Royal Canin – Deserving The Best


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All Royal Canin food is made to the strictest quality requirements to ensure absolute safety. Because cats and dogs deserve the best nutrition to remain in the best of health, Royal Canin is committed to:

• Select the suppliers of raw materials in accordance with very strict specifications

• Test the quality of the ingredients before they are accepted for use in Royal Canin foods

• Only use meat from animals which are declared fit and healthy for human consumption

• Quality control from the moment the raw materials enter the factory right through to the packaging stage, thanks to systematic measures and analyses at all key stages

• Complete traceability and identification of all ingredients

Palatability

Even the very best food, from a nutritional point of view, is worthless if it is not eaten.

Royal Canin study every possible parameter of its kibbles and food to ensure that it is as palatable as possible to the cats and dogs who eat it.

They look at everything from raw materials and formulation, to the size, shape, texture and density of the kibble, and finally the coating, smell and taste of the food, to find the most appealing formulation for their real customers – the cat and dog.

Quality Proteins

L.I.P. stands for Low Indigestible Proteins. When you see L.I.P. proteins in the ingredient list, this means that very high quality, highly digestible protein has been used in the food. For protein to be classified L.I.P. it must be over 90% digestible and easily assimilated into the body.

The use of high quality, easily assimilated proteins helps reduce the amount of undigested remains reaching the colon. If a large quantity of protein is undigested, it can lead to an increase in fermentation and result in soft and smelly stools.

All Royal Canin products use extremely high quality proteins which are rigorously selected and controlled throughout the manufacturing process.

Packaging

Royal Canin products are packed in exclusive airtight bags in an oxygen-reduced atmosphere to ensure flavour and nutritional quality are perfectly preserved. Using this special method of packing, exclusive to Royal Canin, in association with hermetically sealed bags, ensures our food is always fresh and at optimum effectiveness.

Look out for the Controlled Atmosphere logo on all their product packs.

Importance of the kibble

Their innovation doesn’t stop with formulation. The breed, age, size and sensitivities of cats and dogs are also taken into account when they design kibbles.

The size, shape and texture of kibbles change according to the specific characteristics of the animal it is intended for. Junior small breed dogs have an easily re-hydratable kibble specially suited to their small jaws, with a crumbly texture to aid oral hygiene from early on in life.

Choosing a kibble

The final decision makers on which kibble shape, size and texture they use are the cats and dogs themselves. When developing kibble for their dog food, dogs tried out 10 different kibble designs. The dogs were given a meal in a see-through glass bowl, which was filmed from beneath with a hidden camera. From the video footage, each shape could be accurately assessed for ease of gripping and chewing, plus the time spent eating.

Feeding Your Kitten

How to feed

Recent advances in nutrition have played a key role in helping pets live longer and healthier. Kittens grow and develop extremely quickly and during this important stage in your kitten’s life, profound changes occur and development needs to be closely monitored.

Once weaned from mum, your kitten’s digestive system is still immature and they are not yet ready to digest large amounts of food. Overlooking this can lead to serious digestive disorders. During this growth phase your kitten’s energy needs are greater than those of an adult cat.

Your kitten should be fed little and often using an ultra digestible food specially designed for kittens. This can mean up to four meals a day until the age of four months, given at evenly spaced intervals to avoid overstretching their small stomachs. This can then be reduced to three and then two meals by the time they are six months old. It is also important not to vary feeding times and types of food fed as this will cause problems with your kitten’s digestive system and toilet training regime. You must always make sure they have access to water at all times.

What to feed?

Your breeder may have given you advice on what your kitten’s diet has been and it is advisable not to change this too suddenly. It is important to ensure that your kitten is fed a complete and balanced good quality kitten food.

You should feed a complete kitten food until your kitten is at least six months of age, moving on to a neutered adult cat food following their neutering operation.

