The teeth of small dogs grow closer together than those of large dogs so that bacteria and food remainders accumulate more easily, forming a layer on the teeth surface from which tartar can develop. Small dogs also have a weaker lower jaw which risks being damaged should parodontitis occur.
Changing food often may upset small dogs’ sensitive digestive system and may cause soft stool and/or flatulence. Only highly-digestible food with selected ingredients should be offered.
Small dogs may have sensitive skin. This is partly due to an overreaction of the immune system to allergens and pollen. The skin’s barrier and protection functions should be strengthened through the right nutrition.
30 – 40% of small dogs are overweight. Excess weight is detrimental to health and may even shorten life expectancy.
Royal Canin Mini Adult dry dog food caters to these unique characteristics of Mini breeds (1 – 10kg) from 10 months:
- Tartar reduction: sodium polyphosphates bind salivary calcium and thus limit its contribution to the development of tartar
- Skin and coat protection: vitamins and amino acids improve the skin’s barrier function and prevent the penetration of bacteria. Vitamin A, biotin, fish oil, linoleic acid and zinc promote a shiny coat and reduced scurf development
- Enhanced palatability: carefully selected nutrients and natural flavours ensure maximum acceptance. Special texture, shape and size of kibble help satisfy fussy appetites
- Maintenance of ideal weight: L-carnitine helps stimulate the metabolism of fat reserves and reduces fat storage, thus aiding the maintenance of ideal weight