Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult product line includes 4 canned 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 Canine Health Nutrition Mature 8+ [M]
  • Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult Beauty [M]
  • Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult (3 stars) [M]
  • Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult Weight Care [M]

Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult Beauty was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult Beauty

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 21% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 53%

Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, pork by-products, chicken, corn meal, rice flour, powdered cellulose, dried plain beet pulp, vegetable oil, fish oil, carob bean gum, natural flavors, carrageenan, salt, taurine, potassium chloride, sodium silico aluminate, 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%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis5%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis21%19%53%
Calorie Weighted Basis18%38%44%
Protein = 18% | Fat = 38% | Carbs = 44%

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.

Although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider pork by-products a less costly, lower quality ingredient.

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 corn meal, a coarsely ground flour made from dried corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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

The fifth ingredient is rice flour. Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The sixth 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.

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is 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.

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 three notable exceptions

First, this recipe includes fish oil. 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, carrageenan 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.

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. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult
Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult looks like an average wet product.

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 35%, a fat level of 19% and estimated carbohydrates of about 39%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 40%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Adult is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats and by-products as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

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

10/07/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials