Breed Specific Nutrition?
Are breed specific pet foods really breed specific? Are prescription pet foods really specific nutrition to address the health needs of a pet? Here’s an interesting look at just how specific these pet foods are…well, that’s depending on what country you live in.
Piers Smart of Scampers Natural Pet Store in the UK sent me the question…’Are dogs different in the US than here in the UK?’ He was joking – pointing out that he discovered a fairly dramatic difference in breed specific pet foods sold in the UK with the same foods sold in the US.
The Royal Canin website says (about breed specific pet food): “ROYAL CANIN® Breed Health Nutrition™ is tailor-made to address the unique needs of pure breed dogs.” ‘Tailor-made to address unique needs of certain pure breed dogs’…hmmm. Ok, well look at the image below that compares the Royal Canin Bulldog breed specific pet food sold in the U.S., the U.K. and in Canada. Same food – three different countries…
To be a pet food that claims to address the ‘specific’ nutritional needs of a particular breed, there are quite a few differences in these foods. Dramatic differences between the specific ingredients of the US/Canadian bulldog food to the UK bulldog food – but there is even some slight differences of the US and Canadian versions of Royal Canin Bulldog pet food.
Now let’s compare the US and the UK versions of another breed specific pet food – Royal Canin Maine Coon cat food…
Again, for a “breed specific’ pet food – these two foods from the very same manufacturer seem to be very different.
Our ‘smart’ friend across the big pond (Piers Smart of Skampers Natural Pet Store) also noticed there are significant differences in prescription pet foods sold in the US and in the UK. Below are ingredient comparisons (first ten) of two Science Diet prescription pet foods –
I guess it depends on which side of the Atlantic ocean your pet lives in as to the specific nutritional needs they have – breed specific or prescription. How very sad.
A big thank you to Piers Smart of Scampers Natural Pet Store in the UK for sharing this important information with all of us! ‘Truth’ seekers are all over the world!
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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