Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Puppy (Dry)


Rating: ★★★☆☆

Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Puppy Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Puppy product line includes 12 dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Royal Canin Pug Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin Boxer Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin Poodle Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin Bulldog Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin Shih Tzu Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin Chihuahua Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin Dachshund Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin Golden Retriever Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Puppy [G]
  • Royal Canin Miniature Schnauzer Puppy [G]

Royal Canin Miniature Schnauzer Puppy was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Royal Canin Miniature Schnauzer Puppy

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 31% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, brown rice, corn gluten meal, wheat gluten, chicken fat, corn, wheat, natural flavors, chicory, fish oil, calcium carbonate, monocalcium phosphate, vegetable oil, sodium silico aluminate, psyllium seed husk, potassium chloride, salt, l-lysine, dl-methionine, fructooligosaccharides, sodium tripolyphosphate, hydrolyzed yeast, 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, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], taurine, choline chloride, l-tyrosine, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta l.), trace minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate], l- carnitine, rosemary extract, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis28%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis31%13%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%29%43%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 43%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except feathers.

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

In any case, although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.

The second ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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 corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is wheat gluten, another plant-based protein booster.

Although wheat gluten contains 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The eighth ingredient is wheat. Wheat is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as corn (previously discussed).

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, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener1 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

In addition, we note the inclusion of vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described. However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

And lastly, this food 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.

Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Puppy Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Puppy looks like a below-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 31%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 31% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the corn gluten meal and wheat gluten, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Puppy is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named by-product meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.


Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Royal Canin Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

06/17/2017 Last Update

  • Yvette Pinkney

    Thank u. I will look into that today.

  • haleycookie

    Perhaps you can try and switch around brands. Most pet stores will allow you to bring back an opened bag of food if your dog doesn’t like it. That way you can test any food they have and see what she likes best. The foods you’ve mentioned are all lower quality foods. I would look into under the sun or whole earth farms if your looking for something on the cheaper but good quality side but like I said most places will allow you to bring bags back so I’d take advantage of that and just test different kinds of foods to see what she prefers.

  • Yvette Pinkney

    Hi i live in Queens ny . I have a 7 month old shi tzu.he is a very picky eater. His doctor recommended to give him Royal Canine. I give him puppy chow dry food . Royal canine wet food and i have to mix a little cesear turkey flavor in it for him to eat. Otherwise he will not eat it by itself.

  • GeneJacket

    Hi, I live in India(Kerala) and my bullmastiff puppy is about 8 weeks old. Bullmastiffs are prone to a range of diseases and I want to feed her the healthiest foods possible. Any suggestions?

  • Gena F

    Yes tree oil is a wonderful thing. I had some in a misting bottle for a dog I had with dry skin. I would also use the same to mist my children’s hair every morning to stop head lice as they’re known to despise it. I also used to use it on our pony when alive so as in the summer months she didn’t need a fly mask. I’d spray her face, avoiding eyes and also in her dock area so flies weren’t constantly bothering her rear. I keep a tea tree ointment in my pet first aid kit and I must my hens often too (although I use a purple spray meant for equines for peck wounds as can happen after rescue as its an antiseptic and disguises any blood which hens are drawn too and will attack an injured bird to death)
    I buy tea tree oil in 5 litre containers, it’s a great spritzer in summer too and doesn’t even harm babies, it’s just so natural.
    ** I’m not ‘in the trade’ I just run a caged hen rescue and have had pets for the past 40 of my 45 years. I’ve used tea tree on everything, I personally have never seen a reaction and my husband syringed my ears out yesterday as deafness has crept up on me and I’m prone to wax build up. I suggest everyone keeps a tea tree and filtered water solution made up in a misting bottle in their home. I say filtered water or maybe deionised water because I live in a hard water area where lime scale is a big problem. My glass kettle lasts 6 days before you cannot see water through and you have to get a brush or hand in to loosen the flakes. It’s disgusting.

