Award: Highly Commended
Category: Dog Foods

All animals – from your pet to companion animals – should be loved and cared for throughout their lifetime. This is why Hill’s mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets.

As a leader in cutting-edge food science and research, Hill’s is the #1 veterinarian recommended brand of dog food in the US, and the recipient of the Highly Commended Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands award in New Zealand.

Hill’s has been led by science ever since the 1930s when Hill’s founder Dr. Mark Morris and his wife Louise developed a new pet food for a young vision impaired man’s guide dog in their kitchen. The German shepherd, called Buddy, was suffering from kidney failure which Dr. Morris believed was the result of poor nutrition.

Louise and three other women continued making Buddy’s food in the Morris family home. Called Raritan Ration B, it became the forerunner of Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Canine for dogs with renal failure and insufficiency.

Today, Hill’s – a leader in pet nutrition research and knowledge for more than 80 years – pet food products are available in 80 countries around the world, with veterinarians worldwide recommending and feeding their own pets Hill’s products.

Hill’s has two brands available to New Zealand pets as part of its high-quality pet nutrition portfolio:

  • Prescription Diet, and
  • Science Diet.

Prescription Diet is a range of therapeutic pet food available exclusively through veterinarians. Hill’s Prescription Diet foods provide nutritional support for dogs and cats facing specific health conditions, including weight management and kidney, urinary, skin and digestive care.

Science Diet is a wellness range offering dry and wet foods for healthy pets. Sold through pet specialty and online stores, Hill’s Science Diet dog and cat food provide science-led nutrition to support pets’ ever-changing needs.

Hill’s takes a science-led approach to nutrition and leads the way in several scientific fields. Their team of experts carefully selects combinations of ingredients based on the nutritional benefits they deliver to pets of every age, size and with a variety of needs.

Philanthropy Hill’s partners with local and global animal shelters to help transform the lives of shelter pets through its Food, Shelter & Love program. Since 2010, the company has donated over half a million kilograms of pet food in New Zealand alone, and over one million kilograms of food to the global Disaster Relief Support program since 2013, responding to over 135 emergencies including COVID-19, the Christchurch earthquake, Australian bushfires, Japanese tsunami and Cyclone Gabrielle.

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"Overall excellent dog food available at an acceptable price. Has the correct nourishment needed for pets."

Male, 50-59, Tasman

"Great complete diets for all types of dogs."

Female, 30-39, Wellington

"Well designed products that my pets love to eat and make their lives better."

Female, 50-59, Hawkes Bay
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