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The bad reviews I’ve read are unfortunate. Although, I like to know if those people had issues with other brands as well. Food allergies are very possible. I know Diamond Naturals is a family business, so it would be nice if people that have had issues could factually prove it’s the food and not the dogs. Bad reviews on assumptions can hurt a business and I think that’s terrible... What people have to understand is that these reviews typically state the effects their dogs were having at the time they were eating this food. Root cause analysis hasn’t been done to determine those dogs were having such symptoms. There are a zillion reasons for dogs to puke or have diarrhea. This shouldn’t be a reflection on Diamond Naturals just because symptoms have been put in a bad review without proof.
Now I’ll give my experience with Diamond Naturals. I have 2 dog that are 16 yrs old. I got them both when they were about 1. (8 lb Havanese and 65 lb mixed Husky/Shepherd/Beagle) They’ve both eaten this brand of food for 15 yrs and they are in great health! People are shocked when I tell them how old they are, because they’re so active. They always ask what they eat. I am always proud to brag about Diamond Naturals??? Thank you Diamond Naturals!
I am a great fan of Diamond Naturals Beef and Rice. From time to time my area has none of them in stock. I tried Maintenance and my little dog started throwing up about 4-5 am. Once Diamond Natural Chicken and Rice was in stock, I started the switch over, that I did over a week, and that stopped. However, now that I am feeding 100% Naturals for only one whole day, my Kerry Blue became quite ill with throw ups and diarrhea and spent the day at the vet's getting IVs and on meds. Day two of the Diamond Chicken, the little dog has stopped eating it and is not well. The only thing that has changed in their lives is the Diamond Chicken. Thank you.
Sorry to hear about your sick little doggie. Sounds like he/she may have a food hypersensitivity to chicken, You mention multiple dogs? I assume the others are doing well?
I purchased a 40 pound bag of Diamond Naturals large breed chicken and rice food for my bullmastiff. He has many lefties so I have to be careful while selecting his food. He instantly loved this food but he started having diarrhea. His loose stools were frequent and very large. He had loose stools for a week.
Sorry to hear about the allergies. Unfortunately there is no good test for food allergies so the gold standard is feeding to exclude what doesn't work until you find one that does.Few dogs have food allergies to fish protein. Diamond Naturals Skin& Coat is salmon based so that may work well
Hi, I have 5 dogs. 4 are big breeds and the puppy is a Lhasa Apso. The big breeds (Boer Boel and the Rottweilers) are doing very well with Diamond Hi-energy. However the Lhasa Apso is having skin allergies and we changed her food from rice and fish to Diamond Puppy and she has been on it for 2 months. We started noticing skin reactions. We thought was something else but it has gone worse. Her skin is rough and the vet says it is a possibility that she is allergic to her food. Any experiences similar to this? And what can I change to?
Your Lhasa may have a food allergy to chicken, which is the protein source in Diamond puppy. She may also have seasonal or inhalation allergies. Please call us and ask to speak to our veterinarian with reference #108619 and we will sort this out for you
About 8-10 months ago, I started using Diamond Naturals for my Ridgebacks. I read the ingredients and was very surprised at how healthy it looked. I vividly recall opening the bag and got a whiff of this food. I was amazed at how good it smelled. I am not kidding, I almost wanted to take a taste. It smelled that good. The other thing I noticed at the time was that when I moisten my dog's good that it made a really nice gravy.
This experience went on for about 3 months. However, now something has changed. The food no longer has any smell when I open the bag. In fact, when I hold it up to my nose, I wonder if I should be feeding it to my dogs at all. It smells not so good. Like sort of "chemically" or something. I thought maybe that this was just a bad batch. But no, I have waited for the past several months for my experience to return. The other thing is that it no longer makes the nice gravy that I used to get from it. SOMETHING has definitely changed. I am no longer impressed and I have stopped recommending it to my puppy buyers and other breeder friends. Now looking for another food. I suppose they will respond to this review - but I hope they don't tell me the formulation hasn't changed. I am not stupid. I can tell the difference.
