Royal Canin Maxi Joint and Coat Care Formula Dry Dog Food Review

//Royal Canin Maxi Joint and Coat Care Formula Dry Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Maxi Joint and Coat Care Formula Dry Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Maxi Joint and Coat Care Formula Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin Maxi Joint and Coat Care FormulaPlay and run is a lot easier and painless when your dog’s joints are healthy. Royal Canin Maxi Joint and Coat Care formula is especially formulated for large breeds which are susceptible to joint pain.

Due to their heavy weight, large breed dogs put more mass on their joints. Thus this dog food includes two joint supplements, glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as omega fatty acids and essential vitamins and minerals to protect the skin and add shine and depth to coats.

Additionally, large breed dogs are recognized to have more difficulty digesting food than smaller dogs. This dog food contains high quality proteins and fibers, including chicken meal, psyllium and beet pulp to contribute to a balanced and healthy intestinal flora.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, wheat gluten
  • Fat and Oil: chicken fat, fish oil, vegetable oil
  • Carbohydrates: brown rice, wheat, brewers rice
  • Fiber: oat groats, dried beet pulp
  • Fruits and vegetables: none
  • Flavorings: natural flavors
  • Preservatives: mixed tocopherols and citric acid
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: grain distillers dried yeast, sodium silico aluminate, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, psyllium seed husk, fructooligosaccharides, sodium tripolyphosphate, l-lysine, salt, taurine, l-tyrosine, choline chloride, vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], glucosamine hydrochloride, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta l.), trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate), green tea extract, chondroitin sulfate, l-carnitine, rosemary extract.

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

Nutrient Analysis

Gauranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 28 % (min.) 31 %
Fat 16.5 % (min.) 18 %
Fiber  3.3 % (max.) 3.6 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 42 % (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.

You should consider the protein-boosting effects of the corn gluten meal and wheat gluten. They are not meat protein ingredients.

Maxi joint and coat care is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken by-product meal is made from left parts of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been detached. In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this ingredient can contain feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs. However, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain a high percentage of protein.

Corn gluten meal and Wheat gluten are residues remaining once corn or wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate removed. Compared to meat, glutens are inferior proteins poor in some of the essential amino acids dogs need. These plant-based ingredients can boost the total protein reported on the label.

Carbohydrates: Brown rice is a complex carbohydrate that after cooking can be reasonably easy to digest. It contains B vitamins, iron, manganese, selenium, and magnesium and omega-3 oils. It is also an excellent source of fiber which is essential to support intestinal health.

Brewers rice consists in small fragments left over after milling whole rice. It has little nutritional value to dogs because it is missing many of the nutrients contained in whole ground rice and brown rice.

Wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog. This grain is frequently associated with food intolerance in dogs which makes it a highly controversial ingredient. Wheat intolerance can therefore lead health problems usually affecting the skin, coat and digestive system. However, if your dog’s gastrointestinal tract is not intolerant to wheat he will not present any clinical signs.

Fiber: Oat groats represents a whole grain, minimally processed form oats. It is gluten free and is an excellent source of fiber.

Dried beet pulp is a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing. It is a controversial ingredient because it is known as low-cost filler. However it is also exceptional for support intestinal health and presents blood sugar benefits.

Fat and oil: Vegetable oil is a broad oil of unknown origin. Its nutritional value depends on the source.

Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a procedure similar to making soup in which the fat is skimmed from the surface of the liquid. It is rich in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

Fish oil comes from the processing of oily fish. It provides energy and contains essential omega 3 and omega 6 oils which have numerous health benefits. Fish oils are suggested for the prevention and treatment of health conditions including joint problems, skin conditions, cardiovascular disease and even cancer.

Flavors: Natural flavors can represent extracts from any food whose significant role is flavoring rather than nutritional. This is very generic and could refer to anything from herbs or meat meals to more problematic ingredients like digest. Sometimes it refers to a mixture of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food in the final stages of manufacturing.

This dog food formula does not include fresh fruits and vegetables. These ingredients are important and good sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Supplements: Dried yeast is a source of protein and adds flavor to products. Green tea extract is an herbal extract from green tea leaves, an excellent source of antioxidants. Rosemary extract is a highly effective natural preservative high in antioxidants.

L-carnitine is a vitamin like compound made in the body from the amino acids lysine and methionine. It is used to help with lipids metabolism and recent scientific revisions advocate that it helps reduce weight in overweight dogs.

Fructooligosaccharide is used as prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

Finally, this 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 Maxi Joint and Coat Care Formula we give a 3.35 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Royal Canin Maxi Joint and Coat Care Formula seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

Large dogs have lots of working abilities. They are known as brilliant herding, tracking, rescue, guard and assistance dogs. This Royal Canin formula addresses the needs of the large dog throughout its lifetime, including nutrients to help limit inflammation of the joints and highly digestible proteins to ease digestion.

Royal Canin Maxi Joint and Coat Care Formula main benefits:

  • Fatty acids for healthy skin and coat. They help support the skin as a barrier
  • Contains L-Carnitine to help burn fat
  • Support of healthy bones and joints placed under stress by body weight
  • Promotes good digestibility with an exclusive formula including very high quality protein and a balanced supply of dietary fiber
  • Especially formulated for adult large breed dogs with joint and coat sensitivities over 15 months of age

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

Royal Canin Maxi Joint and Coat Care Formula

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken by-product meal
  • Chicken fat, Fish oil
  • Brown rice
  • Brewers rice, oat groats
  • Chondroitin Sulphate
  • Glucosamine
  • Omega fatty acids sources

Negative Aspects

  • Corn gluten meal, wheat gluten
  • Vegetable oil
  • Dried beet pulp
  • Natural flavors
  • Absence of fruits and vegetables
  • Wheat

Available in: 30 lb (13.6 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.

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