Royal Canin Veterinary Diet® Canine Early Cardiac dry dog food

Founded by a veterinarian, Royal Canin has over 40 years experience in health nutrition. Our work with pet nutritionists, breeders, and veterinarians from around the world has provided us with knowledge about the specific nutritional requirements of dogs. This knowledge has allowed us to formulate the optimal diet for your dog's special needs.

  • Supports heart health
  • Helps maintain skin and coat health
  • Contains moderate sodium levels
  • Naturally preserved

Canine Early Cardiac is a highly digestible, palatable, complete and balanced adult dog food with nutrients essential to support cardiovascular function.

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Size: 17.6 lb
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Product Information

Cardiac Health
Contains arginine, carnitine, and taurine.

Eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids are long chain Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy cardiovascular function.

Moderate Sodium
Moderate, rather than severe, sodium restriction to reduce the workload on the heart.

Natural Preservative
Naturally preserved to ensure freshness and quality.

Feeding Guide
Recommended Daily Feeding Portion
Weight Daily Feeding
5 lb (2.3 kg) 3/4 cup (61 g)
10 lb (4.5 kg) 1 1/3 cups (102 g)
20 lb (9.1 kg) 2 1/3 cups (169 g)
30 lb (13.6 kg) 3 cups (227 g)
40 lb (18.1 kg) 3 3/4 cups (280 g)
50 lb (22.7 kg) 4 1/2 cups (329 g)
60 lb (27.2 kg) 5 cups (376 g)
70 lb (31.8 kg) 5 3/4 cups (421 g)
80 lb (36.3 kg) 6 1/3 cups (464 g)
90 lb (40.8 kg) 7 cups (506 g)
100 lb (45.4 kg) 7 1/2 cups (546 g)
110 lb (49.9 kg) 8 cups (586 g)
120 lb (54.4 kg) 8 1/2 cups (624 g)
130 lb (59.0 kg) 9 cups (662 g)
140 lb (63.5 kg) 9 1/2 cups (699 g)
150 lb (68.0 kg) 10 cups (735 g)
160 lb (72.6 kg) 10 1/2 cups (770 g)
170 lb (77.1 kg) 11 cups (805 g)
180 lb (81.6 kg) 11 1/2 cups (839 g)
Early Cardiac is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Brewers rice, chicken fat, chicken meal, fish meal, soy protein isolate, natural flavors, powdered cellulose, potassium chloride, fish oil, L-arginine, choline chloride, taurine, monosodium phosphate, L-carnitine, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin supplement, biotin, riboflavin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin A acetate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], trace minerals (zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), rosemary extract, preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min)22.0%
Crude Fat (min)14.0%
Crude Fiber (max)5.3%
Moisture (max)10.0%
L-arginine (min)1.76%
Sodium (max)0.33%
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)* (min)0.24%
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)* (min)0.1%
L-Carnitine* (min)490 mg/kg
Taurine* (min)0.18%
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
Calorie Content
This diet contains 3680 kilocalories of metabolizable energy (ME) per kilogram or 309 kilocalories ME per cup on an as fed basis (calculated).
Product Reviews
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet ® Canine Early Cardiac dry dog food is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yoshi loves it! Yoshi, my Maltese is picky eater, but he is a big fan of Royal Canin. He eats anything that is Royal Canin without fussing. After he was diagnosed with a heart murmur, I fed him the Early Cardiac dry dog food, and it is not surprising that he loves it.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Doggy Mommy! I was recommended this prescription diet in combo with her daily medication at our veterinarian for my 12 year old chihuahua Celeste due to a major heart murmur she has. I had no issues with the change of food, she liked it! She maintains her normal energy and is full of life. But most of all it makes my own heart stay at ease knowing she is being given the right nutrients, giving her a healthy and happy life. ♡ Thank you so much for having this diet for my fur baby!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NO COUGHING Ever since being on this food full time, my poodle with severe mitral valve disease does not cough!
Date published: 2016-02-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What happened to the formula?!? My 15 year old Chihuahua, my heart, has had a heart murmur since 2009 and has been loving this food for 7 years. It was smaller kibbles, darker in color and had a rich fishy smell ("good food"). She loved it and ate her meals with relish. Chihuahuas are notoriously finicky eaters so you can imagine how happy I was to see her eat a dry food. Over the last 3 years or so, I would occasionally get a bag that was different. Larger kibbles, lighter in color and little to no fishy smell ("bad food"). She will not eat this variation of the food. My vet is awesome and they exchanged the bags each time. And each time I got a replacement bag of the "good food". So, all was well......I thought. Jump forward to late 2016. Every bag we get now is the "bad food". I have tried everything I can think of to get my dog to eat it, but she refuses it until she is absolutely starving. Then she'll eat enough to get by. My vet has been in contact with their Royal Canin rep who says there has been no change in the formula for years. I do not have any of the "good food" left to provide a sample so Royal Canin can analyze both the "good food" and "bad food" and determine why there's such a huge difference. During one of the earlier "bad food" bags I showed my vet's office manager the difference between the two bags. She saw and smelled the difference and agreed something was amiss. I now have an elderly dog with a heart condition who is going to have nutritional complications because Royal Canin has changed something in their food that makes it less palatable. Unfortunately, as I had to use all the "good food" to feed my dog I have none left to give to my vet's rep. 20/20 hindsight. I don't know what to do. A once great food that was instrumental in helping my little love live a happy, well-nourished life has changed. Now I am terrified she is going to go downhill because she's not getting the nutrition she needs because her food formula is different. I just can't prove it.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I bought this product under advice from vet. The vet had little experience with the food but thought it would be worth a try for my dog's worsening heart murmur. The dog likes the food.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank Goodness and Royal Canin! Our 12 year old Bichon Frise, Samantha, was recently diagnosed with a Grade 3 Heart Murmur and is now she on a restricted low-sodium diet. After much research, the best product on the market is "Royal Canin's Early Cardiac" dry food. Samantha is extremely finicky and we were concerned about her rejecting this new dry food. She LOVES it! She has never been so enthusiastic about a dog food before and we are so relieved that she is so happy to eat it and that there is a high quality, low-salt, cardiac-minded and apparently delicious food for our girl. Thank-you Royal Canin.
Date published: 2018-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Losing it! Buffy doesn't even know she is on a diet and the pounds are coming off. I love her no matter what weight she is but I want her to be healthy. My vet said that she would be healthier if she lost weight and that it would be better for her joints and heart health. Royal Canin is getting the job done. Buffy is losing it! Slow and steady girl. That's how we'll get it done.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this food I have been feeding my dog Deisel this food for 8 months he is a Doberman with DCM he loves this food !
Date published: 2017-05-02
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