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Royal Canin Sensitivity Control Dry is formulated to assist dogs suffering from food allergies, food intolerances and food adverse reactions. It can also be used to help manage inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhoea and colitis.
Food adverse reactions are thought to be responsible for at least 10% of skin allergy cases in dogs, ranked third after flea allergy and atopic dermatitis (airborne allergies).
Signs of a Food Adverse Reaction:
It is a common misconception that food sensitivities in pets occur in response to additives or preservatives. Food allergies or adverse reactions in pets are most commonly caused by a protein contained in a food that they have eaten for a long period of time. Over time an abnormal response from the immune system causes it to become sensitised to the proteins from the food. As the food is digested and absorbed by the body, protein molecules react with receptors on immune cells to trigger an allergic response. The food ingredients that are most commonly associated with adverse reactions in dogs are beef, dairy, wheat, lamb, chicken and egg.
Diagnosis of food allergy in dogs can be difficult as there are no accurate laboratory tests available. Food adverse reactions or allergies are diagnosed by a food elimination trial. This means that the dog is fed a diet with a novel (new) or hydrolysed protein source for a period of time, generally a minimum of 8 weeks. A novel protein source is one that the dog is unlikely to have ever been exposed to, so their immune system cannot have been sensitised to it to develop an allergy or intolerance. If the symptoms reduce or disappear on the elimination diet, a diagnosis of food allergy or intolerance can be made. The only way to determine the possible cause of the allergy is to slowly re-introduce components of the old diet one at a time to challenge the animal and see if the symptoms re-occur. An alternative approach is just to continue feeding the diet used in the elimination trial for life, provided that it is complete and balanced and provides the dog with adequate nutrition.
Royal Canin Sensitivity Control Dry formulation has been formulated using the novel protein source of duck and tapioca to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. It contains the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA to help support skin and coat health and reduce symptoms of skin inflammation. Sensitivity Control is also formulated with Royal Canins patented skin support complex which helps to strengthen the skins natural barrier function. In order to ensure optimal digestive health, Sensitivity Control is lactose free and contains a combination of highly digestible proteins, prebiotics, beet pulp, rice and fish oil. It is a complete and balanced diet suitable for long term feeding and may be fed to both puppies and adult dogs.
Please note that that the Royal Canin Sensitivity Control wet formula does not contain the same novel protein source as the dry formula. If your veterinarian has recommended Royal Canin Sensitivity Control dry formula for your pet to manage food allergies or intolerances, please consult with them before using the canned formulation.
Tapioca, dehydrated duck meat, hydrolysed poultry proteins, vegetable fibres, animal fats, beet pulp, fish oil, soya oil, psyllium husks and seeds, minerals, fructo-oligo-saccharides, marigold extract (source of lutein). ADDITIVES (per kg): Nutritional additives: Vitamin A: 25000 IU, Vitamin D3: 800 IU, E1 (Iron): 41 mg, E2 (Iodine): 2.8 mg, E4 (Copper): 10 mg, E5 (Manganese): 54 mg, E6 (Zinc): 203 mg, E8 (Selenium): 0.1 mg - Preservatives - Antioxidants. ANALYTICAL CONSTITUENTS: Protein: 21% - Fat content: 9% - Crude ash: 7.2% - Crude fibres: 4.4% - Per kg: EPA/DHA: 3.5%Pet Food Ingredient Glossary / Explanation
These are broad guidelines only, designed to assist with feeding your pet based on their weight, age and activity level. Always check the feeding charts on your pet's food packaging in conjunction with these feeding guidelines. Required amounts may differ between individual pets, and adjustments may be required to maintain optimal body weight.
Once or twice daily feeding is recommended for adult dogs, unless otherwise specified by your veterinarian. Puppies and kittens require feeding more regularly, with the total portion divided into three or four meals throughout the day. Ensure fresh water is available at all times.