Royal Canin Canine Renal LP Modified Canned Food Review

//Royal Canin Canine Renal LP Modified Canned Food Review

Royal Canin Canine Renal LP Modified Canned Food Review

Royal Canin Canine Renal LP Modified Canned Food

Royal Canin Canine Renal LP Modified Can
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal LP Modified Canned Dog Food offers your dog kidney protection. It is a palatable, high energy, therapeutic dog food that has been formulated to manage dog’s late stage chronic kidney disease.

This dog food formula has a moderately restricted protein content to reduce symptoms associated with kidney problems and help to preserve the remaining kidney function. Restricted levels of highly digestible protein reduces demand on the kidneys and minimizes production of nitrogenous waste.

This recipe contains omega 3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) and a restricted phosphorus level that slows the progression of kidney disease. Controlled phosphorus intake is vital to slow the progress of renal secondary hyperparathyroidism. Additionally, the reduced sodium levels helps reduce the risk of hypertension.

Supplemental levels of water soluble vitamins compensates for enlarged vitamin loss in urine.

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal LP Modified Dry Dog Food may expand the longevity of your dog with kidney disease.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Pork by-products, chicken by-products, dried egg product
  • Fat and Oil: Vegetable oil, fish oil
  • Carbohydrates: Brewers rice
  • Fiber: Powdered cellulose, dried beet pulp, guar gum
  • Fruits and vegetables: none
  • Flavorings: Natural flavors
  • Preservatives: the canning process is the preservation method. No preservatives either natural or artificial are added.
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Water sufficient for processing, potassium citrate, calcium carbonate, cassia gum, taurine, carrageenan, citric acid, choline chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, fructooligosaccharides, vitamins (DL-alpha-tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin E], L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate [source of vitamin C], thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], biotin, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement), hydrolized yeasts, sodium silico aluminate, magnesium oxide, trace minerals (zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.)

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 5 % (min.) 16.6 %
Fat 7.5 % (min.) 25 %
Fiber 1.5 % (max.) 5 %
Moisture 70 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 51.6 % (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. The ash value considered to the calculation of the estimated value of carbohydrates was 2 %.

Because of the specific function of this formula, it is projected for intermittent or supplemental use only. It does not enclose the full complement of nutritional values suggested by AAFCO nutritional standards.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Animal by-products corresponds to the slaughtered animal after the edible parts have been removed. Thus, they include the left-overs of meat processing not intended for human consumption. For example: feet, livers, lungs, spleen, intestines, undeveloped egg. However, some by-products are comestible, like livers, and feet, but others are not. Pork by-products and Chicken by-products are included in this dog food as protein sources and they are considered as controversial ingredients.

Dried egg product are a good source of low-cost and good quality protein, fat and various minerals and micronutrientes.

Carbohydrates: Brewers rice corresponds to the small fragments of rice kernels. It is an easily digested carbohydrate that contains fiber. Fiber is important in a dog’s diet. Brewers rice contain fewer nutrients than a whole grain of rice. Nevertheless it is not harmful to dogs except they are allergic.

Fiber: Powdered cellulose is a source of fiber. Pure cellulose is a white, odorless powder most frequently made from paper or wood pulp. It is not the best ingredient and some nutritionists recommend avoiding it.

Dried beet pulp is an insoluble fiber source that is reasonably fermentable. This means the fiber from beet pulp adds bulk and moisture to animal stools and provides energy which improves the health of the colon. There have been numerous reported problems regarding the use of beet pulp in animal foods, including possible distension in the stomach, palatability, and plugging of the intestinal villus. However, few of these studies have been validated and most refer to the feeding of beet pulp to horses.

Guar gum is used as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food. It is a source of high soluble and high digestible fiber with a low caloric content that is known to expressively reduce cholesterol levels.

Fat and oil: Vegetable oil is a broad term used for any oil of plant derivation. Generally, it is used to refer to low quality oils like rapeseed, palm or corn oil. It is added to dog foods as a substitute to more expensive and more nutritious fats and oils like olive oil or sunflower oil.

Fish oil comes from the processing of oily fish like sardines and mackerel. It provides energy and includes abundant essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which have wide ranging health benefits. It also contains lots of vitamins.

Flavors: Natural flavors function is to add flavor. It has a poor nutritional value. It is general term and could refer to anything from herbs or meat meals to more doubtful ingredients like digest. They correspond sometimes to a combination of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food in the final stages of manufacturing.

Supplements: Carrageenan is a natural ingredient used as a thickener and stabilizer in canned food. There are some recent papers published found that the exposure to carrageenan may compromise the efficiency of treatments and even the body’s own natural defenses for disease. This study found that exposure to carrageenan causes infected cells to inflame.

Cassia gum is used as a thickening and gelling agent in canned dog food.

Marigold extract displays anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, strengthening the immune system.

Supplemental levels of water soluble vitamins, like vitamin B and C, compensates for increased vitamin loss through urine.

Chelated minerals are minerals attached to proteins. The chelation process makes minerals easy to absorb in your dog’s intestinal tract.

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

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Royal Canin Canine Renal LP Modified Canned Food we give a 3.35 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Royal Canin Canine Renal LP Modified Canned Food seems to be a recommended canned dog food.

It is advised that a veterinarian’s opinion be asked before use this dog food. This Royal Canin veterinary diet is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only, as part of a veterinary controlled renal management therapeutic program.

Royal Canin Canine Renal LP Modified Canned Food main benefits:

  • Improved fat content to increase flavor and energy
  • Lowered protein and phosphorus levels
  • Increased potassium and B vitamins supplementation to compensate urinary losses
  • Added omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation
  • Formulated to manage late stage chronic kidney disease
  • Moderately restricted sodium levels
  • Digestive support complex

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 Renal LP Modified Canned Food

Positive Aspects

  • Dried egg product
  • Fish oil
  • Guar gum
  • Chelated minerals
  • Low sodium level
  • Vitamin B and potassium supplementation
  • Good Preservation Method

Negative Aspects

  • Pork by-products, chicken by-products
  • Vegetable oil
  • Powdered cellulose, dried beet pulp
  • Natural flavors
  • Carrageenan
  • Brewers rice
Available in: 13 oz (368.54 g) cans

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. Carol Bowdon January 19, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Our 16 year old daschund mix was prescribed this by the vet when he was diagnosed with kidney disease. Within 2 days of eating it he was throwing up and vomiting, and had to be euthanized. We did not think it had anything to do with the food until we fed our other dog what was left from an opened can. He is now throwing up and having diarrhea also. I think this food is toxic!

    • Dora Mancha January 26, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

      I understand your concern. Royal Canin is an approved and certified brand and has a highly controlled production process. However, it is possible that some animals may be allergic to some dog food ingredients of different brands. When dogs have some kind of food allergy they can develop some gastrointestinal signs like vomit and diarrhea. My advice is that the cans should be consumed within two days after opened and should be conserved in the fridge in order to preserve its freshness.

  2. Carol Bowdon January 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Both dogs having the same allergic reaction to the food? Seems pretty unlikely to me. Our remaining dog is just now eating somewhat normally again after a week of diarrhea. The food WAS kept refrigerated and eaten within 2 days.

    • Dora Mancha February 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      My advice is that you should contact the veterinarian who assisted your dog and explain him the situation. You should also contact Royal Canin and report your case.

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