  • Gena F

    Gorgeous dawg xx

  • Gena F

    I agree, Royal Canin is cr4p

  • Gena F

    I’m in the uk and buy Acana now mainly from pet stores online or eBay as I only have chihuahuas, a Rottweiler and two labs. I use Jurassic Bark or Viovet as my supplier.
    It’s actually Canadian and the ingredients are nothing short of amazing. There’s nothing in there you wouldn’t eat yourself (as in battery hens in most chicken dog food and every little bit is used as its blasted off the bones and in some instances the bones are ground to a powder in there). I run a rescue of caged hens and I wouldn’t eat eggs from them and certainly wouldn’t feed the eggs or meat to my dogs. There are videos of the Acana brand on YouTube.
    We took in a Chihuahua with runny eyes and had been on Royal Canin and the Acana food changed all that.
    It angers me the vets have such a large display of Canin and send a can home after an op even knowing my dogs eat kibble. My individual vet is very against it but it’s off the record and he won’t say why. The practice must be on commission.

  • beckyloubooo

    Hello, I am from the uk and finding it really hard to source good food for my English bulldog.
    She is currently 13 weeks old and is on the food recommended by her breeder Royal Canin Junior plus we add a small portion of raw lamb mince per bowl.
    We would really like to get her on a healthier cleaner food that will discourage any allergies. She already is suffering with watery eyes and has a pinkness to her white face.
    Please can you help with a recommendation of food I can get in the uk please?

  • Crazy4cats

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Bobby dog

    Being rude doesn’t help anyone, it certainly doesn’t help the dog.

  • Bob K

    I live in a major US city and can not find half of the dog foods evaluated on this website. It comes down to what is in your area that is affordable.

  • Bob K

    Perfect – Remember to transition slowly to a new kibble.

  • Bob K

    Crazy – your posting added a lot of value.

  • Carla

    Definately! Thx

  • Carla

    Hi, thanks I got a sample of the large breed puppy.. Will do some research on this

  • Bobby dog

    Large breed puppies have important dietary needs that need to be met. Check out this article about it:

    Here is a link to a DFA forum about large and giant breed dogs. Read the first three or four pages and the links provided on the first page for more info:

    Here is a starting point for some foods that fall into the recommended parameters. If you choose a food from this list I would suggest you contact the manufacturer to be sure the calcium levels fall within the recommended parameters. This would also be an important to do since your choices are not the same as what is available in the U.S. Look for a post dated July 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm and click on the link:

    You can also join the Dog Food Advisor Editor’s Choice for an up to date list of recommended large/giant breed puppy foods too.

  • I’ve been using the grain free Pro Pac Ultimates on my foster dogs and they do great on it. The fish formula has medium sized kibble but the others are small.

  • Bobby dog

    In addition to what Dog Lover Plus wrote, compare the ingredients of the food you have available to what is listed on this site. Often times they are different so that may have a factor in the decision you make on the food you choose.

  • Bobby dog

    Next time consider there may be reasons an owner chooses the food they feed and step into their shoes for once rather than making assumptions, like they live in another country. Most times the ingredients in the food made in other countries are different, some better, some worse.

  • Dog Lover Plus

    Pro Pac has varieties that range from 1 star to 5 stars. I just wanted to make sure you were aware of that. Pro Pac Performance Puppy and Pro Pac High Performance are both 5 star rated.

  • Crazy4cats

    Did you really have to throw in that last sentence? Very rude to someone who is just trying to do right by her dog.

  • Carla

    Thanks Bob K, Im going to give Pro Pac a try, scored a 4 star.

  • Bob K

    Carla – It’s easy, there are hundreds of dog foods reviewed on this website, look for a 4 or 5 star kibble for your loved one and transition slowly to what is available and affordable near you. Your prices and kibble availability is different than what is in the US.

  • Carla

    Hi Bob K yes I did read it, the breeder actually advised me to put my dog on this food.

    Thanks for your ideas, will definately give it a try.

    Yes my dog is up to date with all the vaccinations, shes really healthy and happy.

    Any suggestions on other brands?

    Im in South Africa so we dont have all the options.


  • Carla

    Thanks for your feedback, I will definately consider it!

  • Dog Lover Plus

    Dogs tend to like a meat based kibble. Something about the taste of it I think. I’d recommend Acana for that and many other reasons. Plus, it’s in the same price range as this product.

