Mar. 25, 2023
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*Diamond Naturals Chicken & Rice Adult Dog Formula was selected as the recipe for this ingredient list
Diamond Dog Food gets an average rating for its great canned food, but slightly below average dry food. The company prides itself on producing healthy dog food at reasonable prices, and this is definitely true for their canned wet food.
The Diamond canned food comes in three flavors, Beef and Rice, Lamb and Rice, and Chicken and Rice. For each variety, the first ingredient is meat, meaning the mix is rich in protein. Broth is added for moisture, and the use of rice flour is a good gluten-free addition. Overall, this is a good blend of amino acids, protein and fats, and very low in carbohydrates.
A few of the dry versions lists animal by-products, corn, wheat and brewers rice as ingredients. Although these are not harmful to dogs, they are also not entirely nutritious or beneficial to a dog’s health.
Our Diamond Dog Food Review verdict is that the canned product is a great choice for healthy and happy dogs, but some of the dry version is a slightly below average blend. You will need to read the ingredient list carefully on the dry foods, to make sure that it includes only ingredients that you are happy with.
Diamond Naturals is a high-quality formula that customers are generally satisfied with. Most of the food has as the dominant ingredient quality meat such as lamb, while the second item is usually a meat meal that contains highly concentrated protein. Both of these are very good quality ingredients, so customers seem to appreciate this food.
Some of the dry formulas, though, contain less than ideal ingredients so customers do not give high ratings to those lines.
Customers who feed the high quality Diamond Naturals notice that their dogs are more active and have shinier coats, better breath and a healthier demeanor. Additionally, customers point out that the food is friendly toward their dogs with allergies since it contains no corn or wheat, common allergens that are found in most foods.
Overall, this food is recommended by most customers for its quality formula, but some of the dry formulas do get negative reviews.
Diamond pet foods has been the subject of many controversies about the safety of pet food, especially after the 2007 pet food recalls. Diamond pet foods is seen by many dog owners as being an unsafe, unreliable manufacturing company for pet food. However, has Diamond made any changes since their foods were recalled? What do the ingredients in Diamond pet foods say about their nutritional philosophy? Learn more about Diamond dog food in our review!
The company who makes Diamond dog food is called Diamond Pet Foods. Diamond Pet Foods is currently headquartered in Meta, Missouri, which was the same town in which the company was founded in 1970. Today, Diamond Pet Foods is a family-owned company. Diamond Pet Foods received a lot of bad press in 2005, when aflatoxin in their pet foods ended up killing many pets, and inciting a massive recall of their products.Diamond also manufactures under contract for the following brands:
Diamond brand dog food formulas were involved in the 2007 pet food recalls. There are many formulas by Diamond listed on the FDA’s pet food recall list, both for dogs and for cats. Both dry and canned formulas were affected by these recalls. Diamond has recalled pet food in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Many of the products that have been recalled have since been discontinued by Diamond, including formulas that tested positive for aflatoxin. In order to make sure that your dog’s food is safe, it’s always highly recommended that you check the FDA’s pet food recall website. This will help you to stay updated on the latest pet food recall information.
Update 5/5/12 Diamond Pet Foods has voluntarily recalled pet food brands sourced from its Gaston, South Carolina, plant as a precautionary measure. Please check out our blog post dealing with this issue.
Diamond dog food formulas are available in “Diamond Classic” and “Diamond Naturals”. The Diamond Classic formulas always contain corn among their first five ingredients. Many Diamond Classic formulas contain corn, wheat and soy ingredients high on their ingredients list. The Diamond Naturals formulas are marketed as being free of corn, wheat and soy. Diamond Naturals usually contain a carbohydrate as their first ingredient, making these formulas relatively grain-heavy.
Since the Diamond Classic formulas often contain corn, wheat and soy ingredients, they are not a good choice for dogs with sensitive digestive systems, or dogs that are allergic to these ingredients. Corn, wheat and soy are the three most common culprits of allergic reactions in dogs. When feeding your dog Diamond dog food, it’s always best if you thoroughly read the ingredients list, especially if your dog has special dietary requirements.
Diamond Canned Recipes:
Where can I buy Diamond?
