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The year was 1939 when a young blind man named Morris Frank was traveling the country with his dog, Buddy. Buddy was suffering from kidney failure, and Mr. Frank asked Dr. Mark Morris Sr. for help.

Dr. Morris believed he could find a nutritional solution to Buddy’s issues, so he developed a new pet food with his wife, Louise Morris, in their kitchen.

Follow the timeline to see how Hill’s has evolved since to create differences you can see, feel and trust.

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1948

Hill’s Pet Nutrition officially goes into business

Dr. Morris contracted with Burton Hill of the Hill Packing Company in Topeka, Kansas, to can the food with a new name, Canine k/d, and licensed Hill to produce his pet food formulas.

Prescription Diet k/d becomes the world’s first veterinarian-prepared food for the management of a canine disease.

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1953

Dr. Morris’ work pioneering therapeutic pet nutrition leads to a new breakthrough in urinary pet foods

Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d canned cat and dog food

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1968

Hill’s Science Diet is created

Focusing on a preventative approach to pet health, Mark Morris Jr. launches Hill’s first wellness food brand for pets.

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1976

Colgate-Palmolive Co. purchases Hill’s Pet Nutrition

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1983

A Legacy Continues

Dr. Mark Morris Jr. carries on his father’s work in pet nutrition and co-authors the Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Textbook. The book continues to be used in veterinary colleges to this day as definitive text for companion animal care.

Dr. Morris Jr. is still considered the father of small animal wellness nutrition.

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1992

A focus on urgent care

To help veterinarians when every moment counts, Hill’s creates the world’s first thixotropic food for assisted feeding of pets.

HIll’s Prescription Diet a/d canned cat and dog food

1996

Hill’s publishes scientific discoveries on unique nutrition for large breed pups

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2000

Hill’s begins fortifying pet food with antioxidant combinations to support immune function in pets

2002

Hill’s starts an ongoing mission to help shelter pets

The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program is launched across North America, which to date has helped over 11 million pets find a forever home.

2003

HILL’S CREATES SENSORY CENTER DEDICATED TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF PET FOOD TASTE

2004

Hill’s develops its first pet nutrigenomics research lab

Becoming a leader in innovations that use nutrients to change how genes are expressed in pets over time.

2005

Pet nutrigenomics gives way to one of the leading pet foods for mobility

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2008

Hill’s donates cat genome research

As the first company to map the feline genome, Hill’s takes a big step forward in providing the best nutrition possible for cats.

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2012

Hill’s breaks new ground in overactive thyroid management for pets

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2013

Offering support when pets need it most

The Hill’s Disaster Relief Network is established as a way to provide nutritional support for pets after disasters hit their communities. Hill’s partners with shelters, veterinary clinics, governmental organizations and other non-profits caring for pets in the aftermath of disasters.

2013

New therapeutic solutions for weight management

Hill’s creates new innovations to help pets struggling with weight issues.

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2017

New options for older pets

Using work pioneered through the pet genome, Hill’s develops several new nutritional options for aging pets.

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Hill’s Science Diet Youthful Vitality

(now Hill’s Science Diet Senior Vitality)

2018

Hill’s helps 102,000 pets find forever homes

Hill’s proudly partners with NBCUniversal Local for Clear The Shelters, one of the largest pet adoption campaigns of the year, and continues to sponsor the event for years to come.

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2018

HILL’S ADVANCES RESEARCH INTO THE PET MICROBIOME

New breakthroughs are made regarding the network of microorganisms that affect a pet’s digestion, immune health, organ function and more.

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2021

Pet nutrition center opens small & Toy research facility

2021

Hill’s pilots the first-ever fully recycle-ready dry food packaging in Europe

Hill’s is one of the first major pet food manufacturers to switch to completely recycle-ready dry food packaging, part of the larger 2025 environmental strategy from our parent company, Colgate-Palmolive.

About Our Recycling Plan

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2021

Hill’s helps make itching ancient history

New advancements in allergic care allow Hill’s to create nutrition for both food and environmental allergies.

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Hill’s Prescription Diet Derm Complete

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Today

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A step ahead for future generations

Being in the pet food industry since 1907, we understand the value of planning for long-term sustainability.

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Committed to innovation

We take a forward-thinking approach to keep you and your pet a step ahead.

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Giving the best again and again

We are currently working on making Hill’s packaging 100% recyclable. Check to see if your pet’s food packaging qualifies here.

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The Clear The Shelters trademark is owned by NBCUniversal Local, a division of NBCUniversal.