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.

Other Nutrients


This nutrient is recommended for the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis problems in largesized dogs, dogs active in sports or ageing cats and dogs. The earlier it is added to the diet, the better the chances of limiting the inevitable degeneration of cartilage.

A little background information

It enters into the composition of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are base components in the formation of joint cartilage.

Its role in the body

Glucosamine is one of the main substances involved in the elaboration of joint cartilage and contributes to its elasticity. Its main action consists of stimulating the formation of new cartilage. Hence it acts in perfect conjunction with glucosamine that inhibits the destruction of older cartilage.
Glucosamine has minor anti-inflammatory effects. The administration of glucosamine is also effective against interstitial cystitis in cats. The mucosa of the bladder is covered by a protective layer of GAGs.

Natural sources

It is found in the cartilage of numerous animals. It can be easily extracted from the shell, which is rich in chitin, of some crustaceans (e.g. shrimps).