Frequently Asked Questions About Dog/Cat Food

How much food should I feed my dog/cat?

The amount to feed your pet depends on your pet’s size, energy level, and the brand of food. For example, one cup of Royal Canin food does not contain the same number of calories as one cup of Science Diet food.

My veterinarian gave me pet food recommendations without me asking. Why would my veterinarian know anything about pet nutrition?

Veterinarians receive nutritional training in veterinary school. Your veterinarian is the most qualified person to provide pet food recommendations in relation to a pet’s overall health.

I like to do research online. Can you give me links to websites on pet nutrition?

There are numerous pet food websites run by individuals who have no training in veterinary medicine or nutrition. has nutritional information from veterinarians as well as nutritionists with Masters degrees. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Global Nutrition Committee also has a website with recommendations on selecting pet foods.

I heard that corn and meat by-product are bad for pets. Why are they still used in some brands of dog/cat food?

Corn and meat by products are nutrient-rich ingredients. For more information, please visit and

My vet recommended a dental diet. I’m already feeding dry kibble. Isn’t that enough?

No, regular dry kibbles aren’t hard enough to remove tartar which is calcified plaque and do not contain special ingredients that prevent plaque buildup. Also, some dogs barely chew their kibbles and swallow them whole.

My dog defecates more than three times a day and is flatulent. Is that normal?

Increased frequency of defecation and flatulence could be signs that the food is not agreeing with your dog. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s diet, please give us a call at 780-939-3133 to book a complimentary nutritional consult.

Written by Morinville Veterinary Clinic