Diamond Naturals (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Diamond Naturals Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Diamond Naturals product line includes 12 dry dog foods, three claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and nine for adult maintenance.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Diamond Naturals Senior Dog
  • Diamond Naturals Lite Adult Dog (2 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Adult Chicken and Rice
  • Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete (4.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy (4.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy (3.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Lamb and Rice
  • Diamond Naturals Adult Beef Meal and Rice (3.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Adult Lamb Meal and Rice (3.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Chicken and Rice (4.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Large Breed Adult Chicken and Rice (3.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Large Breed Adult Lamb Meal and Rice (3.5 stars)

Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Lamb and Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Lamb and Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Lamb, lamb meal, ground white rice, cracked pearled barley, peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried beet pulp, egg product, fish meal, natural flavor, flaxseed, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, l-carnitine, kale, chia seed, pumpkin, blueberries, oranges, quinoa, dried kelp, coconut, spinach, carrots, papaya, Yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, beta carotene, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%17%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%35%41%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 41%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The third ingredient is ground white rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fourth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The eighth ingredient is egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The ninth ingredient is fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With six notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

In addition, we find chia seed, an edible seed nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.

However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, this recipe contains some quinoa. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a true cereal grain but a plant prized for its gluten-free seeds.

Compared to most other grain-type ingredients, it is high in protein (about 12-18%), dietary fiber and other healthy nutrients.

We also note the inclusion of coconut. Depending upon the quality of the raw material, coconut is rich in medium chain fatty acids.

Medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function in older dogs.2

Because of its proven safety3 as well as its potential to help in the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and chronic skin disorders, MCT can be considered a positive addition to this recipe.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Diamond Naturals Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Diamond Naturals Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, flaxseed, chia seed and quinoa in this recipe, and the garbanzo beans, pea or potato proteins in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Diamond Naturals is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken, beef or lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Diamond Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

10/08/2015 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Pan Y et al, Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs, British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 103, Issue 12, June 2010, pp 1746-1754
  3. Matulka RA et al, Lack of toxicity by medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in canines during a 90-day feeding study,Food Chem Toxicol, Jan 2009, 47(1) 35-9.
  • Crazy4cats

    You’re welcome. Pumpkin is highly recommended by many but never really did much for my dogs. It is a healthy addition to their diet though. You can buy many supplements such as Proviable online through companies such as chewy.com, healthypets.com and amazon.com at much cheaper prices than the vet if you are comfortable doing so. Try to continue with it after finishing the Metronidazole to get his tummy back in balance. Let us know how he’s doing!

  • Maria Zingler

    HI there, the vet put him on Metronidazole and Proviable. I’m also giving him yogurt and pumpkin puree. Thank you for the recommendations.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Maria-
    Did the vet put your dog on an antibiotic to help clear the bacteria? Also, consider doing another fecal test because both Giardia and Whip Worms can cause intermittent loose stools. They both shed intermittently as well making it hard to detect with just one sample. I would also recommend starting a probiotic that contains the prebiotic FOS. I gave my dogs either Gastriplex by Thorne or VetriProbiotic BD made by Vetri Science when my dogs were experiencing those symptoms. Also, switching foods may be a good idea to see if it helps. Choose something with a different protein and carb this time. My dogs with this issue do well on Grain Free Victor, Grain Free Whole Earth Farms, Taste of the Wild and NutriSource. Here are a couple of links with some information: http://dogtime.com/dog-health/760-colitis-in-dogs-vin
    http://www.dogaware.com/health/digestive.html#ibd
    Good luck to you and your dog!

  • Maria Zingler

    I’ve been feeding Diamond Naturals Small Breed puppy since I brought home my 6 month old Cockapoo. It is the food his breeder recommended. In the last couple of weeks he has been having progressively worsening loose stools and recently bad diarrhea. I took a stool sample to the vet and was told he has Clostridium colitis. He also has been really itchy and has bad breath. I know Diamond naturals is good dog food per all the research I’ve done when analyzed from a label perspective. However, there have been complaints lately at the consumer affairs website about Diamond https://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/diamond_dog_food.html .
    Coincidence? I’m not really sure but I do know my dog is currently having problems. Several of these complaints mention GI issues, itching and bad breath. I think it would be foolish for me to ignore this. So I think I’m going do go out and find another dog food today. Thank you for having this website. I’ve really learned a great deal about pet food.

