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Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, white rice, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, beet pulp, egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, 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, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Crude Protein 26.0% Minimum
Crude Fat 16.0% Minimum
Crude Fiber 3.0% Maximum
Moisture 10.0% Maximum
Zinc 150 mg/kg Minimum
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg Minimum
Vitamin E 150 IU/kg Minimum
Omega-6 Fatty Acids * 2.5% Minimum
Omega-3 Fatty Acids * 0.4% Minimum

* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile.


I just switched my dogs from Canidae (I prefer it, but can't afford it right now) to this...$12 a bag difference

What do you guys think of this dog food?  I hope to switch back to a better food in a few months
 

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here is the review from dogfoodanalysis.com- which I suspect is where you got the ingredients list though b/c of the format
The first two ingredients in the food are named meat products. The first is chicken - inclusive of its water content. Once this is removed, as it must be to make a dry food, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. It is thus unlikely that it is the true first ingredient in the food, and it is likely to be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. Since the second ingredient is a meat meal, however, this is of limited concern.

The next ingredients are all grains. These are primarily decent quality grains, but we note that two of these are forms of rice (the ingredient is "split") and it appears likely that the combined grain ingredients would outweigh the first meat meal ingredient in this food. Consequently, our confidence that the food contains a decent amount of meat is low.

There is a second meat meal ingredient 12th on the ingredient list. This is a fish meal, however, and we fail to find any assurance on the manufacturer's website that the ingredient is not treated with Ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, banned or heavily regulated in human food, and believed to be carcinogenic (and is commonly added to fish meal ingredients). This manufacturer does make assurances about ethoxyquin-free sources for one of of its other products (the Chicken Soup line), thus we would consider it prudent to ask for a similar assurance about this product prior to using it.

Beet pulp is controversial filler. It is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.

Overall, this product appears better than many produced under the Diamond label, and many of the ingredients used appear to be good quality. It is limited confidence in the meat content of the food that prevents us awarding a higher rating.


It is not a reccomended food according to that review, but if its only for a couple months....
Premium edge is a little better, I think it is cheaper than Canidae too, maybe thats an option.
You should also look at the feeding directions.. often you need to feed a bigger quantity of lower quality foods- it could all even out.
 

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I was looking at this food too!! lmao it was I think $20 for 55lbs
 
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I got the ingredients from diamond food site...premium edge is about $30 for 35 lbs...canidae is 32 for 40 lbs...this is 21 for 40 lbs...it's the best we can do atm...sigh...but they all say to feed about 2 cups
 

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it doesnt look like a terrible food and there is a lot worse you could be feeding. stick with it as long as you need to i think. we can only do the best we can for our pups.
 

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I was feeding Diamond High Energy to mine for awhile. It made the dogs gain some pounds and they did great on it, but i decided to give them Canidae a better rating dog food after doing my research from the others on this forum. My dad still feeds his chocolate lab Diamond and is very healthy. So i think it is okay.

Canidae is expensive, i went from All life stages Canidae to Chicken and Rice Canidae because theres like  a $10 difference
 

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It sounds ok to me.  
I know what you mean about the money!  Hubby is throwing a fit because I'm switching Henry's food right now.  We were feeding Nutro Natural Lamb and Rice, $20/20 lbs.  We're switching to Castor & Pollux Natural Ultramix, $24/17 lbs.
 

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I just started feeding diamond as well. I know 2 breeders that thats all they ever use and actually suggested it to me. So far so good, it puts on a real shiny coat too! Oh around here is $30 for a 40lb bag.
 
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