Royal Canin X-Small Adult

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  • Royal Canin X-Small Adult
  • Published on: April 2, 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.

Pros

  • 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
  • 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) 40% (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 meal
    3. corn
    4. chicken fat
    5. corn gluten meal

    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 meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein with the essential amino acids that a dog needs for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Corn is source of nutrients and protein, but it is also contains relatively high amounts of carbohydrates and the protein amino acid profile is unbalanced. It is commonly found in dog food, since it is relatively cheap. Take caution some dogs may already be or will develop an allergy to corn.

    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.

    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 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.

    Brewer’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 meal, corn, chicken fat, corn gluten meal, wheat gluten, natural flavors, dried chicory root, vegetable oil, psyllium seed husk, brewers dried yeast, fish oil, potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, salt, fructooligosaccharides, sodium tripolyphosphate, L-tyrosine, DL-methionine, L-arginine, L-lysine, monosodium phosphate, magnesium oxide, choline chloride, taurine, 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), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], trace minerals (zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), L-carnitine, 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.

    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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