Diamond Naturals (Dry)


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
  • Diamond Naturals Sm Breed Adult Lamb
  • Diamond Naturals Adult Chicken and Rice
  • Diamond Naturals Sm Breed Adult Chicken
  • Diamond Naturals Adult Beef Meal and Rice
  • Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete (5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy (4.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Lg Breed Puppy Lamb (3.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Lg Breed Adult Chicken (3.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Lite Lamb Meal and Rice (2.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Adult Lamb Meal and Rice (3.5 stars)
  • Diamond Naturals Lg Breed Adult Lamb Meal (3.5 stars)

Diamond Naturals Adult Beef Meal and Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Diamond Naturals Adult Beef Meal and Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

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

Ingredients: Beef meal, peas, cracked pearled barley, ground rice, rice bran, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fish meal, pea protein, dried beet pulp, egg product, natural flavor, flaxseed, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, kale, chia seed, pumpkin, blueberries, oranges, quinoa, dried kelp, coconut, spinach, carrots, papaya, Yucca schidigera extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus reuteri, 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) = 4.4%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis25%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%17%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%35%41%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef meal. Beef meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh beef.

The second ingredient is 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 third 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 fourth ingredient is ground 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 fifth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

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 includes 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.

The eighth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The ninth 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.

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 five notable exceptions

First, we note the inclusion of 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.

Next, 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.

In addition, 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.

Next, chia seed is 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.

And lastly, this food also 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 looks like an average dry dog food.

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, pea protein, flax and chia seeds, 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 various named meat 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.

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Notes and Updates

01/05/2010 Original review

04/10/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Sarah

    I’ve had my weimaraner on diamond naturals since her near fatal allergic reaction to hills science diet, 4 years ago. She does great on it and I don’t see myself ever using any other food. My two, 2 year old Great Danes do great on it too and I love the price, since we go through one 40lb bag per week 😉 my dogs stay fit and lean (with the exception of my 9.5 year old weim, who is slightly overweight due to her age and not getting around as well) their coats are always soft and shining, and their bm’s are always healthy. This is a great food and the rescue I work with also feeds this to all of our rescue dogs. I have seen, first hand, spectacular changes in these dogs regarding their heath issues upon being rescued. Skin issues completely reversed, loose bm’s totally resolved, emaciation turned around at rapid rates…it truly is amazing to see how much a good diet can do for a dog at their worst. Keep it up Diamond!

  • Pitlove

    Glad your dogs are doing well on Diamond. Make sure you sign up for emails alerts for recalls from DFA though, only for the reason that Diamond is notorious for them.

  • BC

    I switched my cats to Diamond so decided to try with dogs. They had been eating Merrick, but to be quite honest, never cleaned their plate. I have switched to small breed naturals and rotate between chicken & lamb formula. I also mix it with 1/2 of Diamond canned split betw/ the 3(rotating betw/ chicken, Lamb & Beef). I use 3/4 dry at each feeding.
    Bowls are clean. BMs are smaller & do not smell. Is it the beet pulp that is helping them to eat it. I know that must be sweet.

    Great food without the high price.

    I have also seen questions about how this food looks in the bag. I have ordered mine from Chewy & have had no problems. Plus free shipping!

  • Loretta Rawlins

    The beef one gives my dog the runs. My dogs all do good on the lamb.

  • Iz Zoo

    Hi I was wondering if anyone can answer why my dog suddenly has the runs. I started giving diamond naturals chicken to my 1 year old doberman and she loved it. She was fine for 2 weeks but after that she got the runs bad. Took a stool sample to the vet and it was negative. Wondering if I should try lamb or a different product altogether. Anyone else run in to this problem? Thanks for the help

  • Azaleafox

    my boxer puppy needed this. He has a very fast metabolism and on top of that he is very active. It was already hard because he is in his lanky stage and all we saw was a muscular skeleton running for a frisbee lol. This food is helping out a lot and the ingredients aren’t bad especially for the price.

  • Justin Davis

    I don’t want to say for sure but what you’re describing sounds like the food got wet. Maybe your dog was eating mildew and mold covered food. That would explain why some bags were fine too. Just a thought.

  • Sara

    Diamond naturals extreme athlete is the perfect food for a high energy dog! It helps keep them at a healthy weight now matter how active they are!
    I have lab mix and was getting another brand of food but would constantly be losing weight because of how active she was. I switched her to this food and I saw her gaining weight and keeping it within a week!
    I HIGHLY recommend this dog food!!!!

  • kkh

    aaawww looks like poor little danny boy couldnt take everyone calling him out for being a loser and removed his comments. what a d.bag.

  • Danny Boy

    I will gladly give you that. Having said that I apologize to you.

