Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Calorie Control (Dry)


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Royal Canin Veterinary Diets Calorie Control is not rated due to its intentional therapeutic design.

Notes and Updates

09/03/2010 Original review
11/14/2013 Last Update

  • Crownroom

    Pam, usually I find it in a display box on a shelf in the far corner of the pet food section. At my store, pet foods are just beyond bottled waters and paper goods. Bjs averages $29 a bottle. Typical pricing I see on line and at other stores ranges from $34 – $39 for the same size.

  • Pam c

    What section of the store do you find it?

  • Crownroom

    I have had Shelties for years, up to 14 years old. I typically start them on a joint supplement (not special diet food) at around 4 – 5 years of age. I recommend “Cosequin DS Plus MSM” flavored tabs. My two get 1/2 a tab daily as a maintenance dose and readily accept the tablet. I believe you give a double dose for the first 30 days then go on the maintenance dosing per the label. I’ve found the best price has been at BJs WHolesale Club, about $29 for 132 count.

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  • rockinone

    Our 9 year olf Aussie has been on this and Veterinary SO for a couple years. She is prone to crystals and bladder stones and as long as she has been on this food she has had none. But I am noticing she is “stiff” after laying down for a while. What should I supplement with? I am afraid to change the food as she has had no crystals or stones in a couple years now. But I am open to suggestions because I want the very best for her, Any thoughts or ideas are welcome please!!! thanks!

  • Dommiel74

     Thats because corn is highly digestible once you remove the outer covering.

  • sandy

    1. How about changing his food to a grain free food? Grains are considered “inflammatory” foods.

    2. Do you give any supplements? Fish oil, organic tumeric, joint supplements of any kind?

    3. Check the “Suggested Low Fat Foods” list for more food options, although weight loss can be obtained through non diet-type foods.

  • Betsy Greer


    Not far below your post, Sandy posted a reply to Heather Hamilton with a YouTube link that you might also want to check out.

  • Betsy Greer

    How long has he been on the same food? How old is your dog and what breed is he? It’s likely that you’re right and that he’s not getting the nutrients that he needs. Are you adding any supplements to his food right now or using any canned foods as toppers?

  • Jaxiepoo

    My dog has been on this food for a while. He is suffering from (what seems like)arthritis. He is over-weight, and though he does exercise, his joints are getting so stiff that he limps. :( Is it possible he is not getting adequate nutrition? Do you have any nutritional (or otherwise) recommendations?

  • HDpetsitting

    Can you review the new Royal Canin Satiety dry food?

  • sandy
  • Ka Pui Pang

    The first ingredient is corn. Original review was post back in 2010. Perhaps it has been changed. I have started paying attention to ingredients on dog food recently. Is corn really bad or good? Some sites (dog food official sites of course) say they use high quality corn which are easy to digest and nutritious ….etc

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  • sandy


    Go to Youtube and watch Dr Karen Becker “The Skinny on low fat diets” video.

    Cellulose being the 3rd ingredient and non-digestible is just a filler.  No nutritional value.

  • Heather Hamilton

    Bob – I agree this this statement, as even though we are feeding the recommended scoops (he is 7 yrs old, 82lbs, and the bag says to give him 3 1/4c so we do), he gets into the trash, has eaten hair wax, dr pepper cans, our Christmas tree, and candles. 

    He had mast cell cancer, and all of this was removed in October.  He has been doing these awful things since he recovered from the surgery. What do you think is happening? 

  • Heather Hamilton

    Wow. I was prescribed this dog food from my veterinarian to help my lab lose some weight. When we adopted him last May, he was 118lbs. Now, he is a healthy 82lbs. Seems to be working for him – more energy, healthy weight, and we have never had any problems. His teeth are great, his coat is wonderful, energy level … well, high – he’s a lab! No problems. How can this food be bad for him when it has helped him so much? It was recommended by 3 different veterinarians to help him with weight loss. He has been on this food for about 6 months now, and it has helped tremendously.

  • Michelle

    Nancy McCabe, Just look around on this site at the 4 & 5* foods.

  • Nancy McCabe

    thanks for all the info on Royal Canin…I’m open for any suggestions that are 4 and/or 5 star for my yorkies…

  • Shawna

    Hi Frank,

    I have a dog with congenital kidney disease. We noticed symptoms when she was just 5 to 6 weeks old. She was officially diagnosed at age 1. She is now 5. I would NEVER feed her corn or any other grain for protein because (even though highly “digestible”) they are not highly bioavailable on a cellular level and cause more blood urea nitrogen then animal proteins.

