Taste of the Wild

A grain-free diet

  • Unique Animal Protein Sources
  • No Corn, No Soy, No By-Products
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Antioxidants
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About Our Ingredients


Want to know what a particular ingredient does for your pet? Read the ingredient definitions below for more information.


A


Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin C. Acts as an antioxidant in the feed to preserve shelf life and prevent rancidity. Non-essential vitamin for dogs and cats as they can produce adequate amounts on their own.

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Beef
Lean muscle meat from beef cattle. This is an excellent protein source providing optimal amino acid nutrition for lean muscle mass and overall good health.

Beef Broth
Broth created from cooking beef in water, used in canned products as a source of moisture.

Bifidobacterium Lactis
A probiotic, or good bacteria, that is specific to the canine and feline digestive systems. It is a component of our proprietary probiotic blends, K9 Strain® Probiotics and Viables® Probiotics, added to our Diamond Naturals formulas to help support healthy digestion.

Biotin
B vitamin required for metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, fatty acids and non-essential amino acids. Water soluble vitamin. Required for normal skin and haircoat.

Bison
Bison is a lean meat, highly digestible and an excellent source of essential amino acids. This ingredient would be considered a unique or unusual protein source, so it is a great choice for pets that have some food sensitivities or allergies.

Blueberries
Rich in fiber and antioxidants, blueberries are a natural boost to the immune system.

Brewers Yeast
Non-fermentable yeast that provides B-complex vitamins and proteins. Flavor enhancer.

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C


Calcium Carbonate
A mineral source of calcium, an essential nutrient.

Calcium Iodate
A mineral source of calcium and iodine, essential nutrients.

Calcium Pantothenate
Source of pantothenic acid, a B vitamin. This vitamin is necessary for normal intestinal function, growth and haircoat color.

Canola Oil
Naturally preserved. Provides a blend of omega fatty acids for optimal skin and coat health. Contains alpha-linolenic acid, an Omega-3 fatty acid. Also a source of vitamin E.

Carrots
Carrots are rich in vitamin A and like sweet potatoes and pumpkin, get their color from beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant.

Chicken
Food grade chicken that has been mechanically separated from the bone. Never frozen, arrives less than 24 hours after it is processed. Enhances palatability, low ash.

Chicken Broth
Broth created from cooking chicken in water, used in canned products as a source of moisture.

Chicken Fat
The most digestible animal fat source available. This is a liquid at room temperature which indicates a higher level of polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to fats which are solid at room temperature and are higher in saturated fatty acids. A source of Arachidonic acid (elongated form of Omega-6) and Linoleic (Omega-6) Acid.

Chicken Liver
Real chicken liver is an excellent source of iron and highly digestible protein.

Chicken Meal
Lean carcass (muscle and bone). No feathers or internal organs. We use a specially processed, low ash meal. Protein, phosphorus and calcium come from the meal.

Chicory Root (Dried)
A moderately fermentable carbohydrate source. Fermentation of chicory root (FOS-fructooligosaccharide) in the colon produces short chain fatty acids that are an energy source for colonocytes (cells lining the colon) as well as for the good bacteria in the colon.

Choline Chloride
A B-complex vitamin. Choline is required for normal nervous system function, normal growth in young animals and protection of the kidneys. It can be synthesized in the liver, but is a dietary requirement.

Copper Proteinate
Chelated form of copper. Copper is an important mineral for maintaining coat color and also regulates reproduction in cats. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.

Copper Sulfate
An inorganic form of copper, a required mineral element. Copper is involved in normal reproduction as well as responsible for maintaining normal coat pigmentation.

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Dextrose
Purified sugar, carbohydrate source.

Dicalcium Phosphate
A mineral source of calcium and phosphorus, two essential mineral nutrients.

DL-Methionine
An essential amino acid which contains sulfur. Important for both dogs and cats, but more critical in cats since they have an increased demand for this amino acid. This is also a urine acidifier.

Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA)
Our puppy and kitten formulas supply natural DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) through easy-to-digest salmon oil, optimizing your pet's potential for a healthy mind and body. DHA is a natural Omega-3 fatty acid critical for brain and vision development. A growing puppy or kitten first receives DHA from its mother's milk. Studies show that puppies and kittens can greatly benefit from DHA long after weaning.

It's just another way we are committed to the total health and happiness of your pet.

Dried Chicory Root Extract
A moderately fermentable carbohydrate source. Fermentation of chicory root (FOS-fructooligosaccharide) in the colon produces short chain fatty acids that are an energy source for colonocytes (cells lining the colon) as well as for the good bacteria in the colon.

Dried Egg
Whole egg that has been dried, an ideal, highly digestible protein source.

Dried Egg Whites
Egg whites that have been dried, an ideal, highly digestible protein source.

Duck
Food grade duck that is mechanically deboned and is certified hormone and antibiotic free.

Duck Broth
Broth created from cooking duck in water, used in canned products as a source of moisture.

Duck Meal
Dry protein source used in formulas that contain duck meat as an ingredient. The dry protein ingredients are made from meat and bone that is ground and cooked. Excellent source of protein and vitamins and minerals.

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Egg
Egg is an ideal, highly digestible protein source.

Egg Product
Cooked and dried whole eggs, free of shells and other non egg material. A high quality, highly digestible source of protein.

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F


Ferrous Sulfate
Inorganic form of iron. Added to enhance the iron content of the food. Iron is responsible for the transport of oxygen throughout the body.

Fish Broth
Broth created from cooking fish in water, used in canned products as a source of moisture.

Fish Meal (Ocean)
A high quality source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Naturally preserved. The omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources, EPA and DHA, provide nutrition for optimal skin and coat health as well as excellent overall health.

Flaxseed
An all-natural plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Grown in Canada. Very palatable and stable.

Flaxseed Oil
An oil derived from the flaxseed plant. Excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, palatable and stable.

Folic Acid
A water soluble B vitamin necessary for formation of red blood cells and for normal function of the nervous system and reproduction (fetal development).

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G


Garbanzo Beans
Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, are a legume.They are high in protein and have a low glycemic index. These unique ingredients are an excellent addition to a grain free formulation.

Guar Gum
A gluten-free product made from guar beans. It is used in canned food to help the food set properly during the canning process.

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I


Iron Proteinate
Chelated form of iron. Necessary for the transport of oxygen throughout the body. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.

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L


Lactobacillus Acidophilus
This is another of the probiotic ingredients included in some of our formulations. Probiotics are living bacteria that are added at the end of the cooking process. They help support the healthy populations of bacteria in the digestive system while suppressing the pathogenic bacteria that also reside there.

Lactobacillus Reuteri
A probiotic, or good bacteria, that is specific to the canine digestive system. It is a component of our proprietary K9 Strain® Probiotics, added to our Diamond Naturals dog formulas to help support healthy digestion.

Lamb
Food grade lamb, mechanically removed from the bone. Enhances palatability, low ash. Purchased from New Zealand.

Lamb Broth
Broth created from cooking lamb in water, used in canned products as a source of moisture.

Lamb Liver
Real lamb liver is an excellent source of iron and highly digestible protein.

Lamb Meal
Lean carcass of lambs (muscle and bone), cooked and ground to a fine consistency. Purchased from Australia, a certified Scrapie free country. Scrapie is the sheep version of Bovine Spongiform.

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Manganese Proteinate
Chelated form of manganese. Manganese is important for proper bone formation, growth and reproduction. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.

Manganese Sulfate
The manganese salt of sulfuric acid is needed for proper bone formation, growth and reproduction. Manganese is a micro mineral which functions as a component of several cell enzymes that catalyze metabolic reactions. Naturally occurring Manganese deficiency has not been reported in dogs or cats.

