Iams Woof Delights Dog Food earns the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Iams Woof Delights Happy Turkey Day Dinner
- Iams Woof Delights Turkey and Lamb Tango Dinner
- Iams Woof Delights Hearty Party of Chicken and Beef Stew
- Iams Woof Delights Chicken, Fish and Veggies Medley, Oh My
- Iams Woof Delights Bowl Lickin’ Chicken and Vegetables Medley
Iams Woof Delights Hearty Party of Chicken and Beef Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Iams Woof Delights Hearty Party of Chicken and Beef Stew
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, water, dried egg, beef, pea protein, modified tapioca starch, carrots, peas, tricalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, titanium dioxide, potassium chloride, sunflower oil, guar gum, caramel, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, biotin supplement, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), beta-carotene, folic acid), choline chloride, salt, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper glycine complex, manganese glycine complex, sodium selenite, potassium iodide), magnesium oxide, carrageenan, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), sodium nitrite (to promote color retention)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||50%||22%||20%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||40%||44%||16%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.
The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The fourth ingredient is dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The fifth ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The sixth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.
Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The seventh ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The eighth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The ninth ingredient is peas. 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.
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, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3′s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
Next, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
In addition, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring like caramel and titanium dioxide in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog.
After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?
Next, we also note the presence of sodium nitrite, a controversial color preservative. Sodium nitrite has been linked to the production of cancer-causing substances (known as nitrosamines) when meats are exposed to high cooking temperatures.
And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Iams Woof Delights Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Iams Woof Delights Dog Food looks like an above average wet product.
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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 50% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea protein and peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product still containing a notable amount of meat.
However, it’s unfortunate the company chose to include sodium nitrite in its recipes. Without this lower quality ingredient, we may have been compelled to award this line a higher rating.
Iams Woof Delights is a grain-free meat-based dog food using a notable amount of chicken or turkey as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
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
07/24/2013 Original review
07/24/2013 Last Update