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

Phosphorus

An adequate phosphorus intake adapted to the physiological stage and size of the animal and perfectly balanced with calcium intakes, promotes harmonious growth and enhances body functions. In ageing animals, phosphorus intake should be reduced as it might aggravate chronic renal failure.

A little background information

Etymologically speaking, the word phosphorus means “light-bearing.” It was discovered in 1669 by a German alchemist, who released phosphorus in the form of a vapour that glows in the dark by evaporating urine and burning off the residue in a retort.

Its role in the body

Phosphorus has multiple roles, each of which is as important as the other. 86% of the body’s phosphorus is retained in the bones, where together with calcium, it is responsible for making the skeleton solid. It is a constituent of the cell membranes and a mineral that the body needs to dispense energy (through adenosine triphosphate, a.k.a. ATP). Phosphorus is also incorporated into the major molecules, DNA and RNA, which carry the cell’s genetic programming.

Natural sources

Phosphorus is found in mammalian bones in the form of mineral salts, as well as in minerals such as phosphates. Meat is generally rich in phosphorus. When phosphorus has to be limited in the diet, some of the animal proteins can be replaced by vegetable proteins (wheat or maize gluten).