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Royal Canin Pet Foods

Royal Canin Pet Foods
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Overall Satisfaction Rating 3.50/5
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Based on 88 ratings submitted in the last year

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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.

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.

PROS
  • Real ingredients
  • Money-back policy
  • Vast selection
CONS
  • Some formulas pricey
  • Grain-free not available

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Rated with 5 stars
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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 research behind their company and products. … I am happy to say that their food has always been consistent in quality...

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Rated with 5 stars
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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 be more palatable to her. I have tried other brands but she doesn't seem to like them.

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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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Rated with 5 stars
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Original review: July 17, 2020

Our 16 year old cat eats both wet and dry Royal Canin 12+ indoor and comes running when I open the can because he knows it's time to eat. He started only eating dry Royal Canin when we rescued him in May 2018 but now has become picky and needs wet food, too.

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Rated with 5 stars
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Original review: July 13, 2020

After trying several different brands that would satisfy my 4 fussy ladies, decided on Indoor formula dry food. This helps them maintain their weight while satisfying their taste buds. They’ve never turned up their noses. The dry formula also helps maintain the tartar control on their teeth.

4 people found this review helpful

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    Rated with 5 stars
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    Original review: July 2, 2020

    Royal Canin Selected Protein Adult PR Pea & Rabbit dry cat food is for my medium hair brown tabby 13 year old indoor cat with stomach issues. She has a hard time keeping her food down, so we tried the Pea & Rabbit version and she loves and wet food as well. She only sick if she eats too fast or overseas. 9-Lives dry cat food is for my vagrant outdoor cats which have been spayed & neutered belonging to our neighborhood in South Tampa. They are not picky eaters, just happy to get water, food, treats, place to stay, and of course love. The 9-Lives is a great bang for your buck. The cats like it and my wallet likes it too.

    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: June 5, 2020

    We have spent a few hundreds of dollars over the past 7-8 months between the Vet who didn't seem to know what was wrong with our 13 yr old Red Maine Coon Male. Used to weigh 16.5lbs, drinking a lot of water. No diabetes, no signs of anything. Months later and vet visits later (blood tests not called back to tell results) I called & looked at results myself. I finally got the vet to call & was told to put Him on Renal diet. Drove to vet office & bought 17 2.9oz cans of Hills Prescription Diet KD chicken & vegetable stew for over almost $2 a can. I still have I bunch of them. Tried mixing them with his regular other foods etc... Every once in awhile I got him to eat a small amount doing that. Tried the variety pack & that ended up in the garbage. No returns on 'script food where I bought it.

    Now I read the returns section at websites. Bought Purina NF from their site and my cat won't touch it. They refunded no problem / no return. I can donate to a shelter but I still try to get him to eat by mixing it with his other food. I have tried multiple brands, multiple OTC (as we'd call it) that were higher in phosphorus then should be but he has to eat or go into liver failure & die. So, I contacted vets here and none of them carried the Royal Canin for me to just buy 1 can to see if he would eat it. Ended up all the Vets (especially since Covid19 & closures) quit buying Royal Canin.

    Seems they cater more to dogs than cats. Very disappointed. I see all the bad reviews on here for Royal Canin for dogs. I happen to have finally found a food that my cat will eat! He loves the most expensive Renal brand you can buy & I was only able to find it at one website in 30z cans. The D fomula. They also have the T or is it E in 3 oz. I will be trying that one next but until then Royal Canin has been a most welcome wonderful item to have found. Now I just need to find a vet that has a clue but with the lockdown it's almost impossible as they will not allow you inside with our pet.

    My Maine Coon is a gentle soul & needs us with him. I usually don't write reviews of this nature but I had to after seeing all the bad ones for the dog food product. I can only attest that this product is great & being 3oz is perfect. He certainly cannot eat the 5oz. Such a waste of product for a cat. Royal Canin needs to make all their canned dietary foods in 3oz.

    15 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
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    Original review: April 27, 2020

    I have had excellent results with Royal Canin. The customer service is fantastic and they are always willing to answer my questions. Furthermore they are very knowledgeable about all their products and are more than willing to provide you with nutrient values or even relay a full guaranteed analysis to your veterinarian to discuss any questions or concerns that a pet owner or vet may have. This is something that I cannot say about a lot of other companies. (Probably most) I appreciate the science and extensive research behind their company and products. I use the breed specific formula for my Cavalier, as well as various canned food formulas and I am happy to say that their food has always been consistent in quality from batch to batch.

