Iams Dog Food

Iams Dog Food

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P&G Pet Care exists to enhance the health and well being of more dogs and cats. For over fifty years, Iams has supported a team of Pet Care professionals who handle consumer questions and concerns. This team, which includes pet nutrition experts and veterinary technicians, is thoroughly trained on our products, the science behind them and general pet nutrition.

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Dog food recipes are made with animal protein from chicken, beef, lamb and turkey. Recipes contain whole grains and are supplemented with antioxidants, prebiotics and fiber. Find formulas for dogs in all stages of life.

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Rated with 4 stars
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 8, 2022

I like Iams Proactive Health Pate with chicken and whole grain rice because our picky dog likes it. He generally will eat a whole can at a time. That is all I have to say now. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 5, 2021

Bought the mini chunks for my small dog. Mixed it in slowly with her old food, and within a week she had diarrhea, going out in the yard every hour and a half to two hours to have a loose runny bowel movement, and has vomited once, yellow bile. I will now be feeding her chicken and rice if she will eat. Hope this doesn't cause a vet visit, and more important, hope there isn't anything wrong with her now. I will never purchase this food again.

7 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 15, 2021

Like many other people here my dog experienced the same out of control diarrhea and lethargy. This product was recommended by the local vet, as they said that blue buffalo, which I had been feeding him was not very good. Well I tell you one thing he never had projectile diarrhea from blue buffalo. This crap is going in the trash, and I’m ** pissed that this is even marketed for dogs.

16 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: Feb. 20, 2021

I bought Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy Small & Toy Breed Dry Dog Food ONLY because they were out of his pure balance puppy food and he has been vomiting and diarrhea and lethargic. He has always been an energetic happy puppy but now he is too sick. He hasn’t been running around playing with his toys. I’m scared for my baby, I don’t like this.

12 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 9, 2021

Iams chicken minichunks in the green bag - DO NOT FEED THIS TO YOUR DOG. I have been feeding this to my dog for at least 6 months. Two weeks ago he started vomiting and having horrific, bloody, mucusy diarrhea. I took him to the emergency vet the next day. They did x-rays, blood tests, stool tests, and they saw nothing. They gave him an injection to rehydrate him. $1,000 dollars later we were sent home. They gave him antibiotics and recommended the "bland diet" of chicken and rice and he was all better.

We integrated the kibble back into his diet and at 4 am this morning I woke up to him panting and running around in circles which I (now) know means he is about to have diarrhea everywhere. Luckily I got him outside in time but he had violent diarrhea - so bad that he had blood dripping down his bottom. The same thing happened 3 hours later. Apparently, the blood is indicative of colon inflammation which is likely from food. I called the vet and they said to take him off the food immediately. My next stop is looking online for class action lawsuits or compensation. I cannot believe so many people have had the same miserable experience. I'm so glad my dog is ok, but this should not be on shelves. This food is going in the trash.

16 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Dec. 21, 2020

Charlie usually gets Pro Pac, but I was out and picked up a bag of Iams- the ingredients looked good. A couple of nights anything since then but biscuits ago he had to go out twice in the night and pooped once in the house, and had refused to eat anything since then but biscuits. I dumped out the Iams, got Pro Pac and he's gobbling it up. Looked on here and discovered Iams has some really bad reviews- some dogs have gotten seriously sick from it! I'm glad he was stubborn enough to refuse to eat it!

13 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 8, 2020

I have a 4 year old female White Swiss Shepherd that I thought I was going to lose just a few short weeks ago. I have had dogs my whole life.. I have always feed my dogs IAMS and never had any issues... until recently... it started a few months.. My dog has been eating IAMS Adult Minichunks Chicken Flavor for 4 years... a few months ago she became very ill and was throwing up and had severe diarrhea. This went on for over a week.. I started feeding her rice and chicken until she was back to normal. Then it started again.. I took her to the vet with stool samples, had ultrasound done, blood work ..The whole nine.. She did have some parasites in her stool at that time so the vet gave her some drugs, bland diet for another week and she was doing great.. Started her back on her IAMS food and within a couple days.. same thing again..