  • Levon Mock

    Diamond Naturals is the best selling no corn wheat or soy food we carry in our store. It is a great quality at a great price. Lamb and Rice is the best selling protein.

    http://www.bangorfeedstore.com/#!diamond-naturals/c1l9x

  • Mary

    Hello everyone, I am getting a new addition to my family and need help with the dog food. Penny my Maltese should be coming home at the end of next month DOB 4/21/16. Would you please help me. I have read a lot of different post and am still confused. I would like to a Puppy food the will keep her healthy inside and out. Also looking for treats. Can you give me some info on adding yogurt to her food something I read. Sorry for all the questions. Thank you

  • Christina

    Hey there. You seem to have a picky pup. Couple of suggestions …

    Try the Diamond Naturals Beef Meal and Rice formula if you haven’t already–really inexpensive through Amazon. Also, top his food with something soft and yummy. Canned pumpkin works really well and is (typically) an effective dog-pleasing treat. You can also try a little bit of fish oil (pollock oil is not too expensive). Or, chop up a hard-boiled egg and mix it into his kibble. This is a super inexpensive, highly effective option.

    Your pup could also have a case of stage fright. If you are watching him and/or feeling stressed about whether he will eat, chances are he’s picking up on that. Try moving his food bowl to a secluded space and give him 10-15 minutes to himself with his food. Don’t interrupt him at all during this time.

    Good luck!

  • Jed Johnson

    Try a bag of taste of the wild appalachian valley small dog food.

  • Jed Johnson

    I sure hope you have tried giving different flavors throughout the years. She may needm ore fibre in her diet.

  • Jed Johnson

    Honestly, to me it sounds as though you need to try something that isn’t chicken flavored. Try out Diamond brands “Taste of the Wild” label. Their flavor “High Prairie Canine” is made of Venison and Bison. it is a bit costly but well worth it. I’ve noticed dogs tend to have aversions to certain tastes and if they don’t like it, just like with us, they will not eat it unless they are forced. again, I would highly suggest switching up flavors, not just brands.

  • txn64

    The Diamond Naturals is not too expensive and last a while. It’s a good food look at the ingredients. Trust me a dog will not starve themselves.. If the dog is not eating at all I would ask if you are feeding him human food and he is waiting around for you to feed him what you have. They will wait and hold out if this is the case. And if so you have to show him he cannot have anything until he eats his food. Put his food down Dry in the morning for 30 minutes if he doesn’t eat then pick it up and put it down in the evening again for 30 minutes, Never giving him any treats or your food. He will catch on in a few days he has to eat his food and your problem will be solved. Good Luck

  • txn64

    My 4 German Shepherds are fed the Lamb and Rice formula and they love it. It may have been due to the switch. If you did not mix the old with the new food long enough the will do it with any dog food. I know sometimes you can’t help it if you run out.. Always keep Pure pumpkin on hand for that. Hope your dog is doing better now. 🙂

  • C.c. Gardner

    I know it can be pricey but you could try trudog dog food (trudog.com) or another brand of Nature’s Select (letyourdogchoose.com). these foods are closer to what dog were meant to eat.

  • Sam G

    The vet said to just starve him until he eats his kibble without treats or anything n believe it or not it kinda worked. He starved himself for 2 FULL days but end of 2nd day he ate a little n he still doesn’t eat his full meal but atleast there’s progress. I limit the treats n he only gets them when he eats atleast a little kibble. So he eats when he’s starving. For anyone out there that’s looking thet said not to feed him rice n chicken everyday he doesn’t have the essential nutrients n stuff that’s only for when dogs r sick.

  • Cherie Parker

    Did you ask your vet if its okay to feed your dog chicken and rice or egg and rice? I know they prescribe boiled chicken or beef and rice if a dog needs to be on a bland diet. Since fat is not an issue, I would use the water from boiling the chicken or beef to cook the rice in. Better to give that to your dog than let it be hungry. Try VERY Gradually adding a piece or two of kibble at a time to the egg n rice or chicken n rice or beef n rice. And try a small bag of Pure Balance dry as the kibble (very small). The rice and whatever is cheap. Also I just looked and Amazon.com has the dog food you are looking for. 18 and 40 lb bags. $24 & $37. Good luck.

