Diamond Dog Food Recall


April 6, 2012 — Diamond Pet Foods announced a voluntary recall of its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal and Rice dry dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
Lamb Meal and Rice by Diamond Naturals

The recall event was also confirmed in an FDA news release last updated and posted on April 10, 2012.

So far, no illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond-manufactured products appear to be affected.

The product was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

The company goes on to warn:

Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What Products Are Affected?

Diamond Naturals Dog Food Recall Product Information

What to Do

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Diamond Pet Foods at 800-442-0402.

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  • Vickie Spokane

    The runs can be prevented by giving some pumpkin (Canned … But not the can filling). Pumpkin is good for dogs and stools are more solid. I give my 18mo Lab/Poodle x Hound about a tablespoon before meals. He LOVES it!

  • mahoraner niall

    personally i think its fine, its been almost 4 years since their last recall, so i think they are being extra careful now,

    but thats jut my opinion,

  • I just bought the Diamond large breed puppy food because a friend of mine raves about it. Now I have a friend telling me it is one of the worst brands because they always have recalls and lawsuits. Should I feed this to my dogs? Is this truly a brand that I should not buy? Who is buying this brand and why, considering all of the bad press and sick dogs?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Are you suggesting that the food is causing blindness? I would get your dog to a vet. The food wouldn’t be causing this. If the dog is older it could be a cataract or something.

  • InkedMarie

    You think your dog is going blind because of dog food?

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’m so sorry for your dog, but please do not cause panic. As far as I know, Diamond is not recalled at this moment. I fervently hope it will not be recalled at all, but please don’t make statements without truth to back them up.

  • vmd

    researching found this post, today is Nov 12, 2013 but is happening again. my dog seems to be going blind. Fed kirkland/costco wet chicken/lamb & rice. how to detox her? please, anyone? smiles/tears little grey-haired old lady

  • Pattyvaughn

    Especially if you are feeding a Diamond product

  • Rebecca Rosales-Olmos

    I have been feeding Diamond Naturals Large breed formulas for well over 5 years and NEVER had an issue! If your dog has started to vomit and have loose stools, DO NOT assume, bring them to a licensed vet! Anything can cause these symptoms! Some could be deadly!

  • Rebecca Rosales-Olmos

    Pepto Bismol contains asprin, this can cause stomach bleeding! Please do NOT advise Pepto or give any dog Pepto without forst consulting a licensed vet!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Alex, the recall was from April 2012. That’s a whole year ago. There is no new recall. It sounds like your dog needs probiotics. When you give a dog antibiotics it kills the bad bacteria as well as the good bacteria. Without the good bacteria your dog will not have good digestion, ie diarrhea. If you wish to change foods, look on this site at the 4 & 5 star puppy foods.

  • my 4 months old sibirian husky has on diamond natural lamb and rice for large breed puppies and had a loose stool now and then about 2 months ago i had him on antibiotics and his stool has improved and recently once again i thought the loose stool cause by the shots that he was receiving but now that i read your article it really makes sense im from NJ and the last bag was purchased in NJ store but the puppy him self came from a breeder from NC. I’m really worried can any one advice me anything?

  • I quit feeding the Diamond brand dog foods, too many stomach ills with my dogs.  (one a border collie, the other a shep. mix).  I switched to a mostly chicken diet, sold by Tractor Supply- got away from the lamb. 

    Give your dog pepto bismol to help with the loose stool, then some probiotics.  (yogurt with probiotics is good). It will help get the good bacteria back into the stomach.  The vet can also sell you “forti flora” that you sprinkle on the food.  You may be able to get that online.  It is a dog probiotic. 

  • Missdanamarie09

    Does anyone know is there a new recall dog is vomiting and loose stool eating diamond lamb n rice

  • Erin

    I have a Bulldog I just adopted and she came to me on this food & is having issues with diarrhea I was wondering if it could be the food…I’m thinking maybe so

  • Sycamorecreekranch

    Have your vet check for the campylobacter bacteria. It can be treated. I had a whole litter (8 pups) come down ill when I weaned them with the Diamond Naturals large breed puppy. Their poo improved when I changed it to another food, but we still needed antibiotics.

  • Deb

    We have fed the lamb and rice for 2 yrs. Suddenly, my dogs are both having trouble with diarrea.  I just opened a new bag and both are ill.  Both dogs, 1- a border collie the other, a 65# mutt, are young and shouldn’t be getting sick. I wonder if the dog food is bad. 

  • melissa

    Boxer Mom-

    If you dog is having problems, I would switch asap. I personally will not use anything made by Diamond, but when a dog is getting lethargic and you suspect the food, any food, its time to move away from it.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’m very sorry to hear about your dog, and your neighbor’s dog, but if I were you I’d find another food asap!  I know that no company can be immune from recalls but Diamond is a company that I’d stay away from.  I, too, used to give them the benefit of the doubt but now none of my dogs will ever eat a Diamond made product, no matter the company.  If you are looking for a resonably priced food to substitute I’d suggest something from Earthborn, Merrick’s Whole Earth Farms, something from Nutrisource.  These are a few companies that are, imho, reasonably priced and good quality with no recalls, and family owned companies.  Good luck! 

  • Boxer mom

    I forgot to mention, I made the biggest mistake and threw the bad away, since I keep it in a closed container… so I don’t have the lot number or any valuable information to go to the FDA with.

  • Boxer mom

    I am having similar issues with my dogs at this time and it is months after the April recall. They are on the Lamb and Rice and are exhibiting all the signs K9 noted months ago. My neighbor feeds her dog the regular Diamond food and she is noting her dog is very lethargic as well… does anyone know if there is another recall or is anyone else experiencing issues?

  • PTRP


    I’m not sure why the link breaks in the post, here it is again.

  • Magento Developer India

    Diamond Pet Foods has again recalled batches of dry dog food that may be contaminated with Salmonella, this time to include its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011.

    The earlier Diamond Pet Foods recalls
    involved various formulas manufactured after Dec. 9, 2011 at its
    production facility in Gaston, SC. This recall involves pet food
    produced in Meta, MO.

  • Hound1990

    quote ” Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. We do not have any confirmed reports of pet illnesses.

    Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have received a limited number of reports of salmonellosis, the illness caused by Salmonella. We are working with the CDC, but due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment further.” http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/taste-of-the-wild-recall.html

  • J101

    K9, I’m so sorry for you and for your pups. My dogs have had the symptoms as well. I have an affected bag of food. I’ve made reports to my state agricultural dept, and to FDA. Here is the link again for FDA reporting portal. Click on the highlighted blue text and follow the prompts to file an adverse reaction report.  Best wishes, hoping for a turnaround for you & yours. Thoughts are with you.


  • K9

    I am posting in hopes that anyone who has a dog or puppy that exibits; lethargy, vomitting, loss of appetite, loose stool, dehydration, death that has been on any of the recalled foods; (yes similar symptoms to parvo – except the loose stool is NOT bloody).  PLEASE contact the CDC and let them know.  We feed our entire kennel Diamond products and some adults have had loose stool, we have now lost puppies, have puppies at the vet and have some recovering.  I keep reading no pets have been reported as being affected, how can they keep this on the down low?  One of my sister kennels in GA has 2 adults and both of hers started with loose stools, she called and I told her about the recall and issues.  Mutltiple lab tests are in the works for diagnostic documentation.  Incubation period I read can be up to 14 days!  Remember bleach does not kill bacteria the ph in bleach is too low. 

  • K9pines

    What were the symptoms. I feed this to my entire kennel and have sick puppies.  I am scared for them all.  My vet has sent off Culture and sensitivity.  I have fed the Hi protien for a couple of years.  The adults have had loose stools here and there.  The puppies have suffered and are suffering the brunt at this point.  Some are at the vet, a couple have died and a few are recovering.  Please report all illness to CDC – Center for Disease Control.  http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/dog-food-05-12/

  • Lvexotics

    I tossed the bag of taste of the wild away. My yorkie has not shown any kinds of sign of being sick at all for which I am happy. Would love to go back to the times where there weren’t so many dog food recalls.

