An innovative range of new renal diets has been launched to support patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) showing signs of anorexia, food intolerance and loss of appetite.

Dogs and cats with CKD are twice as likely to exhibit these signs than non-CKD pets, so Royal Canin has launched a range of diets to help support these patients.

Three major determinants of palatability are aroma, texture and flavour – and the new range of renal diets provides a wide array of each, while maintaining a similar nutritional profile, which means different options can be mixed together to expand mealtime choices.

Cats can benefit from 19 different taste combinations, whilst dogs can enjoy 15.

Each of the diets in the new Renal range has been developed with a unique aromatic profile, so that cats and dogs can be attracted to their food bowl even after an episode of food aversion. The new range also provides two different textures of dry diet for both cats and dogs. A new Renal Wet range is also available with a “loaf” or “chunks-in-gravy” texture and these can be combined with any dry diet to allow even greater variety of textures.

With CKD often causing frequent fluctuations in an animal’s sense of taste, Royal Canin’s feline range is now available in smaller 500g bags, making it easy and cost effective for owners to swap between the differing options as their pet’s tastes alter.

The company’s veterinary marketing manager Marianne Lomberg explained: “The efficiency of a renal diet depends upon it being fed on a continuing basis and so our new range provides a complete range of aromatic profiles and textures to keep your CKD patients enjoying every meal without compromising on their nutritional management. Royal Canin has a proven track record of developing innovative diets to help pets, and the new Renal Diets are an exciting new move for us.”

The new range launched at the end of October and Royal Canin is confidently offering a “patient compliance guarantee” where vets and their clients can claim their money back if a pet does not like any of the many diet combinations offered by the innovative range.

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