Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Hypoallergenic Select Protein (Dry)


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Hypoallergenic dog food is not rated due to its intentional therapeutic design.

Notes and Updates

04/16/2011 Original review
11/14/2013 Last Update

  • Sharon Daniell

    I will be looking for alternatives starting tomorrow and am open to suggestions for an IBD dog on a limited protein food. Thanks.

  • Sharon Daniell

    Just a warning to RC canned venison users. This is the second piece of plastic that I have found this week in my case of very expensive prescription food I order through my vet. If there isn’t a recall because of this, I will be very disappointed.
    I had heard there was a problem with getting quality venison, but this is a different problem. I have included the lot info as well.

  • magnoliasouth

    Oops, and I meant to also say that one thing to help her itchiness is a powder I make at home. It’s dirt cheap too. I just take some oatmeal and whir it up in my food processor and put it in a salt shaker. I then shake that on her belly. She sometimes licks some of it off but it also helps to decrease the itching and inflammation. It’s just a real battle.

  • magnoliasouth

    I agree about the testing, please update us too on that. Aside from that, my dog also has a lot of skin allergies that I suspect are environmental and is something I cannot control. She is probably allergic to grass, but I cannot pull the grass up from my yard because of it. Sadly.

    In any case, the only food I have come to absolutely love, is Wellness Core Ocean Formula. I’ve tried a number of dog foods, assuming that her allergy was food related.

    I fed my dogs Nutro Natural Choice for years and was happy with the result, but then my girl got a nasty ear infection that resulted in two surgeries. I switched to a grain free product of theirs, but noticed no improvement (they now have a sensitive skin, but I’ve not tried that). I then switched to Blue Wilderness Salmon and that was good. The problem was that it got recalled and was taken off the shelves.

    I finally ended up with Wellness Core and wow. Her coat is amazing. I always thought it looked good, but never like this. Her skin isn’t nearly as dry, but she still has a lot of itching on her belly. The rest of her body however, isn’t as bad. I attribute this to what touches the grass the most, which would be her belly.

    It’s expensive food. I’ve had people tell me that making their own dog food isn’t that expensive but with her limits on food that she can eat, it would be more expensive than Wellness.

    Another thing is oral coconut oil. I had a vet recommend that and that stuff is amazing. It really does help. She has a sensitive tummy, so cannot take a lot, but that really does make a difference too.

    Hope this helps.

  • Vickie Carrillo

    Thank you! I will look.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Vickie-
    There is a recall tab at the top of this page. Click on that and you can sort alphabetically if you want to find a specific brand easier. Also on the top right side, you can sign up for recall alerts. Good luck to you!

  • Vickie Carrillo

    I just started my dogs on Royal canin adult selected protein pr veterinary diet because one of my dogs has allergies. I am always concerned about recalls and such. Are there recalls on this particular Royal Canin? Or stories about kidney failure and such? I notice the bag says made in the USA, and I’m assuming it’s different than the other types of Royal Canin. I am just concerned for my dogs’ health. Thanks.

  • Diana Dv

    Hi Becky: I have a mini Schnauzer with allergies and Crystals as your Golden Retriever. I’m searching for new food and came across your post. Have you found any food that is good for you dog?
    I’ll appreciate your comments.

  • Zoparedo

    FYI RC won’t be able to produce this until at least mid February due to venison shortage

  • l riley

    My concern was it would change all the time. The bag design, the size of the bag, the color, texture and color of the kibble. I wasn’t ever sure what they were getting

  • Huskymum

    I’d agree about testing her for thyroid. My Siberian had the same symptoms, especially the tail hair loss and it turned out to be hypothyroid. But, I’m convinced it was caused by having him on The HP formula. Soy is goitrogenic. He was fine on raw diet, but a gastro vet talked me into putting him on the HP. I really regret it.

