Royal Canin Giant Adult

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  • Royal Canin Giant Adult
  • Published on: April 3, 2015
  • Last modified: June 18, 2015
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Review Summary:

Chicken by-product meal is the meat source that provides need protein with essential amino acid, but some consider this source of meat as a lower grade and quality. Disappointingly there isn’t a straight named meat source in the ingredient list such as “Chicken” to supplement the first meat source. Near the top of the ingredient list there are a bunch of low cost carb heavy ingredients such as rice and wheat. Aside from the fortified minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients, there aren’t much natural ingredients. Do note, the minerals are poteinate for better body absorption. It would be helpful if the nutrition listing provided more information too. Overall, there isn’t anything spectacular about this recipe and is average.

Pros

  • Chelated / proteinate minerals for better body absorption
  • Cons

  • Does not contain at least one good meat source (ie Chicken, Beef, Lamb, etc..)
  • Does not provide Omega 3 and 6 fatty acid content info
  • Minimal nutritional information provided.
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    26% (min) 18% (min) 3.1% (max) 10% (max) 34% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 425 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Calcium NA
    Phosphorus NA
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken by-product meal
    2. Brewers rice
    3. Chicken fat
    4. Brown rice
    5. Corn gluten meal

    Chicken by-product meal is rendered parts from parts that are not considered fit for human consumption. They grind down these parts, which may include the carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. It may contain bones, lungs, brains, underdeveloped eggs, intestine, etc… Also, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Some people consider this ingredient to be inferior quality to other meat sources and prefer to avoid it. Like the typical meat, it does offer needed protein with good amino acid profile.

    Brewers rice is milled & processed rice. This processing strips valuable nutrients out, leaving the residual grain fragment, resulting in a carbohydrate biased focused filler. Without much relative value, it is a poor choice of ingredient.

    Chicken fat is a good for dogs in the right amount, whom can metabolize fat and used for various body system functions, including for energy.

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    Corn gluten meal is an inexpensive source of protein, and does boast protein content when used. However, the amino acids it contains are not well balanced for a dog. Thus, it is an inferior choice to meat or other sources for protein. Look out for this protein substitute. There are some dogs maybe allergic to corn, which applies to this corn by-product.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Wheat is a source of dietary-fiber and offers some protein too, but it is relatively high in other carbohydrates.

    Dried beet pulp is a source of fiber, but the saponins it contains may cause irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. If you choose a dog food with this ingredient, then keep a careful watch on your dog and consider discontinuing use if there are any signs of discomfort or irregularities.

    Grain distiller’s dried yeast is a good source for proteins and vitamins. The proteins from yeast are complete and it offers good B-complex vitamins particular. However, a possible drawback is some dogs maybe allergic or will develop an allergy toward yeast. Thus, take caution and keep a careful eye on your dog.

    Wheat Gluten is the main protein of wheat, and as you may guess, it mainly offers protein. Although it is not common, just like the small percentage of humans, some dogs are intolerable to gluten, which causes problems in the intestine system –just something to be aware of.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. It can also improve or be a stimulant to the circulatory system. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    Chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, chicken fat, brown rice, corn gluten meal, wheat, natural flavors, dried plain beet pulp, fish oil, pea fiber, vegetable oil, grain distillers dried yeast, wheat gluten, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, salt, choline chloride, taurine, L-lysine, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, niacin supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], 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), chondroitin sulfate, L-carnitine, rosemary extract, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Unknown; privately owned
    Location(s): Missouri USA, or Guelph Canada.

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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