Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Small Starter Mother & Babydog Dry Dog Food

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About This Item

  • Meets the needs of a mother and her puppies during gestation, lactation and growth.
  • Specifically formulated for high-energy needs at the end of gestation and during lactation.
  • Nutritional response helps to facilitate the transition from mothers milk to solid food.
  • Kibble easily rehydrates to a porridge-like consistency that is great for the mother and her precious puppies.
  • Start Mix uses the same goodness found in mothers milk to boost digestive health and help maintain the puppys natural defenses.
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About Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Dog Food

Nutrition for Every Breed Size

Different-sized dogs have very different needs, which can make finding the right nutrition complicated. That’s why Royal Canin addresses each size and life stage to cater to your dog’s nutritional needs. Their team is made up of veterinarians and nutritionists who develop formulas for dogs of varying sizes, taking every detail into consideration so your dog can be his most magnificent self.

Pet-First Philosophy

Royal Canin always puts the needs of pets first. That clear focus steers their research and underpins the quality of the nutrition. Every Royal Canin formula is developed by veterinarians and nutritional experts and tested at one of their research facilities. Each step helps their team ensure an ideal formula for your pet. Nutritional quality and product safety are at the heart of their operations. With more than 500,000 completed analyses on raw materials and finished products per year, Royal Canin never compromises on providing your pet with effective and precise nutrition.<

About Royal Canin

Since 1968, Royal Canin has been at the forefront of pet health nutrition. Their obsession with detail is what makes it possible to deliver precise, effective nutrition for a variety of breeds, sizes, lifestyles and health needs. It’s how they’re making a better world for pets and helping them become their magnificent best.
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Questions & Answers

8 Customer Questions

I have an almost 2 year old Chihuahua mix, he's around 9 lbs. We've tried nearly every dry food on the market and the only one he will seem to eat is Royal Canin Starter, mother and baby dog. Is this ok? Is he getting everything he needs?
Answer by ChewyOct 12, 2019
This recipe was formulated for adult dogs who are small, extra small and toy breeds.

Can adult dogs eat this to? My friend is a breeder and gives this to puppies and adults.
Answer by ChewySep 03, 2019
This food is designed for small breed mothers from the end of gestation (3rd trimester) and during lactation and young puppies up to 2 months.

My Morkie is 4 months old and weighs 4.07 lbs. I currently have her on the mini starter. How long will she stay on this dog food? Do I need to switch to mini mini puppy? If so, when? Thx
Answer by ChewyFeb 14, 2018
Mini Starter is designed for small breed mothers from the end of gestation (3rd trimester) and during lactation and young puppies up to 2 months. After they reach 2 months old, you can switch to puppy food.

I have a 2 lb adult pomeranian with hydrocephalus, he is the fussiest eater but seems to like this, is it safe to keep him on this or do I have to switch him to an adult formula? He is under weight.
Answer by ChewyNov 17, 2019
Due to your pets specific health concern, we recommend consulting your Veterinarian to see what would be the safest fit for your pets current treatment plan.

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Rated 4.75 out of 5 stars
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76 Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jacquie on May 1, 2022

Love This For Pregnant Mom

My little momma loves this food. It's in super tiny pieces so she can eat a few here and a few there when she needs a boost and her beautiful boys are fat and healthy on day 3.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By NewPuppyOwner on Feb 12, 2022

First Ingredient "Chicken Biproducts"

Came recommended by an online veterinarian. Shocked at the primary ingredient was "chicken biproducts". Switching to Hills Science with primary ingredient is chicken meal.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Diane on Feb 21, 2022

Royal Canin puppy food

Simple and easy to order. It was delivered on time. I will continue to use CHEWY

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Vane on Aug 22, 2021

Extra small size of kibble

Love this bag due to the size of kibble which is very tiny. I have rescue toothless Yorkies that will only eat this. Due to the 15lb being temporary out of stock, had to look for other options. I was able to find the purina pro plan toy breed puppy which is almost the same size. Will be back to royal when is back in stock.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jani on Sep 10, 2021

She loves it.

I ordered the Royal Canin Starter for my pregnant dog and the puppies to be. She loves it and I know it is giving her all the good stuff she needs, and will give it to them later. As always it came the next day. I love Chewy's and tell everyone to order from you.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Happydog on Dec 7, 2021

Royal Canin dog food

My puppy loves it but problem is you only offer a 2lb bag . We need a larger size bag

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Roxy on Dec 12, 2021

Really good food

So hard to find in a pet store, my puppy really enjoy this food

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Slaya on Jun 14, 2021

My dog's favorite of 100+ kibble choices

I have spent the past year working on a project where I have systematically offered various dog foods (kibble as well as air-dried/freeze-dried) to my cockapoo (now age 2) and let him choose which ones he preferred. He has tried at least one version of virtually every brand on the market. My original belief was that Royal Canin did not seem like a good food due to their use of larger amounts of grains, but the fact that my dog has really liked all the versions without any oats that we have tried has made me reconsider and think that the fact that this brand is based in Europe (and therefore probably is using more stringent European standards with regard to mycotoxin levels even in foods manufactured in the U.S.) may be an important issue here. (My dog's other favorite kibble brand is Farmina, which is made in Italy and shipped to the U.S.) Consistently, though, my dog will not eat the Royal Canin versions with oats, which I think is because non-organic North American oats are almost always contaminated with glyphosate used as a pre-harvest desiccant. (Glyphosate, aka Roundup, is not used in France or Europe in this way, which I think is why my dog is fine with the Farmina Ancestral Grain products containing oats and spelt. Probably the Royal Canin products with oats that are made in France would be fine too, if I could get them here.) I decided to try this Small Starter food after realizing that it has about the same percentages of protein and fat as some of the kibbles sold for "athletic" dogs (such as Purina Pro Plan Sport, Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete and Bully Max) and lower percentages than many of my dog's favorite premium foods (such as Ziwi Peak and Stella & Chewy's). And other than the somewhat higher fat and protein levels, I see no reason why this Small Starter food would be inappropriate for adult dogs or puppies older than 2 months or for larger dogs. The RC Small Starter has turned out to be my dog's favorite kibble by far and has given the premium foods (which cost 5-10x as much) a run for their money. My intention is to continue feeding my dog the same basic percentages as before (about 1/3 kibble, 1/3 premium food dispensed by hand as treats, and 1/3 free-range/organic/human-quality cooked meat), and I will keep giving him a choice of kibbles, but I think he likely will end up eating mostly this as the kibble portion. Although my dog is very active (running 6-8 miles per day), I would likely try this same feeding strategy even with a less active dog since I think that the higher-quality nutrition may be more satisfying and thus result in less desire to overeat than feeding standard vet-recommended diets. Certainly that has been the case for my dog so far, anyway.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Norwich on Sep 5, 2021

Great for weaning puppies!

I love this kibble for weaning puppies! As a breedeer, my only request is for a bigger bag!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By DogGal on Jan 6, 2021

Hello Again

Kennel has the sound of puppies again. To get my momma dog started off right for this litter, her snack is this formula; to aid with her natural milk production. In another week the puppies will be introduced to feed & will start them on this formula first then when weaned move to just the puppy formula. Royal Canin is my 1st choice of puppy food.