  • Danny Boy

    No your mom was an adequate source of love. I highly doubt you have any knowledge about the inner workings of a persons mind other than what you have seen on daytime tv. But thanks for rolling off your dad long enough to say hi :)

  • carlitos2k2

    I had to try all formulas Diamond makes before settling on Beef and Rice Formula. Extreme Athlete he loved, but made his stools runny and excessive belching. Same with Chicken and Rice, and Lamb and Rice. The last two he didn’t really like, but only ate when very hungry. Finally tried Beef and Rice before completely discarding the Diamond label as a whole and this one did the trick. The Beef and Rice formula was both enjoyable for my GSD as well as making his bowel movements more solid and less gas and belching.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, unfortunately, I used to refer to it a lot! Too bad the author of the site is not able to write anymore. I believe the recommendations will still be valuable for some time to come.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Just a thought, and it might not help, but some of the posters have had problems with Diamond products (Taste of the Wild is also a Diamond product). I’ve listed a few to a poster below that could possibly work and are in the same price range as Diamon Naturals. They are Fromm Gold, Propac Ultimates, Whole Earth Farms and Victor. Many people have seemed to like these. Good Luck!

  • Crazy4dogs

    I like the site link you included! Some very good info! :)

  • Jojo

    thank you so much that is great information

  • Jojo

    we used to do nutra, and then we switched to the wild.. something like that, but we moved and that pet store is not close to us anymore, we tried blue buffalo once they did not care for it. I was on amazon, and saw this food and thought my dogs might like it… I drove to the pet store by my old house today and got the Wild dog food.. and will see if I can buy online.. but I have removed this food.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Poor pups. What were you feeding them before?

  • Crazy4cats

    Bummer! Here is a link to a site that has been helpful to me when I’m trying to get my pups tummies better.
    Hope this helps.

  • Jojo

    I just bought a bag and my dogs have been on it for about a week and both dogs have ben sick, throwing up, diarrhea and gagging.. it has been horrible, one seems not as sick as the other but still both dogs? has to be the food. I will look up the chicken rice and pumpkin thing and try that and will be removing this food.. both my dogs are also 11.

  • webhole

    Patty Vaughn is her name.

    20 years ago she was a vet tech

  • kkh

    murphy loves diamond naturals, its highly rated, and it has never made him sick. victor costs more and is hard to find.

  • kkh

    learn to read.

  • kkh

    it isnt necessary to have “experience in the pet food industry” in order to find out about a dog food recall. however, a persons comment history IS relevant when considering whether or not to blow off said commentor. you sound like a sad little person who makes himself feel better by insulting strangers on the internet.

    aww poor danny boy. whats wrong, buddy? did your mommy withhold her love?

  • kkh

    dont know. my dog loves it, and hes usually a picky eater. doesnt like fish and wouldnt eat any of the blue buffalo flavors we tried. we even have been able to put our cats food down on the floor next to the dogs because murphy wont eat it. but he loves his diamond lamb and rice! maybe try a different flavor? i know it can be an expensive experiment!

  • cephalo

    We tried this brand, but my dog doesn’t like it. Great quality on paper, but not worth much if not eaten. What does my Dog know that I don’t?

  • theBCnut

    Yes, your comment history is relevant. You have a known pattern of insulting people instead of using intelligent discussion.

    If you look at the commenting policy on this site, you will see that veterinary professionals are asked to use their real name. While I am not currently a veterinary professional, I assumed this still applied to me and I used my real name for years on this site since I was claiming my qualifications. However, I found there to be far too many people that enjoy being jerks and even one or two that were borderline or over the line stalkers, so I quit using my real name and I don’t mention my qualifications.

    But completely aside from that, canine nutrition isn’t rocket science and researching brands of dog food is even easier than that. Reading FDA reports on their inspection of the Gaston, SC Diamond plant was dry, boring, and disgusting, but not difficult. You should try it. So what qualifications do I supposedly need to have an opinion about everything I have read about this topic?

  • Danny Boy

    Must be a liberal…always looking for someone else to speak for you. Must suck to be so weak. And please find labsrawesome. Would be worth while to speak with something other than whinny losers.

  • Danny Boy

    Translation: You are not qualified.
    My comment history is not relevant to my comment to you. But allow me to state that I use this ID when dealing when those who present themselves as something they are not. You are correct when you state you do not have to post your qualifications to me. It does however just add credence to what I say. Bon appetite.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Why are you on this site? I’ve seen your discuss history. It seems your only purpose is to insult people.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Yeah, right?!?

  • DogFoodie

    I looked at that yesterday, too. Nothing but a barrage of insults and name calling.

  • aquariangt

    Smells pretty trollish to me. Where is LabsRAwesome when I need her

  • theBCnut

    I’ve looked at your commenting history and insulting everyone you reply to doesn’t make you intelligent. Try expressing yourself politely.

    Just because you don’t know my qualifications, doesn’t mean I’m not qualified to comment, it means you don’t know, and apparently there is a lot you don’t know. I’ve posted my college and work experience in the past, but I certainly don’t need to post them for your benefit.

  • Danny Boy

    You are not qualified to recommend anything.
    Sitting behind a computer getting fat eating bon bons does not an expert make. Please feel free to post your college and work experience in the pet food industry.

