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Iams Information

Iams has been an established pet food brand for decades and is owned by the large pet food conglomerate Mars Petcare. However, it was originally founded by Paul F. Iams in 1946 which makes it one of the oldest pet food brands in the United States.

Between 1999 and its sale to Mars Petcare in 2014, Iams was owned by Procter & Gamble which is another well-known conglomerate. Mars Petcare is a huge player in the pet food industry and also owns other popular brands like Royal Canin, Eukanuba, and Pedigree.

Iams is best known for featuring on the shelves of grocery stores rather than pet food stores. Walmart, in particular, is a massive seller of Iams products, which you would have seen if you’d browsed their pet food aisles.

While it is not widely known, Iams is one of a select number of brands that meet the WSAVA Guidelines. You can read more about these guidelines in our article Best WSAVA Approved Dog Food.

Iams recipes are produced in facilities owned by Mars Petcare in the United States in locations such as Ohio, Nebraska, and North Carolina.

Iams isn’t just available from large retail stores like Walmart and Petsmart. You can also purchase their recipes online from large pet food websites like Chewy, Petflow, and Amazon.

Iams Product Range

Dog Food

Iams has a moderate range of dog food products. This range is a mix of dry dog food recipes and wet/canned dog food recipes.

Iams only produces grain-inclusive recipes and does not have a grain-free range.

There are some niche recipes within the Iams range such as those for puppies and large breed dogs.

Cat Food

The cat food range from Iams is of a similar size to the dog food range and is a mix of dry cat food and wet/canned cat food.

Once again, there are only grain-inclusive recipes within the Iams range and there are no grain-free recipes.

There are a number of niche cat food recipes produced by Iams such as those for Kittens, Senior Cats, and Indoor Cats.

Iams Nutrition

Dog Food

Iams recipes typically provide nutrition that is average when compared to other brands. The nutritional profile of their recipes usually includes average proportions of protein and fat and a somewhat excessive proportion of carbohydrates.

This nutrition is not ideal for many dogs, especially those that are more active.

Below is an example of the nutrition provided by an Iams dry dog food recipe.

Iams Nutrition Example

Cat Food

The nutrition offered by Iams cat food recipes is similar to their dog food range and is average when compared to other cat food recipes.

The nutrition profile consists of average proportions of protein and fat, and proportions of carbohydrates that are excessive for a cat.

It is critical that cats do not consume too much plant-matter in their diet as they are obligate carnivores. Instead, they will excel on a diet high in animal and fish-based ingredients.

Iams Ingredients

High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Salmon
  • Tuna

Iams uses a small range of high-quality meat and fish ingredients in its recipes. These ingredients are staples of the industry and used by the majority of pet food manufacturers.

Meat ingredients like Chicken, Turkey, and Beef are chosen over alternatives as they are affordable, highly nutritious, and easy to source.

Other Notable Ingredients

Chicken By-Products are found in many Iams recipes and are an intimidating ingredient to many. By-Products are essentially the less desirable cuts of a Chicken that would not normally be eaten for human consumption.

While they may not be as visually pleasing, they can still provide valuable nutrition in the form of protein and fat which is why pet food manufacturers make extensive use of them.

Iams makes use of a wide range of grain ingredients in its recipes such as Corn, Sorghum, and Brown Rice. Grain ingredients are controversial additions to pet food recipes with many pet owners refusing to feed their pets recipes that make use of grains.

However, there is also a large number of pet owners who swear by grains and go out of their way to feed grain-inclusive recipes.

Regardless of your side, grain ingredients can provide a mix of carbohydrates, fiber, and select micronutrients.

A Bowl of Rice

Some Iams recipes make use of Dried Beet Pulp as a minor ingredient. Beet Pulp is used in pet food recipes as a source of soluble fiber.

Dietary fiber can be crucial to some dogs to ensure that they keep regular digestion and stools which is why manufacturers supplement it with ingredients like Beet Pulp. Outside of this fiber content, the ingredient provides little nutrition.

Learn more about Dried Beet Pulp in Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.

Chicken Fat is a regular addition to pet food recipes. Its primary purposes are to enhance the flavor of a recipe and boost the overall levels of animal-based fat. Chicken Fat is chosen over alternatives due to its low cost and high availability.

