Iams Naturals Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Iams Naturals Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Iams Naturals product line includes four dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Iams Healthy Naturals with Lamb and Rice
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken and Barley (4 stars)
  • Iams Sensitive Naturals Ocean Fish and Rice (2.5 stars)
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Weight Management with Chicken (2.5 stars)

Iams Healthy Naturals with Lamb and Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Iams Healthy Naturals with Lamb and Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 54%

Ingredients: Chicken, ground whole grain sorghum, ground whole grain barley, chicken meal, lamb, fish meal (source of fish oil), brewers rice, dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, dried egg product, potassium chloride, salt, carrots, tomatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), choline chloride, spinach, peas, dl-methionine, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, potassium iodide, cobalt carbonate), monosodium phosphate, vitamins (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), dried apple pomace, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis22%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%13%54%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%29%49%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.

The third ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The fifth ingredient is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The sixth ingredient includes fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The seventh ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The eighth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With five notable exceptions

First, chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

Next, peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

In addition, apple pomace includes the pulpy solids that remain after pressing apples to extract the juice. It is most likely used here for its fiber content.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Iams Naturals Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Iams Naturals looks like an above-average dry dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 24%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 54%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 25% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 53% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Iams Naturals is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.

Recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

02/01/2010 Original review
03/19/2014 Last Update

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Pea salad, yum!

    At least it’s a step in the right direction, albeit a small one.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    I heard it the other day, too, as I couldn’t see the tv. It’s on The List!

  • JaketheMutt

    Just saw a commercial for Iams Grain Free Natural’s,I checked it out on their site,looks allot better than some of the other foods Iams offers,I look forward to hopefully seeing a review for it here someday :)

  • lynda

    Pleasantly surprised how good my IBS dog does on this food; much better than the Proactive.

  • Pattyvaughn

    It may only say your dog was intolerant to an ingredient in the old food that this one doesn’t have.

  • Cati

    My pup was having stomach aches and you could here her stomach upset I switched her to Iams Sensitive Naturals Ocean Fish, Rice & Barley and within 5 hours I saw a differance. I think that says alot on its own!

  • Harwa004

    They all LOVE* it

  • Harwa004

    Our dogs were itching extremely bad and we switched only to this with complete resolution of the issues. Affordable, they all live it, and we saw visible positive changes in their coats and energy. Previously fed the standard iams for large breeds.

  • InkedMarie

    Maybe. I was going by the actual food that was reviewed here, which has changed a little bit.

  • Zyekitty

    I think seanlove is talking about Prime Naturals http://www.iams.com/dog-food/iams-prime-natural-chicken-rice-barley-recipe Still has the sorghum, but does look like an improvement from the foods in this review.

  • InkedMarie

    Yep and they added the sorghum. I’d never feed it, those aren’t ingredients I want in my dogs food.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I just looked at the first few ingredients, I guess a few are reversed in order (like the corn meal and brewer’s rice). It still has corn and by-products though. I don’t see any changes significant enough to merit a big change in rating – still looks like a 3 star food to me.

  • InkedMarie

    I just looked & it’s different. Are you looking at Iams healthy naturals adult with wholesome chicken? It’s the food on page two of your link. The first change is that brewers rice is now before and ground whole grain sorghum is now there. I stopped after that, I wouldn’t buy the food unless they removed most of the ingredients!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi –

    I’m looking at Iams website right now and the ingredient list is identical to what Dr. Mike has listed above. http://www.iams.com/dog-food/iams-healthy-naturals-adult-with-wholesome-chicken

    If you notice this review does cover other formulas – those that deserved a higher rating have a different rating in parenthesis.

  • seanlove1981

    This dog food review needs to be revised. The “Naturals” line has changed. I would like to see a review of the “Prime Naturals”…it is free of some of the ingredients listed in red on this review, for example: No corn, wheat, soy or meat by-products…and now has 3 different lines of dog food under the Naturals heading, those being: “Prime” “Sensitive”, and “Healthy”. I feel it would score a more like the 4 start dog foods upon further review.

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  • Vi L White

    Cindi….I checked it out of curiosity. …just like the rest….corn…corn…corn!!!! Junk food for dogs…

  • Vi L White

    How could I forget those? All those things you can’t pronounce & have no clue what they are for…

  • Vi L White

    Taste of the Wild…its grain free and my furkids will eat it dry!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Don’t forget the food coloring and the preservatives.

