Doesn’t it seems to you that the awareness of what we eat has grown in the last years much more than ever before? Today we have so many different ways to eat our way to health…  The same awareness is beginning to grow for our beloved dogs and cats, as we now know that food is a basic component for health. In my practice, I am aware of all this new information, and for the years I’ve been feeding my own dogs and suggesting good fresh food for my patients, the changes I have seen have been of great significance. In older dogs I’ve seen improvement in their energy levels, as they want to play more and become more active. If they suffer from arthritis, they move with more ease. With every dog the hair becomes shiner, the skin is healthier, many allergies disappear, itching and redness decreases, chronic gastrointestinal problems disappear… basically they look healthier and happier overall. Of course it is of most importance that the diet is balanced, and species appropriate, and that has a variety of good quality whole foods of high nutrition value. Feeding an unbalance diet, even though is composed of fresh food, may be detrimental to health and cause disease. For ages dogs and cats ate table scraps or a home cooked diet until dry kibble became the new way to feed our pets, and we grew into the idea that it was the best we can do for them. In the last decade, medical research and many veterinarians are noticing that since we started with dry kibble the incidence of chronic diseases like arthritis, cancer, skin irritations, autoimmune diseases, allergies and obesity has raised. As Jane Dodds states in her book (Dodds W.J, Laverdure D.R, Canine Nutrigenomics, Dogwise Publishing 2015) chronic conditions in dogs result from deep inflammation, linked to their modern diet, many of the foods that are marketed to nourish our dogs actually wreak havoc on them from the inside out, resulting in rampant obesity and chronic disease. Also notable is the fact that  life span of dogs, since we started with dry kibble, has dropped from 17 years to 11 years, and cancer has gone up 500%, which means 1 of every 2 dogs will get cancer (Rodney Habib, nutrition blogger, Ted Talks) .Which makes us consider what are we feeding our pets, considering too that dogs and cats are the only animals in nature that live out of dry food every-day-of-their-life, it seems it cannot go in accordance with nature. The good thing is that studies are being done to see where did we go wrong, and what is the best diet to feed our pets. Now we are looking at raw food diets, and home cooked diets, and what are the basic pillars to give a healthy balanced, species appropriate diet to our animal companions. More than that, researches are having a closer look at genetics, focusing on what is it that happens with our genes and how much can we have an influence on them based on the environment, pollutants, toxins stress and diet of the way we live, which also applies to animals. (Dodds W.J, Laverdure D.R, Canine Nutrigenomics,  Dogwise Publishing 2015) In Chinese Medicine, the oldest medical system continuously practiced in the world, considers food as one of it’s 5 pillars for health, Chinese food therapy is  based on the qualitative and energetic properties of fresh whole food. Of course it is of most importance that the diet is balanced, and species appropriate, and that has a variety of good quality  whole foods of high nutrition value.  Feeding an unbalance diet, even though is composed of fresh food, may be detrimental to health and cause disease.