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DOG

FAQ About Your Dog’s Health

How Do I Encourage My Dog to Eat Dry Food After Eating Scraps from the Table?

Dogs are creatures of habit and can resist change when trying to switch their diets. It's important to completely stop feeding from the table. This is best accomplished by removing the pet from the kitchen during mealtimes. Be persistent when offering dry food. The pet may refuse to eat for several meals before deciding to give the food a try. Heating food in the microwave increases the aroma of the food and will often entice a pet to eat. Another alternative is to try mixing some wet food with the dry food, or topping it with a sauce or gravy specifically formulated for pets. Be assured that the pet eats to meet an energy need and will eventually begin to eat unless there is an underlying medical issue.

What Should I Do If My Dog Is Constipated or Has Loose Stools?

Keep in mind that the pet's stool should be small and firm. Most cases of constipation are temporary and due to dietary interruptions. Loose stools also are often temporary and can be due to dietary interruptions, as well as many other things, including an abrupt change in diet, overeating, parasites, medication, eating table scraps, viral or bacterial infections, and stress. If constipation or diarrhea persists, however, it is important to consult a veterinarian.

When My Dog Urinates on the Lawn, It Kills the Grass. Should I Switch Diets?

No. Dead grass is caused by a heavy concentration of urine—usually when a dog urinates in the same spot over and over. Try to train the dog to go to a designated, inconspicuous area of the yard. If this is impossible, try to hose the area as quickly as possible to dilute the urine. Sometimes the discoloration is due to acidic ground pH, which can usually be remedied with a lime treatment.

FAQ About Feeding Your Dog

How Do I Decide Which Food to Feed?

Life stage, lifestyle, and overall condition are the three factors to take into account when deciding which pet food is right for your pet. Life stage refers to whether your pet is a puppy, adult, or senior. Lifestyle refers to how active or inactive your dog is normally. Condition refers to the dog's overall health and body weight.

How Often Should I Feed My Dog?

A practical guideline is that puppies should be fed three times a day from weaning (3 to 6 weeks) to 4 months of age. After 4 months, they should be fed twice a day. Most dogs should continue to be fed twice a day throughout their life, although some pets do well with one feeding.

How Much Should I Give My Dog to Eat?

The amount to feed depends on the age, size, and activity level of the dog. Feeding guidelines, which list the daily recommended portion, are included on all of our packages. Start feeding with this amount and adjust according to your pet's needs. Remember to divide the portion accordingly if you feed more than once a day.

What Is The Best Way to Introduce a New Diet to My Dog?

When changing a dog's diet, it’s important to slowly introduce new food. Start by offering the dog's daily portion in a ratio of 25% new food to 75% current food. During the next three days, gradually increase the amount of new food and decrease the amount of the old food.

Is It Necessary to Feed Both Wet and Dry Food?

Wet food is an excellent treat that can be fed by itself or mixed with dry food. Although our wet dog foods are nutritionally complete and balanced, it is not necessary to offer wet food at every feeding. Our dry foods are formulated with high-quality protein sources such as chicken, lamb, or fish, and contain all of the essential nutrients pets need. The crunchy texture of dry food also promotes healthy teeth and gums and aids in overall good oral hygiene. In addition, our dry dog foods contain a dental enhancement to help block tartar buildup on teeth during and after meals.

Will My Dog Be Bored Eating the Same Food All the Time?

No. Boredom with food is a human trait. Dogs are creatures of habit and usually are happy with just one food. Dogs generally eat to meet their energy or nutritional needs. They have very short digestive systems, and if their diet is abruptly or constantly changed, digestive disturbances can occur. Also, constant changes can make a pet a finicky eater.

Is It All Right to Moisten Dry Food?

Adding water will not change the nutritional value of a dry pet food. However, once moisture is added, the food should be eaten relatively soon—and any uneaten portion discarded to avoid spoilage. Dry feeding our pet foods is usually encouraged because of the benefit to the pet's dental health.

Will It Hurt My Dog If They Eat My Cat's Food?

Cats and dogs have different nutritional requirements and really should not eat each other's food. For example, cats require a much higher level of taurine in their diet. An occasional venture into each other's bowls will not be harmful, but is not recommended on a regular basis.

How Many Biscuits Can I Feed My Dog Each Day?

Feed approximately two to four small biscuits per cup of food. Keep in mind that when biscuits are added to the daily diet, calories are added, so you might need to reduce the amount of food you feed. Check the calorie content of the biscuit, since biscuits vary in size and formulation.

Can I Supplement Your Dog Foods with Vitamins, Minerals, Oils, Etc.?

Our foods are nutritionally complete and balanced. Adding vitamins, minerals, or oils can offset the balance the food provides. One of the benefits of feeding a high-quality product is that it has been carefully balanced in proper ratios to provide optimal nutrition—nothing needs to be added.

FAQ Pertaining to NOSEiD

What is NOSEiD?