  • Sharon

    My 7 year old shih-tzu had two surgery (he developed a lump like on his whole body and two of them grew as big as my palm – its’s not cancer *touchwood*) and the doctor suspected that it was allergy to the food I fed him (I’ve fed him Acana – Orijen) so he recommended RC Hypoallegen (the doc could not rule out why my dog has that skin problem..) – now my dog is doing much better! However, I did hear that the dog (from some pet shop guy) food isn’t suppose to be a long term thing…

  • Helga

    Our mixed breed ( 1/2 golden retriever 1/2 border collie) has horrible food allergies and after a lot of research and headache he is finally doing pretty well. We put him on natural balance LID venison and sweet potato and I mix it with Ziwipeak venison ( our boy cannot have ANY fish related food) . I mix because I don’t think natural balance LID is an excellent food by itself and ziwipeak is really great dog food. Maybe you can give it a try with your boy. The novel protein diet was the only that worked here. Hope that helps!

  • Rebecca Jean

    Thanks that is good to know..

  • Sky Soldier

    Suggest you have your dog tested to see if it may have Cushing’s disease and also Thyroid disease. Our dog tested negative for it yet had all the symptoms. We put her on the med for Cushings and her hair grew back and in a prettier color too!

  • Rebecca Jean

    My vet recommends this hypoallergenic food, for allergies & crystals in his urine….He eats Nutrisca Grain Free Chicken.. I boil hamburger to mix in..He is a 5 yr old Golden Retriever in good health…He eats 4 cups a day. I am not sold on this food at all….Any suggestions????? Thanks…Becky

  • Pattyvaughn

    Without knowing what you have fed her in the past, it’s hard to recommend something to try, other than the general “Go with a completely different protein and carb source than anything she has had in the past.”

  • Layla

    HI, my 6 1/2 year old rescue Keeshond came to us with undiagnosed tail hair loss two years ago. Since then we’ve been on a roller coaster of tail hair loss, sores from scratching, antibiotic, infrequent Prednisone, etc.Vet sent us to a vet derm who recommended a diet change, and she is now on the RC hypoallergenic select protein venison and potato-more than a year. She was almost healed until we bathed her in a vet Rx gentle shampoo. Next day she lost all her tail hair, and has been losing hair ever since; also has tons of dandruff. We have to do allergy testing, but I’d like to try a different diet. Suggestions? I’m not impressed with the RC after reading the analysis here.

  • Ashley

    About a week ago my dashund’s vet put him on the rc hp diet because he is always scratchy. So we mostly feed him the can food. And after he gets done eating is keeps sticking his tongue out kind of like he is licking the air. Also we have such a hard time getting him to eat it. Has anyone else had any other problems like this?

  • Mizmo

    The website says its made by Diamond.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Did your vet test your dog for EPI?

  • Cil

    Arydeb, I will say I am a huge advocate for the high end grain free diets. In fact my shepherd mix in one of those, but I almost killed my shepherd by having him on the same food that my mix has always been on. At the end of the day the RC SP (soy protien) was the only thing that worked for him (for now). Every dog needs something different for they way that they are chemically made up. Where my mix needs a grain free diet, that almost killed my shepherd because due to his intestines he was unable to digest the food and he needs that high carbohydrate percentage. For him that is the only way he can absorb any of the protien. Without it he goes from being a 70 lb dog to a 50 lb dog no matter how much I feed. The vet diets are very safe and well made for the purpose they were created. If that’s what works for your dog, use it. Don’t be so worried, and keep switching when something actually works. Why end up back in the ER, you know? Good Luck.

  • Bill

    Thank you for your review. My dog was on this diet, but this month it developed a large spleen that had to be removed: I am concerned that this condition may be related to the diet, can you help me with your feedback on this issue? Obviously I do not think asking its Vet since he is the one that recommended this diet, my pet is ten years old.

  • barry

    actually she is a great cook and I don’t want to deprive her of the opportunity to feed me….I am responsible for Thursday, and Sat. night meals…that means…restaurants,and more restaurants…!!!

  • Betsy Greer

    Oh gosh barry, my mom would say, “What’s a madder? Your fingers broken?”

    ; )

  • Pattyvaughn

    For him, she can at least make a big batch and freeze it. Well, maybe she can do that for you too. ;-)

  • barry

    I can’t wait to tell my wife she has to cook for him AND me!!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Novel protein is a protein that he has never had before. You may have to home cook for him for a while to give him 1 protein and 1 carb.

