If you’ve been on the hunt for grain-free dog food, you’ve likely stumbled across Diamond. Sometimes known as Diamond Naturals — which is just one of their brands — all of this company’s food is made here in the States.But of course, that’s not all there is to know about the pet food manufacturer!
In this article, we’ll take a peek at the company behind the products, the unique features of their kibbles, and review what we consider the best dinner options in our Diamond Dog Food Reviews. We’ll highlight the different lines of puppy food for your growing, mature, or senior dog, and cover the most popular formulas as well! So, read on to find out more about whether this brand is right for your fluffy best friend.
Quick Review: Top-5 Dog Foods From Diamond
Who Are Diamond?
The company behind the kibbles is called Diamond Pet Foods, and its plants are based in California, Missouri, and South Carolina. Family-owned for almost fifty years now, Diamond as we know it now was founded by two relatives, Mr. Kampeter and Mr. Schell. Hence, Schell and Kampeter Inc own the Diamond Pet Foods business.
There are three brands in the ‘Diamond’ family of foods:
- Diamond (yep, just plain Diamond!);
- Diamond Naturals; and
- Diamond Naturals Grain-Free.
Together, these encompass food for a huge variety of doggy needs — you’ll find puppy food, hypoallergenic options, gluten-free formulas, and some breed-specific recipes to boot.
What’s Special About Diamond?
In a day and age where the dog food market is unsurprisingly competitive, it’s lovely to find a manufacturer that emphasizes quality ingredients. But sometimes, we want a little more than just AAFCO-approved food — and the Diamond Naturals ranges go the extra mile.
First, the Diamond Original products. Unlike the slightly newer Diamond Naturals lines, these are not grain-free, nor are they particularly exceptional in terms of healthy ingredients. Nonetheless, the original Diamond recipes provide ample choices for dog owners, with options such as Hi-Energy and Performance for working or active pooches, Premium Adult for shows, breeding, or hunting animals, and Puppy, for those little ones’ development.
The “What’s Special” about Diamond — in our opinion — is their Diamond Naturals and Diamond Naturals Grain-Free food. In both, you will find formulas designed for great nutrition and easy digestion. They feature:
- Probiotic formulas (or Probiotic ‘Tech’, they call it!) that aids your best friend in absorbing those nutrients and breaking it all down;
- Antioxidants – in scientific terms, these ‘clear up free radicals’. In regular talk, they help boost our dogs’ immune systems and they often come from…
- Superfoods – which provide extra awesome benefits such as fiber, juicy vitamins, and all-around minerals for our pets;
- Omega Acids – these are super-useful in helping our pooches maintain lovely coats and healthy, strong skin; and
- Glucosamine – alongside supplements of chondroitin, this protects dogs’ (and humans’) joints, helping to reduce the likelihood of complications like arthritis or dysplasia.
Also in Diamonds range of products, you’ll notice the Diamond CARE recipes — these cover hypoallergenic and special formulas for dogs with sensitivities and existing conditions. More on these in our reviews!
Diamond Dog Food Recalls
There have been some instances of Diamond Naturals dog food recalls. One notable instance was in 2012, the FDA found that some Small Breed packages were potentially contaminated with Salmonella. In the same year, both the Naturals line and original Diamond range were subject to recall as the net was widened for the same suspected Salmonella event. Diamond Puppy and Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice were among the products recalled.
In the aftermath of these recalls, the company has reportedly tightened up safety measures to ensure nothing similar happens again.
Why the Diamond Puppy Food Reviews and Diamond Dog Food Reviews?
Diamond offers a generous array of dog food options for all kinds of dogs, including larger breeds that usually need a few special dietary requirements. With a lovely grain-free range of products to choose from, as well as special nutritional formulas, there’s probably something for every dog.
While there have been some concerns due to the recalls we mentioned, Diamond Pet Foods does have safety measures for product and environment testing in place. It’s made in the US and not outsourced, and Diamond also uses its manufacturing facilities to produce kibbles for other brands.
Shall we tuck into some Diamond Dog Food reviews?
Our Diamond Dog Food Reviews
The Diamond Naturals Dog Food Review
A whole selection of equally awesome Diamond Grain-free dog food recipes are available, but here’s the flavor that sounds the tastiest to us!
- Diamond Naturals Grain Free Premium Dry Dog Food
- 24% protein from fish, peas, and lentils;
- Contains skin-healthy zinc;
- Features Omega acids for skin protection (and beautiful coats!);
- The whitefish in here is wild-caught, which ethical consumers will like; and
- It’s suited for all pooch sizes!
- None we could spot, we like Diamond Natural’s healthy approach.
The Diamond High Energy Dog Food Reviews
Well, technically, there’s one High Energy Dog Food that owners talk about the most…
- Diamond Premium Balanced Dry Dog Food Hi-Energy
- Offers 400 k/Cal in each cup, for dogs on the move!
