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Royal Canin® Introduces You Share, We Give Campaign to Support Intro of SPAYED/NEUTERED™ Feline Formulas

Posted on August 29th, 2012

Program Teams with Pet Expert Steve Dale and Urges Facebook Fans to “Share” Knowledge in Support of Royal Canin’s Donation to the American Humane Association

It’s no secret – spaying and neutering improves the quality of life for both cats and their owners – providing America’s 76 million pet cats with longer lives, preventing unwanted litters and creating a friendlier disposition.

However, most owners don’t know that the procedure can also lead to hormonal and behavioral changes that can cause cats to become overweight, due to decreased energy needs and an increase in appetite.

Fortunately, Royal Canin, a leader in science-based nutrition for pets, is introducing its new SPAYED/NEUTERED™ line of feline formulas that includes balanced nutrition and appetite control to help manage these changes – providing a new way to feed cats in the U.S.

To celebrate the product introduction, Royal Canin is launching a national campaign called You Share, We Give, which benefits the American Humane Association. The program, found on Facebook.com/RoyalCanin.us, encourages cat owners to “share” information about spaying and neutering, in exchange for free SPAYED/NEUTERED food samples. Beginning today, each time a fan “shares” the Royal Canin infographic, the company will provide the owner with a free sample of the SPAYED/NEUTERED canned formula (up to 25,000 cans), and also is donating $25,000 to the American Humane Association in support of feline health research.

“We are proud to team up with Royal Canin in this effort to share valuable knowledge with cat owners that can help improve their pet’s quality of life,” says Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of the American Humane Association. “We share a common goal for the better health of all pets, and we’re proud to accept this donation to help fund future feline health research.”

To further educate pet owners about the lesser-known effects of spaying and neutering and the solutions provided by the new SPAYED/NEUTERED foods, Royal Canin is teaming up with nationally-known pet behaviorist, radio host and syndicated columnist Steve Dale to launch the You Share, We Give campaign.

Steve Dale video – You Share, We Give 8.27.12

“Many owners may notice that their cat seems lazy, has an insatiable appetite or begs for food. What they don’t understand is that decreased energy and increased appetite are a major side effect of spaying and neutering,” says Dale, host of Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. “This new food from Royal Canin is the simple solution to help spayed and neutered cats maintain weight and therefore promote better health throughout their lives.”

Royal Canin Introduces SPAYED/NEUTERED Feline Formulas

Independent research has shown that spaying and neutering can, in many cases, cause up to a 30 percent decrease in energy1 among cats, and up to a 20 percent increase in appetite2 as early as the week following surgery. This means that spayed or neutered cats are about 3.5 times more likely to be overweight3 than other cats, putting them at increased risk for obesity. In addition, obese cats are more likely to develop additional health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis and non-allergic skin conditions.

“Since the vast majority of America’s pet cats – 88 percent, in fact – are spayed or neutered, there is a great need for a diet that addresses the decreased energy and increased appetite that result from the procedure,” says Dr. Brent Mayabb, veterinarian and manager of education and development at Royal Canin. “We are proud to introduce the most comprehensive health nutrition solution that can help control appetite and support a cat’s decreased energy needs, which is now available at your local pet specialty store.”

All of the new SPAYED/NEUTERED formulas contain controlled fat levels to maintain weight and added antioxidants promote health through every life stage. The line features four dry formulas for cats and kittens, as well as a canned formula that can be used as a meal or as a complement to the dry kibble. The SPAYED/NEUTERED formulas include:

- Royal Canin® KITTEN SPAYED/NEUTERED formula promotes growth, while supporting healthy weight , natural defenses and digestive health for spayed and neutered kittens between the ages of 6 – 12 months

- Royal Canin® SPAYED/NEUTERED Appetite Control contains a unique blend of fibers to help cats between the ages of 1 – 7 years  feel fuller longer, in response to their decreased energy and increased appetite

- Royal Canin® SPAYED/NEUTERED Appetite Control 7+ formula promotes appetite control, increased vitality and weight maintenance for spayed and neutered between the ages of 7 – 12 years

- Royal Canin® SPAYED/NEUTERED 12+ formula promotes weight  maintenance and healthy aging and joint support while helping to support kidney health for spayed and neutered cats 12 years and older

- Royal Canin® SPAYED/NEUTERED Canned Formula can be fed as a meal, or as a complement to dry kibble, the formula features an ideal balance of vitamins and minerals and a moderate energy level to help spayed or neutered cats over 1 year maintain a healthy weight.

Royal Canin’s SPAYED/NEUTERED formulas are available now at pet specialty stores such as PetSmart and PETCO, as well as independent pet stores nationwide. For more information on the You Share, We Give program, visit facebook.com/RoyalCanin.us.

About Royal Canin USA

Royal Canin USA is a forerunner of nutritional and technological advancement in dog and cat food. With more than 40 years of experience in the animal health and nutrition industry, the company prides itself on putting knowledge and respect for the animal first. Royal Canin collaborates with nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world on impartial and relevant research to ensure dogs and cats receive the best nutrition. For more information, find Royal Canin at www.facebook.com/RoyalCanin.us or visit http://www.royalcanin.us/.