  • barry

    my GS has perianal fistula..the Dr. has said to put him on 1 “novel” protein diet, whatever that is….has been on limited ing. foods but Dr isn’t happy with progress..wants to put him on RC?….any other suggestions out there….can only eat 1 protein and 1 carb…since I have 3 other big dogs…price is a consideration
    just put him on Nature’s Valley Turkey Meal this week

  • Amanda

    For an example, “Rice ingredients containing arsenic”.
    This may be true, however it will never be true with a Royal Canin / Medical line of dog or cat food. Why? Because this company does independent testing for EACH BATCH of ingredients that go into making their products whether it be a meast source (limited in true hypoallergenic diets due to allergies) or a small mineral cointent. IF and when there are descrepancies, this company does NOT allow the product into their processing plant to contaminate any of their food inside. Just ONE of the many benefits of feeding a veterinary exclusive diet. Also, for a true evaluation to be made on a food, wouldn’t it be important to indicate which specific diet we are looking at? Um, yea! Hypoallergenic, Hypo HP, Vegetarian, Skin Support to name a few hypo diets in their line. Just saying.

  • Amanda

    Your information is NOT correct here.

  • Dee

    My cocker spaniel used to have pancreatitis. Her blood tests always had high amylase and lipase readings. I have been giving her Allerderm EFA-Caps HP for about 2 years now and her last two blood tests showed her Amylase and lipase normal. I think it’s the Omega 3. She also has allergies. Which isn’t as bad as they could be. I just found out about coconut oil and I am going to try that for her allergies.

  • Nat Reader

    tried natures and he went water with just a 10% addition. He went through an entire elimination diet testing etc to determine his protein tolerances. Luckly RC started shipping again and his poo is again perfect and his tummy has settled :)

  • Nat Reader

    tried grandmas…he would not touch it….had to throw it out….

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Nat –

    Grandma Lucy’s definitely would not be more expensive than Royal Canin Rx. From what I’ve seen the canned Rabbit Rx runs about $3.60 per can and has about 400 kcal. per can. Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Rabbit is about $1.60 per cup and has about 600 kcal. per cup. In terms of cans of RC and cups of GL you would have to feed about 50% more RC to meet your dogs energy needs than you would GL. To compare apples to apples – 400 kcal. worth of GL costs $1.07 and 400 kcal. worth of RC costs $3.60 – the RC you’re feeding now costs 3X as much as GL.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Which kibble is that? As for canned, Nature’s Logic has a Rabbit formula canned. Grain-free (unlike their dry food). It does have “turkey liver” in in, too, but probably worth a try regardless. Nature’s Variety Instinct Rabbit also comes in canned, with “pork liver”. FWIW, my guy can’t do chicken, chicken meal, etc but can do chicken liver.

  • Nat Reader

    Hie has a kibble he is perfect on….this is the canned we mix in….Only looking for canned, not frozen or patty…..Has to be grain free with no other protein…so far RC is only one that has that whenyou look at ingredients. With a 100 pound shepherd the Lucy’s is way too expensive . Raw, patties and freeze dried give himruns

  • Maggie

    Is there any hypoallergenic diet dat is also low fat? I’m face tothepossibility that my protein intolerant dog is also suffering from chronic pancreatitis.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’m not sure what specific ingredients your dog has issues to but you may want to check out Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Rabbit, Nature’s Variety Instinct Rabbit or Nature’s Logic Rabbit. If your dog can tolerate any of these foods they’d be much healthier (and likely cheaper) than the RC.

  • National Reader

    Well, spoke to RC and there is still an ongoing shortage of the rabbit type they use….sigh….down to 12 cans. RC says we will need to find another food to transition him to because they do not know when they will be able to get it to market again in the near future. It was the only thing that worked for my boy.

  • Stephanie Brown

    After starting the RC rabbit potato, which my lab pup loves, his stools are much better. BUT – I was concerned from the very beginning about the fact that it isn’t a “puppy” food. Doesn’t my growing lab need more?

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi FScottS40Love,

    I’m so happy to hear Rufus is doing better.

    Unfortunately, since our reviews and ratings have nothing to do with the results obtained from feeding any particular food, we would have no way of knowing which foods could be effectively used a substitute for this RC vet product.

    Because of what Rufus has been through for so long, it might be better for you to stick with your new found “winner”.

