Help us spread the word about the life-changing 
experience of adoption.

Over 6.5 million animals enter U.S. shelters every year.
Only about half get adopted.

As providers of food and affection for pets, PEDIGREE® is committed to helping every animal find a loving family. That’s why we’ve already donated $850,000 to shelters in 2019. You can help more dogs find their forever homes by donating to the PEDIGREE® Foundation, or adopting a new best friend.


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Katherine Schwarzenegger and dog

Katherine Schwarzenegger knows how different her life would’ve been if she hadn’t rescued her dog Maverick. Listen as she interviews her friends and reveals the heart-warming stories of the dogs that stole their hearts, brought out the best in them and changed their worlds forever.

Katherine is a New York Times best-selling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist and pet adoption advocate.

Mandy Moore

Actress and singer Mandy Moore joins Katherine to talk about the challenges of owning a puppy, the adorable personalities of all of her animals, and how her pets have gotten her through tough moments in her life.

Bryce Dallas Howard

In this episode, actress and director Bryce Dallas Howard joins Katherine to discuss her love for animals – starting from childhood, the lessons her dogs have taught her and the heroic effort from one of her dogs that saved her little brother.

Dan Lasko

United States Marine Corps veteran featured in a previous PEDIGREE® brand commercial, Dan Lasko, talks with Katherine about how a service dog helped him re-adjust when coming home and how he’s paying it back with a house full of adopted pups.

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Katherine Schwarzenegger

Haylie Duff

Actress, singer and television host Haylie Duff talks with Katherine about her love for rescuing dogs, funny moments when introducing her pups to her baby and how her daughter is learning about pet adoption.

Minka Kelly

Actress Minka Kelly discusses with Katherine the passing of her beloved dog, finding a new pup to join her life and the compassion that dogs provide every day.

Julianne Hough

Dancer, actress and singer, Julianne Hough joins Katherine to talk about her house full of dogs and how adopting dogs at different stages in her life has impacted her relationships with them.

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Deb Fair

Executive Director of PEDIGREE® Foundation, Deb Fair talks with Katherine about raising her three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, dressing them up for holidays and tips for bringing a new dog home.

LeAnn Rimes

Singer, actress and author, LeAnn Rimes talks to Katherine about her love for adopting dogs (once owning seven dogs at one time!), the relationships of her pets and the recent adoption of her family’s new dog, Fleetwood.

Judy Fridono

Judy Fridono, Owner of Ricochet – the surfing therapy dog and star of the new IMAX® film, Superpower Dogs – talks with Katherine about therapy and service dogs, Ricochet’s remarkable journey and the amazing abilities of all dogs.

The Program

When in-person adoption visits started to decline due to COVID-19, the PEDIGREE® brand partnered with shelters around the country to find a solution. We called it Dogs on Zoom. By setting up video chat meetings between shelters and potential pet parents, we helped make more adoptions possible.

Download our Dogs on Zoom Toolkit to learn how to create a video adoption session of your own.

Puppy Nutrition 101: What Should You Feed a Puppy?

Dec 16, 2020, 14:38 PM
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Like any adorable baby, puppies have unique needs, especially concerning their diet. The right food and nutrition while they’re small can help them grow into healthy, strong adults — despite our wishes for them to stay this small and cute forever. Here’s everything you need to know about your puppy’s diet.

Puppies Need Puppy Food

Puppies should usually be weaned off their mother’s milk when they’re around 7 to 8 weeks old. Then they need food that’s formulated for a puppy’s unique nutritional needs — like any of the PEDIGREE® puppy foods.

Puppies grow fast, so they require more nutrient- and calorie-dense foods than adult dogs. They also need food with more amino acids, fatty acids, minerals and protein to help them develop strong bones, muscles and immune systems.

What Makes a Well-Balanced Puppy Diet?

There are four main things a puppy needs in their food bowl to grow up fit and fabulous:

  • Protein: Imagine how much protein you’d need to reach your adult size within a year. Pups need a little extra protein to help build all those growing muscles and tissues.
  • Fats: Fats are, not surprisingly, a great source of essential fatty acids. They help puppies develop a healthy skin and coat. They’re also important for brain development and vision.
  • Calcium: This is a necessary component for growing strong bones and teeth.
  • Digestible carbohydrates: Puppies love to play, and easily digestible carbs are a great power source for all that energy.

What Type of Puppy Food Is Best?

Dry? Wet? Combo? There’s no right or wrong answer. Each has its advantages, and as long as it provides the nutrition they need and your pup enjoys eating it, ring the dinner bell.

  • Dry food: This is an economical option that offers a balanced diet. Dogs love the crunch of kibble. Bonus: The texture can also help keep gums and teeth healthy.
  • Wet food: Dogs of all ages love the flavor of wet food, so it helps even finicky eaters get their needed nutrition. It’s also considered more easily digestible among dog food connoisseurs.
  • Combo of wet and dry food: A bit of this and a bit of that? Go right ahead. Puppies like a little variety in their meals, too.
  • Treats: Treats are a great way to help train your little best friend and build your relationship. To keep calories in check, don’t give them too many treats — no matter how much they give you the puppy eyes look.

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A word (or several) on table scraps: We know it’s tempting, but table scraps add unnecessary calories to your pup’s diet and can lead to obesity. You don’t want them to develop any bad table manners by rewarding begging, either. Plus, some human food can be dangerous to dogs, especially puppies. It’s better to stick to puppy food.

When Should Puppies Switch to Adult Dog Food?

The time for your dog to leave the kids’ table is generally when they near their adult height. This can be as early as nine months for small-breed dogs or as long as two years for large breeds. Make the switch gradually over several days, mixing in the new and the old food to minimize upset tummies.

With the right nutrition and lots of love, your dog will grow into a healthy and happy adult — though they’ll always be your little puppy at heart.

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