  • Vi L White

    Beneful? Really? Just give your dog a bag of chips for dinner…why do people not understand if you are giving your dog these foods made with corn…just give them a bag of chips! Like giving your kids Pop Tarts for breakfast. ..all sugar no nutrition!

  • aimee

    Hi Charmain,

    Yeast is always secondary to a primary problem. The primary problem may be flea allergy, environmental allergy, adverse food reaction or a hormonal( hypothyroid for example)

    To solve the yeast you need to find and treat the primary cause. Food will only have an impact if the underlying cause is adverse food reaction.

    You will find information on how to do a food allergies here: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=652

  • Charmain

    Can someone please advise of a good dry food for a 4 year old dog that constantly has yeast in his ears and body? I have tried everything to man and nothing seems to work, I know for sure that Chicken and wheat, corn and grains make him itch. Please advise! Thanks!

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  • Cyndi

    But, people will buy it regardless, because those big companies would never lie about their product. (Yes, for those of you that don’t know better, that WAS sarcasm)

  • Pattyvaughn

    To be fair, they aren’t nearly as horrible as pedigree, beneful, ol roy etc. I mean this is a 3 star food and who knows, the new one might be even better. It could happen.

    Neven mind, I just read the ingredients list. There is next to no meat in it. It is a whole lot of corn and soy with a little chicken mixed in.

  • losul

    Yeah, so good not, hehe. Their advertising is no added sugars, dyes, artificial preservatives compared to beneful, pedigree, kibbles and bits, an P. dog chow. I guess a step above them.

    http://iams.com/dog-food/iams-so-good-savory-chicken

  • Cyndi

    Lol! Good one! & Yeah, I’m sure you’re right. It’s sad though because they’re making it sound like the best food ever, just like those damn companies always do.

  • Pattyvaughn

    “Not Good” I would imagine.

  • Cyndi

    I keep seeing commercials for a new Iams dog food called “So Good”. Curious to find out how that one rates…

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi losul –

    I agree. The way fasting was explained to me was by comparing the effects of fasting on the dog’s immune system to the effects of weight lifting on muscles. When you lift weights you actually damage the muscles by creating microscopic tears, but when the muscles recover and heal they are stronger than they were before. Because about 70% of the dog’s immune system is in the gastrointestinal tract – when you fast a dog you put a mild stress on their immune system (a level of stress healthy adult dogs are able to handle). This mild stress in a sense “exercises” the immune system and leaves it stronger than it was before. Many people also don’t realize that daily and, in many cases, twice daily meals are completely a human invention – dogs in the wild would rarely eat a meal every day. Wild candids live a feast and famine style life. I fast my dogs one day per week.

  • losul

    Storm’s Mom, I agree it’s perfectly fine to skip a meal. In fact I think it’s actually beneficial give the digestive system a rest occaisonally, barring any special medical conditions. Probably even much more so in dogs than in humans.

  • Cyndi

    Feeding that crap IS abuse…..to me anyways! Thanks for taking him in and getting him better! :)

  • InkedMarie

    I’m being sarcastic but maybe she fed them lean cuisine, pizza and capt crunch

  • InkedMarie

    You have no meat or chicken? No eggs? The foods you listed…that’s all you have?

  • InkedMarie

    Dogs with yeast issue can do bet with a grain & white potato free food.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Nutro LI isn’t grain-free either. If the pup has had ear yeast issues since day 1 why have you continued to only feed her Nutro LI since day 1?!?!?! I don’t get it.

  • Annie Walker Neidert

    It is the Blue bag with a fish on the front. Shouldn’t have said “grain free”. It is Corn, Wheat, and Soy free. And corn and wheat are our major allergins.

    Target doesn’t sell any grain-free foods that I am aware of, either. That is why I buy dog food at Petco. I wasn’t aware that we were almost out of food, until we were OUT of food. Got to Petco too late, so I had to go to Target.

    The allergies started when the older, allergic dog was on Beneful. We switched him to Nutro LI when we adopted the puppy. That is all the puppy has ever eaten. She is a spaniel-beagle and has had ear yeast issues since day one. But the older dog doesn’t lick his paws like he did on Beneful and he seems to be settling into a healthy weight as well.

    We won’t be feeding Iams on a regular basis, this is just “Emergency” food until I can get to Petco today.

  • Annie Walker Neidert

    Unless the dogs want to eat Lean Cuisine, Cap’n Crunch, or Frozen Pizza, we don’t have any “people food” on hand that they can eat! But thank you for the advice!