    Wish I could be more help.

  • FScotS40Love

    Our dog Rufus (Mixed breed, shepherd/hound/retreiver) has had cowpaddy poops since we adopted him a few months ago. After several attempts at vearious foods our vet took biopsies from the stomache, large intestines and small intestines and as it turns out his system can not process proteins. After switching him to the Royal Canin PV he has firm poops for the first time. His energy level is up and I am very happy except for the cost. Is there a brand of food that is comparable (or actually better) that would suit his needs at a more affordable cost? $90/25-pound bag is fairly expensive for a dog of his size.

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  • Fetlock4

    That is because Kirkland is the same food, made in the same factory as the Royal Canin. I was told this by a veterinarian.

  • Slmcgregor

    I have, in the past, tried other foods besides the Royal Canin Veterinary line.  I have tried Acana, Orijen, and Technical in the past.  Price is an issue for me, but all of the other foods were close to the same price anyway.  I was swayed by all the anti-corn/anti-wheat talk, and so decided to try to switch.  I was also careful to make sure that I tried each food for at least 6 months.  But I keep coming back to Royal Canin (formerly MediCal) because the empirical evidence is clear.  My dogs’ coats look fantastic and they poop less on the Royal Canin food.  I can’t argue with that no matter what the anti-corn people try to tell me.

  • BryanV21

    I wouldn’t go so far as to call Royal Canin a waste of money, but it is most definitely way over priced. As are all prescription diets, which include Hill’s and Purina.

  • CarliSeymore

    My vet recommended this for my black lab when her skin became almost rhino like. It was grey, flakey, and she began to lose all her hair. Then she would scratch all over until she made herself bleed. I tried it out, but the recommended feeding was so high that the $75 23 pound bag was gone in almost a week and a half. I now feed her the Kirkland brand salmon and potato grain free and her skin looks better now than it did on this expensive crap. Waste of money if you ask me!

  • ARK

    I feed my Collie the RC HP.  It’s done wonders for his allergies and skin.  However, he had gotten to the point where he wouldn’t eat it, so I started giving him a canned topper, ZiwiPeak, Hound & Gatos, or Nature’s Variety Instinct, and now he cleans his bowl. I do like this food and it smells really fresh.  I tried changing him to another grain-free kibble, which was cheaper, but he started scratching so I went back to the RC HP and will continue to feed him this food.   

  • Krissy

      Great link to post Sandy!!!

    So many people think they can throw together some meat, rice and veggies
    and that’s a homemade dog food diet and that it’s better for their dogs
    than kibble.  But that isn’t always the case if it’s not balanced for
    the dog.  They have different needs than people.  Homemade diets can do
    more harm then good in some cases.  

    I like how he makes a simple basic recipe/diet but I’m not to keen on
    all that hamburger if it’s a higher fat burger.  But that’s another
    topic.  But how he uses two supplements to make it a balanced diet for a

    Hopefully more people check out his blog and read between the lines on the important stuff and don’t ignore those details!!! 

  • Storm’s Mom

    Performatrin Ultra Grain Free Small Bites might be an option too, since you have Pet Valu (it’s their “store brand”, Mike’s given it 5-stars here). It’s a fantastic value! It’s got Salmon, Duck and Turkey for the proteins.

  • Donna Saban

    Thank you so much for all your suggestions. I live near Leduc, Ab I found the Acana Senior put 5 lbs on my mexican chihauhau I need the fish based but not with all the calories. We have Pet Valu & Pet Pro’s to shop at out here. I have a hard decision deciding which food I should feed JoJo as she is also way overweight by those 5lbs & I am having a hard time getting them off she is 9yrs old & less active. And has to take aspirin as when I walk her she aches for days.

  • sandy

    This is a very easy recipe with only 5 ingredients and no chicken, wheat and cheese.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Donna Saban – I’d suggest trying a grain-free fish-based formula, like Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch, Acana Pacific, Orijen 6 fish, Darford Fish, Horizon Legacy Fish.  If you’re on budget (or even if you’re not), I’ve had fantastic results with Nutrisource Grain Free Lamb (it’s got Lamb and Salmon). If you’re in the US, you can order Brothers Complete ..they have a couple formulas that  might work.  See how she does on (any of) those…they are MUCH better food for her than Royal Canin!!!