You may be wondering, “Where can I buy Diamond Dog Food?”. To assist you, we have included links on the specific Diamond formula pages to purchase Diamond dog food.
How much Diamond should I feed my dog?
A common question that many pet owners have, is “How much Diamond dog food should I feed my dog?”. Since the answer is dependent on several factors (such as your dog’s age, weight, activity level, etc) always follow the specific instructions on your formula’s packaging.
Customer reviews of Diamond brand dog food formulas are relatively negative. Due to the bad press that the company has received from past recalls, many dog owners avoid Diamond dog food formulas at all costs. The inclusion of corn, wheat and soy is another factor that is viewed negatively by many consumers. The Diamond Naturals foods were slightly better received by dog owners, though most dog owners agree that Diamond Naturals are very grain-heavy and high in carbohydrates.
Have you fed your dog any of the Diamond dog food dry or canned formulas? Do you have feedback that could help other pet owners? Please share your review of Diamond dog food!
Diamond Dog Food Ingredient List
Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, white rice, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, dried plain beet pulp, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, 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.
I have puppies dying while feeding Diamond Naturals Small Breed puppy…we have ruled everything else out. Causing bacterial infection of intestine…not parvo, not coccidia, not giardia…the pups get terribly ill only when fed this food…have lost four, been to vet multiple times. I will no longer feed any Diamond product. I have called the company and they were supposed to call back but haven’t.
I’ve been feeding my Pitt bulls diamond naturals lamb for 5 years. Since we bought the new formula my pit’s have had bloody, diarrhea and bad gas. They have to be let out to go potty a minimum of every three hours. We have a vet app scheduled but, in the meantime I’m taking off this food. I’ve no doubt this needs to be recalled with all the complaints on the new formula. I won’t be repurchasing!
Same thing here all four of my dogs are having problems with the new improved formula. One pit got bloody diarrhea, one is losing hair and the other stopped eating it. I asked for a refund! Contact the company asap!
Just wondering how long it took your pit bulls to get the food and toxins out of their system. Our little dog started to recover in about 5 days. Our Doberman is now ill. Has been off food for 2 days. Still has the bloody mucus diarrhea If I would have realized it was the food I would have stopped it sooner. Thankful for the blog. It helped me bring the pieces together. Any suggestions for a quick recovering for our Doberman will be greatly appreciated.
I am a pet owner of a 6 yr old rottie that has been using Diamond 60 + large breed. I have never had a problem with this food and have been using it for the past 4 yrs. The Naturals are great with no garbage in it and I love this food. In 6 yrs. My dog has never been sick to a vet.Her coat is shiney and the condriotin and glucosime is great for her joints !!
A+ for me and can’t always believe what the internet portrays 😉
There is something wrong with this FOOD!! My dogs, my niece’s dogs are sick with diarrhea and Gas. IT’s horrible.. We are taking our dogs off this. Vomiting and bloody stools in one of our dogs.
The same thing happened to my dogs! I just got a new bag of Lite Lamb & Rice and they are so gassy. Not regular dog gas, it is very frequent and horrible smell. They also have watery stool.
I have 5 Dobermans. I’ve been feeding them the Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice for the last 2 years. All has been going well until this last month. Now they ALL have watery diarrhea. The only common denominator is the “improved” recipe. I am ending it today, we’ll see how quickly the poop clears up.
I just purchased the new “improved ” Diamond chicken and rice and after feeding this brand for 6 years my dogs have became sick with vomiting , bloody diarrhea and foul gas … they hardly will eat it . It took me a while to put the pieces together that the food was the cause . Hope this helps another dog owner . I am not blaming the food just letting people know my observation.
Thank you Ann, this has helped! my poor dog has had similar problems for three weeks. took him to the vet this morning and the vet says it sounds like Salmanella poisoning! Of course Diamonds vet swears it is the fact that probiotics were added…..we will see. I am shipping the dog food for testing.