Manganous Oxide
The oxide form of manganese that is needed for proper bone formation, growth and reproduction. Manganese is a micro mineral which functions as a component of several cell enzymes that catalyze metabolic reactions. Naturally occurring Manganese deficiency has not been reported in dogs or cats.

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite
Source of vitamin K, a fat soluble vitamin necessary for blood coagulation. There is no AAFCO minimum level recommended for dogs, and only 0.1 mg/kg in cat and kitten food. This is a non toxic vitamin.

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Natural Flavor
Natural ingredient that is applied to the outside of the kibble to enhance the flavor and acceptance of the dry pet food. Can be from vegetable or chicken sources. (It does not contain MSG.) Examples are parsley or other herbs and hydrolyzed proteins (processed so the average molecular weight of the protein is too small to be detected by the immune system which helps avoid adverse reactions in allergic pets. There is no intact protein from the chicken.)

Niacin
Vitamin B3. Important for maintenance of hair, skin, nervous system and energy metabolism. Dogs synthesize niacin from tryptophan (an amino acid) but cats must have it provided in their diet.

Niacin Supplement
A supplemental source for vitamin B3. Important for maintenance of hair, skin, nervous system and energy metabolism. Dogs synthesize niacin from tryptophan (an amino acid) but cats must have it provided in their diet.

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O


Ocean Fish (Whitefish)
Whitefish, ocean caught, is an excellent source of protein as well as omega fatty acids.

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P


Pea Flour
Whole peas that have been ground into a flour consistency. Excellent source of protein and carbohydrates.

Pea Protein
Peas are highly nutritious legumes that are made up of protein, starch and fiber in addition to vitamins and minerals. A special processing technique is used to separate the protein from the starch and fiber to create a digestible, low ash protein source with the added benefit of phytonutrients.

Peas
A tiny legume that acts as a virtual powerhouse of nutrition. Peas are legumes and are whole food sources of protein and carbohydrates. They are rich in potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Potassium Chloride
Potassium salt of hydrochloric acid and is required for body fluid maintenance, nerve conduction (including normal heart rhythm), and certain metabollic processes. Potassium is the main electrolyte in intracellular fluid.

Potassium Iodide
Potassium salt that is required for body fluid maintenance, nerve conduction (including normal heart rhythm) and certain metabolic processes. Potassium is the main electrolyte in intracellular fluid.

Potato Fiber
Used as a natural fiber source to help promote normal stools and a healthy digestive tract. Added to formulas that contain potatoes already to help limit the number of different ingredients.

Potato Protein
The protein portion of potatoes. Excellent back-up source of protein in high-protein recipes to help keep the ash low.

Potato Starch
Very fine flour made from the potato after the peel has been removed.

Potatoes
A highly digestible carbohydrate source. Carbohydrates provide energy for everyday activity.

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B6. Water-soluble. Necessary for blood cell formation and nervous system function.

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Raspberries
These powerhouse berries are full of antioxidants that protect overall good health and may also help fight cancer.

Riboflavin
Vitamin B2. Water-soluble. Antioxidant necessary for nervous system function, utilization of energy, healthy skin and coat, and tissue repair.

Riboflavin Supplement
A supplemental source for riboflavin, an antioxidant necessary for nervous system function, utilization of energy, healthy skin and coat, and tissue repair.

Roasted Bison
Real bison meat, roasted for great flavor. Source of protein.

Roasted Duck
Roasted for great flavor. An excellent protein source to provide your pet with essential amino acids.

Roasted Lamb
Real lamb meat, roasted for great flavor. Source of protein.

Roasted Quail
Roasted for great flavor. This lean protein source will help keep your pets in optimal lean body condition.

Roasted Venison
This meat is roasted for great flavor. Lean source of essential amino acids to help keep your pet in ideal lean body condition.

