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Nutrition insight about Pet Food

Prepared by :- Fiona Picton

B.Sc Hons; BCCSDip.HthNut 

 

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Nutritional Precision

At Royal Canin, we’ve gone above and beyond to ensure precise nutritional solutions for dogs and cats. ie: state-of the art drying system. This ensures that every kibble has a consistent and even level of moisture and little chance of moudly kibbles.

Reference samples are regularly collected as each product is produced. These samples are compared against a reference standard to ensure the highest quality standards every time.

As a final quality test, we use the NIRS system again to make certain the product meets all standards of nutritional precision.

Product Safety

We can confidently assure pet owners of the safety of our incoming ingredients and our finished products. We source over 115 different raw materials.

Prior to using any raw ingredient in our facility we perform a series of up to 30 analytical tests. One of those tests is the Near Infrared Spectroscopy System or NIRS. NIRS compares a “fingerprint” of the ingredient to a computerized library of standards. If the fingerprint does not match the ingredient, that ingredient will never be used in our diets. This rigorous testing ensures that we’re only working with the best raw ingredients, every single time.

BY-Products

Chicken By-Product Meal is produced through a process of cooking, drying and separation of fats and proteins from animal carcasses. It contains a dehydrated combination of meat (or cuts or parts) including lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, necks, undeveloped eggs and intestines. Materials that would be indigestible without further processing are NOT included. Such materials include: hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers. Chicken by-product meal is much more nutrient dense than the ingredient “chicken”, which includes water. 

Royal Canin’s by-products are sourced from human food dedicated slaughterhouses and are composed of clean, fresh parts from animals that have been veterinarian-inspected and deemed healthy prior to slaughter. Royal Canin never uses 4-D meat, which include dead, dying, disabled or diseased animals.

BARF ( Raw diets)

The diet recommended is unbalanced – in the wild dogs and cat can find supplements to try to balance their needs (for example a cat will eat the mice head – meaning the brain – only to get extra supply in omega-3). Dogs and cats are pets and they don’t have access to the possible sources of nutritional supplements nature could provide. This of course doesn’t take into account all the added benefit we can supply in our highly elaborated formulas, things like nutraceuticals, folic acid, chondroprotectors, patented skin cocktails, antioxidants, phytonutrients…

The diet they recommend is dangerous both for the pet itself but also for the owner and the environment. Several cases of occlusion have been described: bone stuck in the digestive tract, from oesophagus to intestine, fatal perforation leading to septic pneumonia or peritonitis and eventually death.

Raw food is contaminated and some of the bacteria pose a health threat for the people living in the dog/cat’s environment. The microbes involved are known nasty pathogens:

Campylobacter, Salmonella (Finley, 2007 and Morley, 2006).), E coli, Salmonella, spore forming bacterias, Clostridium, Staphylococcus aureus (Weese, 2005), Yersinia spp, Giardia

spp, Toxoplasma spp, Neospora spp, Cryptosporidium spp, Echinococcus spp, Clostridium spp, Staphylococcus aureus, and others (Strohmeyer, 2006). Cases of fatal outbreak have been described in kennels using raw meat and they will contaminate people and the environment.

Raw food is contaminated and some of the bacteria pose a health threat for the people living in the dog/cat’s environment. The microbes involved are known nasty pathogens:

Campylobacter, Salmonella (Finley, 2007 and Morley, 2006).), E coli, Salmonella, spore forming bacterias, Clostridium, Staphylococcus aureus (Weese, 2005), Yersinia spp, Giardia

spp, Toxoplasma spp, Neospora spp, Cryptosporidium spp, Echinococcus spp, Clostridium spp, Staphylococcus aureus, and others (Strohmeyer, 2006). Cases of fatal outbreak have been described in kennels using raw meat and they will contaminate people and the environment.

The following pathogens can be transmitted by raw food to pets and household family members alike:

• Roundworms

• Hookworms

• Tapeworms

• Trichinella Trichinosis

• Protozoa

• Salmonella

• E. Coli

• Fecal coliform

• Trematodes

• Toxoplasma (cats only)

• Salmon Poisoning Disease (dogs only)

MYTH: many dog and cat owners believe their pets will get better nutrition by being fed grain free diets.

FACT: All the nutrients in a pet food add nutritional value to the food, these include carbohydrates, proteins and nutrients coming from grains. Grains supply energy. The body’s cells need carbohydrates as a primary source of energy. The brain and nerves need glucose, from a carbohydrate, to support normal functions. Grains provide fiber and other nutrients. Fibre is very important in the diet to maintain the health of the gastrointestinal tract. Grains also contain nutrients that contribute to healthy skin and coat as well as certain essential fatty acids. Finally the grain in the diet will spare the protein to be used as the building blocks to maintain muscle and tissue. Breeding females, growing pups and kittens and also dogs that lead an active lifestyle need to have these grains in their diet so as not to suffer the consequences of lack of nutrients.

GRAINS - yes or no?

If provided adequately in the diet, they can spare protein from being used as an energy source

 Instead protein can be used for:

  • -tissue repair
  • -production of nitrogenous compounds  (such as nitrogenous bases and neurotransmitters)
  • -growth

 

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