    Some would say that this is a special case because of the kd. However, lots of dogs are diagnosed with kd and over 65% (or more) of the kidneys have to be damaged before symptoms are seen. So lower quality (on a cellular level) proteins are contributing to the overworking and possible eventual failure in some animals.

    Added to that objection these grains (especially corn) are significantly high in omega 6 fatty acids and therefore are inflammatory.

    Corn allergy study from Veterinary Dermatology

  • Mike Sagman

    Frank… Yes, the amino acids in corn are digestible. It’s just that compared to meat, corn is an exceptionally poor source of amino acids. The grain itself contains a whopping 93% carbohydrates and only 7% amino acid (as protein).

    What’s more, corn has an amino acid score of just 55 whereas whole chicken has a score of 132.

    Like you, we’re ALL “tired of bad information”. Especially the exaggerated claims regarding the nutritional benefits of corn (and other cereal grains) in commercial pet foods. Please visit my article. “The Truth About Corn” for the facts.

  • Frank

    You are right, dogs aren’t humans.
    A lion is a obligate carnivore, meaning they need to get all their nutrition from animal flesh.
    A dog is a facultative carnivore meaning they can get their nutrition from meat and other sources.

    As far as nutrition, a dogs body DOES need the amino acids from meat but the amino acids from corn are a great compliment to the meat. In addition the protein in corn meal is 91% digestable, comparable to meat meal.

    Next, someone is going to say that corn causes food allergies. Give me a link to the study that shows this is true.

    Lastly, before I get accused, No, I am not a corn meal producer or manufacturer or salesman (and not a farmer). I am just tired of bad information.

  • Mike Sagman

    A special note for Frank… Unlike humans (true omnivores), dogs haven’t evolved away from their unmistakable and obvious carnivorous bias. What a dog can tolerate versus what a dog is optimized for are two different issues. Using human vegetarian diets as your example to justify what’s appropriate for dogs would be completely inappropriate. This site was never intended to appeal to human vegetarians. It’s designed to address the dietary needs of dogs.

    You’re right. Compared to animal protein, plant protein isn’t “bad”. It is, however, nutritionally inferior.

  • Frank

    And a special note for the DogFoodAdvisor … just because your protein source isn’t meat doesn’t mean its a bad product. Their are other ways of getting the nessary amino acids. Try telling humans on a vegetarian or vegan diet that they aren’t healthy because they HAVE to get their protein from a meat source. You’ll be in for a lecture. All these dog food “experts” refer to when dogs were in the “wild” they ate meat. Humans use to kill elephants and lions to get meat but we don’t have to do that anymore. Different isn’t bad.

  • Frank

    Jonathan … really! Potatoes, Tomatoes, Carrots, Blueberries, KALE! People have been so brainwashed. So a bunch of vegetables and a couple fruits are better than a refined corn product that has been worked in order to get the maximum NUTRITIONAL value form its parts (grem, gluten, starch, and fiber)? These aren’t the days when pet food companies grind some corn and throw it in some kibble as filler. If you are sitting there saying “Oh yes they do” Then look at Wellness Core Reduced Fat with the same skepticism and consider this … Turkey meal can be made from TURKEY FEATHERS! It is very high in protein. Oh yeah, dogs and cats can’t digest it. It has no nutritional value for dogs or cats! If you have four stomachs like a cow, it can be digested just fine. But we don’t know if this Turkey meal in Wellness is from Turkey meat or from feathers. It must be from turkey meat because it says “Wellness” on the bag, right? That and the fact that they put blueberries and kale in their food. But I thought too much vegetables and fruits gave dogs digestive problems … let me check the web … wow, I thought right, they do! But I’m sure it’s just the right amount in Wellness Core Reduced Fat because it says “Wellness” right on the bag.
    In the end, I actually don’t think Wellness is a bad product, just like the Royal Canin isn’t a bad product. There is just a lot of bad information. Dogs and cats are living longer than they ever have in the history of the world. One reason is because the pet food is better than it has ever been. The pet food companies want your pet to live a long happy life. They sell more product if they have happy pets and customers.

