Alpo vs Royal Canin

Alpo vs. Royal Canin

In this comparison article for Alpo vs Royal Canin, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare Alpo and Royal Canin, we'll use up-to-date nutritional and price information.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best pet food brand for your pet. Factors such as ingredient quality, guaranteed analysis, product safety, brand history, and cost are among the most important factors to consider.

Throughout this Royal Canin vs Alpo comparison, we've utilized average data to make general comparisons. If you'd like to see individual product reviews, visit our Alpo Review Page or Royal Canin Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Royal Canin vs. Alpo

According to AAFCO, all pet food labels must provide a guaranteed analysis of nutrient content. The analysis must provide guaranteed minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture.

All percentages used in this comparison are averages reported on a dry matter basis.

Alpo Dog Food vs. Royal Canin Dog Food

Dry Dog Food Alpo Royal Canin
Crude Protein 23.7% 26.5%
Crude Fat 8.6% 15.4%
Crude Fiber 6.3% 5.3%
Wet/Canned Dog Food Alpo Royal Canin
Crude Protein 47.7% 29.7%
Crude Fat 18.0% 16.4%
Crude Fiber 7.4% 10.2%

Crude Protein Comparison For Dog Food

Protein is an extremely important part of your dog's diet. Without sufficient protein, dogs can develop a wide-range of serious health problems.

According to our average data, Alpo typically provides less protein than Royal Canin. However, this difference is relatively small and doesn't represent a significant difference between the two brands. In addition, Alpo wet dog foods also provide more protein than Royal Canin wet foods.


Crude Fat Comparison For Dog Food

Dietary fats serves a multitude of roles in the proper development and function of our canine companions. Here are some of the benefits (not exhaustive):

  • Help produce prostaglandins, which reduce inflammation among other critical functions.
  • Aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
  • Improve skin and coat health
  • Improve the palatially of your dog's food

Alpo dry recipes contain 6.81% less fat than Royal Canin dry recipes. This difference in fat content is a notable difference between Royal Canin and Alpo. For wet dog foods, Alpo and Royal Canin provide roughly the same amount of fat.


Both brands provide roughly the same amount of crude fiber. For wet dog foods, Royal Canin typically provides a little more fiber (about 2.81% more).

Alpo Pet Food Ingredients vs. Royal Canin Pet Food Ingredients

Alpo and Royal Canin both use the following controversial ingredients in many of their products:

Wheat Gluten
Corn Gluten Meal
Powdered Cellulose
Chicken By-Product Meal

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Alpo.

Liver
Poultry
Corn Syrup
Ground Wheat
Animal Digest
Garlic Powder
Soybean Flour
Soybean Hulls
Corn Germ Meal
Meat By-Products
Ground Yellow Corn
Meat And Bone Meal
Hydrogenated Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Animal Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)

Here are some of the controversial ingredients used only by Royal Canin.

Corn
Wheat
Corn Meal
Corn Flour
Corn Grits
Rice Hulls
Beef Plasma
Canola Meal
Pea Protein
Pork Plasma
Brewers Rice
Tomato Pomace
Vegetable Oil
Pork By-Products
Brewers Rice Flour
Chicken By-Products
Dried Tomato Pomace
Venison By-Products
Duck By-Product Meal
Soybean Protein Isolate
Hydrolyzed Poultry By-Products Aggregate

We believe that certain pet food ingredients are linked to adverse health affects; these ingredients are classified as harmful.

Alpo and Royal Canin both use the following harmful ingredients in many of their products:

Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

Here are some of the harmful ingredients used only by Alpo.

Bha
Bht
Red 3
Blue 1
Blue 2
Red 40
Yellow 5
Yellow 6
Ethoxyquin
Added Color
Red 40 Lake
Yellow 5 Lake
Yellow 6 Lake
Bacon Fat (Preserved With Bha And Citric Acid)

Product Safety: Recall History of Alpo & Royal Canin?

According to our records, Alpo has never been recalled.

Royal Canin has been recalled 3 times.

  • May 11, 2007: Melamine
  • April 19, 2007: Melamine
  • Feb. 2, 2006: excess level of vitamin D3

Price Comparison: Which Brand Is More Expensive?

Dry Dog Food Alpo Royal Canin
Per Pound $1.30 $3.54
Per Calorie $0.0010 $0.0021
Wet Dog Food Alpo Royal Canin
Per Pound $1.00 $4.51
Per Calorie $0.0022 $0.0103

The average cost-per-lb is heavily influenced by the varying amounts of moisture present in each brand's food products (wet vs. dry food, dry vs. freeze-dried food, etc). However, the average cost-per-kcal eliminates the influence of moisture. Therefore, the average cost-per-kcal is the better metric to consider.

If you'd like to calculate the average cost-per-day or cost-pet-year of feeding Alpo or Royal Canin, input your pet's weight into our cost analyzer widget.

Averages price data can identify whether or not there exists a significant price difference between two brands. However, the actual price that you'll pay for Alpo or Royal Canin will depend on your shopping habits.

Pet owners who use our price comparison feature typically save more than 25% off retail prices for Alpo and Royal Canin. In addition, we currently have some great coupons for our readers.


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Where To Buy Alpo Pet Foods

You can purchase Alpo pet foods from the following stores:






Where To Buy Royal Canin Pet Foods

You can purchase Royal Canin pet food products from these retailers:










Type Of Pet Foods Available

Product Alpo Royal Canin
Dry Dog Food 4 Recipes 129 Recipes
Wet Dog Food 20 Recipes 35 Recipes
Dog Treats 10 Treats 5 Treats
Dry Cat Food 54 Recipes
Wet Cat Food 40 Recipes
Cat Treats 5 Treats

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