  • theBCnut

    All other brands do voluntary recalls too. By the time the government goes through all the processes to do a mandatory recall, a company’s reputation is completely trashed and the government is likely to completely put them out of business, so companies do voluntary recalls as soon as the FDA starts grumbling about the possibility of starting the process. Diamond has had 2 recalls in the past 5 years and 4 or 5 in the past 10. There was a HUGE multistage recall in 2012 on every dog food they make and the next year, they had a recall on cat food. The recall in 2012 was quite enlightening. Their food processing equipment was held together with duct tape, so it couldn’t be properly cleaned and they were storing unmarked kibble in open bins. Those were just 2 of the gross offenses that the FDA report remarked upon. You are welcome to trust Diamond and love their food, but they have failed to live up to my standards. Maybe a little research into the recall process would be in order.

    And just which brand am I supposed to be receiving a paycheck from? I feed and recommend about 10 different brands. Whichever one of them is supposed to be my employer must be mad as a wet hen. It is amazing how low Diamond will stoop and how uneducated their shills are.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Oh, poor baby! Unfortunately, that’s what happens when dogs are fed the same exact food for years and many, including myself rotate and recommend rotation of our foods.
    Diamond has had production problems in the past. You might try using Fromm Gold, Propac Ultimates, Whole Earth Farms or Victor. They are in a similar price range to Diamond Naturals. Fromm Four Star Nutritionals, Earthborn Holistic & Merrick are the upgrade versions. All are family companies with good records.

  • Jess

    My 11 year old lab was on Nutro Natural Choice large breed for the majority of his life. We loved it. Then they changed the formula, and my dog became lethargic, dropped huge clumps of fur, and was itching for the first time in his very spoiled life. That began my current journey looking for a new food. We have been trying Diamond Naturals large breed but have noticed quality control issues. The first bag was fine and second big bag seemed fine. We go through a big bag about every 5 weeks. Then the kibble in the third bag looked different, lighter in color and kind of swollen. I dismissed it until my dog started throwing up in the house two or three times a day. Then the diarrhea started. It was very runny, and he just couldn’t hold it. It was everywhere. We rushed to the vet for a full work up. They ran all sorts of tests but found nothing. I took him off dog food and did the cooked chicken, rice, and pumpkin thing. Instantly better. I took the food back to the store where a very knowledgable clerk allowed me to return it, saying it was probably just a rare bad bag. I exchanged it for a bag of the same stuff with a different production code; after all, the first two bags were great. Everything seemed ok. Then I bought another bag. It was ok too. Now another bag with swollen, light colored kibble and after three or four days another round of a rumbling tummy, loose stools, hacking and gagging. I am done with Diamond. I think they can make a good food, but I believe it’s a crapshoot basically. It’s a gamble with each bag. Will I get the good stuff, or this weird, swollen, light colored stuff that makes him sick? I can’t take the risk with such an old, dear dog. I think the good reviews are legit. I also think the bad ones are legit. It all depends on whether you are lucky enough to get a good bag versus a bad one. I would say feed this only if you are willing to take the monthly gamble as you open each new bag and spend the first several days of each new bag constantly watching and waiting for the signs of another bad bag.

  • guitarest

    Same company, same food different kibble shapes.

  • guitarest

    We are a rescue, and train rescue dogs to become service animals for wounded warriors and work w the VA, USA, USN, and USAF amd are a 501c3. We have used Diamond since 2010 and every dog loves it, shiney coats, bright eyes and love to learn. We work with all breeds, when accepted most are malnourished when finished most never knew the how bad the dog originally looked compared to now. Finally with only five dollars difference between Diamond and crap food why buy anything else?

  • guitarest

    There has been only one recall in the last five years and Diamond did it to themselves and was not directed by the Feds unlike other brands. I was notified by a phone call from my local feed store before it went national and press picked it up. They were concerned about Samonila in the kibble. So unsure what make believe recall or company you speak off because its not Diamond. Its amazing how low the brands will stoop and pay people to intentally post crap here.

  • Kim

    I have had 2 danes on it for years & have not had a problem. When I rescued my dane at the at of 4 months I put him on the lamb & rice alone with my mastiff, smaller dog, as well as my german shepherd. All have done well. I subscribe to a service that sends me the recalls & haven’t seen Diamond in there yet.

  • Debbie Serpico

    My Dane has been on Diamond Naturals lamb and rice for 8yrs, never had any problems, Good luck with your new pup! :)

  • Christi Gaubatz

    I just read your post and indeed your pitbull/ chihuahua mix sounds really different. Would love to see a picture.

  • Ann Hartman

    I recently switched both my dogs (large lab mixes) to Diamond Naturals Adult Chicken and Rice. They both love it and have had no problems with it. I switched over very slowly (still had lots of old food left) to allow them to adjust and they are both doing well on the Diamond Naturals.

  • DogFoodie

    Diamond has a history of recalls, but even worse, a poor handling of those recalls. I reluctantly and infrequently include a Canidae product, which may or may not be co-packed by Diamond, in the rotation for my dog with multiple food intolerances.