  • Betsy Greer

    You probably have on hand some things you could make work if you’re only out of food altogether for a short time. Fresh lean meats, cage free eggs, tinned sardines ~ a fresh raw chicken wing or leg… all of those things are great additions to kibble anyway. : )

  • Annie Walker Neidert

    It is the Blue bag with a fish on the front. Shouldn’t have said “grain free”. It is Corn, Wheat, and Soy free. And corn and wheat are our major allergins.

    Target doesn’t sell any grain-free foods that I am aware of, either. That is why I buy dog food at Petco. I wasn’t aware that we were almost out of food, until we were OUT of food. Got to Petco too late, so I had to go to Target.

    The allergies started when the older, allergic dog was on Beneful. We switched him to Nutro LI when we adopted the puppy. That is all the puppy has ever eaten. She is a spaniel-beagle and has had ear yeast issues since day one. But the older dog doesn’t lick his paws like he did on Beneful and he seems to be settling into a healthy weight as well.

    We won’t be feeding Iams on a regular basis, this is just “Emergency” food until I can get to Petco today.

  • InkedMarie

    Yes, you said the dogs are on Nutro and they have issues…are they having issues on Nutro? If yes the they aren’t doing great on it. Can you post the link to what Iams they’re eating? The one I looked at is NOT grainfree

  • Betsy Greer

    Is the Iams you’re currently feeding called Iams Sensitive Naturals (in a blue bag with a fish on the front)? If so, it’s not grain free; here are the ingredients: http://www.iams.com/dog-food/iams-sensitive-naturals-ocean-fish-rice-barley-recipe

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Iams doesn’t make any grain-free foods that I’m aware of. The fish-based Sensitive Naturals formula contains brewer’s rice, sorghum and barley – all grains.

  • Annie Walker Neidert

    Did you read my post?? Have been on Nutro LI for 6 months, doing great on it. Couldn’t get to the Petco in time last night, so had to buy dog food at Target. The Fish Flavor Iams is grain free.

  • InkedMarie

    Maybe i’m not reading your post correctly but if you have a dog with yeast ear issues and the other is overweight and sensitive to grain, they are not doing great on Nutro. If you have a dog who can’t have grain, why the heck would you give him this Iams? It has grains.

  • Annie Walker Neidert

    My two dogs have been on Nutro LI for the past 6 months and do great on it. One has ear yeast issues, the other is fat and very sensitive or allergic to grain. I couldn’t get to the pet store in time tonite, so ended up buying Iams Naturals – Fish flavor at Target. Both seem to like it. We will see how their tummies handle it. I only bought a 15 lb or so sized bag.

  • La Sinverguenza

    I just got a foster puppy in. He’s 8 months old, an owner surrender. The puppy, when surrendered a couple weeks ago, was severely malnourished with muscle wasting and bone fractures and cracked teeth. No, he wasn’t abused. He had multiple vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The puppy’s GI tract was completely full of food when the vet took xrays. The pup wasn’t getting what he needed from the food. The owner surrender form said he was fed Iams. Not sure which, but I’m sure it was one of their puppy formulas. Testimony that Iams is crap food. Now the puppy gets 5 star food.

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  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi MolleeMB –

    I’m not sure which specific formula you’re feeding your dog but the review for this line covers Iam’s Sensitive Naturals, Iam’s Healthy Naturals and Iam’s Simple and Natural. The formula chosen to represent the entire product line is a variety of the Healthy Naturals. There are 4 varieties of Healthy Naturals and all 4 contain “chicken by-product meal” according to the ingredients listed on the product website. There is one variety of Sensitive Naturals which is fish based and doesn’t contain “chicken by-product meal,” but it does contain “fish digest.” Animal digests are similar in quality to by-products. The AAFCO defines digests as “material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue.” 4D animals (dead, diseased, disabled, dying) can be used in digests. The final formula – Iam’s Simple & Natural Chicken, Rice and Barley recipe – does not contain by-products or digests. If you notice in the review above Dr. Mike noted in parenthesis that this formula is rated 4 stars unlike the other formulas in the line which are rated 3 stars. This is likely the formula you’re using.

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    I think you need to look again. Here’s a link to their website for it…

    http://www.iams.com/dog-food/iams-healthy-naturals-adult-with-wholesome-chicken

  • MolleeMB

    I’m not sure this review is up to date. We were feeding our new dog Iams Naturals (had to switch brands for better weight control), and there was absolutely no “by-product” listed in the ingredients. I made sure to check for that just because it grosses me out.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Possum poo is way better than Iams.  My picky dog will refuse MANY different good dog foods, but would never refuse any critter poo and I own a farm with lots of critters so I know wherefore I speak.