Read more about Chicken Fat in Chicken Fat In Dog Food.

Flaxseed is well known as an excellent plant-based source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These fatty acids are believed to provide several health benefits to dogs and cats. An example of this could include an improvement in the condition of a dog’s skin and coat.

Read more about Flaxseed and its benefits in Flaxseed In Dog Food.

Flaxseed

Brewers Yeast is an ingredient that is found in pet food recipes in tiny quantities. Its presence is due to the vitamins and minerals it contains and its supposed health benefits. An example of this is high levels of the B Vitamins.

Learn more about Brewers Yeast in Brewers Yeast In Dog Food.

Iams Animal Testing

At this time, we have no information on whether Iams participates in invasive or laboratory testing of animals.

We strongly believe that laboratory or invasive testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice. We hope that in the future, it will be eliminated.

Iams Recalls

Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), Iams is not a recall-free brand.

Iams has undergone several recalls over the last two decades including the below.

In August 2013, Iams underwent a large recall due to the potential for salmonella contamination in its recipes. Salmonella is a serious concern and can cause adverse effects to both dogs and humans. This recall affected the following recipes:

  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 13.3 lb., Lot #31884177, best by Nov. 7, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 13.3 lb., Lot #31904177, best by Nov. 9, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 13.3 lb., Lot #31924177, best by Nov. 11, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 13.3 lb., Lot #31934177, best by Nov. 12, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 13.3 lb., Lot #31944177, best by Nov. 13, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 2.9 lb., Lot #31944177, best by Nov. 13, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 25.7 lb., Lot #31884177, best by Nov. 7, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 25.7 lb., Lot #331894177, best by Nov. 8, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 25.7 lb., Lot #331904177, best by Nov. 9, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 25.7 lb., Lot #331914177, best by Nov. 10, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 25.7 lb., Lot #331934177, best by Nov. 12, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 5 lb., Lot #31904177, best by Nov. 9, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 5 lb., Lot #31914177, best by Nov. 10, 2014
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult, 13.3 lb., Lot #31894177, best by Nov. 8, 2014
  • Iams Premium Protection Chicken Adult, 12.1 lb., Lot #31894177, best by Nov. 8, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Large Breed Mature Adult, 30 lb., Lot #31884177, best by Nov. 7, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Large Breed Senior Plus, 13.3 lb., Lot #31934177, best by Nov. 12, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Large Breed Senior Plus, 26.2 lb., Lot #31934177, best by Nov. 12, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Large Chunks Adult, 15 lb., Lot #31944177, best by Nov. 13, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Small Breed Adult, 13.3 lb., Lot #1874177, best by Nov. 6, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Small Breed Adult, 13.3 lb., Lot #31894177, best by Nov. 8, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Small Breed Adult, 13.3 lb., Lot #31924177, best by Nov. 11, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Small Breed Adult, 3.1 lb., Lot #31874177, best by Nov. 6, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Small Breed Adult, 3.1 lb., Lot #31894177, best by Nov. 8, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Small Breed Adult, 5 lb., Lot #31874177, best by Nov. 6, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Small Breed Adult, 5 lb., Lot #31894177, best by Nov. 8, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Small Breed Adult, 5 lb., Lot #31924177, best by Nov. 11, 2014
  • Iams ProActive Health Small Breed Puppy, 5 lb., Lot #331904177, best by Nov. 9, 2014

In March 2013, Iams underwent a small recall due to the potential of mold. Mold is a less common cause of recalls in the industry but is still very concerning and shows a lapse in safety and quality processes. This recall affected the following Iams Shakeables recipes:

  • Turkey — first 4 digits of the lot number are: 2342, 2325, 2331, 2332, 2341, 3016, 3017, 3018 or 3046
  • Lamb — first 4 digits of the lot number are: 2338

A small recall occurred of Iams recipes in December 2011 and was caused by Aflatoxin found in the food. This recipe affected the following lots of ProActive Health Smart Puppy recipes that had best-by dates of Feb 5 or Feb 6, 2013.

  • 7 lb. bag, Lot #12784177I6
  • 8 lb. bag, Lot #12794177D2 or 12794177D3
  • 17.5 lb. bag, Lot #12794177K1 or 12794177K2

In August 2010, a very small recall took place of a single lot of Iams Indoor Weight Control With Hairball Care dry cat food due to the potential for Salmonella contamination. The lot number for this was #02304173.

