Our Nutritional Philosophy

Nutritional Philosophy

Backed by the most extensive evidence-based clinical nutrition, Hill’s strives to deliver the highest quality pet food products that meet a diverse spectrum of unique needs.


We firmly believe that the right pet nutrition is vital to pets living long, healthy lives. Our research, directed from the Global Pet Nutrition Center, helps make Hill’s the global leader in nutritional health care for companion animals, allowing us to provide the right formulas for precisely balanced nutrition that meets the wellness and therapeutic needs of pets worldwide.

With our long-term investment in nutrition technology and state-of-the-art research, we provide what every pet deserves — high quality nutrition. We continuously look for ways to improve the effectiveness of our products and are proud to be the first pet food company to apply the concept of evidence-based clinical nutrition to the development of pet food.

Consistent with Evidence-Based Medicine used by physicians in human practice, Hill’s performs randomized, blinded and controlled clinical feeding studies. These scientific studies demonstrate the benefits of the medical and nutritional research conducted every day at the Hill’s Global Pet Nutrition Center.

The best clinical decisions are made when high-quality research evidence, clinical expertise and patient values intertwine. evidence-based clinical nutrition starts with extensive nutritional research. These in-depth studies ensure that our products will provide real benefits to pets and meet the highest standards of quality and excellence expected by our customers.

Clinically Proven

An essential component of evidence-based clinical nutrition is the clinical trial. During these trials, our products are tested by veterinarians using real patients in blinded, randomized feeding studies. Veterinarians use their clinical skills and experience to help identify each patient’s unique health condition and diagnose it properly. Then they evaluate and document the benefits of nutrition during the course of the study.

By performing its own research, Hill’s develops cat and dog foods that promote pet wellness by delivering precise nutrition. Precisely balanced nutrition reduces the health risks to pets that can occur from excess or deficient nutrient levels.

Precisely Balanced: The Right Nutrients in the Right Quantities
While Hill’s pet foods contain high-quality ingredients, our research proves that it’s the proper balance of 50 nutrients supplied by those ingredients that is the key to optimal health for pets. Guided by our evidenced-based research, Hill’s formulated its foods with a precise balance of these nutrients to meet the specific needs of pets associated with their lifestage, size or special needs.

The dangers of excessive or deficient nutrient intake
Too much or too little of certain nutrients (as shown in the chart below) can impact the health and well-being of pets. In fact, a wide range of common disease conditions can be made worse or even caused by consistently feeding foods with an incorrect balance of nutrients.

100% Balanced Nutrition