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Whether you have a dog, cat or both, our experts are here with all the information and tips you need. In the articles below, we cover dog and cat health, nutrition, behavior, training and more.

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Do Cats Need Wet Food
Your cat may love canned food as a treat, but should you incorporate it into her daily diet? According to Purina experts, as long as her food is 100 percent complete and balanced, cats can do well on dry or wet food alone. Our experts stress, however, there are many benefits of including it in your kitty’s diet.
Carrots
Can dogs have carrots? Purina experts say yes, but as with any treat, be mindful with how much you’re feeding your dog. Our experts explain how to treat your dog to this tasty vegetable to avoid digestive upset or other problems. Find out more here.
Man And Dog
Discover how MCTs helped this Purina scientist’s dog retain his bright mind long into his older years.

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If you prefer your own diet to be natural or organic, you’re probably considering feeding your cat a natural or organic cat food, too. What’s the difference between the two, though, and how do you decide which is right for your cat? Find out here.
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.
What do crystals in cat urine mean, and what can I do about it? A buildup of crystals may lead to a urinary tract problem.
Bladder stones in cats are rock-like minerals that form in the bladder. The correct name for them is “uroliths,” but a bladder stone by any name is a pain for your cat.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease or FLUTD is a common condition seen in cats.  Feline urinary tract disease can affect the urinary bladder (such as cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder) and the urethra, the channel that carries urine from the b
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
A healthy liver is essential for a healthy pet. Your pet’s liver is vital for metabolism and to get rid of toxic products.
Normal wear and tear on joints occurs daily. Cartilage protects your dog’s bones and joints from the friction caused by everyday movement. Natural glucosamine—a building block of cartilage tissue—can help maintain cartilage for healthy joints and mob
It’s not unusual for dogs to have occasional bouts of constipation or diarrhea that get better on their own. But if your dog has ongoing episodes, or if you see blood or mucous in your pet’s stool, consult a veterinarian.
Is your older cat high-strung? Does she lose weight but eat a lot? She may have an overactive thyroid. Older cats sometimes begin producing too much thyroid hormone. It’s a condition called feline hyperthyroidism.
You thought you were the only one in the family with high blood pressure? Dogs can suffer from hypertension, too, even though they often show no obvious clinical signs.