    I would never feed my dog only one food, especially a Diamond product. Think about what you’d do if / when Diamond has another recall and your dog isn’t used to switching foods.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/sylerbo Sylvia

    So happy to hear you say that, my husband just bought a bag of the white fish and sweet potato, 2 of our 3 dogs have allergies. I told him I had heard many good things about Diamond as a whole, so when I read the review just before yours, I got discouraged (had been a while since reading all those other ones), but now having read yours, I’m rest assured. Thank you!

  • Sylvia Willhite

    So happy to hear you say that, my husband just bought a bag of the white fish and sweet potato, 2 of our 3 dogs have allergies. I told him I had heard many good things about Diamond as a whole, so when I read the review just before yours, I got discouraged (had been a while since reading all those other ones), but now having read yours, I’m rest assured. Thank you!

  • theBCnut

    Diamond has had a lot of quality control issues and many recalls. They don’t respond to recalls very well either, putting your dog further at risk, so I can’t recommend anything they make. NutriSource has a good small breed puppy food. And if you go over to the forum side, do a search on small breed puppy food and you will find a thread for just that.

  • Hannah Wenneman

    Would the small breed puppy food in this brand be good for a Beatle? Any suggestions?

  • CJ

    I’ve been feeding my dogs Diamond Naturals for years and never had a single problem. All 5 of my dogs are healthy and are at a healthy weight. Im very pleased with Diamond Naturals.

  • LabsRawesome

    You should buy smaller bags. 40lbs of kibble will go bad/stale before you can use that much.Fats go rancid when exposed to air/light. Pitbull/Chihuahua mix sounds adorable. Can you post a pic?

  • Holly Bluer

    100% agree!

  • Holly Bluer

    I recently switched my girl Star, a pittbull-chihuahua mix, over to Diamond Naturals and she loves it. She is only 21.5 pounds (a small dog) and has no issues eating the food. I found it at a local feed store for $25.99 for a 40lb bag, a good deal for good food

  • Dorey King

    I have 2 boys Cookie (rat terrier) & Ruckus (bandogge mastiff). They’ve been on Purina complete for 2 years but Ruckus is having some food allergies so we need to switch. They have to be on the same food bcuz they are just going to eat out of each other’s bowls anyway. So I need something that is good for small & large breed adult dogs, that’s way healthier than Purina, not super expensive & small kibble bits-Cookie has a tough time with the bigger pieces. Would Diamond Naturals be a good choice for the both of them?

  • Brandon Bray

    To anyone googling advice on the internet. Use it to gain knowledge to ask questions, but take your questions to professionals for your final decision :) You wouldn’t google symptoms of your children and listen to strangers tell you what to do would you? Isn’t that what our furry friends are, family?

    I use Diamond Natural for my Dane. Years she’s been fine. Different people have different furry friends who have different reactions. My experiences shouldn’t lead anyone to making a final decision. I consulted my vet when I got my Dane on the choices of food. Of course they always push the brand sitting on their shelves (like a family doctor will be pushing whatever pills are on the counter that day). But don’t be afraid to ask questions on other foods using the knowledge you gain from these sites.

    Find a vet :) Work with them and don’t be afraid to shop around for a good vet.

  • poohbear41176

    Diamond also makes the 4 Health brand.

  • aquariangt

    When was the dog having problems with it? She made no mention of being on beef before the lamb, so that’s just an assumption. And protein rotation is important. You don’t ever read people’s posts before blindly commenting with your 4 stock responses

  • Bob K

    Yep – Dog was having problems with it.

  • aquariangt

    Why not switch to beef? Is there a problem with protein rotation, bob?

  • ajobie

    We were trying to switch her to the beef to see if that may help with some of her anal gland issues and gas. I contacted the manufacturer and am in the process of returning the bag to amazon.

  • Bob K

    ajobie – Something does not make sense here. Diamond Natural Large Breed Puppy is a lamb and rice kibble, why the switch to a beef formula? Why not stick with another Lamb choice if it has worked out so far? Did you contact the Mfg. of the kibble? Did you return the bag?

  • ajobie

    We are currently transitioning our 9 month old from diamond large breed puppy to the diamon adult beef formula. When we first started transitioning her she was vomiting a very small amount every other night. Our vet thought maybe it was just her adjusting to the new food. Well yesterday our poor girl vomited 7 times! We took her to the emergency vet and were told to discounting use of any Diamond food from here on out.

    Our pup is now on boiled chicken and rice and has been off any Diamond food for 36 hours. She is doing remarkably better with the food out of her system. She is still very weak and tired but is slowly returning back to herself.

    This food needs to be RECALLED IMMEDIATELY!!! Too many dogs are getting so sick with the same symptoms in the same time frame. This is horrible!!!!

  • DogFoodie

    Budget friendly is a relative term, Patricia. I believe for the quality, Victor is very budget friendly. At an average price point of about $1 per pound, it’s one of the least expensive 5 star foods.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    That’s not true, wheat allergies can exist in both people and dogs, though I am not totally sure if it is from the gluten or something else. There are also gluten sensitivities, which is not a true antibody reaction, but can cause allergy symptoms.

