Small breeds need a kibble that is sized right for their smaller teeth. This food has all of the same great nutrition as their regular kibble of the same variety. It is loaded with antioxidants and contains balanced omega fatty acids to keep your little dog’s coat healthy and shiny. The protein in this recipe comes from real lamb as well as lamb meal and will supply all the amino acids your pet needs for tissue building and repair. As part of the Diamond Naturals line, it contains no wheat, corn, or soy ingredients.
Nutritional Content Information
Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
This kibble provides 334 Kcal per cup.
An 18 pound bag of this food cost approximately $25, which comes to $1.39 per pound.
|January 17, 2013|
|Diamond Naturals Small Breed Lamb and Rice Adult Dry Dog Food|
- Lamb – Fresh deboned lamb flesh that is high in protein
- Lamb meal – Cooked lamb that has been finely ground, it is low in moisture and up to 300% higher in protein than fresh meat
- Cracked pearled barley – This supplies slow burning carbohydrates that provide energy without causing a rapid rise in blood sugar
- Ground rice – Highly digestible carbohydrates
- Egg product – Made from whole eggs without the shell, this is a great source of protein, fat, and vitamins
Other Ingredients List
- chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
- dried plain beet pulp
- natural flavor
- fish meal
- potassium chloride
- choline chloride
- dried chicory root
- yucca schidigera extract
- 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
- calcium pantothenate
- manganese sulfate
- sodium selenite
- pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)
- vitamin B12 supplement
- vitamin D supplement
- folic acid
Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.
Analysis of the ingredients shows that this food probably gets more of its protein from the lamb meal rather than the lamb that is listed in first place because fresh meat has such a high moisture content. Lamb meal is a high quality ingredient, though, since all meat must be cooked during processing anyway. Adequate carbohydrates are provided by the barley and rice, and extra fiber is added to the formula by beet pulp and flaxseed. The flaxseed also contributes omega fatty acids that are important for your dog’s optimal health.
This food is designed to be a long term daily diet, and as such contains the full vitamin and mineral supplementation that you would expect. The minerals are also chelated to protein, which makes them more easily absorbed in the intestine. The food also contains prebiotics which are thought to encourage the healthy kind of bacteria growth in the gut and contribute to a robust digestive system. In addition, L-carnitine is added to help promote the metabolism of fat and may help your dog to maintain his lean body shape.
In review, this dry dog food seems to have adequate levels of protein and fat and to be suitable as a maintenance diet for an adult dog. Start by feeding him the recommended amounts, and alter how much he eats if he starts to gain or lose weight. Activity level plays a big role in how many calories your dog needs each day. For a small dog, this food has the advantage of being sized correctly for his smaller teeth, and the crunchy bits may help to reduce plaque and tartar build up.
Diamond Pet Foods Inc. claims to be the first brand to use low-ash meat meals as well as egg products in mid-priced foods. It is a family-owned business and makes all of its pet foods right here in the United States.