Royal Canin Dog Food Reviews, Recalls and Analysis 2013



Brief Overview: Any dog deserves to eat like a king, and Royal Canin understands that. French veterinary surgeon Jean Cathary founded the brand in 1967 because he wanted to provide canines and felines quality nutrition based on science. Today, Royal Canin is an ISO-certified pet food company owned by Mars that continues to research and develop a wide variety of breed-specific and symptom-specific recipes for dogs and cats.
Has this dog food brand been recalled?: The FDA’s Pet Food Recall Products List shows that Royal Canin hasn’t been recalled since 2007. That year, Royal Canin recalled seven different dry dog food recipes and one dry cat food recipe due to a melamine derivative in the rice protein they used in those recipes. That recall prompted Royal Canin to promise to no longer use Chinese suppliers for any of its vegetable proteins.
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Judging by its ingredients alone, Royal Canin Medium appears to be only an average dog food. – Mike Sagman

One of Royal Canin’s many dog food formulas is MEDIUM Active Special 25. It’s designed specifically for medium-breed adult dogs between 21 and 55 pounds with digestive and skin sensitivity. This formula helps those dogs return to normal health by boosting energy, enhancing digestibility, and improving the skin and coat. The top 5 ingredients are: chicken meal, rice flour, rice, chicken fat, and corn gluten meal. Here’s an in-depth look at MEDIUM Active Special 25 based on its ingredients and nutritional value.

Royal Canin products for dogs are grouped into the following categories:

  1. Breed Health Nutrition
  2. X-Small
  3. Mini
  4. Medium
  5. Maxi
  6. Giant
  7. Canine Health Nutrition Wet

Ingredient Analysis

royal canin reviewIt is important to go through the list of ingredients on the label before you purchase it to make sure that it is of good quality.

It provides you with information about the meat and quantity used in the product, as well as with a list of controversial ingredients that may be in the product.

You can consult our controversial dog food ingredient guide up top for that. Either print it out if you shop locally, or use it as reference when you buy pet food online.

The following sample analysis takes a closer look at Royal Canin’s Maxi Adult dry dog food product.

Top 15 ingredients

  1. Chicken by-product meal
  2. Brewer’s Rice
  3. Wheat
  4. Brown Rice
  5. Chicken Fat
  6. Corn Gluten Meal
  7. Natural Flavors
  8. Dried Beet Pulp
  9. Fish Oil
  10. Grain Distillers Dried Yeast
  11. Calcium Carbonate
  12. Salt
  13. Potassium Chloride
  14. Sodium Silico Aluminate
  15. Monocalcium Phosphate

Controversial Ingredients

  1. Brewer’s Rice is a by-product of the rice milling process that consists largely of small left-over fragments. It is of modest nutritional value to dogs.
  2. Wheat just like corn has modest nutritional value to dogs.
  3. Brown Rice has only modest nutritional value to dogs.
  4. Corn Gluten Meal is a by-product of corn once the starchy carbohydrates have been washed out. It is high in protein but of lesser value than meat based proteins.
  5. Dried Beet Pulp is a by-product of sugar beet processing. Critics say it is an inexpensive filler item with no nutritional value to dogs, while proponents believe that it benefits the blood sugar level and intestinal health.
  6. Grain Distillers Dried Yeast is a fat product by the bio-fuel industry. A low-quality ingredient that is high in protein which means it can boost the total protein count on the label.

Guaranteed Analysis

  1. Crude Protein (min): 24%
  2. Crude Fat (min): 15%
  3. Crude Fiber (max): 3.2%
  4. Moisture (min): 10%
  5. EPA (min): 0.25%
  6. DHA (min): 0.1%

Royal Canin’s Maxi Adult contains an average amount of protein and fat that comes from a below-average amount of Chicken meat as you do need to consider the amount of plant-based protein that is included in the product.

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Rating: 6.8/10 (5 votes cast)

Royal Canin Resources:

  1. Manufacturer Homepage – http://www.royalcanin.us/
  2. Recall List for Royal Canin Dog Food – http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/newpetfoodrecalls…
  3. Royal Canin on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/RoyalCanin.us


    Sean Green

    I started feeding this brand to my dogs 2 years ago and have nothing but good things to say. They absolutely LOVE IT.

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    Sean Green

    I absolutely love this dog food.

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