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

Sugars

Also known as: Simple Carbohydrates, Di- and Tri-saccharides

Sugars have no preventive or curative functions in dogs or cats. But, when in excess in the food, they can cause obesity and diabetes.

A little background information

In everyday language, when we talk about sugar, we refer to the sweetening power and taste of carbohydrates like saccharose (sucrose) or fructose. With no qualifier, this term usually refers to saccharose (beet or cane sugar), but it could just as well refer to glucose(grape sugar), fructose (fruit sugar) or lactose (milk sugar). Unlike the dog,the cat is not sensitive to sweet tastes.

Its role in the body

While lactose provides immediate energy to un-weaned puppies or kittens, a digestive enzyme, lactase, is necessary to make it biologically available; lactase disappears once the animal stops feeding on milk. Since later on cats and dogs cannot taste” sweet" things and since they can synthesise their own blood glucose from proteins autonomously, sugars have no nutritional value for them.

Natural sources

Sugars are simple forms of energy reserves for most plants with fruit, berries, roots or tubers. The only known source of this type found in the body is milk lactose.