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My dog loves this food! I feel good about it because of its great ingredients. The shape and color of the food pellets changed but price stayed the same. I continued to feed it to my dog with the same result.
We have a 9 week old border terrier and have been feeding kibble supplied by the breeder. We bought Diamonds Naturals Small Breed puppy food and introduced it at a mixture of 25% Diamonds/75% breeder kibble. The pup's stools went from firm formed to soft and mushy with increased volume. I selected Diamond based on Dog Food Advisor. I am hesitant to increase the % of Diamond food now and not sure what to switch to. I would love to go back to the breeder kibble only but it is a regional brand not available in my state and unfortunately I have only a 5 day supply left. Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated.
from Gary--I am writing with followup on the switch from Diamond Naturals Puppy to Diamond Puppy. The stools have stabilized and are firmer and well shaped again. It looks like your recommendation has worked.
from Diamond- That's great, thanks for letting us know
We have had collies for the past 20 years. I started using Diamond on the advice of our vet many years ago. Best decision ever. We buy it at the Farm Store. It's about thirty dollars for fifty pounds. We have three Collies so the price fits our budget. Our collies have always been with great coats. I also give them the dog biscuits to keep their teeth clean. I really appreciate Diamond keeping the price down for years and having a healthy product we can depend on for our Collies.
Have been feeding my adult American Pit-bull the blue bag of diamond naturals (Beef Meal and rice formula), and ever since he has had constant diarrhea for a month. Also he has flatulence around 5/7 times a day. I would like to keep him on a natural diet but after doing some research it seems that the beef proteins are giving him a food allergy giving him a food intolerance. He likes the taste but he seems to have an upset stomach and tries to eat grass to suppress it.
Your dog could very well have a food hypersensitivity. That is intrinsic to your dog and not the fault of the food. Other protein sources available in Diamond Naturals are salmon (skin&coat) and chicken&rice. Salmon would probably be the best bet. Please let us know if that doesn't fix the problem
I purchased through Amazon. I assumed this food would be fine since we have fed him the Costco brand for years and I thought they were both the same. Well, I was wrong. We'll be going back to the Kirkland brand. Tried feeding him some simple rice and chicken and he kept that down. This is not the first review about this food causing vomiting. That's concerning...
Sorry to hear about the vomiting. Which Diamond product did you try? It was likely a transition issue or food hypersensitivity issue if the protein source between the two products are different. Nonetheless we are happy to refund you for the bag.
I purchased two bags from Amazon in December 2018. December 10: Senior Dog Chicken, Egg, & Oatmeal (35 lb) for my 13 year old spitz mutt/mix and December 16: Large Breed Chix & Rice (40 lb) for my 10-month shepherd mix. I weaned both dogs off of their previous foods and as of yesterday, January 2 2019, both of my dogs are having loose stools. Particularly my older dog who still had full-blown diarrhea and was becoming weak. I started feeding rice last week and went and bought him more of his old food last night. I am wondering if I should continue feeding my younger dog this food and may also switch her back after reading all of the recent reviews describing dogs with similar symptoms. Trying to save a buck has really backfired for me. I hope this food has not injured my dog’s GI systems or worse.
We hope that your older dog is back to normal. Since you transitioned him from the old food to the new, it is likely he has a food hypersensitivity to one of the ingredients. I hope that your young dog is continuing to do well. I never want to trivialize a pet getting sick, as I know from personal experience, it is a stressful time. However to put it in perspective, we do sell lots of food and average a concern, like yours, on about one out of ten thousand bags sold.
