Why Dogs Need Protein, Fat, and Fiber in Their Food

Unique Protein in Our Dog Foods

Protein provides energy and helps to keep your dog’s immune system strong. Additionally, protein provides the amino acids necessary to build and repair proteins in the body. Many of these amino acids must be acquired through a dog’s diet.

Dogs require essential nutrients that aren't found in plant proteins such as soybean meal. IAMS’ dog-food products contain animal-based proteins that provide the essential amino-acids that dogs require. In addition, special refining and quality assurance tests ensure that we only use high quality, highly digestible protein sources for increased digestibility.


Important Fatty Acids in IAMS Dog Foods

There are two important types of fatty acids for dogs: omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids, found in chicken fat and corn, are essential for maintenance of skin and coat and proper membrane structure. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in ingredients such as canola, fish meal or oil, and flax. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be important in blood clotting and managing inflammation, among other things. All of our products contain sources of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.

IAMS™ research has shown that including omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in a ratio between 5:1 to 10:1 provides for optimal skin and coat condition in dogs. All of our products contain an adjusted omega-6:omega-3 fatty acid ratio between 5:1 to 10:1.


Unique Fiber in Our Dog Foods

IAMS research has shown that moderately fermentable fiber, such as beet pulp, enhances intestinal health. The fermentable part of the fiber is broken down by intestinal bacteria to provide short-chain fatty acids, an energy source for intestinal cells. The nonfermentable component provides bulk for normal feces.

Using only highly fermentable fibers can cause problems, such as excess gas, while using only non-fermentable fibers, such as peanut hulls, promotes excess stool volume, because they are of no nutritional value.

All of our products contain a patented fiber system of moderately fermentable fiber to help keep a dog's digestive system healthy.