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.

Minerals

Copper

This trace element is one of the anti-anaemic factors that include folates, vitamin B12 and iron. Stored in the liver, it can be toxic for a very small number of dog breeds. It participates in the synthesis of melanin, which is a hair pigment.

A little background information

Copper is a minor mineral, a transition element, qualified in nutrition as a trace element due to its low quantitative importance, although it is vital for the body (<10 mg/ kg of body weight). Most of the body’s copper is stored in the liver. It can be toxic in excessive quantities, as produced by some predisposed breeds or lines of dog.

Its role in the body

Copper acts in the body to facilitate the intestinal absorption of iron and its incorporation in haemoglobin. It is an active element in many enzymes, especially those that promote cellular oxidation. It also plays a part in the synthesis of collagen in the tendons and the myelin of the nervous system.

Natural sources

Food that have a high copper content include meat (lamb, pork, duck) and proteinaceous grains (peas, lentils, soy).