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S


Salmon
Mechanically deboned salmon. Salmon is one of the lowest mercury content ocean fish available. When salmon is fully cooked, as it is in our pet foods, there is no risk to the health of dogs consuming it.

Salmon Meal
Salmon meal is a dry protein source made from the meat and bone of salmon. It is ground and cooked under pressure and is a high quality source not only of protein, but also of omega-3 fatty acids.

Salmon Oil
This oil is extracted from fresh salmon. Marine source oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA.

Salt
Source of sodium and chloride. Used in formulas that are labeled for growing animals or reproducing animals. Sodium and chloride are required in higher levels by these life stages.

Smoked Salmon
Smoked for great flavor. This excellent source of protein also provides essential omega fatty acids, only available from marine sources. Fatty acids help keep the skin and coat healthy as well as supporting excellent overall health.

Smoked Turkey
Lean meat, smoked for great flavor. Not only will your pet love the taste, he will get the benefits of lean protein for overall lean body condition.

Sodium Selenite
Form of selenium, an essential trace mineral necessary for normal immune function and reproduction.

Sodium Tripolyphosphate
A phosphate salt that is added to food to enhance the preservation.

Sunflower Oil
Purified oil from sunflowers, an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Sweet Potatoes
A power packed vegetable rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and beta carotene, this is one ideal complex carbohydrate source that provides all day energy.

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Taurine
Amino acid essential for cats that maintains healthy eyes and heart. Considered to be conditionally essential for dogs (meaning certain dogs require it in their diet under certain conditions - particularly true when the dog is eating a lamb formula that has low protein content).

Thiamine Mononitrate
Vitamin B1. Required for protein and carbohydrate metabolism, as well as to maintain normal nervous system function.

Tocopherols (Mixed)
Natural preservative made of compounds of Vitamin E. Used to prevent rancidity in the chicken fat and the overall formula.

Tomato Pomace
A soluble fiber source that helps promote digestive health and small, firm stools. It is made from red, ripe tomatoes and is a natural source of vitamin C, lycopene and other important antioxidants.

Tomatoes
A natural source of vitamin C and lycopene, important antioxidants.

Tricalcium Phosphate
A mineral source of calcium and phosphorus, two essential mineral nutrients.

Trout
Trout is an excellent source of lean protein. Sustainably harvested to protect fish populations.

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Vegetable Broth
Vegetable broth is used in canned food as a moisture source that enhances flavor. It is a variation of a mirepoix, made with celery and carrots.

Vitamin A Supplement
Active source of vitamin A, required by cats. Dogs can convert inactive vitamin A (beta-carotene) to active vitamin A. Necessary for reproduction, vision, normal skeletal and tooth development, immunity, and tissue integrity.

Vitamin B12 Supplement
The only B vitamin that can be stored by the body. Necessary for formation of red blood cells and normal nervous system function.

Vitamin D Supplement
Regulates calcium and phosphorus balance and bone calcification.

Vitamin D3 Supplement
A supplemental source for Vitamin D3, an essential vitamin nutrient.

Vitamin E Supplement
Helps protect cell membranes, regulates intracellular respiration and immune function.

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W


Water
Pure water, used as a source of moisture in canned foods.

Wild Boar
Real meat from wild boar, source of protein.

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Y


Yucca Schidigera Extract
Natural plant extract that has been proven to reduce stool odor.

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Z


Zinc Proteinate
Chelated form of zinc. Zinc is necessary for the formation of proteins in the body, normal immune system function, skin and wound healing, growth and reproduction. Chelated minerals are attached to amino acids for better absorption from the digestive tract.

Zinc Sulfate
Non-chelated form of zinc. Zinc is necessary for the formation of proteins in the body, normal immune system function, skin and wound healing, growth and reproduction. There is a genetically influenced abnormality in zinc absorption and metabolism in some breeds (Malamutes and Siberian Huskies) which may result in an increased dietary requirement for zinc.

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