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

Also known as: Ascorbic acid

Generally non-indispensable in dogs and cats, it is important to provide vitamin C in the food when the animal’s liver cannot produce enough. It helps prevent or treat diseases related to ageing, cell stress induced by physical effort and joint degeneration (arthritis)…

A little background information

While scurvy – vitamin C deficiency – has been known since the dawn of time in humans (sailors consumed lemons to prevent it), ascorbic acid is not an essential vitamin in the strict sense of the word in dogs and cats, which can synthesise it in normal conditions.

Its role in the body

Ascorbic acid is responsible for various vital bodily functions, such as:

  • neutralisation of free radicals (anti-oxidative stress effect): vitamin C permits the regeneration of vitamin E, a powerful natural antioxidant itself;
  • metabolism of iron;
  • selected anti-infection immune reactions.

Natural sources

Vitamin C is very common in nature and all vegetables contain it, especially citrus fruits (lemons, oranges), berries (blackcurrant), kiwis and strawberries. In dogs and cats vitamin C is synthesised in the liver from glucose.