At Man’s side for millenia, the dog has adapted, but he has behavioral and nutritional requirements of his own. Knowing them and respecting them will guarantee his well-being and his health.

The cat’s feline nature is always a matter of fascination. He adapts with apparent ease to daily life, and yet he has behavioral 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.

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Living with your puppy

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To support your puppy in his new life as well as possible, you are given a few essential rules and pieces of advice on the best way for you to support his learning and his integration into the family circle and to provide the care he should be given for healthy growth.

Feeding Puppy Royal Canin

A good diet makes for a harmonious growth

The period from birth through the end of growth is a period of intense development and change. Providing the puppy with a good diet is essential to ensure harmonious growth and prevent associated problems.

Giving a proper diet to a puppy

It is important to regulate and monitor the puppy's food intake. Overfeeding will lead to early excessive weight/ fat gain and particularly in the large breed puppy, can predispose to joint problems. A diet formulated for puppies or junior dogs will be ideal. Ensure you pay close attention to the guidelines on the pack as to how much to give each day. Your vet will be able to tell you if the puppy is in the correct body condition (or 'fatness'). Contrary to opinion, dogs do not get bored of the same diet each day- they have a very poor sense of taste so do not seek variety in their diet. 

Specific qualitative requirements

After weaning, the number of meals changes as the puppy ages, initially starting with four meals a day, gradually reducing to just 2 around mid-growth period. This should be maintained into adulthood.

Protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, trace elements... Every nutrient of the food has a specific role. Excesses and deficiencies are detrimental to the puppy’s health. For example, a  large breed puppy needs more calcium than a small breed puppy. If they eat the same food, the former runs the risk of suffering from calcium deficiency.

A quality growth food is a Health Nutrition food precisely suited to a type of puppy, according to the size of his breed and his age, his sensitivities or the particular features of his breed. At the end of growth, Health Nutrition enables to adopt a so-called “maintenance” diet for adult dogs, that perfectly meets the adult dog’s requirements.

Getting to know better the growth-related requirements of your MINI, MEDIUM, MAXI, GIANT dog

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