May. 31, 2023
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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.
My little terrier mix was put on Royal Canin SO after recurring struvite crystal UTIs. She has tolerated it well, but the suggested amount for a 20lb dog is 2.25 cups A DAY! That’s a ton of food! I feed her maybe half that amount and she is gaining weight rapidly. I can’t imagine how big she would be if she ate the recommended amount. Now she is getting skin issues in her “armpits” from rubbing her now fattened belly. There is just way too much filler in here. Any suggestions on alternatives that would help the recurring UTI issues, but has less filler and general crap?
I’d switch to Fromm Gold Kibble, they use human grade ingredients, so much better.
I checked the FDA recall list and the Humane Society recall list and did not see this product listed. I am not endorsing the product. Just wanted to let you know.
I have been feeding my 5 year old lab the Lab forumla that Royal Canin makes and I could not be more pleased! Her Coat is shiny and so healthy its unreal. I hunt her quite a bit, and she reacts very well to the energy she gets from this food. I had her on several brands that according to this website that were rated much higher. All I can say is that this is a great dog food, controls weight, provides a working dog what it needs and leaves her coat and skin in awesome shape!! This dog food is gaining traction with Vets and the place I purchase it from says sales are rising.
My two years old flat coated retriever started to eat royal canin (vet care canine)and I´ll end with it. She is still itching, nibbling her paws into the blood and she has some problems with ears.
I had a rescued dog with the same
problem. Her ears were so bloody,I cleaned them as often as I could and I know it hurt her as she was constantly rubbinbg her ears on the ground. Then she started on her feet. Finally, after spending gazillion dollars on meds, I thought diet….cut out all cereal especially corn out of her daily diet and within a couple of weeks everything healed and she has not had a flair up. Mimido went to her new family and they make sure her food is cereal free. Think of your dog as having Celiac, read up on it and feed him accordingly. Royal Canin and other similar brand are crap. Get a food that contains human grade food. Cost more in food but less in vet. Supplement with veggies and fruits. Dogs love to gnaw on raw carrots etc… be sure to see list of food that are nono and your animal will be happier. I presently have a 2 lb yorkie and she does very well on kibble mixed with my own fruits and veggies. Mind you my expensive kibble goes far, but i only keep enough on hand for 1 month and donate the rest to the spca.
My dog recently had a bladder stone removed I was told tp put him on urinary so vet food , but a short time after surgery I noticed he started to be depressed so I put him back on his original food he was happy, more energy , but in his 2 month visit (post surgery) to the vet they asked what food he was currently on when they realized it wasn’t vet food they did a urine and ironically found crystals. So they reccommended he be on a strict vet diet of urinary so, now a almost a week later hes vomiting and has diarrhea one or the other an just doesn’t look well overall. I am torn at what to do he’s 9 yrs old I want him to be happy the reat of his life but am worried he will get stones again an ill feel guilt. Any suggestions on what I should do or anyone with a similar problem who had to switch foods to one that they can reccommend be greatly appreciated. I’m so sickened by how un affordable this food is an how when u read the ingredients how unhealthy it truly is PLEASE HELP thabks so much sonya
Take him to a different vet! He is obviously allergic to this food or something. I hope he is doing ok!
Both my Greyhound and my daughter’s Greyhound are on Royal Canin food. They are doing extremely well. Maintaining a good weight, lots of energy, shiny coat etc. We went through a troublesome period with my daughters hound “Monty” he was a picky eater and sometimes refused to eat at all. He is doing so well on Royal Canin….Gobbles his food with no issues every since we put him on it. He eats the Royal Canin Mobility food and he loves it. The thing we like about Royal Canin is the consistancy of the product. The quality is evident, even the smell of the food is plesant. I would recommend this food to anyone.
i want to warn all pet owners that this dog food company puts out a warped form of food. my yorkie was put on this food for over a year with 2 bladder stones within 9 months,,,
I have since switched food with the suggestion of a natures pet store owner along a information regarding wholesome dog food.
my yorkie and her little sister are doing so much better and have totally turned around, I am convinced that it was the dog food that made them both sick, vomitting, diarrhea ,,,maybe even the stones from the stress of eating the food from royal canine,
dont buy it,,,its bad
my pom a poo has bladder stones – to the point where his urine stream was limited. The vet cathed him and pushed the stones back into the bladder, told me to call Cornell regarding a special diet – gave him amoxacillin (dog form) and meloxicam (dog form). Cornell suggested Royal Canin SO – vet said no – he already had stones – needed SR. They tell me 1-1/2 cans 13 oz cans per day – Ha – I am lucky if I can get this dog to eat 6 ounces of anything per day.
I am giving him a third of a can along with meat & vegetables.
He of course eats his people food, meat and veggies first – then will turn up his nose at the royal canin. With a fork, I could feed him most of the third can.
My dauschand at the rest of his plate. just a little left. couple of mouthfuls.
The next day the dauschand developed bloody mucusy diarrhea – didn’t think anything of it. She had dinner the next night – again a little of the royal canin SR – again – bloody diarrhea. I then totally stopped the royal canin, – no diarrhea the next day, but about 12 hours after eating she threw up some undigested food. Same the following day. The next morning she died.
Could it have been the food?