  • BryanV21

    I’m looking at the ingredients and there is no wheat or cheese, and it uses chicken fat… not meat or meal. In fact, there’s no meat or meal of any kind listed, which is surprising.

    Brewers rice, hydrolyzed soy protein, chicken fat, natural flavors, dried beet
    pulp, monocalcium phosphate, vegetable oil, sodium silico aluminate, calcium
    carbonate, fish oil, fructooligosaccharides, potassium chloride, salt, taurine, choline
    chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), inositol,
    niacin supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium
    pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement
    (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid,
    vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], L-tyrosine, L-lysine, marigold
    extract (Tagetes erecta L.), trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous
    sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous
    oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], rosemary extract, preserved with natural
    mixed tocopherols and citric acid.

    If health-wise this is all your dog can eat then okay, but your dog will not starve itself, so feeding it substandard food is unnecessary. There are plenty of good dry, wet, dyhydrated/freeze-dried, and raw foods available that would be a much more ideal choice. That ingredient listing is not good. Worst of all, you’re spending a ton on it.

  • Donna Saban

    I have my little dog on the Hypoallergenic HP & she will not eat anything else she loves it. It seems that she cannot eat anything without breaking out. I know it is wheat & chicken & cheese.

  • ARK

    Ash:  My Collie only has skin allergies.  The RC has worked for him topped with NV Instinct Grain-free canned.  He loved the Rabbit as well as the Vension and Duck. 

  • Ash

    Try a low residue diet….hills I/D is an example if you are dealing with a inflammatory bowel. Or talk to your vet about food testing.

  • ARK

    Thanks.  I sent RC an email and got an immediate response.  They are not discontinuing the Rabbit Formula, but as you stated, there is a shortage of rabbits and I was told that they won’t be producing the Rabbit Formula until this is solved.  At least we can still get the Venison and Duck formulas. 

  • Chelshad

    Try pepcid AC and royal canine rabbits and potato

  • Jhunt17729

    I understand they have a shortage of rabbits.  I can’t find it either.

  • ARK

    Does anyone know why ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet ADULT Rabbit Hypoallergenic Selected Protein Dry Kibble has been discontinued.  Can’t find it anywhere even online. 

  • Pat Riley

    My dog (JRT) has been son Science Diet C/T due to bladder stones.  I hate the product, but don’t know what else to fed her.  Any suggestions?

  • S2012

    We also are feeding our Westie the potato and rabbit formula for her allergies. A year and a half ago, the vet recommended this food and she has been on it ever since. She really likes it, and we slowly introduced the vegetable treats made by RC too, she missed getting treats! Now, she also can have apple cinnamon treats as well. We bathe her once a week in the prescribed shampoo and also wash her linens on a weekly basis. SUCH a great improvement. She still has allergies, but this makes it more manageable! 

  • Alice Berdy

     Was your diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease? My dog has been having so much trouble with vomiting I don’t know what to feed him anymore. I tried the duck version and it made him sick. I am going to try the venison and see how that goes. If he can tolerate the venison, I was going to supplement the diet with one meal of the frozen venison patties for more protein.

  • Crazymike66

    doesnt the royal canin dog food have duck in it instead of venison?  

  • Laurenleelarson

    I just got this today for allergies and my vet had a treat suggestion.  We are using the dry food, but he said to make small balls with the canned food and freeze them to be used as treats.

  • Carla Steinman

    You might want to try Dick Van Patten’s Limited Ingredient Natural Balance.  They have a venison and potato, but I think it’s a sweet potato. My GSD did well on it and liked it – her stools were great.   Still having problems with her skin, though and the vet wants me to try Hill’s Z/D (I just can’t go there after reading the review).  Good luck to you!

