Diamond Naturals Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

Diamond canned dog food earns the Advisor’s top tier rating of 5 stars.

Individual Recipe Ratings

The Diamond product line includes three canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Each recipe below includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Product Rating AAFCO
Diamond Naturals Lamb Dinner 5 A
Diamond Naturals Chicken Dinner 5 A
Diamond Naturals Beef Dinner 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Diamond Chicken Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.

Diamond Chicken Dinner

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 43% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 26%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, rice flour, chicken meal (preserved with mixed tocopherols), carrots, dried egg product, flaxseed oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), guar gum, potassium chloride, salt, agar-agar, pumpkin, quinoa, cranberries, blueberries, dried kelp, inulin, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, sodium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, cobalt amino acid chelate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis43%23%26%
Calorie Weighted Basis35%44%21%
Protein = 35% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 21%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second item is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.

The third ingredient lists chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is rice flour. Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fifth ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The sixth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

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

The eighth ingredient is flaxseed oil, one of the best non-fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids — essential to a dog’s health.

The ninth ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.

Other Notable Ingredients

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 one notable exception

The recipe 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Judging by its ingredients alone, Diamond looks like an above-average wet dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 43%, a fat level of 23% and an estimated carbohydrate content of 26%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 43% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing an abundance of meat.

Our Rating of Diamond Wet Dog Food

Diamond is a grain-inclusive wet dog food. The recipe uses an abundance of named fresh meats as its main source of animal protein… thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Those looking for a nice quality kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Diamond Naturals dry dog food.

Has Diamond Dog Food Been Recalled?

Here’s a list of all recalls since 2009 related to Diamond dog products. Updates are added as soon as new recalls are posted.

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Important FDA Alert

The FDA is investigating a potential link between diet and heart disease in dogs. Click here for details.

References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

09/02/2020 Last Update