If there is one area in which we can have a life-long impact on our companion animals, it is nutrition. Since the 1970’s, we have been conditioned to rip open a bag of prepared dog or cat food, pour it in the bowl, and feed our dogs and cats the same food day in and day out without a second thought. In the past several years, I have personally witnessed the power of good nutrition on the health of dogs and cats in my practice. So what do I recommend? First of all, if you are currently feeding dry kibble, I suggest feeding your dog or cat a high quality, grain-free commercially prepared dry food. As you know if you have stood in the aisles at your local pet superstore, there are MANY options. One of my favorite sites for evaluating commercial dog food is DogFoodAdvisor, where you can learn about ingredients, see a one-star to five-star ranking, and stay current on pet food recalls. For cats, I like CatInfo, written by a fellow veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Pierson.