  • My little dog family

    My puppy who will eat anything, ate around the iams kibble. He eats possum poo, so I was very surprised!

  • Pattyvaughn

    They were out of those the day he went to the store is all I can figure.

  • Scorpiocmw

    Are you really doing this on a dog food forum? You really show your level of intelligence. Where did you learn to “compose” your morals and decency?

  • Pattyvaughn

    And you look like a total jerk.  Why bother to reply at all 4 months later?

  • Tigersharkp40

    You look like a total illiterate.  Where did you learn to compose English??  Your spelling is embarrassing.

  • InkedMarie

    I’m glad it worked for your dog(s) but it’s not a high quality food. Not the worst but…

  • Joan Mcculloch

    I have a mixed breed large dog who is 12 years old – has never had anything but IAMS dry food… My vet is astounded at his health for his age – my last large dog died at 13 – another IAMS dog…. 

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Did you read the articles:

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/dog-food-reviews-problems/?

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/frequently-asked-questions/rate-dog-food/

    Foods on this site are compared to the Ancestral Diet which is high in meat content. At only 20% protein on the Burns food, it barely has any meat.

    Have you looked at dogfoodchat(dot)com or dogfoodscoop(dot)com?

  • Cobber1

    i fail to see how iams can be awarded 3 star rating, with all the red highlighted undesirable ingredients, and you only give burns the same 3 star rating when they take care not to include such crud. I will take no heed of this site. bye!

  • Chambers31304

    Unfortunetly, as much as I’d like to give my dog the best food possible, price is a factor it seems to be unviersal.. in that the healthier the food the more expensive. For me and my dog. I buy this brand because its reasonably priced at the local pet store and one of the few I can afford that has chicken as the first ingredient. Better than most, I say

  • Cheriem269

    I have been using Simple & Natural Chicken Rice and barley for about week and 1 of my dogs is a diabetic and has cushing’s disease and likes it better than the Nutro Natural Choice Small Breed Chicken and is doing better with the Iams and both of my dogs like it better than Nutro. I would give it a try.

  • Tracy

    I would never use this and only looked at it because I just saw a commercial and it said “gluten free” looked at the ingredients and it contains barley. Barley, wheat and rye all contain gluten!!

  • Ruchby

    Hi – I’m new here and hoping for some advice.  We just adopted our first dog; he’s the sweetest rescue mutt and I’m trying to find the right food for him.  I’m not sure if he has any food sensitivities or allergies, but he does have dandruff, his coat is kind of dull (except, oddly, on his head), and he sometimes rubs his face on the carpet afther he eats like his mouth itches.  I was thinking about trying the Simple & Natural Chicken Rice and Barley – less expensive than Blue Basics (we’re on a budget) and 4 stars.  I’d really appreciate anyone who’d be willing to share their experience with this particular formula.  Thanks!

  • Alexcrespen

    if you ike to abuse your anima id stick to this wait ti dog gets internal, hair loss,or can not fuction , i used it i cant beieve they get away with selling it, of course several hundred doars worth of tests ater but now our dog acts ike a puppy again they both do i cannot believe this crap read fine print
      

  • Highereement67

    We used iams and it is bad one dog had a hoe in the side of his mouith that woudnt hea, the other had interna probems and we switched per vet and omg what a difference dog heaed in two weeks our other dog has been acting ike a puppy again and his hair has grown back amost overnight iams four stars down

  • Highereement67

    we had our dog on iams for 8 years , started to loose hair weak thought it was od age ti had amost no hair then we switched food to purina select and omg a his hair grew back in mth has so much energy i DO NOT RECOMEND IAMS

  • http://twitter.com/Olivia04572148 Olivia

    I have a Rottweiler and she used to eat this and she got really fat until we switched her over to pro pac dog food dry it is so much better for her

  • ForTheLoveOfMyPets

    his stools were large & solid because of all the ‘filler’ in this food

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  • Pugmom4

    I was feeding Taste of the Wild and it was too rich for my 2 year old  pug (who had some digestive tract issues). I have 4 cats and 2 pugs and needed to cut costs.  A friend recommended this and I was reluctant to try it – I have never fed grocery store food before – EVER.  I gave in and bought a bag and I am so glad I did - it has changed my opinion of Iams.  My 2 pugs LOVE it, and Sid has no problem digesting it – his poop is totally normal.  It may not be the finest food out there, but it works for us.  It is affordable, the pugs love it and it has worked very well for us.  

