With more than eighty years of experience in the pet food industry, Purina is a global leader in pet nutrition research. From finding out what drives obesity to studying the effects of new trends and discoveries in human nutrition, they've got it covered. That's because they don't want to follow the industry – they want to push it ahead. It's all part of their mission to enrich the lives of pets, and enable them to live long, healthy lives.
Learn all about dog nutrition, from what ingredients serve your dog's needs to the meaning behind pet food labels.
1. Are dogs omnivores or carnivores?
Many people believe dogs are carnivores. In fact, dogs are omnivores, and even wolves in the wild derive nutrition from both plant and animal sources. When you look at the research, the evidence stacks up that grains are nutritious and effective for your dog. Learn more about the power of grains for dogs.
Corn has come under scrutiny lately in discussions about human food and dog food alike. Some dog food companies are even substituting in other ingredients, like potatoes, for corn. We use corn in our food because it's a powerful ingredient that provides needed nutrients.
Corn provides protein, energy, and linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid for dogs. And ounce for ounce, corn has twice the level of antioxidants as an apple.
3. How do I transition dog foods?
Selecting a new food for your dog is an exciting step toward balanced health and happiness. It is also a time of transition. But remember, it's always best to transition your dog's diet slowly to avoid potential stomach upset and allow your dog's digestive system to adjust to any new ingredients. Transitions should be done in 7-10 days, beginning with small amounts of the new food. Learn more about how to transition your dog to a new food.
4. How do I read a dog food label?
Navigating the countless options in the pet food section of your favorite store can be confusing. According to government regulations, the label on every bag or can of pet food must contain the following information: net weight, manufacturer's name and address, ingredient list, guaranteed analysis, nutritional adequacy, statement, feeding directions, calorie statement, and more. Here's a quick guide to help you get started in making informed decisions when selecting the food that's right for your pet.