The pom-a-poo is eating the food with not side effects. Pom-a-poo with bladder stones weighs 17 pounds the dauchsand 20 pounds????
my yorkie had bladder stones and was put on royal canine so, sd. had surgery to remove stones and continued to be on royal canine so and sd dry and canned,,,,9 months later had another bladder stone surgery and continued to a strict diet of only royal canine,,,,, after her second surgery, continued to be lethargic and easily irritable
I went to our local natures pet store and they suggested several options of wholesome dog food,, she is doing so much better and I am very dissapointed with the financial part of this experience, but most of all that my Bella had to go through all of the suffering, we have two yorkies, so in order to keep her on a strict diet we fed them both the same…
i am very very frustrated with the company, i know they know of their failure to produce a quality product,, I would strongly discourage anyone from give this to their pets,
I recently bought this at the recommendation of my vet; the Adult Small Dog, and the first ingrediant is Chicken Meal by-product; so how is this any healther than a least expensive brand?
I have 2 pugs. One is 6 and the other 3. They have both been on RC(royal canin)their entire lives. They have had the RC puppy, weight managmnt, bulldog, dachsund,and now for the past year I mix the pug w/the lab.(Also the Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul light formula) They love it. The lab food has huge kibbles so they think they’re getting cookies! All in all they are very healthy, lean, energetic, shiny-coated pugs! Although I’m not fond of the main grain ingredient list, they are doing so well on this, I don’t know if I should change it. They do also get treats, and the occasional can of ‘good’ stuff. (On the other hand I have a diabetic cat..
My vet has recommended Royal Canin Veterinary Diet canine Low Fat after he diagnosed my 12 year old Irish Setter/Golden Retriever cross with Pancreatitis. The food is very expensive and lists chicken meal as the 3rd ingredient and is the only mention of anything resembling meat. I need guidance!
I have been doing so much research for a puppy Labrador retriever, but now I am more confused than anything. The royal cannin 33 looks good, but the crude protein content is 33%, and right now my puppy is eating Wellness large breed food and it has 26% of the crude protein. I was told to switch to call of the wild, which looks great and the protein % is 28 for one and 27 for the other, so I am really considering switching. Any suggestions from anyone?
I research dog food on the internet pretty regularly, and I’m about to try Abady granulated feed, and another i would try is bil-jac. But I plan to supplement with raw from Blue Ridge Beef, and a supplement from Vibrant Pets for the vitamins, digestive enzymes and probiotics.
I have been feeding my puppy Royal Canin Labrador Retriever 33, i realised she starts itching and her protein level had gone over(through urine test at vet). There is a white mucus in her urine and we brought her for an examination. The packet says its protein is 33% and fat content is 14%. Fat content seems okay with me but protein is abit high. I am mixing it with porridge or congee with carrots, peas, or spinach.
Just wanna share this with those who have a lab pup. Watch out for this issue, as most of your pets will have pee on grass and you might not be able to check their urine, will be good to bring some samples for lab analysis.
I will be changing her diet slowly to home-cooked as i have no confidence in Dry Food entirely.
Good luck to all your pet’s health,
We have been feeding our 11yo bassett 3 cups dry PD/day. We want to switch to can/wet food. How much wet should we give him/day.
The vet has given my puppy Dachshund 3 tins of the RECOVERY PACK Royal Canin, as he had a tooth fracture which was removed today. Would you be able to tell me how much I need to feed him? he is 7kg and is normally on the dry food Royal Canin, for puppies, and we give him 1 and 7/8 a day in three portions. As we feed him 3 times a day as he is only 14 weeks.
I just need to know how much of the tin for each meal (x3)
I hope to hear from you
Is any dog food safe these days? 2010 is not so long ago and my vet carrys this, what are you going to tell me that will make me buy this over something else? Concerned!
I have had two french vets and one in the UK recommend this extremely expensive dog food for my puppies and give me free samples. I don’t like what happened to their characters when fed it – they became over-excited and rather aggressive which is totally out of character. The stuff smells like Twiglets or Marmite. Whatever happened to real food?
The ingredients list starts with MAISE; dehydrated poultry meat comes 2nd with fats coming 3rd. Not what I would consider a healthy diet! And as for fillers – one large constituent is ASH!
I have kept dogs all my (rather considerably long) life and my last GS was 17 when he died. I still have his friend, Molly who is twelve – so I must be doing something right. I have never had a dog suffer from twisted bowel which is quite common if they are fed nothing but dried food and I have heard enough horror stories about the practices in the US industry not to trust any dog food that comes out of it! Because it is expensive does not mean it is good for your dog. Like doctors who recommend drugs because drug companies control the medical world, vets have a vested, monetary, interest in selling you this stuff.
My recommendation? Avoid it like the plague! Save your money and have healthy, happy dogs like mine!
Yes, My dog was on Royal Canin Lowfat Gastrointestinal for several years with no problems at all, but over the past year, he began having more bouts of colitis, having itchy skin and bumps, and even developed seizures that seemed to coincide with the itchiness. The last bag of food I opened for him sent him into severe itching to the point where he had no quality of life–he either slept or scratched/bit himself. Dermatologist was consulted, and two treatment plans were developed, but both had risks to my dog’s already damaged liver. So, on a whim, I stopped the royal canin and put him on home cooked super-rinsed ground beef, overcooked rice, and canned organic pumpkin…and within 9 days, all itching was gone, every bit of it, his eyes were bright, his coat was so smooth and silky, and he had the energy of a dog several years younger than he is. After doing research, I found out that the formula had changed about a year ago–around the time all the changes in my dog’s health kicked in. Royal Canin has lost me as a customer. I will cook at home for my dog now. At least I can control the quality of the ingredients.
My dog was put on Royal Canin GI about a month ago after a severe stomach issue with vomiting and diarrhea. While his stomach is now much better, he is itching like crazy. He normally has seasonal allergies Sept – Dec, but then he chews his paws… now he is itching allover and I’m starting to notice tiny red bumps (just a few in those areas also). It seems like maybe it’s an allergy to the new food, but I’m afraid to change it since it took me so long to get his stomach under control.?? Appreciate any advise