Iams Naturals Dog Food (Dry)


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 recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Iams Healthy Naturals Weight Management with Chicken [U]
  • Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken and Barley Adult (4 stars) [U]
  • Iams Healthy Naturals with Lamb and Rice Adult (3.5 stars) [U]
  • Iams Sensitive Naturals Ocean Fish and Rice Adult (2.5 stars) [U]

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 Adult

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), 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 indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis22%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%13%54%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%29%49%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 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 is fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

The seventh ingredient includes 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 four notable exceptions

First, we find 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.

Next, 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.

In addition, 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 named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.


Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

03/19/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Susan

    Hi Virgina,
    if she is doing better on the Iams Natural dog food then it sounds like your girl might have food sensitivities & is sensitive to something in the other kibbles she has been eating in the past, have a look at the ingredients she has been eating & see is there a few common ingredients in the kibbles she has been eating when she has been real itchy?? she may do better eating the Iams cause 1 its higher in Omega 3 fatty acids & she does well on Chicken, Sorghum, Barley & egg as these are the ingredients in the Iams Naturals dog food, look for another brand that has these ingredients & see how she goes also look for a kibble that has Salmon instead of the chicken as main meat protein, the Salmon will be higher in Omega 3 fatty acids & is really good for dog with skin problems or start adding 1 fish capsule to 1 of her meals a day , Baths, start bathing & wash her paws & body weekly, I have found “Malaseb” Mediated shampoo works really well for my boy itchy skin & paws the Malaseb washes off any allergens on the skin & paws & relieves his itchy skin, paws & makes him feel silky & soft, he stops itching after his Malaseb baths…
    Have a look at “Hills Science Diet” Sensitive Stomach & Skin Small &Toy Breed Adult formula, it has similar ingredients to the Iams Natural kibble & is high in Vitamin E & Omega 3 fatty acids for the skin, sometimes the dog needs more omega 3 fatty acids in their diet & their skin starts to improve.. ..

  • Virginia Turner

    Haven’t noticed any odor, yeast didn’t occur to me, or her vet!

  • ZeekandT

    Does she smell like “frito chips”? Mainly at her ears and feet? If so it could be a yeast problem. I’ve seen a lot of dogs improve with a low carb diet, usually all wet food or freeze dried.

  • anon101

    If her symptoms have been going on for 1 year/4 seasons without significant relief despite treatment by your regular vet, I would consult a board certified veterinary dermatologist for testing/diagnosis/treatment.
    Her symptoms may have nothing to do with her diet.
    See my posts example https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/allergies-and-yeast/#post-105116

  • Virginia Turner

    I bought a bag of this, the chicken and barley, because the store was discontinuing it and it was half price. Been feeding different brands of grain-free because I have a mini-schnauzer that licks and scratches a lot, nothing seemed to work. I think she did much less of it while on this dog food.

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m sorry to hear about your dog. I’ll take that into consideration. Thank you.

  • Krissy Wejrowski

    Though Lepto vaccines can be good, I refuse to give those to any dog I currently have or will have in the future. My shepherd/lab (had just turned 12) was euthanized 2 days after his birthday because of kidney failure. In discussing this with his vet, we determined that the acute kidney injury happened when he got his first Lepto vaccine. His leg tripled in size because it caused a fatty tumor he had to essentially explode in hours. I researched the vaccine more after his death (mainly because I was getting alerts that my puppy should get the vaccine) and it can cause kidney injury or failure in dogs. We lost an amazing dog because of that vaccine. I was heartbroken that we may have contributed to his death. Just please do your research before deciding that’s what you want.

  • InkedMarie

    LOL it’s a joke with us that the AC is on “for Boone”!

  • anon101

    The pollen count (for her specific allergens) is high right now. The veterinary dermatologist told me these dogs do best with air conditioning, so I have it on more than I normally would.
    She’s been stable for quite a while, but I want to avoid flare ups.