    I have never had any quality control issues with Royal Canin, regarding their products. I am also very grateful for their ziplock feature on all their bags. (even bigger bags) This is a very important feature to have that most companies do not provide. Having a ziplock on your bag ensures that your pet food will stay fresh up until the bag is finished. A chip clip alone, will not adequately protect the food from oxidizing. Their bags are also made with very durable material to prevent rips and tears from occurring. I have yet to revive a bag that was torn or perforated in any way. I would say that Royal Canin, absolutely goes above and beyond as far as quality, attention to detail, good customer service and providing pet food that is of excellent nutrition. I would highly recommend this company.

    7 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: March 8, 2021

    Our 12 year old German wirehaired pointer was perscribed this food for bladder stones, they still occur, but recently he and my daughter's chihuahua suddenly came down with bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Both have spent days in the ER, the chihuahua is not doing well at all. Do not buy this food, it is toxic and we aren't sure if the chihuahua is going to recover, doing ultrasound now and he is on IV's. Nobody seems to address this at the vet clinic or the company but please save yourself and your sweet pet from this horror. Obviously this is a widespread issue since you can find hundred of similar reviews. As soon as our older dog was taken off the food he improved to normal. Hopefully damage to his kidneys is not permanent. DO NOT BUY THIS.

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: March 3, 2021

    I bought Royal Canin on recommendation of my sister who has Frenchie that thrives on it very well in Europe. I bought it on Chewy. My 6 months old Boston Terrier female got instantly diarrhea that would last for one or two weeks. I couldn’t believe it is caused by high quality of dry food. So I after she got better I again tried a bit and again severe diarrhea. I have also a boy 5 month old Boston terrier, he didn’t have issues with the food and it looked he truly enjoys it. So I was thinking to feed him 15 kg bag while she must stay totally away from the Royal Canin Puppy food. I didn’t feel like throw away bag I paid for $80. But today also my boy threw up bunch of pellets I fed his day ago and they were totally not digested. I am thinking totally throw away Royal Canin Puppy food bag because it made my dogs very sick.

    It prompted me to search reviewed and now I see I am not the only one. I feed Hill’s Science Diet puppy food and my dogs never had issues. I wanted to upgrade on recommendation for more expensive and what I thought higher quality food but I warn you all, Royal Canin Puppy is not an upgrade. I am not sure what’s wrong with that food, it even smelled good to me... looked darker like may have more meat content. What a shame it made my puppies sick snd now I need waste it worth of $80.

    3 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: March 3, 2021

    I have a mixed breed Border Collie cross dog and a Manx cat. On advice from my vet, my cat was put on Royal Canin Gastro intestinal high energy food because of his vomiting and diarrhea issues. My dog was put on Royal Canin Hypoallergenic because of his skin issues. After years, things did not get better. Both dog and cat were put on Royal Canin HP diets. Cat got worse and worse, lost 4 of his 9 pounds and dogs skin got so bad it cost me $950 in antibiotics, creams, ear and eye antibiotics. Nothing seemed to work. Finally I decided to put my cat on ZIWI Peak venison food and all of his gastro intestinal issues cleared up in ONE DAY!!! Put my dog on Zignature lamb formula dog food and his skin issues cleared up. STAY AWAY FROM ROYAL CANIN! It nearly killed my cat!!! Vets need to think beyond the Royal Canin Box!!!

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: Feb. 10, 2021

    My 14 year old dog was diagnosed with very early stage renal failure. My vet placed him on the Royal Canin renal support food stating he had to be on a low protein diet. He had been on the food for 6 months when he started throwing up multiple times a day. His behavior started to change drastically, he started hiding under the beds often confused and extremely lethargic.

    After multiple vet visits (blood work, ultrasounds, three rounds of antibiotics and a thousand dollars spent), they established he developed pancreatitis. The vet said this is caused by a high fat diet. When I told him the only thing my dog eats is the royal canin, he didn’t have much to say. My assumption was that the food was causing him to get sick. After switching him back to his old food he is back to his happy energetic self and has not thrown up since being taken off the food! From reading others’ similar experiences it seems their food is full of processed ingredients that creates more harm than good.

    7 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Jan. 20, 2021

    I have been feeding my cat the Royal canin hairball control for the past year which worked well. Unfortunately with the last bag I purchased I noticed that all 3 of my cats were having issues with their stool and vomiting. I also notice that they were not eating much of it. I had to end up taking one of my cats to the ER for not eating and straining to poop. After a bunch of test everything was normal. Because all three cats were having the same issue I thought maybe it was the food.

    I called the company to report it and see if they have received any complaints. The customer service rep was so cold and I was told since I told since I no longer has to bag with the batch number nothing can be done and my complaint won't be send to quality control. No other resolution was offered and not even, "Is your cat ok" was offered. I just expected more from such a large company. I think maybe they should invest in other ways to track a batch number to an order as it is not usual for people to keep their feed in a container and not in the original bag.

    11 people found this review helpful
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