Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic Dog Food Review

//Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic Dog Food Review

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic Dog Food

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic Dog Food

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic Dog Food has been specifically prepared to help with the nutritional management of canine Diabetes mellitus.

This dry dog food helps give appropriate nourishment for dogs with diabetes, while the nutrient-rich formula contains vitamins and minerals to help your dog thrive.

A prescription from your veterinarian assistant must be obtained in order to acquire this food.

This exclusive formula helps manage and reduce symptoms of constipation, large intestinal diarrhea, or gastric motility disorder, reducing pain in your diabetic dog.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Chicken Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat Gluten
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken Fat, Fish Oil
  • Carbohydrates:Tapioca
  • Fiber: Barley, Dried Beet Pulp, Psyllium Seed Husk, Powdered Cellulose
  • Fruits and vegetables: Absent
  • Flavorings: Natural Flavors, Marigold Extract
  • Preservatives: Natural Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Rosemary Extract, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Fructooligosaccharides, Choline Chloride, Taurine, DL-Alpha Tocopherols Acetate (Source of VitaminE), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Proteinate, L-Carnitine

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 35 % (min.) 38 %
Fat 10 % (min.) 11 %
Fiber 10 % (max.) 11 %
Moisture 8 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 42 % (EV)
Omega 3 (EPA, DHA) 2.3 % NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

This dog food presents 11 % fibre, which is a high value. Fibre helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. So a high fiber diet is often recommended for diabetic dogs to prevent fluctuations in blood sugar levels.

The protein percentage – 38 % – is very high, and certainly the ingredients containing gluten contribute to this percentage. So the protein source used in this food is not all meat based.

The guaranteed levels of omega 3 fatty acids are important, in these particular cases, to help to reduce chronic systemic inflammation constantly present in diabetic dogs.

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.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken meal is a concentrated form of chicken protein, including only flesh and skin. It is a quality protein source.

Corn gluten meal and Wheat gluten are plant-based protein concentrates. They are used as meat substitutes. However, glutens are less nutritionally complete than meat based proteins. So you should consider the contribution of these ingredients to the protein % reported in the dog food label. Dogs need meat protein not plant proteins.

Carbohydrates: Tapioca is used as a carbohydrate source in grain free dog foods but due to its lack of all nutrients other than starch, it is usually regarded as a low grade ingredient. Tapioca is gluten-free, so it should be a good choice for diabetic dogs. Unfortunately, tapioca has a high glycemic index and it is high in calories, factors diabetic dogs should avoid.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat is has a highly palatable natural flavor. It contributes to achieve the proper fatty acid profile needed for healthy skin and coat.

Fish oil is rich in essential omega-3 and omega-6 which have wide ranging health benefits. Fish oils are have been suggested for the prevention and treatment of some health conditions including joint problems, skin conditions, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Fiber: Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. It is frequently used in dog food in a variety of forms. It provides abundant fiber and several micronutrients including selenium and copper.

Beet pulp is considered to be an exceptional fiber source. In addition it is beneficial to the intestinal bacteria that help maintain colon health. It is an ingredient that can be advantageous to almost all dogs. However, beet pulp is also considered a controversial ingredient in dog food; some argue it is an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. I believe that in the right amounts beet pulp is not bad for your dog.

Psyllium seeds are added to dog foods as a source of soluble fiber which is important for maintaining digestive health.

Powdered cellulose is a non-digestible plant fiber. Aside for the usual benefits of fiber, powdered cellulose offers no nutritional value to a dog. Dried wood is the most frequent font for cellulose. It is cleaned, processed into a fine powder and used to add bulk and stability to dog foods.

Flavors: Natural Flavor is a vague described ingredient included in dog foods labels. The doubt about this ingredient is that dog food companies are allowed to label them as proprietary, and for that reason are not required to reveal precisely what is used to make the flavoring. This can be an important problem if your dog has a food allergy or digestive sensitivity.

Marigold extract is an herbal extract that augments the flavor of food. It is also a source of Lutein  for eye health.

Fruits and vegetables: This food does not include fresh fruits and vegetables.

Supplements: L-Carnitine is an amino acid which as a supplement is generally recommended for dogs with diabetes and dogs on weight loss programs. L-carnitine has an essential role in the metabolism of fats.

Rosemary is used as a natural preservative.

Fructo-oligo-saccharide (FOS) is a nutritional supplement that is a beneficial pre-biotic. It encourages the growth of ‘good bacteria’ in the large intestine which promotes your dog’s gastro-intestinal health.

This food does not contain dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic Dog Food we give a 3.55 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic Dog Food seems to be a recommended dry dog food.

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic includes advanced fibers and low glycemic cereals to slow small intestinal glucose absorption and control blood nutrient levels.

The low carbohydrate recipe reduces postprandial blood glucose absorption, helping to manage symptoms of diabetes mellitus.

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic Dog Food main benefits:

  • High protein content
  • L-carnitine supplement metabolizes fat for energy
  • Low starch content reduces after meal blood glucose levels
  • Moderate energy density supports an ideal body condition
  • Inclusion of prebiotics, fermentable and non-fermentable fibers to support a healthy intestinal mucosa and to improve stool quality
  • Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) aid to reduces chronic systemic inflammation

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

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Diabetic Dog Food

Positive Aspects

  • Chicken Meal
  • Chicken Fat, Fish Oil
  • Psyllium Seed Husk
  • Barley
  • Natural Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid
  • Marigold Extract
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • L-carnitine

Negative Aspects

  • Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat Gluten
  • Tapioca
  • Powdered Cellulose, Dried Beet Pulp
  • Natural Flavors
  • Absence of fruits and vegetables


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.

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