  • Hound1990
  • Lftbllns80

    I have a chessi 8 months old we are feeding her taste of the wild . last nigfht she threw up her food, and this morning is snubbing her nose to her food. This is a dog that chows food down like shes never ate before. Im nervous about the food I was told at the pet store about the recall on diamond Im calling the vet this morning because i donot want to wait anyone else have issues let me know thank you

  • Prefer to remain private

    oh wait, my mistake.  they’re hiring at all three plants for three new Quality Control Techs.http://www.diamondpetfoodcareers.com/jobs/

  • Prefer to remain private

    Diamond is hiring a Quality Control Technician.  You do the math. 


  • Peezer

    Just found this site doing research about TOTW being recalled. Lady at the grocery store told me.  I couldn’t believe it so I started checking it out.  I’m shocked to find out that TOTW is owned/manufactured by Diamond.  I’ve fed my 2 Dobies the The Sierra Mtn. with Lamb since they were pups.  They are beautiful and healthy…how do I find out if there is a problem with TOTW? 

  • Irishrosejp

    I found out last night that some Chicken Soup dog food was added to the recall, I’m waiting to see if TOTW makes the list

  • Bob K

     Marlenesgumby – Diamond Natural is probably the least expensive 4 star rated foods out there.  If your dog food is one of the recalled bags – return it to your local store for a refund.  Make sure you have proof of the recall and what you bought.  Diamond only seems to have one plant with issues.  ProPlan is a lower rated food but over priced for whats in the bag.  You might want to check out Eagle Pack as an alternative.

  • Marlenesgumby

    I have been feeding Diamond Dog Food for 20 good years now all the recalls they tell you to throw away the bad bag why no refund? Friends have been wanting me to go to pro plan because of the breeders refunds. I feed 150 lbs. per month and Diamond don;t have a breeder club or even any coupons on their food.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    What does this have to do with dog food?

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  • Ddlubow

    We have the lamb and rice small bites……not sure if it made the recall…we no longerhave the packaging…can anyone advise?

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Bob, I read somewhere that it was closed down to be thoroughly cleaned. I’m not worried about salmonella, it’s no big deal for healthy dogs.

  • Bob K

     groomerchic – Since it was a voluntary recall, do you really expect Diamond to tell the general public how many dog owners called in claiming their dog was sick looking for reimbursement.  Do you think Diamond would tell the general public how many dog owners called in reporting illness after the recall was announced? 

    Diamond brags about their 151 quality checks they have implemented on their website.  Will adding another check or dozen checks solve their problem?  Perhaps they ought to raise the price 5% and do a little more checking or better screen their supplier or inspect their plant operations.  I feel deceived since obviously 151 is not enough to make a safe product.  I will still buy Diamond Natural but I feel misled, deceived and lied to.   Since Diamond also shutdown the plant for a while I suspect a larger problem was found.  Did they ever tell the public the real reason why Diamond shutdown all shipments from a specific plant?

  • Hi Nidas&Reyna,

    I wouldn’t assume that simply purchasing a recalled dog food in ANY particular state to be automatically exempt from a recall.

    Products can sometimes end up a good distance from their original points of distribution. To be safe, go by the lot numbers and “Best By” dates as published only.

    Hope this helps.

  • Nidas&Reyna

    So if I purchased the food in Texas it should NOT be affected by the recall, correct? 

  • groomerchic

    It is only the Lamb and Rice formula that was recalled and it is only a possibilty of contamination as there were NO reports of illness.  They were only making sure.  That should reassure folks about the company.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’m very sorry to hear about your friend’s dogs.  I hope they are okay now.  How was it determined that Diamond was the cause of their illnesses.  Did she have the food tested?  Did Diamond “own up” to being the cause?  Just curious….

  • Vonderhssgsd

    I have a friend who has two German Shepherds. She feeds Diamond. Both dogs within a two week period had to be rushed to the emergency vet. Both almost died. Diamond was determined to be the cause…

  • I have been so excited to see that people are actually posting regarding this theme in such a smart way, showing us all different sides to it. You are a great blogger. Please keep it up.

  • Bob K

    PetDFD – Where did you get that information from?  If they shut down the plant then they halted production.  That is very different from a recall of a product that consumers have purchased.

  • Bob K

    ariaslaurie – Was your kibble included in the recall?  What else are your puppies eating and drinking?  Lake or river water, Grass, Sticks, Poop, Insecticides, Pesticides, Treats?  Are you sure?  Are they up to date on their vaccines?  When was the last fecal that included: Giardia, Coccidia and Crypto?    Did you transition your puppies to a new food slowly?  

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Actually the factory is in S. Carolina, not N. Carolina…just fyi.  Hope the pup is okay now.

  • ariaslaurie

    I have had couple of sick puppies recently that are on Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy. I was thinking I had an outbreak of Giardia but now I’m thinking it may be the food.

  • caroljby

    All people are not reporting their comments I have a 5 month old puppy that was purchased from me I called everyone to tell them of the recall. The puppy got sick for no reason and she almost lost him. It made sense to her when I told her of the symptons. So at this time everyone who has sick dogs might not see the recall and are not reporting that their dogs have been sick. So I am letting everyone know about this puppy. that was on the Diamond puppy food and it got very sick and almost died. So if anyone else out there has any puppies on the Diamond Puppy food please let them know. The factory was N Carolina and this is where the recalls are coming from. I JUST CARE ABOUT DOGS and I don’t want to see any animal suffer at all!!!!!

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Do you have a statement from Diamond saying this?  Yes, they have halted distribution of products made by Diamond for a thorough plant cleaning as per their last statement.  However, I believe (unless it has happened today) that TOTW is not recalled.

  • PetDFD

    Other dry foods from Diamond Pet (which is produced in NC) is on recall. Distributors are not releasing any Taste of the Wild to retailers as of today. Cans are not included in the recall.

  • PetDFD

    TOW is on recall as well. It comes from the NC plant and the entire product lineup for Diamond in NC is recalled.

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Jcunningham5003, The limited recall is only for the Diamond naturals Lamb and rice. And only from the plant in South Carolina. (They have 3 plants) So it depends on your location which plant food comes from. The effected states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York,
    North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. So far, no illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond-manufactured products appear to be affected.

  • Shepali

    Goodness gracious! After I read your story, I feel like crying, which is what I have been doing last few days.. just about a month ago I have lost a beautiful Malinois dog of 5 years of age, my vet suspected food, too.. it was too late, she lasted only a couple of days after we got to what it was from..

  • Jcunningham5003

    Do we need to be concerned about Taste of the Wild?!

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Yes, Nature’s Domain sold at Costco is made by Diamond.

  • Sheltie Lover

    Do they make Nature’s Domain sold at Costco Canada?

  • Hi Caroljby,

    Sorry one of our guests chose to see your mention of Five Leaf Pet Pharmacy as “spam”. For you had every right to mention that company and your positive experience here in our forum.

    A few years back, non-traditional medicine saved my own life following a serious heart attack.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with our group.

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Mike, So funny! “Don’t feed the Trolls” LOL.

  • caroljby

    Taste of the Wild is made by Diamond brand and it comes from the same factory look at your bag before you buy to see where it is from Diamond brand has alot of bags of Dog Food out there

  • caroljby

    I posted about our Rotti being sick from the Diamond Brand and How we found a product from FiveLeaf and some one thought I was advertising the site If you think I am taking the almost loss of my dog as a way to advertise is very sad I just wanted to tell people how we saved our dog I though it could help anyone in the desperate sitution like I was. sorry for your insensitive heart !!! My Dog is alive and thats all that I care about not someone who has nothing to do but to be negetive on a website I have told everyone to get off the Diamond Dog Food because of our near loss the factory has to be cleaned up .

  • Johnandchristo

    Hi Mike Sagman…..

    Love that analogy, lol, dont feed the trolls.
    Or they’ll stay longer than you want. Being
    part Norwegian, its extra funny to me. That 
    could paraphrase the commenting policy. sorry
    but dry humor like that cracks me up. Jei elsker
    hunds. nine trolls.

