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

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

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    My dog's favorite of 100+ kibble choices

    By Slaya on Jun 14, 2021

    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 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. … more

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    Change zise and formula

    By Alexlora24 on Dec 12, 2019

    Fist of all they change the zise of the kibble and l think they change the formula l recently had 4 litter we never had a problem whelping my litters with this brand and now my 4 litters are all skinny puppies is not as good as past bags

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