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Description: Calorie Content
Contains 3922 kilocalories/kilogram or 322 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).

Chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, oat flour, corn, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), dried egg product, fish digest, yeast culture, flax seed, tomato pomace, dicalcium phosphate, animal digest, beet pulp, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, carrot pomace, apple pomace, sodium chloride, monosodium phosphate, choline chloride, lecithin, citric acid, inulin, taurine, DL-methionine, L-lysine, vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, selenium yeast, inositol, L-carnitine, copper sulfate, niacin supplement, docosahexaenoic acid, vitamin A supplement, manganous oxide, D-calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, alpha lipoic acid, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, beta-carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, rosemary extract, dried aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried bacillus subtilis fermentation extract.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 23%
Crude Fat (min) 12%
Crude Fiber (max) 3%
Moisture (max) 10%

Nutrition Statement
Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Royal Canin Veterinary Diet canine DEVELOPMENT FORMULA canned and dry diets provide complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages.


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Mon January 7, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Cons: Byproducts, low quality grains, controversial filler

This product is a veterinary diet, however it is not indicated for disease treatment. Our comments therefore are on an equal footing with any other puppy food irrespective that this one is marketed under a 'veterinary' label. These comments relate solely to our opinion of the ingredients used in this product and cannot replace medical advice relating to disease.

The main meat-related ingredient in this food is byproducts. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice. The only other meat-related ingredients is are fish and animal digest. Digest is material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed tissue. Digest is a low quality ingredient that is not found in high quality products, and when sourced from "animals" is unidentifiable by species or source.

The grains in the food are all low quality. Oats are a good quality grain, but in flour form (in dog foods, commonly a byproduct of human food production) we consider this primarily filler. Brewers rice is a low quality grain and byproduct, whilst corn is a difficult to digest grain that is commonly associated with food allergies. Tomato, apple and carrot pomace are futher byproducts and filler. Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. It is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.

We appreciate the inclusion of a range of probiotics in the food, but but note that this product includes synthetic vitamin K, a substance linked to liver problems and that is progressively being removed from better quality dog food products.

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