There’s more to your four-legged friend’s dinner than meets the eye. Or at least, there should be.
Good nutrition is an essential part of your pet’s overall health and well-being. Digestibility and the availability of nutrients to be used by the body is crucial to ensuring that your pet gets the best nutrition. A good rule-of-thumb is to always feed the very best food that you can afford whether your dog be a pure or mixed breed or your cat a Sphynx or an ordinary ‘moggie’.
Quality cat and dog food combines highly digestible nutrients such as the right blend of proteins, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, fats, carbohydrates and other vital components – in the right quantities – to support optimal pet health.
How can you tell if the food that you are feeding is suitable and if it delivers benefits to your unique pet? Quite simply, look at the skin and coat condition, general health and also too, the ‘output’ from your pet – small, firm, glossy stools indicate that the diet being used effectively in the body, while large, messy and frequent stools show that there could be a problem with the way in which the ingredients are processed by the body. This is a quick check – there are many others – to provide an indication of whether your pet is getting the most out of his food! Don’t forget his annual booster vaccinations, general health checks and of course, geriatric check ups for your older furry companions.
Shopping for pet food can be intimidating. There is a wide range of different diets available in veterinary clinics, pet stores and supermarkets and you may not know which food is best for your pet.
ROYAL CANIN® has a variety of diets designed specifically for different breeds, ages, lifestyles and health conditions of pets. In addition to weaning, growth, junior, adult and mature diets, ROYAL CANIN® also has veterinary diets that can be prescribed by your veterinarian for issues like skin conditions, gastric disturbances, cardiac, renal, hepatic and urinary care to name a few. Highly palatable, the entire ROYAL CANIN® range has a wide range of wet and dry foods specifically designed to target optimal health for your pet.
Kibbles, pebbles, biscuits or pellets, whatever you call the dry food that you feed your cat or dog, it’s shape is a very important (if often overlooked) consideration.
Kibble shape – as well as texture – should be specially tailored towards the different eating habits of different canine and feline breeds. Different breeds eat differently and so need a kibble that will support their grasp, oral hygiene and general health.
Take for example a Siamese cat. The Siamese is known for their lean shape, their long eye teeth and their propensity to regurgitate their food after eating. When looking at the way in which numerous Siamese cats ate – ROYAL CANIN® scientists filmed their eating habits for hundreds of hours – they realized that Siamese use their long eye teeth to ‘spear’ their food and that they eat very fast. The kibble question then arose, “if we slow down the rate with which a Siamese eats, would this help stop regurgitation?”. Many kibble shapes were tested and the one that met with the satisfaction of both cat and scientist, was a round, doughnut-shaped kibble with a hole in the centre. When a Siamese ‘spears’ the kibble, it sticks on his eye teeth and he takes more time to chew and swallow thus lessening the amount of air swallowed and decreasing regurgitation!
When we look at a Persian cat, they have a reputation for being fussy eaters. But when scientists looked a lot closer (filming them eating for hundreds of hours again!), they discovered that a Persian has great difficulty in picking up her food. With her little flat face, she uses the underside of her tongue to grab the food and flick it back into her mouth. Regular kibbles simply rolled away. So different kibble tests were done and the ideal shape of kibble for a Persian is an almond shaped one with a side that is slightly more sticky on the one side than on the other. This enables her to now pick up her food easily.
Of course, the kibbles for each breed of dog and cat are also formulated according to their needs and dependent on each requirement, may contain various skin and coat complexes, joint support, antioxidants and specific nutrients that support optimal health for a happy and healthy pet.
ROYAL CANIN® has a long history of working with a global network of veterinarians and breeders – in this way, every aspect of the animal’s health and feeding behaviour is thoroughly observed, recorded and tested for ease of use by the animal, preference and benefit to the pet’s overall health. These scientists work hard to design sustainably manufactured, nutrient-dense diets that are extremely palatable, and highly digestible along with scientifically-backed formulations that support quality and safety throughout the entire manufacturing process.
And ROYAL CANIN® has a particularly interesting way of developing different kibble shapes through extensive research. An advanced piece of equipment called a Texturometer was commissioned to support this process at the Royal Canin® factory in France. This equipment tests different shapes and textures of kibbles against the varying crushing pressures and shape of the teeth of different cat and dog breeds’ bites. What this equipment determines, is the breaking point of the kibble and how far the tooth penetrates into the kibble to obtain maximum ‘brushing’ of the teeth – thereby contributing to oral hygiene. And this is merely one aspect of the technology used to design the kibble perfect for your pet!
Health nutrition from a reputable manufacturer
Your choice of food is crucial for your pet’s health. It is always best to choose health nutrition that will offer your pet a complete and balanced package with f all the nutrients he needs. These diets are manufactured to meet the highest standards of quality and safety.
The cornerstone of nutritional philosophy should always be the sustainability of optimal pet health through nutrition. ROYAL CANIN® has a philosophy of knowledge and respect for the animal. Scientific evidence has proven that nutrition’s role in health care, extending to veterinary care, is crucial for the improvement of pet health and wellbeing.
A member of the Pet Food Industry of South Africa and represented on a host of international pet food forums, ROYAL CANIN® is working to raise quality and food safety standards around the globe.
And when it comes to the manufacture of the ROYAL CANIN® range of cat and dog food – which offers nutritional solutions for every pet, including a full range of prescription foods for those pets with veterinary-diagnosed ailments and diseases – ROYAL CANIN® is firmly committed to adhering to the highest standards.
This commitment begins right at the source.
All of our suppliers are globally validated and we test samples from each and every delivery, before we offload it.
Testing continues in the production and post-production phase, to give our customers absolute peace of mind when choosing ROYAL CANIN® for their pets.
For more information on any ROYAL CANIN® canine or feline health nutrition solutions, contact us on 0860 630 063 or email email@example.com.