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9 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Animal Nutritionists

9 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Animal Nutritionists

Chances are, you'll never meet the people who formulated your dog's daily meals, yet these highly-trained scientists play one of the largest roles in your dog's life. Now, dig into the mind of an animal nutritionist to uncover some of the behind-the-scenes secrets about food trends, inside jokes, bad advice they've heard, and how much they really love helping your pet.
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The DOG Food Pyramid: Your Dog's Complete & Balanced Diet

The DOG Food Pyramid: Your Dog's Complete & Balanced Diet

While most of us will have some version of the human food pyramid ingrained in our minds, we don’t often think about what that would look like for our dogs. What does "complete & balanced" dog food really mean? How is it backed up? And how do we balance our dogs' nutrition?
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"Carbs" in Dog Food – What's the Secret?

"Carbs" in Dog Food – What's the Secret?

Carbohydrates in dog food: Animal nutritionists promote their many benefits, yet various blogs seem to disparage them. You’ve heard the arguments before: Wolves didn't raid corn fields. "Carbs" aren't required, therefore, they don't provide value. The more protein, the better.

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Natural Nutrition - What It Is, Why It Matters for Your Dog

Natural Nutrition - What It Is, Why It Matters for Your Dog

Everywhere you look, natural is all around – human food in grocery stores, cleaning products, and yes – there's natural dog food too. So what is natural dog food, and does it make a difference as you feed your dog?

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How to Find Better Dog Nutrition Information on the Internet

How to Find Better Dog Nutrition Information on the Internet

How can we help you help your dog? Let’s start by making sure you’re finding the right resources on quality dog food.

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How to Decode the Dog Food Industry

How to Decode the Dog Food Industry

“What’s a safe dog food? Should I trust my veterinarian’s recommendation? Does this big company care about what’s safe for my dog? Has this small company done its research?”

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What You Should Know About Dog Food Ingredients & Grain-Free Diets

What You Should Know About Dog Food Ingredients & Grain-Free Diets

Between “super ingredients”, dog food labels, the grain vs. grain-free debate, and the dog food your best friend swears by…is it fair to say that finding the bottom line about dog food ingredients can seem impossible?

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The Pursuit of Safe Dog Food

The Pursuit of Safe Dog Food

Manufacturing Safe Dog Food Under Strict Industry Regulations

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Featured Blogger: Ann & Conner

Featured Blogger: Ann & Conner

Ann is part of the Just Right® by Purina® blogger community. All experiences and honest opinions are her own.

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Featured Blogger: Tori & Scooby the Corgi

Featured Blogger: Tori & Scooby the Corgi

Tori is part of the Just Right® by Purina® blogger community. All experiences and honest opinions are her own.

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Featured Blogger: Kristen & Chilly

Featured Blogger: Kristen & Chilly

Kristen is part of the Just Right® by Purina® blogger community. All experiences and honest opinions are her own.

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Featured Blogger: Beeb & Bob

Featured Blogger: Beeb & Bob

Beeb is part of the Just Right® by Purina® blogger community. All experiences and honest opinions are her own. We asked Beeb to talk about the unique relationship she and her family share with their Labrador, Bob.

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How Dog Food Ingredients Benefit Your Dog's Nutrition

How Dog Food Ingredients Benefit Your Dog's Nutrition

 

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Thanksgiving Tips for Dog Owners

Thanksgiving Tips for Dog Owners

 

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Featured Blogger: Richard & Truman

Featured Blogger: Richard & Truman

Richard is part of the Just Right® by Purina® blogger community. All experiences and honest opinions are his own. We asked Richard to talk about the unique relationship he shares with his dog, Truman. The result is a post that celebrates how the life lessons learned from dogs can be the most important lessons of all.

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Expert's Guide: 17 Answers to Your Dog Nutrition & Wellness Questions

Expert's Guide: 17 Answers to Your Dog Nutrition & Wellness Questions

You asked, we answered. So you can get the real scoop behind dog nutrition and wellness, the Just Right experts answered questions sent in from our #DogsofJustRight blogger community. Celebrate Pet Wellness Month with some new information in your back pocket.

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Featured Blogger: Kathleen With Her Chinook Dogs

Featured Blogger: Kathleen With Her Chinook Dogs

Kathleen is part of the Just Right® by Purina® blogger community. All experiences and honest opinions are her own. We asked Kathleen about the unique relationship she shares with her Chinook dogs, Minnow, The Beej, and her newest addition to the family, Fluffy the Vampire the Labrador retriever. The result is a post that celebrates the positive impact our dogs have on our lives in countless ways.