  • Deborah Smith

    I have fed many of my dogs naturals chicken and rice they do great. The rest I feed salmon and potato 4 health, they do great.

  • Bob K

    Meg – I have fed Diamond Natural usually chicken and rice to many dogs over the last 7 years and have had no problems with the kibble. Do your research and you will find out lots of companies have recalls dog food recalls. Diamond Natural is a 4 star rated kibble that is a bargain compared to other kibbles. The Diamond midwest plant in Missouri has an excellent record. The plant in SC that provides product to the East side of the US is the plant that has had problems in the past. No need to switch to extreme athlete, since you have had great success, why change? I know many people that fees Diamond Natural or another brand they make with no issues. The company is one of the largest dog food producers in the US. If it were so bad they would be out of business long ago.

  • DogFoodie

    Do you have a budget for food and how do you plan to buy it (online or brick & mortar).

    Some foods I think are really good quality at a fair price are Wellness, Earthborn Holistics, Victor (if you can buy it locally) and Dr. Tim’s.

  • Meg Barth

    Really? I had no idea! An animal rescue told me they were two different companies when they told me about the dog food. What do you suggest?? I figured it was a great good considering it received a 4.

  • theBCnut

    Diamond and Diamond Naturals are 2 of about 15 or 20 brands that Diamond makes that are recalled every 2-4 years and have quality control issues frequently between recalls. No dogs don’t have to be extreme athletes to eat that, but they do need to have a very healthy gut with a diverse population of probiotics to withstand the bacterial contamination in the food. And since you are susceptible to the bacteria in their food, always remember to wash thoroughly after handling any dog food, but especially after handling Diamond foods.

  • DogFoodie

    Diamond and Diamond Naturals are just two of the many house brands manufactured by Diamond.

  • Meg Barth

    I’ve seen a lot of comments about the “Diamond” brand having a lot of recalls. Diamond and Diamond Naturals are two completely different brands. Also, I wanted some advice. My Boston terrier has been on the chicken and rice for months now, and she sometimes likes it, but she’s also a grazer and doesn’t eat often throughout the day. She’s always been like this. Should I switch to extreme athlete? Does a dog have to be an extreme athlete to eat this food?? I saw that it got 5/5 and what I’m feeding her now gets 4/5. Thoughts??

  • aquariangt

    if you scroll up on your mouse about 1 time you will see the dates. They are at the bottom of each review, including each time the review has been updated. The reviews also say nothing about quality of food, ingredients, or anything of that sort. It is purely a review of the ingredients and GA on the food. If you read through the review comments and the forums, you will see that many of us speak out (somewhat loudly) against Diamond for all the reasons you just mentioned

  • Carolyn

    How old is this review? Why are there no dates to go with these articles as things can drastically change at any given time. Go to Consumer Affairs and look up Diamond dog food and there are some scary recent complaints of dogs getting very sick and or dying after buying Diamond Naturals…many since they changed their packaging a few months ago. I just put my dogs on it and they both immediately got a very pale colored diarrhea. My dogs never react to food changes so I don’t think that’s the problem. After reading the nightmares..costs..losses others have gone through I am taking ZERO chances and switching to another high quality brand. And yes…they according to the company and to treating vets, the company has had a problem with salmonella.

  • Debbie

    Our local TractorSupply had the Diamond Naturals Adult Chicken and Rice on sale for $28.00 for 40lbs so we grabbed it and started our first rotation diet for both our dogs. One on Pure Balance Grain Free Salmon & Pea other Pure Balance Chicken & Rice….nether dogs seem to like this :(

  • Allyson

    Yep… They don’t wanna tell people unless we bother to ask. That crap pisses me off. Sorry bout your dogs, hope their better now.

  • DogFoodie

    The 4Health you’re feeding is also made by Diamond, the same company who makes the recalled Chicken & Rice food you were feeding previously. Just FYI.

  • Nakita

    What?!?!?! I didn’t know there was a salmonella contamination! I feel like a horrible dog owner. We just had to take our dogs to the vet because they weren’t getting better and one was bleeding from his rectum. We have now switched to 4Health Salmon and sweet potatoe.

  • Allyson

    Yes! I was feeding that same kind to my dogs because one of my dogs has allergies. Once I bought a bag of the new version it made both my dogs sick, worse for my boy with allergies, he was very sick. I called the company and they told me it was because of salmonella contamination in the food. Haven’t bought anything from the company since. It’s not worth the risk of making my dogs sick

  • Megalodon77

    Wow thanks Sandy that answered all my questions!!!

  • Gabyymary_trueno

    I started to use Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete for my Belgian Malinois with excelent results. He was with Authority grain free but they changed the pack and the recipe. I notice that the new formula make him loss too much hair and loss of appetite. I switched with the new food and no more problem until now. I recomend this product for extreme dogs.

  • http://theuglypugglyboutique.com/ sandy

    I don’t know if you’ve seen this new article yet. It is listed on the left side of the screen.


    Also, the Editor’s Choice section has a list of foods for large breed pups.