In July 2010, there was another recall for potential salmonella contamination. This recall affected Iams Veterinary Formulas of dry cat food, including all sizes and varieties. The lots affected by this had best-by dates between July 1, 2010, and Dec 1, 2011.

In June 2010, there was a recall due to low levels of thiamine. This recall affected all varieties of Iams ProActive Health canned cat and kitten food with best-by dates between September 2011 and June 2012.

The last Iams recall on record was during March 2007 and was due to Melamine. This recall was widespread throughout the industry and hit almost every major pet food brand. Iams Melamine recall affected a range of canned and pouch recipes. These are listed below:

Iams Select Bites Cat Food, 3 oz. pouches:

  • Adult With Beef in Gravy
  • Adult With Chicken and Wild Rice in Gravy
  • Adult With Chicken in Gravy
  • Adult With Turkey in Gravy
  • Adult With Salmon in Sauce
  • Adult With Tuna in Sauce
  • Kitten With Chicken in Gravy
  • Weight Control With Tuna in Sauce
  • Active Maturity With Chicken in Gravy
  • Variety Pack With Beef, Chicken & Turkey
  • Variety Pack With Salmon and Tuna
  • Variety Pack With Chicken and Turkey

Iams Slices Cat Food, cans:

  • Slices With Turkey in Gravy, 3 oz. and 6 oz.
  • Slices With Beef in Gravy, 3 oz. and 6 oz.
  • Slices With Chicken in Gravy, 3 oz. and 6 oz.
  • Kitten Slices With Turkey in Gravy, 3 oz.
  • Variety Pack Slices With Chicken and Beef in Gravy, 3 oz.

Iams Flakes Cat Food, cans:

  • Flakes With Tuna & Ocean White Fish in Sauce, 3 oz. and 6 oz.
  • Flakes With Salmon in Sauce, 3 oz. and 6 oz.
  • Variety Pack Flakes With Tuna & Ocean White Fish and Salmon in Sauce, 3 oz.

Iams Select Bites Dog Food, 5.3 oz. pouches:

  • Puppy With Chicken in Gravy
  • Adult With Beef in Gravy
  • Adult With Beef, Potatoes and Carrots in Gravy
  • Adult With Chicken in Gravy
  • Adult With Turkey in Gravy
  • Adult With Lamb and Wild Rice in Gravy
  • Weight Control With Chicken in Gravy
  • Active Maturity With Beef in Gravy
  • Variety Pack With Beef, Chicken, Lamb and Rice
  • Variety Pack With Beef and Chicken

Iams Small Bites Dog Food, 6 oz. cans:

  • Puppy With Beef & Chicken in Gravy
  • Small Dogs With Chicken in Gravy
  • Small Dogs With Beef & Vegetables in Gravy
  • Variety Pack for Small Dogs With Beef & Vegetables and Chicken in Gravy

Iams Chunks Dog Food, 13.2 oz. cans:

  • Beef & Vegetables in Gravy
  • Chicken in Gravy
  • Active Maturity With Beef in Gravy
  • Weight Control With Beef in Gravy
  • Puppy With Beef & Chicken in Gravy
  • Variety Pack With Beef & Vegetables and Chicken in Gravy
  • Multipack With Beef & Vegetables in Gravy
  • Multipack With Beef & Chicken in Gravy
  • Multipack With Chicken in Gravy

We always suggest that pet owners remain vigilant of any future recalls of Iams or any other pet food brand.

Iams Featured Articles

Best WSAVA Approved Dog Food – The WSAVA guidelines are becoming a popular discussion topic among knowledgeable pet owners as they look to select a tried and tested food.

Many are unaware that Iams is a brand that meets this guideline.

Best of Iams

Iams Proactive Health High Protein Chicken & Turkey Adult

Iams Proactive High Protein Chicken & Turkey Adult

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Our favorite recipe from their range is the High Protein formula. This recipe contains the highest portion of meat, which translates into 30% protein and 18% fat.

It is critical that dogs, regardless of activity level, consume a considerable portion of meat and fish ingredients.

This large portion of meat is a mix of Chicken and Turkey ingredients. These poultry ingredients are regularly combined and provide extremely comparable nutrition.