I have been feeding my dogs diamond dog food for about 2years. I purchase it from pet supply plus. I had the same problem with diamonds chicken and rice. My dogs turned their noses up to the bag I just bought. This is not like them. They always gobbled it up. After about 10 days they started acting really weird. They did not vomit but they had heavy breathing, shaking and swollen belly. I took both to the vet and 100’s of dollars later, they could not find anything wrong with them. After we came home I fed them. Within 15 minutes after eating the food again the same symptoms came back. That’s when it hit me that it was the dog food. Of course I have stopped giving them the diamond dog food. I have now started them on my own chicken and rice food recipe that I cooked for them. Both are back to normal.
Same issues for us. First our older dog started having diarrhea that turned to a bloody, mucus diarrhea. Started him on a bland home cooked food, he started getting better and then our other dog started having the same issue. I finally put the pieces together and realized it was the food. I have been feeding them the same flavor chicken and rice for about a year. Just got a new bag. Thinking back I realize now they were not eating it down as quickly as they were before. Our older dog is starting to feel better now, so I’m hoping our other one will also be recovering soon. I wish I would have read these comments earlier. I did not realize there were so many issues with the diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice.
You stated in your article that Diamond Natural’s
first ingredient is usually a grain/carb. This is incorrect . Diamond Natural first ingredient is a meat such as Lamb, followed by lamb meal.check the bag.
I have 2 Great Dane puppies 14 weeks old. I just purchased the naturals grain free all life stages & am afraid to use it due to NOWHERE on the package is the CALCIUM % listed. Very concerned about this with growing Danes. Can ANYONE please give me this info before I try this food or will return for another brand that has CALCIUM listed on the bag. Thank You
I think that the safest thing for you to do is to contact Diamond directly: http://www.diamondpet.com/contact_us/. They will have the definitive answer for you.
Any one have urinary problems on this dog food??? in a female.
I’m seeing urinary issues (plus some) in my female and trying to decide if its food related or not.
Yes, it could very well be food related. My little dachshund mix developed a stone almost 1″ in diamter that required surgery. My vet recommended Science Diet Prescriptive Formula but she hated it. I researched and found Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice provided the best nutrition without the ingredients that are problematic for the type urinary tract stones (Calcium ) she had developed. It has been over a year now and there hasn’t been any recurrences.
My dachshund mix had a urinary stone about 1″ in diamter a little over a year ago. She didn’t like the Preswcription iet food so I switched to the Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice and there haven’t been any recurrances.
Ummm you list Diamond Naturals as having by-products…it does NOT contain by-products. Also, you say that most Naturals contain a grain or carb as the first ingredient…again- WRONG. Please get your facts straight before doing a review. Many people will believe what you write instead of doing their own homework and finding out the facts.
My last two Boxers lived on Diamond until they died of old age (both were 12+). Diamond is a middle of the road brand as far as quality goes but it’s what I recommend to anyone on a budget but wants to feed their dog the best they can afford. I nver had a problem with the Diamond food. I do know that most companies will have a recall sometime in the course of business, including Diamond and the higher quatlity brands as well. Regardless of the brand you choose you should always keep an eye out for recalls.
Bought diamond large breed puppy food, just a small bag to start her off, and went half of her old food like the bag recommended and the other half with this brand…. it’s only 3 days but my poor puppy is bloated and fat.. I’m scared already, I absolutely do not recommended this food at all, and for the price tag on this food, I expected better.
My babies are in the same condition! I thought I would try Diamond Small breed — I followed directions but now I have 4 dogs with bad cases of diarrhea. The diarrhea has lasted 2 days and my guys are miserable. Would NEVER recommend this product! EVER!
Keep in mind if you are buying plain old Diamond it is not the quality that their Diamond NATURALS brand is and that is much higher quality food. Also keep in mind that all animals are different and tolerate foods differently like humans so maybe the formula you bought just does not agree with them. It can take up to a month or two for a dog to adjust to new food. Naturals is cheapest around for the high quality. Friend just bought 40lb bag for like 35.00. That is a steal for a NATURAL food with real meat as first ingredient. I have heard problems with plain old Diamond.