I have been using Diamond for several years now. The price is fair for what I get and I like the ingredients and the way they're used. I changed from my previous pet food not because my dogs weren't eating it, but because of the way it was formulated. The mix had specific chunks of chicken and some dogs would eat it and some dogs would just eat around it. We thought it wasn't a good formula for everybody and the size of the chunks was not good too for the smaller puppies. We found that the ingredients were better with Diamond. I breed Miniature Dachshunds and Diamond has always helped me with some sample packs, the little-bitty packs that I can hand out to my customers. I explain to them why I use Diamond. It works so much better with our supplement that we can tell that it's different than the previous food. We purchase Diamond from a local feed store and we also go to Chewy. All in all, Diamond is the best
I've been using Diamond Pet Food for two and a half years now. But my husband used them before I got a dog and he's been feeding Diamond for 10 years. We breed white Lab and it works for our puppies. We recently had four females come in and had four different litters. We had 22 pups here instantly about the 1st of September. Once the puppies turn six weeks, we start feeding them Diamond. We feed them Diamond soft puppy food, just mixed it with water, and they get all the nutrients they need. We feed them soft in the morning, dry in the evening.
Diamond sent me a box of pouches, and when we sell a puppy, we send them two to four packs of Diamond with them depending on the size of the puppy so that they can transition over. We try to tell the buyers to stay on Diamond until the pup is a year old because it produces good dogs. We had 24 pups come in January and all of them went home with at least two to four packs of Diamond puppy food. It gives them all the nutrients they need and it boosts their growth. They like it and they eat it. We've tried other brands, but we came back to it. I've been very pleased with them. I highly recommend Diamond to all my customers.
I have American Bullies and they were able to digest Diamond better than the other brands. I always use the puppy formula even on my adult. I also have client dogs as I'm a K9 whelper and trainer. I whelp many litters throughout the year and I have four litters right now. I usually give clients samples so they can see if their dog likes Diamond and that usually gets them to buy it. The dog food helps put on the weight the dogs needed and they also enjoy it. I put other things with it like ground beef or coconut oil. It just depends on what each individual dog needs. I've never had any skin problems from it and I've never had my dogs’ coat be dyed a reddish tint or anything from the dyes in the food. We love Diamond and we hope it sticks around. Keep up the good work.
Early this year, I started using Diamond Naturals. I raise Labradoodles and I was researching a good food to feed my puppies. After looking at several brands, I was impressed with the ingredients that they had in the Diamond Naturals. It is based in the United States and they don't outsource ingredients. They haven't had any recalls either and I like that. So, I started using it when I had my puppies and recommended it to all my puppy parents, and we’ve had really good results with it.
My family has a feed mill for livestock and they sell dog food and that kind of stuff in it. They sell Diamond, so I went with that route. My dog is a Goldendoodle and she has like some allergies sometimes. I've tried different allergy medicines or food trying to help with that and so far, none of them has completely taken care of it, but I think that's gonna be with any dog food. I've used the Grain-Free and, mostly, the Diamond Naturals. My dog maintains her weight and everything fine. She doesn't have any issues there.
We've had Diamond Pet Foods on and off for 25 years. I feed my large dogs with Adult Performance. I do like it but I was just a little disappointed that they don’t wanna work with breeders when we can be affecting and influencing clients to be purchasing their product, and they don’t seem to care about that. I’ve called Diamond half a dozen times but they didn’t get back to me. One of the issues may have been because we’re not a hardware or a grocery store. But when we sell puppies, they’re coming here. They hold us in quite high esteem and they value our input on what we’re feeding our dogs.
I wouldn’t mind if they do a little work with us or help sponsor our feeds. We’re trying to breed dogs for police work and border patrol. We’ve shifted a bit more away from pets but we still do sell pets because not all of them are gonna make the grade or cut. We still feed Diamond but we are buying pellets from another manufacturer because they wanted to work with us and we’re getting some discount from some suppliers. They’re like, “Just get it from your local suppliers.” And so, we’re getting some from some suppliers but it still doesn’t compare to the other discounts that we’re getting.
I do like Diamond and I would feed them to all the dogs all the time and stay on it but I don’t want to go to bat for them if they can’t cut us a little slack or throw us a bone. If they found a certain group of breeders or clients who are buying their product who are influential in promoting their product, I think it’s a great disservice to their own business to lose us. Unfortunately, I’m done contacting them. I’ve tried and tried, and we ended up switching some dogs off of it and over although we still do have dogs on Diamond.