  • Bob K

    Carla – Did you read the review above? This is an overpriced 2.5 star food that you pay a premium price for. In other words you are getting ripped off.. Exercise your dog, put the food down, dogs will eat when hungry. Are you feeding her treats and people food? Hopefully you are up to date on all vaccines and monthly preventatives. You can always add a topper if the dog does not eat for a few days. There are manyh toppers both Commercial and do it yourself. Ideas: a little soft boiled egg mushed in the food, drizzled canned gravy mixed in well with the kibble, a little yogurt or canned pumpkin (not pie filling). SInce you like paying alot for your dog food, perhaps the same store can sell you some overpriced topper.

  • Carla

    Hi , my Labrador puppy of 9 mths suddenly lost interest in her food.

    Bougt a second bag of Labrador Retriever Junior, but nothing changed.

    Any suggestions?

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Agree that Royal Canin is not a good food. Look around some of the 4 and 5 star reviews that have an “All life stages” or “puppy” formula. Like Bob K said, remember to transition slowly. I would recommend feeding boiled chicken and rice or pumpkin for a few days, and then he is better slowly introduce the new food. Good luck, and I hope your little guy feel better soon!

  • Bob K

    Royal Canin is an overpriced 2.5 star rated kibble. For the same money you can be feeding your loved on a top 5 star rated puppy kibble. Spend some time and read the detailed evaluation above of Royal Canine products. Remember to transitions slowly to a new dog food. I suspect your vet will have some recommendations based on the medical condition.

  • Vinkar

    HI, I bought a Labrador puppy of 32 days old from a kennel. He is almost 8 weeks older now.
    The puppy was very active after he got adjusted to the home but now looks like things have been changing, his nutrition wise and the health wise.
    He was sick last week with continuous vomiting and motions in blood.
    We rushed him to a puppy care and during the 2nd day of his visit to the puppy care, doctor checked his below ribs for kidney and informed us that he is being infected and the left kidney looks enlarged.
    We have submitted the blood sample and waiting for the results. Touch wood nothing goes wrong as I have seen people discussing in other forums and the blogs.
    I need a expert’s suggestion as he looks too weak with below ribs looking squeezed. At the same time he is on medication from 2 days and only diet is saline and some anti-bacterial injections. Doctor has suggested not to feed any semi solid food and not even fetch him water until the observation is completed.
    In case if things are fine and the infection is cured by next week please suggest me the best Royal canin to see him energetic and pro active and also to bring him back with a decent weight that meets his age.

    Thank you and I appreciate your valuable feedback.

  • Boxer mom

    Yes I have recipes and will continue to cook fir them 🙂 the royal canin ingredients are good for their hearts so I add that from time to time. Sometimes with work I may not have enough cooked food fir them and they are on a schedule for medications so at times I gave to give them dry food with cooked to make sure they have enough in their system to take meds. Thank you for taking them time to comment.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    As long as you’re making sure that your home cooked meal is properly balanced, that can be one of the best things you can feed your pups. Are you using a cook book for dogs as a reference?

    I’d it an option to continue to home prepared meals or do you choose to add kibble for convenience?

  • Boxer mom

    Thank you for the comment and you time.

  • Boxer mom

    Our vet and cardiologist do not carry royal canin. I appreciate your time to comment but, ours are very honest. They call and check on dogs often as well as have given me personal phone numbers to reach them if needed due to health issues they visit often. All dogs react different to foods. What’s good for one may not be good for another. I’m glad you as well have a honest caregiver. I have tried the foods you suggested in the past and they want nothing to do with them. I have been cooking for ours for about three months and giving small amounts of dry food and they are doing well.

  • Gena F

    Try Orijen or Acana with my dogs preference being Orijen. Expensive but worth it. My vet recommends against royal canin, said it’s rabbit food yet they’ve a massive display out front. I can only assume some of the vets there are brainwashed or on commission whereas ours is honest.

  • Shawna

    Were on earth did you hear that? That is absolutely not true even in the littlest. Chi’s digest just like every other dog. They just have a smaller digestive tract and eat less food.

    Meat and protein can be fermented but the sugars and fibers (like resistant starch and “fermentable” fiber also referred to as FOS and inulin) easily ferments. Pickles are a fermented food as is kimchi (veggies). Grains can ferment (sour dough bread as an example) as can food like dairy (yogurt and kefir). Pectins in fruits are highly fermentable too.