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Kibble Confusion: The Struggles of Finding the Best Dog Food

Kibble Confusion: The Struggles of Finding the Best Dog Food

 

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Mealtime Decoded: How to Feed Your Dog

Involved dog owners like you know that your dog’s mealtime is much more than tossing kibbles in the bowl and walking away. How to feed your dog is almost as important as what you feed him.

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Featured Blogger: Samantha with Paddington

Featured Blogger: Samantha with Paddington

Samantha is part of the Just Right® by Purina® blogger community. All experiences and honest opinions are her own. We asked Samantha to talk about the unique relationship she shares with her dog, Paddington. The result is a post with some tips every dog owner can do to help their dog live happy and healthy.

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Small Breed Nutrition: What's the Best Dog Food for My Small Dog?

Small Breed Nutrition: What's the Best Dog Food for My Small Dog?

They say that good things come in small packages. And with the big personalities packed into the many small dog breeds, we’d tend to agree. It seems intuitive that a Yorkie would have radically different needs than a Great Dane, but what makes small breed dogs so unique? How are their nutritional needs different than other breed sizes? And how can you find the best dog food for small dogs if no two are exactly alike?

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Featured Blogger: Leticia with Oliver

Featured Blogger: Leticia with Oliver

Leticia is part of the Just Right® by Purina® blogger community and receives personalized food for her dog at no charge. All experiences and honest opinions are her own. We asked Leticia to talk about the unique relationship she shares with her Lab, Oliver. The result is a post that celebrates both Oliver and family dogs everywhere.

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America's Growing Number of Overweight Dogs

America's Growing Number of Overweight Dogs

America was home to 43.8 million overweight dogs last year, yet only 5% of dog owners of obese or overweight dogs recognized that their pets weren’t at an ideal body condition. Why is that?

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Featured Blogger: Ann with Shiner

Featured Blogger: Ann with Shiner

Ann is part of the Just Right® by Purina® blogger community and receives personalized food for her dog at no charge. All experiences and honest opinions are her own.

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Expert’s Guide: What You Need to Know About Dog Nutrition & Wellness

Expert’s Guide: What You Need to Know About Dog Nutrition & Wellness

As a pet owner, you want the best for your dog. Determining what constitutes “the best,” however, can be difficult, especially when it comes to dog food.

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What's Your Dog's Poop Telling You?

What's Your Dog's Poop Telling You?

 

Do You Know What Your Dog's Poop Means?

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Featured Blogger: Juliet with Tanner & Scout

Featured Blogger: Juliet with Tanner & Scout

Juliet is part of the Just Right® by Purina® blogger community and receives personalized food for her dogs at no charge. All experiences and honest opinions are her own.

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What Should I Feed My Large Breed Puppy?

What Should I Feed My Large Breed Puppy?

Large and giant breed dogs — such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Boxers, German Shepherds, and Great Danes — have different nutritional needs than smaller dogs. Since so many developmental changes occur during the puppy life-stage, it’s important that your puppy is getting the proper nutrition and care from the very beginning to help promote a healthy future.

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How to Introduce Your New Puppy to Your Other Dogs, Cats, and Kids

How to Introduce Your New Puppy to Your Other Dogs, Cats, and Kids

You’ve prepared to adopt a puppy and it’s time to bring him home! …Now what? Socializing your new puppy with your current family is an important step. Whether you hope your new puppy will become best friends with your older dog, your cat, or your kids, these tips should help you ease the way into becoming one big happy family.

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4 Tips for Managing Your Dog’s Weight This Winter

4 Tips for Managing Your Dog’s Weight This Winter

Winter: A time of holiday celebrations with friends and family. A time where savory roasts fill our tables and tempting leftovers fill our refrigerators. And a time when snuggling under the covers half an hour longer is much more appealing than getting up to walk the dog through the frigid tundra of the neighborhood.

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The Proactive Dog Owner: How to Practice Preventative Care at Home

The Proactive Dog Owner: How to Practice Preventative Care at Home

You pride yourself on giving your dog the very best. But truth be told, there are only a few tell-tale signs that indicate your dog’s health is truly up to snuff. You might check your dog’s eyes for clarity, skin and coat for glossiness, and stool for shape and consistency. But what else can be done to look after your dog’s health?

