One value that defines our innovation: The dog and cat comes first. 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.
Puppy & Dog Care
From the time they’re born until well into their golden years, dogs’ nutritional needs are constantly changing and their food should too. That’s why we offer a full range of products designed for every dogs life stage.
Kitten & Cat Care
From the time they’re kittens until they’re mature, cats’ nutritional needs are constantly changing and their food should, too. Your cat’s health matters, and that’s why we offer a full line of nutrition designed for every life stage as well as based on thier specific breed, lifestyle or special requirements.
From the Industry
As a company that was founded by a veterinarian and that works closely with breeders, Royal Canin is committed to investing and supporting in the veterinary and breeder community.
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 cats and dogs, according to their age, his size, his physiological condition and his breed.
Royal Canin is a global leader in pet health nutrition. In an industry that continues to adapt to popular trends, our mission remains the same: Observing them, learning from them, respecting them and recognising their differences is quite literally our life’s work. The goal of that work is to provide every dog and cat with the nutrition that is precisely right for their individual needs – needs that vary with the pet’s breed, environment, age, weight, gender, digestion, their genetic makeup and lifestyle.
Lysine is an essential amino acid for cats and dogs, which must be provided in the diet for the synthesis of all the proteins the body needs. Lysine deficiency in kittens and puppies can slow down growth for example.
Lysine is very sensitive to heat, which means that overly aggressive thermal treatments provoke a reaction with the sugars (Maillard reaction), which makes lysine unavailable to the body. Milk that is too warm for example causes a reaction between lysine and lactose.
Besides its major role in protein synthesis, studies have shown the benefit of increasing dietary intake of lysine to combat the herpes virus in cats, which is one of the agents responsible for diseases of the upper respiratory tract, collectively termed feline rhinitis. The herpes virus generally provokes more serious clinical signs than other agents, especially in the eye. Kittens that have not been immunised may die as a result of infection. The supplementation of lysine limits the intensity of viral excretion and clinical signs in infected animals.
Lysine is abundant in animal proteins, especially meats and milk (casein) as well as soy proteins. There is however a risk that lysine will be missing from a cereal-based diet, which necessitates the supplementation of this amino acid.