  • Shae

    We tried this for our boxer, who has food sensitivities more than food allergies. This just didn’t work for us. He lost interest after just a few days, starting eating grass and puking. Switching back to a grain free food by Nature’s Domain.

  • Lisa

    Thank you so much for your dedication to this research & making it public on this web-site! We really appreciate it, Mike!!!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Lisa… At 28% protein (31% dry matter basis), the puppy recipe in this product line food looks more like 3.5 stars. Hope this helps

  • Lisa H

    Hi! I love all the info on your site- so THANK YOU for that! QUESTION: your “Iams Healthy Naturals (Dry)” page states that this review covers “two appear to be for for adults, one for puppies and one for weight loss”. I specifically want to know how the PUPPY kibble rates.
    If you’re lumping them all together then why do you “lump them” under the 3 Star rating BUT then put the “Iams Healthy Naturals Weight Control (Dry)” under the 2 Star rating??? Totally confuses me & makes me REALLY wonder where the puppy kibble rates. I don’t really want to feed my puppy anything less thatn a 3 Star rating. PLEASE RESPOND ASAP- seriously looking at her feed options at this time. THANKS!!!

  • Tim

    I have a German Shorthair Pointer who weighs about 63lbs. I formerly used Canidae, then tried Diamond Natural. Both I beleive 4 star foods. Both left loose stools and was losing weight this spring. The Iams Natural Chicken has been the best for him, probably due to his high metabolism. His energy is good, and his droppings are larger and solid. So pick out the best food for your dog and dont assume the higher star one is better for him.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Meagan… Iams Simple and Natural is already on my To Do list. However, it’ll probably be a while longer before I get to it. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Meagan

    There are two new formulas:
    Iams Simple & Natural
    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Monosodium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Carrots, DL-Methionine, Dried Peas, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Spinach, Dried Tomatoes, Vitamins (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), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Brewers Dried Yeast, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.
    and Iams Sensitive Naturals
    Ocean Fish, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Ground Whole Grain Barley, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Digest, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride,Salt, Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Carrots, Dried Peas, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Spinach, Dried Tomatoes, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Vitamins (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), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

  • Michelle

    This formula is even better………Chicken fat(yay), and no Menadione…..still grain heavy,but at least this formula has Chicken, backed up by Chicken meal. Probably a 3*.
    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Monosodium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Carrots, DL-Methionine, Dried Peas, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Spinach, Dried Tomatoes, Vitamins (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), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Brewers Dried Yeast, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

  • Michelle

    While this isn’t the best ingredient list out there, it isn’t too awful. It does contain Animal fat, and fish digest and it is grain heavy….but at least there is no Menadione, which is definately a plus!! I have seen much worse ingredient lists, Ol’roy and Beneful come to mind……Ocean Fish, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Ground Whole Grain Barley, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Digest, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride,Salt, Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Carrots, Dried Peas, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Spinach, Dried Tomatoes, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Vitamins (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), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

  • Jonathan

    LOL… here are the main ingredients to this “no fillers” Iams…

    Ocean Fish, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Fish Meal, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Animal Fat… Protein 23% fat 18%…

    Man, Proctor & Gamble must have an extremely loose definition of what a “filler” is. I’m sick of all there marginal foods. If we weren’t wasting so much money and time on shipping the same crappy ingredients around the country, and companies used local ingredients and sold locally, crap like this wouldn’t exist. But I digress. Like our food supply is ever going to be changed by a handful of irritated people on the Internet…

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Kathy… The product line you’re referring to is called Iams Naturals. And it’s already on my To Do list. However, due to our current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before I get to it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Kathy

    Iams has a new type of dog food with no fillers or artificial colors, preservatives. They’re calling it holistic. Can you please review these?
    http://www.iams.com/dog-food/holistic-natural-dog-food.aspx

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  • Bob K

    Nicole – What other foods have you tried? How did you transition to the new foods? Which receipes? Chicken, Beef, Lamb etc…… You are paying a premium for Iams Healthy Naturals which is a 3 star food – There are 4 and 5 star foods available for the same or less money that provide better nutrition for your loved one aqnd more money in your pocket, a win for both your dog and you.

  • Nicole

    I really think it depends on your dog, too. We have tried MANY dog foods and all of them besides Iams Healthy Natural have given our dog exceptionally nasty “gas” problems! This is the first food he will eat without a problem and he no longer has the “smelly” problem. Heard so many negative stories about Iams, but it was what our dog needs for his “issue” and he likes it. I’m sticking with Iams Natural!

