Royal Canin Canine Early Cardiac Dry Dog Food Review

//Royal Canin Canine Early Cardiac Dry Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Canine Early Cardiac Dry Dog Food Review


Royal Canin Canine Early Cardiac Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin Cardiac Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Early Cardiac Dry Dog Food is a very digestible, palatable, complete and well-adjusted food for dogs. It supports nutritional requirements and aids in the treatment of initial cardiac disease.

This recipe contains arginine, taurine, and carnitine supplements. These amino acids and amino acid derivatives are known to improve heart function in dogs. Royal Canin Early cardiac also includes significant amounts of the heart healthy, anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA.

Royal Canin Early Cardiac formula is a dietary support for dogs with cardiac disease, intended as a complementary food to medical therapy. This formula minimizes sodium intake and the connected fluid retention with the resulting coughing and discomfort caused to the dog.

Many types of heart disease in dogs are progressive. However, a combination of therapy, dietary support and a managed lifestyle can guarantee better quality of life for your dog.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken meal, fish meal, soy protein isolate
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken fat, fish oil
  • Carbohydrates: Rice
  • Fiber: Powdered cellulose
  • Fruits and vegetables: None
  • Flavorings: Natural flavors
  • Preservatives: Preserved with natural tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Potassium chloride, L-arginine, choline chloride, taurine, monosodium phosphate, L-carnitine, vitamins (DL-alpha tocopherol [source of vitamin E], L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate [source of vitamin C], niacin, biotin, riboflavin [vitamin B2], D-calcium panthotenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], vitamin A acetate, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), trace minerals (zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite).

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 22 % (min.) 24.6 %
Fat 14 % (min.) 15.6 %
Fiber 5.6 % (max.) 6 %
Mositure 10.5 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 50.8 % (EV)

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?” and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

This veterinarian formula meets the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

These diet has a “moderate” protein level (22%) which is actually fairly low. However Royal Canin Early Cardiac uses primarily high quality protein sources such as chicken meal and fish meal.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken meal is a concentrated form of chicken protein. It is obtained by removing water from chicken meat. Chicken protein is highly palatable and offers an exceptional source of protein.

Fish meal is an excellent source of good quality protein that is easily digested by dogs. It usually brings a strong smell which dogs love. Fish meal obtained from oily fish also includes several omega fatty acids as well as numerous vitamins and other micronutrients.

Soy protein isolate is a source of protein and is added to foods as an inexpensive meat substitute. But proteins in soya are less bioavailable to dogs than meat proteins. Thus soy protein is hard for dogs to digest. Soya has also been associated to food intolerance and allergies.

Carbohydrates: Rice is used as a source of carbohydrates. It also contains fiber and some vitamins. White rice is almost entirely starch, it is less nutritious than brown rice.

FDA discovered high levels of arsenic in rice. We need to know more about of this potentially hazardous substance in dog food.

Fiber: Powdered cellulose is used here as a source of dietary fiber. It is almost entirely indigestible to dogs. It can be a controversial ingredient. Cellulose is present in all plant cells and is abundant in many vegetables, fruits and grains. Some vegetables like sugar beet contain good quality fiber. However, pure cellulose is a white, odorless powder most often made from paper or wood pulp.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat is a high–quality source of essential fatty acids and energy. It helps promote healthy skin and coat.

Fish oil usually is obtained from oily fish like tuna, salmon and mackerel. It provides energy and contains abundant essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which have wide ranging health benefits. Fish oils are have been recommended for the prevention and treatment of some health conditions including cardiovascular disease. Fish oil is also rich in several vitamins. However, fish oil mention in this food label is a broad term. It can be some controversy about this ingredient because there is no specification about the fish used to manufacture this oil.

Flavors: Natural flavors significant function is flavoring rather than nutritional. This is a generic term that could refer to herbs or meat meals or to controversial ingredients like animal digest.

Generally in dry dog foods, natural flavorings refer to a mix of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food at the end of manufacturing.

Preservatives: Natural tocopherols (vitamin E) are powerful antioxidants and are the most commonly used natural preservative in dog food.

Rosemary extract is an excellent and natural preservative that is also know to help protect against cancer. It slows down the oxidization process that turns fats rancid.

Citric acid is another natural antioxidant used here as a preservative. It is obtained from citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes.

Supplements: Taurine is an amino acid that can be found especially in seafood and meat. Some studies have shown that taurine supplementation can help in the management of heart conditions.

L-carnitine is another amino acid. It is extensively recommended for dogs with heart disorders and dogs on weight loss diets. L-carnitine has a vital role in the metabolism of fats.

L-arginine is another important amino acid. It promotes growth, muscle building, healing and fat burning. It is also known to be an immune booster and cancer fighter.

This dog food contains non chelated minerals which can be difficult to absorb for dogs because they are not attached to proteins.

This food does not contain dyes, sweeteners or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Royal Canin Canine Early Cardiac Dry Dog Food we give a 3.5 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Royal Canin Canine Early Cardiac Dry Dog Food seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

This Royal Canin veterinary diet requires a veterinary prescription. Changing your dog’s food to Royal Canin Early Cardiac should be carried out over several days. It is common for dogs to refuse a new diet or to suffer from stomach upsets if the change is not gradual.

Royal Canin Early Cardiac Diet also includes polyphenols which contribute to vasodilation and help neutralize free radicals. It has a reduced phosphorus quantity to decrease the risk of chronic renal failure. The sodium restriction helps to reduce the workload on the heart.

Royal Canin Canine Early Cardiac Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Dietary complement for the treatment for Class l and II cardiac disease
  • Vitamin B12 supplement supports gastrointestinal function
  • Appropriate for dogs with heart murmurs or cardiomegaly without clinical signs
  • Appropriate for dogs with minor signs of congestive heart failure (coughing or dyspnea)
  • Appropriate for puppies diagnosed with heart disease or adult dog at risk for heart disease
  • Contains balanced levels of magnesium and potassium
  • Enriched with a special blend of antioxidants
  • Includes arginine, carnitine, and taurine which are essential nutrients for optimal cardiovascular function
  • Includes Eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids which are long chain omega 3 fatty acids that modify inflammatory reactions
  • Moderate sodium restriction reduces the workload on the heart
  • Naturally preserved to ensure freshness and quality

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Royal Canin Canine Early Cardiac Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken meal, fish meal
  • Chicken fat
  • Preserved with natural tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid
  • L-carnitine, Taurine, L-arginine
  • Sodium restriction
  • Supplemented with vitamins

Negative Aspects

  • Soy protein isolate
  • Fish oil
  • Powdered cellulose
  • Rice
  • Natural flavors
  • Non chelated minerals
Available in: 7.7 lb (3.5 Kg); 17.6 lb (8 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.


  1. Miranda November 8, 2015 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Dora
    Thank you for the information in your article. I am seeking a high quality food to feed my dog with a grade 5 heart murmur. I was going to hose the Royal canin cardiac food but I am not impressed after reading your review. I wondered if you could recommend a higher quality food for the cardiac patient?
    Many thanks

    • Dora Mancha November 15, 2015 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Hi Miranda,
      In the market, the most recognized and used therapeutic dog food diets for veterinary patients are manufactured by Royal Canin, Hill’s and Purina. So, you can check on these dog foods for the cardiac patient:

      Hill’s Prescription Diet h/d® Canine Cardiac Health
      Hill’s® Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity Original
      Purina Veterinary Diets CV Cardiovascular Canine Formula

      You can also visit this webapge:
      It contains lots of valid information about this issue.

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