Iams Veterinary Formulas Skin and Coat (Dry)

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Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Iams Veterinary Formulas Skin and Coat Plus Response dog food is not rated due to its intentional therapeutic design.

Notes and Updates

02/02/2010 Original review
09/07/2010 Review updated
12/04/2013 Last Update

  • Gale

    My English Springer Spaniel has chronic Staph infections which present as ‘pimples’ which burst and dry out. He has been on antiobiotics many times in the last two years. The antibiotic will usually clear the infection but it always comes back. We’ve switched to grain free food but it doesn’t seem to be helping. We use a special medicated shampoo – again no luck. Any suggestions????

  • Zeke

    My Shih Tzu lived 14.5 years eating this food. ;)

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  • Toxed2loss

    Hi Dostana,
    As you’re researching which grain free, potato free food (both of those contribute to skin issues) you might want to look at environmental triggers as well. Many things we’ve been taught to put on our dogs (and ourselves, which transfers to the dog) cause contact dermatitis – skin problems. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is a major player in detox. Toxins that are eaten are processed by the liver, & lymphatic system and much of it is expelled through the skin. Toxins are also absorbed through the skin. Symptoms of toxins being on or coming out of the skin include red irritated patches, pustules, blisters, black skin, or hyper-pigmentation, oozing, rashes, boils, lumps, calluses, dry, cracked scaly patches, hot spots, Etc.

    So number one, what kind of flea and tick control are you using? Commercial preparations are pesticides and pesticides are poisons. If you’re applying it to the skin, the poison absorbs through the skin and into the dogs blood stream, where it’s carried to every cell in his body. Those are facts, not scare tactics…. Though it is scary when you think about it that way. Luckily non-toxic flea control is available, cheap and effective.

    Remember, what ever you put on or in your dog also gets transferred to you and your family members (especially kids).

    Secondly, worm Meds. These are also classed as pesticides. They are ingested to poison the worms. They concomitantly poison your dog… Ths too can be the cause of skin problems,

    The next suspect is vaccines. Many vaccines, especially rabies, cause all kinds of adverse events which include skin reactions. My Rosie (in my avatar) has vaccinosis that includes ear discharge, swelling and yeasty smell. She got it from her first puppy shot… D/P. but, there’s a lot you can do to improve the health of your dog and turn their immune system around, so don’t panic! Lots of our regulars came here with dogs with health problems and they have some amazing looking animals. Check out the recent before and after pics of JohnandChristo on the Brother’s thread. ;-). Mike P’s Jubilee s amazing as well! So is Alexandra’s Dante!

    So now we’ve covered the basic 3 on your dog, next lets consider his environment… Pesticides are also common in his environment and effect him more, as he’s closer to the ground. Weed and feed product, vegetable and garden dust, even fertilizer… All poisons that harm your dogs immune system. Bug sprays and baits, continue to volatize toxins long after you’ve sprayed or placed them.

    Next most people are unaware that all fragrance contains pesticide… Or you’d be swarmed by bugs. Especially the biting, stinging kind. It doesn’t matter if the fragrance is cheap or expensive, a component of a cleaner or laundry product or the most expensive perfume. On average fragrances contain about 200 known toxic ingredients. They’re trade secrets so they can’t be monitored by any government agency.

    You’ll find dramatic health benefits in going fragrance free. While your at it, use only non-toxic cleaners. Not “green.” that could mean that they just use recycled plastic containers! With the same toxic concoction of nasty chemicals.

    If you are interested in safer alternatives, just ask. :-)

  • Dostana

    we went to a specialist vet for my dogs skin problems and she prescribed us this same formula. after seeing it was a an Iams brand i told her i wasnt comfotable feeding my dog ‘low grade foods’ and she looked at me like i was crazy. i asked her if there as any other limited food diet i can give my dog that wasnt commercial low grade food and she gave me an attitude and told me to do my own research and get my food from ‘wherever’ i usually get it!! after reading the ingredient list on the bag i saw it contained ‘animal fats’ with no mention of what animal. being on this site now i can see what i already knew, that this is a very low grade food. i most defiantly will not be feeding my dog this, and i will be looking for a high quality dog food with limited ingredients. i will also NEVER go to that vet again, she was a jerk.

  • Jonathan

    PJ, Simple solutions may work… there is also Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets… I have seen dogs do a 180 with their stomach problems after changing to NB with no transition! Of course, I recommend transitioning… that was meant only as a testament to how well I have seen the food work. And as Cathy mentioned above, too, Raw food would certainly be a limited ingredient diet. And concidering the tiny size of your pooch, even a commercial raw diet wouldn’t be that costly.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    PJ –
    For superior quality ingredients, high meat protein, low carbs – try feeding raw! It’s nature’s way.
    Real whole foods, uncooked, and minimally processed typically results in optimum health.
    Here are some raw foods available:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/raw-dog-food/
    Gastro problems generally disappear with raw feeding.

  • PJ

    I have a toy breed dog, 11 lbs, 10 years old. She has always had a sensitive stomach with gurgling, stomach upset, urping, spitting up & sometimes diahrea or constipation (which I treat with pumpkin). My vet put her on Iams FP about 2 years ago & she had the most beautiful coat & NO upset stomach. This food was recalled last summer so I have desperately been trying to find a better quality food with the same results as FP. The FP is back on the market, but it is crap so want to find a higher quality food that will not cause the stomach upset. I have tried Evo (way to rich for her & resulted in gastroenteritis), Wellness super 5 (lots of stomach upset) and now have her on Wellness Core. I changed over one kibble at a time and all went well. Now that she is eating just the Core she is starting to wake up in the morning with a gurgling upset stomach. She runs out and starts eating grass and shrubs & refuses to eat her breakfast (she has always been a good eater). I give her pepcid which helps, but I hate to try to change her over again to a different food. I like the idea of no grain (helps with her yeasty itchy ears) but have to find something that doesn’t bother her stomach. Does anyone out there have any similar experience & if so can you recommend another brand? I thought of trying Wellness Simple Solution, but it seems very high in carbs. Any thoughts? Thanks

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Judy… This review here presents the sum total of my opinion of this dog food. But please remember, our evaluations are always based upon apparent ingredient quality and estimated meat content only. And are “not intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific health benefit for your pet”. We’ll leave that up to you, your vet and the experiences of our readers as they’re reported in these comments. Sorry I can’t be more help.

  • judy fedorchuk

    i went to a dermatoligist yesterdasy with mu dog who has very bad bacteria infections in his ears and onhis feet she spent 2 hr with him bath, soak and medicine. he was suffering terrible. she changed his diet to iams food above mentioned for 30 days to see if the allergy is a food problem do you agree

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Sam,

    I have already prepared a list of all the better hypoallergenic dog foods currently in our database. However, there are many other dog foods yet to be analyzed. And we continue to add them gradually to our website. So, stay tuned as we get to the others.

  • SAM

    I would like to get a list of other dog foods available for dogs who have problems with allergies (skin and coat). Thanks.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Jason… Why not look through our list of 3, 4 and 5-star dog foods and find one that suits your needs (skin and coat?) and fits your budget. We plan to post a number of lists of recommended products for specific issues some time later this fall (2010). So stay in touch.

  • Jason

    What would you suggest instead?