Iams Dog Food

October 31, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Iams

Iams Dog Food

Iams is made and manufactured by Procter and Gamble.

The Iams Healthy Naturals product has different formulas each tailored to meet the needs and preferences of each life stage (puppy, adult, senior dogs), dog size (small, medium, large or giant dogs) and for special concerns such as weight control.

Iams dog food formulas are manufactured based on a formula that mainly consists of viable sources of nutrients including chicken, chicken by-product, brewer’s rice, corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain barley, and chicken fat.

Although chicken is an excellent source of protein, raw chicken contains approximately 80% water which can be lost upon processing. The meat content is therefore reduced to only a small percentage of its original weight which means that there is an insufficient source for animal protein.  The manufacturers of Iams try to remedy this situation by incorporating chicken by-product meal, another source of animal protein. However, being a by-product, the meal is made up of undesirable cuts and parts of chicken which has been discarded because it was deemed unsuitable for human consumption. The bright side of it though is that chicken by-products are meat products and contain more than 300% protein compared to fresh chicken.

Brewer’s Rice is a cereal by-product of when milling whole rice. This is not considered though to be a quality ingredient.

It is necessary that the source of corn should be specified in order to ensure that the corn meal is of good quality. Many pet food manufacturers often use corn which are used for livestock feed. Corn in any form has been linked to food allergies in dogs. It is for this reason that premium quality dog foods don’t incorporate corn or any corn by-products in their formulation.

Sorghum is a gluten-free cereal grain with a lower glycemic index compared to other grains just like barley, another starchy carbohydrate source.

Among the different ingredients of Iams dog food products, the ones which are often deemed controversial include dried beet pulp which is often used as inexpensive filler, and dried apple pomace.

There is no mention of probiotic coating of kibbles which is the latest trend to hit dog food manufacturing. Minerals which have been incorporated in the Iams dog food have not undergone chelation, thus they are more difficult to assimilate and be utilized in the body.

Considering the acceptable standards set for the amounts of nutrients, particularly meat, that should be present in dog food formulas, Iams have lower meat content. There are minimal amounts of plant-based boosters (if any) which should have added to the protein content of the dog food.

Customer Reviews

There have been a lot of negative reviews on the Iams dog food products. Most of these arise from the bad publicity that animal rights waged on the company regarding animal testing. Another factor that makes dog owners think twice about getting Iams dog food for their dogs is the inclusion of corn and corn by-products which has been associated with hypersensitive reactions. Some dog owners also noted that their dogs gained a lot of weight (which was unhealthy for them, of course) even after they finished their first bag of Iams dog food. There are others who also reported of kidney failure and digestive upsets.

There are dog owners, though, whose dogs eat only Iams all their life and only have good words to say about Iams.

Overall, we do not recommend Iams dog foods.


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82 Responses to “Iams Dog Food”
  1. Symphonic says:

    Document your costs and contact a product liability attorney. Until legal costs eat up every last cent of their profit (which is huge, considering the massive discrepancy between the cost of their terrible ingredients and the retail value of their products) Iams will keep on selling this dirt and GETTING RICH doing it. Tell everyone about your experience. If you see a TV ad for some big-brand dog food, you can be pretty well assured that the company spends more on marketing than ingredients or quality control. Give your money to companies that deserve it.

  2. Jess says:

    Keep in mind ol roy is the worst dog food made to day on a large scale. Morons love it and say great things about, until their dogs have issues. As long as some morons are saying good things about a dog food it well stay on the market. The big problem is there really is no agency overseeing dog food. Ya ya YOU’LL SAY SO and SO AGENCY GIVES THEM THE THUMBS UP but they really have no clue. P & G has so much money you could never win. And this is why I try to spread the word where ever I go.
    A good example, not to long ago the dog walkers in my area had a drive for dog food for the paws and guess which 2 dog foods had the most product given? Yep this crap and Icky-uba.

    Good luck.. purnia killed my last dog. The list of crap you should never feed and I mean these brands are down right terrible.

    1. Ol Roy
    2. Pedigree
    3. Beneful
    4. Purnia
    5. Alpo
    6. Friskies
    7. Liams
    8. Science Diet
    9. Nutro
    10. Royal Canin
    11. Kibbles and Bits
    12. Abady
    13. Eukanuba
    14. Bil Jac
    15. Pro Plan
    16. Authority
    17. Nutra
    18. Cesar Millan
    19. Pro Pac
    20. Ultra

  3. Antonio says:

    And don’t forget “Diamond dog foods” those murderers killed my beloved dog 5 years ago. I think their premium lines appear to be better ingredients although my current dog can’t tolerate them, but they seem to be okay on paper. But their original products are nothing more than toxic floor sweepings.

  4. Symphonic says:

    I agree that the original Diamond line is complete and utter crap, although I’ll credit them for at least not putting a superpremium price tag on it (the ingredients look a lot like Science Diet’s). Their ‘Naturals’ line is a huge improvement (no by-products, no corn/wheat/soy) although it’s still got plenty of problems (low meat content, beet pulp and other fillers).

