Dog Food & Nutrition Articles


Pregnant and nursing dogs have very specific nutritional needs. That’s why special care and consideration should be taken when feeding and caring for these dogs. 

Vitamin E is more than good for dogs—it’s essential! Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help defend the body against free radicals in the skin and other cells. Vitamin E is also an essential, fat-soluble vitamin that is good for a dog’s immune system, muscles, heart health, liver, nerve cell membranes and healthy skin and coat. 
There are many options available when it comes to dog food, and choosing the one that’s right for your dog can be overwhelming. How do you know which formula is best for your dog? It may be tempting to choose what to feed your dog based on what sounds appealing to you, but it’s important to remember that you and your dog have different nutritional needs.

Whole, sliced or cubed apples make a great snack for you, but can dogs eat apples? Yes, if you take some care in how you prepare them. Keep reading to learn how to prepare apples for your dog.

Can I feed my dog apples?

Absolutely. Dogs can have apples. They are a good fruit to include in your treating routine. "Try rotating different foods that are good for dogs like apples, bananas, and carrots to help keep the flavors and textures new and special," Purina Senior Nutritionist Jan Dempsey recommends.

Yes, dogs can eat yogurt. It's a good source of calcium, protein and live-culture probiotics—plus it's tasty! But can dogs eat yogurt and benefit from it the way humans do? Keep reading to learn how yogurt is good for dogs.
Raw diets for dogs are growing in popularity. Often dog owners want to try a raw diet for their dog thinking it’s similar to what a dog would eat in the wild. But, it really isn't. If you’ve ever wondered, “Should I feed my dog raw foods?” or “Can dogs eat raw meat?” you might to reconsider given the risks.
Fish can be a good addition to a dog's balanced diet. It's rich in amino acids, just like other animal-based proteins. “Depending on the type, fish can provide omega-3 fatty acids which can be beneficial for skin and coat for dogs,” explains Janet Dempsey, Purina Senior Nutritionist. Quality dog foods have protein like fish as the primary ingredient. Keep reading to learn more about feeding fish to your dog.
If you cook eggs for breakfast, your dog has probably begged for one (or two). Do you know if you can share this food with him? Read on to see if eggs are a good food to give your dog. 

People use carrots in recipes, include them in lunches and eat them as snacks. But should the versatile vegetable find its way into your dog’s bowl? Keep reading to find out if dogs can eat carrots.   

Can dogs have carrots?

Yes, dogs can have carrots. They make a good, natural treat for dogs. And generally, dogs like the flavor, too. Explore dog food products with carrots as an ingredient. 

You may think that dogs are carnivores, but they aren’t. Dogs evolved to be omnivores. So, does this mean you can feed your dog brown rice? Read on to find out.

Can dogs have brown rice?

Absolutely. Dogs can eat grains, including brown rice, because they are omnivores. That means dogs can eat and digest foods that come from plants. Dogs aren’t strict carnivores, so brown rice or other grains can be a part of their diet.

It’s no surprise that bananas are a perfect go-to snack for you. They’re sweet, provide you with energy, and conveniently come in their own wrapper. But are bananas just as good for your dog? Keep reading to learn if dogs can eat bananas.

Can dogs have bananas?

Absolutely. Dogs can have bananas. While they may not be as healthy for dogs as they are for you, a banana makes a good (and often motivating) treat.

If you have a sweet tooth, you may wonder if your dog does too. It’s possible that you’ve noticed your dog seeks out sweet flavors. So, you may be on the lookout for a healthy sweet snack to feed him. Could tangerines be a good, tempting treat for your dog? Continue reading to learn.