  • InkedMarie

    I suspect he does. He used to have recurrent ear infections and was a really bad paw licker; for years he caused no damage but the last few times, he caused a sore spot. Putting him on raw did the trick except for one ear infection last year that we attributed to the humidity. I’ve been checking his ears as thats our weather lately. Yours too, I think.

    My vet wasnt our vet when h had the ear issues, not sure he’d do it. No flying under the radar now unless I lie to town hall & say he died but our neighbor works there!

  • anon101

    Doesn’t Boone have allergies? You may be able to find a sympathetic vet that willi sign a waiver.
    As vaccinations may exacerbate allergies although not all vets agree.
    You can ask your vet to give a shot of prednisone prior to the rabies vaccine which will block an acute reaction.
    Or and prn benadryl.
    Again it depends on the vet if this would be indicated for your dog. Most will tell you it is not necessary.

    The only other option would be to fly under the radar, high risk and not recommended.

  • InkedMarie

    Boone is 11.5 and I really wish rabies titers were recognized in NH. I hate the thought of vaccinating him at his age.

  • InkedMarie

    Sorry, thats what I get for typing very early! I think there os a rabies titer but as far as I know, no state accepts them.

  • anon101

    They titer for rabies, however vets tend to discourage it. It is expensive, and will not be accepted in lieu of a rabies shot as required by law.
    Some states will accept a medical waiver signed by the vet for rabies, however most vets are reluctant to sign them unless the dog has one foot in the grave.

  • Pitlove

    Really? I would assume they could titer for rabies. I’m starting another externship next month. The clinic has one vet that is a western vet and another rents space from her and is more eastern/ integrative. Not really intending on working with her but I will ask her about the rabies titer since I’m curious.

  • InkedMarie

    They titer for parvo & distemper. Never been offered any others but we havent done lyme or lepto vaccs in years. There is no recognized titer for rabies, far as I know.

  • Pitlove

    Yes, thats why I’m considering it. It was a really interesting article I read. Kinda scary.

    We have never boarded any of the dogs or cat, but yes we would do kennel cough if we did.

  • Pitlove

    Happy Birthday Ginger!

    Wow so Boone has had antibodies for 10 years? Geez. And Ginger for 6. Which antibodies does the titer test for? Can you pick and choose?

  • InkedMarie

    Boone: born 1/24/06.
    Last vaccine 5/11/07
    Titers done 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017

    Ginger: born 7/19/2010 (she is 7 today!!)
    Last vaccine 11/9/2011
    Titers done 2011, 2015

  • Crazy4cats

    I am seriously considering taking my two in for Lepto shots as well. We now have raccoons in our area. A dog around the corner got sick and his owner said it was most likely something due to them being around raccoon urine but couldn’t remember the name of the illness. I’m guessing it was Lepto. The dog was very old and ended up being put down. Our vet said there have been a lot less bad reactions from the vaccine since it has become a shot on its own. It’s not in a combo shot any longer.

    They do get the kennel cough vaccines if they are going to be boarded. It is mandatory at most kennels.

  • InkedMarie

    It’s 5am….I’m hooked up to my heating pad for my back LOL & can’t get to my notebook. I’ll respond this afternoon after work. I dont do lepto or kennel cough; titer only for parvo & distemper.

  • Pitlove

    Interesting. So for Boone and Ginger when did they get their last vaccines before you started titering? The clinic I go to and did my externship at offers a 3 yr rabies and 3 yr parvo/distempter vaccine, so that is what our dogs get. We don’t vaccinate Bentley for lepto or kennel cough. We did kennel cough for Max, but not lepto. I am considering doing lepto for both after reading an article in my vet tech newsletter I get stating that lepto is becoming an epidemic and is no longer isolated to dogs who frequent areas with stagnant water etc.

  • InkedMarie

    I have only titered my current three.

    Boone is 11.5, had too many vaccinations, IMO.
    Ginger is 7 and also had too many IMO

    Both get titers done once a year and neither has needed to be re-vaccinate. Boone was close on one but th vet (not holistic, since I had to re-join the workforce a year ago, my schedule doesn;t allow it) feels he is still protected due to what we do with our dogs, which is, honestly, not much. We don’t show, do sports etc.

