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.

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For improving the body functions

Carbohydrates are a term that covers molecules composed of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen that have certain chemical characteristics in common. Carbohydrates are predominantly vegetable, with the exception of blood glucose, glycogen in the muscles and the liver, and milk lactose. All vegetables contain carbohydrates, ranging from saccharose in beet to the most indigestible fibre in tree bark.

Cats an dogs can live without carbohydrates in their food, as they synthesise the carbohydrates they need for the cells from amino acids. The intake of carbohydrates does however greatly improve the body's functioning.

While glucose, saccharose, lactose and starch have the sole function of furnishing energy, their botanical origin and how well theyare cooked influence their digestion. The presence in the food of poorly cooked starch can cause diarrhoea. Fibre, which is also a carbohydrate, is very good for transit and for the balance of bacterial flora. This is true of fructose-oligosaccharides(FOS) and mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) for instance.