Dec. 5, 2016
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The IAMS pet food company was established in order to provide the finest quality pet foods. They are well-known for their marketing campaigns and in-store displays which feature trustworthy looking pet doctors. As far as IAMS Dog Food goes, however, much is left to be desired.
The company promotes itself by declaring that they take a different approach to producing dog food, but that approach does not necessarily mean that they use the finest possible ingredients. For instance, chicken is listed as the primary ingredient in the company’s dry dog food, but the ingredients list fails to mention that 80% of the chicken’s mass is lost in the cooking process, leaving very little protein. Also, Iams seems to be fond of using animal by-products, which are simply items left over after processing animals at the slaughterhouse. Additionally, they use many controversial ingredients like corn meal and dried beet pulp.
Iams is well-known as one of the finest purveyors of pet food, but when their products are examined closely, some very undesirable ingredients can be found.
Iams dog food is, in general, a fairly middle-of-the-road dog food. While not as nutritious as some of the more expensive dog foods on the market, it has relatively wholesome ingredients and contains nothing harmful for your dog. It certainly may not be preferred by some of the pickier dog owners, but dogs really seem to enjoy the food. Even the most fickle eaters seem to enjoy the food, and that may be the bottom line for many owners.
The consensus among the customer reviews is that if you are very concerned with your dog’s nutrition, and especially if you have a dog that needs a food with an especially high meat content, you might want to give Iams a pass. If your dog enjoys typical Kibble and has a more ordinary diet, though, you might want to consider buying Iams. The food is a good value for its price point, and can certainly satisfy the needs of most canines.
Iams brand dog food is one of the most well-known brand names for pet food. However, Iams has also been cited by animal rights activists as being a company that mistreats animals. As far as Iams food formulas, are they a good choice for your dog? Do they contain cheap filler ingredients and dangerous preservatives? Learn more about Iams dog food in our review!
The company who makes IAMS dog food is called The Iams Company. The Iams Company is actually owned by Procter and Gamble, who purchased Iams in 1999. It was back in the 1940’s when Paul Iams (the company’s founder) decided that he wanted to begin researching a way to manufacture pet food formulas. In the year 1999, Iams reported that they had over $900 million dollars in sales.
Iams dog food formulas were involved in the 2007 pet food recalls that were contaminated with melamine. Because of this, many different Iams formulas (for both dogs and cats) are currently listed on the FDA’s pet food recall website. Since the recalls affect foods with certain expiration dates, it’s best if you check any Iams food that you may have against the FDA’s pet food recall website, which is updated on a regular basis with new information.
The ingredients of most Iams dog food formulas are a combination of filler ingredients, by-products and carbohydrates that aren’t easily digested. Many formulas contain ethoxyquin, which is a preservative that has been suggested to cause health problems in dogs. Some ingredients include fish digest, chicken by-product meal, corn meal, ground sorghum, salt and brewers rice. In general, many of Iams formulas contain a meat or meat by-product meal as their first ingredient. Some formulas list corn meal as their first ingredient.
There are several ingredients in Iams dog food that may contribute to allergic reactions in some dogs. Corn meal is often among the first five ingredients listed, and may cause some dogs to exhibit allergy symptoms. Sorghum is another ingredient that may contribute to digestive problems or other symptoms. Some dogs may also exhibit allergies to by-product meals, which are contained in Iams dog food.
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Many customer reviews of Iams brand dog food are negative. Many dog owners cited a controversial video that showed animals being mistreated at an Iams facility as the reason for a negative review. Also, many dog owners did not like the fact that Iams contains by-product meals and corn among its first five ingredients. The inclusion of Ethoxyquin in some formulas was also not very well-received by dog owners. However, some dog owners reported that they were able to feed Iams to their dogs without any significant problems.
Have you fed your dog any of the Iams dog food dry or canned formulas? Do you have feedback that could help other pet owners? Please share your review of Iams dog food!
Iams Dog Food Ingredient List
Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Caramel, Calcium Carbonate, Flax Meal, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, DL-Methionine, Rosemary Extract.