    But Diamond also owns Chicken Soup and Taste of the Wild, two budget brands I strongly recommend for the people that balk at the price of the true premium foods. (Chicken Soup isn’t grain free, but it’s a great buy.)

  5. Antonio says:

    I tried the TOTW the only formula that worked was the Pacific Stream, but the calories are wayyyy too low for my Doberman, he dropped 4lbs in less than a month on the formula. I mean don’t get me wrong, just b/c I don’t like Diamond definately doesn’t mean it’s not good food. I think their High Praire formula is VERY GOOD, it just didn’t work for my dog. I have saw the chicken soup around here never bothered giving it a try, I messed around and let Jess talk me into Orijen and I’ve been stuck feeding it lately. That Red Meat is dang good dog food.

  6. Symphonic says:

    Well yeah, if you’re feeding Orijen then for god’s sake DON’T switch to Chicken Soup! 😉 But the price point makes it very easy to get people to switch from Iams/Purina/etc., and it’s worlds better than all that over-marketed junk. I feed the Prairie TOTW and have had great results. My chi/corgi had tummy and anal gland issues that just disappeared! She doesn’t need many calories, though – aside from the occasional ‘hyper moment,’ she’s pretty low-energy.

  7. Jess says:

    Antonio, thanks for the laugh, when I read this I burst out laughing “”I messed around and let Jess talk me into Orijen and I’ve been stuck feeding it lately. That Red Meat is dang good dog food.”” None better, Evo was pretty darn good also, but we all know whats going on there.

  8. Antonio says:

    Jess, I made a type-o I mean the Regional Red formula, Evo Red Meat was what what I used before in the rotation. I’m glad you talked me into giving Orijen a try, not to mention it’s actually $8 cheaper a bag here than EVO red meat for some reason, but Orijen is dang good dog food. The strange part is my Doberman couldn’t maintain weight/muscle on other grain free formulas NOT EVEN on the EVO Red Meat, but w/ Orijen it’s been a diff story, and before someone says my Dobie doesn’t truly work I’ll be happy to take that bet up 🙂

  9. KC23 says:


    Why do you feel Purina killed your dog? Did the vet think that a specific ingredient contributed to a serious health problem? OR…did he feel it was just a low-quality food? Which Purina product did you use? Just curious. I used Purina One and Purina Dog Chow for a short while for my 3 dogs (I supplemented it though with cooked chicken, vegetables, broth, organ meat, or good canned food). I don’t use Purina anymore–mostly because it contributed to different allergies in my dogs.

  10. Stacey Emery says:

    I am confused. Had a Jack Russell Terrier that lived on Eukanuba for the 15 years she lived. 15 YEARS. Even the vet said she lived to a ripe old age.
    Now I have a bulldog I have tried every holistic food out there. Origen – made his stools loose. Same as Acana, Wellness, Halo and many more. So we put him on Eukanuba Naturally wild salmon. He was doing great until they recalled it. So we put him on Eukanuba lamb and rice he seems to itch with chicken. His coat is very shiny. He’s active. Vet says he’s healthy.
    So why is it everyone keeps knocking a brand that everyone fed their pets yet said nothing about these brands until holistic came to be???
    There are pets that lived 15 or more years on all those old brands. So why now is everyone attacking them? There is very high protein in some of the holistic which could lead to problems. If everyone is so worried about everything then why don’t we all just feed them our human food.
    I know a lady here in my building whom also has a bulldog and she feeds her only human food. Her dog has no problems and looks great.

  11. Kim says:

    I’ve been feeding my baby Kirkland dog food from Costco for 8 years, and switched to Iams when it was on sale, thinking he would love it and gobble it up.

    He started losing weight almost immediately, and his white fur around his mouth turned a nasty dark brown color. The fur between his legs started turning brown, and the only thing that changed was his food.

    We switched back to Kirkland, and his face is coming back to white, and his legs are turning white again. Iams made him look trashy and ugly. Never feed this to a white dog, let alone any other!

  12. Kim says:

    Oh, and his weight is coming back up to normal as well. He is a skinny dog as it is, and Iams just made it worse!

  13. Harold says:

    I agree Stacey!

    Im bringing a new pup home in a few days and I’m totally confused as what to feed him. What I thought were good brands are now all supposedly bad. Then I read being called names (Idiots,morons, ding-a-lings,etc) and made fun of by Jess and I think its totally uncalled for considering we are all wanting the best for our pets and are sharing and networking with each other to reach that cause. If someone dosent agree with what someone else is feeding their dogs its not that persons duty to ridicule them for it. There is no ONE dog food that is the end all as there are many breeds of dogs and each are unique in their own right. I would just like to find a high quality food that I could buy OTS if I had to. Can anyone, someone give a suggestion for a beagle/chi mix?


  14. Jess says:

    I can’t help you, because I only call people Idiots, morons, ding-a-lings,etc!!! But I can guarantee you I know dog food!!! Why don’t you try Ol’ Roy !! I think you would make a perfect fit…..

  15. Casey says:

    A Beagle/Chi mix should be small, so you don’t have to worry about calcium/phosphorous levels. So any quality food should be fine; try Orijen or Horizon Legacy for higher protein and meat content.

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