Diamond Dog Food Question

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by ddani740, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. ddani740

    ddani740 New Member

    Has anyone used Diamond dog food? My friend is a breeder and that is what she recommended for my mastiff pup. The problem is he has had extremely loose stools since we got him. Was treated for coccidia for 4 weeks now with no results. any suggestions?
     
  2. Marrowshard

    Marrowshard New Member

    We currently feed Diamond Large Breed (60+) and haven't had any problems with it. I like that it's got an extra dose of glucosamine and chondroitin and is reasonably priced. Oscar (EM) doesn't have any food allergies that we've discovered, so the basic chicken blend isn't an issue for him. He's a slow eater and seems content with about 4 cups a day for his 140-lb. body. He seems to digest it pretty well (uniform, firm poops) and doesn't have a lot of gas. Our old BM, Ebony, had allergies and we ended up feeding her Nutro Venison and Brown Rice with good results.
    Personally, I like Diamond and Nutro both (Nutro is a little more expensive, but better IMHO).
    There's always the universal diarrhea fix, too: plain yoghurt and pureed pumpkin. I haven't had to use it myself but I know it gets suggested a lot on this board.

    ~Marrow
     
  3. ddani740

    ddani740 New Member

    Thank you for the reply. When I got him from the breeder they had him on pedigree puppy food and I knew to gradually switch him to the Diamond. My problem is he will go a couple days with normal stools and then right back to the "D" My vet has been treating him since we got him a few weeks ago for Coccida and the medicine only helps for a few days. Poor guy does go to the door to potty but is up all night waking me to go out to the bathroom. Have you ever had to treat a pup for this? I posted something and had alot of views but no replys.
     
  4. I've used Diamond in the past with good results. I fed the Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete (in the yellow orange bag, I think). It was a 32/25 chicken based food and the Corso that I had at the time did well on it. His weight and coat was ideal. I don't know why I didn't go back to it. My dogs are eating Victor Hi Pro Plus mixed with Costo Puppy. No good reason for the mix other than while transitioning, they seemed to love it so I've kept it up!
     
  5. dmouse66

    dmouse66 New Member

    Hello! My 8 month old EM/NEO has a hard time with chicken fat found in a lot of dog foods. I have him on Diamond Adult Lamb & Rice and he does really good on that. I have also used the puree pumpkin (NOT pie filling) when he has tummy upset (too much rawhide, etc)... works great. You can also try boiled rice... helps bind.
     
  6. Mambo

    Mambo New Member

    Tried to put Mambo-EM (now five months old) on Diamond L&R 60+, she didnt care for it. My other dogs a Shepherd and a Boxer/Dane mix were on Diamond large breed 60+, Mambo kept stealing theirs so now everyone is all on the same and doing very well.
     
  7. rmgraves

    rmgraves New Member

    My 15wk old DDB is on Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy and has normal stools as well. :)
     
  8. Newton

    Newton New Member

    My EMs eat Diamond LB 60+, but I also supplement with fresh made meals with organic veggies, fruit, and meat. I have a fantastic butcher close by, but after Thanksgiving and Christmas most stores put their turkeys on sale for around .58/lb so I stock the freezer.
     
  9. dmouse66

    dmouse66 New Member

    yes... forgot to mention the veggies! broccoli, cauliflower & carrots! He also loves apples & strawberries and a scrambled egg in the morning.How much does he eat in a day? sometimes it's nothing more complicated then too much food... carrots, especially the baby carrots are a good filler... they take longer to digest so they feel full longer and dont gorge on food.... which they do with the poor quality foods due to poor nutritional value
     
  10. Marrowshard

    Marrowshard New Member

    At least Raistlin eats his veggies ... Oscar loves fruit (except bananas) but isn't wild about veggies. I dropped a dried cranberry on the floor once and ever since then whenever he hears me unzip the bag he's right there waiting for his cranberry treat. We also supplement with raw meat, especially around now when we're done with butchering and have lots of scraps and bones to give.