We've been using The Diamond Naturals for about three years now. We liked the quality that we had researched that it had. And we couldn't tell the difference in the quality of it than some of the more distinctive brands. It's a very good food. The Naturals has more natural ingredients in it. The better food versus the cheaper brands of food, the puppies waste is a lot better. They have a lot more formed stools and their waste doesn't smell as bad. The puppies just seem to do better. Their coats are better as well and they seem happier puppies. And it seems like the puppies have more of an even growth to them.
I have my lab mix on this brand for most of his 2 1/2 years and have loved it. I had to change him to this light about 4 months ago and everything was fine until the bag I purchased on November 19th through Amazon. I still had quite a lot left from my previous bag, so we just started him on this bag. He is throwing up over and over. Also constantly licking and very thirsty. I remembered I had some reserves from his previous bag in containers in the pantry since it all can't fit in the container. We have given that to him now for the past 2 days and he is back to his normal self. Something is definitely wrong with this bag of food. The production of the code is DM DNL1003 C11N TPB 13:08. Please help. I don't mind paying for good dog food, but not when the whole 30 lb bag makes him vomit.
UPDATE 12/19/2018- our retained samples from your batch remain unchanged from when we released the food for sale. No one else has reported any possible issues with your batch. I hope your lab is feeling better.
So sorry to hear about the vomiting. Thank you for providing the production code. That identifies the batch of food yours came from. We retain samples from each batch. The food was made in our Meta MO plant. The Quality Control Manager is conducting an internal investigation into your batch, Will be back in touch tomorrow with the results. In the meantime, if you haven't already it would be best to put your boy on a bland diet such as boiled rice with a bit of chicken meat to settle his stomach
I’ve been using Diamond Pet Foods for almost 10 years. My dogs do very well on it. They like it, and I feel that it’s one of the better-quality dog foods you can get for your money that’s not gonna break the bank. I breed Labrador retrievers, and I give the new owners Diamond samples when they take their puppies home and as well as the brochures. I use the Diamond Hi-Energy for my adults, and then the Diamond Puppy food in the purple bags for my puppies. My puppies do very, very well on it. By the time my puppies are seven weeks old, they’re about 15 pounds at least normally, and they’re very, very healthy. They have really, really nice, shiny coats. It’s like a treat to them, so they like the taste of it, which is good.
Some puppy food make the puppies get a little bit of diarrhea, but Diamond doesn’t. None of my dogs have skin energies, and they get fuller faster. It’s not like a filler food. I’ve never had issues feeding Diamond. But the Diamond bags are almost like paper-type of bag. They rip open very easily especially at Fleet Farm. So, a lot of times, some of the bags are ripped open.
We breed Bernese mountain dogs and Bernedoodle, and we have two puppies born every three months. We also have a royal poodle. I've been using Diamond Pet Foods for 10 years now. We tried different brands back and forth, but, typically, their teeth and bowel habits are healthier with Diamond. We also see a consistent weight gain. We feed the puppies with Diamond Natural Large Puppy because they are a large breed of dog. We also send puppies to their new homes with Diamond samples, and everyone that we sold to has continued to use it -- we recommend them to. With the dog food, they are healthy, and we even notice a breath difference on the dogs. We’ve been very happy, and we appreciate it. I wish, however, that there were some coupons we could get every once in a while, or if we could buy in bulk. That would be wonderful.
I have a 3 1/2 month old Wheaten Terrier. The breeder sent him home with Diamond puppy food. We had nothing but diarrhea. I change to Wellness Core which is what my other dogs were on for their lifetime, nothing changed. Did chicken and rice. Small improvement but still very soft stool. I then went back to Diamond but change from a chicken based food to a beef based food. Next day and every day since, perfect stools. He has gained 10 lbs. and is finally looking healthy. Please don't let the brand guide you. Look at the ingredients most especially the main ingredient. Not all dogs can handle chicken based foods.
I went on DogFoodAdvisor.com and Diamond Pet Foods was ranked as a 5-star dog food. I have 13 big dogs so it's more affordable for me to get it than Taste of the Wild or Blue Buffalo and the quality is the same. I use the Diamond Large Breed Puppy for my puppies and the Senior on my 10-year old dogs because it's a little bit cheaper. I also do the Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete on all the kids that are breeding and once they retire, they go on Life Stages and then they go on to Senior. The Extreme Athlete is a better quality dog food and I like it better than I do the other ones.
