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: Phylloquinone, Menaquinone-7 (MK-7)

A vitamin K deficiency is responsible for digestive, nasal, skin and cerebral haemorrhages, as blood coagulation is no longer possible. In time, these minor, sometimes imperceptible haemorrhages lead to anaemia (lack of the red cells that transport oxygen in the blood).An appropriate intake through the diet helps prevent these risks.

A little background information

The existence of an anti-hemorrhagic dietary factor was proven in 1929 and isolated in 1936. It was given the name vitamin K, but in fact it is a group of several similar liposoluble substances that permit blood coagulation in certain conditions throughcomplex biochemical mechanisms. Vitamin K is traditionally administered by injection following the intoxication of anticoagulants (e.g. accidental ingestion of rodenticides).

Its role in the body

Vitamin K is a co-factor for many enzymes, which means that these enzymes cannot be active without it. As a consequence, it is essential to some blood coagulation factors. It also has a role in protein metabolism, helping to bind calcium in bone.

Natural sources

The main dietary sources of vitamin K are meat and vegetables, especially cabbage, parsley and spinach. In animals, vitamin K is mainly stored in the liver.