The Whole Bowl

We are the voice of U.S. pet food makers. Join us as we go beyond the headline and explore the whole bowl.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Emergencies come in many forms. Whether you are impacted by a fire, tornado, hurricane or flood, evacuations often come without a lot of warning. While we may have a response plan in place for the human family members, it’s important to also include our pets. Here are simple tips to help ensure your pets are […]

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Preparing for a Puppy? Get the Facts on Puppy Nutrition

Puppies are an exciting new addition to the family. If you are considering bringing home a young dog, it’s important to remember that the nutritional needs of puppies are very different from adult dogs: The National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) estimates that the energy needs of a puppy are double […]

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How Is Pet Food Made? Follow the Journey from Nutrients to Bowl

As the President and CEO of the Pet Food Institute, I have an opportunity to speak with people from around the country about pet food safety, nutrition and ingredients. Two of the most common questions I’m asked are, “What’s the best dog food?” and “How is pet food made?” We developed a new white board […]

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Dental Care For Pets

Dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall wellbeing. 85% of pets already have evidence of periodontal disease by the age of 3.[1] If not detected and treated at an early stage, this may lead to serious health conditions beyond oral health, including kidney, liver and heart functions. It’s important to be aware […]

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Reading a Pet Food Label: 3 Key Components in Ensuring Pet Health

Pet food labels are full of information, much of it mandated by strict state and federal standards. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has federal label requirements under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and states implement their own label requirements, typically following guidelines set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials […]

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Steps to Support Your Pet’s Health in the New Year

Many people make a New Year’s resolution to maintain a healthier diet and lifestyle, but are their pets part of the commitment? The Pet Food Institute (PFI), whose members make 98% of all U.S. pet food and treat products, encourages pet lovers to also consider their dog or cat’s diet and activity. Approximately 20 percent […]

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Myth-Busting False Claims about Pet Food

There’s a lot of misinformation regarding the ingredients used in pet food.  As the voice of U.S. pet food makers, the Pet Food Institute (PFI) is committed to providing factual information about pet food and treats to help consumers make informed decisions when purchasing food for their dog or cat. When we see false claims that […]

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Keep Pets Safe and Healthy During the Holidays

For many families during the holiday season, dogs and cats are part of the festivities and may even receive a present. A pet’s health and safety are still important to consider while planning for holidays. The Pet Food Institute (PFI), which provides information about pet food safety, nutrition and health to pet lovers year-round, here […]

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The Evolving History of Pets and Their Diets

Humans and animals have a long history together and, as a result, records show an evolving interest in their nutritional needs. Early dogs and cats were wild animals. Once domesticated, they guarded humans and livestock, were used to catch vermin and as hunting dogs and, of course, are pets that are part of the family. […]

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Simple Steps to Help Prevent Pet Obesity

Simple Steps to Help Prevent Pet Obesity It is estimated that approximately 20% of U.S. dogs and 28% of U.S. cats are obese. Obesity can lead to many health concerns, ranging from joint damage to increased difficulty breathing and tolerating heat, to an increased risk for cancer and a shortened life expectancy. While October may […]

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