    Vet Dr. Karen Becker says this “The majority of kibble (dry food) on the market contains carbohydrates like corn, wheat, rice, soy and oatmeal. These carbs are highly fermentable, and fermentation produces gas.

    Fermentable carbohydrates can be considered a side effect of feeding your dog a non-species appropriate diet. Dogs don’t have a dietary carbohydrate requirement. The more carbs you feed to an animal with no requirement for them, the more gas they will produce.”

    I have three Chihuahuas (one is a mix). They all eat a 45 to 54% protein raw diet. The smallest passed away two years ago but the brown and white one is now 18 years old and still going strong. The mix (mixed with Boston Terrier and Poodle) is 8 years old and has had chronic kidney disease since birth. She also gets the high protein raw diet and is going strong.

    The below pic is the three Chihuahua’s, two Pomeranian’s and Shi Tzu mix in my life. I have eight dogs total now. This pic is about five years old.

  • Nobam2012

    Well Chihuahua’s don’t digest food like most other dogs, so I’m pretty sure this reviewer didn’t take this into consideration. Too much protein for Chihuahua’s can ferment in their intestines. Yea, it helps when the reviewer looks at the breed and is not doing a generalized high protein meat diet. Doh!

  • Guest

    That’s unfortunate I hate when my dogs get picky with their food too! Did you try just the regular adult formula?? To my knowledge its common for boxers to have sensitive tummies and suffer from colitis and usually require something lower in fat. But always double check with your vet! At least with RC you can buy any bag of food and if they don’t like it get your $ back and try another!

  • Boxer mom

    Our dogs (boxers) have always had Royal Canin for boxers their entire lives. They are 11, 6, and 1and half years old. They recently have lost interest In eating. 🙁 I though it could have been that bag of food. Well, We bought a new bag and same thing. We are searching for a good food for them. Being Boxers they are very sensitive to many things. Any suggestions? Thanks so much.

  • Kristen Michelle Kuehl

    oh my goodness. What a DOLL! Love the face.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Lol. This is mine-

  • Kristen Michelle Kuehl

    thanks! so do we <3

  • Melissaandcrew

    Love the pup!!!

  • Kristen Michelle Kuehl

    my sisters bullie is the same. eats what we consider dog food “junk food” and is perfectly fine with it… not ALL of them will not be able to tolerate it but its common enough to say that its a trait… I guess. =) you know…. reading some of the above posts I notice how HOSTILE people can get when discussing a dogs (pets) diet. hehehe its okay, we are all here because we love our pets. no need for name calling. Especially if you are a “professional” lets maintain the title.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Interesting. My bulldog eats chicken a lot and no issues with it.

  • David Tudor

    From The Inside: I just (very) recently left a great job with RC to move to another State, Ohio. I was what they call a “nutritional advisor”. My 12 years as a Human nutritionist and my medical experience meant nothing to my job relating to Dogs and Cats. I realize my background was beneficial yet highly useless when relating to an omnivore (dog) and carnivore (cat) diets of animals. This post may seem a “company man” rant, let me assure you I am not intending to be that. I LOVE animals and know what I speak of.

    I am amazed daily by the ignorance of Humans who believe their pet must be exactly like them: “I’m a vegetarian, so my dog must be vegan.” I don’t LIKE corn, so my dog is allergic to corn.”

    Seriously, I know for a FACT that the breed specific RC diets are studied, tested and researched for over two years with 100% success before release. If they fail by 1-2% after the study, they start over. PERIOD.

    The more generalized Size and group specific diets are equally scrutinized.

    My Doggie: I am proud to tell you that my Maltese had her 1 1/2 year check up at her Vet. He told me: “in 23 years, I have never seen a more perfect specimen of a Maltese. This is Best of Show Material. Perfect Heart, bones, eyes, teeth, coat… My goodness what are you feeding her?”

    I told him she has only had Royal Canin, and no table food.

    “That must be it,” he said.

    I corrected, “Actually, she has never had tap water, only filtered; NOT distilled. Plus daily exercise and grooming with lots of love.”

