The mission of Royal Canin has always been Health Nutrition. It is characterised by a precise balance between 50-odd nutrients (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, amino-acids, fatty acids, mineral salts, vitamins and trace elements). The formulation of our diets corresponds to a complex puzzle whose construction enables to guarantee a constant nutritional formula, respecting the precise and specific needs of cats and dogs.
This is the only strictly scientific procedure, since it places the animal at the heart of the formulation process: indeed, the ingredients used are selected for the quality of the nutrients provided and for their nutritional benefits. The nutritional philosophy of Royal Canin excludes all procedures that tend to highlight raw materials known for their gustative properties (lamb, salmon, game, etc.).
Veterinary nutrition is a science that aims to identify the essential nutrients and the role they play, based on the intake. It is a field in which we are constantly acquiring fresh knowledge: the number of publications referenced under the keywords “Health” and “Nutrition” was 2746 in 2009, versus 1241 in 1995, a more than twofold increase in a decade !
Every year a whole new batch of pet foods and nutritional formulas appears on the market, containing, besides essential health-sustaining nutrients, natural elements to prevent a number of risks of diseases and protect the body.
It is estimated that the life expectancy of dogs, for instance, has increased by 3 years in the past 15 years.
Nowadays, animal rations can be formulated according to specific needs, well-identified deficiencies to be prevented or other specificities discovered by ongoing research. Scientists and the major pet food manufacturers now acknowledge that dogs should be fed differently depending on whether they are puppies, full-grown or old, and on whether their size is small, medium, large or giant!
As to cats, we have now identified their different nutritional needs according to age, but also according to their lifestyle, sensitivity and even breed (Persians, Main Coons and Siameses, for instance).
Thanks to constant new developments in scientific knowledge, the concept of diet has developed into that of Prevention Nutrition and, when necessary, Health Nutrition or Treatment Nutrition by preventing or curing certain diseases.