    And here’s the link to the Large and Giant Breed Puppy Nutrition topic in the regular forum.


  • Megalodon77

    I have a 10 mo old Great Dane pup that I’ve been feeding a mixture of innova (large breed adult) and blue buffalo fish. Once he adjusted to the combo he did fine, stools were good most of the time, but he does seem to always have itchy skin. Danes tend to have skin issues so I can’t necessarily pin this to the food. Today I bought a bag of diamond naturals large breed adult instead (unavailability of innova at stores nearest me) and he scarfed it down, whereas he’s usually uninterested in his innova mix. I’ve read several times to keep Great Dane puppies on adult food due to protein content- danes grow so big so quick they need much less protein than most pups & adult food typically has less protein. Does anyone have any personal experience with or knowledge of danes and optimal nutrition? Cost isn’t necesarily an issue, but he does eat about 6-8 cups a day… But of course I want highest quality premium dog food for him. Thanks!!

  • Elizabeth Darden

    Thanks! I will go with the Chicken. Seems like the best quality you can get at that price! In our neck of the woods, they carry it at Tractor Supply.

  • Elizabeth Darden

    Thanks, that’s very enlightening! Their chicken and rice formula is “all life stages.” I contacted Diamond to get the calcium and phosphorus percentages. The chicken and rice comes out to: Calcium = 3.8 g per 1000 kcal
    Ca to P ratio = 1.2 to 1

  • Bob K

    I have been feeding Diamond Natural Chicken and Rice for over 6 years to 50+ dogs and have had excellent results. A bargain for a 4 star rated kibble.

  • Bob K

    I would go with the regular food since your I suspect your dog is high energy and wants to play and exercise. I have fed both diamond natural Chicken and Rice & Lamb and Rice with great results. A bargain for a 4 star food. If your dog inhales their food and does not chew it, you can always add some soup cans to their bowl to slow them down or buy a special bowl. Menards stocks it and often has it on sale for about $27.00 for 40lbs.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Actually, I tend to feed foods that are rated for either “growth” or “all life stages”. It can be confusing, but a food rated for all life stages includes puppies (foods for growth). But a food rated for adult maintenance is not for puppies and can have a higher amount of calcium. So you can still have some benefit from a food with controlled calcium if feeding an all life stage food or puppy food (which you can feed for life). I try to keep carbohydrate content at 45% or less since dogs don’t even require it according to some sources, so I feed “moderate” protein for my foster dogs. For example, one of the foods I use is Nutrisource grain free lamb with protein at just 31% and carbs of 41%. For me, that’s moderate protein, anywhere from 27-33%. Less protein than that is just too many carbs. And I don’t want to buy a bag of carbs! As far as the breed specific supplements, there is usually not enough per serving of food to make a difference so I would give a separate supplement. The Diamond puppy lamb formula is right in the middle – moderate protein, moderate fat and 45% carbs.

  • Elizabeth Darden

    Thanks! The vet says he is finished growing and told me to switch him to adult food. I will still do the calcium calculation though. Would you think that the added glucosamine and chondroitin (and other large breed specific add-ins) are more important than the lower protein content?

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    They have less protein than the other formulas. Different large/giant breeds pups can be considered a puppy even at 2 yrs old. They have to have controlled calcium levels during puppyhood. There are two articles listed on the left side of the screen about hip dysplasia and large breed puppy food. You might check them out.

  • Elizabeth Darden

    Why do the large breed adult varieties get a half star less than the regular adult varieties? I’m about to switch my 70 pound 1 year old to adult food. Should I get large breed or regular?

  • Nakita

    Has anyone had any problems with there dogs since they added ingredient’s to the Diamond Natural’s Chicken & Rice?

  • theBCnut

    They have had a cat food recall after that. And have had further quality control issues after that. They can’t keep their act together for very long.

  • Bob K

    Jenn – Diamond Natural is a 4 star rated kibble and a bargain compared to many other kibbles.

  • Bob K

    I have been feeding Diamond Natural for over 6 years to over 50 foster dogs, with no problems, all their coats improve and poopies firm up. I too buy it at Menards. Recalls are part of the US food system in both human and pet food. Over 3000 people die each year in the US due to food borne illnesses.

  • mrmizzou

    What you are saying has some truth .But the whole industry appears to have had past problems. Almost all major and minor players have had recalls.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Diamond has a long history of recalls. They have not always handled them correctly either. That says it all. IMO they are always on borrowed time. It’s just a matter of time before another recall hits.

  • mrmizzou

    I have been feeding my 38 lb mixed breed Diamonds Extreme Athlete for about 1year. He is doing great and looking great. The food is rated 5 stars ,,but sells at Manards for less than $1.00 a Lb. I like the quality and the price.

  • mrmizzou

    Am I correct,there have been no recalls of Diamond products since May 2012 ?

  • Jenn Thomas

    We have been feeding our 10 year old, 70lb pit bull Diamond Lamb and Rice for about 5 years now. She has very sensitive skin and this is one of the affordable foods that she can tolerate. Our other 2 dogs, 5 year old husky and a 2 year old 30 lb mix also eat this with no problems. I would love to be able to feed a higher quality food to our dogs but for the price I think this is a decent food for them.

