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Why Premium Puppy Food Is a Better Value

Why Premium Puppy Food Is a Better Value


    Low-cost food might be better for your wallet, but it can be a raw deal for your dog, because he may not get the nutrition he needs. Premium foods, such as IAMS™ ProActive Health™ Smart Puppy Original , make sense both nutritionally (because of consistent, high-quality ingredients) and economically because they provide:

    • 100% complete, balanced nutrition
    • High nutrient and energy density, which might allow smaller feeding portions



    High Nutrient and Energy Density

    The investment in a premium food might initially cost more per bag, but because these high-quality formulas are high in nutrient density, your dog may need less food, which can offset the higher cost per unit of weight. On a cost-per-feeding basis, look at how much you feed each day as opposed to how much the bag costs, because nutrient and energy density will generally be lower for a low-cost food compared with premium foods.

    With budget-priced formulas, the emphasis is on production and ingredient costs. Two bags of the same least-cost formulated food can have different ingredients and/or levels of ingredients. Plus, those ingredients may vary significantly in digestibility. This means, simply, that you may need to feed more just to equal the nutrition offered by a smaller amount of a premium dog food formula.



    What Premium Foods Provide

    High-quality, complete, and balanced premium dog foods such as the IAMS brands are specifically designed to provide your dog with a food that has:

    • High-quality ingredients
    • High total-diet digestibility
    • Balanced, optimal levels of protein, fat, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, which make costly nutritional supplements unnecessary
    • A nutrient-dense formulation appropriate for a particular life stage
    • Calibrated fatty-acid ratios to help maintain healthy skin and coat
    • Great palatability (taste) based on feeding trials
    • Product guarantees


    To determine how much food to give your dog, check the daily feeding recommendations set by the pet food manufacturer and read the label. To calculate portion sizes, divide the total daily recommended amount by the number of times (usually two for adult dogs) you plan to feed your dog.

    To tell if your dog is at a healthy weight, move your hands along his sides. If you can feel his ribs, he's about right. Or, look down at him when you're directly above him. You should be able to see a waistline.

    If he's gaining or losing a lot of weight, slightly decrease or increase his daily intake and weigh him in another week. If you have specific concerns about your dog's weight, talk to your veterinarian. He or she can assess your dog's needs and make a feeding recommendation.



    Dry, Moist, and Biscuits

    Once you've decided on a premium formula, you have another choice to make: dry or moist. And what about biscuits?

    Premium dry dog food gives you the best value and convenience, while fortifying your dog with high-quality nutrition. Premium dry foods come in a number of bag sizes and formulas suited to size, life stage, and activity level. Dry food also helps keep teeth clean, and it stays fresh for a long time if you store it properly.

    Wet foods from IAMS provide 100% complete nutrition. IAMS ProActive Health Puppy Biscuits make great treats and rewards and can add taste variety to your new dog's diet.

    • Recognizing the Signs of Bloat in Your Dog
      Recognizing the Signs of Bloat in Your Dog

      Recognizing the Signs of Bloat in Your Dog

      What Is Bloat?

      Bloat is a life-threatening condition that acts rapidly and can lead to death within hours if not recognized and treated immediately. Unfortunately, the cause of bloat remains unknown at this time.


      The scientific term for bloat is gastric dilatation-volvulus or GDV. Bloat is characterized by rapid and abnormal expansion of the stomach with gas (dilatation). This can be followed by rotation of the stomach (volvulus). This rotation closes both the entry to and exit from the stomach. The blood vessels also are closed down, and blood flow is restricted.


      What follows is an increase in pressure inside the stomach and compression of the surrounding organs. Eventually, shock will occur as a result of the restricted blood flow. Here are a few key facts about bloat:

      • Bloat should always be treated as a medical emergency.
      • Bloat can kill a dog within hours after onset.
      • The cause of bloat is unknown.
      • Bloat affects 36,000 dogs in the United States each year; 30% die as a result of this condition.
      • Bloat can occur in dogs of any age.
      • Certain breeds are more susceptible to bloat, particularly deep-chested dogs.
      • The stomach rapidly expands with gas then rotates on the long axis. Entry to and exit from the stomach is prohibited, causing blood vessels to close and restriction of blood flow.



      Signs of Bloat

      Bloat is a true medical emergency, and early identification and treatment is critical to survival.


      In the early stages of bloat, the dog will be very uncomfortable. You might see him pacing and whining or trying unsuccessfully to get into a comfortable position. He might seem anxious, might lick or keep staring at his stomach, and might attempt to vomit, without success.


      Other indications of bloat can include weakness, swelling of the abdomen, and even signs of shock. Signs of shock are increased heart rate and abnormally rapid breathing.


      If you notice these signs, call your veterinarian immediately!


      • Whining
      • Inability to get comfortable
      • Pacing or restlessness
      • Pale gums
      • Unproductive attempts to vomit
      • Abnormally rapid breathing
      • Increased heart rate
      • Anxiety
      • Pain, weakness
      • Swelling of the abdomen (particularly the left side)



      Helping Prevent Bloat

      These suggestions could help you prevent bloat in your dog. However, they are based on suspected risk factors and are not guaranteed to prevent the onset of bloat.


      • Feed small amounts of food frequently, two to three times daily.
      • Avoid exercise for one hour before and two hours after meals.
      • Don't let your dog drink large amounts of water just before or after eating or exercise.
      • If you have two or more dogs, feed them separately to avoid rapid, stressful eating.
      • If possible, feed at times when after-feeding behavior can be observed.
      • Avoid abrupt diet changes.
      • If you see signs of bloat, call your veterinarian immediately.



      Digestible Foods

      Another way you might help prevent bloat is to feed a high-quality, highly digestible food with normal fiber levels.


      Feeding management offers the best method available for reducing risk until the exact cause of bloat can be identified. Although not 100% effective, these measures can reduce the number of dogs that face this serious, life-threatening condition.



      High-Risk Breeds

      • German Shepherd
      • Bouvier de Flandres
      • Great Dane
      • Boxer
      • St. Bernard
      • Doberman Pinscher
      • Bloodhound
      • German Shorthaired Pointer
      • Irish Setter
      • Gordon Setter
      • Borzoi
      • Irish Wolfhound
      • Dachshund
      • Labrador Retriever
      • Basset Hound

      Recognizing the Signs of Bloat in Your Dog
      Recognizing the Signs of Bloat in Your Dog
      Recognizing the Signs of Bloat in Your Dog
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