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Tuco,

Was their a merger of Hills and Purina that I'm not aware of?

No mention of Pro Plan on their site.

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Tuco,

Was their a merger with Hills and Purina that I'm not aware of?

No mention of Pro Plan on their site.

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i for one would be very happy since our vet recommends Hills products!
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From working in a vet clinic I can say that Hills does have a pretty big influence on them. We have had Hills reps come in and pay for lunches for us while they explained to us why their food is so great and offer mass discounts on food for the employees. I dont care if the bag of food costs me $20 im not feeding it to my dog. I was feeding Ruby a prescription diet which I am fine with short term as they even say their diets other then their allergy one is not meant for long term use. Ruby is now on Pro Plan and doing great. My cats are now all on Pro Plan as well and am VERY happy with the results.

But that said we also had pet insurance companies come in, Medi-cal, Purina reps Phizer (sp?) the drug company, Bayer etc. Its not just Hills.

Mine were on Acana at one point and have from research and speaking to a couple members on here have learned their food may not be the best quality. Though, I respect if others choose to feed it

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Tuco,

Was their a merger of Hills and Purina that I'm not aware of?

No mention of Pro Plan on their site.

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I never said they were merged, quite frankly even though I diss like pro plan it's still a thousand times better than hills


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I just switched cooper & Van Gogh to pro plan, thus far they like it. Doesn't seem to be so expensive either!


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Cooper loves picking out his food...

Pro plan sport is all Id use from now on


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A $42 bag lasts me about 6 weeks, and tons of show people, including my breeders feed it to their dogs. Bella has two small, firm poops per day. Never a runny one in 9 months. I see no reason whatsoever to change. That said, I'm sure some dogs don't do as well on it.

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Molly used to eat ProPlan Performance (she was weaned onto it) and it was great until her eyes got goopy and she started scratching a lot. I thought her coat quality was already great until I switched to Acana and surprisingly it improved, along with the itching and goopy eyes. I would love to switch to ProPlan's sensitive skin and stomach formula actually .. Acana is just way too expensive but she's doing great right now and I don't wanna screw it up.


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I can't respond for Tuco, but take a look at this link. I'm sure I can find others.

Veterinary Students Information and School Resources | HillsVet

On Hill's own website, look at the bottom right on the screen regarding "upcoming events". Hills is a major sponsor of many vet students and vet professional continuing education conferences.

If you click on the "Midwest Veterinary Conference" in Ohio, you will find that that besides being a major sponsor, Hills is hosting a vet student reception one evening with free food, drink and door prizes.

Hills makes sure they get plenty of face time in print and in person to keep that name in front of future and current vets.

And if you want to read about a more direct link between Hill's and vet schools, see this link:

MSU presents Partnership Award - Tags: AWARDS VETERINARY colleges

It refers to Michigan State vet school giving a partnership award to Hill's Pet Nutrition in recognition of all the financial and educational support given to Michigan's vet school.
It's a pretty standard marketing practice for companies to have doctors on staff who visit medical schools to educate students about products. This is done at human and animal medical schools. The student doctors who get the presentations about the products are probably more likely to prescribe, recommend, or use them just because they are familiar.

There's nothing wrong or unethical about this type of sponsorship or marketing. It's just one more reason people should be informed about what they or their dogs are eating or taking as medicine and not just go along with what is recommended or what they are told to do. It's one reason that forums such as this are so great.
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It's a pretty standard marketing practice for companies to have doctors on staff who visit medical schools to educate students about products. This is done at human and animal medical schools. The student doctors who get the presentations about the products are probably more likely to prescribe, recommend, or use them just because they are familiar.

There's nothing wrong or unethical about this type of sponsorship or marketing. It's just one more reason people should be informed about what they or their dogs are eating or taking as medicine and not just go along with what is recommended or what they are told to do. It's one reason that forums such as this are so great.
Yes but they have a monopoly, i did a coop at 2 different vets throughout highschool saw about 15 different hills reps no other companies. On top of that they were making completely ******** claims, that corn as a first ingredient was better than meat because of nutrition and antioxidants, and that there is no significant difference between meat and plant protiens. The two clinics I was at none of them had nutrition experience beyond what they learned in their compulsery credits witch in dr.i's words was "nothing that helped much". And hills has the whole process in their pockets


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