  • Tina


    I have a
    gordon setter and he has had some really bad skin conditions(very flakey and
    little scabs),  since he has been on this dog food(hypoallergenic HP, all his
    skin conditions have gone away.  He loves his treats too, so I only give him
    sweet potatoes(I dehydrate them myself but they see them on line(sammy
    yammies).  He has been on this food for about 6 months now and it took a while
    for his skin to be completely normal, but now his fur is soft and no more flakes
    or scabs

  • Travishawkins7

    I am going through the same with my 2yr old pit bull, she is the greatest dog, and it sucks that she has to be so limited. I have been feeding her royal canin potato and rabbit for about 3 months now, she seems to like it. The vet also gave us a 3 week supply of medicine, which takes the rash away, the meds ran out a week ago, still crossing my fingers it doesn’t come back. I wish the food was cheaper! Keep me posted

  • Scsegura

    I have a little black pug, and she was having skin conditions also on her face, and my vet put me on hypoallergenic adult pv dry dog food and its looking alot better now, and she seems to really like it too

  • Mgarv

    My dog was prescribed this food so that we can try and rule out what is causing her skin condition.  We had a number of expensive tests to rule out a various things like thyroid disorders, fungus, bacteria, etc.  The vet believes she has allergies.  We tried a skin spray that contained hormones, but she had an adverse reaction.  She is currently being bathed once a week with shampoo from the vet.

    She could have seasonal allergies (although it’s winter and we still see it), allergy to dust mites, or perhaps it has something to do with her diet.

    As it was explained to me, this formula has few ingredients and it is supposed to be the only thing she eats for at least two months.  We are primarily feeding her the canned version.

    So I am curious if anyone else is feeding this for allergies.  If so, I’d like to know if this has helped determine with the skin condition and with the dog’s skin allergy.  I’m wondering if we are going to find out nothing after two months or more of the trial.  She really misses her treats.

    Thanks for all the informative articles.

  • aimee

    Hi arydeb,

    My dog is on RC venison and potato and doing very well. Like your dog he had persistent problems. My guy had lack of appetite, vomiting, bloody stool, and days when he just felt unwell and stayed in his crate all day.

    After an extensive medical work up and several diet trials this diet is the charm! 

    The rating doesn’t reflect a lower plane of nutirtion as much as it does that the diet isn’t a high meat based diet.


  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Arydeb,

    Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, my reviews have absolutely nothing to do with trying to predict whether any food (prescription or otherwise) is right for any animal.

    As this article reminds readers:

    “Our ratings have nothing to do with the accuracy of claims made by the manufacturer as to this product’s ability to effectively treat or cure a specific health condition.

    So, to find out whether or not this dog food is appropriate for your particular pet, you must consult your veterinarian.”

    If this prescribed food is helping your greyhound stay healthy, then you surely continue to follow your veterinarian’s recommendation.

    This food may be 2.5 stars to us – but to your greyhound’s immune system, it’s must be a 5-plus!

    Hope this helps.

  • arydeb

    Hi Mike, I am quite discouraged by this review. The Royal Canin Rx Rabbit food seems to be the only one my recently  retired Greyhound tolerates. Since I got her about a year ago she had very loose stools no matter how good the food or how expensive or how I cooked for her. The advice from the Greyhound chat group was to learn to live with it, that loose stools are normal on Greys, till one day we ended up Emergency she was so dehydrated!  At that time, about 6 months ago, the ER Dr. put her on the RC Rabbit & Potato.  Since then, she’s had normal stools, 2 or 3 times a day, rather than 10! But I am concerned that perhaps she’s not getting enough nutrition?  I am now afraid to try anything else that might upset her tummy… It seems she’ll be on it for life, regardless of the cost.

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Meagan,

    Hydrolyzed protein is protein that’s been broken down into its constituent amino acids. It is a proven way to treat animals who have been shown to suffer from numerous allergies.

    Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian and due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, it would be inappropriate for me to provide specific health advice regarding your dog’s response to these products.

    Wish I could be more help.

  • Megan

    Mike:  Royal Canin has the Selected Protein which you reviewed here, but also has the Hydrolized Protein.  What is Hydrolized Protein?  I noted your comment above re: the “amount” of protein.  My dog suffers from joint inflammation and was on steroids for years until I got a new vet who suggested the Selected Protein.  He’s not been lame since unless I take him off the food, then he either gets very ouchy or goes dead lame.  That’s why I’ve stuck with it even though I can’t really afford it.  Now, I’m looking around for something cheaper and for the price am thinking I could feed him potatoes and meat myself.  

