Compare:Eukanuba’s Chihuahua Formula & Royal Canin Chihuahua

August 26, 2013

This comparison is of two similar dog foods.  Both Eukanuba’s Chihuahua Formula and Royal Canin Chihuahua are formulated, supposedly to meet the specific needs of the Chihuahua breed.  Eukanuba states on their website that this food includes all the nutritional benefits of their Total Health System, with extra customized nutrients to meet the needs of the breed.  It includes a Prebiotic to promote digestive health; Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate for healthy joints; antioxidants and vitamins to support the immune system; and L-Carnitine to burn fat and maintain a healthy weight.

The site also says that the food includes real chicken as the #1 ingredient.  That much is good.  However, it’s followed by chicken by-product meal.  As I’ve written before, by-products of any kind are bad news and won’t be found in healthy pet food.  As a product from the rendering industry, by-products contain the poorest quality of meat possible, along with meat from 4-D animals and whatever garbage went into the rendering vat.

Dog Food Designed for Chichuahuas

The third item is corn meal, another poor choice, because many dogs are allergic to corn.  From that point on, I have no problem with the remaining ingredients.

I should also add that the ingredients list above was found on the company’s website.  I had a printed sheet from a few months ago that showed an entirely different set of ingredients.  As I write this, I’m assuming that the company website now shows the current list of ingredients you would find when you shop.

Royal Canin designed their product for pure breed Chihuahuas over 8 months old.  Their website seems to focus on specific needs relevant to that breed.  The picky appetite of the Chihuahua is discussed and the need to address both the taste and smell of food, because the breed is so demanding and fussy about food.

It also addresses the cardiac issues and dental problems that can occur in older Chi’s.  Royal Canin deals with the fragile jaw and teeth of the breed in the design, shape, and density of the kibble.  And then we get to the actual ingredients.

Dog Food for Chihuahuas

 

Breed-specific dog foodNotice that the first ingredient is corn, a cheap alternative to meat and as stated above, many dogs are allergic to corn. Chicken meal is fine, but brewer’s rice is a waste product of the brewing industry and has little to no nutritional value. Then they add yet another corn product.

According to naturalnews.com, dogs cannot convert soy protein to usable fuel, so I question why they would have included that.

I have no problem to the remaining ingredients in this food, but any pet food that relies so heavily on corn as its main protein is not my idea of quality food.

Truth be told, I would not give either of these breed specific dog foods to my pet.  And the other truth is that dogs don’t really need a breed-specific food.  There just isn’t that much difference in the genetic make-up of dogs and their needs are so similar that as long as the food is formulated for size, they can all eat pretty much the same formula, as long as they are healthy.

 

 

 

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dixie April 5, 2015 at 11:57 am

I recently ordered Royal Canine for my picky Chihuahua. It is the only dog food that she will eat. I am not crazy about the corn, but she is not allergic, and I add a little boiled chicken breast to the food. She loves the dog food. She just had teeth pulled as she gets a lot of tarter build- up on her teeth. Is this good food for her. Is this food alright for her or would Eukanuba for Chihuahuas be better

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Carol North April 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Dixie, you have asked me a tough question. I don’t usually go into detail about food ingredients in this comment section but if you have read the articles on this website, you will know how I feel about by-products in any form. Below are the first few ingredients in the Royal Canin food you are feeding your dog:
Corn, chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, wheat gluten, oat groats, brown rice, chicken fat, natural flavors, dried plain beet pulp, fish oil, vegetable oil, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, sodium silico aluminate

Corn as the first ingredient means that there is more corn in this food than any other ingredient. Whether your pet is allergic or not to corn, this is a lot of grain. By-products could be anything from chicken meat to beaks to feet to intestines plus all the other garbage that goes in to the rendering vats (i.e., dead zoo animals, euthanized dogs and cats from vet offices, road kill). Then you have brewer’s rice, which has no nutritional value taking up a lot of weight and that is followed by more grains. The generic fish oil could be anything and could include chemicals used to preserve it. So no, I don’t like this food.

However, the Eukanuba food you mention isn’t a lot better. It does appear to contain more meat and that’s good. But it also contains a lot of grain. The fish meal and fish oil have the same risks of chemical preservatives. Such chemicals as ethoxyquin (a cousin to anti=freeze) are often used in the fish that make up fish meal or fish oil. It’s far better to choose a food containing a named fish or fish oil, like salmon.

If it appears I’m steering you toward more expensive dog food, that’s not the intention. I don’t believe that the so-called breed specific foods are any better for dogs than non-breed specific. Just be sure the food you give your pet is designed for an animal her size. Talk to your vet if you are in doubt. Many vets sell Science Diet but I’d be careful about which one of their foods to buy. Many of them contain unwise ingredients.

Check out the Rachel Ray dog foods – Nutrish – at the grocery store and see if there is one that would work for your pet. Walmart sells Pure Balance that might be another lower cost option. I know that Chihuahuas have health issues to address and to avoid so your vet can best advise you.

All that said, you are adding extra chicken to the Royal Canin food and that’s great. Only you can decide if the ingredients I’ve mentioned are ones you want to avoid.

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