The right nutrition can make the difference between a pet that's going to thrive versus one that's just going to survive. ​

But it can be difficult to find time to translate the latest science into practical knowledge you can use in your daily practice.​

At the Purina Institute, we transform nutrition science into actionable information that you can put into practice to benefit your patients. And through the Purina Institute’s extensive online resources, publications and scientific programs, you can stay armed with the unbiased, science-based nutrition information you need to help pets live better, longer lives.​

Discover how we use proven nutritional science to help pets live better, longer lives.

Backed by science​

​The Purina Institute partners with hundreds of the world’s most respected animal scientists, nutritionists and thought leaders – who are pioneering the latest science and unearthing powerful breakthroughs – to unlock the power of nutrition science to help pets live better, longer lives.​


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Advancing science for pet health

Our goal is not only to elevate today’s nutritional conversations.



We are also focused on the future and bringing to life the findings of Purina’s Research & Development (R&D) network. Every day our researchers imagine the impossible and unleash the power of nutrition to help pets live better, longer lives. With a relentless drive to discover nutritional breakthroughs, Purina has been instrumental in shaping the science of pet nutrition. The research spans a number of areas, including:

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Heart health

The heart is a vital organ that relies on key nutrients and a continuous supply of energy to support and maintain a regular rate and rhythm. Purina’s research shows that a specific blend of nutrients can help improve cardiac function and slow progression in dogs with early stage myxomatous mitral valve disease.

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Neutralizing allergens

Discovering how to prevent Fel d 1, the major cat allergen, from triggering an allergic response, Purina’s scientists have potentially transformed the lives of pets and their owners – without impacting the cat’s overall physiology.

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Molecular nutrition

In order to identify opportunities for nutritional intervention, Purina’s research  starts by exploring the effects of nutrition on cellular and molecular processes using genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and metagenomics.

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Brain health

Years of groundbreaking research by Purina demonstrating a strong link between nutrition and cognitive function in our pets.

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Gastrointestinal health

Purina’s scientific research highlights the importance of maintaining microbiotal balance, along with strategies to how this can be achieved.

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Weight management

Purina’s research has demonstrated how weight management and targeted nutrition can extend the healthy lives of our pets.

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1. Source: Ipsos (2014). Vet Tracker US.