About American Humane Association

Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

1  Belsito KR, Vester BM, Keel T, Graves TK, Swanson KS, 2009. Impact of ovariohysterectomy and food intake on body composition, physical activity, and adipose gene expression in cats. J Anim Sci. 2009 Feb;87(2):594-602. Epub 2008 Nov 7.
2  Fettman MJ, Stanton CA, Banks LL, Hamar DW, Johnson DE, Hegstad RL, Johnston S, 1997. Effects of neutering on bodyweight, metabolic rate and glucose tolerance of domestic cats.  Res Vet Sci. 1997 Mar-Apr;62(2):131-6.
3  Scarlett JM, Donoghue S, Saidla J, Wills J. 1994, Overweight cats: prevalence and risk factors. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 1994 Jun;18 Suppl 1:S22-8

Royal Canin X-Small Breed Dog Food Launches; ThoughtsFurPaws Hosts Dog Food & “Super-Spa Giveaway”

Posted on April 5th, 2012

The Royal Canin dog food team, like many others, attended the mega-pet conference Global Pet Expo in Orlando in late February.

There, in celebration, the generous dog food company partnered with a local Orlando rescue organization, Florida Little Dog Rescue featuring its small, adoptable dogs, to launch a new product,  Royal Canin X-SMALL BREED dog food formula.

Florida Little Dog Rescue helped Royal Canin at the show by bringing attention to them and their new X-SMALL Breed dog food, made for dogs under eight pounds; Royal Canin, in turn, helped the group by featuring their dogs for adoption.

* If you’re interested, you can see pix (and read about the seven rescue dogs adopted at the Expo) on their Facebook page. * (Here is the Royal Canin USA Facebook page.)

1. Global Pet Expo attendees were asked to participate in short five-minute trainings to learn about the innovation and nutrition behind these new foods.
2. For each training session completed, Royal Canin donated a bag of food to Florida Little Dogs Rescue.
3. The result? In three days, attendees raised a donation of more than 2,500 bowls of food for the rescue! Cool, huh?

So why am I telling you this, besides the facts that this kind-hearted pet food brand is so helpful and generous, and that they’ve launched a new dog food product?

Well, to celebrate the launch of the new X-SMALL dog foods (formulated specifically for dogs weighing less than eight pounds), ThoughtsFurPaws.com is hosting a super-valuable giveaway with them. I’m giving away two “Doggy Day Spa” gift packs specialized, like the brand’s new food, for little dogs.

Each, including the last item that ThoughtsFurPaws added itself, is valued at over $100 and contains:

– A small bag of Royal Canin’s new X-SMALL dog food
– Oatmeal and baking soda shampoo
– Grooming lead (for easier bathing sessions)
– Natural grooming wipes
– Microfiber Pet Towels (pack of 5)
– Grooming brush
– Toothbrush and toothpaste combo pack
– Nail trimmer
… And for good measure and since I’m a proud supporter of PetArmor® and since this fits with the theme, I’m throwing in a pack of PetArmor® so you can properly arm your pet’s cute little rear end (and whole body!) against fleas and ticks this season.

So how do you enter and win?

Well, I’d like you to tell me in the comments below why you think your dog would benefit from this interior and exterior makeover, and/or why he/she needs it most.

You can also write about it on your blog and then come back and leave me a link to your link in the comments…

… Or you can Tweet about it and leave me a link to your Tweet in the comments.

Don’t forget to support Royal Canin!

Results will be posted on ThoughtsFurPaws.com in three weeks on Friday, April 27th.

Healthy and Wholesome Dog Foods – Not Just a Luxury Treat…

Posted on February 1st, 2012

For people who don’t own dogs, the amount of money spent on feeding man’s best friend may seem extravagant. Looking at the ingredients of a premium bag of food oftentimes can make the kibble sound tastier than most human meals, after all!

However, the reasons behind “super pet foods” may surprise those non-pet owners.

Food is NOT meant to be a special treat, nor is it supposed to be a way to spoil the family pooch…

The nutritional diet of a domesticated dog, however, is one of the most important aspects of pet care for any pet owner. Dogs need consistency in the food that they are given and they willtake time to adjust to new diets. So

Royal Canin Helathy Dogs (from website)

continuously altering a dog’s diet is not good for their health but this doesn’t mean that dog owners should not change the food that they are buying and stick with the same brand or products. There is a large selection of different brands, products and ingredients to feed your dog and choosing the right one is essential.

One way to choose the right food is to go by your dog’s breed. For example, Royal Canin Dog Food brand offers a specially developed breed-specific range of foods that take into account common health problems associated with each breed as well as the way your dog use his mouth to eat his kibble! How neat is that? As with most premium brands, they also provide food for pregnant or lactating female dogs of varying breeds and sizes so that both mother and puppy get the nutrients they need.

On another hand, you may be worried about your dog being susceptible to certain allergies like wheat or gluten. Eukanuba Dog Food uses potato and fish as opposed to grains and beef or pork to prevent inflammatory skin conditions from occurring.

James Wellbeloved also produces hypo-allergenic dog food, including James Wellbeloved Puppy Food to make sure your dog gets accustomed to these types of foods from an early age.

Ultimately, there are many benefits to purchasing premium pet food that can be used to combat a variety of health problems – from maintaining a robust digestive system to developing strong muscles and joint flexibility. A simple change in a dog’s diet means fewer trips to the vet and a longer, happier life for Fido.