Iams, good or bad for a Springer Spaniel?

by Annie
(Tunbridge Wells, UK)

After reading so many bad reviews online about iams I thought I would ask on here if anyone feels the same way about it? I'm feeding my springer on it at the moment but if it is as bad as they make it out to be I will switch.

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi there
I am not a fan of IAMS, I would go for one of these three foods for your springer

Arden Grange My absolute Favorite UK brand, George and Fidget love it. This really is a complete food
without compromise. They use premium ingredients and no additives so your Springers are getting the very best. With added Glucosamine your springers
joints are being protected everytime they have their dinner and you are not having to struggle to get them to take tablets.

Burns Pet Food Another Great British Brand of Dog food. Additive Free and Developed by vets, you are sure to be
giving your springers a great diet with this food.

James Wellbeloved A natural hypollergenic brand of food that will give your springer all that he needs.

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Oct 12, 2011
iams food
by: Anonymous

well im surprised about iams as my cats love it i have iams for my springer but since reading this i will be changing to something else the bag is almost finish should i mix the iams and new food together just to get her use to the new food.

Sep 03, 2011
No Fan of IAMS
by: Bea Pratl

We adopted Casey, our 6-year-old ESS, FEb 12, 2011. He's not perfect, but he is the perfect dog for us!

His foster family was feeding him IAMS (because that's what they fed their Springer. They had him for about 2.5 months. We picked him up on a Saturday (and had a4 or 5 hour ride home). He was fussing a little by scratching on his cheeks. By the time we got home (despite my best efforts to distract him) he had scratched himself raw on both cheeks. We were beside ourselves. We stopped at a Petco (15 minutes before closing) & bought a bunch of "itchy stuff" and thankfully a head cone.

We took him to the vet -- got a steroid shot -- didn't work. Tried some other meds -- didn't work. A friend of ours suggested we try a dietary supplement. That was good, until he was in the car with me, passed gas, and I almost passed out from the smell.

That's when we thought maybe it was the food. I spent some time on the internet & decided to switch him over to Blue Buffalo. I picked this food because I knew what all the ingredients were (I'd actually heard of them!) You do this gradually -- we did it over 6 weeks. By the end of week 2, we were seeing a difference.

Casey no longer itches. He is calmer. He likes his food better. I am not saying Blue Buffalo is the be-all/end-all of dog foods. All I'm saying is that if you can afford the super premium foods (and they are expensive) by all means try them.

Casey's foster Mom, had another foster Springer that wasn't eating well & was having some itchy-ear problems. She switched Cassie over to a super premium dog food (not the same one i use) and almost immediately Cassie was eating better and not scratching her ears.

There's a great web site: http://www.dogfoodscoop.com/dog-food-comparison.html

that does some dog food comparisons. Now, be warned, they do accept advertising dollars from dog food companies, but still seem to be on the money.

Sorry to be so long-winded. Good luck with your sweet Springer!

Casey & mom B.

Sep 03, 2011
by: Anonymous

dont think Iams a great food.
jamewellbeloved or whites premium is good

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