It is important that very young puppies get the proper nutrition right from the start to ensure they grow strong and healthy. Starter mousse is formulated to support the increased energy and nutritional needs of the mother from the last 1/3 of gestation through lactation, and very young puppies from weaning up to 2 months.

The transition from the mother’s milk to solid food can be a difficult time in the puppy’s life. Starter mousse has a very fine mousse texture that makes it easy to lap up, facilitating the transition from milk to solid food. It is also highly palatable to help ensure the puppy eats its food and obtains all the nutritional support required for healthy development.

The digestive capabilities of the very young puppy have not reached their full potential which can result in loose stool. Starter mousse is formulated with highly digestible ingredients, including low indigestible proteins (LIPs), to help increase the protein utilized by the body and reduce indigestible protein going to the colon, helping to improve stool quality.

Puppies naturally imitate their mother’s eating habits, and seek out the same food she eats. Starter mousse has been specially formulated to meet the requirements of the bitch at the demanding time of gestation and lactation and help the puppy during the transition from maternal milk to solid food.

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Water sufficient for processing, chicken, pork by-products, chicken liver, brewers rice flour, gelatin, powdered cellulose, fish oil, casein, calcium carbonate, glycine, sodium tripolyphosphate, pork plasma, sodium aluminosilicate, hydrolyzed yeast, natural flavors, carrageenan, taurine, guar gum, vitamins[L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), niacin supplement, biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement], potassium chloride, citric acid, choline chloride, sodium carbonate, trace minerals[zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], magnesium oxide, marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), carotene.

Calorie Content

This diet contains 972 kcal ME/kg; 141 kcal ME/can on an as fed basis (calculated).

Crude Protein (min) 8.5% Crude Fat (min) 4.5% Crude Fiber (max) 1.5% Moisture (max) 80.5% Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (min) 0.03% Vitamin E (min) 133 IU/kg Ascorbic acid* (min) 80 mg/kg

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

Wet Feeding

Adult target weight 6.6 lb (3 kg)
Puppy's age in weeks Cans/day
3 - 4 weeks 1/4 can
4 - 5 weeks 3/4 can
5 - 6 weeks 3/4 can
6 - 7 weeks 1 can
7 - 8 weeks 1 1/2 cans
Royal Canin Canine Health Nutrition Starter Mousse Canned Dog Food

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Customer reviews

18 Mar 2024

Pups love it!

I have been using this for a few years now on my litters after 3 weeks old and the puppies take to it right away and there has been no digestion issues. It is easy to then mix in a little with the mushy kibble to transition. Pups look great!
15 Jan 2024

Highly recommend , awsome food for MOM and Baby

Puppies are thriving on this , I started using the same food in kibble and its making the transition very easy. So far pups have accepted the food very well since day 1 and no digestive issues to report. I have started the weening process and this is going fine as well . Thank you RC
27 Nov 2023

My baby pugs love it

Really great with small puppies. Easier on them to eat and nutrition
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16 May 2023


My little girl didn’t want to eat. But she liked this.
Blue 1956
08 May 2021

My dogs love it

Have been buying for years just got a case that was dented and many cans went bad....ordering more buy now cans are smaller less food? But my picky eaters will eat I keep ordering.
30 Oct 2019

The perfect starter food

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I use this to start every litter. Its the perfect food for young puppies. Great for nursing moms or dogs that are feeling under the weather too.
Mal gal
10 Jun 2018

alaskan malamute

I have used this on puppies that were recovering from Parvo, and an orphan litter. It was wonderful, easy to digest and pleasing to a recovering baby, or puppies with no mom. Wonderful product
McLane Poodles
08 Dec 2017

For a Tired Mom

My miniature poodle girls are diligent moms and get extremely worn out in the first week or two after birth. This food is easy for them to eat quickly and get the nutrients/calories they need to produce enough milk. It also helps keep them hydrated. It does cause loose stool, so I recommend mixing it with a tblsp of puréed sweet potatoes. For the puppies, I start them with a bit of this at the first weaning feedings. The food’s aroma and taste makes them much more excited about eating from the dish. It also comes in smaller tray sizes and is sold at local Petsmart stores for a bit of a markup.
04 Dec 2016

excellent to produce milk

I have found that this is the absolute only food to add to mothers diet to help her produce a good milk supply. I raise yorkies and chihuahuas and they are a breed who can sometimes have trouble producing enough milk. Adding a can of this per day to their normal diet ( royal canin mini adult and mini puppy dry free fed) boosts momma dogs milk production and she has no problems!!!! I always start feeding a can per day about 2 weeks prior to due date all the way untill babies are weaned. Babies love it too as their first food!
14 Jun 2016


I really love this product and my dog loves it too