Regal Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Regal Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Regal Dog Food product line includes 11 dry recipes.

However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Regal Sensi Bites Turkey and Rice
  • Regal Active Bites Turkey and Rice
  • Regal Lean Bites Turkey and Rice (2 stars)
  • Regal Salmon Bites Salmon Diet (3.5 stars)
  • Regal Lamb Bites Lamb and Rice (3.5 stars)
  • Regal Adult Bites Turkey and Rice (3.5 stars)
  • Regal Puppy Bites Turkey and Rice (4.5 stars)
  • Regal Venison Bites Venison and Barley (3.5 stars)
  • Regal Large Breed Puppy Bites Lamb and Rice (4.5 stars)
  • Regal Large Breed Adult Bites Turkey and Rice (3.5 stars)
  • Regal Large Breed Puppy Bites Turkey and Rice (4.5 stars)

Regal Sensi Bites Turkey and Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Regal Sensi Bites Turkey and Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 26% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 51%

Ingredients: Turkey meal, oatmeal, brown rice,dried beet pulp, canola oil, natural flavor, lecithin, flax seed meal, sea salt, calcium carbonate, fish oil, potassium chloride, dl methionine, l-lysine, choline chloride, ascorbic acid, propionic acid, Yucca schidigera extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, glucosamine, vitamin E supplement, mineral oil, niacin supplement, organic dried kelp, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, citric acid, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, iron sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, mineral oil, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, selenium, calcium iodate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis23%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis26%16%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%33%45%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The second ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The third ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The fifth ingredient is canola oil. Many applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content while some condemn it as an unhealthy fat.

Much of the objection regarding canola oil appears to be related to the use of genetically modified rapeseed as its source material.

Yet others find the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.1

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

After the natural flavor, we find lecithin, a waxy substance obtained from soybeans. Although it’s commonly used to make fats more blendable, lecithin is believed to improve a dog’s skin and coat.

The eighth ingredient includes flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With four notable exceptions

First, fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

In addition, although we can’t be certain, mineral oil is apparently used in this recipe as a stool softener.

However, the inclusion of this additive can be controversial. That’s because the European Food Safety Authority has expressed some concern as to the long term health effects of using mineral oil in human food.2

We’re not sure why this item is listed twice in the ingredients list.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Regal Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Regal looks like an above-average dry dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 26%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a below-average to moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Regal Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of turkey, lamb, venison and salmon meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

03/17/2012 Original review
09/24/2013 Review updated
09/24/2013 Last Update

  1. Mikkelson, B and DP, Oil of Ole, Urban Legends Reference Pages (2005)
  2. EFSA News Story dated 6/12/2012
  • Willy Tirta Kristianto

    how many composition fish oil inside the regal dogfood, its not specific..

  • Pattyvaughn

    Potato flakes are likes instant mashed potatoes. Some dogs do fine on potato products, some don’t. I don’t know why they would use flakes instead of real potatoes, but with the water already removed they can’t have even more starch in the food without potato being even higher on the ingredient list. Guess I just answered my own question.

    No the mineral oil won’t make them poo all the time but it’s still not good for dogs to constantly have this in their system.

  • Pattyvaughn

    If it were me, I would not feed this food long term, but then I like to rotate anyway.

  • Tenar41146

    Thanks for the reply pattyvaughn!
    Last week I started feeding my dog with Regal large breed adult. Does this mean that now he’ll start to defecate non stop because of the mineral oil?
    Can the mineral oil damage his health in any way if he’ll be eating this food for a long term?
    Why would a 4 star rated dog food include such an inferior ingredient?? that’s disappointing.
    Should I stick with Regal if it will have an overall positive effect on my dog despite this problematic ingredient?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Mineral oil cannot be digested and it depletes the fat soluble vitamins in the food. The only legit reason to use mineral oil in an animal feed is to move food/things through the intestines and that should only be short term.

    The other oils do contribute something to the diet, calories, vitamins, etc.

  • Tenar41146

    # The list of recipes is missing the “Regal Active Bites” recipe.

    # What is mineral oil? and why is it red flagged?

    # Why aren’t the fish oil and poultry fat red flagged?

    # Is the potato flake a decent a decent ingredient? is it  made out of fresh potatos?

    # Are the fruit and vegetables in this product too far down the list to make any significant contribution?

  • Sucker4Rescues

    Thank you so much, HDM!  I’m off to the store…. 

  • Hound Dog Mom

     Yes, I can’t believe I forgot to mention vitamin e. 100 – 200 i.u. every 2 or 3 days would be fine for your little guy.

  • Sucker4Rescues

    Thank you!  Also I read that giving fish oil can deplete Vitamin E stores.  Should I supplement with Vit E and if so, how many milligrams should I give?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Sucker4Rescues,

    I generally recommend about 1 tsp. per 20 lbs. So about 1/2 tsp. would probably work for her. And yes to using human fish oil, you probably should anyways as it’s generally higher quality. :)

  • Sucker4Rescues

    How much fish oil would you recommend giving to a 13 lb cavalier mix (Sophie)?  I know there are some very knowledgable people on this board, and I would greatly appreciate any advice you can give.

    About a month ago, Sophie developed a bald spot on her hind end.  It is not inflamed, irritated or itchy.  The vet did a scraping and checked her thyroid, but the test came back fine.  The vet doesn’t think it is allergy related due to the lack of itching. The next step is a punch biopsy, which we haven’t scheduled yet.  I read on the internet that fish oil supplements along with treating the skin with baby oil soaks can help with a lot of dermalogical issues, so I figured we have nothing to lose at this point.  But I’m not sure how much fish oil to use, and I’m wondering if I can use “human” fish oil.  Thanks for your input!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Try adding salmon or krill oil to the food and see if that doesn’t straighten out his coat issues.

  • Moscalej

    i got reagal i my dog got mad gases, and the hair dressed told my that his hair was dray i have a airdale terrier i am looking for a replacement the veterinar recomend hills but after what i read 

  • Stace68200268

    I was at the pet store today to see if they carry regal dog food. They had a red bag and it said regal. But it said vitamin k? in the ingredients. So then I typed in regal pet food and it showed something totally different? Does anyone know where in Windsor, Ontario one can find this dog food? I prefer the no vitamin k in it.  

  • Jennifer Khn

    started using regal and my dog loves it, he prefers the lamb bites but store was out of supply, he is having turkey and rice. I am happy with this brand. 

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I would think you’d have to contact the company that makes Regal dog food and ask them directly.  Or, if they have a website it might be listed there.

  • SueH

    In other brands, you’ve noted that ethoxyquin (sp?) can be used in many fish recipes. How do I find out if it is used in Regal’s Salmon Bites?