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How to Prep Your Pup for Winter

The colder months are approaching, and it’s not uncommon to lessen focus on diet and exercise, and the same goes for furry friends during the cooler seasons. To keep your pup healthy this winter, it’s important to establish proper nutrition habits – which start by feeding your pet the right type of food.

“Whether it’s the increase in holiday parties or the decrease in temperature, healthy eating routines typically fall to the wayside during winter – for humans and pets,” said Dr. Jeff Weber, veterinarian and IAMS™ spokesperson. “In addition, it’s common for pet owners to stay indoors and out of the cold weather, which can negatively affect the daily activity and exercise required for dogs.”

Despite all the distractions and temptations of the season, it’s important to keep your dog on a steady diet that includes high-quality ingredients, each serving a purpose in his or her overall health.

“I recommend looking for a dog food with high-quality ingredients,” Dr. Werber said. “I like IAMS™ dog food because it offers quality protein and essential vitamins and minerals for your furry friend to stay healthy and active during the winter months.”

To provide these benefits, Dr. Werber recommends an option like the IAMS™ diet, which can help you see the following visible differences in your dog:

  • Healthy skin and coat: A rich source of omega-6 fatty acids from chicken fat promotes excellent skin and coat health.
  • Healthy energy: A customized protein and carb mix contributes to healthy energy levels.
  • Healthy digestion: Beet pulp helps maintain intestinal health and aids his or her ability to absorb nutrients.

Heading into the colder months it’s also important to sustain your active habits. Bundle up, head outside and let a high-quality diet fuel both you and your dog to make the most of the colder months.

For more tips and information on healthy habits for your pup, visit IAMS.com/VisibleDifference.

 

 

 

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5 Benefits of Personalized Dog Food

For dog owners, your pet is often your world and there are few things more special than the bond you share. From playtime to mealtime, you never settle for “good enough,” and your dog’s health is no different.

When it comes to nutrition, every dog has specific needs and you know them best. Each dog is unique and his or her food should be as well.

When deciding which dog food works best for your pet, keep personalized foods like Just Right by Purina in mind, which can help address your dog’s unique needs. It combines your firsthand knowledge with nutritional expertise to create the best dog food blend for your dog. By answering just a few questions about your pet’s breed size, eating habits and more, you can create a personalized blend of food that includes your dog’s name, photo and feeding recommendation that gets shipped directly to your door.

“Every pet is an individual and that includes how we feed them,” said veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, a 17-year veteran of “Good Morning America” and founder of Fear Free. “A highly personalized diet tuned to their specific needs and combined with plenty of exercise and regular veterinary care can dramatically impact their nutrition, health and wellbeing.”

Feeding your dog personalized food could help yield these five benefits:

Healthy skin and coat

By providing important details about your dog’s skin and its needs, certain ingredients can be included in order to avoid dry and itchy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, along with vitamin A and linoleic acid, can help keep your pup’s skin refreshed and can give your dog’s coat the nourishment it needs to be shiny and healthy.

Ideal body condition

Being the right weight can contribute to a lot of different health factors, but having an ideal body condition can be about more than just the amount of food you feed your pet. The right amount of fats and proteins can help keep your dog right where he or she needs to be. Choosing a formula with chicken, salmon or lamb as the first ingredient can help your dog’s body feel strong and healthy with their high amounts of protein.  Just as important, each dog has different metabolisms and different caloric needs, so personalized feeding instructions like those offered by Just Right by Purina can help your dog reach his or her ideal body condition.

Joint health and mobility

Many dogs are often on the move – walking, running and playing. Having healthy bones and joints can support your dog’s overall health, especially in developing puppies, large breeds and senior dogs. Choosing a formula with proper amounts of calcium and phosphorus can help support joints and bones.

Brain development

Puppies need all the help they can get when it comes to growing and supporting life-long health. Giving them foods that include nutrients like DHA that support brain and vision development can inspire your puppy’s curiosity about the world.

Active lifestyle

Overall, diet has a big impact on providing the nutrients needed to energize your dog every day, all day long, and ingredients in their food can provide the complete and balanced pet nutrition that helps promote an all-around active lifestyle.

Young or old, big or small, every dog’s nutritional needs are unique. For more helpful tips and ways to benefit your dog at mealtime, visit justrightpetfood.com.

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4 Tips to Make the Most of Happy, Healthy Cat Month

September can traditionally be a busy month. With summer coming to an end and back-to-school season in full swing, there seems to always be something on the calendar.

For cat owners, September is also Happy, Healthy Cat Month. While you’re trading in beach towels for bag lunches, don’t forget to go the extra mile for your feline friends and show them how much they mean to you.

“Animals are beloved members of the family, so it’s important we make them feel that way,” said Dr. Jeff Werber, veterinarian and IAMS™ Cat spokesperson. “Whether it’s through proper nutrition to fuel fun play time or making time to snuggle, this is a perfect time of year to give our cats the love and appreciation they deserve.”

These four tips from Dr. Werber can help you celebrate and bond with your cat all year long. For more information on keeping your cat happy and healthy, visit IAMS.com.

  1. Create space to play – Just like humans, cats have energy they need to exert throughout the day. Give your feline family member a dedicated space in the house where you can play together and keep his or her toys, like an at-home jungle gym or a box of laser lights and feathers.

  1. Fuel playtime with a high-quality diet – Food can play a significant role in your cat’s overall happiness and health.

“I’ve been feeding my cats IAMS™ cat food for years,” Dr. Werber said. “The IAMS™ brand launched a product called High Protein, which I love. It provides cats with high-quality, animal-sourced protein that helps them maintain healthy vitality and fuel their carnivorous spirits.”

  1. Toys are a cat’s best friend – By nature, cats are curious and on the prowl. Have a variety of toys on-hand, such as laser pointers, feather wands and stuffed mice, which can give them the chance to interact and pounce. Not only is this a great form of exercise but it also allows them to exert their predator instincts.

  1. Spend quality time together – For cats, quality time can be spent in a variety of ways. If your schedule is busy, try folding your laundry or doing some work in the same room so they know you’re by their side. You can also squeeze in cuddle time with your furry friend as you wind down and watch television or read a book before bed. Spending time together can instill companionship between you and your pet.

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