The Iams Company was founded in 1946 by animal nutritionist Paul Iams in a small feed mill near Dayton, Ohio. In 1999, the company was acquired by Procter and Gamble, which also produces Eukanuba products.

Animal cruelty? Bad gas? Cheapened formula pet food? Are these rumors true?

Iams® has been in trouble since they were caught performing cruel lab test on animals in 2003. Dogs and cats were killed during lab testing. They were kept in small cages and force fed ingredients such as cooking oil - all to create quality pet food. Is that necessary? I don’t think so! There are countless animal shelters, veterinarians, and pet supply stores that are boycotting Iams®.

On a good note, Iams® has chicken as their first ingredient. They also don't use artificial flavorings, colorings or questionable fillers.

They don’t use questionable fillers, but they do use fillers! Fillers such as corn give your pets gas and are considered “cheap fillers” by higher, more expensive quality brands. Corn is difficult to digest, even for humans, which leads to more stool and more clean up for you.

Iams® also contains by-product meats, wheat and soy which may cause allergens in most pets. They use artificial preservatives such as ethoxyquin and other chemical additives in some formulas, which can cause health problems in your pets.

Our excitement over chicken being their first ingredient is understandable – it rarely happens - but it may be premature. Although chicken is listed as their first ingredient rumors are their “chicken” is supposed to be further down their list of ingredients!

How can they get away with it? Because they weigh the food before it enters the bag and before dehydration while the chicken is heavy with natural juices. Once dehydrated you lose a majority of its pre-bagged weight.

Iams® has a range of dry and wet food for dogs and cats of all life stages. Their products are sold in color coded packages to make it easy to identify the different life stage formulas. Since Proctor and Gamble bought Iams® products, they are widely available wherever pet food products are sold to maximize profits.   

On the positive side, they contribute to non-profit organizations that work to help pets in need, such as Canine Companions for Independence, animal shelters, disaster relief organizations and other groups.

Iams® consider their formulas to contain a complete and balanced diet - anything else such as supplements may upset their balanced nutrients in their food. They are confident that the only additional thing your pets need is water – everything else is formulated in their products.

Iams® comes in 8 lb, 20 lb, or 40 lb bags and costs about $30.99 for a 40 lb bag. Their products generally last up to 24 months from the manufacturing date. They should be stored in a cool, dry place.

Some people swear by Iams®, much like any other brand. It’s up to you to decide if the rumors are true or not.

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