About Our Professional Canine Products
It's all about the dog. Our passion for innovation is driven by our interest to understand what breeders have learned about the species and then to develop food perfectly suited to the specific breeds, age or lifestyle needs of canines.
The strong bond we enjoy with dog breeders provides much more than insight and observation. No one knows the breed better than a breeder, and we have breeders to thank for our worldwide product development. This collaboration drives our innovation.
Our approach to nutrition is more than what you see in the bag -- it factors in the differences in dogs. And we know that even the very best food, from a nutritional point of view, is worthless if it isn't eaten. We select high-quality ingredients and create specific kibble sizes, shapes and textures that make all the difference to your dog. Learn more about:
Did you know that the mother dog has specific nutritional requirements at the onset of gestation, at birth, and throughout lactation?
A breeding female dog has unique nutritional requirements during her reproductive cycles, particularly during the critical embryonic and fetal development phases. Successful litters are dependent on recognizing the mother’s specific energy and nutritional needs. PRO HT 42d Small Dog and PRO HT 42d Large Dog formulas provide the optimal energy requirements for breeding female dogs and support health during gestation.
The Professional Choice for Prenatal & Puppy Health Nutrition
Inspired by professional research, Royal Canin’s BIRTH PROGRAM is a unique nutritional solution, which meets the needs of the mother dog and her puppies during the first five stages of the life cycle:
GESTATION: Increased Energy Requirements
The last trimester is a phase of weight gain, for the fetus and the mother. Over three quarters of the puppy’s weight at birth is acquired by the fetus during this period. The mother's energy intake increases by about 10% per week from the 42nd day of gestation. It is essential not to ‘free feed’ a gestating female during this time as this can harm her future litter.
The female’s weight at the end of gestation must not be higher on average than 120% of her maintenance weight for large breeds and 130% of maintenance weight for small or medium breeds. This will decrease the risk of complications during whelping due to fat deposits.
GESTATION: Increased Protein Requirements
Mammary development and fetal growth, in particular, require large amounts of proteins. Protein requirements increase but at the same time, the rapidly growing puppies and the uterus reduce the female’s digestive capabilities. It is essential to provide highly digestible proteins of high biological value.
GESTATION: Specific Nutrient Requirements
During the final third of gestation, the fetuses’ skeletons and cartilage mineralize. This phenomenon puts considerable demand on the mother dog’s nutritional needs. Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) have beneficial effects on the puppies’ future cognitive abilities. Some nutrients can have a negative effect. For instance adding a calcium supplement to the mother dog’s diet during gestation and lactation can have serious consequences (such as eclampsia).
During the last trimester of gestation, the mother dog and her puppies’ nutritional requirements are united by the same needs. Grounded in scientific research, Royal Canin’s exclusive START COMPLEX™, addresses these needs through a combination of nutrients naturally present in mother’s milk that promote digestive health and help maintain the puppy’s natural defenses.
The START COMPLEX™ includes vitamins E and C, lutein, taurine, mannanoligosaccharides, butyrate, beta-glucans and beta-carotene that have proven positive effects for promoting digestive health and natural defense development.
PROFESSIONAL STARTER FOR MOTHER & BABYDOG - Targeted Health Nutrition for Mothers and Puppies up to 2 months
During the last trimester, the mother dog’s appetite is inconsistent. Starter Mousse is highly aromatic with a texture that is easy to prepare and feed and is enticing for the mother to eat. The unique mousse is perfectly adapted for very young puppies, is highly palatable and encourages the transition from mother’s milk to solid food. Since puppies naturally imitate their mother’s eating habits and seek out and eat the same food, feeding Starter Mousse featuring the START COMPLEX™ to the mother and her litter is an excellent way to facilitate the weaning transition while ensuring the nutritional needs of both mother and puppies are met.
Starter for Mother and Babydog is scientifically formulated with the START COMPLEX™ to meet the nutrition and energy needs of mothers, during the third trimester and throughout lactation, and weaning puppies through two months. The dry formulas are easily hydrated to achieve an easy transition from maternal milk to solid food. Kibbles can be mixed into a very palatable ‘porridge’. Each formula is precisely formulated to meet the specific needs of every dog based on their adult target weight.
- Mini Starter for Mother& Babydog – for Mother & Puppies to 2 months (target adult weight under 22 lb)
- Medium Starter for Mother & Babydog – for Mother & Puppies up to 2 months (target adult weight 23 – 55 lb)
- Maxi Starter for Mother& Babydog – for Mother & Puppies up to 2 months (target adult weight 56-100 lb)
- Giant Starter for Mother& Babydog – for Mother & Puppies up to 2 months (target adult weight over 100 lb
From as young as two months until adulthood, puppies have specific nutritional needs. Their growth is at its most delicate during this period, and nutrition is key, as it sets the tone for the dog’s entire life. Puppy size, specific nutritional requirements based on higher energy needs and sensitive digestive systems, among other factors are all considered in the development of our puppy formulas.
Learn more about puppy growth and development and nutritional needs.
Targeted SIZE Health Nutrition for Harmonious Growth and Development
Because puppies have such sensitive digestive systems, it is vital that their food guarantees them the ultimate in digestive security to ensure harmonious growth and development. As the puppy’s digestive abilities develop with age, proper nutrition is required to nourish his fragile digestive system.
Our puppy formulas feature an exclusive combination of nutrients including highly digestible proteins, fructooligosaccharides, and mannanoligosaccharides to promote optimal digestion and good stool quality.