Royal Canin Mini Puppy food.
We have a three month old "Poovanese". He was started on the Royal Canin Mini Puppy brand. I didn't see it on your list and
I would like to ask what grade you would give this brand. I really want to give him the best we can afford.
What is the best line of food in your opinion? There are SO many to choose from.
Our puppy's name is Albus, as in Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter books (my daughter is a BIG Potter fan!).
He's three months old this week.
~Sylvia from Ontario, Canada
We always enjoy hearing from our readers and love to review foods you feed your puppy or adult dog. Here is what I learned from doing a review of Royal Canin Mini Puppy Brand.
Chicken meal, brewers rice, chicken fat, corn, corn gluten meal, wheat gluten, dried beet pulp, natural flavors, sodium silico aluminate, vegetable oil, fish oil, calcium carbonate, fructooligosaccharides, potassium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, L-lysine, hydrolyzed yeast, sodium tripolyphosphate, choline chloride, DL-methionine, 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 proteinate, zinc oxide, manganese proteinate, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), L-carnitine, rosemary extract, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid.
100% Complete and Balanced Nutrition
MINI PUPPY Size Health Nutrition™ is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growth.
This diet contains 3912 kilocalories of
metabolizable energy (ME) per kilogram or 373 kilocalories ME per cup on
an as fed basis (calculated).
1 cup = 8 fluid ounces = 90 grams.
Crude Protein (% min.) 29.5
Crude Fat (% min.) 18.5
Crude Fiber (% max.) 3.6
Moisture (% max.) 10.0
Lutein (mg/kg min.) 5.0
Vitamin E (IU/kg min.) 500.0
Vitamin C (mg/kg min.) 200.0
Taurine (% min.) 0.18
Canine Health Nutrition Mini
Puppy 33 Formula for small breed dogs from 2 to 10 months of age
provides complete and balanced nutrition for growth and is comparable
in nutritional adequacy to a product which has been substantiated using
AAFCO (American Association of Fed Control Officials) feeding trails.
Recommended for puppies 2 to 10 months of age
Using Sara Irick…formula, we start with 100% and then...
Final score based on Sarah Erick’s scale:
87 which would give it a B
This food rating system may not tell the entire story.
Why is this diet recommended by Breeders and Vets?
This company has a long history of promoting to dog breeders and vets. The company provides free samples for breeders to give to new puppy buyers and offers discounts to breeders who use their extensive line of products.
(Their product line includes foods that are breed-specific, foods for nursing moms, starter foods for puppies who are being weaned, and a variety of other diet formulas to meet the needs of different ages, different sized dogs, and dogs with different health issues)
The company also produces special formulas for ill dogs and markets to veterinarians who may need to recommend a therapeutic diet for a patient.
Royal Canin is also active with the American Kennel Club and contributes to AKC publications.
Why is this food so highly rated on sites such as Amazon?
In my opinion, it is all about taste. Puppy owners, especially small dog owners, are very nervous about the small amount of food their dog consumes. When we offer our tiny breed puppies a 1/8 to ¼ cup serving, it just “feels” like we are starving them. When they don’t eat, we get nervous.
Chicken fat is the third ingredient meaning that it is
available in high proportion to other ingredients. Chicken fat is
something most dogs readily eat.
The eighth component is “natural flavors.” There is no way of knowing what natural flavors they add but I would suspect they very canine friendly. There is sufficient evidence just looking at the ingredients to determine that this is a highly palatable food.
(I cannot personally attest to this!)
The food also has enough filler to satisfy hungry puppies meaning that your puppy will not go looking for food elsewhere.
The other part of this extra fiber concerns the the texture of their bowel movements. Fee free to skip this part…
What goes in, naturally must come out. Puppies that eat food that is high in fiber are likely to produce firm stools. This added benefit is also promoted by the company.
The Bottom Line? This is a somewhat above average dog food that can benefit puppies.
If your puppy is eating the food well, growing and gaining weight, producing well-formed stools and seems happy, then stick with the food.
When puppies reach maturity, then it is time to switch to an adult
food. At that point, you will want to re-evaluate your options and
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