Our Mission: Health Nutrition
The mission of Royal Canin has always been Health Nutrition. It is characterized by a precise balance between about 50 nutrients (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, fatty acids, mineral salts, vitamins and trace elements). The formulation of our foods is like a complex puzzle whose construction makes it possible to guarantee a consistent nutritional formula that meets the specific needs of cats and dogs.
This is the only strictly scientific aspect, since it places the animal at the heart of the formulation process. The ingredients used are actually selected for the quality of the nutrients they provide and for their nutritional benefits. Royal Canin's nutritional philosophy excludes any approach that focuses on raw materials only for their gustatory properties (lamb, salmon, game, etc.).
Nutrition, a science in motion
Veterinary nutrition is a science that aims to identify the essential nutrients and the role they play, based on intake. It is a science in motion: 2,346 publications were referenced under the keywords "Health" and "Nutrition" in 2009, versus 1,241 in 1995, a twofold increase in a decade!
Every year a whole new batch of pet foods and nutritional formulas appears on the market, containing, in addition to essential health-sustaining nutrients, natural elements to prevent a number of risks of diseases and to protect the body.
It is estimated that the life expectancy of dogs has increased by 3 years in the past 15 years.
Nowadays, pet foods can be formulated according to specific needs, clearly identified deficiencies to be prevented or other breed-related specificities discovered through ongoing research. Scientists and animal professionals now acknowledge that dogs should be fed differently depending on whether they are puppies, full-grown or old, and on whether they are small, medium, large or giant.
As for cats, we have now identified their different nutritional needs according to age, but also according to their lifestyle, sensitivities, sexual status and even breed (Persians, Maine Coons and Siameses, etc.)
Something new is being learned every day, and the concept of diet has developed into that of Prevention Nutrition and, when necessary, Health Nutrition or Treatment Nutrition by helping to treat certain diseases.