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Dog Food Review |Royal Canin Maxi Adult Vs Orijen Adult Dog Food

Top Global brands selling the best of dry dog food in India of various categories covering each important life stage of a dog may seem a bit overwhelming to the ordinary pet owner to comprehend. A random purchase even of a quality product without much thought might just end up to be a careless decision later on. The assessment of two premium and popular dog foods in India (Royal Canin Maxi Adult & Orijen Dog Food Adult) below is an attempt to guide discerning pet parents through their journey of raising healthy happy pets. DOG FOOD REVIEW Royal Canin Maxi Adult– Suitable for large breed dogs (15 months to 5 years of age) such as German-shepherd, Boxers, Dalmatians, and Collies among others. This formula is the best fit for guard dogs, canines involved in rescue operations/military, and dogs involved in assistance work.

Highlights- The formula comprises of superior quality proteins and nutritional fibers that aid in better digestive health. The food tackles the issues pertaining to joint pains that may develop in the dog at a later stage. Apart from healthy bones the diet (developed with Omega3 & Omega6 fatty acids) promises to take care of a glossy coat & a tip-top skin. The careful selection of flavors appeal to the large dogs and are agreeable to their palate.

Kibble Size- They are designed in a way to encourage the habit of chewing in large dogs thereby preventing plaque build-up.

Compostion of Royal Canin Maxi Adult Dog Food*

COMPOSITION: dehydrated poultry protein, maize, maize flour, animal fats, wheat, rice, maize gluten, hydrolysed animal proteins, beet pulp, fish oil, soya oil, minerals, yeasts, hydrolysed crustaceans (source of glucosamine), hydrolysed cartilage (source of chondroitin). ADDITIVES (per kg): Nutritional additives: Vitamin A: 15500 IU, Vitamin D3: 1000 IU, E1 (Iron): 43 mg, E2 (Iodine): 4.3 mg, E4 (Copper): 13 mg, E5 (Manganese): 56 mg, E6 (Zinc): 168 mg, E8 (Selenium): 0.08 mg – Technological additives: Clinoptilolite of sedimentary origin: 5 g – Preservatives – Antioxidants. ANALYTICAL CONSTITUENTS: Protein: 26% – Fat content: 17% – Crude ash: 6.6% – Crude fiber: 1.3% – Per kg: Omega3 fatty acids: 7.8 g including EPA/DHA: 4 g.
*as given on company website
Major Ingredients- Chicken (animal) by product meal. Animal by-products may present the buyer with a catch 22 situation. Chicken by products are debatable due to them being labeled as something low in nutrition. It is basically the leftovers; of the butchered animal after the meat edible for human consumption has been separated for further processing. Below mentioned are a few examples of chicken by-products:

Livers, Beaks, Lungs, Spleen, Brain, Feet, Immature eggs, Intestines, Stomach, Kidneys, and so on excepting feathers.
The organs though are considered to be nutritious. On the whole this particular ingredient is a rich source of amino acids required by the dog.
Although the by-product meals (dehydrated poultry protein) are laden with four times the protein Vis-a-Vis fresh chicken. A meat meal is obtained by a cooking process called rendering, in this the meat is slowly boiled, eventually the water dries up and the remains are baked to eventually be turned into a protein powder. This meat meal contains 65% protein and roughly 10% water. The whole chicken comprises of only 18% protein and 70% water.
Brown rice supplicates carbohydrates and supplies the much required energy to the dog. Also easily digested by the canine.

Origen Dog Food Formula for Adult Dogs
It is suitable for all dog breeds above 12 months, upto the age of 5 years.
Highlights- Loaded with the goodness of meat (chicken, eggs, turkey and fish) that helps strengthen muscles and supplies the essential nutrition. Also the Orijen diet is famous for its low carbohydrate content & glycaemic index thus maintaining healthy levels of glucose in the blood in all dog breeds. The inclusion of fresh fish ensures better immunity and a healthy nervous system for the canine.
Orijen Adult Dog Food Ingredients Chart

The food is prepared using authentic and the freshest ingredients in Alberta, Canada that are cultivated & fished in the local area. The formula is an attempt to replicate the natural diet of dogs that consists of raw natural meats. Simply put this diet (38% protein enriched) satiates the desire for a diet that nature devised for dogs.

Ingredients- Boneless Chicken, Chicken meal, chicken liver, whole herring, boneless turkey, turkey meal, turkey liver, whole eggs, boneless walleye, whole salmon, chicken heart, chicken cartilage, herring meal, salmon meal, chicken liver oil, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, sun cured alfalfa, yams, pea fiber, chickpeas, pumpkin, butternut squash, spinach green, carrots, apples, pears, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, opper proteinate, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

The First ingredient– is boneless chicken. A whole prey diet (cage-free chicken, turkey, wild herring, noethern walleye, and nest laid eggs) for a wholesome carnivore- diet. Though, raw meat equals to 80% water. This moisture evaporates during the cooking procedure thereby reducing the overall chicken weight dramatically.

The second component- is chicken meal. Meat meal is a thick protein powder obtained via the process called rendering.

The third item- is chicken liver. This component deals with the inclusion of organ based meat such as liver, spleen, kidney, lung and pancreas & so on. It is responsible for supplying vital nourishment to the dog.

Review Summary:

Royal Canin Maxi Adult- The formula uses an average amount of meat by-product meal. Due to it depending upon plant-based sources to fulfill most of the protein requirement, the dry food may not always be opted as a first/premium choice.

Orijen Adult Dog Food- A Canadian grain-free food rich in whole-meat fulfilling the dog’s protein requirement. It can be labeled as a superior quality nourishing diet free of artificial sources and is a preferred choice for maintaining optimum health of the canine. Also the inclusion of botanical ingredients helps the dog in getting rid of toxins in the body.

Content Disclaimer: All views/opinions expressed in this article are solely of the author. Pets World India does not endorse any suggestion/fact stated in this article and strongly urges all users to consult a professional before choosing any diet, commercially prepared or home made, for your pets.


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