- Contains high levels of Omega acids and also Vitamin E;
- Includes antioxidants to help pooch fight off diseases; and
- Good for a range of different doggy breeds, between 5lb and 100lb in size.
- Contains poultry by-products from chicken; and
- Corn’s the second listed ingredient.
The Diamond Puppy Food Review
Within these Diamond puppy food reviews, we’ve included two breed-specific recipes. One for big pups like Labs, Golden Retrieveds, and German Shepherds; one for smaller pooches like Shih Tzu and Yorkies.
- Diamond Naturals Premium Dry Dog Food
- 27% protein, a lovely amount for larger puppy breeds;
- Includes DHA that helps in eye, vision, and brain processes;
- Includes not only lamb and peas, but pumpkin, kale, oranges, and quinoa—such a varied mix of vitamins!
- 2% calcium to keep those long bones nice and strong; and
- 15% fat—not too much, not too little!
- With no by-products to be found, there are none that our trained eyes can spot!
- Diamond Natural Puppy Food Small Breed
- 32% protein will provide amino acids for your little friend to grow;
- Small, manageable kibbles make chewing simpler;
- 22% fat offers a great amount for small breeds, which boast fast metabolic rates;
- Includes DHA-rich salmon oil; and
- It’s full of lovely vitamins to keep your cute little pup in great shape!
- None! We love the Diamond Natural line, and this is a great, breed-specific recipe to boot.
The Wet Diamond Dog Food Reviews
Diamond makes canned options for both adults and puppies. Here, we couldn’t resist reviewing the tasty-sounding lamb pâté for adults, but rest assured — the chicken and beef flavors are puppy-friendly. And, they’ll get those little tails wagging!
- Diamond Naturals Premium Canned Wet Pate Dog Food
- Besides lamb, you’ll notice that the protein in here comes from quinoa, too!
- This is alongside other vitamin-rich ingredients like pumpkin and berries;
- 5% is a good protein serving in wet doggy foods;
- Uses no synthetic preservatives; and
- Comes as a tantalizing pâté – deliciously difficult for dogs to resist!
- Includes rice flour.
Hypoallergenic Diamond Dog Food
As we noted, Diamond CARE is a range that’s dedicated to dogs with special dietary requirements. One caveat — all the Diamond CARE products are designed only for adult dogs, and they don’t provide the requisite nutrients for our little puppies.
- Diamond Care Recipe Specialized Diets for Dogs with Sensitive Skin
- 25% protein, a nice amount for adult dogs — of all sizes and shapes;
- Ideal ratios of Omega acids aid your dog’s skin and coat health;
- Anti-inflammatory zinc is included;
- Only 13% fat; and
- It’s chicken-free!
- Nope, we think this is a great blend and it offers a nutritious, complete range of ingredients while still falling under the ‘limited ingredients’ heading.
- Diamond CARE Recipe Specialized Diets for Dogs with Sensitive Stomachs
- Uses potato and egg to keep digestion simple and smooth;
- Offers 25% protein;
- It’s made with no grains, so it’s suited for our gluten-free pooches;
- Includes E Vitamins for great skin health, along with Omega acids; and
- Features glucosamine-rich menhaden oil — great for joints!
- Dogs who can’t handle potato or chicken won’t be able to eat this.
What does ‘All Life Stages’ really mean?
To fall into the ‘Suitable For All Life Stages’ category, dog foods need to meet certain criteria set out by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Dogs go through four stages, including the well-known growth stage (puppies) and maintenance phase (adulthood). Two of these stages apply only to female dogs: gestation (roughly, this refers to pregnancy), and lactation (while female dogs are feeding their pups).
Of course, each dog is going to have different dietary needs at each of these stages. Pups, for example, need to get more fat and energy in their diets than adults, while gestating/pregnant dogs will also have relatively high energy needs. An AAFCO-approved ‘All Life Stages’ kibble needs to include all the nutrients that our dogs will need at each of these phases. While this covers a large range of different canine needs, it doesn’t include specialized considerations such as gluten-free or chicken-free diets might.
Why are probiotics often considered a good thing?
You’ve definitely heard of antibiotics, but may not have heard as much about probiotics. In very simple terms, these are the ‘good’ bacteria that we often hear about — often when people are chatting about yogurt or certain cheeses. They are microorganisms and bacteria which keep your dog’s digestive system in ‘balance’. Yes, they are alive, but the probiotics in respectable dog foods are nothing to be feared.
They are included in dog foods with the aim of helping your best friend ‘break down’ his dinner more easily. Diamond has a developed its own proprietary probiotic that is especially for canines. It’s quite helpfully called…K9!
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