Hill's Pet Nutrition Breaks Ground on Small Paws Engagement Center



Hill’s Pet Nutrition held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $20 million, 25,000 sq. ft. nutrition facility focused on the needs of small dogs - ‘Small Paws’ - as well as a new Engagement Center developed for veterinarian and other pet caregiver engagement.


“Hill’s is excited to announce the expansion of our world-renowned pet nutrition center to focus on the special needs of small dogs and also to enhance our involvement with those who care for pets through the new engagement center,” said Hill’s president Jesper Nordengaard. “We are always investing in research and development to serve the nutritional needs of pets as well as learning from veterinarians, customers and caregivers through their experiences. This is how we fulfill our mission to transform lives.


“This is a great day for the Hill’s team, and we are especially grateful to Topeka’s leaders and the amazing talent in the region who help make Hill’s the best at what we do,” said Nordengaard.


The new Small Paws center will include state-of-the art facilities and will be home to 80 small dogs under 12 lbs. who will have the benefit of specially formulated nutrition developed to their unique needs. The center will be devoted to exceptional veterinary care and offer a variety of indoor and outdoor enrichment activities that the dogs can choose during the day, including an outdoor Bark Park. The Engagement Center will have dedicated space to host educational seminars and continuing education programs for veterinary students and professionals.


“All around the world, there’s a steady increase in the popularity of small dogs. Our investment in this specialized facility will help us develop food with the taste and aesthetics that small dogs prefer and that works best with their distinctive behaviors and unique physiology,” said Dave Baloga, vice president, science & technology for Hill’s. “The Small Paws center will allow us to better understand their needs and discover new ways to help them lead happy, healthy lives.”


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