    O’Malley had vaccs at the breeder & two more boosters. He has been titered once and is due again in, I think, October. So far he has not needed to be re-vacc’d.

  • Pitlove

    We have had a few cases of adult parvo in my state. I don’t know the overall statistics, but it seems that with my luck my dogs would be one of those cases. When you do the titers, how often are you doing them and how often have you found you needed to revaccinate if at all?

  • InkedMarie

    Some “breeder” she is. I do two rounds of vaccs (well, breeder does the first, technically) then titer.

  • Pitlove


    I can’t even begin to explain how angry I was at this lady. I’ve gotten used to the heartache that comes with this profession but that actually made me cry. She was a GSD “breeder” and culled a puppy that had parvo instead of treating it. I was disgusted. Then she wanted the dogs body to bury. When I brought the box to her outside she had the coldest look on her face. Couldn’t have cared less.

    It’s things like this that we see in this field that drives veterinary professionals to push vaccines. Not money and not greed.

  • InkedMarie


    How does someone look at their puppy and not want to treat it? That makes y heart hurt

  • aimee

    Your comment stuck me as interesting.. it’s one I’ve heard before but I started thinking about it. You said “a healthy pet does not make a vet any money. More times than not, they
    will recommend a food, mostly dry, that can cause a plethora of medical
    issues……That’s what makes a vet their money!!”,

    If I understand you, you are saying veterinarians are driven to making money and that that drive is so strong that they will make recommendations to the detriment of your pet to do so.

    That just doesn’t make sense to me. If making money was important to someone I don’t see that that person would ever choose to be a veterinarian in the first place. The field requires extensive years of education only to graduate with extremely high debt to make a salary much lower than other medical fields.

  • Pitlove

    Hi PattyCake-

    I am currently studying to become a registered vet tech which requires me to do several externships at different vet clinics. After completing one for this semester and only being there for a little over a month, I saw 3 cases of parvo. One of which ended in a beautiful otherwise healthy German Shepherd puppy being euthanized because the owner did not want to pay to treat it.

    Until you have watched a dog suffer with parvo, lepto or distemper or had to be the one that hands a client their euthanized puppy in a box, please do not encourage anyone not to vaccinate their animals.

    Google is wonderful, but do not forgot…Anyone is allowed to post their opinion without fact checking. Just like we are told in college, use creditable sources. That does not include “joe shmo” with a blog.

  • PattyCake

    Btw, getting good check ups now doesn’t guarantee good check ups later. And don’t even get me started on vaccines!! Google that, too!!

  • PattyCake

    Just remember one thing before you feed anything to your dog or cat: a healthy pet does not make a vet any money. More times than not, they will recommend a food, mostly dry, that can cause a plethora of medical issues, including but not limited to, urinary crystals, digestive issues, dehydration, cancer, etc. That’s what makes a vet their money!! With Google at your fingertips, there is NO excuse to feed your pet a lousy or expensive food. There are plenty 4 and 5 * foods available. Healthy grain-free foods! Don’t fall victim to false claims because it’s your beloved pet that will pay the ultimate price.

  • Veronika

    I still at the end of the day prefer freeze dried foods, good kibbles and home made.
    Dogs are virtually the same as us with like drugs, cigs and stuff some live to ripe old ages doing that stuff while others die much sooner, same deal.

    I’m eating healthier and feeling better, under the effects of Lyrica however I binge cheezels and cheese in a glass jar haha, I can’t help it my body wants it so bad with that medication.
    Thanks to my body never gaining weight this isn’t a bad thing for me, I actually have noticed despite my binges and eating good fat foods meant to gain weight I seem to be loosing it instead, doctor says muscle wasting maybe.

