Using Food as Medicine…Part 3


There is no one diet that is appropriate for all dogs, for their entire lives an one diet will never, in any way, be specific enough for dogs with individual needs. That’s why I hate to hear pet experts and veterinarians recommending dry kibble dog food for their patients. While they may very well be offering this food as an alternative to pet parents who will never feed a whole food diet to their dog, it’s important to note that even the best dry kibble food is far inferior to a varied, whole food diet.

When deciding on what to feed your dog you must take into consideration the dogs age, breed, sex, energy level, history and evolution of the breed, climate the dog lives in and where its ancestors came from, season of the year and any medical or energetic condition your dog may have.

In short, the food you feed your pet should be fresh, wholesome and varied. Beyond that, it would be wise to consider applying a TCVM approach to feeding your dog for ideal health.


Everyone knows that changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle can improve the quality of life and help to promote health. The TCVM approach to how we feed our dogs is simply to use food as medicine, rather than simply a way to consume enough calories to stay alive.

In western culture, we eat foods that taste good and fill our stomachs and to give us the feeling of being “full.” We don’t always consider the quality of the food, the effect the food has on the body, where the food has come           from etc. When feeding our dogs becomes more deliberate than just grabbing a bag of processed dry kibble dog

food, we begin to take into consideration the quality of the food item. We ask questions like:

We keep in mind that different foods have different qualities and effects on the body, and that foods can be used as medicine: healing and helping support specific organs, treat diseases, and assist your dog’s body adapt to changes in weather, seasons and climate. This is why the kind of food that you choose to feed your dog is one of the most important decisions you will make with regard to health.

“It matters not whether medicine is old or new, so long as it brings about a cure. It matters not whether theories are Eastern or Western, so long as they prove to be true” 

Please stay tuned for next weeks blog Using Food as Medicine…Part 4…Constructing a Balanced, Customized

Diet Based on TCVM Principles

Michel Selmer, DVM, MS, CTCVMP – “The Caring Vet”

Michel Selmer

Dr. Michel Selmer is an Integrative Veterinarian and one of a handful of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Practitioners in the world that holds a Masters Degree. Dr. Michel Selmer attended Long Island University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Read More...
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