At Cinque Ports Vets we recommend the Royal Canin Pediatric Weaning and Growth Kitten range. We work closely with Royal Canin to make sure we are able to provide you with the best pet food available for your new addition. All team members are fully trained to offer advice and support on your kitten’s dietary needs. The Vet Care range of food is a good quality, highly nutritional kitten food which provides support for your kitten’s digestive system and natural defences by a complex of antioxidants.

The Royal Canin Pediatric Weaning range comes in both wet and dry forms and can be fed from 4 weeks until 4 months of age to facilitate the transition from liquids to solids. It is a high energy density food which is ultra digestible to support your kitten’s delicate digestive system.

The Royal Canin Pediatric Growth range also comes in both wet and dry forms and can be fed from 4 months until either neutering or 12 months of age. The food contains highly digestible proteins to aid in digestion of the food and also reduce stool quantity due to the food being extremely digestible.

A lot of owners place importance on varying the type and flavour of food they offer to their kittens and cats. It is important to remember that although we like to eat a variety of flavours this is not necessarily an important issue to our cats! Cats place more importance on the texture of their food than the flavour. This is due to them having a significantly lower number of taste buds than humans!

As a veterinary practice we are aware that there are a wide range of complete kitten foods on the market and the quality varies widely. It can be very daunting trying to decide which brand to choose. Pet foods currently available on the market, range from economy brands to premium. Economy brands are a much cheaper option to buy but do not provide optimum nutrition with generally a larger volume needing to be fed. This in turn can mean a larger volume of faecal output due to their poor digestibility.

Premium foods are consistently made of high quality ingredients of a high nutrient and energy density which means you can feed a lower volume. They are also made with a fixed formula which means the same source of for example protein (chicken) is used in each bag. These foods suit kittens delicate digestive system well. The cheaper economy foods have a fixed receipe which means they use the cheapest source of for example protein (chicken) available at the time. It isn’t necessary to declare the levels of minerals like phosphorus, sodium, potassium, sugar and starch on the packaging but the more premium pet foods do which aids in deciding on a suitable pet food for your pet’s lifestage. Although the premium foods may appear more expensive to buy, you do not need to feed the large amounts which are required from a lower grade food, so many of them actually work out to cost the same if not less! Remember all pet foods provide nutrition but the premium ones offer your kitten health benefits as well.

Royal Canin rigorously test every ingredient in their pet food and if a batch of ingredients does not meet their standards they do not use it in production of their pet food.

We will be happy to advise you on which diet would be best suited to your kitten and we also offer free nutritional consultations with our qualified Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellors who can advise you on your cat’s diet throughout their life.

Useful Links:
Royal Canin

Feeding Your Older Dog

The key to a happy, healthy pet is feeding them the right type and right amount of food specific to their individual age and lifestyle. Their nutritional requirements vary according to their breed, size, age, lifestage and activity level.

Senior dogs require a diet which has an adjusted nutritional composition to cater for their different requirements as they age.

Depending on the size of your dog, they will mature at a different age. A small dog reaches their senior years at around 8 years old, a medium dog at 7 years and a large dog at 5 years.

When your dog ages they can start to experience a decline in the function of certain organs, including their immune system. They may become less active and their sense of smell and taste can be affected.

A diet which caters for supporting their vital organs for example reduced protein and phosphorus content to support kidneys as well as reduced calorie content should be fed. Also helping to boost their immune function as well as being extremely palatable is extremely important. There are a wide range of Senior diets available and where possible you should buy the best one you can afford. Premium dog foods offer health benefits as well as providing nutrition.

The Senior Consult Lifestage diets made by Royal Canin, contains a selection of nutrients that help to support vital functions in ageing dogs and cats. This food should be fed as an everyday complete diet for your senior pet regardless of whether they have any ageing signs.

