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PLEASE READ: Another Dogfood recall! 11:27 AM

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Subject: DIAMOND
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 10:23:45 EST

You may think the Diamond food scare is over, or that only a limited amount of product is involved. Not so.

On Monday, March 6 - after 3 feedings of Diamond's Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables - we almost lost 3 of our 4 GSDs. The only reason it didn't effect the 16 week old is because we kept her on other feed. Within 20 minutes of ingesting their dinner, 2 of the dogs proceeded to
vomit dark green undigested food and within another 2 minutes they were foaming at the mouth and stiff-leg gaiting. Another 5 minutes and they were having what I - as a nurse - would refer to as petit mal seizures. After a traumatic night at the local emergency clinic, the diagnosis was "food intoxication from Premium Edge kibble".

The following day, upon contacting Diamond in Meta, Missouri, I was assured they would work with me in this and stand behind their product....the reimbursement for any and all vet care, etc was also Discussed. Upon asking for financial assistance for a test Diamond requested at Cornell ($300.00/dog minimum) - a test that per my vet and
those at Cornell said was a CYA call on Diamond's part - they changed their mind on "helping out". I refused that particular test, awaiting results from another analysis on samples.

Notification came yesterday from University of Missouri Vet Met Diagnostic Lab: "Each of the four submitted samples of dog food contained approximately 0.5 ppm of vomitoxin, as detected by thin layer chromotography...".

Judging from no reference to this on Premium Edge's website (incredible how many products Diamond makes but very difficult to trace back to them - each feed/product seems to have it's own website/ contact), no contact as of yet from Diamond and certainly no "standing behind" their
product it appears they are not overly concerned about their consumers.

Research your food thoroughly. If it is even remotely related to Diamond - DO NOT FEED!! If you are so inclined, please write concerns to Diamond - you can reference me if so desired. My particular contact was Dr. Brookshire, Director of Veterinary Services.

Christine Buff
Sr. K9 Handler/Trainer, Highland SAR
Member, Rescue International
K9 Director, New York State Federation of SAR
 

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WTF?? The formula of Diamond I feed to Bella doesn't have corn in it, and thus no vomitoxin, but I'm seriously considering switching her food just based on how Diamond is handling all of this.
 

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bella_blue said:
WTF?? The formula of Diamond I feed to Bella doesn't have corn in it, and thus no vomitoxin, but I'm seriously considering switching her food just based on how Diamond is handling all of this.
I was using the Diamond Lamb and Rice but once the other food was pulled, the stores around here pulled it all. I went onto Precise Sensicare. It took a few days for my dogs to start eating it as I did not have any of the other to mix in with it for the gradual changeover. Since I started feeding this food to them, I have noticed a big difference in their coat and in their weight. Their coat was always shiney but they are not shedding as much as they use to and the one dog that has Chow in her and always has been broad backed and a little hefty has dropped 10 lbs and my male dog that had put on few extra has dropped them. The only change is the food. Makes me think that Diamond had more fat and less oil than the one I am feeding now.
 

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I've never heard of Precise Sensicare. Where do you buy it? I'm open to any suggestions on food choice for Bella.
 

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bella_blue said:
WTF?? The formula of Diamond I feed to Bella doesn't have corn in it, and thus no vomitoxin, but I'm seriously considering switching her food just based on how Diamond is handling all of this.
I would if I were you, Just for that reason. This is bad, and they don't seem to want to do much about it. Honestly I think I would still be worried. Why does this keep happening?
 

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Should i switch foods, i feed scrappy Diamond puppy. I already switched him over to it from pedigree.
 

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I just bought some Nature's Variety (Lamb and Rice formula) and Timberwolf Organics (Venison and Lamb). I couldn't decide between the two of them. :) They're kind of pricey, but if they keep the dogs out of the vet's office, it's money well spent!
 

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bella_blue said:
I just bought some Nature's Variety (Lamb and Rice formula) and Timberwolf Organics (Venison and Lamb). I couldn't decide between the two of them. :) They're kind of pricey, but if they keep the dogs out of the vet's office, it's money well spent!
Right on!
 