  • Megan

    Dear Mike Sageman:  I just want to thank you so very much for your reviews.  They are very helpful and your insights and reviews are very educational.  THANKS!

  • Megansambo

    My dog did very well on this food for several years until they changed the formulation and then some of his old symptoms began to come back.  I have stayed with the food because at least he still is overall fairly well, however, since it is so very overpriced, I am now considering a change.  Thanks Gabriele, you confirmed my feelings and observations about the new formula.  

  • Shawna

    That is AWESOME Sharky112!!!

    What recipe/s will you be using when you do the switch to grocery store meats?

  • Sharky112

     Rachel – we have a 2.5 yr old Dane – same problems + intermittent diarrhea and interdigital cysts in between toes. Tried everything, antibiotics, prednisone, LTD ingredient diets, prescription diets. What has FINALLY helped – we put him on Baytril for 2 weeks to help with the bacterial infections in his toes (from licking the open cysts) and put him on a raw diet. We started with chicken & have gradually added beef. (We are using Instinct Raw Frozen, but will be switching to grocery store meat soon). He’s doing great! The only drawback is the cost – but it’s worth it as it has resolved all the issues – itches, armpits, toes & diarrhea..Wishing you good luck!

  • Liisa

    Funnily enough, meat is not that cheap here.

    Originally I fed them raw chicken breasts, but it was pretty expensive and one of my dogs got v sick… The vet told me to avoid the chicken as a ‘main’ diet.

    Beef is v expensive, lamb is horrendously expensive (it has to be imported) and pork, I gather, is not good for dogs.

    I freeze pork spare ribs for 3 months before giving them to the dogs as a ‘supplement’ and treat every week.

  • sandy

    have you considered a raw diet there considering the abundance of different meat sources?

  • Liisa

    I have retired to Thailand and, as you can imagine, there are not too many choices of dog food available.

    As a couple of my dogs had mild allergy problems, I have fed them this brand for a couple of years – only to find that it has not helped at all…

    Not a problem, as I thought it was a ‘good’ (albeit incredibly expensive) brand, so at least my dogs were getting the best diet possible…

    I only wish I had discovered this web site a couple of years ago!

  • Rachelbirri

    We have a 1.5 year old Great Dane. When he was just a puppy, about 4 months, he started getting pink areas under his arms and stomach. They suggested it was allergies, so we tried medicated bathes and wipes. Then as he got older, about 8 months, it became a much larger problem. He had outbreaks of severe itchiness every day. He has been prescribed this exact brand of dog food. I can say that for the first few months it seemed to really help with his skin. Now I am not sure if it’s that his body has gotten used to it or if maybe the problem has changed but it is almost as bad as it was before he started the food. So at least in our case it didn’t help long term and it is very expensive. I am actually looking now for a new solution.

  • Lauren

    My dog Tango has many issues! Since adopting him 2 years ago, we’ve had issues with his stomach (diarrhea, loose stool, gas, etc.). A few months ago we switch to Blue Buffalo Basic, and it has tremendously improved his stomach issues. However, around the same time, Tango began developing itchy skin. He focuses on certain areas like the base of his tail, but mainly his paws (the underside of his paws are red and almost hairless at this point). Our vet seemed to think it was seasonal, so we did Benadryl/Prednisone/Temiral throughout the summer. As summer is now over, we expected his allergies to subside, but they have not. Our vet suggested a hyperallergenic food, so we chose RC Venison formula. I see a lot on here about improving bowels, but have you seen any improvements with skin and itching with this formula?

    We also plan on doing allergy testing soon. I know the skin test is more effective, but it is out of price range, so we are going to go with the blood test. In your professional opinion, have you seen better results with a different product regarding skin licking/biting/itching? Also, any suggestions with treats? Thank you!

  • sandy


    Honest Kitchen Zeal is a whitefish & sweet potato food.

  • sandy


    Have you tried a raw diet? Primal has a rabbit formula. They also have quail, pheasant, and turkey & sardine.

  • sandy

    Oh by the way – Nature’s Select has a salmon & sweet potato formula. It’s for sensitive stomachs. It’s salmon meal, brown rice, sweet potato meal, pumpkin meal, fish meal. I have one friend that’s switched her IBS boston terrier dog to this food with success.

