Diamond Dog Food

June 17, 2011  
Filed under Diamond, Dog Food Reviews

Diamond dog food formulas are manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods, a family owned company based in Meta, Missouri. Its mission “is to provide the highest quality pet foods at an affordable price”.  To keep up with their commitment to promote your pet’s health and safety, Diamond dog food formulas are marked with 151 Quality Checks stamp. This stamp is marks the company’s assurance of quality and commitment.

Diamond dog food formulas have been designed for all life stages and levels of activity. To address the special needs of a dog, special ingredients have been added to ensure utmost performance and prevent allergic reactions of hypersensitive pets.

Diamond pet foods have come up with two major product lines—Diamond Naturals and Diamond Classic— in order to better address the specific needs of dogs in all life stages, lifestyles, and levels of activity.

Diamond Naturals is an all-natural diet packaged as a holistic pet food. This product line is free from corn, soy, and wheat which are commonly recognized food allergens.

Diamond has figured in controversial pet food recalls in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Although Diamond has stop producing the recalled products, the stigma of being included in FDA’s pet food recalls is still hounding the pet food company.

The protein component of Diamond dog food formulas may include lamb, lamb meal, chicken, chicken meal, chicken by-product meal or poultry by-product meal, beef meal. Fresh or raw sources of meat are good sources of protein however a big part of their composition is water (about 80%). Upon processing, the water is lost, leaving only a fraction of the meat’s original weight thus decreasing the protein source.

Meat meals such as chicken meal, lamb meal, beef meal, and chicken by-product meal are also known as meat concentrates because they contain 300% more protein compared to fresh meat. However, in order to be sure about the wholesomeness of meat meals, the manufacture should mention the source of a particular meat meal. For example, although chicken by-product meal is a good source of protein, it is often made from chicken parts which have been declared unfit for human consumption. These parts often include beaks, bones, feet, and entrails.

Common carbohydrate sources of Diamond dog food formulas include cracked pearled barley, whole grain brown rice, ground rice, millet, potatoes, and wheat flour.

Barley provides digestible fibers and a variety of other essential nutrients. Unlike white rice, barley has a low glycemic index which is favorable in keeping the blood sugar of the dog stable.

Corn and wheat are often viewed as controversial ingredients because they have been linked to food-related allergies.

Millet and potato are complex-carbohydrate sources. They are also rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Millet also provides digestible fiber which can help improve digestive functions.

Chicken fat is rich in linoleic acid, an important form of omega-6 fatty acid.

Beet pulp is considered a controversial ingredient because many consider it as an inexpensive dog food filler. However, beet pulp boosts intestinal functions and exerts a positive influence on blood sugar of dogs.

There is no mention of the addition of probiotics which contain beneficial microorganisms that enhance digestive and immune functions.

Chelated minerals have been added for they can be easily absorbed and utilized by the body.

Many dog owners still remember the dog food recalls in past years and are still wary in giving Diamond dog food formulas to their pets. The inclusion of common food allergens—corn, wheat, and soy—has also been viewed as negative by many dog owners particularly those whose dogs have sensitive stomachs.

In spite of these negative feedbacks, there are still dog owners who have no problems with Diamond dog food formulas particularly the allergen-free Diamond Natural dog food line.

Overall, we would not recommend this brand and believe that there are higher quality alternatives that you should consider before buying Diamond dog foods.

Please visit the links listed below for Diamond dog food reviews by formula.

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Diamond Dog Food Food Formulas:

Diamond Naturals dry dog food include—
1. Chicken & Rice Adult Dog Formula
2.  Beef Meal & Rice Adult Dog Formula
3. Lamb Meal and Rice Adult Dog Formula
4. Extreme Athlete
5. Small Breed Adult Dog Chicken & Rice Formula
6.  Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula
7.  Large Breed 60+ Adult Dog Formula
8.  Large Breed Lamb & Rice Formula
9.  Lamb & Rice Lite Dog
10.  Senior 8+ Dog Formula
11.  Small Breed Puppy Formula
12.  Large Breed Puppy Lamb & Rice Formula

Among these twelve products, seven have been designed to conform with the AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages while five products are tailored for adult maintenance.

