Common Questions 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.

How Can I Learn More About Pet Nutrition?

Contact the IAMS® Pet Care and Nutrition Specialists toll-free at 1-800-667-2424.