A series of complete liquid diets designed to be tube fed to offer precise nutrition for critically ill patients has been launched.
The five formulas – trialled in six small animal referral emergency units in Europe – have been designed for the differing nutritional and energy needs of tube fed cats and dogs.
Successful nutritional management
Royal Canin’s Sarah Collins said: “Inadequate nutrition may lead to malnutrition, which can have negative effects on wound healing, immune function and, ultimately, on overall prognosis.
“Ensuring the successful nutritional management of critically ill patients involves making an appropriate nutritional assessment and implementing a feasible and effective nutritional plan.
“Royal Canin’s complete liquid diets support the nutritional restoration and convalescence of dogs and cats requiring assisted enteral nutrition and help neutralise free radicals.”
The range comprises:
- a canine and feline renal liquid formula with high-quality proteins and restricted levels of phosphorus
- a recovery liquid with high protein for maintaining muscle mass in dogs and cats
- a GI low fat diet to support dogs requiring fat restriction
- a GI high energy for dogs needing enhanced digestive support
To coincide with the launch, Royal Canin staff will be hosting two lectures on assisted feeding on 7 October at BVNA Congress.