*Disclaimer: I am neither a veterinarian nor a dietician. The information contained in this post is being shared as a service to my readers Please contact your veterinarian before making any changes in your pet’s food.
Do you have a hot dog? How can you tell? Look for these signs: *seeks cool places to rest *actually hot to the touch *excessive panting *red skin and eyes *allergies *ear infections
I want to share some interesting information concerning the Chinese theory of hot, cool, and neutral foods in your dog’s diet. I recently had the opportunity to speak with a holistic veterinarian, Dr. Joyce Gerardi who enlightened me to the concept. We discussed the battle that I was having with Bentley’s recurring ear infections. It seemed that we were treating him more frequently and in addition to his misery, the vet bills were making me miserable. You can read more about our conversation on my Vet on Demand™ post.
During our phone call, the vet asked me questions about Bentley’s allergies, ear infections, along with the food that I was feeding him. She also asked about the climate where we live. Combining the food ingredients with the extreme heat and humidity that we have here on the bayou was providing the perfect setting for his ear trouble. She suggested I try switching Bentley to cool proteins. The idea is to cool his body from the inside. His long droopy ears are adorable, but they do not allow heat to escape. The humidity keeps them moist and combined with his body heat; it creates the perfect environment for infections. The longer we spoke, the more what she was saying made sense.
She gave me the information to transition him from being a “hot dog” to a “cool dog. According to the checklist above, Bentley fit into each category. His head and underarms have always so hot and I never connected it to his food. It was not only eye-opening, but it was time to make a change in his diet.
If you’ll notice the meats on the Cool Protein list are rather limited. I don’t know about where you live, but I can’t run into a store and buy rabbit or duck. I don’t feed raw, but I enjoy preparing his meals so that I know exactly what he is eating. My next move was to scour dog foods that had the correct balance of cool or neutral foods. It was very disheartening. I could find the perfect proteins, vegetables, and then discover something that he should not have. I have also taken him off of grains and chicken as a precaution. Many of the foods had mostly neutral proteins, but we were striving to stay on the cool list.
I was getting very discouraged until I read the ingredients to Merrick’s Backcountry™ Alpine Rabbit Stew. It was the perfect combination of cool and neutral proteins and it was grain free with fresh cut veggies. The number one ingredient is the deboned rabbit. There is also turkey, peas, turkey liver, carrots, sweet potatoes, and flaxseed oil. Winner, winner rabbit dinner! I got some cans and began my experiment. Needless to say, Bentley loves the taste. I love that we haven’t had an ear infection in three months! I use Merrick for his meals and also as a protein source when I make his food with dehydrated brands. Our next recipe to try is Merrick’s Backcountry Salmon.
We were able to visit with Betsy Berger from Merrick at the BlogPaws conference. I was excited to share the results of this cool protein concept with her. I can’t sing the praises of Merrick loud enough! If your dog is constantly battling allergies or infections, check with your vet about trying the ancient Chinese belief of hot and cool foods. It has made a huge difference for us.
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