  • Shawna

    Thank you Mike P and Toxed :)….

    My little finger thanks you too….  🙂  hee hee hee 🙂

  • Toxed2loss

    Thanks Dr. Mike!

    I’ll try to be less tolerant in the future! LOL!!!

  • Bamparker

    Was Taste of the Wild food included in this recall????

  • Hi Toxed,

    I agree. So, don’t be so shy about using that flag button.

    Sometimes I’ll go hours before returning and I can lose track of some of these discussions.

    So, some disruptive characters can end up hanging out here long past their welcome.

    With your help it’s much easier for me to spot them.

    Some folks simply thrive on arguing. So, please remember – don’t feed the trolls. Or they’ll stay longer than you want.

    Starve ’em, Toxed.

  • Toxed2loss

    Thanks Mikey! If I could flag on iPad I would. I emailed Dr. Mike direct. Loved your previous post, by the way. 🙂

    Neither Shawna nor Dixie Chic deserved to be treated like that!!!

  • Mike P

    I flagged him Toxi…Please don’t get yourself worked up over someone like this.He will soon disappear…

  • Toxed2loss

    This comment is rude, and demeaning.

    Dr. mike, I’d like that “spam” button that Erich mentioned in his last post, so I could alert you to inappropriate comments like this…

  • Toxed2loss

    Let me get this straight, you are disparaging posters because they used a medicinal herb, rather than a toxic, synthetic pharmaceutical compound?

    You see, I read for comprehension very well.

    Nobody was advertising Five Leaf Pet Pharmacy. They were relating their personal tragedy with contaminated food, frustration with pharmaceutical based veterinary care, and success with an herbal remedy. They gave the name much the same way that other posters relate which dog foods work, and which don’t. That isn’t “advertising.

  • Mike P

    Hey Erich take a hike…This site is not about being a tool and arguing and being a disruptive voice to a community that tries to help one another.You don’t know anything about Shawna and her reading comprehension. Shawna has more smarts in her little finger than you have in your smart ass head.Sorry Dr Mike but we have people like this show up every couple of weeks. I take this as a very important site as do all our regular posters also do.

  • Erich

    Amen Shawna!  Mercola is a much more appropriate spot!


  • Shawna

    Erich — you quoted a portion of my post :)…  However this thread is getting rather ridiculous so I will drop it before we need to be moderated….

    Good luck to you.

  • Erich

    Or, as you might better comprehend, LOL LOL LOL!!!

  • Erich

    Dear, I quoted your post, so no, I did not misread it…

  • Shawna

    I think you misread my post..  I asked “Are you implying” I even used a question mark at the end..

    And I beleive those of us with “common sense” understood the two posts just fine.  At least I did.

  • Erich

    Shawna, neither mentions the dog they are separately commenting on belong to the mother in law or daughter in law.

    Just as I never wrote, to quote you, “if it’s not a pharmaceutical it is fake.”

  • Shawna

    For the record — I’ve seen Five Leaf Pharmacy recommended and success stories before (my dog was born with kd so I pay attention to such products).

    Here’s one such comment on the Mercola Healthy Pets Website

    “Tigger is doing so much better with the herbs and hydotherapy you have suggested from five leaf pet pharmacy. I can not begin to tell you how much I appreciate all you have done!! He went from not being with me another day to honestly within days an active dog wanting to play.”  http://healthypets.mercola.com/groups/healthypets/forum/t/118972.aspx

    This “fake medicine” has helped quite a few people in pretty serious situations with their pups…  There are more examples on the two yahoo kidney forums I belong to however it is against Yahoo policy (I’ve been told) to copy material from the forum without written consent first..  I’m sure there are more examples to find though.

    Edit — just so there is no misunderstanding — I was the one that recommended Five Leaf to Tigger’s mom (on the Mercola website)…

  • Shawna

    Erich ~~ Those two people are mother-in-law and daughter-in-law (as daughter-in-law states in her post) and are talking about the same dog/s..  Who’s having reading comprehension problems now :)…

    “my Mother in Law who also wrote a comment on here,” 

  • Shawna

    Please do explain what you meant then Erich..  It is true, I didn’t get enough sleep last night and may have misinterpreted your post.. 🙂

  • Erich

    Shawna and Dixie, the only two people in the world to believe that two people with the same exact problem found the same exact solution and thought to mention it on the same forum at the exact same moment.

    The rest of us – with common sense – can identify it as spam.

  • Erich

    You Dixie are also confused, you can babble on all you want about homeopathy, I surely never mentioned it.

  • Erich

    Shawna, your reading comprehension is obviously not up to the task, thus causing you to make up what you think I wrote.

  • Dixie Chic

    You, Erich, are ignorant.  Homeopathic is far superior to Big Pharma.  Homeopathic cures while Big Pharma masks and creates more problems. 

  • Shawna

    LOL!!  Now that is funny!!!  Fake medicine??  Hahahahahahahahahah  Are you implying that if it’s not produced by pharmachemie that it is fake?

  • Erich

    Because gullible people have enough problems without trying out fake medicine.

  • Shawna


  • Erich

    There need to be a Spam button for posts like those advertising the Five Leaf Pet Pharmacy.

  • HealthyDogs

    I posted from my phone, but it evidentally didn’t go through.  I am a retailer and was advised by the Southeastern Distributor that no products produced by Diamond’s SC plant would be shipped this week.  I am not being disparaging, but if the food is not on the shelf, and you feed these products, you may need to make alternate plans.  Most independants order weekly.  No “press release”, from the horse, so to speak.

  • daisy1999

    In Feb. I was out of my usual food, which is Verus Opticoat.  I decided to run up to the the local Tractor Supply to grab something just to feed them until I got the Verus.  I decided upon the 4Health Mature Adult.  I usually feed fish based, but their salmon formula was too high in fat for my pancreatitis dog.  The bag I bought was lamb based, which they have had before and did fine.  By day #2, I had 4 VERY ill dogs.  Diarrhea which soon became explosive to where they could not control it, then very bloody with a lot of mucous.  Was eventually just the blood and mucous coming out.  Also, vomiting, severe itching, and coughing.  My vet was very concerned with it being a Diamond brand, with all 4 being so sick, about the possibility of aflotoxin.  Labs were ok regarding systems that would be affected by this, so that was ruled out.  But, it did appear to be an illness from the food.  Penicillin and Flagyl really helped.  I had to fast them for going on 3 days before they could even do hamburger and rice.  I have substituted in different food with them before without any problem.  This was not a normal “gi upset because you messed with our diet”.  I walk them on a leash outside, so they did not get into anything.  Trashcans are sealed.  There was absolutely nothing we could come up with other than I had a bad bag of food.  Of note, I also became ill.  I truly thought all my dogs were going to die and was sickened over the idea that i felt it was my fault.  When I saw the recall on Friday, it truly made me ill.  I knew right then that there was going to be more to the story.  The exp. dates are Jan. on the recall.  They weren’t just made.  Someone correct me if I am wrong in that a 4Health Lamb and rice formula would have been made in the same place as the Naturals Lamb and Rice.

  • MurphysRescue

    Why even finish out the bag why take that chance

  • melissa


    Truth about pet food-Susan Thixton published it today-she spoke with a Diamond rep, although they have not said which brands are made there. 

  • Coaster77

     How do you know this? Is this a press release?

  • HealthyDogs

    As a precaution, Diamond and the Southeast Regional Distributor have suspended deliveries of all Diamond Foods made in the South Carolina plant.  I do not have info as to all foods, but I know currently no Chicken Soup or TOW will be shipped to retailers from the distributor this week.  This is a precaution and if you have questions about which foods, you should contact Diamond directly. 

  • Coaster77

     What kind of Diamond product had you  been using?

