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#1 Food Energies:  Basic Proteins are you feeding your dog right?

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Feeding of hungry dog. Labrador retriever eating granule from metal bowl at home.

Hey guys!  Nikki here, lead veterinary technician with Posh Dog Knee Braces.  Today I would like to discuss the different food energies proteins (cooling, neutral, warming, and hot).  Our bodies natural energy requires a balance that can be attained through many factors, the main one diet.  Having an imbalance of our dog’s food energy can cause symptoms such as itchiness, food sensitivities, skin irritation, excessive panting, feeling cold all the time, or feeling hot all the time seeking cool surfaces.

Let’s talk about the different types of energies.  First, Cold energy pets tend to always try to get warm.  Does your little dog always seek heat, or like to snuggle under a blanket all day?  I personally have a boston terrier that is a cold energy, and he even has his own heating pad.  Totally not spoiled, right?  Also, pets with arthritis that are affected by the cold can also be within this energy. 

Please note:  Sometimes our energy is different depending on the season.  My dog for instance hates to be cold, so I put him on a warming diet in the winter, however, in the summer I give him a neutral protein.  I will get into the proteins in a little.

Next up we have Hot energies (hot dogs!)  These dogs tend to be warm/hot to the touch, and seek out colder things.  Usually dog’s like my parent’s golden retriever, who love to lay down on cold tiles or on top of the air vents.  They love the snow and cold weather, and maybe even going swimming in cool water.  They may exhibit red eyes, red skin, and pant all the time (IE Bulldogs).  By giving these pups a neutral or cooling food, we can help them create balance, and hopefully get those symptoms under control. 

Another sample of the hot energy might be an injury, where there is a lot if inflammation going on in the body.  These dogs may benefit from a temporary switch to cooling or neutral proteins, just until the injury is better.

Here are some samples of the different proteins by energy (*note* this is just a sample, there are a lot more available online.  Also, please do not cold turkey switch your dog food, or you will cause diarrhea and bloating.  If you have a sensitive tummy dog, it may be good to discuss the change with a health professional first).

(There are also different veggies and foods that can be cold or hot, but today we just did proteins)

Cooling

Rabbit
Whitefish
Pollock
Duck

Neutral

Beef
Pork
Salmon
Bison
Qual
Tuna

Warming

Chicken
Anchovy
Pheasant
Turkey

Hot

Venison
Goat
Lamb

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