Royal Canin Dog Food Review
Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition wet dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition product line includes the 10 wet dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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Recipe and Label Analysis
Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Mature 8+ in Gel Small Breed Canned recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Mature 8+ in Gel Small Breed
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken, chicken liver, corn flour, rice flour, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, dried plain beet pulp, vegetable oil, fish oil, carob bean gum, carrageenan, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavors, calcium carbonate, taurine, potassium chloride, citric acid, sodium silico aluminate, l-carnitine, vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), niacin supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], trace minerals (zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), magnesium oxide, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta l.)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.1%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||14%||42%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||32%||31%||37%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The second ingredient includes pork by-products, slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of a slaughtered pig after all the prime cuts have been removed.
With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1
The quality of this ingredient can vary, depending on the caliber of the raw materials obtained by the manufacturer.
The third ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The fourth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The next ingredient is corn flour, a finely ground meal made from dried corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The sixth ingredient lists rice flour. This item is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.
The seventh ingredient is wheat gluten. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.
Compared to meat, glutens are inferior plant-based proteins low in some of the essential amino acids dogs need for life.
This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly 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 eighth ingredient is powdered cellulose, a non-digestible plant fiber usually made from the by-products of vegetable processing. Except for the usual benefits of fiber, powdered cellulose provides no nutritional value to a dog.
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 Royal Canin product.
With 6 notable exceptions…
First, we find 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.
Next, this recipe includes 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.
In addition, 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.
We also find carrageenan in this recipe. It is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
Next, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
And lastly, with the exception of zinc, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Based on its ingredients alone, Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition wet dog food looks like an above-average moisture-rich product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 40% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.
Which means this Royal Canin product line contains…
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to other wet dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the wheat gluten, this still looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Our Rating of Royal Canin Dog Food?
Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition is a grain-inclusive wet dog food using a moderate amount of named meats and by-products as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Has Royal Canin Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Royal Canin.
No recalls noted.
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More Royal Canin Reviews
The following Royal Canin dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- Royal Canin Adult Breed Health Nutrition Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition Puppy Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Royal Canin Lifestyle Health Nutrition Urban Life Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Giant Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Large Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Medium Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Small Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition X-Small Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Hydrolyzed Protein Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Gastrointestinal Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Selected Protein Dog Food Review (Dry)
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09/06/2020 Last Update