Did you gradually switch the dog food? If you are not slowing transferring to the new dog food, this could be why your dog is sick. This is a rich, protein-filled food that can be upsetting to the GI tract if not introduced gradually.
i use diamond natural for my boxer and he loves it i would like a coupon for this brand please
i was told diamonds was good for dog…..so i’ve been giving my baby girl… golden lab lamb and rice… now i’m scared……
I only give my dogs Diamond Natural. It has cured many ailments where people had to buy special foods for their pet’s illness. However Diamond Naturals took away their need to buy “special” foods and have their pet healthy. I only sell this product and you have to know the best product to give them. Each size has different needs and you need to suggest the correct product type. To me, Diamond Naturals deserves a 5 star!
I bought diamond naturals lamb and rice for large breed puppy and my German shorthair loves it, its reasonablely priced and has good ingredients. I would love a manufacture coupon for this food. I will be using this product from now on.
I am really fed up with diamonds response to recall reimbursement. I have called and emailed then I was told I have to write a letter. Give mea break I already had to buy the food twice and worry about my dog. They don’t stand behind their customers!
My dogs 4 have always eaten Iams. But since I was hearing bad reviews on what Iams was putting in their food, I decided to change to Diamond Naturals because I have read what other people have posted and the formula was much better than Iams. My long hair dachshunds coat is so much softer and has a shine! His breath is much better! My daughters chihuahua is very pickey. She loves this food! I have a boxer and french bulldog that were EXTREMELY gassy. With Diamond they have no problems at all (I can have friends over and not offer them nose plugs!) After my dogs tried Diamond Naturals one time all of them would only eat the Diamond from their bowls and REFUSE to eat the Iams! I have told all my friends and co-workers about Diamond Naturals.
With a chocolate lab that has allergy problems with all of the grain based foods and some of the “premium” foods, we struggled to find an inexpensive solution. We have found Diamond Natural to be the answer for our companion’s nutritional needs. With prices that average less than a dollar a pound, fairly easy to find, and palatable to Grizz (our dog) makes for a good choice for a long and healthy lifetime for our buddy.
Owning 4 dogs and fostering 2 I had to make a switch. I had been using Nutro Max dog food for years. Since prices have gone up and the size of bag keeps decreasing it was a no brainer. I was going through a 30# bag in a week at $40. I switched to Diamond Naturals. It has NO corn or by products. The ingredients are better in comparison with most of the premium dog food. I researched it on http://www.dogadivisor.com which is a great comparable site to turn to. The Diamond Naturals actually is rated higher than the Nutro Max. At a savings of over $10 per bag, and 40#’s. Saving money and getting 10#’s more food to boot….booya. I mixed it with my previous dog food for about a week and a half. Now they are on only the Diamond Natural. They all seem to be doing great with it. I know nothing about their Classic line so I can’t comment. The Natural line is just that “Premium”.
I too have found good results with Diamond Naturals. My Foster Dogs sometimes come in emaciated. I see a turn around to healthy dogs once again. Even my own pets were either what I call “throw away dogs” or from the shelter. With only one exception…
I had re-homed my last foster than I got myself a chihuahua. I was so tired of seeing unloved dogs and hearing “I just don’t have time for him/her.” So, as I was settling in with my new chihuahua never to foster again. HA HA The phone rings….Yep I’m fostering again. I’ve always limited my foster dogs. This time there were more than ever.
The funny thing is….Most ended up being chihuahuas. One is a Brat Terrier hybrid as they call them older puppy.
DIAMOND Naturals is my food of choice because I pay for this with my limited budget. I have only had one donation of fifty dollars to help out towards a spay. I have done this because the animals deserve someone to care about them.
Now,I’m now having to ask future adopters to take care of the alterations. This has decreased homing as well as the economy. It’s hurting more and more animals.
I’d like to THANK the Diamond Company for the product that has been more affordable for me and good to the animals. May you keep up the good work & be blessed for the good that it does.
Interesting note…if you look at the feeding guidelines on the back of the bag, the recommended amount to feed the average dog Diamond Naturals is the same amount you would feed a high energy dog on Nutro Max. So you are really feeding more Diamond and thus not saving as much as you think. At least Nutro has never had a recall on their dry dog food!
