Diamond Dog Food Review (Dry)

Diamond Dog Food Brand Review

Is Diamond a good dog food?

In this review… The Dog Food Advisor takes a critical look at Diamond Dog Food… and its five most important sub-brands.

We’ll also reveal…

  1. Is Diamond Dog Food made in the United States?
  2. Has Diamond been recalled?
  3. Which flavors and recipes get our highest ratings?

But first…

Which Diamond Sub-Brand Is Right for You?

Here are Diamond’s five most popular sub-brands. In the following section, we’ll show you what makes each different. So you can choose the food that’s best for your dog.

Diamond Dog Food Review

Diamond Dog Food

Rating:

This is Diamond’s economy kibble. It’s a “no-frills” dry dog food at a very low price. For more protein, you may wish to consider Diamond Naturals (below).

  • Grain-inclusive (corn, wheat, rice)
  • Modest meat content
  • 6 recipes (ratings vary)

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Diamond Naturals Dog Food Review

Diamond Naturals

Rating:

Diamond Naturals is a premium dry dog food. It contains more meat, better ingredients… and offers a significant upgrade over the standard Diamond product (above).

  • Above-average protein. Moderate fat.
  • Chelated minerals for superior nutrition
  • 13 recipes (ratings vary)

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Diamond Naturals Grain Free Dry Dog Food

Diamond Naturals Grain-Free

Rating:

This sub-brand includes the grain-free version of Diamond Naturals (above). The protein in this recipe appears to be derived from both plant and animal sources.

  • Beef, chicken or whitefish protein
  • Contains fresh, beta-carotene-rich sweet potato. No corn, wheat or barley
  • 3 recipes (ratings vary)

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Diamond Care Dog Food Review Sensitive Stomach Formula

Diamond Care

Rating:

Diamond Care includes 4 dry recipes… each designed by vets for dogs with specific health issues.

  • 100% grain-free formula. No corn, wheat or rice.
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fats for healthy skin and coat
  • 4 recipes (ratings vary)

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Diamond Naturals Chicken Wet Dog Food

Diamond Naturals Wet

Rating:

Diamond Original canned formula is for those who prefer a wet food that’s made with grain (rice).

  • Complete nutrition for puppies or adults
  • Can be fed as a balanced meal or as a tasty topper for dry kibble
  • 3 recipes (ratings vary)

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Who Makes Diamond Dog Food?

Diamond is made by family-owned Diamond Pet Foods, of Meta, Missouri. All dry foods are produced at the company’s own facilities in South Carolina, California, Arkansas and Missouri. Wet recipes are made by a private-label cannery in the United States.

Diamond also makes top-rated Taste of the Wild and budget-friendly Costco Kirkland dog foods.

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. All 3 events were linked to the same recall.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls here.

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Is Diamond a Good Dog Food?

Diamond Dog Food Review

Rating:

Diamond Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

Individual Recipe Ratings

The Diamond Dog Food product line includes the 6 dry recipes listed below.

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

Use the following links to check prices and package sizes at an online retailer.

Product Rating AAFCO
Diamond Maintenance 3.5 M
Diamond Original NR M
Diamond Hi-Energy NR M
Diamond Performance 4 A
Diamond Premium Adult 4 A
Diamond Puppy Formula 4 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Diamond Maintenance 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 Maintenance

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 54%

Ingredients: Chicken by-product meal, wheat flour, whole grain ground corn, rice bran, dried beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), millet, ground white rice, fish meal, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, 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 D supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis22%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%13%54%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%29%49%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 49%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the choice cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs, this item can also include feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs and almost anything other than prime skeletal muscle.

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The quality of this ingredient can vary, depending on the caliber of the raw materials obtained by the manufacturer.

The second ingredient is wheat flour, a highly-refined product of wheat milling. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider wheat a preferred component in any dog food.

The third ingredient is corn. Corn is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as wheat (previously discussed).

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

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

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

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

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

The seventh ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

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

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

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

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

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 3 notable exceptions

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

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

Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

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

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Diamond looks like an average dry dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 24%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 54%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 44% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 65%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other dry dog foods.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed in this recipe and the corn gluten meal contained in some other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Our Rating of Diamond Dog Food

The Dog Food Advisor finds Diamond to be an above-average grain-inclusive kibble. Each recipe uses a moderate amount of named meat meal as its dominant source of animal protein… thus earning the brand 3.5 stars. The Diamond Naturals formula gets 4.5 stars. Diamond wet earns 5 stars. Highly recommended.

What Do Others Say About Diamond?

As of the time of this update…

Chewy customers rate Diamond Naturals 4.5 out of 5 stars… and 93% say they would recommend it to others.

Here’s an actual user review

Sample buyer review… “I am a former pet store employee so I know a little bit about pet nutrition. I was wanting to transition my dogs into a new food that was still a good quality for a lower price. Diamond naturals does both. It has no bad ingredients and had fresh fruit and vegetables which I love. My two dogs seem to really be enjoying their new food!”

Read more buyer reviews at Chewy.com


What Are Diamond’s Best Recipes?

Based on a weighted average of popularity and ratings, here are our 5 most recommended Diamond flavors and recipes.


Is Diamond dog food good for itchy skin?

Diamond Care Sensitive Skin Formula is a limited ingredient grain-free diet specifically designed for dogs with food-related skin issues. It’s made with peas and hydrolyzed salmon protein to help prevent adverse skin reactions. For more options, be sure to visit The Advisor’s Best Dog Foods for Allergies page.


Is Diamond a good food for older dogs?

Diamond recipes that contain ample amounts of protein and below-average fat and calorie content can be safe for seniors. But they must meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for adult maintenance. Diamond Naturals Senior Formula can be a healthy option for older pets. View The Advisor’s best senior dog foods here.


Is Diamond a good dog food for puppies?

Diamond Naturals offers 2 nutritionally complete and balanced dry puppy foods. One is designed just for large breed puppies… and the other is made for smaller breeds. Each is made with grain and rated 5 stars on this website. Visit The Advisor’s best puppy foods page here.


Is Diamond considered a healthy dog food?

Every Diamond recipe meets 100% of the nutrient requirements published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Each is considered complete and balanced for the specific life stage printed on the package… based on nutrient standards established by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science.


More Diamond Reviews

Here are more Diamond dog food reviews published by The Dog Food Advisor on this website.



A Final Word

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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

09/05/2020 Last Update