Royal Canin Dog Food

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Royal Canin Dog Food

As early as the seventies, Royal Canin started to develop outside France: first in the European markets, and then, from 1988 on, on North American.

Today, Royal Canin is an international company that has accomplished to play an important role in pet Health Nutrition throughout the world.

Right since its founding, Royal Canin has been committed to a methodology leading to Health Nutrition.

Health Nutrition does result in a comprehensive knowledge of the animal, enhanced by the know-how of breeders and professionals, as well as by several works in partnership with scientists.


Veterinary nutrition is a science that aims to identify the essential nutrients and the role they play, based on its consumption.

Every year numerous Royal Canin dog foods and nutritional formulas appear on the market, containing, besides essential health-sustaining nutrients, natural elements to prevent a number of diseases and protect the body.

Thanks to continuous new advances in scientific knowledge the concept of diet has developed into that of Prevention Nutrition and, when necessary, Health Nutrition or Treatment Nutrition by preventing or treat specific diseases.

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Four Objectives of Health Nutrition

  • Body development and maintenance: Amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins and fatty acids respond to the elementary nutritional needs for the development maintenance of the body.
  • Energy provision: Lipids and carbohydrates are the central energy sources for dogs.
  • Nourishing and prevention: Some nutrients are incorporated into the food (antioxidants, prebiotics, fiber, essential fatty acids, etc.), to prevent kidney disease, digestive conditions and the effects of ageing, for example.
  • Nourishing and caring: Certain nutrients are supplementary and others restricted in food to support the therapeutic or recovery process, helping dogs improve from a number of diseases.

Royal Canin believes that the nutritional necessities of dogs vary depending on numerous principles:

  • Size: differences inherent to size are linked to specific characteristics. A Pinscher should not be fed in the same way as a Great Dane!
  • Age: Growing puppies have nutritional needs which differ from those of adult and mature animals.
  • Lifestyle: Outdoor dogs are more active than indoor dogs and have greater energy requirements.
  • Breed: Certain dog breeds have specific features requiring a personalized nutritional solution. Example: Labradors are prone to joint disease, so their foods should be supplemented with glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate to prevent this condition.
  • Physiological stage: gestation, lactation, growth, sexual status (male, female, sterilized or not) influence the dog’s nutritional needs.

The formulation of Royal Canin diets corresponds to a complex puzzle whose production guarantees a constant nutritional formula, respecting the precise and specific needs of dogs.

It is estimated that the life expectancy of dogs has increased by 3 years in the past 15 years.

Currently, dog foods can be formulated according to specific needs, known deficiencies to be prevented or other specificities discovered by research.

You can consult some Royal Canin Dog Food Reviews in our Dog Food Selector:

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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.

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Why was the Dog Food Selector created?

Each dog has unique needs... The approach "one food for all dogs" isn't the more suitable. Dogs have different sizes, different life stages, unique breed characteristics, health conditions and a few other factors... Choosing the right food for your dog may help him or her life a longer and healthier life! We exist to make that task easier for you.

How does the Dog Food Selector work?

It's quite simple... It's a 1-2 step process. You just have to fill in the form with your dog's characteristics, like gender, age, size, activity, health conditions and a few other important data and click "search". Then, you'll see a list of dog foods with the highest review score. If you wish you can see all the detailed review of each individual dog food.