  • Shawna

    Dawnsnowkilbane ~~ I have a dog that was born with kidney disease.  She developed symptoms even before she was weaned…  She is still very healthy and will be six years old the end of June… 🙂

    You are right!!!!  Don’t give up!!!  I have recommended Five Leaf to others (mainly on another forum) and have heard it helped tremendously..  My father is a Master Herbalist so I get my supps through him but he gave his approval for Five Leaf :)… 

    If you haven’t already — look up the term “nitrogen trapping”.  It is using probiotics and prebiotics to help keep the blood clean by causing the BUN to excreted in the feces sparing the kidneys the extra work..  I use Primal Defense (as well as other probiotics) and I use Fiber 35 Sprinkle Fiber (which is “acacia” fiber) for the prebiotic… 

    It is also, as I’m sure you have discovered from the Five Leaf website, vital to feed a moisture rich diet —- so NO kibble..  I don’t like the diet on the site either though..  Actually, I really dislike it… 🙁

    Thanks for sharing your story!!!!  I pray that your baby will do as wonderfully with this disease as my baby has..  If you are interested in anything else I do for my Audrey, do let me know.. 🙂

  • Dawnsnowkilbane

    I have 2 Rottweilers and from the time they were puppys we have fed them Diamond brand food, we were told it was a great natural product and we trusted the food.
    About 2 or 3 months ago my 2 yr old male began throwing up, losing his appetite, no energy, ect. We thought maybe he developed an allergy to the food so we switched him to Taste of The Wild and then a few days later took him to the vet. To our surprise they told us he was in complete kidney failure and would die within 2 days to one week. They said there was NOTHING we could do at all! We were devistated, my Mother in Law who also wrote a comment on here, researched and we started a treatment from Canine Kidney Health or Five Leaf Pet Pharmacy. He has been on this program for a little over a month now and WOW is he doing great!!! When we asked the vet how our 2 year old healthy Rott developed this kidney disorder both of them asked us if we gave him any treats that had been recalled ect. We explained to them that we only give our dogs the best of the best dog food. To our surprise we find out yesterday that in fact we were giving him recalled dog food. I am horrified to hear this news, we have referred so many dog owners to Diamond brand dog food. Plus this literally has taken a mental, physical and financial toll on our entire family!!! Between switching dog foods, vet bills, needles, fluids, taking time off work, and the stress of holding our baby boy in our arms crying our eyes out that this was the last an final days with him has been hell!!! Thank God we did not listen to the vets and we found Five Leaf Pet Pharmacy, or our dog would be dead!!! I only hope others see this and research Five Leaf or even contact my mother in law or myself, do not give up on your sick dog!!!!!
    I apologize about the length of this letter and the fact that im sure im all over the place in here. But my life has been consumed with taking care of my sick dog for over the past month and I am just shocked to see that it is a result of this dog food that I highly recommended!! It seriously kills me that here I was feeding him this 2 times per day and when he began losing weight I started feeding him even more. Basicly I was poisoning him!!!!!

  • Caroljby

    I am a Breeder of Rottweilers I tell everyone to use the Diamond Brand Dog food. I have had no problems untill now.
    We have a 2 year old Rottweiler who had been on the Diamond that started constantly he became dehydrated and we took him to the vet 1 month ago they did a blood test and said his kidney count was so bad that his kidneys were shutting down. We were all in shock I told the vet that I am into natural products and would do a holistic approach after they said he only had 2 days to a week to live and bring him back and we will put him down. I told them No I will go and do a reasearch and do natural products. I found after searching CanineKidneyHealth.com by Five Leaf Pet Pharmacy Inc. and spoke with Amanda and told her what the vet said. I ordered her cleanse products and Weeman has not thrown up in over 6 weeks he is putting on weight he has his energy level back and he is doing wonderful we are going to do 3 more weeks of the program then take him back to get his blood work done to see if his numbers improved with his kidneys, which we know they are we are not giving him any dog food all raw diet of raw meat, sweet potatoes, hard boiled eggs, and green vegetables. The vet said to pat him on the head because he is a miracle dog. I wanted to share this with everyone to let you know vets DO NOT KNOW EVERYTHING do a search yourself and do what ever to see other ways naturally to treat your dog. I am so sorry about the loss of dogs..

  • marga

    i use diamond grain free dog food so far my dogs are are ok but after this food is gone i will have to switch brands. this is not the first recall diamond has had and i don’t want to chance it.

  • Johnandchristo

    Hi jimmy L……

    Thats very sad. dont blame yourself, how could you know? sometimes food is tainted and makes people very sick(or worse). you had no way of knowing. I’m very sorry you lost your dogs. 

  • Lee

    Jimmy L.
    When I read that you lost two little ones so close together, my heart went out to you.  I can only imagine how you must feel.  Over the years I’ve lost two dogs and my third is nine yrs old.  Losing one is so hard, two is so much harder.  They are family, after all.  People without pets think we’re crazy to love our fur babies so much. 

  • Jimmy L.

    Poco is the dog that died Sunday started with 
    diarrhea then she was not as frisky as usual when my wife took he for a walk, then she drank a lot of water 
    vomiting it back up as soon as she drank it, she done this every time she tried drinking and Saturday night I was up with her most of the night because she was crying, so we took here to an emergency clinic Sunday morning and she was running a fever of 106 my other dog that died 6 weeks ago had the same symptoms except she had bloody diarrhea. I never thought it could be the food until I heard about the recall today. I’m convinced the dog food killed them. I don’t have the bag from the first purchase but I have the bag from the second and I plan on having it tested by someone other than Diamond. two healthy dogs don’t die for no reason and I know they did not get into anything from outside because we have a fenced in yard. sorry about your dog, do you still have the dog food and the bag.

  • Lawaclawsky

    I had a dog die 6 weeks ago too. I was feeding her this food for a week and she stoped eating and her kidneys shut down. I sure hope that this food is not the cause of that. What symptoms did your dogs have?

  • Alexandra

    Jimmy L,

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Jimmy L.

    thank you Penny, these big food companies only see dollar signs and replacing the dog food and paying vet bills will take care of the problem. no amount of money will help the pain my dog went through or the guilt I feel for feeding them a dog food that killed them. 

  • Penny Larson

    I am so, so sad to hear this.

  • Jimmy L.

    Money is one factor but I lost what I consider Family and money cant replace that. I wonder how many diamond employees feed there dogs Diamond food.

  • Jimmy L.

    my dogs were eating the same thing and the numbers on the bag I have did not match but was very close to the codes listed on their web site. I had one dog die 6 weeks ago and the other one died Easter Sunday. It was driving me crazy what could have happened to them when a friend ask me what I was feeding them and told me about the recall. they had all the symptoms listed on Diamonds web site, even though the codes are not the same I believe its what killed my dogs. I would not trust it because codes don’t match next thing you will hear is expanded recall and it could be to late, Its to late for my two but I don’t want anyone to go through the pain my babies did. I plan on having the food I have tested by someone other than diamond.

  • Jimmy L.

    I posted this once but in the wrong area Pet owners need to know.
     I buried one dog 6 weeks ago and one on 04/08/12  I was feeding them Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice; 40lb bag. I had not heard of the recall till today, a little too late for my dogs. I checked the product code on the bag and its not the code the company has listed, but after reading the symptoms the food causes I’m almost positive that is what killed my dogs. they both were healthy dogs and they had every symptom listed on their web site. Dog lovers don’t trust just the product codes they have listed, I think there are more they wont admit to or know about. don’t find out like I did my dogs died a horrible death. I wont stop until I know 100 percent that the bag of food I have is not what killed my two babies. 

  • Kathy

    I would personally NEVER feed my dogs dry foods. It is THE MOST unnatural thing you could feed your pet. Would you feed your child a box of  cereal, dry for every meal of their lives? why not, it has vitamins right?

  • WOW, Beneful is one of the absolute WORST foods out there to feed! It’s not only full of grains(not enough meat)& sugar & artificial coloring, but also toxic preservatives. Just about anything is better than this food! Find something else that is grain free without things you can’t pronounce or know what it is in the food. Have had LOTS of experience with foods. Please don’t feed Beneful-you’ll slowly poison your dog.

