Royal Canin

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Royal Canin comes with French flair, but it’s just one of the many Mars brands of pet food. Arguably it’s the most “premium” Mar brands compared to Advance, Optimum, Nutro, Iams, Pedigree, My Dog, and bottom dollar budget “food” Good-o.

But is it any good?

Let’s take a look at the Medium Adult formula as a benchmark…

There are four main ingredients in the food, so don’t be duped by “meat as the first ingredient”. The 2nd and 3rd ingredients happen to be corn and… more corn 🤷 This is a cunning labeling trick known as “ingredient splitting” where an ingredient is split into two to make another ingredient (meat) look more significant. It’s possible there’s twice as much corn (maize) in the formula than meat, and given 4th ingredient is wheat flour we’re likely faced with 3 parts grain to 1 part meat. Not the “premium” canine diet we were expecting?

The 7th ingredient is yet more wheat, and given it’s known to be one of the most common causes of allergies and itchy skin that’s not good. Don’t worry though, as when your dog develops an allergy your vet will prescribe a scientific “sensitive” formula (from Royal Canin or Hill’s) which will magically rectify the problem… as sensitive anti-allergy formulas don’t have wheat.

Credit where credit’s due, larger manufacturers have better regulation and standards within their factories. Combined with better quality control we have some assurances with standard.

Unfortunately when it comes to “prescription” diets, or diets targeted at specific breeds, then Hill’s and Royal Canin are the only options. Generally Royal Canin formulas seem marginally better, and with both brands the wet foods tend to have significantly more meat compared to the grain-based dry formulas.

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Ingredients

Dehydrated poultry protein, maize flour, maize, wheat flour, animal fats, dehydrated pork protein, wheat, hydrolysed animal proteins, beet pulp, fish oil, minerals, soya oil, yeasts and parts thereof, hydrolysed yeast (source of manno-oligosaccharides (0.05%)). ADDITIVES (per kg): Nutritional additives: Vitamin A: 12500 IU, Vitamin D3: 800 IU, E1 (Iron): 43 mg, E2 (Iodine): 4.3 mg, E4 (Copper): 13 mg, E5 (Manganese): 55 mg, E6 (Zinc): 133 mg, E8 (Selenium): 0.11 mg – Preservatives – Antioxidants.

6 Total Score
Mars Petcare's most "premium" brand

PROS
  • High standard of production and quality control
CONS
  • Formulated mostly with corn and wheat
User Rating: 4 (1 votes)