How Lamb Meal Is Used in Our Dog Food
How Lamb Meal Is Used in Our Dog Food

How Lamb Meal Is Used in Our Dog Food

What Is Lamb Meal?

Lamb meal is rendered lamb tissues such as skeletal muscle, some bone, and internal organs that have been dried and ground.


Skeletal muscle and internal organs are sources of high-quality protein and fats. Bone, in small amounts, is an excellent source of minerals such as calcium.



Are All Lamb Meals Equal?

No. An evaluation of typical lamb meal sources showed that the protein quality was poor when compared with egg—the protein quality standard.


Typical lamb meal might contain high amounts of wool and starch, which reduces the quality. The presence of wool might be due to poor processing techniques. Starch contamination can be attributed to the presence of grain in the stomach not removed prior to processing. In addition, the lamb-meal supply in the United States is limited and difficult to obtain.


Because The IAMS™ Company sets high standards for ingredients used in IAMS pet foods, a different source of lamb needed to be found.


The search for reliable lamb-meal sources led IAMS to suppliers in New Zealand and Australia. There, suppliers remove wool, and stomach contents before rendering. The lamb meal is then sent to the U.S. where it is refined. The result is a lamb meal that meets or exceeds IAMS high-quality standards.

  • Understanding Puppy Food Nutrition Labels
    Understanding Puppy Food Nutrition Labels

    Understanding Puppy Food Nutrition Labels

    How much do you know about the food you’re buying for your puppy? When shopping for puppy food, pay attention to these three sections of a dog food label.



    1. The Ingredient Panel

    This section lists all the ingredients that make up the product. The ingredients are listed in descending order according to weight before cooking. In dry food, look for a source of high-quality animal-based protein: chicken or lamb, for example. Dogs thrive on animal proteins.

    Manufacturers who use large amounts of vegetable proteins might be saving money by providing basic — but not optimal — nutrition. You should also avoid artificial colors and flavors, which offer no nutritional benefits.



    2. The Guaranteed Analysis

    Near the ingredient panel should be a chart of percentages called the "guaranteed analysis." These figures reveal the basic nutrient makeup of the dog food's formula and protein content. The minimum percentages of protein and fat and the maximum percentages of fiber and moisture (water) should be listed.



    3. The Manufacturer’s Name and Address

    This information must be included on the label by law. A toll-free number or web address for the manufacturer may also be listed. Manufacturers who list a phone number, such as IAMS™, generally have a high-quality product and welcome consumer calls and questions. If you would like information about IAMS products, visit our website or call us toll-free at 800-525-4267.

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    Understanding Puppy Food Nutrition Labels
    Understanding Puppy Food Nutrition Labels
    Understanding Puppy Food Nutrition Labels
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