Someday, your large-breed puppy will insist they’re a lap dog, even when they’re over 60 pounds. They’ll be able to knock a water glass off a coffee table with a single tail wag. But for now, your puppy is relatively small, and growing rapidly. They need a puppy food that can support this growth and set them up for a lifetime of optimal health.
If you’ve got a big love for big dogs, IAMS™ Puppy Large Breed is specially made for your puppy’s nutritional needs. Here’s what sets our large-breed puppy food apart.
The Right Levels of Nutrients
Many large-breed puppies tend to grow very quickly. Unfortunately, if their growth is encouraged by overfeeding, the puppy can experience developmental bone problems. To avoid these problems, you’ll need to carefully manage your puppy’s mealtimes and make sure they’re getting:
The right amount of quality protein sources
Not too much fat
Precise calcium and phosphorus levels
Our specially formulated large-breed puppy formula makes feeding management easier because it’s designed for fast-growing, large-breed puppies (those with an expected adult weight of more than 50 pounds).
The Right Ratio of Protein
Puppy food containing a ratio of about 27% protein promotes healthy body condition in your puppy and balances the protein with the reduced number of calories in the food. The protein in our large-breed puppy formula, sourced from chicken and egg, helps support strong, firm muscles and normal skeletal growth.
Lower Calories and Fat
Fat contributes more than twice as many calories to a diet than proteins or carbohydrates. By reducing the fat content of our large-breed puppy formula to about 14%, the metabolizable energy (ME) of the diet can be kept to a low level of about 1,800 kilocalories per pound, which helps safeguard your puppy against overconsumption of energy.
Calcium and Phosphorus
Reduced calcium and phosphorus levels with a normal calcium-to-phosphorus ratio promote proper bone development in rapidly growing large-breed puppies.
Life with your large-breed puppy is never dull. You’ve got backyards to explore, walks to take, lakes to swim in and snuggle sessions to schedule. By feeding your puppy a diet designed to support healthy growth and development, you can make sure your large-breed puppy reaches adulthood ready to take on the world. We know they’ve already stolen your heart.
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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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