  • sandy

    I would find another store that has the chicken and rice formula and put the pocket pit back on it. All dogs are different and she just might be more sensitive to sudden food changes especially if she’s been eating the same food for nearly a year. After she’s better, you can try mixing the two foods together or slowly transition to the lamb formula.

  • Karen

    Hi everyone,

    We have been using the Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice for about a year now. I did a ton of research on a fairly affordable food that was a decent quality. Our pet store was out of chicken the last time we needed food so my husband bought the Lamb and Rice. For the last week or so our pocket Pit has had the worst diarrhea and gas. I did not think it was the food as our Boxer/Vizsla/Basset mix and Lab/Catahoula mix have been fine. After reading all the comments here and on other sites I am now thinking it is the food? We have had a stool sample done on her and it is negative. What would you all recommend I think of switching to? Price is a big concern as we go through a lot of food but I do not want to skimp on quality. I need to do this as I cannot continue with the clean up and the smell of her gas is killing me.

  • tigermom65

    You may need to just try another food then? Maybe try mixing a bit of wet food in with this for awhile before giving up. Some dogs just don’t like certain foods. I would try a wet food food with chicken and rice and some of this kibble then very gradually cut down on everything until only the dry food remains. If you are wanting to stay for sure on this food, you may need to stay with a bit of mix of wet food. Be sure you are getting your pup used to having his teeth brushed. They have fingertip brushes you can start with, just a few seconds at a time and praise, then work your way up. As far as food you may end up just needing to switch to a different food, or try mixing this with one he like if the new one is too expensive.

  • Sam G

    no he actually has all his major teeth already (we just saw the vet and she confirmed) he did go through his teething phase.. i microwave his dry kibble with some water to make it more gravy-ish and soft…he eats a little if hes hungry (i make sure its not hot) this is seriously driving me crazy..im always so worried hes not getting all the nutrients he needs…he rather starve himself but eat his dog food….after like a day and half of starving…i try n force him softened kibble and then he will eat like a little….i know its not right to force it but idk wat else to do..he will literally starve himself…and beg us wen we are eating but will not touch his food

  • Sam G

    I wish i could afford the canned stuff..its sooo expensive compared to the kibble. Lately i put some water in his dry food microwave it (i make sure to cool it and check to see there are no hot pockets) if hes super hungry he will eat a little. He eats like milk bones and stuff so i know its not that he cant chew

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Sam,
    Your puppy might just not find kibble very appetizing.
    Have you ever considered feeding canned?
    Costco has Nature’s Domain case of 24 cans $19.99
    Walmart’s Pure Balance Stews $1 per can.
    Tractor Supply’s 4health .99 per can.

  • tigermom65

    Your puppy might be teething and hard food is painful right now. I would keep doing what you’re doing, only add small (tablespoon) amounts of dry food in gradually get the pup back on the dry. You can also get canned food and mix a little bit in with the dry, a good flavor shot. If you are changing foods too often he may be getting upset tummy. Stick with the food you want to feed him and add it slowly. Have a good look at his gums when he is sleepy and see if you notice any red spots or sore areas all around the teeth. You can try giving him a frozen washcloth (terry cloth) or ice to chew on.

  • Sam G

    I seriously need help! i have a 6 month schichon (new dog) who just wont eat dog food. Ive tried EVERYTHING from blue buffalo (chicken), kirkland nature domain salmon and WEF (chicken) and he wont eat ANYTHING already been to the vet and she said no problems watsoever. Im not giving him any treats to make him hungry so he’ll eat but nope…but If i give him boiled chicken and rice or egg and rice he devours it. I just dont know wat to do…is there any brand thats not too expensive…ur small dog LOVED? Ive also tried mixing in boiled chicken with his kibble…if hes super hungry (nothing for about a day and half) he’ll pick out the chicken n eat but most of the time he wont even touch it

  • Kevin

    My dog has been on diamond lamb and rice for 2 largebags. The last two days he has vomited after eating. Appears to have nature energy,no fever. Is anyone else having any issues?

