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Dog Articles

Part of caring for your dog is understanding his needs. When you need to know more about dog nutrition, health, behavior or training, turn to Purina’s experts. In the below articles you’ll find all their best information and tips so you can better care for your dog.

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Is there such a thing as average dog weight? According to Purina’s experts, an average weight or range will vary from breed to breed and even between males and females. Learn why here, along with what they suggest using instead.
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Do dogs need to wear seatbelts in the car? Yes, but not all dog car seatbelts are created equal. Find out how to choose one and get other dog car safety tips from our experts here.
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Adopting a dog is a big step. There are a lot of things to consider, from choosing the right dog for your lifestyle to deciding where to adopt from. Let us help you find the perfect canine companion.

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  • Why is my dog eating poop and how do I make it stop? This odd behavior could result from a nutritional deficiency or could simply be instinct. Our experts explain reasons why dogs eat poop and how to correct the behavior.
  • Switching dog food should be a gradual process. Whether you're switching from puppy to adult food, or to an option that better meets your dog’s needs, our experts can guide you through the process of changing your dog’s food.
  • The right nutrition can help your dog thrive. When deciding what you should feed your dog, it’s important to consider his age, size, weight and activity level. Our experts can help you find the best food to feed your dog.
  • How many times a day should a dog eat? Purina’s experts explain the importance of regular feeding schedules and how often to feed a dog based on their age and breed size. Get the details on dog feeding times here.
  • Are dogs color blind or can they see color? Turns out, dogs can see some colors. Find out what colors dogs see and how you can help your dog better distinguish between certain colors here.
  • Bringing home a new puppy is exciting but can also be overwhelming. Use our new puppy checklist to make sure you have everything before you bring him home so you can spend your time having fun together rather than making last-minute trips to the stor
  • What should you feed a puppy? Puppies have specific nutritional needs and puppy food contains essential nutrients. Learn more about what to feed a puppy and why here from Purina’s experts.
  • As we’re spending time at home, some pet grooming services aren’t available. Here are practices you can try at home to keep your dog feeling his best.
  • Don’t just assume your dog’s ears itch if he scratches them frequently. It may be a sign of a painful infection. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following changes: ear discharge, a strange odor and head shaking.
  • A seizure is sometimes described as an electrical storm in the brain. Brain cells, called neurons, communicate using electrical and chemical signals. A seizure, also referred to as a convulsion or “fit,” occurs when there is a sudden surge of electri