Dog Articles

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.

Featured Dog Articles
Average Dog Weight
Is there such a thing as average dog weight? According to Purina experts, an average weight or range may not be the best way to determine if your dog is at a healthy weight. 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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Dog diarrhea is caused for numerous reasons including stress. Common stressful situations that can trigger gastrointestinal (GI) upset in a dog include adoption, boarding, separation anxiety from their owner, changes in the household or environment
If your dog is straining to defecate or has hard stools, he’s probably constipated. Give your veterinarian a call. There are many reasons why dogs can become constipated–dehydration, a lack of fiber or an enlarged prostate may play a role.
Lying just under the stomach and along the beginning of the small intestine, known as the duodenum, the pancreas is a small pink glandular organ. Its main responsibilities include digestion of fats and starches through secretion of enzymes
Epilepsy is defined as recurrent seizures caused by an abnormality in the brain. It’s estimated that 1 in 111 dogs are affected by epilepsy. Dogs with epilepsy typically experience their first seizure between 1 and 3 years of age.
Canine cognitive disorder, also known as cognitive dysfunction, is a decline in the brain’s ability to function. Research suggest that signs of CDS occur in 23 percent of dogs 12 to 14 years old and in 41 percent of dogs older than 14 years.

For 143 years, dogs from around the world have ventured to New York City every February. They’re all there to compete for the coveted title of Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina® Pro Plan®.

The sun-soaked and famously relaxed sport of surfing looks easy, but it actually requires balance, strength, and – in competition – a lot of style. And it’s the same for dog surfing.

Speed, dexterity and focus are key in this Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge head-to-head race that sends two dogs weaving through a 30-weave pole up-and-back course as fast as they can.

The Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® is one of the most exciting dog competitions around, giving canine athletes the opportunity to show the world what makes them so incredible.
Sometimes, it’s all about being the fastest thing on four (short) legs. Jack Russell Hurdle Racing tests the running and jumping prowess of some of the feistiest dogs out there.

The Freestyle Flying Disc event at the Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® is definitely a crowd favorite, combining creativity, skills and teamwork that are sure to amaze.

The Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® challenges the athletic abilities of top dogs in exciting dog events like 30 Weave Up and Back, Surf Dog, Fetch It, Diving Dog, Jack Russell Hurdle Racing, Agility and the crowd favorite: