Royal Canin has announced the launch of its new ICU liquid diet range in South Africa. Picture: Supplied

Royal Canin has announced the launch of its new ICU liquid diet range in South Africa. 

The ICU product range is the first intensive care liquid nutrition of its kind in South Africa and is perfect for meeting the nutritional needs of critically ill hospitalised cats and dogs in intensive care.

Previously, when veterinarians needed to feed patients who were unable to eat or were refusing food, they had to emulsify a wet food product in hopes of getting it liquidised enough to travel through a narrow feeding tube. 

Oftentimes, this process was time consuming, messy, and would result in tube blockages which further delayed the sick pet having its nutritional needs met.

“When critically ill pets need to be fed, no time can be wasted,” said Dr Michelle Harman, Scientific Communications Manager, Royal Canin South Africa. 

“Our ICU liquid diet range makes it much easier for veterinarians to provide pets with the nutrition they desperately need in hospital. A high percentage of critically ill cats and dogs do not receive the correct nutritional support while ill and feeding a liquid diet that provides the necessary nutrients for a sick pet enhances their rate of recovery.”

Not only does the ICU liquid diet range make the feeding process quicker and easier, it also comes in 5 tailor-made formulas to meet the nutritional requirements of the pet, based on the nature of their illness and their medical history.