How can you tell if your dog needs a warming dog food recipe?
Well, is your dog overweight, sluggish, or depressed?
If so, an energetically warming diet will make your dog feel much better!
A warming diet also helps dogs who feel cold all the time and like to snuggle in warm places.
Or, maybe your dog has a thin coat and you live in a cool climate. A warming diet will help keep your dog warm.
Most importantly, a warming diet helps dogs suffering from Qi deficiency.
What is Qi Deficiency?
Many dogs, as they age, become Qi deficient.
Roughly translated, “Qi” means energy.
Accordingly, “Qi deficiency” means “low energy”.
Qi deficiency might affect the body as a whole or target specific organs.
What we’re talking about here is a general Qi deficiency, affecting the body as a whole.
Qi includes the energy of the body’s meridians, the energy of food, and the energy of the universe.
When the body lacks the desired amount of Qi, it suffers “Qi deficiency.”
Qi deficiency usually occurs in older dogs. A good example is an older mastiff that lumbers about drooling out of the mouth.
Qi deficient dogs are usually older dogs who are weak and lack energy.
However, in certain breeds, even young dogs may be Qi deficient.
Qi deficient dogs appear listless or lazy.
They drool a lot and like to snuggle up in warm places.
In addition, Qi deficient dogs are overweight and depressed.
If your dog suffers the above symptoms, a warming dog food recipe will help!
Example of a Qi Deficient Dog
Koko is a 12-year old, spayed female, German Shorthaired pointer. She’s been with the same family all her life.
Koko used to love to chase birds. So much, in fact, she had a path worn around the perimeter of her fenced-in backyard.
However, as Koko has aged, she lost weight, lost muscle mass, and doesn’t seem run around the way she used to.
She salivates a lot and generally seems tired. And, she seems to have lost her appetite.
Koko is a classic example of a dog with Qi Deficiency.
Signs of canine Qi Deficiency include:
- Frequent urination
- Loose stools
- Loss of Appetite
- Pale, swollen tongue
- Shortness of breath
- Slow metabolism
- Wiry pulse
Warming Dog Food
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
Create endless recipes using the food lists below!
Mix up the ingredients as needed to create a food that your dog loves.
Warming Food List
It’s best to use all warming foods, but you can use one neutral ingredient per batch for convenience.
Meats/Protein Source Chicken
Pork, pork liver & kidney (neutral)
Beef, beef liver (neutral)
Fish, salmon, sardines, tuna, catfish, carp, mackerel (neutral)
Chicken eggs (neutral)
Wild rabbit (neutral)
Vegetables/Fruits Sweet potatoPepper
String beans (neutral)
Green beans (neutral)
Green peas (neutral)
White rice (neutral)
Beans, soy, black, broad, kidney, red (neutral)
Fats Olive oilFlaxseed oil
Peanut oil (neutral)
Black sesame oil (neutral)
Sample 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:
- Bottom: slow-cooking root vegetables
- Middle: meat
- Top: fast cooking items.
Then, top with 1 cup of water.
Cook on low for 4 hours.
In addition, add the following to your pet’s diet:
- One canine multivitamin per day.
- Calcium supplement 50mg/kg of body weight (22mg/lb of bodyweight) per day. Some other good choices for calcium are eggshell powder or bone meal.
- Feed 1.5 cups per 25 pounds of body weight twice daily
- Make sure to give your dog a canine multivitamin when home cooking.
- Monitor your dog’s weight.
- If your dog loses too much weight, contact your vet immediately to make appropriate changes.
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