Dogs, just like humans, benefit from eating nutritious, healthy, and biologically appropriate foods. However, with the abundance of products available, finding the proper dog food can be a long and intimidating process. Veterinarians recommend that pets be fed a balanced, high-quality diet rich in protein and low in preservatives and fillers. The manufacturing company should be committed to high standards for quality, and the brand’s recall history should be limited. Additionally, each dog breed has slightly different needs and requirements, which convolutes the process of finding the best product. With a multitude of options available, how should an attentive pet owner pick the right brand?
Royal Canin is a unique type of food that takes the guess work out of the decision process. Each food type is specifically formulated for each breed or type of dog. For instance, beagles tend to be known as highly food-motivated pups that have a tendency to overeat. An active and high-energy breed, they also can suffer from bone and joint ailments later in life, such as arthritis. Royal Canin recognizes these tendencies and has produced a food especially for them. For instance, the kibble is shaped in such a manner to promote the food is chewed, and not simply inhaled. Also, the caloric content of the kibble is appropriate for the size and activity level of the type of dog. Additionally, the kibble is supplemented with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are long chain omega 3-fatty acids found in fish oil that support bone and joint health.
On the other hand, the Breed formulation differs drastically from that of other breeds, such as the Rottweiler. Whereas some breeds are the medium-strength chewer, the Rottweiler has a strong, Molossoid jaw, which leads to a different kibble requirement. The size, shape, and density of the Royal Canin Rottweiler formulation ensure the Rottweiler will properly chew his food, and also provides sufficient nutrition requirements without overloading the dog’s stomach. This important detail helps prevent potentially fatal conditions, such as bloat. Unlike beagles, Rottweilers are prone to cardiac disorders, which necessitate the inclusion of different types of supplementation. The Rottweiler formulation includes the amino acid taurine, which supports heart function. Ideal muscle mass and weight of the breed is also taken into consideration. Royal Canin has appropriate protein content for the Rottweiler to maintain optimum body composition, which includes the addition of the protein L-carnitine.
Have a mixed breed dog or a dog with a special dietary need? Royal Canin also carries formulations, such as “mini”, “maxi”, and “endurance.” The mini formulation for dogs under 5 kg targets common health problems of toy breeds, such as poor dental health, by including calcium chelation agents to reduce tartar build up. Maxi formulas protect large breed dogs from joint complaints, as well as digestive issues. Royal Canin also has formulations for working dogs. For instance, the endurance formula has a higher fat content, since dogs recruit energy from fat stores instead of carbohydrates. This formulation also includes a special blend of antioxidants and exclusive protein combinations to ensure effective performance and recovery.