Royal Canin Canine Comfort Care FAQ

Royal Canin Comfort Care FAQs

Anxiety in Dogs Information

What types of environments can create anxiety in dogs?

  • Anxiety is a response to an anticipated threat, uncertainty or lack of control; so in theory any type of environment which causes these things can lead to anxiety. *Source: Landsberg 2016 JFMS
  • Common examples include novel sounds, unfamiliar visitors, separation from owner, changes in routine/location

How prevalent is anxiety in dogs?

  • Anxiety is an Owner Concern1 owners recognize their pets suffer from some form of anxiety *Source: CAHI 2018 Pet Population Survey, 17% of pet owners reported their dog suffers from a form of anxiety

Canine Comfort Care

What is the active ingredient that soothes the dog? How does it work?

  • A fish derivative named Gabocean 3D PTP55 (varying between 0.3-0.4 % on as-fed basis)
  • Gabocean 3D PTP55 is a complex of low molecular weight bioactive peptides rich in glutamic acid and glycine – these amino acids help modulate neuronal activity
  • Shown to be similar to Gabolysat PC 60 (commercialized by Vit2be) – increase level of GABA concentration in the hippocampus and hypothalamus that will decrease the secretion of Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (involved in fright, fight and flight response); reduces stress-induced rise of Adrenocorticotropic hormone (also involved in fright, fight and flight response); limits the level of epinephrine and norepinephrine.

Is this claim “Formulated to help dogs adapt to tense situations after 29 days”, supported by research?

  • The claim is supported by the study carried out in France/USA 2014 and clinical trial in CanCog

Can the product be used long term?

  • Yes, this is a complete and balanced formula and can be used long term

I mix feed my dog, what wet product do you suggest I feed with Comfort Care Dry?

  • Comfort Care Wet

Canine Comfort Care SPT & Canine Calm Vet

How can you justify launching another retail product that directly competes with the vet business, and what is the difference between the products?

  • Canine Comfort Care SPT gives owners of anxious dogs a dietary option to choose from that is easily accessible – it can be used to manage dogs in need of support to manage mild anxiety; if after six weeks of use, the dog continues to have trouble coping the owner is then encouraged to seek veterinary input – they would then be transitioned to the veterinary Calm line; this formula is indicated for stress-related digestive and skin disorders as well as management of small dogs in stressful situations or those undergoing behavioural therapy for anxiety
  • The Vet Calm formula contains additional features as compared to the SPT Comfort Care such as tartar reducing ingredients, CELT antioxidant blend, skin barrier blend, s/o index for urinary health, additives to support GI health

How does Canine Comfort Care (SPT) compare to Canine Calm (Vet)?

  • Canine Comfort Care (SPT) is a complete, balanced diet formulated for adult dogs and supplemented with a dose of PTP55 (0.3-0.4% as fed, adapted to dog size)
  • Canine Calm (vet) is formulated with milk protein hydrolyzate and supplemental tryptophan and nicotinamide, a skin barrier blend, supports urinary health (has s/o index), provides digestive support (blend of prebiotics, fermentable and non-fermentable fibres), decreases tartar accumulation to promote oral health
  • Both formulas contain ingredients to help calm the dog; the Comfort Care formula is meant more for prevention and support of anxiety disorders, while the Veterinary Calm line is meant for use under the direction of a veterinarian to treat more severe behavioural issues, or those patients that have clinical signs directly related to anxiety

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