When you see the term “Blood Deficiency,” the first thing that pops into your mind is anemia, right? Although anemia and blood deficiency aren’t one in the same, thinking this way leads you in the right direction.
What is TCVM Blood Deficiency in a Dog?
In TCVM, “blood” is much more than the liquid red substance that is pumped by the heart and travels through your veins. In TCVM, Blood provides nourishment and moisture for your dog’s entire body.It keeps your dog’s tendons, skin and hair healthy, strong and flexible. Blood lubricates the joints and nourishes the mind. It keeps your dog calm and ensures good sleep.
Meet Justine, A Blood Deficient Dog
Justine is a 5-year old, spayed, female Pit Bull. She has been limping off and on for two years with bilateral cruciate tears. She also has dandruff and a pale, dry tongue. Justine is the perfect example of a Blood deficient dog.
The classic signs of TCVM Blood Deficiency in dogs are:
- Pulled ligament or cranial cruciate ligament rupture
- Dandruff, dry skin and hair
- Pale, dry tongue
- Depression, apathy, lack of spirit
- Sallow or dull coloring
Creating the TCVM Blood Building Diet
Use Eastern Food Therapy to rebuild your dog’s Blood.
A nutritionally balanced canine diet contains:
- 60% – 80% Protein – mostly from meat
- 20% – 40% Carbohydrates – from grains, vegetables, and fruit
- A minimum of 2% fat
Use the list of foods below to create endless delicious recipe combinations for your furry friend!
Mix up the ingredients as needed to create a food that your dog loves.
TCVM Blood Building Foods
Meats and Dairy
Beef, red meats
Vegetables and Fruits
Grains & Beans
Sample TCVM Blood Building Dog Food Recipe
5 pounds beef, beef liver, sardines
1 pound chicken gizzards
1 pound chicken liver
1 tablespoon olive oil or flaxseed oil
3/4 pound white potatoes
2-2 1/2 pounds barley (cooked weight)
2-2 1/2 pounds carrots, green peas, spinach, broccoli
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon basil
Debone and chop meat and vegetables.
Place all ingredients in crockpot layering:
- Slow cooking root vegetables on bottom
- Meat in the middle
- Fast cooking items on top
Top with 1 cup water.
Cook on low for 4 hours.
In addition, add the following to your pet’s diet:
- One pet multivitamin per day
- Calcium supplement 50mg/kg of body weight (22mg/lb of body weight) per day. Some good choices are:
- Eggshell powder
- Bone meal
- Feed 1.5 cups per 25 pounds of body weight twice daily
- Monitor your pet’s weight. If an undesirable weight loss occurs, please contact your veterinarian immediately so that you can make an adjustment in the feeding/diet plan.
Please consult with your veterinarian and use personal judgment when cooking at home for your dog. Even though pet food recalls and the poor quality of some pet foods are a concern, many veterinarians voice concerns over homemade diets. Some vets feel that when fed exclusively, homemade diets may result in vitamin/mineral deficiencies that can adversely affect a pet’s health. If you choose to feed your dog a homemade diet, you must understand and meet your dog’s needs to stay healthy. Please share our recipe with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can advise you on supplements for your pet’s individual situation. Monitor your dog’s health by observing his/her temperament, skin, coat and waste. If you notice anything strange, contact your veterinarian immediately.