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Review:

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As I mentioned in the cat food review of this food, they have a good marketing strategy here. There are big displays, with a doctor on the display, as if to tell you that since this person in a lab coat says it’s good, so should you. There are also fake vials showing how many great ingredients there are in it. And there should be, considering how expensive this food is.

But the problem is, it’s just loaded with cheap ingredients and ones that aren’t good for your pet. First, see that by-products are your top ingredient. That is never the mark of a good food, ever. Using beaks, heads and feet as your main ingredient won’t instill any confidence. It gets worse with corn being the top grain, despite how difficult it is for dogs to digest and the allergy problems many have. The only place it looks up is when they list barley as a good grain, and fish meal (which should have been a top ingredient). Other than that, it’s another underwhelming effort from Iams. They threw in brewers yeast as a final insult as well, which is an alcohol-making side-product bought in bulk by pet food companies as filler. Yummy.



What’s good about this food….

Fish meal is used, barley is included.

….and what’s not so good.

By-products are primary protein source, corn is prominent, brewers yeast used, sorghum is so-so grain.

Ingredients:

Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Fish Meal, Chicken, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement,Beta-Carotene, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fructooligosaccharides, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Flax Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Chicken Cartilage (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), DL-Methionine, Marigold, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.