Oct. 27, 2016
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*Royal Canin MEDIUM Adult 25 Dry Food was selected as the recipe for this ingredient list
Royal Canin Dog Food is a solid contender in the arena of breed and age specific dog foods. The company has been around since 1967, and was one of the first companies to make customized products for different breeds, sizes and ages of dogs. They use solid ingredients to meet the needs of the animal and to contribute to the long life and happiness of the dog, and they try to avoid the addition of unhealthy fillers.
The ingredients used in these dog food products are a healthy mix of chicken meal, healthy grains and chicken fat. There are no starchy fillers like flour or brewer’s rice, although corn gluten meal does make an appearance further down the ingredient list. The addition of anchovy oil for Omega fatty acids is a pleasant benefit. For a decent amount of protein, fat and healthy oils and minerals, we believe this dog food deserves an above average rating.
The reviews of Royal Canin Dog Food are generally average. While breed specific dog foods are difficult to distinguish between, an analysis of the ingredient quality shows little differentiation between Royal Canin Dog Food and other dry dog food varieties.
In terms of ingredient quality as a function of density as compared with dry matter, Royal Canin Dog Food also performs moderately. While Royal Canin provides an above average protein content, its fat content is below average, and its carbohydrate content is average. Overall, these figures constitute an average dry dog food.
In general, customers agree that Royal Canin has too much grain and not enough meat, with a substantial amount of filler. It is generally considered to be more appropriate to feed to large dog breeds than their smaller counterparts. Many dog owners choose to supplement their normal dog food regimen with Royal Canin for a treat or simply a change of pace.
Royal Canin markets its pet food formulas as being a smart choice for pet owners. Along with veterinary diets, age-specific diets and dog food formulas for health conditions, Royal Canin also makes “breed specific” dog food formulas. However, how good are these formulas for your dog’s health?
Royal Canin brand dog food formulas are manufactured by Royal Canin, Inc. Royal Canin was founded by a veterinary surgeon in 1967. The surgeon’s name was Jean Cathary. The current headquarters of Royal Canin are located in Aimargues, France.
There are currently six Royal Canin formulas listed on the FDA’s pet food recall list. The Royal Canin formulas that have been recalled (for specific expiration dates – check your package) include: Canine Sensitivity, Canine Skin Support, Canine Calorie Control, Canine Early Cardiac, Canine Low Fat and Canine Urinary SO. Several cat food formulas by Royal Canin are listed on the recall list as well.
Royal Canin Ingredients
In general, the main ingredients in Royal Canin dog food formulas are grains and fillers. For example, the first five ingredients of one of Royal Canin’s diabetic formulas are rice, corn, chicken meal, cellulose and corn gluten. Since there is only one protein-based ingredient within the first five ingredients, this formula may cause certain types of health or digestive problems in some dogs.
Royal Canin Allergies
There are many ingredients in Royal Canin dog food formulas that could cause allergic reactions in some dogs. Corn is a common allergen, and many of Royal Canin’s formulas contain both ground corn, and corn gluten meal. Wheat is another common allergen, and is contained in many of Royal Canin’s dog food formulas.
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Customer reviews of Royal Canin dog food formulas are mixed. There are many ingredients in Royal Canin dog food that have been the main cause of negative dog food reviews. The inclusion of corn, wheat and other filler ingredients is cited as a negative factor by many dog owners. Also, the fact that many of Royal Canin’s dog food formulas contain added salt was not well-received by consumers.
Royal Canin Dog Food Ingredient List
Chicken meal, brown rice, rice, oat, chicken fat, corn gluten meal, natural chicken flavor, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), anchovy oil (source of EPA/DHA), dried brewers yeast, soya oil, potassium chloride, salt, calcium carbonate, dried brewers yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), dried egg product, choline chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, niacin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], Trace Minerals [zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], L-carnitine, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols (source of Vitamin E) and citric acid, rosemary extract.