IAMS™ Company Statement on BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy)
IAMS™ Company Statement on BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy)

IAMS™ Company Statement on BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy)

Recent news coverage of a BSE-infected cow has prompted questions about the content and safety of pet foods. The IAMS Company has a long history of providing high-quality, safe nutrition that enhances the lives of millions of dogs and cats worldwide. We do not use any head (including brain), spinal column, tonsils, or intestines from beef in any of our IAMS or Eukanuba® formulas. These tissues have been linked to BSE.

In fact, all of our dry foods, except IAMS So Good!, are formulated without beef, including all of our IAMS brand dry dog and cat foods, our Eukanuba dry dog and cat foods, and our Eukanuba Veterinary Diets for dogs and cats. Chicken, lamb, and fish are our primary protein sources.

All IAMS and Eukanuba ingredient panels clearly state the contents, so consumers know exactly what they are purchasing for their four-footed family members. Our IAMS Pet Care and Nutrition Center division is available to answer any and all questions regarding our product quality and safety.

  • Is Your Mature Dog Eating Less?
    Is Your Mature Dog Eating Less?

    Does your mature dog sniff at his bowl and walk away instead of digging in? You may think he’s just being picky, but it’s important to keep an eye on how much he’s eating — especially if he’s a senior. While age-related diminishment of the senses of smell and taste may account for some of his disinterest in food, appetite loss can also indicate a serious medical problem.

    “It’s important to give your dog enough calories because weight loss can be debilitating to senior pets,” says Wendy Brooks, D.V.M., who warns that a loss in appetite should be mentioned to your vet. A good rule of thumb: If your pet hasn’t eaten in a day, make a visit to the vet. Here are six ways to entice your canine friend with a nourishing meal.


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    6 Ways to Encourage Your Senior Dog to Eat More



    1. Mix Dry Food with Moist Food

    Many animals find canned food more palatable because they like the taste and texture, Brooks says. You can top their favorite dry food with room-temperature wet food.


    2. Warm It Up

    Dogs like a warm or room-temperature (not hot or cold) meal. Avoid serving him day-old wet food from the refrigerator, and keep his food away from heat. Another reason he might not be eating: It's too hot outside.


    3. Try a Change

    Dogs prefer consistency when it comes to their food. Don't change every day, but try a new flavor, such as lamb or chicken, and see if he responds (it may trigger his sense of smell). To avoid an upset stomach, introduce a new food by mixing it with his old food in equal increments each day.


    4. Stay Close

    Common mature-dog health issues, such as arthritis or joint pain, can make it difficult for him to access his bowls. Keep food and water where he spends most of his time. Put a water bowl on all floors of the house, too.


    5. Keep the Fresh Water Flowing

    Older pets are at a higher risk of dehydration. Provide a clean bowl with fresh water at all times. It will help prevent disease, such as a kidney condition, and aid in digestion.


    6. Offer Praise

    Dogs are people pleasers. If you see him eating, give him a little verbal reward. He'll know it makes you happy and will repeat the behavior.

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