My dogs have healthy coats, clear skins and they seem to hang on the weight well. They don't go overweight or become obese but they're not skinny either. There must be lots of good nutrients in the dog food which is what I'm looking for. Sometimes they can get gassy 'cause I give them people food but for most days, they're not too bad. We enjoy our experience and I would recommend Diamond Pet Foods to everybody. People get puppies from us and I call Meta, Missouri and they send me sample packets which I send with the puppies. They buy the smaller bags of the Diamond Large Breed Puppy and then they rotate over to whatever they want but a lot of people stick with the Diamond.
I had a Pomeranian puppy choked to death on some of the cheap and crappy dog food brand I got which was supposed to be puppy food. It was too big a morsel and it got stuck on my puppy's throat. I wanted something that was smaller so I bought the Small Breed Puppy from Diamond and so far, I've never had that bad luck again.
My puppies love Diamond Pet Foods so much that sometimes, I've had to back them off a little bit because they get a little overweight. They've never been picky about Diamond and I like that too 'cause for some dog foods I bought before, they looked at me like, "What are you giving us? This is garbage." I can also buy Diamond right here in town and I don't have to go far to get it and that's good. I like that they give the samples because I always give 10 items for people when they get their puppies. Hopefully, they continue using it too because the puppies seemed to do good on it.
I fed Taste of the Wild (A Diamond product) exclusively to my service dog from weaning to age 27 mos. She was diagnosed with Taurine deficiency while in heart failure with DCM due to her diet. And yes, I have that in writing from a board certified cardiologist. I have since learned Diamond does not employ a veterinary nutritionist. Only a vet with “an interest in nutrition.” They don’t do feeding trials. They do little to ensure their food is actually safe and balanced. They DO NOT meet WSAVA standards. And did they care that their food is causing harm? No. They added Taurine but have no science to back up if it helps or as to the amount. It’s “what the industry landed on.” Is that who you want to entrust with your dog’s nutrition? I’d say no. They’re a reckless company that cares more about profit that animal health.
As we became aware of the FDA’s findings, we started adding 1000mg taurine/kg of food. Even now there is no requirement for pet food companies to add taurine, since both people and dogs can make their own from the amino acid precursors, cysteine and methionine. Dr. Freeman, a veterinary nutritionist at Tuft’s vet school, wrote, 90% of our patients with DCM, in which taurine has been measured, have normal levels. Yet some of these dogs with DCM with normal taurine levels improve when their diets are changed. This suggests that there’s something else playing a role in most cases – perhaps a deficiency of a different nutrient.
When one looks at doing feeding trials, one must think long and hard about keeping dogs in cages for 6 months. Just because a diet can sustain a dog in a laboratory environment for six months, without causing illness or abnormal blood values, doesn’t mean it will perform the same way for dogs who may lead a much more active and stressful life, and for years on end. Foods that acquire the right to use a nutritional adequacy claim based on feeding trials need not be formulated to meet the other standard for nutritional adequacy: the “nutrient levels” criteria. Foods that pass feeding trials are not required to contain minimum or maximum levels of any particular nutrients. Therefore, it’s possible for a food to sustain dogs long enough to 'pass' the trial, but fail to demonstrate an ability (in real-world, long-term use) to promote optimum health. As one example, mineral excesses may take a year or more to cause noticeable health problems, but a food that claims to provide complete and balanced nutrition for adult dogs (a 'maintenance' claim) may have just passed 6 month test. We prefer to do nutritional adequacy testing, so that dogs don't have to be locked in cages for little or no benefit. All of our diets do meet the USA relevant, AAFCO authority, that works with the FDA to ensure pet food is safe and meets all of the pets’ nutritional needs
I have been using Diamond Pet Foods for my dogs for about two years. We read some reviews on it an there were a lot of good reviews about it. We breed Labradoodles and golden doodles and we have litters about twice a year and it has been easy to get the samples from Diamond. I usually just send an email. We use the Large Breed Puppy, Lamb, Rice & Vegetable variant. My dogs are very healthy and they look great. Their coats are nice and thick and their bones have grown normally. We exercise our dogs a lot, so we like the way the protein and the calorie levels are. The food seems to work best for them. We’re very happy with Diamond.