The recipe also includes grain ingredients like Sorghum and Corn. Another inclusion in the formula is Brewers Yeast, which we mentioned briefly earlier.

It is included as it can provide some beneficial vitamins and minerals that many believe can improve a dog’s health and wellbeing.

You can learn about this in our article Brewers Yeast In Dog Food.

ProActive Health With Chicken And Whole Grain Rice Pate Review

Iams Proactive Health With Chicken And Whole Grain Rice Pate

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Chicken and Rice recipes are a staple of the industry and have been given to dogs for decades.

Iams has a standard offering of Chicken and Rice in canned form which can be seen above.

While the recipe does contain a mix of Chicken and Chicken By-Products, it also contains Meat By-products which is typical of an Iams recipe.

Brown Rice is the primary grain ingredient which is a fantastic choice, and the recipe also uses a mix of Barley, and Oatmeal to supplement this.

ProActive Health Healthy Adult With Salmon Review

Iams Proactive Health Healthy Adult With Salmon

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Salmon is a fantastic addition to a cat’s diet and Iams has a dry cat food recipe with a strong focus on Salmon.

Salmon is the first listed ingredient which means it is in plentiful supply. Salmon is an excellent source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids which can improve the condition of a cat’s skin and fur.

However, there are also some Chicken ingredients present such as Chicken By-Product Meal and Chicken Meal which supplement the protein and fat provided by the Salmon

The recipe uses grain ingredients like most of Iams recipes and these include Corn, Sorghum, and Rice. These provide a portion of carbohydrates and fiber.

Perfect Portions Healthy Adult Cuts In Gravy – Chicken Review

Iams Perfect Portions Healthy Adult Cuts In Gravy - Chicken

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Most cats find wet cat food extremely appealing and the above offering from Iams is likely to be no different.

The recipe uses a large portion of Chicken which takes up the majority of the formula. This is a mix of Chicken and Chicken Liver.

Organ meat such as Chicken Liver is an excellent addition and can provide additional protein and fat, along with beneficial vitamins and minerals.

The recipe has minimal plant-matter but does contain a small portion of Tapioca which is used as a binding agent to hold the food together.

Iams Full Product Range

Dog Food

Dry Dog Food

Adult Small Breed

Adult Minichunks

Adult Large Breed

Adult Lamb & Rice Recipe

Puppy Small Breed

Puppy

Puppy Large Breed

Mature Adult

Mature Adult Large Breed

Adult Healthy Weight

Adult Healthy Weight Large breed

Adult High Protein

Wet Dog Food

ProActive Health With Beef, Rice, Carrots And Green Beans Flavor In Sauce Chunks In Gravy

ProActive Health With Lamb And Rice Pate

ProActive Health With Beef And Rice Pate

ProActive Health With Chicken And Whole Grain Rice Pate

ProActive Health Puppy With Chicken And Rice Pate

ProActive Health Senior With Slow Cooked Chicken And Rice Pate

Cat Food

Dry Cat Food

ProActive Health Adult Indoor Weight & Hairball Care With Chicken & Turkey

ProActive Health Healthy Adult With Chicken

ProActive Health Healthy Adult With Salmon

ProActive Health Hairball Care

ProActive Health Adult Sensitive Digestion & Skin

ProActive Health Urinary Tract Health With Chicken

ProActive Health High Protein

ProActive Health Healthy Kitten

ProActive Health Healthy Senior

Wet Cat Food

Perfect Portions Healthy Adult Pate – Chicken

Perfect Portions Healthy Adult Cuts In Gravy – Chicken

Perfect Portions Indoor Cuts In Gravy – Tuna

Perfect Portions Indoor Cuts In Gravy – Salmon

Perfect Portions Indoor Cuts In Gravy – Chicken

Perfect Portions Healthy Kitten Cuts In Gravy – Chicken

Perfect Portions Healthy Senior Cuts In Gravy – Chicken

Perfect Portions Healthy Adult Pate – Tuna

Perfect Portions Indoor Pate – Salmon

Perfect Portions Healthy Adult Pate – Salmon

Perfect Portions Healthy Kitten Pate – Chicken

Perfect Portions Indoor Pate – Turkey

Perfect Portions Optimal Metabolism Pate – Chicken