Four universal needs of dogs

A healthy dog is a happy dog. Here you can find the four universal needs you need to know about keeping your dog healthy.

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Skin & Coat

Your dog's skin & coat are his first line of defense against dirt, the elements, and other nasty things.

Health Skin and Coat


Think of all the things your dog digs in, runs through, pounces on, rubs against, and rolls in. They're not exactly clean, are they? And the main barriers between your dog and dirt, the elements, and other nasty things, are his skin and coat. Our dry recipes have been formulated with zinc and leading levels of linoleic acid to help keep your dog's skin and coat healthy and strong. So this soft, supple, and pet-able outside can act like protective armor.

Featured Questions & Answers: Skin & Coat

  How often should I give my dog a bath? 

Frequency of bathing depends on your dog's breed, activity level, and lifestyle. Most dogs don't need a bath more than once a month. Some dogs tend to be a little greasier or love rolling in mud and other dirty stuff, so they'll need to be bathed more frequently. Remember, bathing your dog too frequently can strip the coat of protective oils and cause skin irritations. If you're not sure about how often you should bathe your dog, ask an experienced groomer or your vet.

  Can I use my shampoo when I bathe my dog? 

  How can I get skunk stink out of my dog's fur?

Featured Questions & Answers: Oral Care

I've noticed some bleeding around my dog's gums. What causes that?

Bleeding of the gums is one of the early warning signs of gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. Other signs of this condition are bad breath and reddening and swelling of the gums where they meet the teeth. Gingivitis is reversible with proper care, so take your dog to the vet as soon as possible, and develop a home oral care program that best fits your dog. If left untreated, however, gingivitis can progress to more serious—and non-reversible—forms of periodontal disease.

What's the best way to keep my dog's teeth as clean as possible?

Is it true that gum disease can lead to more serious health problems for dogs?


Bellies aren't just for rubbing. They're for absorbing nutrients, too. And that can help dogs absorb more of the healthy things we pack into every kibble.

Featured Questions & Answers: Digestion

  I eat a lot of fiber, but does my dog need fiber, too? 

Dogs, like humans, can benefit from a diet with appropriate amounts of dietary fiber. Fiber helps with regularity and helps keep the digestive tract healthy. A healthy digestive tract will ensure your dog utilizes more of the nutrients in his food. A high-fiber diet can also help with weight management. That's because the fiber tends to make dogs feel fuller, so they are more satisfied when they've finished eating a meal, instead of feeling hungry. And thanks to fiber, your dog could have stools that are more solid—which makes them easier to clean up.

  Why does my dog scoot his rear on the carpet? 

  Now that my dog is senior and slowing down, does he still need protein?


No matter how tough your dog seems to be on the outside, his real strength starts on the inside with a healthy immune system.

Featured Questions and Answers: Immunity

  Does my dog need antioxidants in his diet? 

Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, have been shown to help inhibit cellular damage caused by free radicals. In fact, the scientific research used for Pedigree® Food for Dogs indicates that supplementation of vitamins C and E together, and well above minimum requirements, can provide synergistic benefits to support the effectiveness of a dog's immune system.

  How do vaccinations work?

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