When it comes to finding the best food for your beloved pet, there are a lot of choices out there. So, how do you know which one to choose? A lot of people might turn to their veterinarian for advice, and for good reason – vets know more about animal nutrition than most pet owners. But what if you don’t trust your vet’s recommendation?
Some pet owners are surprised to learn that their veterinarian may recommend a food brand that has relatively poor ratings. For example, Royal Canin is a popular pet food brand, but it has been given low marks by some independent reviewers. So, why would your vet recommend this brand if there are other options out there with better ratings?
Why do vets recommend royal Canin?
Royal Canin is a renowned brand that is WSAVA and AAFCO-approved with kibble brands that meet different dietary requirements and vets recommend a number of their brands despite some having very low ratings.
Royal Canin has a range of nutritionists and has put a significant amount of money into R&D to formulate kibble for different dogs and puppies. This is one of the key reasons that Vets recommend this brand.
Some of the specific products have special shapes and added nutrients to help with dental care, joint support and other health conditions like obesity.
What’s more, Royal Canin offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee – so if you’re not happy with their products, you can get your money back.
At the end of the day, your vet is the best person to give you advice on which food is best for your pet. They know your individual animal’s health history and can make a personalized recommendation based on their specific needs.
Below are the key reasons vets recommend Royal Canin:
Formulated for different types of pets:
First of all, Royal Canin makes food specifically for different types of pets. This means that the company puts a lot of research into making sure that their food is nutritionally complete for each type of animal. As a result, vets can be confident that pets who eat Royal Canin food will be getting all the nutrients they need.
For health reasons:
Another reason why your vet might recommend Royal Canin is for health reasons. The company makes food that is specifically designed for pets with certain health conditions. For example, they have food for pets who are overweight, have allergies, or suffer from joint problems.
Available through veterinarians:
Finally, one of the main reasons why vets recommend Royal Canin is because it is only available through veterinarians. This means that your vet can be sure that you are getting the food from a reputable source. Royal Canin also offers a money-back guarantee, so if your pet doesn’t like the food or has any problems with it, you can get your money back.
Why Royal Canin is criticized:
Royal Canin uses the following controversial ingredients;
- Brewers rice: This is the small fragments of rice that are left over after the beer brewing process. It is a very cheap filler ingredient with no nutritional value for dogs.
- Wheat gluten: This is a protein that is derived from wheat and it is commonly used as a cheaper alternative to meat. It can be difficult to digest and some dogs are allergic to it.
- Animal by-products: These are parts of animals that are not meant for human consumption. They can include organs, bones, and blood. animal by-products are controversial because they are not regulated and we don’t know what kind of animals they come from or what conditions they were raised in.
- Vets still recommend Royal Canin because they trust the company’s research and development. However, if you are not comfortable feeding your pet food that contains these ingredients, there are other options available. Talk to your vet about what they recommend for your individual pet.
Hi there! My name is Ben Domb, an owner of two pets and I am one of the co-founders of OurPets HQ. I have several years of experience as a pet care professional in the New England region having spent time in various roles including a stint at a veterinary hospital in Upstate New York, Syracuse area. I am a certified pet care professional and mostly spend my time researching pet nutrition and sharing my thoughts in various blogs and columns. With quarantine and COVID restrictions, I have been spending a lot of time a lot with my dogs and cat and loving it! I also run a small consulting business providing advice to parents on pet nutrition, and especially safe homemade options to try. You can reach me at email@example.com