NutriSource vs Royal Canin

NutriSource vs. Royal Canin

In this comparison article for NutriSource vs Royal Canin, we'll highlight the key differences between these two pet food brands. To properly compare NutriSource 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 NutriSource comparison, we've utilized average data to make general comparisons. If you'd like to see individual product reviews, visit our NutriSource Review Page or Royal Canin Review Page.

Guaranteed Analysis: Royal Canin vs. NutriSource

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.

NutriSource Dog Food vs. Royal Canin Dog Food

Dry Dog FoodNutriSourceRoyal Canin
Crude Protein28.9%27.8%
Crude Fat16.8%16.2%
Crude Fiber7.1%4.7%
Wet/Canned Dog FoodNutriSourceRoyal Canin
Crude Protein43.4%36.8%
Crude Fat33.0%20.0%
Crude Fiber7.2%11.7%

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.

Both brands provide roughly the same amount of crude protein. For wet dog foods, NutriSource provides more protein (about 6.52% more).

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

As you can see, Royal Canin and NutriSource guarantee a similar amount of crude fat. For wet dog foods, NutriSource provides significantly more fat (about 13.00% more).

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

NutriSource Cat Food vs. Royal Canin Cat Food

Dry Cat FoodNutriSourceRoyal Canin
Crude Protein36.4%34.5%
Crude Fat17.9%15.7%
Crude Fiber7.8%6.9%
Wet/Canned Cat FoodNutriSourceRoyal Canin
Crude Protein46.4%50.4%
Crude Fat31.4%12.8%
Crude Fiber5.2%10.5%

Crude Protein Comparison For Cat Food

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

Royal Canin and NutriSource both provide roughly the same amount of crude protein. For wet cat foods, Royal Canin provides more protein (about 4.06% more).

Crude Fat Comparison For Cat Food

There are many ways in which dietary fat contributes to the overall health of our feline friends. Here is a short list of benefits provided by fats (not exhaustive):

  • Aid in the digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
  • Improve the health of skin/coat
  • Slow the growth of yeast infections
  • Slow the development and spread of certain type of cancers.
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure

If you look at the average percentages of crude fat, you'll notice that NutriSource typically guarantees 2.21% more fat. This is a fairly small difference between NutriSource and Royal Canin, but still worth mentioning. In addition, NutriSource wet cat foods also provide more fat than Royal Canin wet foods.

There is a relatively insignificant difference between the crude fiber content of the two brands. For wet cat foods, Royal Canin provides more fiber (about 5.32% more).

NutriSource Pet Food Ingredients vs. Royal Canin Pet Food Ingredients

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

Pea Protein
Brewers Rice
Dried Tomato Pomace

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

Canola Oil
White Rice

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

Corn Meal
Corn Flour
Corn Grits
Corn Syrup
Rice Hulls
Beef Plasma
Canola Meal
Pork Plasma
Wheat Gluten
Tomato Pomace
Vegetable Oil
Propyl Gallate
Corn Gluten Meal
Pork By-Products
Brewers Rice Flour
Powdered Cellulose
Chicken By-Products
Venison By-Products
Duck By-Product Meal
Chicken 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.

NutriSource 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 Royal Canin.


Product Safety: Recall History of NutriSource & Royal Canin?

According to our records, NutriSource 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 FoodNutriSourceRoyal Canin
Per Pound$2.64$7.31
Per Calorie$0.0015$0.0043
Dry Cat FoodNutriSourceRoyal Canin
Per Pound$3.25$9.93
Per Calorie$0.0018$0.0059
Wet Dog FoodNutriSourceRoyal Canin
Per Pound$3.21$6.33
Per Calorie$0.0061$0.0144
Wet Cat FoodNutriSourceRoyal Canin
Per Pound$6.39$12.71
Per Calorie$0.0119$0.0354

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 NutriSource 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 NutriSource 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 NutriSource and Royal Canin. In addition, we currently have some great coupons for our readers.

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Where To Buy NutriSource Pet Foods

You can purchase NutriSource pet foods from the following stores:

75 Recipes In-Stock Today

30 Recipes In-Stock Today

Where To Buy Royal Canin Pet Foods

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

79 Recipes In-Stock Today

46 Recipes In-Stock Today

83 Recipes In-Stock Today

Type Of Pet Foods Available

ProductNutriSourceRoyal Canin
Dry Dog Food41 Recipes89 Recipes
Wet Dog Food13 Recipes50 Recipes
Dog Treats11 Treats2 Treats
Dry Cat Food8 Recipes31 Recipes
Wet Cat Food10 Recipes31 Recipes
Cat TreatsNone1 Treats

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