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Does anyone feed this stuff? I'm trying to get the girls back onto dog food they were previously eating cesar wet and dried food mixed together but they've seem to just stop eating it all together. So I've just been making them chicken and rice but it is not ideal especially if i ever have to leave them with someone. I have heard good things about Royal Canin but I never knew they made breed specific foods. any reviews??

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It’s not just about inconvenience. A diet of chicken and rice is not species-appropriate, nor does it offer any variety to fill the nutritional gaps. Isn’t one of your girls pregnant? And the other a puppy?

Even well-balanced home cooked meals can lead to deficiencies:



Peggy does well on Farmina and Honest Kitchen, but every dog is different. Here’s a review of Royal Canin:

 

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Mine eats it, the breeder sent us home with the bag. I dont know if the breed specific variety is necessary but I have had good experiences with Royal Canin with my family's dogs. My puppy has been a bit stubborn eating it though but dont let that deter you. That doesnt mean that your dog wont eat it.
 

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Feeding Ceasar is like feeding McDonald’s to your dog. It can be a very occasional treat but that’s it.

Look here for ideas. There is also a research function where just about every dog food on the market is rated. Very convenient for checking any food before you buy it.

 

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Royal Canin is like Purina; they make a lot of different formulations and have put a lot of research into their products.

I ended up with a bag of the poodle formula last winter when I couldn't get Galen's regular food and wanted to keep something on hand. I just started feeding it this month. My boys think it's OK, but they would prefer hamburgers. It's an adult formula. Normally you would want both your puppy and your pregnant dog on a puppy formula, but this is definitely going to have a better nutrition profile than straight chicken and rice.
 

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Loki is a spoo, but he is a runt. The Royal Canin poodle puppy food is tiny. It was all he could eat the first couple of weeks until he grew a bit. He started having trouble with it getting stuck in his throat since it was so small. We switched him to small puppy and then medium puppy food.
My older dog normally eats small adult Royal Canin. It has been hard to find. My vet uses Royal Canin for his dogs.
 

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It’s not just about inconvenience. A diet of chicken and rice is not species-appropriate, nor does it offer any variety to fill the nutritional gaps. Isn’t one of your girls pregnant? And the other a puppy?

Even well-balanced home cooked meals can lead to deficiencies:



Peggy does well on Farmina and Honest Kitchen, but every dog is different. Here’s a review of Royal Canin:

OMG you guys are making me feel like a bad pet owner ahhh, I know chicken and rice does not have all the nutritional value they need but for me it is just about getting them to eat anything at all. And yes dior is pregnant that is why I've been giving her diet serious thought
 

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Royal Canin is like Purina; they make a lot of different formulations and have put a lot of research into their products.

I ended up with a bag of the poodle formula last winter when I couldn't get Galen's regular food and wanted to keep something on hand. I just started feeding it this month. My boys think it's OK, but they would prefer hamburgers. It's an adult formula. Normally you would want both your puppy and your pregnant dog on a puppy formula, but this is definitely going to have a better nutrition profile than straight chicken and rice.
Thank you, and thats what I'm saying although its not the most ideal food according to other pet owners I feel like it is a step in the right direction. I'm going to try it with blue buffalo
 

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OMG you guys are making me feel like a bad pet owner ahhh, I know chicken and rice does not have all the nutritional value they need but for me it is just about getting them to eat anything at all. And yes dior is pregnant that is why I've been giving her diet serious thought
It’s not that you’re a bad pet owner. It sounds like you’re doing your best to get them to eat. And you can continue to feed home cooked if that’s what it takes. But your recipe needs a little work. :) That link I provided has some good info.
 

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Go to the dogfoodadvisor site and pick a 4 or 5 star food. I feed predator raw, but if I have to feed kibble I get Taste of the Wild, which is the best kibble I can get in my area. My DD finds it is far better than Blue Buffalo
 

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Winnie was started on Royal Canin by the breeder as she fed it to all the dogs/puppies. It gave Winnie terrible orange runny poo so I switched as soon as I was able to. Maybe other dogs can tolerate it but Winnie couldn't. I went for a brand that had meat as the first ingredients.
 

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Of course Poppy has had a go on the RC Poodle formula.
First two offerings wolfed down with relish.... Poppy being Poppy has turned her nose up since.
I guess I fell for the 'Poodle formula', but hey for some it may work.
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Of course Poppy has had a go on the RC Poodle formula.
First two offerings wolfed down with relish.... Poppy being Poppy has turned her nose up since.
I guess I fell for the 'Poodle formula', but hey for some it may work.
Barboncino sounds so much more fancy than Poodle. I might start telling people I have a mini Barboncino and see what reaction I get :D
 

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lol my toy is the spitting image of the one on the bag! but i must say royal canin is actually one of the worst in nutritional value for dogs if you look it up on the dog food directory it has very poor results and would avoid using this brand at all costs. they just use the different breeds as a way to get customers sorry :(
 

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I don't know about that directory one, but the dogfoodadvisor site is of limited value. It grades foods based on on the labels, and that is not the full story on any food.
I would advise against using Blue Buffalo, they have had quite a few recalls. We see quite a few dogs that are not able to tolerate it- mine were the same (dogs and cats). My one dog who could eat literally anything, had terrible gas and bad smelling stool.
I've not used the Poodle-specific one, but have always been happy with the Royal Canin in general. They have done a lot of research into their foods.
If you want/need to keep up with home cooked food, check out resources like Hilary's Blend. They sell multivitamin supplements but also have free recipes on their site.
You should consider food geared to puppies or all life stages while she is pregnant and nursing.
 

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Regarding dog food recommendations, I tend to be somewhat dubious of what I snarkily call the "paleo for dogs" trend. Dogs are not wolves, nor are they humans. They have been scavenging the remains of human meals, including bread and grains, for thousands of years. Dogs don't need grain free diets. Dogs don't need gluten free diets.
 
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