  • Debbie Wells Owens

    I had my last 4 dogs live to old age of 14 for 2 and 17 for 2..they ate Pedigree every day of their life.I think we worry more about the food now then proper weight and exercise.I try to not feed junk food anymore but can’t forget that Pedigree took my dogs to very old age.

  • theBCnut

    I feed half the highest quality kibbles I can find and half raw foods. For kibbles, I use Nature’s Logic, Brother’s Complete, Canine Caviar, and a number of others.

  • Brynn Wilson

    What do you feed them now instead?

  • Michael Harker

    My beagle loves this food and gets great check ups……

  • mahoraner niall

    finally a food that people who have low money or on a budget and care about what they feed their dog. Not to mention that you can get this at walmart.

    Although i personally would not feed this, but if i didn’t have enough money for wellness, this or diamond naturals would be my go to food.

  • John Hennebry

    look at chewy.com price discounted from 78.59 to 55.00 dollars for ultra pro 42.. I trying victordogfood,com

  • Rachel Manente

    I started my one-year old Border mix on the Sensitive Naturals Whitefish and Rice about a month ago. A couple weeks ago she started eating her own stool, which is a completely new habit for her. Is there any chance this is related to the food?

  • theBCnut

    Life expectancy is based on the average age that members of a certain group attain before they die of any cause, so dogs that live to old age should exceed life expectancy. If they die earlier than that, we should be looking for the cause. Recently, I had a 13 year old German Shepherd die suddenly. She was completely healthy one minute and dead the next. The life expectancy of GSDs is 9-12 years, but she didn’t die of old age, she had an aneurism, which could have happened at any age. My current old lady is a JRT, she has a life expectancy of 12-16 years. Her sister died at 9 years old due to bad teeth that caused a blood infection that settled in her kidneys. My girl is starting to show a little age, but I hope she lives to 20.

  • Crazy4dogs

    My dogs live several years past their life expectancy. My large breeds have been in the 14.5-15 year age range and I know several medium-large dogs in their upper teens. While some might be due to genetics, excellent food and care are also a factor.

  • Jj90009

    Ok well my dogs life expectancy is 12-15 years so if she died tomorrow I would say old age. But everyone is different. I think 14 is old for a dog, not many I have known to live that long.

  • theBCnut

    It may have been bad luck, Lord knows I have had my share, but considering how many dogs I had in that period of time, that would have been extraordinary bad luck. I have a 14 year old dog right now, and if she died tomorrow, it wouldn’t be from old age. So maybe we define what dying from old age means differently.

  • Jj90009

    Well we have had many dogs die of old age… We have a 13 year old dog right now who is growing strong. So sounds like bad luck Bcnut

  • Doxie Mom

    Hi Susan,
    That makes alot of sense. I just compared those numbers in the Verus verses the Iams. They are pretty close. I can rotate my dogs when I give them foods that are comparable in ingredients and dog food advisor rating. My dogs have no problem. The Verus I thought was better quality and better ingredients but still comparable. Oh, well, at least I know that he does good on any Iams food. I can give him the lower quality with the corn in it or the Naturals or the grain free. He does the same on them all. Go figure:)

  • Susan

    When u try a new kibble try & stick with a kibble that has the same amount as fat % protein % & fiber % as the one Tiger does good on, Always look at the %… I found this makes a big difference in the poo department, Patch is a English Staffy that I rescued & I have never had a dog with soooooo many health problems, vet said he has IBD, so I have to watch what he eats, no high fat foods or high protein or high fiber kibbles or he gets diarrhea or vomiting…

  • Doxie Mom

    Tiger is a pit bull mix. Ive never had a dog with such a sensitive stomach. Bye the way, Bob K, I did transition for about a week ti the Verus. When it was mixed in he was fine but after one day in the Verus alone, he got very sick. He was even throwing up anything he ate and it was undigested. It took almost a week to get him back to normal. I think he must have an allergy that I so far cant figure out. Verus is chicken and oats and brown rice.I thought I was a good economical choice for him. At least the ingredients are mot sourced from china. I was going to try the Fromm Classics next.