    So, in my humble opinion, MY DOG does great on the food. She eats the X-Small Adult, (With the Pappillion on the bag) and loves it. As a realist, I know that dogs are all different and have different needs. The breed specific is great for most of its specified breed, but nothing is perfect for the 90 million different dogs. I am sad to read the “internet bullies” comments, but hope you get some insight from someone on the inside.

    It works for me, and I know many people who swear by it. I also know some (who don’t know what they are talking about) who are put in positions to criticize without merit. Just my opinion.

  • Kristen Michelle Kuehl

    I used the bulldog puppy blend for our bulldog and it tore his digestive and intestinal tract up. Poor guy. I did some research before getting our bulldog and they have a common tendency to have a real intolerance to chicken (and I assume its all poultry maybe). In some bulldogs it can be an actual allergy. I was surprised to see what my vet considered a “really good dog food” special for bulldogs, with chicken as the meat product. Bastogne is our problem child when it comes to diet but I am determined to find whats right for him. As a puppy the nutro ultra lamb and rice puppy, was perfect for him. Finding an adult blend has been a challenge since he turned a year. I am about to try canidae limited ingredient. (its food #3 for trials)

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  • Judy T

    I have noticed the Bulldog Royal Canin has different ingredients than the other puppy food.  Would this make it hard to make a decision regarding your dog if you did not own a Shepherd?

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  • How I came to use Tee Tree Oil to prevent ear infections (otitis) in my dog

    I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In 2002 I had a 6 and a haft years old female golden retriever named Fanny. I got her in April 1996, at the age of seven weeks. In May 1996, a few weeks after her first vaccine, she developed an ear infection, which came back many times during that summer and every summer since then, except for the last summer. The triggers seem to be the vaccine she receives or swimming, either in soft or salt water. I have been told that dog with falling ears are more subject to develop ear infections because their ears are less exposed to the drying quality of air. The inside of ears stays constantly humid and this environment is favourable to recurrent ear infections. The hot and humid temperature of summer increases this situation which could explain why all of Fanny’s ear infections have happened in the summer. It seems that after a dog has had a first ear infection, she is more susceptible to have more, even if the first was well treated with antibiotics.

    Until spring of 2002, each time Fanny had an ear infection, I treated her with the antibiotic prescribed by the veterinary. This medication is excellent to cure ear infections. However it can’t be use as prevention and it has a disadvantage: it is an oily product that stick to the hairs of the dog’s ears and then spread to the hairs of the head and neck. When the dog plays outside, dust and dirt also stick to this oily stuff. After a few days the dog’s head gets very dirty and must be wash. I have tried alcohol to clean the hairs with little success. Moreover the repetitive use of an antibiotic (in Fanny’s case: 2 – 3 times each summer!) seems to me questionable, without taking into account the cost implied. It is know that bacteria develop with time a resistance to antibiotics. I am afraid that this antibiotic being use very often will become less and less effective. And anyhow, I think preferable on the medical and social perspective to limit as much as possible the utilisation of antibiotics: they become less and less effective, they must be replaced constantly and this is dangerous for the animal as well as the human health.

    For all the reasons mentioned before, I was very happy when I came upon an article by Jonathan Margolis titled L’huile miracle (The Miracle Oil) in an issue of the October 2001 Reader’s Digest (French Canadian edition, pp.: 96 – 100). This article described the antiseptics effects of Tee Tree Oil for a variety of infections. I decide to try it as prevention for Fanny’s recurrent ear infections.

    Many companies produce Tee Tree Oil and it comes in various presentations.
    After a research on Internet, I chose a company which produces are available in the health stores of the city where I live: Montreal (Quebec, Canada).
    I then e-mailed this company to ask if this produce could be useful in Fanny’s case or, in the contrary, if it could be harmful. In their answer they cited Cynthia Olsen in her book First Aid Handbook – 101 Plus ways to use Tee Tree Oil who recommend this produce for ear infections. (Note that I do not know Ms Olsen and that I have not read her book.)
    Ms Olsen suggest mixing pure Tee Tree Oil with olive oil before putting it in the ear. However I did not want to use oil because I did not want to use a produce that would make the hair oily (See the part: How I tried to solve this problem until spring of 2002.)
    Since I was afraid that the use of pure Tee Tree Oil would cause irritation in the ears, I chose a Water soluble solution with 15% Tee Tree Oil with lavender (Optional – lavender also has antiseptics qualities):
    Being water-soluble this lotion can be mix with the liquid that I use regularly to clean Fanny’s ears. This liquid does not make the hairs oily.
    With lavender, this lotion has a very pleasant odor. Without lavender, the Tee Tree Oil odor is good too.
    This solution is offered in two size: 10ml (about 6.75$ Canadians) and 50ml (about 13.45$ Canadians). So it was possible to try it at minimum cost.