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Good Halloween Behavior: How to Distract and De-stress Your Dog from the Ringing Doorbell

Good Halloween Behavior: How to Distract and De-stress Your Dog from the Ringing Doorbell

That exciting time of year when people and pets don their scariest costumes, put spooky pumpkins out on display, and make the annual door-to-door trek for trick-or-treating is approaching quickly. For many, it’s all fun and games. But for some, all that heightened excitement can be stressful for dogs, especially if they react negatively to the doorbell constantly ringing.

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How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Dogs can get gum disease and tooth disease just like humans. If your dog has poor dental hygiene, it can lead to tooth pain, bloody gums and even infection, which can spread through your dog’s body. Brushing your dog’s teeth is an easy way to remove plaque buildup and avoid serious dental problems.

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FactRetriever: Can Dogs Digest Grain?

FactRetriever: Can Dogs Digest Grain?

Grain in dog food is a hot topic and, naturally, misconceptions have surrounded the topic. One common misconception suggests that dogs can’t digest grain. The reality, however, is that while dogs may have a harder time digesting uncooked grains, properly cooked grains in dog food can be highly digestible. In fact, research has shown that grains like corn actually help the digestion of other nutrients in your dog’s food.

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Why Are Veterinarian Visits On The Decline?

Why Are Veterinarian Visits On The Decline?

Fewer pet owners are taking their pets to the veterinarian for a yearly checkup. Sadly, as a result, preventable diseases like diabetes, heartworm or dental disease are on the rise. So why are so many pet owners forgoing their pet’s annual checkup?

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5 Myths About Dog Behavior

5 Myths About Dog Behavior

Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher your dog’s actions since he can’t tell you what he’s thinking. That’s why there are a lot of misconceptions about dog behavior. Here are five common myths about why your dog does the things he does and the truths behind them:

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FactRetriever: What Are Animal By-Products in Dog Food?

FactRetriever: What Are Animal By-Products in Dog Food?

You may have heard that animal by-products are low quality ingredients that shouldn’t be in pet food, but that’s a common misconception. While Just Right® by Purina® doesn't use animal by-products in our blends of food, they're actually a quality source of nutrition for your dog’s diet.

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Shedding Season Ahead: How to Manage Your Dog’s Fur this Fall

Shedding Season Ahead: How to Manage Your Dog’s Fur this Fall

When you’re a dog owner, fall takes on a whole new meaning other than just cooling temperatures and falling leaves. Fall is a dog shedding season when many dogs shed their summer coats to make room for new warm winter coats. Depending on if your dog has long fur, curly fur, short fur, or wiry fur determines the method of grooming.

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FactRetriever: Can Dogs Eat Fish?

FactRetriever: Can Dogs Eat Fish?

Pop quiz: Can dogs eat fish? It's a commonly asked question about a somewhat uncommon dog food ingredient. The short answer: Dogs can eat fish. In fact, fish ingredients like salmon, fish meal and fish oil each have important nutrients that can benefit your dog's overall health. Here are the some of the nutritional benefits fish can have for your dog:

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FactRetriever: 3 Reasons Why Your Dog Is An Omnivore

FactRetriever: 3 Reasons Why Your Dog Is An Omnivore

Let it be known that dogs are not carnivores. You may have heard them referred to as carnivores, but the fact is, a dog’s diet isn’t confined to just meat. They’re omnivores, and here are the top three reasons why:

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What to Expect When You're Bringing A New Dog Home

What to Expect When You're Bringing A New Dog Home


Bringing a new dog home can be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. There’s the joy and anticipation of welcoming a new family member into your home, but there’s also the potential for those first few days to be demanding as your companion tries to adjust to his new environment.

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How to Stop Your Dog from Eating Cat Food

How to Stop Your Dog from Eating Cat Food

Most cat food has higher levels of fat and protein than dog food — making it very appealing to your dog. But that extra fat and protein can quickly lead to weight gain.

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What’s The Best Exercise For My Dog?

What’s The Best Exercise For My Dog?

Regular exercise is one of the best ways to help your dog maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle. Plus, it’s a great way for both of you to spend some time together.

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4 Tricks to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

4 Tricks to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

Getting your dog to achieve his ideal body condition may seem like an uphill climb. It takes time, commitment, and energy. But putting in the effort is well worth it. Dogs who maintain a healthy weight are at less risk for health problems. An ideal weight also means less stress on the heart, lungs, and joints.

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New Tricks: Dog Training Tips For Puppy, Adult, & Senior Dogs

New Tricks: Dog Training Tips For Puppy, Adult, & Senior Dogs


It's never a bad time to teach your dog something new, no matter how old he is. Whether you’re just starting to train your puppy or teaching your adult dog how to fetch the morning paper, here are a few tips for training your dog at any age.