  • txn64

    I just replied about dog food for Diamond Naturals. I give my German Shepherds 2 tablespoons a day of Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil Daily.. It is the dry season. If you bathe your dog too much they will be itchy when you wash the oils out of their coat. Not good to bathe them to often. =Start with 1 tsp a day you can melt and put in food or let them eat it off the spoon. Move up to a TBLSP a day.

  • txn64

    I personally would not feed them puppy food.. I start all of my German Shepherds on Adult food to slow the bone growth. You might try the adult Lamb & Rice. Of course mix old food with the new to transition the dog to new food.. Give him pumpkin for loose stools (pure pumpkin) not the pie filling.

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    Pauline they’re Pitbull Terrier mixes. I don’t know what their dad was so that’s what I refer to them as. We’re going to try Victor dog food and see how that works. I will also be supplementing fish oil as well. As much as I hate to say it I can’t afford foods like Earthbound. Trust me if I could they’d be eating it.

  • Pauline

    ‘pitbull’ mixes tend to have alot of skin issues, you will need to see what kind of Terrier they are. I have a Pitbull and she tends to have dry skin no matter the food she is on, however I do see a huge improvement with Hollistic brands such as EarthBorn. If possible try putting coconut oil in their food to help, D-Earth, as well as some coconut oil baths. It helps with my girls skin issues especially through the winter months

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    Aaron it sounds like you need a new vet if you’ve formed your opinion based on experience. My vet doesn’t even sell food and I’ve used him long enough that I trust him with our animals.

    As for the UTI statements, when multiple people are reporting the same thing and the problem stopped after the food was switched then it more than likely was the food. Not every vet is out to make a quick buck off of people.

    After reading what people have reported I would say that they had every reason to believe it was the dog food.

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    After reading those comments I will say I’ve seen a lot of the same things in our two dogs. Our dogs also act like they’re starving all the time even though they get fed 2-3 times a day and at least two of those times I fill their bowls up. It’s seeming like a switch wouldn’t hurt.

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m sure it has. I’ve been there. But, with digestive issues not itching and scratching. I hope you can get to the bottom of it. Best of luck to you and your pups!

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    It has been very annoying playing the food guessing game.

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    Aaron where are you pulling the UTI statement from? There was nothing mentioned above about one just diarrhea which has happened to my dogs.

    As for the vet comment, some vets, like mine don’t even sell dog food and any that I’ve seen sell Sciene Diet and I would hope people wouldn’t feed that to their dogs.

  • Crazy4dogs

    One other thing you’ll want to take into consideration is you also want to make sure that it has the correct calcium/phosphorus ratio for a large breed puppy if he is going to be over 50 lbs at maturity.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Caitlin-
    Sounds like you have a frustrating situation. In addition to the information that Shawna gave you on food sensitivities, your dogs could have environmental allergies. Here are a few links with some examples:

    http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_atopic_dermatitis

    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/12/23/environmental-allergies-and-your-pet.aspx

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    I’ve thought about trying something grain free. I noticed a lot of Pit owners reporting a lot of issues with chicken and grain in their animals. Now before anyone freaks out yes I know each dog is different. The only reason I took those comments into consideration is because of how many people were reporting the issuer and it wasn’t just on this site.

    Diamond makes a grain free that I almost got when I bought our last bag of food. I may go back and get it and see if it helps any.

  • LabsRawesome

    Here’s Victors’ site, if you want to check them out.
    http://www.victordogfood.com

  • Crazy4dogs

    It’s hard to say if it’s the ingredients in the Diamond formula, or the protein. You might want to try Lamb from a different company or, if you want to stay with Diamond, pick a fish formula. It could also be the grains in the Large breed puppy. My avatar did have issues with grains, many years ago, which is why I went grain free. The other option is going with a limited ingredient diet to see if that helps the itching problem. If you do, you have to keep the protein source for treats the same as the food source to see if it really helps. Good luck with it.

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    I never said they were wrong. They just got off topic from my question.

    Anyway, their main food has been Diamond Large breed puppy. The main protein source in that food is lamb. I try to avoid anything with chicken or wheat in it.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Caitlin,

    Labs is right, there are negative opinions on almost every food reviewed on this site. Pure Balance is budget friendly and currently made by a good manufacturer.

