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Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Dry Dog Food Review

//Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Dry Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Dry Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Dry Dog Food

Labrador Retriever Adult Dry Dog Food from Royal Canin is formulated to meet your dog’s unique needs. It is designed exclusively for pure breed Labrador Retrievers over 15 months of age.

The kibble is designed to avoid gulping and overeating. This phenomenon is common among hungry Labrador dogs. The donut-shaped kibble helps to slow the rate of ingestion and encourages dogs to chew food.

Labrador dogs have a solid body, strong bones and a natural tendency to gain weight. These factors can put stress on their joints. This yummy dog food includes glucosamine and chondroitin to preserve cartilage hydrated and improve your dog’s mobility.

Labrador’s skin secretes an oil that protects it against cold and water which is very important to preserve a healthy skin barrier. The Labrador Retriever Adult formula helps support the health of skin and coat with a complex of nutrients (EPA and DHA).

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, wheat gluten, pork meal
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken fat, fish oil, vegetable oil
  • Carbohydrates: Brown rice
  • Fiber: Dried plain beet pulp, pea fiber, oat groats, barley, brewers rice
  • Fruits and vegetables: None
  • Flavorings: Natural flavor
  • Preservatives: Mixed tocopherols and citric acid
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Sodium silicoaluminate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, psyllium seed husk, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, taurine, fructooligosaccharides, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin supplement,L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride(vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], L-lysine, choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, trace minerals [zincproteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate,sodium selenite, copper proteinate], L-carnitine, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), tea, chondroitin sulfate, rosemary extract

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 30 % (min.) 33.3 %
Fat 11.5 % (min.) 12.8 %
Fiber 5 % (max.) 5.6 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 45 % (EV)
EPA  0.24 % (min.) NA
DHA 0.1 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 820 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Chondroitin 75 mg/Kg (min.) NA

(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.

Labrador Retriever Adult Breed Health Nutrition is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Guaranteed levels of glucosamine and chondroitin help protect cartilage and healthy joints. In addition the guaranteed amounts of EPA e DHA (omega 3 fatty acids) help support the skin barrier.

When judging the protein percentage of this dog food you should take into account the protein boosting effect of corn gluten meal and wheat gluten. These ingredients are not sources of meat based protein.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken by-product meal contains the bits and pieces that remain at the end of the butchering process. Including beaks, feet, bones, blood, organs, and meat items that were not satisfactory for Human Grade.

The nutrient content of chicken by-product meal can be relatively variable and depends on the substrate that is being processed. It is normally a tasty and high-quality feed ingredient due its content in essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

Corn gluten meal is a by-product of corn processing. It can be used to raise the protein percentages of dog foods, as a substitute to more costly meat proteins. This ingredient is not easy for dogs to digest and as a result it can lead to health problems like skin problems and hyperactivity.

Wheat gluten is a plant-based protein concentrate and meat substitute. Like corn gluten meal, this ingredient is less nutritionally complete than meat based proteins and can increase the protein percentage reported on a food label.
Pork meal is known as a good and tasty protein source. However, pork contains high levels of purines and other minerals which should be avoided in dogs with urinary problems.

Carbohydrates: Brown rice is easily digested by dogs. It contains plenty natural nutrients including B vitamins, iron, manganese, selenium, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids. It is also a good source of dietary fiber which is important in maintaining intestinal health.

Fiber: Oat groats are a good source of dietary fiber in addition to a host of micronutrients including manganese, selenium, vitamin B1, magnesium and phosphorus. Once cooked, oats are easily digested by dogs.

Brewer’s rice is a processed rice product. It is made from the small milled fragments of rice kernels and is missing many of the nutrients contained in whole ground rice. It is a source of fiber.

Once cooked, barley is easily digested by dogs and provides abundant fiber and several micronutrients including selenium and copper.

Dried plain beet pulp can be detrimental when used in a disproportionate quantity. However, beet pulp in proper amounts is used as a intestinal tract cleanser as well as a stool firmer.

Pea fiber provides a natural source of dietary fiber that promotes the growth of healthy gut bacteria and regulates digestive passage. Pea fiber is usually included in low energy diets. However, peas are not easily to digest for some dogs thus they can induce some gastrointestinal brief problems.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat represents a high–quality source of essential fatty acids, energy, and linoleic acid (source of Omega 6 fatty acids).

Fish oil is obtained from oily fish such as tuna, sardines, salmon and mackerel. It provides energy and also contains abundant essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which have health benefits.

Vegetable oil is an ambiguous term used for name oils of plant origin. It is added to some dog foods as a substitute to more expensive and more nutritious oils like animal fat, olive oil or sunflower oil.

Flavors: Natural flavor refers to any extract from any food whose major function is flavoring. This is very wide definition and could refer to anything from herbs or meat meals to more problematic ingredients such as digest.

Supplements: Psyllium seed husk is an exceptional soluble fiber source that helps with digestion.

L-carnitine is an amino acid and it is recommended for dogs with heart disorders and dogs on weight loss programs. L-carnitine has an essential role in the metabolism of fats.

Rosemary Extract is a natural preservative that is also know to help protect against cancer. It is a powerful antioxidant which is able to slow down the oxidization process that turns fats rancid.

Marigold is added to dog food because it presents anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an antioxidants source and can add flavor. It has high amounts of flavonoids that protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals.

The dynamic duo of glucosamine and chondroitin play an important role in nourishing and supporting joint health.

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are prebiotics. They feed, or support, the good intestinal bacteria helping them to grow. They aid in digestion.
This dog food also contains chelated minerals that are easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

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

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Dry Dog Food we give a 3.35 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Dry Dog Food seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

Labrador’s ancestors required lots of calories before diving into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Labrador Retriever breed has inherited his renowned appetite from them. Thus Labrador dogs need a prudently controlled diet to avoid becoming overweight. This exclusive diet helps maintain the adult Labrador Retriever ideal weight with an adequate calorie content.

Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Dry Dog Food main benefits:

  • Support healthy joint function
  • Improve mobility
  • Enriched with EPA and DHA
  • Preserves healthy skin and coat
  • Intended for the unique needs of the adult Labrador Retriever
  • Calcium and phosphorus promote strong bones
  • Donut shape kibble discourages gulping and encourages chewing
  • L-Carnitine helps keep a healthy weight

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

Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Dry Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken by-product meal, pork meal
  • Chicken fat, fish oil
  • Brown rice
  • Oat groats, barley, brewers rice
  • Mixed tocopherols and citric acid
  • Fructooligosaccharides
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin
  • L-carnitine
  • EPA and DHA
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Negative Aspects

  • Corn gluten meal, wheat gluten
  • Vegetable oil
  • Dried plain beet pulp, pea fiber
  • Natural flavor

Available in: 5.5 lb (2,49 Kg); 30 lb (13.6 Kg)

By | 2016-12-16T21:42:57+00:00 December 3rd, 2014|Review|Comments Off on Royal Canin Labrador Retriever Dry Dog Food Review

About the Author:

Dora Mancha

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.