Product Type: Royal Canin dog food
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Royal Canin Medium Junior
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Royal Canin Medium Junior
Advantages: Healthy Dog, Easily Available, Clear Instructions, Helpful Company
Disadvantages: Cost, Confusing Options
We chose this brand of dog food after much research on internet forums as we initially expected to be buying a recognised breed of dog and were impressed by the breed-specific options available. In the end we chose a cross-breed instead but still decided to stick with the Royal Canin range.
Selecting a size-specific product for a puppy relies on the owner knowing how large their dog will end up being, our dog is a mix of beagle and pug (puggle) and, as such, size was a bit of an unknown quantity! The customer care team at Royal Canin were very helpful and there is also an app available to help navigate your way through their products if you are technically inclined!
Purchasing the food was easy, its widely stocked at all of our local branches of Pets at Home, local pet shops and vets in a variety of sizes so we were able to start off with the small sized bag and go from there. Instructions for portion size are easily understood, giving a chart for adult weight and the amount to feed and out puppy always seemed satisfied with this amount twice daily.
I can only compare its effects with those of the food that was supplied with our dog and the difference between the two was marked. Her coat became glossier within only weeks of changing the food (which we did gradually), her trips to the toilet became much more regular and her "business" became more uniform in both colour and firmness. Additionally the actual food itself consisted of small(ish) round pellets which did encourage her to chew rather than gulp.
As time went on we found that she was growing at a rate greater then we had expected (the joys f buying a "designer dog") and she is now the biggest puggle we've ever seen!!!! This wasn't an issue we simply adjusted the intake of food to accomodate the difference in size and carried on as before. At no point did she appear overweight and based on the size of her parents I think her larger size is due to genetics rather than an issue with the food.
Once we had decided that this would be the food for us we then had to consider suppliers and found that by far the most economical way to go. A large bag (15kg) lasts about 2 months and stores brilliantly in an airtight pet food dispenser with no issues. It's not the cheapest product on the pet food market and the prices at Pets at Home are enough to make your eyes water so we elected to join Amazon's "subscribe and save" package, it brings the cost down to about £38 a bag at the time of writing and I don't think that's a bad price to feed a dog for 2 months!
We carried on with the junior food option throughout her first year, it carried on meeting her energy levels as we adjusted the amount by her age using bothe the chart on the packaging and the aforementioned iphone app. The change to adult food came when she did begin to gulp the food down, we decided to go for a larger size of kibble which was simply a transition from the Junior to Adult version and she has continued to thrive!
Summary: Make sure you pick the right option for your dog and you'll have a happy pup!
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