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I asked the owners of the puppies what food they were feeding the puppies and she said they have been using the 'Diamond' brand puppy food. That is what the mom was fed and they continued with kind. Has anyone ever heard of this brand?

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I don't know much about the food, but I do know it was one of the brands that was part of that big recall a few years back. There was a class action lawsuit against them...
 

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Diamond is reputed to be a low end dog food. It is available at Wal-mart and local feed and seed stores here. Pretty cheap. It was a big part of the melamine recall and I juust don't trust it.

I would use it just enough to transition to a better quality food especially for a puppy.

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Decent food some of it but had serious issues with aflatoxin (corn mold) awhile back. They also manufacture Taste of the Wild, which is grain free and fed by many on this board.
 

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I use the lamb and rice variety as it has no corn it. Jake, when he gets into anything containing corn, becomes excessively itchy. In my area it's hard to find a food with no corn in it. I like it.... well... Jake is doing well on it. LOL
 

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Diamond is one of the largest and oldest dog food manufacturers around and sells the foods under many different labels. They have had some recalls in the past on certain formulas. People have varying levels of trust in the company as a whole.

They sell Diamond and Diamond Naturals under their own name. They also own, make and sell: Taste of the Wild, Chicken Soup, Premium Edge and Professional. They are under contract to make the food for: Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Canidae, Costco's Kirkland and perhaps others.

I tend to look for formulas made by smaller companies that only make pet food and control the process from beginning to end. I look for meat-based quality protein sources and very few fillers, if any. For puppies, I wouldn't want to feed a formula with any less than 25-27% protein and a minimum of 15% fat.
 

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Our pup, Maevis, came home from the breeder eating Kirkland (Costco), which is made by Diamond. I had heard some negetive things about Diamond, so I planned to switch Maevis to another brand as soon as she settled in. I heard so many horror stories about dogs and foods that did not agree with them, however, I began to re-think my intention to switch, as Maevis was doing so well on the Kirkland brand. I had to buy a Costco membership and travel almost an hour to the nearest Costco, but Maevis has been thriving on their food. She is now six months old and I just bought my first bag of Kirkland adult food for her.
 

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I would highly recommend feeding Fromme. I don't use it anymore only because my dog is on a RX diet to control stomach issues. But I really liked their customer service and ingredients, and its easy to get in Illinois b/c it's mostly manufactured in Wisconsin. It was owned by the Fromme family, but it may have been sold. I can't remember. They have lots of varieties.
 

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We fed Diamond for a long time. I was having coat issues with my lab, when my vet asked what she ate and we said Diamond large breed her response was "there's your problem". She explained it was high in corn and dogs diet should not consist of corn.

Read the labels. If it has corn stay away IMO, we never looked at their naturals or other types. We went to a "better" food and our dogs are doing well. Other than the coat issue we did not have any other problems.

I do know one of their recalls was a distributor direct issue. Only effected the food that one distributor handled. I know there have been others.
 

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Diamond is one of the largest and oldest dog food manufacturers around and sells the foods under many different labels. They have had some recalls in the past on certain formulas. People have varying levels of trust in the company as a whole.

They sell Diamond and Diamond Naturals under their own name. They also own, make and sell: Taste of the Wild, Chicken Soup, Premium Edge and Professional. They are under contract to make the food for: Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Canidae, Costco's Kirkland and perhaps others.

I tend to look for formulas made by smaller companies that only make pet food and control the process from beginning to end. I look for meat-based quality protein sources and very few fillers, if any. For puppies, I wouldn't want to feed a formula with any less than 25-27% protein and a minimum of 15% fat.
Couldn't have said it better.
 

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We had the same situation when we brought Layla home. Our breeder fed her Diamond so we thought we would just stay with it. Well, in the next month or so it seemed she hardly ate any of her food and would just snack on it throughout the day. In between her vet visits she hardly gained any weight. Our vet also told us they had heard bad things about Diamond. We switched to Purina One Pro Plan for Large Breed Puppies and she loved it right away!
 

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Looks like some people have more knowledge than I do!

I always end up being confused about which food to feed. My old guy is now on a prescription diet, so I don't know what to recommend.

There is a food and nutrition part of the forum that might give you some good information.

Good luck with your pup!
 

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I am a big Fromm fan. I did a LOT of research when I was getting our puppy because our first Golden had so many health issues.
I sent emails to several companies when I was chooseing & I kept coming back to Fromm. Some skirted around my questions on equoxifin (spelling?) in their food sources. I eliminated them immediately. I didn't want a manufacture that mass produces foods for multiple companies. There are several foods I found that were decent, but Fromm was reasonable, made my Fromm in their own plant using quality ingredients in the balance that is good for slow growth, which is good for large breed puppies.
 

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First - Thank you for all the suggestions.
Second, I just received an email from the breeder and she wanted to let me know she has switched to IAMS puppy food. IAMS is a better food right?
 

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First - Thank you for all the suggestions.
Second, I just received an email from the breeder and she wanted to let me know she has switched to IAMS puppy food. IAMS is a better food right?
I have a better opinion of the IAMS company than Diamond and I'm sure your puppy will be fine eating it at the breeders. I'd personally be looking to change to a more meat-based formula a couple of weeks after bringing the puppy home. By weight, cornmeal is the primary ingredient in IAMS Puppy, once the moisture is extracted from the #1 ingredient chicken. Cornmeal has a much lower "protein digestibility" percentage than something like chicken meal or lamb meal. Protein digestibility is the amount of protein absorbed into the body relative to the amount that was consumed. It would take a lot more cornmeal to get the same amount of utilized protein compared to chicken meal. I don't believe that corn is a horrible ingredient in a dog kibble, but I also don't think it should be the primary source of protein.
 

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My daughter justr got a new puppy this past Wed. The breeder is feeding Diamond Natural small breed puppy. The first 5 ingredients are Chicken, chicken meal, ground rice, chicken fat, egg product...I do not see corn or corn meal anywhere in the ingredents.
We were going to switch her to something else, but this food looks fine too me ( the untrained eye) What do you all think about this food?
Is this what the OP uis feeding her pup?
 

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My daughter justr got a new puppy this past Wed. The breeder is feeding Diamond Natural small breed puppy. The first 5 ingredients are Chicken, chicken meal, ground rice, chicken fat, egg product...I do not see corn or corn meal anywhere in the ingredents.
We were going to switch her to something else, but this food looks fine too me ( the untrained eye) What do you all think about this food?
Is this what the OP uis feeding her pup?
Ingredient list is decent. I just can't get over all of Diamond's past problems with the recalls-even if it just was the moldy corn. Still don't trust them.
 

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My daughter justr got a new puppy this past Wed. The breeder is feeding Diamond Natural small breed puppy. The first 5 ingredients are Chicken, chicken meal, ground rice, chicken fat, egg product...I do not see corn or corn meal anywhere in the ingredents.
We were going to switch her to something else, but this food looks fine too me ( the untrained eye) What do you all think about this food?
Is this what the OP uis feeding her pup?
I believe that the Diamond Natural formulas are a lot different from the Diamond Original Puppy formula which the OP's breeder was feeding. That formula listes chicken by-products, ground corn and wheat flour as the first 3 ingredients.
 
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