  • Susan

    Sounds like my boy, he only does real well on the Eukanuba Intestinal, I’ve tried other kibbles but we always end up back on the Eukanuba, so now I just add little things to his kibble, like Salmon or tuna in spring water drained not much, sometimes half a boiled egg, banana, he loves a little bit of banana of a morning, I have it on my breakfast cereal & I give him some on his kibble, this way he still having different foods but always with his Eukanuba so he doesnt have diarrhea, by the way what breed is Tiger..

  • theBCnut

    The result absolutely depends on the dog. I have one dog that I truly believe could get away with eating about anything, not that I would let him, and I have one dog that needs low carb but also higher fiber. Then there’s my dog that has food reaction issues, he doesn’t tolerate many carbs or any of the foods he reacts to. Some dogs can’t handle legumes in their food, some have trouble adjusting to different foods, they are all different and have some different needs. And we are all looking for something different when we feed our dogs too.

  • Bob K

    Doxie Mom – Transition slowly to a new kibble. A 3 star is ok if that is all you can afford. You might want to check out Costco, Menards, Fleet Farm, Farm and Fleet.

  • Mia

    I think the dog food “result” depends on the dog. My dog is also perfectly healthy on this food and I got it for half the price on “big” dog food brands. I tried Nutro, Purina, and other companies including Simply Nourish (I recommend this food because it has ALMOST the same ingredients as Iams Healthy Naturals) and I hopefully my sister will feed Iams Naturals or another healthy company to her new puppy.

  • Doxie Mom

    My boyfriends very sensitive dog does well on this food. I dont feed it to my dogs, but we have tried alot of foods for Tiger and this is so far the best. I keep trying to find something better quality but he gets diarea very bad from better foods. Ill try again later but right now this will do. he seems to like it alot and has hard stools. (We tried Verus last and it wasnt pretty, diarea & throwing up for days.) My boyfriend is working with a budget also.

  • theBCnut

    I have 3. I rotate a variety of foods including “natural” kibbles, raw foods, and super foods. I don’t believe any food is perfect, all have too much or too little of something, so I feed as great a variety as possible. I also feed high protein, moderate fat because I think that’s how dogs were meant to eat.

  • LabsRawesome

    No problem. Hopefully they carry Victor. The price can’t be beat, for the quality. Here’s a pic of my Dachshund his shine shows up the best, because of his color.

    If you click the pic it will enlarge.

  • Jon Rod

    I haven’t looked in to those actually. I will tonight for sure. I was a little curious on those prices until I saw the expiration dates were still a ways out. I’ve got a local feed shop a mile from my house I’ll have to go in and check it out. Thanks for the info!

  • LabsRawesome

    Have you ever looked at Victor dog food? The grain free is rated 5 stars on this site. If you have a local distributor it’s pretty cheap. I pay $38.99 for 30lbs of grain free Ultra pro42. It lasts me about a month. I have 3 dogs. The grain inclusive recipes are even cheaper. Here’s their site, if you want to check them out. victordogfood.com Also, I’ve recently found Nutro Natural Choice Ultra GF at Big Lots, with drastically reduced prices. They had 12lb bags for $12, and 22lb bags for $22. They also had Nutro LBP for $12 for 15lbs. The bags I got had an expiration date of March 2015.

  • Jon Rod

    So what do you feed your pup now?

  • Jon Rod

    So in essence, like most of us medium – large breed dog owners we easily can go through a 15lb bag in a week alone. Especially for those who have 2 or more dogs. So withiut buying a premium 15lb bag of dog food a week you can save up to $60 a month just on dog food. It all depends on how a person looks at it I suppose.

  • Jon Rod

    I was buying Blue Buffalo for awhile 15lb bag for $35.99 @$2.39 per lb. Then realized spending almost $1 less a lb was more beneficial for my wallet. 🙂

  • Jon Rod

    So about $1.44 per lb. I also look more at price per pound than the bag cost itself.

  • Jon Rod

    12.5lbs Chicken and Barley recipe @ $18 a bag.