    ~Marrow
     
  11. dmouse66

    dmouse66 New Member

    I should clarify... Raistlin loves FOOD! I think he only likes the veggies because that was the first thing I added to his kibble... and when he was teething I gave him frozen carrots & broccoli... glad he does though... so healthy for him!
     
  12. hollylu09

    hollylu09 New Member

    Hi! I have a 15 week old English Mastiff, Blue, and the last time we visited the vet was 4 weeks ago and he weighed 32 lbs. The vet told me to go ahead and switch him to adult large breed food (we feed him Diamond), is this right?! I'm a little concerned because of what I've been reading about feeding them puppy food until they're 2 years! I worry he's not getting all the nutrients he needs by eating adult food. Should I switch him back to puppy food? Also, he eats 2 1/2 cups 3 times a day which I think is a lot, but he looks an appropriate weight. Is that okay? One more thing, I'm a little confused about how to "substitute" any kind of raw food in with his diet.. Is it okay to give him carrots, broccoli and fruits (he LOVES apples) randomly even though he's on a kibble diet? Thanks a TON for any advice I can get! This is our first large breed puppy so this is all new to me!
     
  13. Smart_Family

    Smart_Family Dog Food Guru

    Mastiffs aren't large breed puppies they are giant breed puppies and while they do continue to grow the first two years and often through 3 years of age they do not need a puppy food. They need a quality adult or all life stages food. You can add fruits and veggies to his kibble and while they usually don't digest them completely (don't be surprised if you see pieces in his stool) they don't hurt and many dogs like them. You might be confusing raw veggies with raw meat. You shouldn't mix raw meat and kibble in the same meal because they digest at different rates. Almost 8 cups of food at 15 weeks is a lot of food. How is his stool? Can you still feel his ribs? Has he been dewormed recently? And also the food needs to be within the appropriate levels of protein, calcium and phosphorus so that he doesn't grow too fast. I also have a 15 week old EM and granted she was the runt and a slow grower she's now 35 lbs and the bag says to feed her 1.75 cups and I feed her a little more usually since she is so active. In general the better a food is, the less food you have to feed. Good luck with your pup!
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2012
  14. hollylu09

    hollylu09 New Member

    Okay, so should I be feeding him a giant breed dog food instead of large breed? I don't think I've seen one of those. His stool is solid and very frequent. He was dewormed the time before last at the vet. Previous to that visit he hadn't had worms in his stool, but 2 days before I started noticing them so they dewormed him again that time. I haven't seen any since. Yes, we can still feel his ribs, see them at times even. I was only feeding him 2 cups, but he would eat it all and go back to his bowl to see if there was more time to time between feedings. I bumped it up to 2 1/2 and he still gobbles it down, but seems satisfied. What would you consider the best quality for them? Other than raw because we are newlyweds and just do not have the budget for that right now. Thanks for the help!
     
  15. Smart_Family

    Smart_Family Dog Food Guru

    There is only one or two actually giant breed foods and honestly they wouldn't be my first choice of food. He needs a quality adult food or an all life stages food that has a good amount of protein, calcium and phosphorus. I can't really get into it right now because I am about to run out the door but there are several threads where I've had the same discussion with people so you can start by reading those. Also in the thread I started about the 2011 Whole Dog Journal Food list there's a list of food that are good along with which are best for a mastiff puppy. If you still have questions let me know and I'll check in later :)

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    Oh and if you want an idea of a relatively cheap food that is good right now we feed Earthborn Holistics. You can feed any of the three formulas (Great Plains Feast, Coastal Catch and Primitive Natural I believe they are called) and a 28lb bag will be about 50 dollars and for one puppy will last about a month or so. Their website has a locator to find a retailer near you. Good luck!
     
  16. Smart_Family

    Smart_Family Dog Food Guru

    Oh and if you want an idea of a relatively cheap food that is good right now we feed Earthborn Holistics. You can feed any of the three formulas (Great Plains Feast, Coastal Catch and Primitive Natural I believe they are called) and a 28lb bag will be about 50 dollars and for one puppy will last about a month or so. Their website has a locator to find a retailer near you. Good luck!
     

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