INDOOR LIFE-RECIPE FOR A HEALTHY LIFE FOR DOGS
Today, when many people around the world consciously seek to isolate themselves in their own homes (the Japanese even came up with a name for this phenomenon — “hikikomori”, abbreviated “Hickey”), it makes no sense to argue about whether it is permissible to keep a dog at home, almost without taking it out on the street. In the same Japan, more than three-quarters of domestic dogs lead a “reclusive” lifestyle, and in other countries it is becoming increasingly common. The refusal of the owner of a small dog from regular walks with it can be caused by various reasons: disastrous employment, banal laziness or an exaggerated idea of the dangers that lie in wait for a small animal on the street. In any case, care should be taken to protect the dog from possible problems of home maintenance.
ROYAL CANIN, the world leader in the production of industrial dog food, has followed this path. He proposed an innovative approach to the formulation of feed formulations, which is based on taking into account the animal’s lifestyle, which determines its need for the quantity and quality of energy and nutrients. The result is a series of LIFESTYLE HEALTH NUTRITION products that combine three scales: URBAN LIFE, SPORTING LIFE, and INDOOR LIFE. The latter is intended for dogs of small breeds (weighing up to 10 kg), and it will be discussed below.
The concept of “indoor”, in contrast to the notorious “hikikomori” or “seclusion”, is completely neutral and devoid of negative color. It objectively characterizes the conditions in which the animal is located. As a rule, they are quite comfortable, and the only thing that causes concern is the limited space of the dwelling, because of which the dog is forced to lead a sedentary lifestyle.
As you know, walking is not only an exercise for the dog, an opportunity to maintain physical shape and effectively use up the energy consumed with food, but also allows it to relieve itself outside the house. Refusing to walk with the dog, the owner deprives it of both of these opportunities, becoming necessary to arrange a place at home for the departure of its natural needs. However, the problem of lack of physical activity remains, and with it there is a threat of obesity, which, in turn, is the cause of diseases of the endocrine and cardiovascular systems, as well as violations of the function of the musculoskeletal system. Lack of movement affects the work of the digestive system: intestinal transit slows down, the contents of the intestine undergoes fermentation, and this causes disorders of the stool and disorders of the dog’s health.
What allows INDOOR LIFE products to counteract such adverse events?
Products of this range are characterized by low energy content, which prevents the development of obesity in the animal, despite the sedentary lifestyle that it leads, constantly being indoors. High-quality proteins are absorbed by the dog’s body almost completely, without forming voluminous intestinal contents and without undergoing fermentation, and special fiber helps to accelerate intestinal transit, improve the quality of stool, reduce the volume and smell of feces,which is especially important in the home. Substances that bind free calcium contained in saliva prevent the development of plaque and calculus-a phenomenon characteristic of small dogs with a special predisposition to diseases of the teeth and oral cavity.
The life span of small breed dogs is relatively long and is often more than
15 years. At the same time, each period of the dog’s life is characterized by certain needs for nutrients. To ensure that these needs are fully met, and that the life of a small stay-at-home remains healthy and happy throughout, INDOOR LIFE feeds are informed of pronounced age characteristics.
INDOOR JUNIOR (for puppies under 10 months of age) promotes the development of immunity of a young dog, INDOOR ADULT (for adult animals under 8 years of age) allows you to maintain an ideal weight, and INDOOR SENIOR (for Mature dogs over 8 years of age) provides healthy aging and, in addition, is easy to soak, which protects the teeth of an aging animal from damage. All feeds contain nutrients that help improve the condition of the dog’s skin and coat.
The dog’s lifestyle may be forced, but whatever it is, a properly chosen diet will help the animal maintain health and live his life happily.