I was shampooing carpets 4/5 times a day for 2 weeks straight.. We went back to the vet.. Stool sample was now fine.. Bod work was fine again.. Weight was down 3 lbs.. Still couldn't figure out what was making her so ill. NEVER in a million years would I have thought that the food she has been eating for the past 4 years was NOW making her this ill.... I put her on a bland diet again (chicken and rice) for 2 weeks and she was back to normal again... I started adding her dog food (IAMS ADULT MINICHUNKS CHICKEN) back in at like clock work... diarrhea once again... I have thrown away almost an entire 20 lb bag of IAMS Minichunks Chicken because I fear this food will kill my baby girl if I continue feeding it to her!!!

I am making copies of the vet bills, food purchases and sending it all to IAMS along with heartfelt letter explaining how terrible it would have been if I lost my baby girl... I feel for those of you who have lost your fur babies to this dog food.. My heart goes out to you all.... PLEASE EVERYONE... if you are considering using IAMS DOG FOOD .... DON'T!!!! IT WILL KILL YOUR DOG!

20 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Sept. 19, 2020

We gave this dog food to our dog Rex for breakfast and dinner and in the middle of the night he had severe diarrhea on the stairs. Same thing happened last night. The only thing different is his food.

16 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 15, 2020

I decided to try IAMS with my dogs, because the price was lower than other brands I usually purchase, but was told the nutrients etc. were comparable. Never again. My 4 yr old dog has never had issues with other foods, this gave him terrible diarrhea. Came home to more poo on the basement floor, than I thought physically possible for one animal. I feel absolutely terrible that I thought switching would be a good idea, and this was the result. Clearly paying a little more is much more worth it.

20 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 15, 2020

We purchased Iams thinking it was a good brand. After the second meal my dog started shaking, panting excessively, vomiting and had diarrhea. We thought she'd just eaten something revolting on her walk. The following day we tested her stomach and gave her chicken and rice. She was fine. The day after that we fed her Iams again, and again she was shaking, panting and this time was passing fresh liquid blood in fairly large amounts. She was extremely distressed and in obvious abdominal pain.We have now changed her food to a cheaper brand she has had before and she is back to her normal bouncy self. I truly think if we had continued with Iams it would have killed our dog.

21 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Feb. 25, 2020

I have two small Yorkie mix dogs, and recently switched them to what I thought was a better grade of food. I put them on Iams Small Bites, and they both got very ill, with diarrhea and vomiting. It was a couple days before I realized it was their new food, I gave them chicken and rice to settle their stomachs and took them off of the Iams. This food is very dangerous for your pets. It should be recalled at the very least.

28 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 30, 2020

Absolute disgusting. I am so upset to read the other poor owners and their animals that have had to go through this ordeal too. My chihuahua has been on IAMS for his whole life 7 years AND when we opened the chicken and rice small bag the other day we found a Congealed piece of what it looked like food and infected food inside our dog's food. We use a container to keep the food fresh so after week of feeding my dog this three times a day we got down to this contaminated piece and now we've paid the price.

…****Six vets trips in total now since 16-01-2020. A very unwell pet, antibiotic injections three times now. Tons of hills id dog food. 2 lots of blood tests. Ultrasounds and xrays now on the cards because my beloved animal has been poisoned. I had no issue at all with Iams but now you've made us all super stressed anxious and upset for two weeks solid of my dog been unwell everyday.

Side effects:

Nausea
Sickness and DIARRHEA
Acting strange behaviour
Blood in stool

Chest on floor, bum in air, tail under bottom (painful and uncomfortable dog)

SO never again IAMS. Thanks for causing me and my family upset and our dog pain. Still today he has been up the vets again as they are giving him Anti sickness, antibiotics and specialised blood testing. Lucky for us money compares nothing to the love of our beloved family pet however I am absolutely disgusted to see others having this issue. How upsetting, heartbreaking and stressful. C. **

18 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: Jan. 25, 2020

We have had our dog on the large breed, ProActive Health (green bag) for 5 years with no problems. He is now 9, so we thought we would move to the senior/mature formula. We started this about two months ago. Immediately when we started to mix a little in with his current food, his stool started getting softer. We also got a new foster/adopt pupper at the same time, so we thought it may have had something to do with stress or just the additional treats he was getting. His stool got softer as we mixed in more of mature formula.

