If you have an adult bulldog, you know how important it is to keep an eye on what he eats, especially if you are trying to maintain his weight or keep him from having an allergic reaction to… Anything. If so, then you’ve probably asked yourself what kind of dog food should you be giving your bulldog.
You aren’t the only one—thousands of bulldog owners have asked the exact same question, and that is why we wanted to review this product, ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Adult Dry Dog Food.
According to ROYAL CANIN, they tailor-make their dog food for the dietary needs of any specific breed. The Bulldog recipe is a “concentration of scientific and nutritional expertise born from the unique knowledge of ROYAL CANIN combined with the practical experience of Breeders.”
Are these claims true? Well, that’s what we are here to talk to you about.
Of all the dog food out there on the shelves, you might wonder what makes ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Adult Dry Dog Food so special. According to ROYAL CANIN, the food is supposed to:
As great as these qualities are, the real focus should be on the ingredients and what type of stuff you’re feeding your dog. Sure, your dog may be content with eating grass, cat poo, and other not-so-healthy things, you don’t want to add to the stress that their digestive system may be experiencing. That is why it’s important to look at the ingredient list and make sure the ingredients aren’t of a questionable nature.
That is where we have a problem. When you look at the first few ingredients of dry dog food, you’ll see some sort of protein listed. With ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Adult Dry Dog Food, you don’t see that.
The first three ingredients are brewers rice (a by-product of cereal grain), brown rice (a complex carb that should be easy to digest but offers little nutritional value) and chicken by-product meal (which is the dry, rendered remains of slaughterhouse refuse).
Sounds delicious, right? Not so much.
On the brighter side (maybe?) is that by-product meals often contain up to 300% more protein than regular meat products, so there’s that?
When looking through the reviews on Amazon left by verified purchases, it’s a mix bag of good and bad reviews. One customer who left a 5-star review shared that they used two popular competitor’s food, their dog experienced bad flatulence.
However, according to this particular reviewer, the dog food worked at relieving her dog’s flatulence, just as the brand said it could do. In fact, 80% of reviewers on Amazon say the food is great, and their dog loves it.
However, we cannot get passed the questionable ingredients.
Upon further inspection of those reviews, it seems that sometime in 2014, the company changed their recipe. At one time, they were using chicken meal before they switched to chicken by-product meal. This fact hasn’t been overlooked by reviewers. One customer who left a 1-star review even does a little bit of research of their own and writes how questionable the ingredients are in the ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Adult dry dog food is.
Although this person claims that “by-products” includes chicken feces and chicken carcasses, we don’t necessarily know what exactly is in said by-product. Alarming, no?
One 3-star reviewer shared that she has two Bulldogs and she fed this food to them. One of the dogs lost some fur on parts of its body, while the other Bulldog did well. While this may not be the case for every dog that eats the food (as you can see with the other dog reacting positively to the food), the hair loss is still alarming to read.
Another 3-star reviewer states that although the food didn’t cause her dog to have diarrhea, the dog did have soft stool. When her Golden Retriever ate the food, the stool went from normal to soft/liquid-like. She figured out that it was the food giving the dog’s soft stool.
Although this isn’t an alarming problem, it is still a noticeable change when the dogs were eating the ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Adult Dry Dog Food and from when they weren’t. Perhaps this change can be attributed to how quickly she made the food switch, or maybe it really is the food itself.
ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Adult Dry Dog Food makes some great claims in regards to helping your bulldog stay healthy. Thanks to the balanced fibers that work to reduce your dog’s flatulence and ease digestive problems, this food could be a great option if your dog suffers from those problems. However, the dog food is rather expensive, especially if it doesn’t use full meat products as an ingredient.
Perhaps the best quality of this dog food is that there is a 100% guarantee if you buy the dog food directly from the ROYAL CANIN website. If you decide to buy it from Amazon, where it is cheaper, you can save a couple bucks, but there is no guarantee that you can get any money back if your dog experiences problems with the food.
We don’t want to tell you not to choose this dog food solely on the ingredients the company chooses to use in its recipe. That is a decision that you alone have to make. We do want you to realize that buying the most expensive food isn’t always the best course of action. Overall cost doesn’t imply quality ingredients.
Because of that, we recommend that you read the ingredients of everything before you purchase something. The only way you can be 100% sure your pet is getting quality food is by knowing what is used to make the food and if it’s something you’d eat.