Question by freenmaddie: What about Diamond Naturals for a quality dog food?
I read the ingredients on a web site for Diamond Naturals and it may be right for my 2 year old yellow lab. I haven’t tried it yet but he is a very picky “dog food” eater as his previous owner raised him on table scraps and other garbage. He is a beautiful, very bright dog with EXCESSIVE SHEDDING!!!! I am trying to find quality food and supplements for him. He has some itching as well (no fleas). Any thoughts on the Diamond Naturals? It’s a great price as well!

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Answer by abbyful
I prefer “Chicken Soup” over “Diamond Naturals” (both are made by Diamond) because “Chicken Soup” appears to have higher meat content, but Diamond Naturals is still a pretty good choice, especially if you live in a rural area where there is limited selection of dog foods.

(The original Diamond line is cruddy, so don’t use that.)

It is definitely worth giving it a go with the Diamond Naturals.
First two ingredients are named meats, and there is no corn or wheat, no byproducts, no carcinogenic preservatives, etc.

Diamond Naturals is MUCH MUCH better than foods like Iams, Science Diet, Eukanuba, etc.

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Diamond Naturals is better quality than Purina Pro-Plan. Here is a comparison of the Chicken & Rice varieties of each.

Purina Pro-Plan (first 5 ingredients):
(1) Chicken = GOOD ingredient, but inclusive of 70-80% water, so not the “real” first ingredient of the food, and likely not in the top 5.
(2) brewers rice = low quality ‘filler’ grain. BAD ingredient.
(3) whole grain wheat = high-allergy grain.
(4) poultry by-product meal = random parts from “mystery birds”. BAD ingredient.
(5) corn gluten meal = low-quality binder. BAD ingredient.
( http://www.proplan.com/products/ChickenRice_DryDog.html )

Diamond Naturals (first 5 ingredients):
(1) Chicken = GOOD ingredient, but inclusive of 70-80% water, so not the “real” first ingredient of the food, and likely not in the top 5
(2) chicken meal = chicken with water weight removed. GOOD ingredient.
(3) whole grain brown rice = low-allergy, easily digestible grain. GOOD ingredient.
(4) white rice = low-allergy, easily digestible grain. GOOD ingredient.
(5) cracked pearled barley = low-allergy, high quality grain. GOOD ingredient.
( http://www.diamondpet.com/products/diamond_naturals/dogs/dry_food/chicken_and_rice_adult_dog_formula/ )

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