    It’s hard to be sure that any food caused the kidney failure unless there were blood tests done and food tested. Probably the best protection against kidney failure is provide some fresh food to help keep him properly hydrated. I always feed a mix of kibble, canned and fresh food on a daily basis.

    Regarding the itchiness, have you always used the same protein source (i.e. chicken, turkey, etc)? If so, I would try switching proteins to see if that helps.

  • Shawna

    The itchy skin and off and on diarrhea can be from an ingredient in the food that the dogs are reacting to – if they are litter mates or related it wouldn’t be unusual for them to react to the same ingredient.

    So, as an example, if they are reacting to potato in food A and you switch to food B, which also has potato, it too will not work for them – if it is the food that is causing the symptoms.

    The best way, in my opinion, to handle this is to look for a food similar in ingredients to the Pure Balance and try that. Keep in mind that it can be the protein source (chicken, beef etc) OR the protein in the carb source (potato, pea, garbonzo, soy etc) that can cause the reaction. Keep a journal of what foods they react to and what foods they don’t and you can start to pick out ingredients that could be the problem.

    Don’t be surprised if they have set backs. If you change the food and see noticeable improvement in the itching but then one of them has a day of intense itching, as long as he gets better again I would not consider that a reaction to the food. When reacting to foods the body has a build up of histamine and other things and those have to be cleared out. This can take time, months even, to happen and is often the reason for a day or two of bad symptoms after weeks of getting better.

    Also, most of us here rotate our pets’ foods. If you decide to rotate, don’t do it while you are getting them back to the non-itchy, always good poo state.

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    Yes I know that but a review about kidney failure is different from ones where people said their dogs had vomiting and diarrhea. Anyway that was not the purpose of my post as I had said.

    Victor is sold at our local pet store and I’ve looked at it a few times but have never actually bought it.

  • LabsRawesome

    You will find negative reviews on almost every food on this site. That is true for all reviews from the 5 star rated foods all the way down to the 1 star. Just because a food get some bad reviews, that doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with it. Not all foods will work for all dogs. I use 3, 4, and 5 star rated dry foods, and 4-5 star rated canned foods. I rate them based on how my dogs do on them, not how other people say their dogs do on them. I use human grade fish oil, it has dramatically improved my dogs skin and coat quality. One other food that I forgot to mention is Victor. It’s more budget friendly if you can find it locally. I use the grain free varieties. Another food to look into is Nutrisource, many people seem to have good luck with it too.

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    I stopped using it because more than one person were giving the same review. My question was about foods that could help with itchy skin that were budget friendly but also good quality. I’ve looked into a lot of foods Walmart carries and in my opinion they are mostly junk. My dogs love Diamond but it’s not helping their skin and they are chewing themselves raw at times.

  • LabsRawesome

    If your dogs did well on Pure Balance why did you switch? Just because some people give bad reviews, that’s no reason to change foods. I don’t put too much faith in peoples reviews because some people don’t take the time to transition from one food to the next, or even know how to properly do so. Or perhaps their particular dog just doesn’t do well on a food, then they post that their dog has diarrhea or vomiting, and they’re convinced that whatever food they’re using is somehow poison. It’s ridiculous.
    Dogs can get diarrhea and vomiting for a variety of reasons, its not always from their food.
    Here are some of the Budget friendly foods I use.
    4health grain free, Pure Balance grain free, Rachael Ray Zero Grain, Costco has Kirkland, and Nature’s Domain.

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    I have a question. When I first got our now 7 month old Pit mix I begged him Pure Balance. After reading some bad reviews on that food I started looking for alternatives. We’ve tried Taste of the Wild and now he eats Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy. Him and his brother have both had a flea problem and of corse had itchy skin. After the fleas were taken care of they both were still itchy. Their food is a 3.5 star rating on this site. They do fine on it for the most part but do have lose stool from time to time. My question is what would be another food worth trying that could help with the itchy skin and stools? I get confused when I’m at the pet store looking at all the different foods. Wallet friendly options would be best.