  • theBCnut

    I fed Iams for many years, 14 actually, but one day I finally realized that I hadn’t had a single dog in all that time die of old age, cancer, kidney failure, and any number of other things, but never age. Since I quit feeding it, I won’t say that I haven’t had dogs die of cancer and other things, but I’ve had 3 die of old age.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Jon, how much do you pay for Iams? What size bag?

  • Jon Rod

    Let’s be honest here. If most of you posting have pure bred dogs I’m sure you want to give your pup the “highest quality” dog food out there. If you can afford an expensive dog you can afford expensive food right? I rescued my dog from a local shelter when he was a pup and spent loads of money on “top of the line” foods for him. Then one day I switched him to this dog food and he did just as well as the premium brands out there. The best part is I’ve spent half the price keeping him fed and he’s a perfectly healthy dog. Not to mention most vets will tell you Iams is an acceptable dog food.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m familiar with firm up and it does get good reviews. It is nice as you have a longer shelf life. I have 2 labs & 2 fosters, so we go through a can of pumpkin in a very short time. I do use it daily. I always remove the pumkin from the can immediately and put it in a storage container. I give it a stir every time I use it and don’t have any issues with runny or gloppy. Did I mention I have LABS? There is no food waste in this house and there is no food I’ve offered that’s been turned down. LOL! However, the Science Diet dental treats @ the vet’s office is a no thank you! Fortunately he also offers dehydrated liver treats.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Great! I’ve been using it for about 2.5 months now….so far, no anal gland issues!

  • Betsy Greer

    I ordered some also, Jan. So far so good!

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I love a product called Firm Up. It’s dehydrated or freeze dried pumpkin with apple pectin. It’s made and sourced in the USA. I use it daily for my Cavaliers for added fiber instead of canned pumpkin, which I don’t really like because it gets gloppy and runny in the fridge. Also goes bad before I use a whole can and the dogs don’t really like the texture added to their food, even with canned food. With the Firm Up all I do is add 1 tsp. to their morning and evening meals, and it doesn’t have to be refrigerated. The dogs love it and eat their food all gone. And no, I don’t work for the company that makes it. I just found it by accident and ordered some. Will never be without it now.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Fruitables are good, but I just use plain canned pumpkin, which is a less expensive option and always works for my rescue and my own dogs.

  • Crazy4dogs

    so_many_need_saving is right about the fats sprayed on to make the bad foods taste good. They also often add sugar, although I’m not sure if this formula does, which adds a taste appeal to dogs. This food boasts that meat is the first ingredient, but it is followed by sorghum and barley. Meat is 80% water, so the sorghum and barley are the real first ingredients. The carrots, spinach and peas come after the salt and some of the vitamin pack, so you know it’s only a trace. I hate when companies put photos on the bag of ingredients you think are in abundance when they’re not. It’s such false advertising. If they put photos of the carrots, eggs (they actually are using dried egg product, not fresh eggs like the photo), spinach and peas, they should have photos of the salt and powdered vitamin pack. If you calculate the cost per pound, you are paying a fairly high price for only mediocre ingredients.

    I foster dogs that come in from rural kill shelters that are very often seriously underweight. When your dog got more energy, it’s because of the added calorie intake. Many of my rescues are very quiet when they come in but after a diet of good food on a regular basis, they all are bursting with energy. Their coats become soft, shiny and glossy from the healthy food. Merrick is a good brand, but every dog is different and she just might not like it. There are a lot of dog foods out there and many stores have samples to try. That way you can find one she really likes that has a good rating. If there aren’t samples you could buy a small bag and see if it works for her. Almost every dog food offers a money back guarantee and almost all pet stores will honor that. If the dog doesn’t like it, bring it back and try something else. There are so many good foods out there to choose from and a lot are very budget friendly in addition to being rated highly. This site offers you a lot of that information.

    I always add canned/tub wet food to my kibble and add some water as well. Dogs always need more water when on a kibble diet. Good luck in your search and please keep looking for a healthier option!