  • my english bulldog eats the Adult Formula of Diamond and has never had a issue. We switched her to this after trying other name brands and they all made her sick. I hate that this happened with another version of Diamond but I hope that they take necessary steps for it not to happen again.

  • Did you switch slowly?  Adding in just a spoon or two or a couple kibbles? After eating Beneful for a long time, your pug might not have the healthiest gut. It’s like feeding him cereal his whole life and then expecting him to eat steak. Go very slowly to a new food even if it takes a couple weeks or month or two. Add in some probiotics/digestive enzymes. If you click on the product, some good info will show.


  • Jgoddard77

    I’ve already reported to the FDA and am calling Diamond next, but my dogs fell ill recently. I just learned of the recent Diamond food recall.

  • ROJOR1979

    It seems like all the big players will always have the potential for recalls with the way that they manufacture….sticking with smaller companies may be the way to go – there is a company based down here called Maverick Pet Food that makes a “fresh” food with 80% fresh meat product with human grade ingredients called Nature’s Kitchen…there is a big following down here and they say they manufacture in their own facility…..
    I’m skeptical of all of those bigger companies somehow doing it for “good” reasons….

  • Johnandchristo

    Hi tracywoodall04…..

    I know it can be hard and frustrating when changing
    a dogs food. more so when the dog is older. Beneful is a high carb food. totw is a much better food with higher proteins and higher fats. the fat can cause the diarrhea. its not that its bad for the dog, but the dog must get used to it. Beneful if you read the review is beyond horrible. for a variety of reasons. as your dog adjusts to his/her knew food the dog will be detoxing as well. its important to transition a dog very slowly to a new food. and when you go from bad food to good even more so. Also when you change diets to a better food feed less. they will always eat more of the crap than the good stuff at first. my dog had allergies, and was very picky, I feed him Brother’s Complete, mixed with tripett, no matter how picky they will eat tripe.
    and you cant go wrong with Brother’s, it is very very healthy food. remember higher fats will cause diarrhea,
    feed less and slowly transition it into the dogs diet.
    best of luck.  

  • Tracywoodall04

    I have a 7 yr old very picky pug with allergies so decided to switch him from beneful to taste of the wild wet and dry food. I just bought a new case of the wet food and about 8 hrs after he ate it he started with the diarrea…we are on day 4. I called the company, they told me it was not involved in the recall but I should not feed him any from this case. He has never been sick like this, I am going back to beneful.

  • No problem, Jan. It sometimes helps to simply hear something from a second person. Glad I could help.

  • Bob K

    S Stack – Hello reality check !!  As I have said multiple times, What do you think DelMonte, Tysons, Kraft Foods, Campbells, ConArga, Cargill, Simplot, General Mills, Nestle, Dean Foods, Mars, Kellogs, Quaker Oats, etc….. would tell you when you ask for product test information at any time.  Do you think you are someone special?  

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Thank you Mike S.  I apologize if I came off as rude to the poster, but I don’t think it can be made any clearer.  I appreciate your comment.

  • Hi RB,

    I know how confusing this can be. After all, Diamond is a major pet food manufacturer that produces many different products.

    However, Jan appears to be correct. I’ve personally confirmed again that Diamond Pet does not manufacture any Blue Buffalo products.

    Hope this helps.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’m also done with this.  If TWDJ is wrong, then wow, but it is a publication that many people use and rely on for this kind of information.  Susan Thixton (petfood advocate) also lists the manufacturers of pet foods and she also lists Solid Gold as having Diamond as one of them and Blue Buffalo as not having Diamond as one of them.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I will have to disagree with you on this.  On Blue Buffalo’s Facebook page they stated, when I asked them if they were made by Diamond, that they had no connection to Diamond at all.  Also, in a respected magazine, The Whole Dog Journal, they list their “best dry foods” for 2012.  They do list their manufacturers and Solid Gold was listed as having some of their food made by Diamond.  Blue Buffalo was not.  Here is what TWDJ says:

    Solid Gold (made by 1. Crosswinds Industries in Sabetha, KS – 2. Diamond in Meta, MO.

    Blue Buffalo (made by 1. Ainsworth Pet Nutrition in Dumas, AR – 2. ANI/Vita-Line Products in Hazle Twnshp, PA – 3. CJ Foods in Bern, KS – 4. ProPet in St. Mary’s, OH – 5. Triple T Foods in Frontenac, KS – 6. Tuffy’s Pet Food in Perham, MN 

  • RB

    Sorry…i got busy and never finished my follow up. Solid Gold has not utilized Diamond for some time to make their diet. However Blue Buffalo does use Diamond to make much of their food. Blue Buffalo is just a marketing company with no manufacturing plants. Therefore they utilize 6+ different manufactures throughout the US and Diamond is one of them.

  • RB

    Solid Gold

  • Littleredp

    I just contacted Diamond Pet Food Co. and the lady I spoke with was VERY helpful. Even though I use one of those big dog food bins and didn’t have my bag or receipt any longer she is helping me get refunded because I did buy one of the types/bag sizes affected. Very easy to deal with and a simple process to get this matter taken care of.

  • OlLady1963

    Just contacted Diamond rep this morning because I feed my dog Taste of the Wild which is made by Diamond and was told the plant where this showed up was in South Carolina however when I asked where Taste of the Wild was made I was informed that it was also made in this place or could be one be one of the other plants where this was produced.  This does not give me a warm and fuzzy feeling about my food I have been feeding my dog.  Any replies?

  • Tom

     I did receive an email advising that the Lamb and Rice Large Breed Puppy
    was not a part of the recall form a Diamond representative.  I know
    there is a lot of speculation on how big this may be but I will wait and
    see.  We did use the Purina FortiFlora for a couple days and it did seem to help along with antibiotics but it came back.  This was before we changed food hearing about all this so we will give it a couple days with the new food and meds playing it safe.  I will contact my vet about the FortiFlora again. Thanks again.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Oh, I agree with you on all your points, but my only point was that Blue Buffalo is not made by Diamond and (at this time) is not in the recall.  In fact, no other foods made by Diamond are in the recall (at this time).  I just wanted to clarify that issue.  Let’s pray that this recall is isolated to the foods they’ve mentioned in it and no others become involved.

  • Cheryl & Pepper

    Just overjoyed everyone is home and where they belong. This breed is AMAZING-in just my 3 short months with my Pepper i can say I am hooked-she looks at me with those sad eyes and I just drop down and hug and kiss her and want to make everything rt. in her world. Sad to say I can’t help stop a disease from invading her poor little body, but I am at least going to make whatever time she has left happy for her.

    Cheryl & Pepper

  • melissa

     Glad to hear all is well with your dogs. Got to love those schnauzers and the “woos” that go along with them.

  • 4dogsandchick

    Thank you so much Cheryl and Pepper. Everyone is home now and feeling so much better. I have two minis and have fostered over 150 some for All About Animals Rescue, Inc. the Schnauzer Rescue out of Tulsa, OK. I adore animals and this breed especially.

  • Guest

    Don’t be fooled by a ‘Voluntary Recall’ the FDA has no enforcement authority to force an Involuntary recall.  Have you EVER seen an Involuntary recall on the news?  If the FDA notifies a manufacturer of problems with their items, they do not necessarily have to do a recall.  However, a ‘Voluntary Recall’ label makes the defense lawyers jobs easier with juries when the mfg gets sued.

  • S Stack,

    As you know, I’ve lost a dog myself from a similar recall event. So, I’m genuinely sorry for your loss. You’ve been given ample opportunity to vent your frustration and publicly share your unfortunate experience regarding Kirkland Dog Food with others.

    However, in the short time you’ve been present on this website, you’ve demonstrated an extraordinary propensity for rude, mean-spirited and inflammatory behavior.

    Because you have continued to violate virtually every rule of common decency toward me and other members of this community – even after warnings from me in private emails – your previous comment was deleted and you are hereby permanently banned from any and all future posting.

  • melissa


    I think Blue(last time I checked) was made by CJ Foods-defiantly not a Diamond product : ) One interesting thing-I recently mixed the regular Blue buffalo Lamb(green/beige bag) in with my mix and several of the dogs got gassy, vomited, or had blood tinged stool(soft/diarrhea) Since I noticed it after 2-3 meals, I simply immediately stopped the product, assuming it just did not agree with them.

    I do have to admit though, it now gives me reason to pause. I have to think that there are just so many suppliers of various ingredients, and if the ingredient itself is suspect, then its more than likely more than one dog food company bought the ingredient and therefore, other brands could be affected. This however does not change the fact that I feel companies should test their foods BEFORE sending them to the public, not after

  • Cheryl & Pepper


    You are an expert in our opinion!!!! 

    Cheryl & Pepper

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Thank you Mike S.  This is what I was trying to communicate earlier (re: Blue Buffalo) but you have said it so eloquently!

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Remember, I’m not an expert but I do think you’d be safe feeding Holistic Select canned food as a topper. 

  • Cheryl & Pepper

    Reading through this page i noticed you had a mini schnauzer. I am sooo sorry to hear he/she is ill. I too have a female 9 y.o. mini with major health problems. I know what you are going through emotionally and financially. I usually post on the Blue Buffalo Freedom “WET” grain free page and when I saw you had a schnauzer who is suffering, I just had to say Pepper and I wish you all the best.
    Good Luck,

    Cheryl & Pepper

  • Cheryl & Pepper

    Thank you for the information. I did get the alert from Dr. Mike, but have not had the time to dig deeper and honestly since I don’t use their food thought I was safe. I SO APPRECIATE that you and others on this site are so diligent about these things when they occur. With all going on with Pep, I sure don’t want to add salmonella to her problems. So, you think I’ll be o.k adding the Holistic Canned to her dry kibble??
    I have come to the point where I don’t want to do ANYTHING where Pep is concerned without passing it by everybody on this site.
    That’s how much I have come to depend on all of you.
    Thank you again,

    Cheryl & Pepper

  • S Stack

    I was feeding mine Kirkland Lamb and Rice. My gut feeling from the beginning was something was bad with their meat. It makes sense if we both were using the Lamb and Rice brand. Hope to get to the bottom of this. If you have any comments, email me at
    [email protected] .My name is Sue Stack. I have nothing to hide.

    Just an FYI, when I requested the test results on the meat in my batches of food, both Diamond and Costco’s liability dept. stopped all communications with me. Then the recall was announced. Interesting huh?

  • Hi Tom Borin and Others,

    I share your concern. However, I’d suggest you follow the facts regarding the current recall and not succumb to the unconfirmed rumors circulating about this (and every) recall news release.

    As you read through this thread, many remarks posted by well-meaning readers are simply inaccurate – and misleading.

    For example, although Diamond makes many products for other companies, some guests today have erroneously linked this company with brands it has absolutely no relationship to.

    When someone makes a claim and offers no reliable proof, take what is shared with a reasonable grain of skepticism.

    For in an environment like this, it’s difficult to know what’s true – and what’s not.

    My recommendation? Be prudent. Keep a watchful eye on any developing story. Yet avoid the rumors and hysteria that almost always follow these events.

  • LhasasRescuer

     You may wish to check with your vet on administering Purina FortiFlora.  It is a supplement that helps restore the good bacteria.  We use it in Rescue to assist with many of the dogs we get in that have digestive issues.  It has worked allot better than some of the diarrhea medications.  I promote it totally.  The cost is approximately $30 for 30 packets.  The dogs seem to eat it readily when placed on their food.

  • Tom Bonin

     Diamond Lamb and Rice Large Breed Puppy

  • S Stack

    Tom, what was the brand name of the food you were feeding? Wet or dry food?

  • Tom Bonin

     I look forward to the outcome and will watch for your future post in additional to the typical news outlets.  I have 2 puppies that for the last month have had exploding bloody diarrhea.  I changed them to another brand just this week but we are still having issues.  Hearing this on the news last night was an eye opener.  We are now on our fifth and sixth med to try to deal with this.  As soon as one seems better the other has issue then back and forth again.

  • S Stack

    With any investigation, I can’t share the details. It’s under investigation. Not leaving anyone hanging but the facts will be release when available.

  • Beachbum1938

    Nerver used Diamond. My BC is on Triumph Lamb and rice and is thriving. No recalls that I can point out.
    I will have to send this to my Bro in law as he works for Diamond. 

  • Coaster77

    I just went to the Diamond website . I sent an email and yes it looked like I would have to wait 5 days for a response after I received the auto response. But within a few minutes I got the response I posted . I just changed to Kirkland products and was very worried .

  • Mike P

    S Stack just how big a cover up is this?? You left us hanging a bit. What do you know? Can you give us specifics on who is involved in this cover up?

  • S Stack

    You have no idea how big this cover up is? Many are investigating it now. Like I said before, companies hire people to post on forums like this one to cover up what’s really going on.

  • 4dogsandchick

    How did you get a reply today, Saturday? I had to leave a message for a call back as they are only open Mon-Fri. We can play the blame game but if your dog eats “NOTHING” else it’s easy. Not treats, no table scraps and no one could be slipping them anything as we live alone. No meds, no new cleaning products, NOTHING! I love this food. I have fed it for years and recommended it to the parents of over 150 of my foster dogs so I didn’t want to believe it and that is why I called them. They had me dig the bag out of the garbage to give them the serial number so I know what it was. Believe it or not Diamond haas screwed up for the last time with me. 🙁

  • Ty

    My dog eats Diamond Naturals small breed formulas and has never had an issue. She thrives on it.  A friend works in a pet store and he says lots of food is returned for possible contamination, etc. but you almost never hear anything about a recall.  Sure, food can make a pet or a person sick but so can a lot of other things. And therein lies the blame game that everyone plays.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Cheryl & Pepper,  Diamond does not make canned food so the Holistic Select canned is not an issue.  I’m not even sure if Diamond really does make the Hol. Sel. dry.  I included them because on TWDJ it states that they make some of Wellpet’s foods….it does not state which ones in particular.  I’m sorry if I over stepped but I listed it just in case.

  • Coaster77

    Below is the response I received from Diamond today.

    I can tell you with absolute certainty that the Kirkland Signature line
    is in no way connected to the voluntary recall we announced on six
    production codes of Diamond Natural’s Lamb and Rice.  It is completely
    fine to feed this to your dogs.  Your food came from another plant and
    is not produced at the same time as other products.  Please continue to
    feed your pet the Kirkland Signature food it is a great product!

    Thank You,

    Andrew Brondel

    Director of Administration

    Diamond Pet Foods

  • Cheryl & Pepper

    Hi This Is Cheryl & Pepper.
    The Holistic Select you listed is that the “Eagle Pack holistic Select Canned? I was going to introduce the Duck to her on Monday, but know I am scared(i don’t know if you got to see my posting on the BB freedom canned) but pepper has Cushings Disease, and I certainly don’t want to give her anything to make matters worse.
    Thanks for the info.
    Happy Easter to you and yours

    Cheryl & Pepper

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    For anyone interested, of all the foods listed on The Whole Dog Journal’s 2012 dry dog food list the following have some  or all of their foods made by Diamond:

    Natural Balance
    Solid Gold
    Holistic Select

    Not on TWDJ’s list, but made by Diamond:
    Nature’s Domain

    Diamond’s brands (whether they’re on TWDJ’s list or not):
    Diamond & Diamond Naturals
    Chicken Soup
    Premium Edge

    There may be more than this, and I’m doing more research. I will post when I know anything more.  I know that these foods are not being recalled atm (except for Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice) but some people are naming other foods that are not made by Diamond as being made by them.  So, I hope this helps some. 

  • Chinapatricia

    i think it’s wider than they say. i and a couple of friends feed the small breed puppy natural and 1 friend (2 hrs away from me and have had no physical contact) was feeding it to 2 adult mamma dogs and they got sick (the only 2 of her dogs that were eating this) i had  3 litters of small breed pups that were weanlings and was feeding them the food, all died and no other dogs (no others were on this food) and were fine, older pups as well, it was not a virus or cooci, because i had a large breed pup here for a friend that had not yet (5 wks) had any shots and was NOT eating the small breed puppy and it is fine. my friend and i talked about poss. the food and thought, surely not. now i am not so sure. we all get our small breed puppy from tractor supply, and they buy it in very large bulk to distribute to all their stores. oh, i also see people asking about brands, diamond does food for many brands, solid gold is one of them as well. i will be contacting them on monday, we were planing on doing that anyway, wish i had done it sooner. guess i will go back to cooking for the dogs.

  • Starmarie65

    This debate will go on forever. Everyone should just do what they feel is best for them and their pets. I’m out.

  • Bitsybast

    Our French Bulldog eats the Diamond Lamb and Rice.  He was horribly sick a few weeks ago with bloody diarreah and vomiting.  It lasted several days…I switched him to a beef/white rice home mixture, per the vet.  It subsided, but he had been finicky about eating the food ever since.  I learned of the recall today and I am so happy that our dog is alive and well.  I took all of our Diamond food back to the pet store and traded it in for the highly rated, made in the USA brand “California Naturals.”  My dog ate it right up and loved it.  I will never go back to Diamond, in spite of its lower cost.  This is their 2nd recall in recent memory.  I will also not purchase ANY dog treats from China.  The risk is too great.  Diamond burned their bridge with our family.

  • Json2900

    Is the Kirkland Lamb and Rice dry food included in this recall?

  • S Stack

    Yes, Diamond makes Kirkland Signature, and Nature’s Domain for Costco.

  • Json2900

    Does anyone know about the Kirkland brand of dog food? Doesn’t Diamond make the Kirkland food for Costco?

  • S Stack

    Does anyone know the location of the plant that was contaminated?

  • S Stack

    Larry, return it. The store will refund your money. Even if you opened the bag. Better to be safe than spend $1000’s on vet bills.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Excuse me, but I don’t believe Blue Buffalo is made by Diamond.  According to Susan Thixton (The Truth About Petfood) and The Whole Dog Journal they are not made by Diamond.  And I don’t remember a recall a “couple” of months ago.  It may have been last year (too much vitamin D, I believe) but that was awhile ago.  

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Taste of the Wild is a Diamond product.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    According to Susan Thixton and The Whole Dog Journal, Blue Buffalo is not made by Diamond!

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Fyi, Blue Buffalo is not made by Diamond!  And I believe their jerky is made in the USA, but to be sure you should contact them.

  • 4dogsandchick

    After reading all the post I have to say this “there is nothing voluntary about a recall”! Without a doubt I am betting they got calls from consumers with sick or dieing pets!! Yes, it is our choice to take the easy way out of not cooking for our pets but shouldn’t there be some measure of assurance and comfort in expecting that food will NOT kill our pets? Thank you in advance for the spell and punctuation checks….

  • 4dogsandchick

    I KNEW IT!! I feed my dogs Chicken Soup For the Dog Lovers Soul” puppy formula and two weeks ago my 12 lb Miniature Schnauzer was in Intensive Care on IV fluids with exploding bloody diarrhea and vomiting. When my other two dogs started having diarrhea I called Diamond and asked them if they had had any calls that I loved and always fed my dogs CSDLS but they were all getting sick and it was a new bag of dog food. She said no calls but to throw that bag away and send the label and they would send me a coupon for a new bag. I bet they make the food all together and the equipment was tainted. What to you bet they don’t want to pay my $900 vet bill???? Which they thought was bacteria in her blood AND won’t recall their Chicken Soup?

  • Annie

    Alot of people brag about Purina pet foods but quite awhile back they had a recall. Pets had kidney damage, related problems and death. I was feeding my dogs those products at the time and no problems. I never bashed them. Anything can have a recall on it now and then. Just have to keep an eye out for it. I started feeding my dogs Diamond naturals beef and rice 3 wks ago and they look and feel way better. I’m just glad I got the beef and rice and not the lamb and rice when I did. I’m not going to stop feeding this food to my dogs all because of a little scare. I do feel bad for the poor dogs that are sick or died from this stuff.

  • Miller_irisg

    Uh oh, I just started using Blue buffalo Tranquility (use before 12/2012 Chicken jerky yesterday and day before). and my dog is refusing his regular food and treats today, and having extra bowel movements, not diarreah. Has there been a recall on that particular product? Thanks. Iris M.

  • Vkriley

    Yes according to the article.

  • Starmarie65

    Diamond produces Tast Of The Wild and Blue Buffalo. I will continue to feed Diamond Naturals. As far as the plant being filthy, that’s probably true and I’m sure that Diamond isn’t the only plant that is filthy. 
    If you’re so disgusted by THIS, you should watch the movie, Food Inc. It will open your eyes to what we as humans are consuming. After watching the video, this dog food scare won’t be the only thing you’re worried about. The meats that we buy in the grocery have been contaminated and to stop the contamination, they use harsh chemicals. And we consume them! 
    Dead pets are  a horrible thing, but the only way to avoid the possibility of contamination is to prepare your dog’s food yourself. Let’s face it, we don’t all have the time to do that, so we choose the convenience of commercially prepared foods. So, who is really at fault if our animals get sick. We DO have alternatives! 

  • Mike P

    Larry you can return the food if you are worried about it.Most stores will refund without questions.I returned a bag of Natures Variety Instinct and a bag of Merricks Before Grain because it didn’t smell right and my dog had hard poop on the natures variety.I don’t take chances and it’s my right to return something that’s not right.Petco told me as long as there was 3/4 of a bag left it was ok.Our bag of Brothers White Meat formula is soooo fresh.The best bag of kibble I ever saw.Good job Richard…

  • Pug Mom

    I feed my pug taste of the wild. Does anyone know if this product is made by Diamond? Please tell me

  • Lmorgan123

    People.  Blue buffalo is made BY DIAMOND.  So if you are feeding your dogs this food, you most certainly are using Diamond Products.  Blue Buffalo had a recall a couple months ago.

  • June

     I am so sorry for your loss!  I am angry! Why are people so careless with their product?

  • Twopitcrew

    and mine are on the chicken & rice, so it’s not just the lamb and rice that is affected…

  • Twopitcrew

    I’d like to know who’s going to cover my vet bill for my two horribly sick dogs now and replace all this carpet that is RUINED!! :0(

  • Twopitcrew

    My two are on the Chicken and Rice as well and have RUINED my carpet, the diarrhea has been going on for days now, I just assumed they ate something outside at first so I didn’t pull the food from them, I sure regret that now. :0(  I’ve left a message with them as obviously it is NOT just the lamb and rice affected. :0( I am so angry, this putrid poo is not coming out of my carpet, I’ve tried many products now, but it seems to be permanent. :0(

  • I just bought two 40 pound bags of the lamb and rice but I checked their numbers and best by date and it’s not part of the recall so should this food be alright? I can’t really afford to throw away 65 dollars worth of food. 

  • sittinghare

    Diamond is located in Missouri. They also manufacture dog food for other companies, including Kirkland for Costco. It took me some searching to find this out. My dog had three servings of this food before I learned of the recall. I found her dead on the kitchen floor this morning. And I am beyond furious.

  • S Stack

    Where is this plant located?

  • S Stack

    I have repeatly requested an expanation on the 151 ingredient tests as stated on their site. No one will give me an answer. Has anyone else had luck with that question?

  • Bob K

    Asecay – Sorry but I disagree with you, Diamond had a major recall about 6 years ago and now another minor recall.  Why?  Most mfgs learn from their mistakes and improve.   They brag about the 151 quality checks they do.  Obviously 151 quality checks are still not enough. I wish Diamond would publish the 151 QC checks they do in detail.  

    This is an unfortunate mistake and I hope a few concerned customers vote with their wallets and try a few other brands for a while.  Until Diamond feel the pain in their corporate profits there is little motivation to change.  I have fed Diamond Natural and know people who use other Diamond brands with great success but how much should the consumer tolerate for poor QC, and tainted dog food.  Shame on them.  