  • Peggy Egan

    My 9 year old Pom/Eskie mix was switched to the small breed lamb Diamond Naturals about 5 years ago and done well. (Recommended by a groomer friend of mine.) Her weepy eyes and red stained fur around her eyes disappeared, she doesn’t stink anymore, her weight is stable and has small, regular, medium firm poops…..all good as far as I can tell.
    I appreciate your information about this food.
    On another note….wow! I was stunned by how many brands of dog food there is!

  • Franshesca Henry

    I will have to agree that Diamond has been giving my huskies alot of problems lately, my husky has been gradually losing weight and has been having worse and worse diarrhea. She’s now very skinny, won’t eat, and her BM’s are liquid now. I’m taking her to the vet tomorrow and most likely will have to change the food.

  • BoxerBliss

    I use Pure Balance canned stews frequently. My dogs always have done very well with it.

  • LabsRawesome

    Absolutely nothing. I use their canned and dry foods.

  • DogFoodie

    I’ve used Pure Balance canned and dry foods and would recommend them to others in certain circumstances. I think PB is a good, budget friendly, choice.

  • JV777

    Whats wrong with Pure Balance?

  • Aaron Schmitz

    99% of the time when your dog has a UTI infection, it’s the water your giving them.

  • Aaron Schmitz

    No problems here. If your dog has a UTI infection, it’s not cause of the food, and of course a Vet is going to tell you it is, so you’ll buy the food THEY sell and make a huge profit on. Gullible people fall for this every minute of the day.

  • Aaron Schmitz

    Are you for real? Pure Balance?? LOOOL, do NOT, I repeat do NOT feed your dog Pure Balance, complete garbage.

  • Jan Short

    Lots of issues reported lately with Diamond. I’ve been feeding for years. Going to switch now. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/diamond_dog_food.html

  • sorackley

    Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Check out Nutrisource. They have a Small Breed Puppy formula that’s very similar to Diamond’s. However, you may want to look into something with a different protein source (such as lamb (Nutrisource’s Grain Free Lamb formula, for example) or fish), as there may be an intolerance/allergy involved. You don’t need to feed a puppy formula specifically, though..look for something that says it’s for “All Life Stages”. Pure Balance, which you can buy at Walmart is another one I’d suggest. Fromm would be another one to look into. Hope this helps!

    edit: if you have a Tractor Supply store nearby, take a look at their 4health dog food…it’s another budget friendly, good quality food.

  • Sarah Rackley

    Please help!! Are there any equally high quality foods in the same or lower price range as Diamond? My Boston Terrier puppy has had almost constant soft poops, sometimes with blobs of mucus or full blown diarrhea, on Diamond Naturals small breed puppy. He’s been checked by the vet and is clear of parasites. I’m thinking it is too rich for him, but I don’t want to compromise quality and my husband won’t let me spend any more on food. I also have a 2 year old collie that I switched to the large breed chicken and rice formula, but he seems to be doing fine on it. Thank you!!

  • InkedMarie

    I’m pretty sure I’m allowed to comment on anything that is posted here as long as I am courteous. Thats great your puppies parents/grandparents have no HD but its the testing that is important.

    Treating others as equals? I’m honestly not sure what you mean. I’m not a breeder but I DO know what makes a good breeder. Anyone who breeds a dog just because the dog is smart isn’t,

  • Matt d

    Hi @ inked marie, thanks for your concern. i just asked about food, not your take on breeding.. to answer your questions thou, and elaborate–that i already stated in my original question…. he is by far the smartest dog i’ve ever owned [he’s a boxer], i’ve raised boxers, dasc, and aust. shepherds before that were amazing [aust. shepard’s that is], he puts them to shame… hes 11-12 weeks and his vocabulary and recall and problem solving is the best i’ve seen, he’s akc , parent and gparents no cancer/hip/etc. i’ve
    had dogs for 30 yrs.. next a rich man,, rich is a objective word.. what’s rich?? can i afford to throw away money… no. Can i afford the 550 $ vet bill for animal hospital on the weekend for a uti on the weekend pup just had ..yes.[ by the way a k9-jethro was there that night, he got shot 3 times , sadly he didn’t make it. rip jethro….] just saying maybe you should treat people on here as your equals. im sry, if i seemed harsh.. i realize there are a lot of dogs out there. most in my area are pit mixes and i cant afford insurance on them, already tried… have a great female boxer in ohio, lets talk ??