The Diamond Classic series include—
1.  Premium Adult Formula for Dogs
2.  Maintenance Formula for Dogs
3.  Performance Formula for Dogs
4.  Diamond Hi-Energy
5.  Diamond Original
6.  Puppy Formula

Among the six Diamond Classic lines, four meets the AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance while two have been designed for all life stages.

Diamond Dog Food Consumer Ratings

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25 Responses to “Diamond Dog Food”
  1. LabsRawesome says:

    Diamond Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk.
    Recall is limited to one formula of Diamond Naturals distributed to 12 states; no illnesses reported.

    Yeah there is a recall on DIAMOND NATURALS- NO ILLNESS REPORTED-NO OTHER PRODUCTS ARE AFFECTED. SO THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH KIRKLAND. The same thing happened with Merrick several times, I still use their products too.Both my dog LOVE Merrick. I bet there is salmonella in your meat and eggs in your fridge, and mine too. They found it in either Jif or Skippy peanut butter awhile ago too.

    Consumer Contact: 800-442-0402
    Media Contact: 816-255-1974

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 06, 2012

    Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond manufactured products are affected.

  2. LabsRawesome says:

    Please read this, it talks about raw and kibble and salmonella. This is discussion purely about bacteria and your dog. If you are looking for a discussion about dogs spreading bacteria to humans, go here.

    Yes, the bacteria in raw meat might hurt your dog IF the dog already has an immunocompromised system or some underlying problem. Raw diets have also been blamed for causing things like pancreatitis and kidney disease, when in reality the underlying disease was already there and was brought to light by the change in diet. Dogs are surprisingly well-equipped to deal with bacteria. Their saliva has antibacterial properties; it contains lysozyme, an enzyme that lyses and destroys harmful bacteria. Their short digestive tract is designed to push through food and bacteria quickly without giving bacteria time to colonize. The extremely acidic environment in the gut is also a good bacteria colonization deterrent. People often point to the fact that dogs shed salmonella in their feces (even kibble-fed dogs do this) without showing any ill effects as proof that the dog is infected with salmonella. In reality, all this proves is that the dog has effectively passed the salmonella through its system with no problems. Yes, the dog can act as a salmonella carrier, but the solution is simple—do not eat dog crap and wash your hands after picking up after your dog.

    Even kibble-fed dogs regularly shed salmonella and other bacteria. Most of the documented cases of severe bacterial septicemia are from kibble-fed animals or animals suffering from reactions to vaccines. Commercial pet foods have been pulled off shelves more than once because of bacteria AND molds that produce a deadly toxin. The solution? Use common sense. Clean up well and wash your hands. And think about your dog—this is an animal that can lick itself, lick other dogs, eat a variety of disgusting rotting things, and ingest its own feces or those of other animals with no ill effects. The dog, plain and simple, can handle greater bacterial loads than we can. Can dogs get sick from the bacteria? I suppose they can. But it is rare and usually indicative of an underlying problem, especially when one stops to consider how much bacteria that dog probably comes in contact with every single day. One must ask “Why this dog? Why now? What has made this particular dog susceptible to bacterial overgrowth?” Something is not ‘right’ regarding the dog’s health—a healthy dog does not suffer from bacterial infections or bacterial septicemia. That is just common sense. A dog suffering from “salmonella poisoning” is obviously not healthy, especially when compared to a dog that ate the same food with the same salmonella load but is perfectly healthy and unaffected. The first dog has suffered a ‘breakdown’ in its health that allowed the bacteria to become a problem; if one is talking in homeopathic medicine terminology, this is simply one more symptom that shows the dog is suffering from chronic disease (see the Vaccines page for more information).

    I put forth that it is the kibble, not the raw meat, that causes bacterial problems. Kibble in the intestine not only irritates the lining of the bowels but also provides the perfect warm, wet environment with plenty of undigested sugars and starches as food for bacteria. This is why thousands of processed food-fed animals suffer from from a condition called Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO (Lonsdale, T. 2001. Raw Meaty Bones. pg 85). Raw meaty bones, however, create a very inhospitable environment for bacteria, as RMBs are easily digestible and have no carbohydrates, starches, or sugars to feed the bacteria.