The diet helps:

  • support ageing cells by neutralising the free radicals by containing antioxidants
  • preserves kidney function by having a reduced level of phosphorus
  • supports brain health by containing L-tryptophan, an amino acid that plays an essential role in the regulation of anxiety, sleep and appetite
  • helps preserve muscle mass which can be lost with old age by containing a specific balanced formulation of amino acids
  • helps maintain mobility with chondroitin, glucosamine and Green Lipped Mussel extract

Weight gain as well as loss can also occur and close attention should be paid to your pet’s weight as being either overweight or underweight can lead to serious health problems. Weight gain can easily occur when your pet ages as they become less active and have a slower metabolism, needing less calories. The increase in weight can worsen health problems for example increasing the pressure on joints, worsening arthritis or increasing the pressure on their heart function worsening heart disease.

Weight loss occurs in some dogs just as easily. This can be because of deterioration in their sense of smell and taste or it can be attributed to underlying chronic disease or age related issues. It is important to come and see us if you are noticing any changes. Our veterinary nurses offer Senior Clubs to help care for your pet during their golden years.

How old is your dog?

Why not check the chart below and see how old your pet is in human years.

Click on the video below to find out more about feeding your older dog.

Useful links:
Caring For Your Older Dog
Royal Canin

Feeding Your Older Cat

The key to a happy, healthy pet is feeding them the right type and amount of food specific to their individual age and lifestyle. Their nutritional requirements vary according to their age, lifestage and activity level.

Senior cats require a diet which has an adjusted nutritional composition to cater for their different requirements as they age.

Cats are classed as senior from around 8-10 years of age. When your cat ages they can start to experience a decline in the function of certain organs, including their immune system. They may become less active and their sense of smell and taste can be affected.

A diet which caters for supporting their vital organs for example reduced protein and phosphorus content to support kidneys should be fed. Cats tend to be the opposite of dogs and many cats lose weight and condition as they age. THIS IS NOT A NORMAL SIGN OF AGEING. Sometimes this is due to deterioration in their sense of smell or taste but often it can be a sign of an underlying chronic disease like hyperthyroidism or kidney disease. Older cats often have increased water requirements and feeding wet food as well as biscuits can help with this.

If you are concerned about your cat please make an appointment to come and see us.

There are a wide range of Senior diets available and where possible you should try and buy the best one you can afford. Premium cat foods offer health benefits as well as providing nutrition. We will be happy to advise you on all aspects of senior diets.

The Senior Consult Lifestage diets made by Royal Canin offer a range of options for your senior cat. They contain a selection of nutrients that helps support vital functions in ageing dogs and cats. This food should be fed as an everyday complete diet for your senior pet regardless of whether they have any ageing signs.

The diet helps:

  • support ageing cells by neutralising the free radicals by containing antioxidants
  • preserves kidney function by having a reduced level of phosphorus
  • supports brain health by containing L-tryptophan, an amino acid that plays an essential role in the regulation of anxiety, sleep and appetite
  • helps preserve muscle mass which can be lost with old age by containing a specific balanced formulation of amino acids
  • helps maintain mobility with chondroitin, glucosamine and Green Lipped Mussel extract

Senior Consult 1 is ideal for mature cats as it provides suitable nutrients with moderate phosphorus content. There is also a Balance option for the heavier, mature cat.

Senior Consult Stage 2 provides nutrients suitable for senior cats, with reduced phosphorus and enriched with green lipped mussel for joint support. It also helps to maintain their ideal weight. There is also a High Calorie option for senior cats which are losing weight and condition.

How old is your cat?

Why not check the chart below and see how old your pet is in human years.

Click on video below to find out more about ‘Feeding Your Older Cat’

Useful links:
Caring For Your Older Cat
www.royalcanin.co.uk/Senior

Feeding Your Puppy

How to feed?

The food you feed your puppy and dog is one of the most important things you can do for their health. Recent advances in nutrition have played a key role in helping pets live longer and healthier. Your puppy’s growth rate varies depending on their size and breed. For this reason feeding according to your puppy’s particular needs is crucial to maintain a perfect balance and avoid nutritional excesses or deficiencies. During this important stage in your puppy’s life, profound changes occur and development needs to be closely monitored.