  • so_many_need_saving

    I also use the fruitables pumpkin supplement to help transition dogs from food to food to reduce stomach issues. It’s canned and you want to make sure you get the digestive aid formula, not the weight loss formula. You just mix a spoonful with the old food and new food when you start switching them over until you’re 100% on the new food.

  • so_many_need_saving

    Also, she might be full of energy on the Iams because she is eating more and getting more calories, which will cause her to have more energy.

  • so_many_need_saving

    So I just typed a vary long response and it disappeared 🙁

    Here’s the short version:

    I don’t work for any of the mentioned companies, but Iams is a less than ideal food. Crappier foods tend to spray fats or some-not-so-great things on the outside of their foods so that is is tasty to the dog, even if it has little nutritional value. It is great that you want to make sure your dog gets the best.

    As someone who has fostered hundreds of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats and who frequently fosters animals for the local pound, Wellness has always worked wonders for me. I have never had an animal turn it down.

    It’s highly rated on this site, go check the reviews (especially the toy and small breed lines and the CORE line).

    It’s also easy to get as you can get it at Petco and Petsmart and many higher grade foods can be harder to find. It’s currently 15% off at Petsmart online now with free shipping (or go to a Petsmart as they match their online pricing).

    I can’t say enough about how great it is and how much improvement I see in my fosters in only a few days.

    I believe they also give you a full refund if your animal doesn’t like the food and you send it back. I’ve never had to do this, but there are details on their website if you want to check it out.

    Don’t despair, there are tons of great dog foods out there, I guarantee there is one that your dog will like and you will love how good it is for him!

    If you think it might be a digestive issue with your dog, try Wellness Simple…I have recommended it to lots of doggies with tummy troubles and it has worked wonders. I actually ran into a guy at Petsmart a month ago who I had recommended it to when he was complaining to the Petsmart employee that he’d tried a bunch of foods and his bulldog kept having issues. He was back to buy some more and told me his bulldog had never been better!

    Good luck and keep searching. A few more bucks on food will save you lots of vet bills in the future!

  • Crazy4cats

    Well, this food is rated three stars, so it is an average food. But, it sounds like it is a five star food for your dog right now. It is probably tons better than whatever he’s been eating for the last few years. Just think of it as a transitional food. Maybe you could eventually start adding some toppers to it to make it more healthy. Can you add some canned food or eggs and/or sardines to it? In time, maybe you could start rotating to a four star dry food. You have done an awesome thing by rescuing this dog. Good luck!

  • StacyA

    I need some help/opinions: I rescued a shelter dog about a year ago. She’d been malnourished her previous two years of her life (she was homeless). I wanted to give her the absolute best possible food, and received numerous recommendations for Merrick. After months of trying to get her to eat it, she just won’t – no matter what mixtures of canned food, fresh chicken, etc., I could add – nothing worked, she would barely eat enough to get by and was pretty lethargic most of the time (and yes, I took her to the vet and they said she’s perfectly healthy).

    So my parents gave me some of Iams Healthy Naturals (just as an experiment) and she gobbled it right up. She’s been on it about a week and she is SO full of energy, I’ve never seen her happier. Now of course I’m very torn by this because you all keep saying Iams is crap – what do I do? It seems to make her happy and I’m REALLY conflicted because there are healthier options.


  • MJfromGA

    I bought a bag of Iams Healthy Naturals for my soy allergic dog when Wal Mart didn’t have Pure Balance in stock. For the ingredient list, it’s too expensive first of all. Secondly, it’s really NOT that great of a food in general. The second and third ingredients are grain based. I do not buy grain free food for my dog most of the time as it’s overly costly and his allergy is to soy but still.

    He ate the food fine and did fine on it… but I’m glad I can stick to Pure Balance now. This food is sub par to it in all ways.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Pea salad, yum!

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

  • 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.


  • 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.

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


  • 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…. 

  • Did you read the articles:



    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

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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?

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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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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)

    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.