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Nutritional Philosophy

A different approach to pet food

At IAMS, we care about keeping your pet happy and healthy. That’s why we’ve dedicated years to conducting research into pet health and nutrition.   

Since 1946, IAMS nutritional philosophy has been to develop pet food that contains high quality animal protein, essential for your pet to thrive on.   

The right food can do amazing things for pets. From supporting their immunity, to helping them burn fat, maintain muscle tone and promote healthy digestion. The right food can even help take care of your pet’s teeth; all in a delicious recipe that they will truly enjoy every day.

We believe pet food should be:

  • Based on animal protein to meet the nutritional needs of cats and dogs

  • Tailored for each life stage. Our puppy food actually helps make puppies smarter and more trainable

  • Beneficial to pets and their owners, like cat food for multi-cat households or to help with hairball control


It's this kind of thinking that has made us pet nutrition leaders

Our research, and the advances we have made over the past 70 years, have made pet food better for everyone.  

We hold multiple patents, and have conducted research that has led to industry-wide acceptance of our health advances. 

We're very proud of these contributions, which have helped improve the health of pets worldwide.

Expert nutrition and enjoyment. No compromise.

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Quality is at the core of everything we do. When it comes to our recipes, we only use high quality ingredients that your pet will love. 

We abide by incredibly high standards to ensure the quality and safety of our ingredients, making sure our nutritious formulas are healthy and safe for pets.

Our commitment to innovation and quality

We insist on rigorous inspection of our ingredients when we make our foods, from initial sample screenings to the moment our pet food bags leave our factory, on their way to your home.  

More than 120 quality assurance tests are run on all IAMS pet food. We also take samples of each batch of food produced for thorough testing, to make sure it’s giving your pet all the nutrition they need. All of our ingredients are evaluated based on strict nutritional quality and safety specifications. 

 Through innovative research, breakthroughs and by following our unique nutritional philosophy, we’re committed to give cats and dogs exactly what Paul Iams intended; happy and active lives full of healthy vitality.