FDA I so it is difficult to identify and report a problem. I am completely beside myself that such a horrific thing is going on! I am disappointed with the negative complaints, about all the Hills Science diet foods. The people are blaming the products, for the death of 12 year old labs or geriatric cats. I am very sorry that your pets have died or developed bacteria in the stool, but these are actually very common medical conditions and are not the fault of the foods. Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) is a very common cancer of the spleen in large breed (and all other size) dogs. To have a lab live 12 years is impressive, but there is no link to HSA from Hills science diet. As a matter of fact, Hills has the most research and clinical trials behind their foods.