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  • Meagan

    I had contemplated switching my two dogs to this from the BB lamb and rice. But I didn’t like whats in the ingredients to much and thought it was not worth the $16 extra that is cost to drive to Petsmart (20 min away.) I am glad I found this website because I am now putting them on Diamond Naturals. Slowly. I guess at least this is still a 3* food.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Laine… Unfortunately, I cannot provide customized reviews and product comparisons for each reader. For more help, please check out my reviews (there are lots of good ones to choose from) and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Laine

    I’m just now throwing away a bag of Iams Healthy Naturals because its made both my dog and cat gain a lot of weight – yes, my cat sometimes doesn’t like his healthy food (Solid Gold) and so he actually goes for the dog bowl. Iams was my last minute alternative when I couldn’t get to the Pet Food Depot with the good food. I thought Iams was supposed to be good and now I know better. I just bought a bag of Wellness to replace it. He also likes Solid Gold Wee Bits. Both our dog and cat need to lose weight. Any advice?

  • Kate

    Mili – So sorry to hear about your dog. I don’t have much to offer, but I suggest asking around on the prodoggroomingsupplies.com forum. Lots of knowledgeable folk there, and if they can’t help you I bet you’ll at least get steered in the right direction (I’m a member there). Good luck!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Mili… I’m so sorry to hear about your Yorkie’s IMHA diagnosis. Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, I cannot provide specific health advice or product recommendations. You may wish to check our FAQ page and our reviews for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Mili Grant

    Sorry, I forgot to mention, she has always been on canned dog food. Dry food on occations for fiber.

  • Mili Grant

    Her prognosis is very guarded and could mean sudden death.

  • Mili Grant

    My little l0 pound Yorkie has developed Immune-Mediated Holystic Anemia. As I understand the bone marrow is attacking her own body. Her red blood cells are very low, her white blood cells are very high. She of course, is under the care of a vet. But how can I help to care for her at home. What kind of food, etc. She is my little soulmate…….I can’t lose her, please help. Sincerely.

  • Deanna

    I found Iams Healthy Naturals adult dog food @ Walmart. A 15.5 bag for 17.89.
    Hope you both can find it.

  • Shanna Heilveil

    Kay, I haven’t been able to find it either. At least, not without paying high shipping costs, which I won’t do.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Kay… I’m not sure what you mean. This review covers Iams Healthy Naturals product line.

  • kay spears

    What happened to the Iams healthy natural dog food? I cannot find it anywhere.

    kay

  • paula

    Whole Earth Farms Puppy Formula 8lb
    Whole Earth Farms dry kibble formulas were created as a truly holistic food at a value price, without compromising the quality of your beloved pet’s food. We take the best, healthy ingredients from the earth and mix them into a delicious, daily meal. With multiple protein sources, vitamins and minerals, Whole Earth Farms provides your dog with the best the earth has to offer. Protein rich buffalo, dried cranberries and blueberries, flavorful rosemary, sage and thyme are just a few of the nutritious ingredients you will find in our three, age-specific formulas. Your four legged friend deserves the very best when it comes to nutrition, and Whole Earth Farms is exactly that.

    is this food healthy?my pug loves it

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein (Not Less Than) 28.0%
    Crude Fat (Not Less Than) 17.0%
    Crude Fiber (Not More Than) 4.0%
    Moisture (Not More Than) 11.0%

    Calorie Content:
    3745 kcal/kg (calculated) – One pound provides 1700 kcal of metabolizable energy (calculated). One cup (100 grams) provides 377 calories (Caloric content calculated using Modified Atwater Method)

    Ingredients:
    Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Oat Meal, Pearled Barley, Ground Rice,Ground Millet, Ground Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E)
    Duck, Buffalo, White Fish, Natural Chicken Liver Flavor, Salmon Oil (a natural source of Omega-3, Docosahexaenoic Acid-DHA)*, Organic Alfalfa Sun-cured ground, Yeast Culture, Tomato Pomace Dried , Dried Egg,Organic Sunflower Seed Ground, Salt, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride,
    Choline Chloride, Lysine, Blueberry Dried, Cranberry Dried, Yucca Schidigera Extract,Inulin (from Chicory Root), Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Cinnamon, Marigold Dried, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus casei,Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex,
    Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement,
    Copper Amino Acid Complex, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Niacin, Lecithin, Riboflavin, Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride,
    Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.