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

Mucilage

Example: psyllium fibre

Mucilage is the soluble fibre used to treat problems of digestive transit.They regulate transit and facilitate faecal elimination.

A little background information

Psyllium grains are a very good source of mucilage.Psyllium comes from the Greek “psyllia”, which means flea. The grains, black or golden depending on the species, resemble tiny psyllids. Psyllium is very commonly used in the food of sledge dogs, to prevent stress diarrhoea.

Its role in the body

The mucilage that makes up the exterior layer of psyllium grains has a large water retaining capacity. It puffs up by capturing water and creating a gel that increases the viscosity of the contents of the intestine (chyme). Psyllium improves digestive transit. It therefore combats constipation, which is its main indication in human medicine. The advancement of faecal matter through the colon is more regular and the lubrication induced by the psyllium cell facilitates faecal elimination.

Natural sources

The different species of psyllium (Plantago ovata,Plantago ispaghula) were originally found in India.