This is my first visit to this web site and happened because I did a search on the recent Kidney Failures linked to IAMS pet foods. WOW!! I am reading a lot of information here but some of it is not adding up? First of all My wife and I breed Bichons and have been for 7 years now and my mother in law has been breeding Bichons for 12 years. I have read a lot of information ranging from food recalls to toxic food products used by Dog food companies. I see where a lot of folks here say that IAMS is not a good choice for feeding dogs.We have fed our breeders for 12 years with Iams adult and Puppy food and have never had any issues except excessive tarter on the teeth. Great puppy production and milk production as well. We Average 6 pups per litter with very good growth rates and no returns meaning we have never had a puppy develope any issues after the sale. No hip displasia, no organ failures or any other defects. One of our pups just won her first dog show here in Michigan. I just read that Iams has many violations with the food and drug administration 27 in Texas alone. Mostly cat foods but lower than advertised levals of vitamins in some of the dog foods as well. Since we have not had any problems and in fact have great results Im concerned about this issue. We have been recomending Iams to our Clients and have yet to have anyone complain. One of my clients just called me because of the news release about the 10 kidney failures due to the canned soft foods produced by another company but marketed by Iams and Ukanuba.This promted the search and I have arrived here. Im looking for some real answers to the food scares. Is there an independent study group of qualified people who have a list of top foods and why they are good? Kingfisher
I didn't see IAMS listed on the official list put out by the company whose products were recalled. I was alarmed too at initial suspicions, because I feed Luke IAMS Smart Puppy dry food. This is what my vet recommends. But, if I am correct, IAMS was not involved. ALso, the recall only affected wet foods, am I right?
All the recalled pet foods were wet packs and cans of the gravey stuff and yes IAMS and Ukanuba are on the list.I feed the dry stuff so Im not in danger of killing my dogs yet????? If Nutro is even a little better thats a start but Im looking furthur. I need to be sure about what goes into the mouths of my 4 Bichons. As a breeder I cant be settling for waste products and garbage in the dog food.I just woke up to the problem today and am slightly pi%%ed off. Do we need government controls on pet food producers??? My god whats next. I cant understand the mentality of an executive that orders crap put into the mix knowing it is bad for the animals that eat it. We are talking about dog food. It doesnt seem like it would be to hard to make some good dog food without sticking a bunch of crap in it.Man I want belt somebody in the kisser. At least we havnt had any trouble with our mothers or our stud. All our pups have been healthy and strong so Iams cant be that bad.Im goiung to spend some time educating myself on proper nutrition for my Little foo foo dogs. Ill tell you one thing Iams has not made my females have low birth rates. One of my females just had 9 puppies. Thats almost unheard of in a Bichon.Her milk production is good but we are supplementing the little ones with Esbilac. All are fat and healthy. We have been breeding for 7 years with no problems but just the thought of (maybe we could have done better on the food end) stings a little.Chalk it up to trusting the wrong sources.Kingfisher
We are in the process of switching from Iams Minichunks to Diamond Performance. Yes, I know Diamond had their own problems in the past. It was do to a naturally occuring fungus that effects corn, Aflotoxin. The farmer my husband works for had a problem with it a few years ago, and it took a while to get rid of it. I have done a lot of research into the ingredients, and since the scare they have really stepped it up. We did research on the ingredients first, then come to find out it it half the price of most foods! Bonus! We plan to use it in our breeding dogs as well as our working sled dogs.
Wanted to make this a separate post. I have heard if you buy Iams from Walmart, that it's formula is a bit different. I think they put more preservatives in it for a longer shelf life. It has been known to cause dry skin/coat and excessive itching. That is one of the many reasons we are switching.
Well, Ive been reading lot of reports from Nutritionists and Vets. There seems to be a lot more than we read on the packages. After some research I see that the agency that polices the animal foods is not run by the government. Even though I hate government control of things this one is not and should be. The item descriptions on ingredients written on a bag or container of dog food is labeled to protect the manufacturer not tell us what the content is. There are many places where big companies can and do fill in the bulk of many types of dog foods with some real worthless fillers. I have found that starting with the first ingredient and working down gives you a pretty good Idea of what is going in the mix. Any way Im not looking to start feeding Innova or Flint river or any of the other top of the line foods unless I cant find something in the middle. So my bottom line is Im looking for a food that is low in Purines because Bichons are prone to bladder stones like Dalmations. Cant feed beef and some of the high purine protein sources. Need chicken,fish,eggs, whole brown rice , turkey, ground bone meals and some real veggies in the mix. Im looking at several of the higher grade foods right now but am trying to find one with a lower price tag. Kingfisher
I feed my dogs Diamond. I know that people are scared of it because of the recall two years ago??? but I have tried other foods, and not only did they not like it, but their coats were more brittle or oily depending on the food and they REALLY smelled bad. I looked into several brands and found it at a local feed store. The guy who owns the store fed his mastiff nutro, and when I told him I wanted Diamond, he tried to talk me out of it. Then he tried it with his dog, and had the same results. Now, I am not saying that it is the best dog food in the world (I would like to go raw, but I don't have the freezer room), but if you are looking for an affordable dog food - it isn't bad.
So a fungus in corn caused the problem with Diamond foods, they thing wheat germ is the problem with the menu foods, seems like alot of problems are stemming from grains, how about putting your dogs on food with no grains?
I like you have used nothing but IAM's for years. As far as I can find out mostly the "wet" foods which I have never fed are the ones that are causing the problems. I have my puppy on Iams pupppy food now and he is almost out. I am trying to decide what to change him too if this isn't good.
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