  • matthew

    I have been feeding my dogs diamond for 5 months. I have a lab, a beagle mutt, a Shepherd great byrenese mix, and a pit bull all have shed the over wieght problem and have gotten much need muscle mass. My dogs look great and have lots of energy. I love the dog food and my dogs do too.

  • DogFoodie

    Amazon would be a great way for you to give Victor a try. Funny thing is, it’s generally more expensive on the websites that sell it than it would be in a brick & mortar. In addition to Amazon, you can find Victor on Sportdogfood.com and Rocketpetz.com.

    The Victor Lamb & Rice might be one to consider for your Schnauzer if you don’t mind grain. It’s not exactly limited ingredient, but not too bad in that regard and has a bit less fat, since Schnauzers are prone to pancreatitis.

    Good luck!

  • Launa Elaine Strickland

    Haha! We live in a small community in the Eastern Sierra, CA, between Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and Bishop. Online shopping is my #1 survival tool and I found Victor Dog food on Amazon!
    Our mini schnauzer suffered terribly from skin rashes and hives until we switched to Blue Buffalo. Expensive food, but it costs lot less than the frequent Vet visits and medications (that had bad side effects). I just don’t have the budget to feed it to both dogs. They have both done well on the Kirkland.
    Diamonds bad rep does concern me greatly, so I really appreciate your suggestions!
    Thanks so much!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Me too! The reviews are actually just based on ingredients and analysis, but the Editor’s Choice section has much more comprehensive and ever-changing reviews.

  • DogFoodie

    Darn, sorry! Yes, do ask at a local feed-type store if they could offer it for you. It’s great quality and very budget friendly. Maybe they’d even consider carrying the line.

    You could also look for Eagle Pack or Dr. Tim’s. Both are budget friendly, quality foods made by reputable manufacturers.

    I have to say, I’m not a fan of Blue Buffalo and the Kirkland product you’re looking at is made by Diamond, who’s infamously known for their recall history.

    You’ve got me wondering where you might live. Do you ever order online or could that be an option for you?

  • Launa Elaine Strickland

    Very true, Dog_Obsessed. That is why I go to websites like this. I depend on folks who have the time and resources to investigate these products.

  • Launa Elaine Strickland

    Hi DogFoodie! Sounds like an excellent product but the closest dealer is 265 miles from us. I’ll see if a local supplier can get this product for a reasonable cost. Thanks!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Just because a product is made in the USA doesn’t mean it doesn’t outsource ingredients. I don’t know what the case is with this food, but it is made by Diamond which has had quality control issues at there South Carolina plant.

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Launa,

    Take a look at Victordogfood.com, and see if you have a local retailer nearby. Victor is a quality, affordable food from a reliable manufacturer.

  • Launa Elaine Strickland

    The packaging says “Proudly made in the USA…”

  • Launa Elaine Strickland

    We only fed our 8 year old 20 lb mini schnauzer Blue Buffalo, but when we adopted our 2 year old 50 lb rescue mixed breed, we could no longer afford to buy expensive dog food. Our mixed breed has Epilepsy, so we have to be extra careful what we feed him. We also hike at high altitude frequently so they need really good nutrition for energy and stamina! After much research, we gradually switched over to Kirkland Signature Lamb and Rice, which is affordable and very good quality. Unfortunately, it is only available at Costco, which is a 2 1/2 hour drive for us, weather permitting in winter. A local pet store owner recommended Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice. After some research, we have decided to switch over to this product, due to the convenience and affordability. We hope both dogs do as well on this brand.

  • Christine Fannon

    Is this made in China or does it use ingredients from there?

  • theamericandreamdavidporter

    I have been feeding Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete to my Boglen Terrier and have found that his coat is shiny, breath is not offensive, his eyes are colorful, and energy levels are high.

    I do not know what owners are expecting from their respective brand of dog food but I could not ask for more.

  • Bob K

    sandra – Which Diamond product does your dog eat? What did you used to feed your dog.

  • sandra reeves

    I switched my Haze two years ago to diamond food and about four months I noticed a big difference in her eyes,coat,and gums. She eats less food and is buffed out weighing in at a healthy 67 lbs. My kids have dogs and have also switched to diamond. I would like to be able to buy the other brands in a big nuggets. Small ones r swallowed whole

  • stephanie

    I hope it works as well for diesel as it has for my furry, four-legged children! I love the protein/ fat content as well as the affordability. It is also the same manufacturer as taste of the wild.

  • Gasner Duke-Diesel

    I just switch my dog to Extreme athlete. Like you said its a very good food and affordable when u compare it to other top food. Theres also alot of stuff in that food. You dont even need to supplement… and love the high protein and fat..

  • Gasner Duke-Diesel

    Thanks Bob but I dont have to with Diesel because his Stomach is use to switching. He never get the runs…

  • Bob K

    Remember to transition slowly to a new food.

