The Puppy and the Dog They have been man’s companion through the ages and adapted to their owners, but they have their own behavioural and nutritional demands. Knowing and respectingthem will guarantee their health and well-being.

The cat’s feline nature is always a matter of fascination.He adapts with apparent ease to daily life, and yet he has behavioural and nutritional requirements of his own. Knowing them and respecting them will guarantee his well-being and his health.

Because of its composition, a Royal Canin Health Nutrition food provides all essential nutrients measured out with utmost precision in order to contribute every day and on a long-term basis to the well-being and health of every animal, according to his age, his size, his physiological condition and his breed.

Innovation for the sake of dogs and cats’ health. For over 40 years, Royal Canin has worked with breeder partners and veterinary nutritionists to go ever further into innovation and precision to enable us to formulate nutritional solutions which perfectly meet dogs and cats’ real needs.

Carbohydrates

FOS

Also known as: Fructo-oligosaccharides, Prebiotics

The addition of FOS to a food prevents infectious diarrhoea caused by the proliferation of dangerous bacteria in the intestine,while providing adequate nourishment to intestinal cells to facilitate their regular regeneration.

A little background information

Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) are fermentable fibres.They are not digested, but are nevertheless rapidly fermented by the bacteriain the colon, resulting in the release of small-sized fatty acids (known asvolatile fatty acids) that:

  • acidify the intestinal medium ;
  • are excellent nutrients for cell maintenance and renewal ;
  • Line the walls of the large intestine.

Its role in the body

Through fermentation, FOS is a direct source of nourishment for the cells of the large intestine. But they particularly promote the growth of specific bacterial flora (bifidus and lactobacillus) that have well-known beneficial effects on the health of the digestive tract:

  • they inhibit the development of pathogenic bacteria ;
  • They improve digestion and nutrient absorption.

FOS supplementation in the food of bitches used for breeding helps increase the antibody count (IgM) in the milk, which promotes the good immunity of the puppies.

Natural sources

FOS are synthesised by a fungus (Aspergillumsnigricans) in the presence of sugar, or saccharose, which is composed by the association of a glucose molecule and a fructose molecule. The fungus secretesan enzyme that permits the addition of extra fructose molecules to form FOS.