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.

Vitamins

Folic acid

Also known as: Folate, Vitamin B9

Folic acid is involved in the development of the tissues of the nervous system. A deficiency causes malformation (such as spina bifida) in the fetus. Folic acid supplementation in gestating bitches appears to have a very beneficial effect on reducing the incidence of cleft pallet in newborn puppies. Folic acid also has a preventive role with respect to anaemic problems.

A little background information

Discovered in the middle of last century, folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin stored in the animal’s liver. For some years now, it has been better known as vitamin B9, but folates used to be called vitamin M or vitamin Bc or L. casei factor.

Its role in the body

Folic acid is a group B vitamin that is essential for fast cell multiplication (e.g. fetus). It is involved in the synthesis of essential DNA components. During embryogenesis, the fetus works like a folic acid pump and a deficiency can easily develop in the female if she does not receive enough of it.

Natural source

As with most B vitamins, yeast is the best dietary source of folic acid, although liver and green vegetables – especially spinach and watercress – are especially rich sources.