    Can raw-fed dogs make other dogs sick? If the other dog has a suppressed immune system or some underlying problem, then perhaps a raw-fed dog can make another dog sick. But keep in mind the inordinate amount of bacteria dogs usually ingest anyway, not to mention the plaques of bacteria covering the teeth and gums of the kibble-fed dogs. People recall raw-fed dogs being the only dogs at dog shows that did not get sick with some communicable disease of some sort, and then instantly assume that it was those dogs that got all the other dogs sick. A more plausible explanation is that the raw-fed dogs have a much stronger immune system and are thus better equipped to fight off diseases and “canine common colds” that circulate at shows (and possibly that they have been vaccinated less than their kibble-fed counterparts, which results in a stronger immune system). For a more in-depth discussion of how processed foods suppress the immune system, please refer to Raw Meaty Bones.

    Just some final thoughts on bacteria and raw: this is what finds its way into the “sterile” kibbled commercial foods:
    “Meat products not intended for human consumption, such as inedible tissues, condemned portions of carcasses, and entire carcasses of condemned animals (eg, animals found to be dead, dying, disabled, or diseased at the time of slaughter), are also used for dog food. Because of the inherent nature of these products and the less stringent handling requirements, compared with products approved for human consumption, these products may contain high levels of bacterial contamination.” (LeJuene, J.T. and D.D. Hancock. 2001. Public health concerns associated with feeding raw meat diets to dogs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 219(9): 1222.)

    And as for commercial foods being “bacteria free” (an assumption that is often inferred when people put down raw diets because of the bacteria):
    “Pet foods, commercial or homemade, provide an ideal environment for bacterial proliferation.” (LeJuene, J.T. and D.D. Hancock. 2001. Public health concerns associated with feeding raw meat diets to dogs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 219(9): 1224.)

    So do not be fooled into thinking kibbled, commercial pet food is a sterile, bacteria-free source of food! The starches, rancid fats, and sugars in kibbled foods provide much better food sources for bacteria than the proteins in raw meat.

  3. Sue says:

    I still would not buy any Diamond manufactured products. Just because they haven’t release anymore info about the other products, doesn’t mean it’s safe.

  4. LabsRawesome says:

    I just opened a new bag of Kirkland Chicken and rice last week, and my dogs are fine. The limited recall is for Diamond Naturals Lamb and rice. No other formulas are affected.

  5. Les says:

    Sue, if you are feeding any commercial dog food, your dog is subject to less than the best. Raw meat is a canines genetic choice. Other than that, I keep lamb & rice on the shelf for Pete as I’ve only found one better (don’t remember the name, bought at Pet Smart and has to be refrigerated. Kibbles is for cows, pigs and poultry.

  6. Les says:

    Great advice Les! I do feed Nature’s Instint Raw food now. They like the Bison.

  7. LabsRawesome says:

    Les, am i imagining things, or are you talking to (and answering) yourself? lol 🙂

  8. Grannycan says:

    Our 6 yr. old Lab developed a smelly flaking of his skin. After being told it was an over-abundance of yeast caused by years of corn consumption (the main ingredient in Dog Chow) we switched to Diamond Beef Meal and Rice. He will be 11 years old in October and hasn’t had a skin (or smell) problem since. We will stick with Diamond.

  9. Ryan says:

    Over all it sounds like a higher priced dog food sponcers your web site. We have American Bulkdogs and were feeding them middle of the line dog food and their allergies started to become bad. We switched over to Blue Buffalo and they cleared up but our bank account was cleared out. We heard about Diamond Naturals, switched over to it and our dogs are just as healthy, have nice looking coats and still have very limited numer of flair ups with ther allergies.

  10. lynnmarie says:

    i’ve been buying and feeding my 2 dogs Diamond Natural for tow years now and didnt even know about this recall till 5 minutes ago!!! I have had NO problems whatsoever with either of my two dogs. I switch it up each month with a different formula- but always stick with Diamond- and have had no trouble whatsoever in 2 years with either animal.

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