The foods that a pet eats are very important for maintaining health. Diets should be balanced to maintain optimum well-being. Disease results if food is unhealthy or if the diet is unbalanced.

Foods have different properties that must be taken into account when preparing a diet. High fat dairy products are considered foods that cause accumulation of fluids. High carbohydrate foods are associated with inflammation, and dry foods are associated with dryness and dehydration. A Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) practitioner designs a feeding program by combining this information with knowledge of an individual’s constitutional type, environmental living conditions, and disease states. If these are not considered, a disease may develop or worsen.

The quantity and the quality of the food also are very important. Food is converted into energy or Qi so it impacts the whole body function.