We have Labs and have about three litters a year. We’ve been using Diamond Pet Foods for about five years now. I use the Chicken & Rice variant, the orange and white bag Diamond Naturals for my adult dogs. I use around four measuring cups a day which is according to the bag. I also substitute a lot of stuff in their diet, like eggs, bee pollen and Vitamin C. Still, it’d be nice if Diamond made a 50-pound bag. Also, for the puppies, their stomachs wouldn’t adjust to the puppy food well, so I couldn't keep feeding them that. Nevertheless, the price of Diamond Pet Foods is reasonable for decent food.
We used Diamond over another brand because it was better and by now, we've been using Diamond for our Labrador Retrievers for more than 10 years now. It's a good product for the price. We appreciate that too because we buy so much dog food. We have five dogs and then we have about two litters a year. We use the Diamond Naturals and then with the puppies, the puppy food. When our females are pregnant, we give them the puppy food as well, for large breeds. The dogs like how it tastes and we don't have any problem with them. But we feed them other things too. I don't believe that it's healthy for anybody to eat dry food all the time. It's hard on the digestive system to just have dry food.
I don't like that Diamond changed their dog food bag from paper to plastic though. But when I called them about it, they said they had people saying the opposite. I guess they had enough people to where they thought that they should change. Nonetheless, we recommend Diamond to the people who buy the puppies. Diamond is very generous when they send samples to us and sending the puppies to their new home with those is something extra that people don't expect. We don't just give them a dog. We also do a few other things that make their experience more personal.
Diamond is a good brand of dog food. I have eight Siberian Huskies and when I started feeding Diamond to my dogs, they liked it. They're healthy too. They did very well on it so we kept using it. We use the Diamond puppy food and we've been on it for about four years now. I have about four litters a year and I call Diamond the representative to get samples. I send those with the puppies when they go to their new homes.
I’m a small hobby breeder and I breed miniature dachshunds and dachshunds. When I started, I looked for puppy food that was high in protein and high in fat. I looked at the nutritional analysis and started with the Diamond Puppy Food because it was very much like Eukanuba, which I was using but was a lot less expensive. When the Diamond Naturals came out with no corn, wheat or soy, and the first ingredient is chicken, I was happy to start using that. I have been using Diamond for 10 years at least and my dogs are all very healthy. They have shiny coats and they are very active. I have never had a problem with any of my dogs having a food allergy or not thriving on that food, so when it works, I’m sticking with it. I’ve been very pleased with Diamond and it has been super helpful when I have litters on the ground. I call for the sample packs of puppy food, and they're sent out right away.
Diamond Pet Foods expert review by Dr. Ken Tudor
Diamond is a pet food and treat company that offer a variety of high-quality and all-natural food and treats. Diamond makes food for puppies, adult dogs, dogs with sensitive stomachs, pregnant dogs and cats.
Diamond original: Diamond’s original dry food blend comes in a variety of options. There are blends for puppies, adult dogs, hunting dogs and athletic dogs.
Diamond Naturals: Diamond Naturals are all-natural food options for dogs of all sizes and lifestyles. These food blends come in both dry and canned food options.
Grain-free options: If your dog has trouble digesting grains, you can purchase grain-free food from Diamond. These are specialty brands from the Diamond Naturals line that uses no unnatural preservatives.
Online ingredient list: If your dog has allergies or trouble with some ingredients, you can check to see if your blend contains those ingredients. Diamond lists all of its food ingredients online.
Diamond Blog: The Diamond Pet Food Blog features regular blog posts. Subjects include transitioning your rescue dogs to a new diet, tips to give medicine to your pet, how to find a diet for a diabetic pet and more.
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