I have 3 dogs, all very different breeds from each other. They are all on Diamond Natural Lamb and Rice and do wonderfully on this line. I did goof up once and bought the regular chicken and rice and within 2 days all 3 of the dogs were itching like crazy. I quickly realized my mistake, threw away the chicken and rice and put them all back on lamb and rice. The itching went away. It must be something in the Naturals line or something in the chicken…
Nutro dog food recall 2014
Nutro Products Inc. is a subsidiary company of Mars Incorporated and offers dog and cat food. Their product lines include Natural Choice, Max, Ultra, and Greenies. NUTRO has had 78 recalls and withdraws since 2005 with an estimated 30 million bags/cans/containers of products recalled.
I recently bought Diamond dog food because my friend said it had better ingredients for dogs than Iams, which was my previous brand. My daughter, who has 2 dogs of her own. Within 2 weeks, all four of our dogs broke out in rashes. I also bought the Diamond cat food. One of my cats had the same reaction as the dogs. We are now back on Iam’s, and their rashes seem to be fading, but I don’t want to buy any products that are tied to this brand again.
There is a big difference in Diamond and Diamond Naturals. Diamond Naturals is a high quality food, and all I feed my dogs. I, however, will not feed Diamond.
I bought 40 pound Lamb and Rice adult dry formula in early July.
My 13 year old dog started to throw up.
The food smells ok. But it sat in her dish un eaten for days.
There is a 40 dollar vet bill, but the vet also wants to run a 150.00 of dollars worth of blood tests.
I am feeding her other types of food, and she can eat that.
Where do I send a sample of the dry dog to?
I have not used Diamond dog food in years, I then tried the 4 health dog food, they were ok with it. They treated this food the same as they did Vet Extensions, TOTW. Since the 4 Health was made by Diamond, we checked out the ingrediants, and they were similiar to the 4Health. We purchased the Diamond Naturals Chickent & Rice. This was better recieved then the other brands of dog food, we had tried. I am going to call the company this morning to see if their fish meal is ethoquixin free. They like it, the price is right, and if it is preservative free, we will continue to buy it.
I was feeding my dogs canidea but it got to be a little to spendy so I decided to feed them Diamond Brand Puppy formula.. Not their Naturals line. My dogs would not eat this food. If I tried adding another brand dog food on top of this food to see if this would help to get them to eat it.. they would eat everything on top and just leave the puppy formula kibble sitting there untouched. It was weird. I could not even force my dogs to eat this. Even my pregnant female who will eat anything would not touch this food. I had to use this food because that’s all I had and they would just let it sit in the bowl until they were practically starving and I have 7 dogs so I gave up after the last of the bag and switched. I honestly began to think something was wrong with this food and I will never buy this product again. I think the review from seven healthy dogs is good enough. This stuff is crap.
Just gave my dog Diamond Naturals Lite and he loves it. Previously he was on a very expensive prescription diet formula, and I was concerned if I switched he’d put on weight. He has not and is looking great. I would love coupons!
I have two 80lb mutts that have been on Diamond natural lite for two years. they love it. When I ws unable to get to farm store to buy diamond, i switched them for a couple months to Blue buffallo lite. one threw up and the other got bladder stones. i am back on Diamond
I love Diamond Naturals. My dogs look great, the ingredient list is very good and the price is much better than Science Diet or Iams. Coupons would be awesome!
i would love some coupons from diamond large breed puppy lamb and rice. My dogs do so well on it and would love to promote it.
I would like coupons to. I love this dog food for my dogs.
I would be interested in a diamond dog food printable coupon when next available.
Well I have a pit bull that has a lot of skin issues Tryed a lot of different foods even went to making home made chicken and rice and veggies I Tryed blue buffalo and he throw up and broke out in rashes just to name one brand we Tryed diamond and it truely is the best food he looks amazing and his skin is so soft again and it has saved me so much time and money:) the only bad thing is I can only find it at 2 stores :/ well thank you diamond you saved me!
Glad to hear that Diamond Dog food helped your pooch. It is a wonderful product. You can also buy it online, and make sure to check back on our site for Diamond coupons at http://petfoodtalk.com/dogfoodcoupons/diamond-coupons/.
Can you tell me what you switched to? My dogs are doing the same thing.
We have been feeding lamb and rice for 4 years and recently they developed itch, rubbing butt and licking..