Unlock the secrets of a well groomed pooch with the key of nutrition

That feeling of looking at your pet and feeling unparalleled joy! Wagging his furry tail, sitting graciously by tucking the legs inside, sticking out his tongue, and those love-filled eyes! A lot goes behind keeping your pet well-groomed and healthy!
–by Dr Aradhana Pandey

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xRegressive cleaning routine and expensive grooming sessions are not the only solution to achieve your pet’s prime beauty. A healthy, nutritious, and balanced diet is the secret behind a well-groomed dog. Just like humans, pets must also eat right to look right. They also need a proper balance of nutrients to maintain their appearance.

Did you know? According to the Pet Food Institute, dogs require more than 40 essential nutrients in their diets for a healthy and happy life.

As per statistical data, today, 1 in 3 dogs suffer from minor sensitivities. Globally, pet population has reached 1 billion and studies show that over 50 percent of pets will experience at least one health issue during their lifetime. As millions of pets suffer from sensitivities, hence, it becomes critical for pet-parents to observe and manage these minor sensitivities and support them with right nutrition to provide tangible health benefits.

Happiness = Health

We urge pet parents to notice the small changes in your pet’s behaviour and physical appearance by looking for common signs like –

  • Weight gain
  • Dull coat
  • Lack of appetite
  • Mild signs of skin irritation
  • Unusual behaviour
  • First signs of joints stiffness

Supported by decades of advanced scientific research into canine nutrition, Royal Canin has developed special formulas to help sensitive dogs. Canine care nutrition is a unique range of tasty and balanced recipes, that contains specific active compounds to support health and results are tangible as they have been assessed in reliable clinical trials. So here are the dietary suggestions to keep your pet healthy

Hail the hair and coat

The first thing you usually notice in a pet is his coat. The healthier the dog, the shinier the coat will be. To nourish your pet’s hair and coat, his diet must contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids as well as GLA along with key nutrients, such as B-vitamins, amino acids, zinc and copper. Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid. It’s found in various plant seed oils such as borage oil. These nutrients are ample to ensure that your pet’s fur is not brittle or coarse, rather it is healthy.

Don’t forget dental care

Some dogs are more prone to the accumulation of dental tartar. After eating, food residue forms a thin layer of plaque covering the teeth. Over time, plaque calcifies into tartar which can accelerate the accumulation of bacteria. Take care for your pet’s dental hygiene and consider brushing their teeth regularly using toothpaste specifically made for dogs, and a suitably sized toothbrush. But for healthy teeth, complete nutrition is must which features a kibble formulated with a specialised texture that gently rubs your pet’s teeth as he chews and creates a brushing effect. The diet must contain calcium chelating agents which bind calcium and help reduce tartar accumulation and formation.

That cute li’l tongue!

Have you ever noticed whether your pet has pale pink to white tongue? Then it may be a sign of internal bleeding or anaemia from medications. It can also be due to dehydration. If it is anaemia, it could be due to insufficient iron intake. Please consult your veterinarian, if the symptoms persist.

More power to strong bones and joints

Keep your pet active with regular exercise. But avoid stressing their joints with high impact jumping or sudden stopping and starting. It’s also important to keep your pet’s weight in control, as extra pounds put extra strain on their joints. To help maintain healthy bones and joints, the diet must provide advanced nutrients, including collagen and antioxidants, to help support cartilage during the ageing process.

Good health starts with good gut

Digestive discomfort is no fun for anyone, including your pet. Avoid feeding your pet human food, fatty snacks, and excess table scraps. Follow the feeding recommendations provided by your vet, and establish and follow a daily feeding routine. Your pet’s diet should high-quality nutrients such as highly digestible proteins (L.I.P.), a blend of prebiotics and mix of soluble and insoluble fibres to promote a balanced intestinal flora providing digestive comfort and help promote optimal stool quality.

Awesome ‘Paw’some

A healthy pooch always amuses pet-parents by enjoying his playtime. But if his paws restrain him from having fun, then make sure that your pet’s diet consists of optimum amount of Zinc, Calcium, Manganese, Copper, and Selenium. Your pet’s paws should be smooth, plump, and healthy, for them to freely run around.

Get away from stress

Changes in your pet’s routine can impact his wellbeing. Situations such as a trip in the car, moving to a new home, or the arrival of a new baby can make your pet nervous and anxious. Nervousness can occur in unpredictable situations, so it’s a good idea to follow routine in everyday life. Try to give your pet enough time to adjust to possible changes. Adapting his nutrition can help him cope with change. Diet prepared with high quality, naturally sourced adaptogenic nutrients will help your pet feel relaxed in an intense and changing environment.

Perils of picky eaters

To appeal to the fussiest of eaters, crunchy-coated kibbles filled with a creamy centre containing a perfect blend of fats, fibres, vitamins, minerals and high-quality proteins especially selected for their palatability to ensure maximum acceptance.

The CCN products are available in both wet and dry formula options, designed to appeal to dogs’ different appetites and preferences ensuring nutritional benefits while providing high palatability to your beloved pets.

All formulas are scientifically proven to help improve pet health. The performance of these products is demonstrated by studies involving over 2,000 dogs. For these dogs, the signs of sensitivities were improved after only a few weeks of use of the products, and the pet-parents satisfaction was high. Products were subjected to –

  • 70 industrial trials
  • 55 kennel trials
  • 8 field trials
  • Over 50 texture analyses

If you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health, please visit your veterinarian.

(Dr Aradhana Pandey, BVSC & AH, MBA Hospital Administration, Director Doggy World Ventures Pvt Ltd.)