Once we had him fully transitioned after about a month of gradually increasing the new and decreasing the old, he had a couple of nights where he either woke us up to go outside, or if he couldn't wake us, pooped on the bathroom floor. It was very runny and sickly looking. After three nights of this, we immediately switched him back to his old formula. His stool improved right away, with no more late night accidents. We now have him back on the green bag IAMS, though after reading some of the reviews here, I think we may be changing that, too.

18 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 25, 2020

Have used IAMs for a year. Usually get small bites chicken or low fat. I have a German Shepherd and four little dogs. Two of my dogs gave bad stool. Smells bad too. It’s runny and just awful. My German Shepherd won’t eat it. I thought they got into something but couldn’t figure out what. Nothing was there to get. So I started researching and found I’m not the only person having this issue. I started giving my dogs rice with chicken broth to cleanse their little systems out. I am calling IAMs too. Looking for a new dog food. Don’t get this dog food.

26 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 23, 2020

Just like everyone else we brought home this food and the same 24 hr period my dog woke us up twice to go outside with diarrhea. Next night the same.... I decided to look and see if anyone else had the same problem with Iam’s and sure enough.... This food should be pulled from the shelves.

22 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 12, 2020

I opened a new bag of Iams mini chunks for my dog. There is something about the shape of the chunks that seems different. I am wondering if the formula/ingredients have changed. My dog became violently ill, vomiting the food mixed with heavy mucus and bile. I took her off the food and put her on rice. She started doing better. After a couple days, I started mixing the Iams back in and now she has terrible diarrhea. Is there a recall? I’m seeing similar posts here. I’ll be switching from the Iams.

43 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Nov. 21, 2019

I just started giving my dog Iams chicken (green bag) a few months ago. I noticed she was getting constipation/diarrhea. I thought she just had a sensitive stomach. It kept getting worse where I had to be standing outside with my dog for hours for her to have diarrhea and vomit. She lost lots of weight and being lethargic within a week and wouldn't drink any water. I started feeding her chicken and rice for about 5 days and she is already looking fuller and normal. So, Thanks for making my dog so sick. It was hard seeing her go through that... Also wtf are you putting in this food.

48 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Nov. 2, 2019

So this is my experience. I have two dogs one young Great Dane and a 7 year old pitbull. They both have ended up with severe diarrhea. Uncontrollable diarrhea. Not just one day of it but a whole week of shampooing carpets and cleaning out kennels along with unstoppable trips outside to use the bathroom. It has been a nightmare. At first I thought maybe a stomach flu caught them but nope. I ended up making a huge batch of chicken and rice to feed them for 4 days which made them back to normal. But when I gradually started mixing the dog food back in guess what.... Diarrhea has struck once again. Confirming it is in fact this dog food causing it. I am extremely upset with the fact that this is happening and seeing everyone else's reviews showing we are not the only ones experiencing this. We buy the green bag of Iams.

34 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 30, 2019

After our dog randomly kept throwing up and had diarrhea in the house after years of being house trained, we decided to look up reviews on the food we just switched to a couple weeks ago, Iams adult mini chunks chicken. At first it looked like great reviews until I scrolled down. A LOT of people from this year were saying that their dogs had the same problems just randomly and some dogs even passed away. We will be fasting our dog tomorrow and switching her back to normal food. We have a fresh bag we haven’t opened yet. Normally I would sell it or give it to someone who needs it, but I WILL NOT let another fur baby eat this food.

33 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 15, 2019

We've been feeding Iams mini chunks since our dogs turned 1. Never had any issues. All 4 of my dogs got sick, seemingly suddenly. The 3rd one to show signs of illness died within 24 hours of symptoms. Low calcium, acidic, low temp (cold to touch), no urine in bladder and kidney failure. The other 3 are vomiting bile, lethargy, and loss of appetite. We were told at the Vets, that it presents like ethylene glycol poisoning. Couldn't prove, no urine for a sample to test for calcium oxalate. Has anyone else had any similar situations??? We are devastated here. I feel helpless and hopeless.