  • Ashorsegal

    Another Diamond recall….makes you wonder why?

  • Dmhstilpimpin2000

    It’s a shame that this brand comes highly recommend by everybody n u think u doin your pet right by givin him or her the best only to find out u r bout to kill him/her n yourself!!!!!! That’s a sad thing especially when u have a breed like my blue pit that don’t run cheap n stores or on the street!!!! Bastards

  • Juliejo66

    The Diamond Dog food plant where they manufacture their dog food is one of the filthiest plants around. That is what I was told by a driver that delivers to them.

  • Ann

    I have a bag of taste of the wild I bought in the last month that is dated best if used by 25feb 2013. My store has a quick turnover, she does not stock a lot. So Diamond may have shorter sell dates. I’m not sure.

  • melissa

    Starmarie65-I completely agree that issues can come up with any brand/manufacturer. However,  as you pointed out, some use diseased/contaminated meat-and if that is the case, I think one should expect the potential to be greater in those cases. I have no idea if that is the case with  this company or not. Just commenting on your comment.

    And , of course its always better when A company steps up and voluntarily recalls a food rather than being forced. Here is my question-It appears to me that the best by dates are Jan 2013-its now April of 2012.-thats about 9mths away- What is the shelf life of a bag of Naturals? Most companies are 12-18 mths out-and that tells you how long it took the company to “notice” there was a problem.In my opinion, if food was tested PRIOR to release. there would be no concerns or recalls. This company boasts 100 something quality checks on its bags of food-Does it really hold the same weight if the checks are done AFTER public release?

  • Janene

    Diamond, again!

  • melissa


    Very pretty labs-In your description page of Important Health Information, you need to correct the spelling of “veterinarian” and add an apostrophe to “don’t”

  • Kimberly Lay

    I have used Diamond Natural Small breed puppy for 4 years now in my kennel. NEVER had an issue and my whelping Mother’s and puppies shine like new pennies! I will continue to use it as long as it works for my dogs!

  • Muddypaw

    This is why we use nothing but what we use now. Never had a recall, never will. see my website for more important pet health information. Missouri Muddy Paws Kennel

  • Muddypaw

    This is why we use nothing but what we use now. Never had a recall, never will. see my website for more important pet health information. Missouri Muddy Paws Kennel

  • Aseycay

    In my opinion having a voluntary recall does not make diamond a bad company. Any company can have a recall for various reasons and many have, even higher end brands than Diamond. There have been plenty of recalls on human food for salmonella, ecoli etc. But for some reason when a pet food company has a recall people automatically start labeling them an awful company or their dog food all “bad”. I do not really understand this as no company can always be perfect forever.Granted there are definitely companies out there that are worse than others. But seems to me Diamond has handled this in a very positive manner. There will always be recalls even on “good” brand food.

  • Kgoguen

    I feed the Chicken and Rice Naturals to 5 whippets.  Two of them have had diarrhea in their crates in the last week.  It wasn’t a typical case of upset, and unusual because they just did it the one time, and were fine after that.
    K in Michigan

  • Dana

    I was at my local feed & garden store this afternoon and grabbed my usual bag of this food, luckily one of the clerk’s at the store stopped me and said there was a recall just a few minutes ago…she checked the fax and sure enough, the bag I was holding was one of the batch! Anyway, I do appreciate that Diamond was kind enough to fax the store to let them know (this was at about 4:30 est on April 6th). I decided that I am once again ready to switch food so I am now trying a food called “Exclusive” it’s the Lamb & Rice formula, it’s made by PMI. I checked out the ingredients and there’s no funky stuff and it’s the same price as Diamond Naturals. Times are tough so I just wanted to be able to feed  the kids some quality food at a good price and to pass this info along to anyone who may be looking for the same. Thanks for all the great comments everyone! I spend hours on this site reading them…LOL!

  • Well. I’m relieved to see this recall. I HAVE had some diarrhea issues over the past 7 to 10 days and wouldn’t you know, it’s the red bag product my dogs have been eating. Normally, we do the large dog version of the same product. I am not in one of the states listed but I will check this bag’s production code and I will report either way. We buy this particular version of the brand because it is an affordable, reasonably healthy way to feed my small pack of rescue dogs and normally have never had this type of problem come up. It wasn’t until I put the dogs on chicken and rice then selectively re-introduced the Diamond that I was convinced something was up. Picked up a bag of the pricier Taste of the Wild Venison and Bison as well as some probiotics and greek yogurt to bring back the balance to my collective dogs’ digestion. 

  • Starmarie65

    Remember, this was a “voluntary recall”. I feed Diamond Naturals and my dogs love it and they are doing very well. Salmonella poisoning can happen at any pet food manufacturer. They are using raw meats that in most cases are not fit for human consumption. Meaning that they may be contaminated with feces, disease, and also treated with antibiotics and other hormones. So, it’s not a surprise that this could happen. Diarrhea and vomiting can be caused by lots of things besides salmonella. Do you automatically think that you are infected with salmonella every time you get those same symptoms??

  • Anboug

    Thank you for the alert. I always share the alerts on facebook on rescues and friends. Thanks

  • Brlracr5

    My dogs love this food and we are not in any of the states listed. They’ve had several feedings off our current bag and no illness.

  • Sterlings69

    I have 2 dogs on the Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice for 8+ senior dogs for 6 months. Bought a new bag last saturday and by tuesday  I had one dog to the vet for diarrhea and vomiting..and the other is refusing to eat food from this bag…Im in washington state…sounds like more than 1 type of food to me…

  • Becky

    Thankfully it wasn’t from my area!! This is the food I buy my dogs and am buying more tomorrow..thanks for the alerts! 

  • UnclaimedHearts

    Thank you for this alert.  Although this particular recall doesn’t affect my dogs, I’m so grateful for your recall alert system.  This is a vital service you provide! 

  • melissa

     Yes. I would agree if this were the first recall. It is not-they have had several over the recent years. Just reinforces my “no Diamond made products” policy at this point in time.

  • abby

    I am so glad to get these recalls.   I don’t think I’ve seen Diamond Products at my Pet store, but maybe I just wasen’t looking.   Usually feed my Cavalier Blue Buffalo.

  • Abbmyl_87

    The diamond maintenance is not a good food. Only a 3 star. Any diamond naturals is a 4. Diamond also makes Taste of the Wild as well as Chicken Soup. Its been a solid company for years. One recall doesn’t keep Tylenol out of kids mouths neither should this. Be careful and smart.

  • Tyler

    I do not feed Diamond…never have never will…but this is good to know.

  • ohnoesaz

    I appreciate this stuff!

  • Deaarosaking

    Just bought two 40 lb bags today of this! Doggies love this food and it is 4 star out of 5 stars…one just never knows anymore!

  • Meredithlonestar

    Thank You So Much for your alerts!  They Are Invaluable. Truly Appreciate your Service & Dedication to our beloved friends.


  • Mary Spear

    I’m so glad that I signed up for these notifications. We recently adopted first family dog and I would have no idea about these recalls. Thank you so much, and I hope for any pets and their owners who are affected by this product to be free from illness.

  • Saddleup1492

    I just started my dog on Diamond Maintenance for adults in the yellow bag. My dog has been on it probably one month. I had to take her to the vet just this morning for diarhea and vomiting. This brand doesn’t sound good. I am changin to another brand of dog food.

  • Rmphilipp

    My golden retriever was at the vet Wednesday after being sick with diarrhea for a couple days, and I live in Missouri and have different codes on the bags, coincidence???  

  • Lgshart

    I have been feeding my three seniors Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice for 8+ senior dogs for the last few months after being fed Pedigree since the last BIG recall of pet foods.  They are doing so much better since I switched.  I hope I don’t have to switch them again.  Thanks for keeping us updated.  So far, we seem to be safe-hope it stays that way.

  • Please advise who is the parent company of Diamond Naturals Dog Food.  Is it own by a major corporation?

  • Cherispt

    That is nice! I switched from wellness to this!!! I guess it may be worth paying more money for better stuff.