By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
Iams, makers of pet food, approached me about doing a joint contest to help feed shelter dogs. If you are familiar with Pet News and Views, you may remember the last Iams contest, which benefited dogs and cats in shelters around the country. Many of you helped. This time around, I am focusing on my local animal shelter—Jersey Animal Coalition in South Orange, NJ.
For each comment or pet nutrition question that you leave following this post, Iams will donate 10 bowls of food to Jersey Animal Coalition. They will cap it at 1,000 meals. So, I hope you will leave a comment about your rescued pet or ask a pet nutrition question and I will forward it to Dr. Marcie Campion, a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and the Scientific Relations Manager at P&G Pet Care. A follow up post will include answers to your pet nutrition questions.
Iams just launched two new dog food products—IAMS Sensitive Naturals and IAMS Simple & Natural. “We got requests from consumers who wanted to purchase natural products for their dogs,” says Dr. Marcie. “We are buying more natural products for our families, and since our pets are part of our families it makes perfect sense that we offer an all natural product. I have three small kids at home, and my dog, Tucker, is my first child. I, like other people, want to feed our pets a better diet.”
The first ingredient in the IAMS Sensitive Naturals is fish. The first ingredient in the IAMS Simple & Natural product is chicken. You won’t find corn, wheat, soy, meat-by-products or names you can’t pronounce in these foods. What you will find are apples, carrots, peas, Vitamin E, and fish oil. Both products are dry food.
“Dogs are best fed as carnivores,” says Dr. Marcie. “You can tell by the way their teeth are shaped and their short digestive tract. So they need meat in their diets. The fruits and veggies provide vitamins and anti oxidants. These fruits and vegetables account for the fiber that is needed in their diets. The fish oil helps keep their skin and coat healthy.”
Most people feed their dogs twice a day. According to Dr. Marcie, “what’s more important than how often you feed them, is how much you feed them. If you are feeding your dog and find that he is putting on more weight than he should, then you should cut back on the portion. If your dog is finicky, add a little water to the food. You can also microwave the food for a few seconds to bring out the aroma.”
Dr. Marcie would love to see all dogs—especially shelter dogs—eat a top quality all- natural pet food. “By eating a healthy diet, all of us–even our pets–reap the rewards,” she says.
Jersey Animal Coalition
Jersey Animal Coalition is an all volunteer not-for-profit that has rescued and placed over 10,000 stray and abandoned pets since it was founded in 1989. It is a no-kill shelter with the mission to preserve life. Their motto is “We make space by adopting, not euthanizing.” For more information about the shelter and about the pets that are up for adoption, click here.
Iams has helped hundreds of animal shelters around the country—mostly through its Home 4 the Holidays program. This year the goal behind the program is for 1.5 million shelter animals to find their permanent homes.
Today’s contest helps feed dogs at Jersey Animal Coalition. It runs from July 11-15, but you must leave your comments after THIS post in order for it to count. I’m sure many of you are aware that animal shelters are in need of numerous supplies. So, please leave one comment about your adopted pet or one pet nutrition question in the Comments section of this post.
I also hope that you will take a look at Jersey Animal Coalition’s website, adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue group, and subscribe to Pet News and Views.
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