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* Note: Since writing this review Royal Canin have adjusted their formula to list dehydrated poultry protein as the top ingredient. The protein has risen by 1%, but the food is still predominantly maize (corn), given the combination of maize and maize flour as the 2nd and 3rd ingredients. This labelling technique is known as “splitting”, as maize and maize flour are really the same ingredient.
I speak to a lot of people who think Royal Canin are excellent. The fact they sell breed-specific food is appealing to most, but to me feels more like a very clever marketing gimic. Do the ingredients hold up? Let’s take a look…
I’ve chosen Maxi Adult as the basis of this review, but we find similar ingredients in most foods from the company.
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The main ingredient is Maize, which is a shame as I prefer to see a decent meat product as the main ingredient. The great thing about maize (or corn to most of us) is that it’s very very cheap. Unfortunately it can also be hard to digest and of questionable nutritional value to your dog. So why do Royal Canin use it as the main ingredient? Ah yes, it’s cheap. We also find maize flour as the third ingredient, which is corn wastage they’ve thrown in for good measure.
For the main meat source we have dehydrated poultry protein. I wonder what they mean by “poultry”? If they were using chicken I’m sure they’d say that on the label, whereas “poultry” could come from a number of sources. On a positive note, this ingredient is a meat meal which ensures a denser meat protein ingredient than an ingredient such as “poultry” weighed with a 70~80% water content prior to cooking.
Animal fats may sound like a decent ingredient, but we often find this is sourced cheaply from processed 4-D animals. It’s skimmed off from cooking up a load of animals in a big vat, and that would be animals that are declared unfit for human consumption. Animal fats are included as an energy source, and provide a number of nutrients.
Fair enough, they add in necessary vitamins and minerals, but the food doesn’t sound appealing to me. Does it sound appealing to you?
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