27 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Aug. 7, 2019

I want to know what is going on with Iams dog food. I normally buy Pedigree or Rachel Ray for my dog. This day the store was out of both so I bought Iams chicken mini chunks. He ate it the next day and was fine. The next day he had diarrhea. I thought maybe he ate something else that made him sick (in the yard). Next day more diarrhea and he hadn’t been in the yard alone. Worried that something is wrong with the dog food. Put it in the trash and got Rachel Ray. Next day back to normal. Something is up. Look at the other reviews here for Iams with the same issues.

33 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Aug. 3, 2019

Our dog a Kasha a cockapoo, has been eating Iams chicken mini chunks for several years, we noticed a while back that Kasha started licking her paws all the time and drinking lots of water. Kasha would vomit after eating from time to time. We just thought she was eating to fast at times causing her to vomit. We noticed the color change of the dog food as well.

Over the last two weeks Kasha has been vomiting after eating and throughout the day. We took her to the vets and they did test and exam, gave Kasha a IV and a med to stop vomiting for 24 hours. We had to fast Kasha for 12 hours. Then we were told to feed her bland chicken and rice for first day and then if no vomiting start introducing her normal dog food gradually. So after Kasha being on bland diet she did not vomit again, seemed better. On the third day put only a few chunks of Iams dog food in her chicken and rice, after eating she started licking her paws, did not connect the licking to the dog food, so later that day increased Iams dog food to a 25% dog food and 75% chicken and rice. Kasha started drinking more water than normal and licking her paws. Next morning increased Iams mini chunks to a 50%/50% ratio. Right after Kasha eating within minutes 3 big piles of vomit!

The only change made since going to vets was the chicken and rice mix, which by itself Kasha was doing better, until reintroducing her Iams dog food. I suspected the Iams dog food then, but after coming here and reading comment after comment, I now know the Iams is what is making her so sick! This dog food should not be on the store shelves, so many horror stories of dogs being violently sick and dying! I am praying I stopped feeding Kasha this poison in time. As other posters have said the ADA needs to do something now before more dogs are sick and die! Our Kasha is not just a dog. She is our family, our four legged daughter, it breaks our hearts to see her sick! Kasha just turned 5 years old. Hopefully she will have a long life ahead of her.

My prayers and heart goes out to all whose dogs are sick or have died, this could have been avoided if Iams would be honest and take this poison they are selling as dog food off the shelves. We have spent so far $300.00 in vet bills, and Iams dog food big bag just bought is in the garbage, where it belongs! So if you are reading this please don't feed your dog Iams dog food. If you do you are putting your dogs health and life at risk!

20 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: Aug. 3, 2019

We have bought Iams dry dog food for several years. With this last bag of dog food both our German Shepherd and Pomapoo now have diarrhea. We know it's the food because we discontinued it for a few days and their stools returned to normal but upon returning them to Iams they have diarrhea again. Obviously there is something different or wrong with the product and we need to discontinue its use. We aren't the only ones complaining I see.

27 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: July 27, 2019

Our 15 yr. old Doberman has bad diarrhea after eating this dog food. Hopefully feeding him chicken and rice stops it and I will never feed IAMS to him ever again!! Don't know really what is in it... but whatever it is... isn't good! PLEASE DON'T FEED YOUR DOG ANY IAMS DOG FOOD OR YOU MAY LOSE THEM TO PROFUSE DIARRHEA!!

24 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
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Original review: July 7, 2019

Do not order this dog food, $1500 in vet bills. I have been ordering Iams puppy through Amazon for over a year. I received this order about 2 weeks ago and within a day my dog became ill. She continued to get worse, throwing up and becoming lethargic. I finally took her to the vet, she had 105-degree fever and was put on an IV. Since it was Saturday we were then sent to the emergency vet for an ultrasound but they found nothing. During the last week, she became stronger and by Friday she looked like she was doing well. I gave her Iams again and for the first time in a week, she felt well enough to eat it. Within a few hours, she vomited it all up and is not doing well again. This food looked different, a darker color than it usually is. I will never buy dog food through Amazon again.

22 people found this review helpful
Rated with 5 stars
Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 30, 2019

I have 3 Bull Mastiffs. About 2-3 months ago, my husband, bless his heart, switched their food to Pedigree. I wasn't a fan, but financially made sense at the time. One of our females started having grand mal seizures. A 110lb dog having a seizure is a scary thing. I attributed the seizures to topical flea treatment. I never, ever thought that the food could be the culprit. 2 nights ago, she had 4 seizures within an hour. Last night, right after she ate her Pedigree food, she had another. That is when it really started to make sense. The seizures started around the same time he switched them to Pedigree.

My male has had a skin issue (bumps, his face looks like a teenager, itching and scratching almost non stop). He is a brindle and they can be probe to skin issues and allergies. So, we didn't think much about the problems. Took him to the vet where he received a rather large injection of steroids and other medications. Surprisingly, our other female hasn't shown any effects, yet.

I immediately called my husband after the seizure last night and told him I was throwing out all of the Pedigree food and to pick up Iams large breed. I have fed Iams in the past to other pets and was always very pleased. I am happy to report, after just 2 feedings, no seizures. I swear, all three already look better. Their eyes look clear and they seem to have more of a bounce. I will never jeopardize my dogs again due to finances. There are other things in our life we can cut back on. If things had continued and if we had continued to feed that horrible food, I am certain we would have lost one of our girls. Who knows what would have happened to the other two. I know it is early to make a correlation between the food and seizures, but I can't help but be convinced. Thank you Iams.

19 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 1, 2019

I purchased Iams small breed dog food on May 25th 2019. By the second time I fed this dog food to my dachshund and my Corgi, my dachshund begin to show signs of distress. I was awakened by her vomiting and severe bloody diarrhea around 3:30 a.m. and by 9 a.m. that morning she was lying in her bed very lethargic. I carried her to the vet. She was dehydrated, severe diarrhea and vomiting. She spent the rest of that day and the next day getting IV fluids and medications. I was very lucky she did not die.

The next day my Corgi started showing the same signs as my dachshund. I started giving her medication prescribed by my vet. She has been very sick with the bloody diarrhea and vomiting. I write this post to warn other pet owners not to purchase Iams dog food. I don't know how this dog food is made but something is toxic to pets. I had to spend $587 in vet bills. I feel like the Iams company should reimburse me for that bill. Plus the purchase at the dog food.

30 people found this review helpful
Rated with 1 star
Verified Reviewer
Original review: May 12, 2019

I bought the green bag of IAMS because I heard it was so great for dogs. Couldn’t understand why for 3 weeks my dogs have had terrible diarrhea ... Nonstop for 3 solid weeks. Will never buy IAMS again. It’s the food causing the sickness. I am changing back to the “cheaper” food that kept my dogs poo firm. I want my money back for the huge bag of food I bought, and the money I spent on a brand new area rug because they couldn’t hold themselves from this garbage poison you claim is so amazing. Don’t buy IAMS.

37 people found this review helpful
Rated with 2 stars
Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 26, 2019

I started feeding my dog Iams Lamb and Rice only because I couldn't afford the regular brand of food I normally get. So I thought I picked the next best option. Within a week of feeding my GSD the food, his eyes became red and swollen and were discharging white pus. He was pacing. My lab was losing weight. Three weeks in and I'm calling the Doc about my GSD eye and some bleeding. Still I didn't put the two things together. Iams and potential problems.

Week four and I picked up a different brand of food. I cooked a home cooked diet also for my dogs. WHAT Happened? Eyes started getting better. Lab started putting weight back on. AHHA! Now it's making sense… I stopped completely. So, without the possiblity of being able to have the Iams food tested, I'm gonna assume that something bad was in the mix. And I won't be using that product again.

22 people found this review helpful
Rated with 5 stars
Verified Reviewer
Original review: April 17, 2019

I have had dogs for at least 40 years. I’ve always used Iams and have never had to see a vet for any reason but routine care. My dogs have always liked the flavor and I have never had to supplement it with any wet food. My local food store carries it and is very price competitive with dog food chains. I realize no grain food is popular, but I believe it is not the best choice.

20 people found this review helpful
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