NOSEiD is an app designed by IAMS to help return lost dogs to their owners. It's free and simple to use. You can download it now from the Opens a new windowApple Store or Opens a new windowGoogle Play.

How does NOSEiD work?

The app helps you scan your dog's nose in order to create a unique ID for them. In the event that they ever get lost, the person who finds your dog will be able to use NOSEiD to reunite you. Learn more at Opens a new windowiams.com/noseid.

How is IAMS involved?

We wanted to do something to help the nearly 10 million pets lost in the United States every year. While consulting with shelters and veterinarians, we learned that few pets carry the type of unique ID that helps them find their way home. That's when we decided to develop the NOSEiD technology.

CAT

FAQ Concerns About Feeding Cats

How Do I Encourage My Cat to Eat Dry Food After Eating Scraps from The Table?

Cats are creatures of habit and can resist diet change. It's important to completely stop feeding your cat from the table. This is best accomplished by removing the cat from the kitchen during mealtimes. Be persistent when offering dry food. Your cat may refuse to eat for several meals before deciding to give the food a try. Heating food in the microwave increases the aroma of the food and will often entice a cat to eat. Another alternative is to try mixing some wet food with the dry food, or topping it with a sauce or gravy specifically formulated for pets. Be assured that your cat eats to meet an energy need and will eventually begin to eat unless there is an underlying medical issue.

What Should I Do If My Cat Is Constipated or Has Loose Stool?

Keep in mind that your cat's stool should be small and firm. Most cases of constipation are temporary and due to dietary interruptions. Loose stools also are often temporary and can be due to dietary interruptions, as well as many other things, including an abrupt change in diet, overeating, parasites, medication, eating table scraps, viral or bacterial infections, and stress. If constipation or diarrhea persists, however, it is important to consult a veterinarian.

FAQ Feeding Guidelines for Your Cat

How Do I Decide Which Food to Feed My Cat?

Life stage, lifestyle, and overall condition are the three factors to take into account when deciding which pet food is right for your cat. Life stage refers to whether your pet is a kitten, adult, or senior. Lifestyle refers to how active or inactive your cat normally is. Condition refers to the cat's overall health and body weight.

How Often Should I Feed My Cat?

A practical guideline is that kittens should be fed three times a day from weaning (3 to 6 weeks) to 4 months of age. After 4 months, they should be fed twice a day. Most cats should continue to be fed twice a day throughout their life, although some pets do well with one feeding.

How Much Should I Give My Cat to Eat?

The amount to feed depends on the age, size, and activity level of the cat. Feeding guidelines, which list the daily recommended portion, are included on all IAMS™ packages. Start feeding with this amount and adjust according to your pet's needs. Remember to divide the portion accordingly if you feed more than once a day.

What Is the Best Way to Introduce a New Diet to My Cat?

It's important when changing a cat's diet to introduce the new food slowly. Start by offering the cat's daily portion in a ratio of 25% new food to 75% old food. During the next three days, gradually increase the amount of new food and decrease the amount of old.

Is It Necessary to Feed Both Wet and Dry Food?

Wet food is an excellent treat that can be fed by itself or mixed with dry food. Although our wet cat foods are nutritionally complete and balanced, it is not necessary to offer wet food at every feeding. Our dry foods are formulated with high-quality protein sources such as chicken, lamb, or fish and contain all of the essential nutrients pets need. The crunchy texture of dry food also promotes healthy teeth and gums, and provides overall good oral hygiene.

Will My Cat Be Bored Eating the Same Food All the Time?

No—boredom with food is a human trait. Cats are creatures of habit and usually are happy with just one food. Cats generally eat to meet their energy or nutritional needs. They have very short digestive systems, and, if their diet is abruptly or constantly changed, digestive disturbances can occur. Also, constant changes can make your pet a finicky eater.

Is It OK to Moisten Dry Food?

Adding water will not change the nutritional value of dry cat food. However, once moisture is added the food should be eaten relatively soon, and any uneaten portion should be discarded to avoid spoilage. Dry feeding our cat foods is usually encouraged because of the benefit to the cat's dental health.

Will It Hurt Cats or Dogs If They Eat Each Other's Food?

Cats and dogs have different nutritional requirements and really should not eat each other's food. For example, cats require a much higher level of taurine in their diet. An occasional venture into each other's bowls will not be harmful but is not recommended on a regular basis.

Can I Supplement Your Pet Foods with Vitamins, Minerals, Oils, Etc.?

Our foods are nutritionally complete and balanced. Adding vitamins, minerals, or oils can offset the balance the food provides. One of the benefits of feeding a high-quality product is that it has been carefully balanced in proper ratios to provide optimal nutrition so nothing needs to be added.

How Can I Learn More About Pet Nutrition?

Contact the IAMS Pet Care and Nutrition Specialists toll-free at 1-800-675-3849.

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