I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying “I’m getting ALL FIRED UP!” Well, energetically speaking, the warming diet will help get your sluggish, under-active dog “all fired up.” The warming diet is designed specifically for Qi deficient dogs.
Qi deficient dogs are usually older, although in certain breeds even young dogs may be Qi deficient. Qi deficient dogs display a lack of energy and appear to be lazy, usually drool a lot and like to snuggle up in warm places. Often Qi deficient dogs are overweight and depressed. If your dog has the above characteristics, the warming dog food recipe is what you need!
Rocky is a 12-year old mix-breed castrated male geriatric dog. Rocky is a long-time family pet for three young boys. The three young boys love to throw the tennis ball with Rocky and love to play with him in the creek.
However, as Rocky has aged, he has lost weight, lost muscle mass, and doesn’t seem to enjoy playing the way he used to. Rocky also salivates a lot and generally seems tired. Rocky is a classic example of a dog with Qi Deficiency.
The classic signs of Qi Deficiency in dogs are:
- Pale, swollen tongue
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of Appetite
- Loose stools
- Wiry pulse
- Frequent urination
- Slow metabolism
What is Qi Deficiency in a Dog?
In TCVM, Qi is the energy of the body. Qi is the energy of the meridians within the body, the energy of food, and the energy of the universe. Qi Deficiency is a state in which the body has a lack of or not the desired amount of Qi. Qi deficiency usually occurs in older dogs. An example would be an older mastiff that lumbers about drooling out of the mouth. Qi deficient dogs are weak and display a lack of energy.
Energetically Warming Foods
Use Eastern Food Therapy to warm an energetically cool dog.
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.
Energetically Warming Food List
It’s best to use all warming foods, but you can use one neutral ingredient per batch for convenience.
Pork, pork liver & kidney (neutral)
Beef, beef liver (neutral)
Fish, salmon, sardines, tuna, catfish, carp, mackerel (neutral)
Chicken eggs (neutral)
Wild rabbit (neutral)
String beans (neutral)
Green beans (neutral)
Green peas (neutral)
White rice (neutral)
Beans, soy, black, broad, kidney, red (neutral)
Peanut oil (neutral)
Black sesame oil (neutral)
Energetically Warming Dog Food Recipe
3 pounds meat (see “protein” list above)
1 pound chicken gizzards
1 pound chicken liver
1-1 1/2 pounds of vegetables (see “vegetable” list above)
1 tablespoon of olive oil or flaxseed oil
1 pound sweet potatoes
1/2 pound white rice (cooked weight)
Optional: 1 teaspoon basil, 1 teaspoon clove
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
- Make sure to give your dog a canine multivitamin while on this plan!
- 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.