  • LabsRawesome

    Take a look at Victor dog food. Use their store locator to find a store in your area. If you can get it locally, its a great food at a good price. http://www.victordogfood.com

  • InkedMarie

    I won’t address the food but I will the breeding. Why do you want to use him to father a litter? You say you aren’t a rich man but it’s not cheap to have all the necessary health testing done to see if your dog is medically sound to breed. If you choose a female, it’s necessary that she have the testing done. Ideally, you will see the results for the grandparents as well.

    Just some things to think about. There are far too many dogs needing homes; breeding should be done for certain reasons and using the best specimens.

  • aimee

    Hi Matt d,

    Congratulations on your new pup!

    When it comes to choosing a food I approach the task from a different perspective than most. The star ratings here are based on an ingredient list. I don’t look to the ingredient list I look to the company.

    This is a well written piece on how to select a food.

    http://www.wsava.org/sites/default/files/Recommendations%20on%20Selecting%20Pet%20Foods.pdf

    The puppy food I choose doesn’t have a lot of stars, only 2 1/2 but the company employs veterinary nutritionists who formulated the diet, the food was fed to the breed I own and those dogs were monitored for a 1 year for growth and orthopedic development. Over 1200 test parameters were taken during that period. The company described for me the extensive quality control procedures they take. The company invests in nutritional research and publishes in peer reviewed publications.

    In other words it met all the criteria set out by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

    Interview the company, once you find a company you like than you can choose among the products they make.

  • Matt d

    i am in the process of switching my 10 wk old boxer from purina puppy complete to diamond large breed puppy. is this a good idea? this food had better than average reviews, but reliability may be an issue.. im not a rich man, but i figure i can afford better than box store food.. i know this food is a lot better nutritionally, but does the companies rep. negate the positive ingredients? i would rather have a less healthy dog than one with salmonella. any thoughts greatly appreciated!! ive had boxers before.. been a few years. But this new guy is really smart, best lil one i’ve ever had!!! i just want to do the best for him i can afford, as i look to what he will become, might even possible breed him… any thoughts appreciated… thanks in advance!!!

  • tonia

    The information on this site is extremely helpful and I refer to it often but it’s my understanding that the star rating is heavily based on protein levels and my dogs have varying protein sensitivity

  • tonia

    I haven’t noticed my packaging changing but I have noticed changes in how my dogs and cats are tolerating diamond natural all of a sudden.. Seems to me they must have changed something.. I’m researching to make a change..

  • theBCnut

    This is Dog Food Advisor, not Diamond. This does sound like an allergy, and they probably did change the formula. That’s what bag changes usually signify.

  • Adam -Baldr Vordermark -Odinso

    My dog has been on diamond, adult breed. for 5 years. Their packaging just changed, and all of a sudden he is breaking out in a rash on his underside, and getting feverish. i took him off of it and he is getting better. Did you guys change your formula? did he just develop an allergy to it?

  • Bobby dog

    Hi bmetz:
    We’re doing well, thank you!

    At least the tears you shed are for a good reason! 😉

    Very good customer service with Chewy. I find their prices are usually in the range, sometimes cheaper during sales, of my local shops. They also offer free shipping on orders over $49 if that is something your budget can handle. Autoship might be something to look into as well. They are very accommodating with this service and you receive a discount while using this option.

    I used to order from Dr. Foster & Smith years ago for my JRT and always received good customer service from them; never ordered food from them either.

  • Crazy4cats

    You’re welcome! I’ve read many praises on this site about Chewy. It saves on gas and I don’t believe they charge sales tax either. But you need to feel comfortable with it.

  • bmetz

    Hey Bobby dog!!! 🙂 How are you?
    Yes, they finally are. I could have cried tears of joy when all the dogs had solid bowel movements and stayed that way! LOL How sad is that?! Haha.

    Good deal on Chewy! I am glad you both mentioned it because I was just looking at the food on there before I posted here. Glad to hear that, never know with some online places.. they make things difficult sometimes! Sounds like good customer service.

    I like Drsfosterandsmith.com for a lot of things. I haven’t ordered food from them before though because I always found it cheaper locally(but that is the case most times with online shopping for heavier items).
    Thanks for the input! I appreciate it! Hope you all have been well!

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