  • Gasner Duke-Diesel

    Trying extreme athlete today. I was on Taste of the wild but only 30#bag. Extreme look just as good or better and its 5 star 40# bag and less money. And ofcoure I like the 32-25

  • gayle

    I have thought about moving them to adult food, but puppy food is usually easier on tummies and has higher calories, which my 7yo Akita really needs. I may try the extreme advantage, but I don’t want her puking up every meal, bleah! She even barfs up treat biscuits. ::sigh::

  • Bob K

    Diamond Natural had a large breed adult Lamb and Rice food that might be more appropriate for your loved ones who are 2 years old also a lamb and rice for adult dogs. Ingredients are similar and the kibbles are larger too. We buy ours at Menards.

  • Eva Hickman

    I feed my dogs Diamond Naturals Small breed and they love it and do well on it.

  • gayle

    I have been feeding Diamond Large Breed Puppy Lamb/Rice to our Akita and young Basset for about 2 years. I love this food BC it is one of *very few* that our Akita can eat and not puke up, and our Basset is very healthy with no skin or joint issues. We tried *many* foods for our Akita and she looks good and is doing great on this. I am sticking with the puppy food for the foreseeable future as both dogs like it and look good, and I am glad that there is NO wheat, corn or soy in this quality product.

  • Richard Chambers

    I am in Canada close to the US border. Please make your allergy dog food available near the Canadian border and my two friends and I will be buying lots of it asap.

    Would you mind letting me know how you can be sure that Steph is not the troll? Were you supplied with personal information about Steph? That doesn’t seem right that someone from Dog Food Advisor gave you personal information about a guest poster.

  • stephanie

    I have fed Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete for about 3 or 4 years now. Never had a problem, my dogs look great and love it. Originally I bought it because when my Ridgeback was young he was super lean and athletic, and I discovered that he could not have corn. I tried many other grain free foods and although he liked them, he would not gain weight or even maintain well on any. He looked as if I were starving him. I found Extreme Athlete to be the only thing I could find at the time with the combination of grain free/ high protein/ high fat that I was looking for. Also had to search for non fish based, as he doesn’t like the taste of fish based foods. And it was super reasonably priced! I noticed a difference within about a week. He has always done great on it. I also have a Great Pyrenees and a Whippet who eat this formula as well. All look great and love the food. Everyone is in show weight and all coats look shiny and beautiful. I did try Naturals Adult Lamb & Rice. The Great Pyrenees and Ridgeback did fine but the Whippet lost weight so I switched back to Extreme Athlete. May be a fine formula for me to try again down the road, as my Whippet just turned 15.

  • aimee

    Hi Aquariangt,

    Large giant breed growth is an area of interest of mine and I have read a lot of the original research in this area. In regards to protein what do you consider high protein ( energy basis)?

    As I haven’t found a particular protein content recommended for large/giant breed growth I’m eager to see the research that supports a particular level.

    I disagree with your comment that more carbs mean weight gain or that carbs are directly tied to weight gain.

    In a study on growth and body composition (Romsos 1976) pups eating the highest carbohydrate content diet, 62% had less weight gain as they had the leanest body composition compared to the other diets fed.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Actually, turns out there wouldn’t have to be any smuggling involved, as long as we’re talking 20kg or less (approx 44lbs), as per:


    Sounds like a road/ferry/road trip might be in order for Storm and I!! (as per Rule #3, he must come along ..thankfully, he’d be thrilled!! ..he loves car and ferry rides!) I’m not sure yet of your laws on how it would work if you brought some over here on your travels…but you’re welcome to give it a go! 😉

  • http://BrothersComplete.com/ Richard Darlington

    Storm’s Mom, It’s definitely not Steph, but your instincts were right that the troll (now as heres2u) would show up. Good news is that we know who they are and the Florida State Attorneys Office has confirmed they have broken the law and told us how to supply them with the necessary information so they can subpoena the necessary records to prosecute them. Apparently there is no such thing as total anonymity on the internet, even when using proxy servers to hide your identity. The proxy servers must legally keep the actual identities of their customers and the State and Federal agencies have the right to access this information.

  • http://BrothersComplete.com/ Richard Darlington

    Hi Steph, Sorry about WAG not being able to manage it but hopefully we’ll eventually find a way into Canada so don’t give up hope. Looks like we’ll need to get a distributer there to get the shipping charges reduced to a manageable level.

  • http://BrothersComplete.com/ Richard Darlington

    Sorry to hear that. I noticed that WAG was posting that they were now going to start shipping certain products “Globally” and wondered if they were making the shipping reasonable. Guess not. I’d like to move to the Seattle area in the not-too-distant future and if that happens I’ll consider smuggling some of our dog food to you in the trunk of our car by taking a ferry to your island. Better yet how about a sailboat that I can use to visit your island as explore all the other beautiful islands up there.

  • http://BrothersComplete.com/ Richard Darlington

    Hi Labs – Haven’t been back since my post so just saw your greeting. Hope all is well with your family.

  • heres2u

    richards wife marisa

  • heres2u