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Blockhead said:
Should i switch foods, i feed scrappy Diamond puppy. I already switched him over to it from pedigree.
You can get Dick Van Patons Natural Balance at Petco at a good price. From what I have read this is a great food. We took our dogs off of Innova due to price and how much of pain in the butt it is to get it.
 

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RED said:
Blockhead said:
Should i switch foods, i feed scrappy Diamond puppy. I already switched him over to it from pedigree.
You can get Dick Van Patons Natural Balance at Petco at a good price. From what I have read this is a great food. We took our dogs off of Inova due to price and how much of pain in the butt it is to get it.
What are your dogs on now, When did you take them off?

I was on true grit and saw stephs post about Chassis getting winded. I heard from somewhere that Innova was causing their dogs to get winded, I dont' know why but that is what i heard.
 

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Bremner53 said:
RED said:
Blockhead said:
Should i switch foods, i feed scrappy Diamond puppy. I already switched him over to it from pedigree.
You can get Dick Van Patons Natural Balance at Petco at a good price. From what I have read this is a great food. We took our dogs off of Inova due to price and how much of pain in the butt it is to get it.
What are your dogs on now, When did you take them off?

I was on true grit and saw stephs post about Chassis getting winded. I heard from somewhere that Innova was causing their dogs to get winded, I dont' know why but that is what i heard.
I have not read the post on True Grit. They are now on DVP Natural Balance, we just started them on this past weeked. All their poops look good this far. Chassis did get winded real bad, so bad it sounded like she was going to die. It scared us all.
 

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:shock: #-o Not again...I feed Diamond Premium and Diamond Puppy..I did not have a issue with the feed on the first recall (knock on wood)...

Diamond has allways been a good feed and is suggested by many reputable breeders (JD Johnson) being one of them..It has been around for many many years for a reason.

Now I am wondering if I should change ](*,) ..my dogs do great on this food..I have switched to others in the past and prefer Diamond Premium with Omega..

Who Knows..
 

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Erica said:
:shock: #-o Not again...I feed Diamond Premium and Diamond Puppy..I did not have a issue with the feed on the first recall (knock on wood)...

Diamond has allways been a good feed and is suggested by many reputable breeders (JD Johnson) being one of them..It has been around for many many years for a reason.

Now I am wondering if I should change ](*,) ..my dogs do great on this food..I have switched to others in the past and prefer Diamond Premium with Omega..

Who Knows..
I have seen a number of reputable breeders use and endorse Diamond. It also seems to have quite the following in the hunting and farming crowds. I have sowrn by it from day one and have often recommended it to others, but now I am a little hesitant to even use it, let alone tell others about it.
 

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Hoss said:
I have sowrn by it from day one and have often recommended it to others, but now I am a little hesitant to even use it, let alone tell others about it.
Same here! I get a lot of compliments on Bella's skin and coat condition, and I've never hesitated to recommend the food I feed her. Now, it's like "Whoops...sorry I recommended that food!"
 

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Dang, that sucks! I feed mine Kirkland Chicken and Rice (made by Diamond) and have had nothing but positive results, but now I'm worried about it. I don't want them to go through that. But, it's impossible to get good food at a good price out here where I live. I'm torn.

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If I'm not mistaken, the vomitoxin that was in Diamond foods is a toxin of corn and wheat, and only a handful of states were affected. So, foods that don't have corn and wheat (like the Lamb and Rice formula) are supposed to be okay, but I really don't want to take that risk. What happened to all those dogs that were poisoned is just heartbreaking.
 

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Lisas1 said:
I am feeding kirklands also so I did a little more research on it. I could not find anything saying there was going to be another recall also the diamond recall was because of aflatoxin not vomitoxin.

And here is what I found on the premium edge website http://www.premiumedgepetfood.com/pe_vetnotes_page.html

I am not trying to say we shouldn't worry, but it's worth checking into.
Ahh...aflatoxin...that's right. I've been using the two toxins interchangeably by mistake. Thanks for that link.
 
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