If you have a young 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 help him grow up strong and resistant to arthritis or hip and elbow dysplasia when it gets older. 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 Puppy Dry Dog Food. Are these claims true? Well, that’s what we are going to talk to you about.
Of all the dog food out there on the shelves, you might wonder what makes ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Puppy 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 shoes, plants, 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 Puppy Dry Dog Food, you don’t see that.
The first three ingredients are chicken by-product meal (which is the dry, rendered remains of slaughterhouse refuse), brown rice (a complex carb that should be easy to digest but offers little nutritional value) and brewers rice (a by-product of cereal grain).
With that said, the dog food does feature vitamins that will help support your puppy’s immune system and offers a blend that will reduce the possible risk of weight gain.
When we looked at the reviews on Amazon for the ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Puppy Dry Dog Food, 91% of the reviews are 4 or 5 star reviews. Of those reviews, one woman shared that her large bulldog had bad allergies and was extremely picky when it came to the food that it would eat.
She went on to say that prior to eating the ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Puppy Dry Dog Food, the dog would break out in “marble sized lumps under her skin.” However, when they starting giving their dog this food, those allergic reactions went away.
So it’s safe to say that, according to this particular reviewer, the dog food worked at relieving her dog’s allergic reaction, just as the brand said it could do. In fact, 81% of reviewers on Amazon say the food is great, and their dog loves it. However, we cannot get passed the questionable ingredients.
One of the complaints that the more neutral reviewers had was the price. ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Puppy Dry Dog Food isn’t cheap food by any means, and these reviews voiced those concerns. One reviewer said that they initially started buying this food because their dog was having problems keeping food down.
When the reviewer switched to ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Puppy Dry Dog Food, the dog was able to keep the food down, even though the hefty price tag (nearly $65 for a 30 pound bag when it isn’t on sale) was a hard pill to swallow. However, when it comes to keeping our dogs healthy, sometimes price isn’t a factor and we will pay anything, right?
We continued to look at the negative 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 even states the formula has changed and because of the new ingredients, their dog started to break out in hives.
Although this might not be the problem for every dog that eats the food, it is still alarming to read, especially when this is supposed to be a food designed specifically for bulldog puppies.
ROYAL CANIN Bulldog Puppy Dry Dog Food makes some great claims in regards to helping your bulldog stay healthy. Thanks to the balanced blend of vitamins and minerals, your dog may have an excellent chance of avoiding any possible joint problems in the future. 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. After all, if you want your puppy to live a long, healthy life, you want to give them the best food available, right?