Royal Canin Dog Food

Royal Canin Dog Food is made and manufactured by, Royal Canin USA.  Royal Canin dog food is marketed towards people looking for breed specific dog food. We believe that Royal Canin is an average quality dog food and would be comfortable recommending the right formula that fits your dog’s needs.

Royal Canin is attributed as being the first dog food manufacturer which produced a diet exclusive for large breed dogs and being the first to become ISO-certified. Today, Royal Canin lives up to their standards of excellence by formulating specific formulas for different breeds and ages of dogs as well as prescription diets.  Each Royal Canin product comes with a number at the end of each product name that denotes the amount of protein present.

Among the different recipes designed for different breeds, age and medical conditions, the basic ingredients include chicken meal, rice, chicken fat and whole grains. Since chicken meal is a concentrated form of meat compared to fresh chicken, it provides the main source of protein that dogs need.

Brown rice provides a complex carbohydrate component to the formula, although there are Royal Canin formulas that list down another “rice” ingredient aside from brown rice.

Chicken fat is rich in omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid which is a quality fat component of the diet.

Oatmeal and wheat gluten meal are both whole-grain products. The wheat gluten meal is a source of inferior protein from grains which however can boost the protein levels of the dog food. This however is a point in question because this would suggest that they are using lower levels of animal protein which is what the dog really needs.

Aside from wheat gluten meal, there are some controversial ingredients which have also been incorporated in most Royal Canin formulas such as dried beet pulp, soya meal, and dried brewer’s yeast extract.

Beet pulp is a by-product of sugar beet processing. Being high in fiber, the dog’s digestive system may have a hard time digesting it. Beet pulp is often used as an inexpensive filler for many dog food recipes.

The inclusion of soybean oil can prove to be a trigger for food allergies while the yeast extract has been used as a food additive because of its glutamic acid content.

There has been no mention of the spraying of probiotics on the surfaces of newly manufactured kibble, which is the usual trend in most dog foods today in an attempt to infuse beneficial bacteria into the food.

Customer Reviews

Favorable feedbacks from satisfied dog owners include reduction of flatulence particularly with the gluten-free formulas. Some also reported no more incidence of bladder stones and infections after they had started their dogs on Royal Canin.  Dogs also love the treat-size kibbles.

Although there are some owners who consider the “specific breed formula” as part of a marketing scheme, there are dog owners who saw a big difference when they tried it on the breed of dog for which it has been recommended. This goes to show that each breed of dog has specific requirements for certain nutrients in varied amounts and forms.

Dog owners whose pets have been given any of the Royal Canin recipes and suffered hypersensitive reactions and allergies point out that the dog food contains 4 common allergens—corn, yeast, gluten, and beet pulp.  It’s relatively high price is also another issue raised by some customers.

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Royal Canin Dog Food Review

Royal Canin dog food comes in numerous different recipes geared towards your dogs specific needs. We are going to take a look at each formula and review the ingredients.

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