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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone use Royal Canin GSD specific food?

Just found out about Royal Canin GSD specific food. Anyone use it? Is it really an advantage to use it or is it all marketing?

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IMO it is 99% marketing.

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I have used it with my 9 month old. He seemed to respond well to it, as it is easy to digest (and that is the main problem). However, it is SUPER expensive. My trainer suggested Natures Balance large breed puppy food because it has basically the same ingredients, we are still in the transition progress. I really liked the RC GSD food though.
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Buddy my 10 year old Shepherd did well with it until they changed the formula and raised the price. I switched to Natures Receipe easy to digest which is less expensive and seems to work well for all my dogs.
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We give it to Joey because that's what his former owner always gave him.

I can get it from Amazon for about $53 for a 33-pound bag; I have Amazon Prime (free 2-day shipping; most times comes next-day).

Don't know if we should change foods when he gets older (he's almost 7).

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 10:16 AM
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The only thing GSD specific is the label that says GSD.

This stuff costs as much as Orijen, wow.

IMO this food is fillers, cheap in quality and gets terrible reviews on all sites except the ones that sell it.

The only thing that matters is this. And its not impressive

Chicken meal, brown rice, oatmeal, chicken fat, barley, rice, natural chicken flavor, pork meal, soy protein isolate, sodium silico aluminate, wheat gluten meal, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), powdered cellulose, anchovy oil (source of EPA/DHA), soya oil, potassium chloride, salt, calcium carbonate, dried egg product, sodium tripolyphosphate, DL-methionine, L-tyrosine, taurine, dried brewers yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), Vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), inositol, niacin supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], choline chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), Trace Minerals [zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], tea (green tea extract), chondroitin sulfate, rosemary extract, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E) and citric acid.
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I noticed that too, the ingredients just don't look that impressive. I mean they are OK but there are cheaper brands out there with better ingredients.

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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 03:46 PM
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It's OK, Molly did better on it than some more expensive brands. She was on it about 6 months. What I also liked is the kibble size and we used RC kibble instead of treats during training. Due to health problems, frequent colitis flare ups, we recently went off kibble all together and Molly's GI health has dramatically improved.
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What would happen if you feed it to a Malinois? .
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 10:54 AM
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Someone said RC GSD costs the same as Orijen. That is simply not true. RC is about 30% less than Orijen per lb.

Between the two I would take RC, but there are better foods that are the same price or cheaper.
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