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Hill’s Pet Nutrition partners with Butler Schein Animal Health and Webster Veterinary to expand reach

TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 7, 2011) — Today, Hill’s Pet Nutrition announced a new partnership with Butler Schein™ Animal Health and Webster Veterinary in an effort to help spread awareness among veterinarians and their health care teams about nutritional assessments.

In the United States, only one in 10 pets that need the benefits of a therapeutic pet food are fed one.1 Compliance research confirms that the biggest opportunity to communicate with pet owners about proper pet nutrition is through increased veterinary and healthcare team recommendations.2

"Greater coverage and reach will ultimately help increase the number of pets that receive a nutritional recommendation, which will have a tremendously positive impact on their health and well-being," said Kostas Kontopanos, president of Hill’s U.S. "We are very pleased to join forces with two of the largest national veterinary distributors. They will help us better serve our veterinary customers, as well as improve veterinary practice health."

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends the AAHA Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, which urge veterinarians to make a nutritional recommendation for every pet during every visit.

This partnership with Butler Schein Animal Health and Webster Veterinary will enable both Hill’s and its partners to reach more veterinary clinics more quickly and strengthen that connection across the nation.

The partnership will take effect in April with all Hill’s customers in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

About Hill’s Pet Nutrition

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Hill’s® Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic pet foods available only through veterinarians, and Hill’s® Science Diet® brand pet foods sold through veterinarians and finer pet specialty stores. Founded more than 60 years ago with a unique commitment to pet nutrition and well-being, Hill’s is committed to its mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Hill’s produces high quality, great-tasting pet foods owners can trust and give to their canine and feline companions as part of a veterinary health care team recommendation. This ultimately improves patient health and the health of the practice. For more information about Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., and Hill’s Evidence-Based Clinical Nutrition™ visit HillsPet.com.

1 EM Lund, PJ Armstrong, et al. Health status and population characteristics of dogs and cats examined at private veterinary practices in the United States. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1999;1;214(9):1336-41.
2 Path to High-Quality Care: Practical Tips for Improving Compliance. AAHA 2003.

Contact:
Edisa Chacin
Edisa_Chacin@hillspet.com

Hill’s Pet Nutrition partners with Butler Schein and Webster Veterinary to expand reach Today, Hill’s Pet Nutrition announced a new partnership with Butler Schein™ Animal Health and Webster Veterinary in an effort to help spread awareness among veterinarians and their healthcare teams about nutritional assessments.

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