Once weaned from mum, your puppy’s digestive system is still immature and they are not yet ready to digest large amounts of food. Overlooking this can lead to serious digestive disorders. During their growth phase your puppy’s energy needs are greater than those of an adult dog. Their diet should be strictly controlled to reduce the risk of obesity and joint disorders caused by excess weight.

Your puppy should be fed up to four meals a day until the age of four months at evenly spaced intervals to avoid overstretching their small stomachs. This can then be reduced to three and then two meals by the time they are six months old. Food should not be left down all the time and uneaten food should be moved after 20 minutes. It is also important not to vary feeding times and types of food fed as this will cause problems with your puppy’s digestive system and toilet training regime. You must always make sure they have access to water at all times.

What to feed?

Your breeder may have given you advice on what your puppy’s diet has been and it is advisable not to change this too suddenly although you should make sure that your puppy is moved onto a complete and balanced good quality puppy food as soon as possible. Any advice given about feeding human food ie milk, eggs or Weetabix should be stopped as soon as convenient as these are not necessary ingredients in your puppy’s diet and do not provide any nutritional benefits.

Depending on the breed and size of your puppy they should be fed a complete puppy food until they are at least six months of age. After this your dog can move onto an adult food to continue their optimum development.

A large breed puppy, a puppy that will be over 25kg when fully grown, should move onto a Junior food instead of an adult food until they are at least 15 months of age. This is because they are still growing and require additional nutritional support for their joints and development.

At Cinque Ports Vets we recommend the Royal Canin Pediatric/Junior Vet Care Nutrition range. We work closely with Royal Canin to make sure we are able to provide you with the best pet food available for your new addition. All staff members are fully trained to offer advice and support on your puppy’s dietary needs. The Vet Care range of food is a good quality, highly nutritional puppy food which provides support for your puppy’s digestive system and natural defences by a complex of antioxidants. The kibble size and shape is also tailored to suit the size of your puppy.

As a veterinary practice we are aware that there are a wide range of complete dry puppy foods on the market and the quality varies widely. It can be very daunting trying to decide which brand to choose. Pet foods currently available on the market, range from economy brands to premium. Economy brands are a much cheaper option to buy but do not provide optimum nutrition with generally a larger volume needing to be fed. This in turn can mean a larger volume of faecal output due to their poor digestibility.

Premium foods are consistently made of high quality ingredients of a high nutrient and energy density which means you can feed a lower volume. They are also made with a fixed formula which means the same source of for example protein (chicken) is used in each bag. These foods suit puppies delicate digestive system well. The cheaper economy foods have a fixed receipe which means they use the cheapest source of for example protein (chicken) available at the time. It isn’t necessary to declare the levels of minerals like phosphorus, sodium, potassium, sugar and starch on the packaging but the more premium pet foods do, which aids in deciding on a suitable pet food for your pet’s lifestage. Although the premium foods may appear more expensive to buy, you do not need to feed the large amounts which are required from a lower grade food, so many of them actually work out to cost the same if not less! Remember all pet foods provide nutrition but the premium ones offer your puppy health benefits as well.

Royal Canin rigorously test every ingredient in their pet food and if a batch of ingredients does not meet their standards they do not use it in production of their pet food.

How much to feed?

Manufacturers spend a lot of time trying to make feeding guides on packs as accurate as possible but they will never be exactly correct for every dog. This is because there is a significant variation between individuals. Some dogs need to eat more than others to maintain their body weight, others put on weight easily.

This is due to:

  • differences in activity level/lifestyle
  • differences in breed
  • stage of growth
  • individual metabolic rates

As a dog owner you should assess your pet’s bodyweight using a Body Condition Score Chart and regulate the food accordingly.

We will be happy to advise you on which diet would be best suited to your puppy and we also offer free nutritional consultations with our qualified Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellors who can advise you on your dog’s diet throughout their life.

Please click on the videos below to find out more about feeding your puppy through their lifestages.

Useful links:
www.royalcanin.co.uk
www.pfma.org.uk