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Nutrition check - FAQ

Why does my pet prefer the food sold in grocery stores
to veterinary foods?

It's possible your pet prefers the taste of grocery store food because it contains more fat and salt than veterinary foods. Certain therapeutic foods (renal or low-fat, for example) are better accepted when they are combined with an animal's former food and used to transition over several weeks' time. Maintenance pet food formulas are subject to appetite tests; a lot of effort goes into improving their taste. Ask us about our best sellers and you can try them with your pet.

My pet has a lot of bowel movements, is this normal?

Stool quantity is often related to food digestibility. Poor-quality food often contains a higher amount of insoluble fibre that helps increase the volume and quantity of stools. Manufacturers of veterinary foods select their ingredients based on percentage of digestibility. A smaller amount of well-formed stools is often an indication of high-quality food. Sometimes, an animal has more bowel movements when on a diet to lose weight. In fact, the quantity of fibre (mix of soluble and insoluble fibre) in these foods is often increased to give the impression of fullness and encourage an animal to eat less.

My pet sheds a lot. Does the food have anything to do with this?

During certain times of the year, most animals shed considerably. This can be normal. But if shedding continues all year long, it's possible the pet food doesn't contain enough essential fatty acids. Most veterinary foods have a higher percentage of omega acids than the average amounts found in other foods. As well, there are dermatological formulas specially designed for this kind of problem. Ask us about them.

Does it cost more to feed my pet veterinary food?

When comparing the prices of the different formulas, it's important to calculate how much of each product is needed in order to make a fair analysis. Generally speaking, we observe that because veterinary foods contain ingredients of higher quality, an animal can be fed smaller amounts. Thus, the prices of veterinary maintenance pet food formulas are similar to those that we find in the groceries and pet centers but offer better results. For therapeutic formulas, prices are not necessarily higher and often help improve the animal's health, allowing pet owners to save on medications and/or treatments.