Royal Canin Pet Foods

Royal Canin Pet Foods

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About Royal Canin Pet Foods

Royal Canin sells breed and life stage tailored nutritional dog and cat food products in veterinary clinics and retail stores throughout the United States. The company has more than 200 formulas on the market, which lets owners find dry and wet pet food for a variety of dog and cat breeds and sizes.

Pros & Cons


  • Real ingredients
  • Money-back policy
  • Vast selection


  • Some formulas pricey
  • Grain-free not available

Bottom Line

Royal Canin is a pet food line for healthy dogs and cats as well as those with specific health issues. The company has a wide range of products, but the food may not be suitable for pets with grain allergies.

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I have had excellent results with Royal Canin. The customer service is fantastic and they are always willing to answer my questions. … I appreciate the science and extensive resea...

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This particular brand was recommended by my vet. I have a toy breed to the one for toy breeds is a small kibble which makes it easier for my dog to eat. This brand also seems to b...

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Royal Canin pet food

Royal Canin diets

Royal Canin makes each recipe with natural antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, prebiotics, and minerals that dogs and cats need. The company uses corn in its formulas, which is controversial for some pet owners. It offers multiple products to suit a variety of pets.

Royal Canin dog food

  • Pure-breed dogs
  • Dogs by size
  • Puppies
  • Aging and senior dogs
  • Skin and food sensitivities
  • Urinary health, kidney health and digestive health
  • Weight management
  • Diabetes support

Royal Canin cat food

  • Pure-breed cats
  • Healthy cats of different ages and lifestyles
  • Kittens
  • Aging and senior cats
  • Skin and food sensitivities
  • Urinary health, kidney health, digestive health
  • Weight management
  • Diabetes support
  • Cats with specific care needs

The company offers a Palatability Guarantee with support from its retail partners that offers a 100% money-back guarantee on all Royal Canin products. This lets you return the food for a refund if your pet refuses to eat it.

Royal Canin dog food prices

Royal Canin costs vary based on several factors, including the type of food selected and the breed, size and age of the pet. Royal Canin is available dry or wet in bags, pouches and cans. At the time of publishing, a 30-pound bag of Royal Canin’s Medium Adult Dry Dog Food was just more than $60 from Chewy, while the company’s canned puppy food was listed at just over $15 for a pack of six cans.

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Coupons or discounts may be available through your veterinarian or preferred retailer.

Royal Canin FAQ

Is Royal Canin dog food on the recall list?

Royal Canin has announced the voluntary nationwide recall of some of its products before. The last recall was in 2007 and applied to several of its dry dog food offerings.

Is Royal Canin food good for dogs?

Royal Canin is a popular choice for many pet owners, and many customers report their dogs like it. It does use fillers, however, and may have the occasional presence of animal byproducts. Talk to your veterinarian to see if Royal Canin is a good choice for your pet.

Do vets recommend Royal Canin?

Recommendations for specific pet food brands vary by veterinarian. Some strongly recommend Royal Canin, while others may have another brand they endorse.

Is Royal Canin really breed specific?

Royal Canin offers tailored nutrition for specific dog breeds. The company combines scientific and nutritional research with breed-specific traits to create a precise diet for your pup. Royal Canin sells cat food for American shorthair, Persians, Japanese bobtails and others as well as dog food for labradors, poodles, pugs, chihuahuas and others.

Who carries Royal Canin dog food?

Royal Canin is sold at national pet store chains, big-box grocery stores and on Amazon. The brand can sometimes be found in local pet stores and agriculture stores. A full list of retailers that carry the brand is available on the Royal Canin website.

What company owns Royal Canin?

Royal Canin is owned by Mars Chocolat France SAS, whose parent organization is Mars, Inc.

Is Royal Canin a good dog food?

Royal Canin can be a great choice for pet owners looking for breed-specific dog or cat food and those who want pet food designed for specific health issues. Because one of the ingredients used is corn, however, some pet owners choose not to purchase Royal Canin. Additionally, the company doesn’t offer grain-free options for dogs and cats with grain allergies. If you like the price and the brand is accessible to you, we think Royal Canin is worth a try for pure-breed pets and those with health needs, including diabetes support or digestive relief.

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Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: May 23, 2023

We have solid proof: 3 of our 4 dogs got violent food poisoning from RoyalCanin GastroIntestinal Low Fat dog food. Fed the 3 small dogs the RC Gastro along with cooked chicken, fed the collie her dry dog food (not RC) along with cooked chicken. The 3 small dogs were violently ill, vomiting and pooping blood! All within 5 hours of eating. Vet assessed and determined it was caused by something all 3 ingested at the same time: ROYAL CANIN GASTRO!!!! Will never, ever buy this poison again.

I should have known better, it was prescribed for one dog for her stomach issues that NEVER improved. And now this! We are fortunate to have a good vet who immediately treated them aggressively. Had an open case with Royal Canin for 2 months and they completely denied any wrongdoing. Please do not buy this dog food, or anything from them. Note that my dog who was prescribed RC has had NO stomach issues since we stopped using RC. Save your pets and please do not use any Royal Canin products.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 23, 2022

It's a long story but I'll get straight to the end. This food nearly killed my cats. Once perfectly healthy, they both developed serious constipation after being fed this vet recommended dry cat food. I am thousands of dollars into their care to correct this situation and once my vet realized the food was causing the constipation he quickly confirmed that it's a widespread problem. I pay top dollar for a supposedly prescription food only to have it cause horrible issues and cost me a fortune. DON'T FEED THIS FOOD TO YOUR CATS.