    How I used it
    In a small dark glass bottle,
    I put about ⅓ (1 volume) of tee Tree Oil,
    For ⅔ (2 volumes) of cleaning liquid (Bought from the veterinary).
    The result is a lightly milky liquid. It is important to use a dark glass bottle to protect the mix from the light. Jonathan Margolis in his article mentioned that Tee Tree Oil can lose it’s efficacy if it is not sold in dark glass containers, kept out of light’s way in the house and rapidly used once open.

    Since what I wanted was a preventive effect and that one of Fanny’s ear infections trigger is the vaccines she receive each spring, I started the application of the mix about two weeks before she received those vaccines, in the beginning of April 2002.
    I applied the mix every two days.
    I applied the content of about one dropper in each ear.
    Since swimming is another trigger, I applied the mix every evening of the days where Fanny went swimming.
    In August, we spent two weeks at the lake and during this period she swam every day. I cheeked her ears every day and, when I saw some redness, I applied the mix twice a day.
    Back from those vacations, for one or two weeks, I had to continue the twice a day application.
    In October 2002, I was back to an application every two days.
    Note that I have tried to use the Tee Tree Oil lotion by itself. The result was not as satisfactory. The mix of the Tee Tree Oil with the cleaning liquid is better because the ears stay cleaner.
    On the other hand the cleaning liquid alone does not prevent ear infections in Fanny. I have tried it before with no success.

    The ear hairs do not become oily or dirty.
    I am completely satisfied.
    I have use this process until Fanny’s death in January 2010 at 14 years old with the same good result. I did not have to use antibiotics for this problem again.

    I am a dog owner only. I have no formation in veterinary medicine or in any other allied sciences. I have tried the 15% Tee Tree Oil water-soluble solution with lavender and it worked on my dog the way I have described in this text. I did not observed any negative secondary effect on my dog. This is not a guaranty that this produce will function for other dogs with the same problem. Also, this is not a guaranty that this produce could not be detrimental.

    I am very happy to have found this way to prevent ear infections in my dog and I am please to share it with you. However, if you decide to try this produce yourself, It will be at your own risks. I decline all responsibility.

    I have no financial or other interest in this produce or in the companies mentioned here.

    Louise Noel

  • Hi Sandra… Have you tried going grain-free? You may want to read my previous post about “Dangerous Canine Diseases Linked to Grains in Dog Food“. Be sure to read the whole article… especially the part about mites and their causal relationship to atopic dermatitis.

    If you decide to make the switch, be sure to do so very gradually and with your pet’s blessing. Hope this helps.

  • Sandra Kay

    As you may remember our “Eli Red” standard poodle puppy is now 10 months old. For the past 2-3 months he has had an on-going (comes and goes) ear infection. The same condition occured in our last (2) standards during this same time of life. The groomer sterilizes the ear hair pulling equipment between each dog. It seems to me that the Vet doesn’t use enough or the right kind of treatment ($150 per visit) to get ride of the ear infection (fungus and bacteria) until it lingers. I believe they don’t want to use drugs over a prolonged period of time, cut treatment off after a week or two and the infection re-surfaces, even though the ears are being kept clean and dry each day.
    This last visit the Vet suggested that it might be the food we are feeding (a mixture of dry and canned Ultra Puppy and Wellness puppy/turkey/chicken/sweetpotatoe). I don’t want to switch to a lower quality food. Our Vet also sells the Science Diet products, so I am suspecious of a suggestion to switch foods as a potential cure.
    With our other (2) dogs we feed them junk grocery store food because we didn’t know any better and they had the same ear infection problem from 7-12 month of age.
    Any suggestions?