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How Do I Socialize My Dog With Kids?

How Do I Socialize My Dog With Kids?

Children and dogs can be a great source of love and friendship for each other, and socializing your dog with kids is key to fostering those relationships. Whether you’re making new friends at the park or introducing your dog to your own children for the first time, there are a few steps you can take to make sure it’s a positive experience for everyone.

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How to Read Your Dog Food Label

How to Read Your Dog Food Label

Our food is formulated by nutritional experts, but you shouldn't need a PhD to understand what’s in your dog’s food. There should be an easy way to understand all the ingredients and nutrients that go into the food, but sometimes the label can be confusing.

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Real Meat, Fish or Poultry: Protein Sources in Your Dog’s Food

Real Meat, Fish or Poultry: Protein Sources in Your Dog’s Food

Like we do for our own food, many dog owners are asking “Where do the ingredients in my dog’s food come from?” We’re proud of the ingredients we use to create your personalized dog food, and even prouder that we make it in our own Purina-owned facilities in the U.S. We think you’ll be proud to feed it too. So, based on questions from owners like you, here’s the story behind the first ingredient found in each of our blends: real meat, fish, or poultry.

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Know Your Breed: What Common Ailments May Affect Your Dog?

Know Your Breed: What Common Ailments May Affect Your Dog?

Dogs are pre-disposed to certain ailments or diseases simply due to characteristics of their breed. Some of these medical conditions have lasted through generations, and yet, researchers are still working to fully understand them. No matter what your dog’s age, size or breed, it’s always good to be aware of these common ailments and their prevention methods.

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5 Tricks for Keeping Your Dog Cool at Home

5 Tricks for Keeping Your Dog Cool at Home

Sometimes the only way to beat the heat is to stay home in the comfort of your air conditioner. The same goes for our dogs who can truly feel the effects of the heat if not given enough shade, water, or rest on a hot summer day.

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Keeping Your Dog Safe from Ticks This Summer

Keeping Your Dog Safe from Ticks This Summer

Experts are predicting tick populations to rise to an all-time high this year. And ticks don’t discriminate against age, so whether your dog is a puppy, an adult, or a senior dog, be prepared to take action against ticks. Follow these guidelines – from prevention to removal – to avoid tick-borne diseases in your dog this summer.

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Ingredients with Purpose: Corn Gluten Meal, Oat Meal, & Pea Starch

When buying food for your dog, it’s easy to get confused about what ingredients really are good for your dog’s health. At the end of the day, you just want to know: “What’s the best food for my dog?” We hear you, and we want to give you the knowledge behind the ingredients we’ve chosen for our Just Right® by Purina® blends. We believe that every ingredient has a purpose, and we want to show you how we use all ingredients to deliver complete, balanced nutrition to your dog.

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Summer Water Safety Tips for Dogs

Summer Water Safety Tips for Dogs

One great way for your dog to beat the summer heat is to cool off in a pool or lake. If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, you may also check out some dog-friendly shorelines for some fun in the sun.

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Beat the Heat: How to Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Beat the Heat: How to Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Summer's here and the heat is on. Keeping your dog cool and hydrated when temperatures start to skyrocket is essential to protecting your dog from heat stress and heat related illnesses. Before you and your dog head into the sun, here are a few ways to keep your dog safe in the heat.

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Switching Dog Food

Switching Dog Food


Do you know the right way to switch dog food? It may be common knowledge to some, but for many, knowing how to switch dog food is uncharted territory. No matter what your dog’s age – puppy, adult, or senior – you should always conduct a gradual transition from his old food to his new food.

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Vacationing with Your Dog? Visit Your Vet First

Vacationing with Your Dog? Visit Your Vet First

After a long, cold winter for most of the U.S., we’re more than ready for short-sleeves and open-toed shoes. Summer is finally here, and some of you might be planning your next family getaway – four-legged family members included.

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Should I Feed My Dog Grain-Free Dog Food?

Should I Feed My Dog Grain-Free Dog Food?

With the rise of grain-free and gluten-free diets in human food, people are wondering, why grain-free dog food? We believe when it comes to grains, the choice to feed them or not to feed them to your dog depends entirely on your preference.

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Breed Size Matters at the Dog Park

Breed Size Matters at the Dog Park

Spring has sprung, which means dog parks are seeing more paw traffic from dogs of every age, size, and breed. If you’re new to the dog park scene, there are a few size-specific things to keep in mind that can help every pet and person get along at the dog park.

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