Hill’s Pet Nutrition has extended its partnership with the Minnesota Urolith Center (MUC) to help reduce the worldwide incidence of urinary disease in companion animals and to enhance the care of pets with urinary tract disorders.

Minnesota Urolith Centre directors Carl Osborne, left, and Jody Lulich

MUC, part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, is a leading institution for the analysis and treatment of urinary stones (uroliths), research to identify risk factors for urolithiasis, and science-supported recommendations for urolith prevention.

Through its continuing partnership with MUC, Hill’s Pet Nutrition provides financial support, enabling MUC to offer stone analysis at no cost to vets anywhere in the world, and provides transport of samples to the MUC.

Hill’s has also partnered with MUC in an initiative to create a multi-language website, urolithcenter.org, making urolith submission simpler and more convenient for vets anywhere in the world.

MUC co-director Jody Lulich said the support from Hill’s Pet Nutrition enabled it to do what it did best – “support veterinarians in their mission to accurately diagnose, treat and prevent urinary tract diseases with the most effective and compassionate therapies.”

Jolle Kirpensteijn, ‎chief professional relations officer at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, said the partnership with MUC was a great example of how collaboration between industry and academia could push forward the boundaries of veterinary knowledge, while also offering vets a service benefitting pets worldwide.

“The work done by MUC directors Carl Osborne and Jody Lulich and their team is breaking new ground in the study of uroliths and in the provision of nutritional recommendations to veterinarians to prevent and treat this common disease,” Dr Kirenstein said.

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