5 people found this review helpful

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Nov. 9, 2022

    Really good product to feed to your dog, and it shows me very good results throughout the time. I recommend this dog food to every pet owner I know. Also, I purchase this product from ** and they give a good reasonable price, you can visit it from here- **.

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Oct. 18, 2022

    I have a Male Ragdoll cat, and he got a UTI so I bought over the counter Royal Canin Urinary, and the food made him constipated, he is 5 years old, and has never had that issue. The food also caused him to gain weight very quickly. I’d watch for signs of constipation in your pet if you feed Royal Canin. I put him on Science Diet urinary and hairball formula, and he no longer has constipation issues.

    4 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 3, 2022

    I contacted Royal Canin today via LiveChat regarding Royal Canin Hair and Skin Dry Cat Food for cats. It has been out of stock everywhere for quite a while and I asked when this food will be available again. The answer of their representative, Aurela X, surprised me in a negative way. Seems like Royal Canin does not care equally for their products (and customers). Below is the answer they gave me:

    • I am sorry to learn that you are having difficulty acquiring this product. We apologize for the frustration. We have paused many retail diets, such as the one mentioned, to refocus efforts to producing veterinary diets.
    3:10 PM
    • While we do not have an exact estimated in stock date to provide at this time, we do not anticipate it to be available prior to end of 2022.

    Aurela X

    WOW! They refocus efforts to producing veterinary diets!!! And all the other customers who have been buying their products for years seem not very important to Royal Canin. I expected more from a reputable brand, and I am deeply disappointed.

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: April 26, 2022

    Royal Canin is letting my dog down. My little Lobo has a condition where he has many food allergies and he suffers from colitis. He is also on medication on a daily basis. The only dog food that he was tolerating was the Royal Canin prescription potato duck formula. I was informed by the company today that they suspended manufacturing of that formula until possibly January. What am I to feed my dog. I am very disappointed and extremely worried that my dog will get sick. Why would a company that claims a higher standard stop manufacturing a prescription dog food that is necessary for my and many other dogs to thrive on. I am very disappointed in Royal Canin and I am also very worried because I don’t know what I can feed my dog now. I put a call into his specialist they referred me to a company that makes home-cooked meals for dogs with specific issues however, the cost is prohibitive.

    11 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 8, 2022

    I have been using Royal Canin Urinary SO for a long time. In January 2022 it became toxic. Both of our Kitties became ill with vomiting and diarrhea. One of our Kitties bounced back once we got the food replaced. However, our special needs blind kitty got very sick. She stopped eating and drinking and was vomiting and went from diarrhea to constipation. Pain and suffering is also a huge issue for her. She is currently in the Animal Emergency Hospital and we have a bill of about $4500 so far.

    I reached out to Royal Canin and they told me without the bag they could do nothing. I store the food in a bin and had gotten rid of the bag. They should be held accountable but will not be due to me getting rid of that bag. I believe if they wanted to they could trace the bad batch. They just do not want to held accountable. The food was toxic!!! They have poor quality control issues. I know I will not get our money back nor could anything make up for the pain and suffering of our Stevie. I am writing to let the consumer know hang onto your bag if you buy from this company as they do not want to take ownership of tracking down the batch that made our Kitties sick.

    15 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Jan. 23, 2022

    Dog food I can feel good feeding my dog. Without harmful chemicals or “fillers”. Coming in vacuum sealed bags guarantees freshness. Each bag has a ziplock that allows me to reseal the bag and retain freshness.

    4 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Jan. 18, 2022

    When I received the bag in December I had concerns because I did not think the bag was sealed properly. I was told by RC that the product was fine. In January when I first used the food, I thought is smelled a little off. This was Jan 12, 2022. I fed it to my cat because RC had said in December that it was fine. That evening my cat threw up twice. On Thursday he was not eating and very sluggish. I brought my cat to the vet.

    It is now Tuesday January 18, 2022 and my is still not better. Not eating and not voiding as he should. He is currently at the vet on IV trying to flush his system. I Contacted RC today, January 18, 2022. She said they have not had any complaints on this food. However, I see from this site that there has been issues before. There are also issues posted on other sites that are recent with this same issue. While the RC customer service agent was helpful with explaining their manufacturing testing process, it does not explain why these cats are falling drastically ill. I asked if they could analyze this lot. She said that the request would have to come from a vet. I'm focusing at this moment on my cat, however, when he is better (praying) I will continue looking into this.

    11 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Dec. 6, 2021

    I have a foster cat who was nearly put down by her former owners. She suffered from IBD, and it was bad. She was given to the shelter, who started trying her on 3 different prescription foods by "Hill's Science Diet" and "Royal Canin-Ultamino" and "Hill's z/d" canned. After about 2 weeks of eating that crap, she came to my home as a foster. I pleaded and argued with the vet to allow me to try something different, but his ignorance about nutrition lead to him believe a prescription (scam) diet is best. Even though those foods made the cat have explosive diarrhea all over the house, he still insisted. Long story shorter, she is now on Stella and Chewy's, and no longer has a trace of IBD.

    Science Diet and whatever other companies fall under that name are scamming the public. One of their prescription foods contained BHA, a cancerous preservative. That one food in particular had my foster cat exploding with diarrhea within 2 hours of eating it. Even if this food seems to help your pet, it's still horribly unhealthy and will eventually do damage.

    14 people found this review helpful
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