  • Mike Sagman

    Bob… Please see my response to your comment here I posted on the Purina Veterinary Diets HA thread.

  • Jonathan

    Bob. You compare the above food to Wellness Core reduced fat and explain to me how Royal Canin is magicaly “better” than it’s listed ingredients?

    Wellness Core Reduced Fat

    Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes, Pea Fiber, Whitefish Meal, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Vitamins, Minerals, Choline Chloride, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract.

    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein min. 33%
    Crude Fat min. 9%
    Crude Fat max. 10%
    Crude Fiber max. 8.5%
    Moisture max. 10%
    Calcium max. 1.9%
    Phosphorus max. 1.3%
    Vitamin E min. 500 IU/kg
    Omega 6 Fatty Acids* min. 2.2%
    Omega 3 Fatty Acids* min. 0.50%
    Glucosamin Hydrochloride* min. 250 mg/kg
    Chondroitin Sulfate* min. 200 mg/kg
    Beta-carotene min. 5 mg/kg
    Total Micro-organisms* min. 80,000,000 CFU/lb

    350 kcal/cup

  • Bob K

    Bob – Who was the guest lecturer for pet nutrition seminar at vet school? ? The big dog food companies? Again this food is overpriced for the ingredients you get. Few Vets I know of are well versed in nutrition unless they have a specific interest in it and do research on their own.

  • Bob

    Michelle and Vivian,

    Stick with your veterinarians recommendations. They went to school for this and are a much better resource than this website (no offense).

    Contrary to what Mike, teh expert says, cutting back on the amount doesn’t work. Try cutting out some of your dog’s daily intake and let me know how that goes. Your dog will feel as though he’s starving, which will lead to him getting into the trash, you tripping over him and just an al around bad situation. Cutting back on calories is the old method of weight loss. New research shows feeding a diet high in protein, low in calories and moderate fiber is the best choice. Target about a 2-4% weight loss per week. Make sure you account for treats as well.

  • Vivian McGinley

    Thanks Mike- Yes.. this was recommended solely for weight reduction. My head is somewhat spinning from all the information here…But I will keep studying and try to find the right choice. I really want to get Spencer’s coat back to that glossy black that it was !! Thanks again !

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Vivian… Too much of anything (even common table salt) can be unhealthy. And fiber is no exception. High fiber supplementation can combine with minerals and prevent them from being properly absorbed by the animal. However, the fiber content of foods like the ones you’ve been considering are probably not excessive enough to be a source for legitimate worry.

    In any case, before you consider substitutions for your vet’s recommendations, you should be sure you know why a particular food was suggested in the first place. If it was only for weight loss, I’d suggest you feed a quality 3, 4 or 5-star dog food and simply feed less than the recommended amount. It’s all about limiting calories and carbs. Hope this helps.

  • Vivian McGinley

    I have a 2 yr old border collie who also was put on this food by our vet. However, he has only lost 2 pds in 8-9 weeks and we walk 2X a day for about 30 minutes. His black/white coat seems less shiny than when he was on Nutro Holistic, and now that I have been reading this website I am very concerned about feeding him this food… and it is very expensive ! I noticed Kirkland Heathy Weight dry was rated higher ( also has a higher than average fiber content) and was A LOT less expensive.. My question is this: Can too much Fiber also be a harmful thing ? His poohs are nice and firm, but his coat lacks luster like it used to have. Suggestions ? I am just blown away by all the information on your website. Thank you…I will keep studying and reading !

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Michelle… Steroids can cause weight gain and a redistribution of body fat in both humans and dogs. Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, I cannot provide specific health advice or product recommendations. Please see our FAQ page and our reviews for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Michelle O.


    My 4 year old minpin has gotten to be overweight after being put through several rounds of steroids. She has multiple skin issues due to horrible allergies. She is on thyroid medication and atopica as an alternative to the prednisone she was taking.

    Anyway, she has become overweight and the vet recommends this food. She has eaten one bag with no issues, but now the vet recommends I change to Prescription Diet R/D canine food. Both of these foods are rated as 2 stars and I feel like I’m spending ridiculous amount of money on the prescription foods and not getting the quality of food for that price. My dog has lost about a pound while eating the Royal Canin calorie control, however can you recommend a different, higher-quality dry dog food that is still intended for weight loss?

    Please help and thank you in advance!!