  • sandy

    That’s ok. I’m a baby nurse by profession! Work around lots of stools!!

  • Valerie

    Thank you Sandy! I will look into it further! I have to say, we have only been using the PW formula for three days, we had to switch with no mixing because of the rabbit shortage, but we’ve had two full days of actually solid stools, which, has never happened before, ever. I’m very excited right now, sorry for the too much information.

  • sandy


    Have you looked into Addiction foods? They have unique proteins like brushtail and kangaroo and rabbit. They have dehydrated raw, kibble and cans.

  • Valerie

    My dog also has IBD, he was on Z/D for a while, and although he looked better and was able to gain weight, his stools have never been solid. I had never been happy with feeding him that stuff, and was able to finally have the vet agree to let him try a limited ingredient diet. He had been on Natural Balance Duck and Sweet Potato before the z/d, but his health was still declining, so duck is out. We started feeding him the Hypoallergenic PR, and his stools started firming up almost immediately. Everything was looking great, but a month and a half later, we find out it’s on backorder everywhere, even online, apparently they are having issues importing the rabbit. The vet also said to check out EVO rabbit, and it is also out of stock, and I’m reading that they just periodically take it off the market. We are trying the whitefish, I hope it works out. I am happy that it actually smells like fish, but I am wondering about the third ingredient being powdered cellulose, something I thought I left behind with the Z/D… I really hope we can find a diet that works for him that you can actually get whenever you run out.

  • Gabriele Joiner

    Our 9 year old female dog Rottie/Aussie Mix has been on RC Potato-Venison for about 6 month and did very well on it until they changed the formulation. She does not like the new kibble and walks away from it unless I mix some deer meat in with it. I think that the company wanted to save money by changing the formulation, the new kibble looks different and smells different. I did inform our Vet about this and also called RC to let them know that I thought they cheapened the kibble with this new formulation and what the reaction of our dog was to the new food. I was told that they would pass this information on and that was it. I wish I could find an other product with just Venison and Potato in it as the only protein and carb source. I do think that this Dog Food is way over priced for what you get.

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Ralphie… Since your dog appears to be improving, why switch? Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, it would be impossible for me to provide custom product comparisons. Please see our FAQ page and our reviews for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Ralphie

    Because of an Inflammatory Bowel Disease that caused continuous diarrhea, my vet suggested that along with some medications I feed my dog Royal Canin Hypoallergenic PW (Potato & White Fish) kibble, which has resulted in some improvements.
    I tend to favor products made by Natural Balance. I am thinking to switch from Royal Canin to Natural Balance L.I.D. Sweet Potato and Fish formula which contains salmon rather than White Fish meal.
    Is it your opinion that Natural Balance may achieve the same results as Royal Canin or maybe better because of superior quality?
    Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you

    Your input

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Michele… Thanks to your suggestion, I’ve added RC Veterinary Diets Hypoallergenic Select Protein in the canned version to my To Do list. However, due to our current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before we get to it. Thanks again for your suggestion.

  • Michele

    Will you please review the companion canned venison formula for this brand?

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Janice… Oops. Thanks for catching that typo. I’ve now edited this review to correct the error. Thanks for calling it to my attention.

  • Janice

    The second ingredient above is listed as “venison meal.” Yet in your review you discuss the second ingredient simply as venison, with 80% moisture. Did you overlook something, or is there a typo above?

    Thank you, and best wishes.

  • erin c.

    thank you

    I believe the words “natural flavor” is in the ingredients list of ground beef at Frys grocery store. I kept staring at it and thinking, “Is that what I think it is?” I’ve never heard of such a thing. Why would they add flavoring to ground beef? I was suspicious so I quit buying it. Most of my time at the store is spent reading labels for both human and pet foods.

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Erin… Natural flavors are food additives that may not actually be truly “natural”. Due to their high cost, most commercial flavorings are actually man-made flavorants that are in reality what are known as “nature-identical”. Nature-identical means they’re only the chemical equivalent of a true natural flavor extract.

    According to US Code, a natural flavor is:

    “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or any other edible portions of a plant, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose primary function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”

    Hope this helps.

  • erin c.

    What does “natural flavors” mean exactly?