Pros: It works very well to clear up skin and coat problems.
Cons: Smell, price, availability.
My Lab has severe allergies to wheat, beef, and chicken. This has resulted in chronic ear problems and face rubbing. In order to help relieve his symptoms and get him healthy again, my vet put him on this diet.
I cannot tell you what a huge difference this food has made. His coat looks fabulous! The dry skin has been greatly relieved and he is not rubbing his face anymore. I purchase this food in the 30lb bag because it is slightly cheaper per pound than the 15-pound bag. In addition, with 2 dogs, it saves me from buying dog food every week. I have both dogs on this food even though only 1 has allergies.
Here are the ingredients:
Potato, Herring Meal (source of Fish Oil), Catfish, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Digest, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate [source of Vitamin B1], Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement [source of Vitamin B2], Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [source of Vitamin B6], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Ethoxyquin (a preservative).
As you can see, there is no wheat, pork, chicken or beef in this food. It does wonders for the itchy dry coats. They have recently repackaged it under the Iams name only so the bag may look different that the one pictured here.
I saw an almost immediate improvement. After 1 week, I noticed a huge difference in his coat and a reduction in his face rubbing. His ears are a chronic problem although this food has helped reduce his ear issues tremendously.
One other important fact to note. When there was the problem with the melamine in dog food and people's pets were dying from eating contaminated food, Eukanuba and Iams products were not affected. They do not add filler to any of their dog food. This was a great comfort to me when the news first broke.
You can go to http://www.iams.com in order to see how much to feed your dog. I would recommend this larger bag to anyone who has a large dog or who is feeding more than one medium to large dog. If your pooch is suffering from allergies or coat and skin problems this is a food option to discuss with your vet.
There are some downfalls to this product. It is not readily available in stores. Your local source will most likely be your veterinarian. The food is expensive. My vet charges $65 for this size bag and I need to buy one every 2 ? to 3 weeks. I love the product; I wish there were more places to buy it. Another downfall is the smell. As a fish based food, I find that it smells like low tide. However, all of these downfalls are minor compared to the improvement I have seen in my dogs overall health.
If your dog is suffering from allergies, hair or coat problems I would recommend this food.