Why Are Internal Organs and Bone Included in Chicken By-product Meal?
Internal organs are rich sources of protein, fats, and minerals, such as iron, that are essential to dog health and add to the palatability of the pet food. Including some ground bone provides a good source of minerals, such as calcium. Some pet-food manufacturers formulate their products without such ingredients to appeal to dog owners, rather than to help dogs achieve optimal health. However, the nutritional needs of dogs are not the same as the nutritional needs of humans.
The IAMS Difference
Dried chicken-protein sources in our chicken-based dog foods undergo an extra refining process. Refined chicken meal and chicken by-product meal are excellent and complete sources of protein because they naturally contain each of the amino acids that are essential to dogs.