Royal Canin Medium Adult

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

Not starting of the right foot: Brewer’s rice is a relatively cheap carb heavy filler and not high value in nutrition. Corn and corn by products are near the top of the ingredient list too, but corn’s protein does not offer a balanced amino acid profile for dogs. Even more disappointing is there isn’t a good straight named meat, such as “Chicken” or “Beef” for example in this recipe. Aside from the fortified minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients, there isn’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 just a shade off from average.


  • Chelated / proteinate minerals for better body absorption
  • Provides Omega-3 fatty acid content
  • Cons

  • Does not contain at least one good meat source (ie Chicken, Beef, Lamb, etc..)
  • Does not provide Omega-6 fatty acid content info
  • Minimal nutritional information provided.
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Brewer’s Rice is the first ingredient
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    22% (min) 16% (min) 3.5% (max) 10% (max) 43% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 384 (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) 0.06%
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Brewers rice
    2. Chicken by-product meal
    3. Wheat
    4. Corn gluten meal
    5. Oat groats

    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 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.

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

    Oat grouts are hull grained oats. They contain carbohydrates, and offer protein and fiber too.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    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.

    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

    Brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, wheat, corn gluten meal, oat groats, chicken fat, natural flavors, dried beet pulp, fish oil, calcium carbonate, grain distillers dried yeast, vegetable oil, potassium chloride, monocalcium phosphate, salt, hydrolyzed yeast, L-lysine, choline chloride, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate), rosemary extract, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid.

    Manufacture and Location

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


    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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