I get asked pretty often about which dog foods are best, so I thought I would do a handful of posts to share which ones I suggest!
This second blog post for my “Food Series” will focus on dogs that have too much heat & need to cool their body. To get a specific food recommendation for your pet, please fill out THIS pet profile and I will email you my suggestion. To read my first blog post for “normal, healthy dogs,” click HERE
The majority of us do not have time to prepare raw or home-cooked meals for our pets. And that is okay! It is okay if you feed raw. It is okay if you prepare home-cooked meals. And it is okay if you feed kibble!
The focus of this blog post is on Kibble & other prepared food. We can save the raw or home-cooked blog topic for a later day.
Generally speaking, I have a handful of things that I look at when I look at a Kibble and Prepared Food manufacturer & the ingredients they chose to put into a food.
- Real meat, poultry, or fish is the first ingredient
- No by-products
- No corn, wheat, or soy
- No added sugars or sweeteners
- No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
- Contains fruit & veggies
- Contains Taurine
- Contains probiotics
- Made in the USA
So, what is a “Dog that has too much Heat?”
It’s pretty simple actually!
- Bright red & dry tongue
- Red eyes
- Excessive panting & thirst
- Prefers to lay on the floor vs. a bed
- Dry, Brittle Food Pads & Nose
- May deal with cardiovascular diseases
- May deal with separation anxiety
- Considered a “Fire Animal” – Life of the Party, Playful, Seeks Attention, and Hyper
The proteins I recommend to my clients for dogs that have “too much heat” include Duck, Turkey, and Rabbit.
Here are the foods that, after a lot of research, are based in those proteins and I would suggest feeding (in order of my preference).
pawTree Duck & Chickpeas Recipe (All ages/stages)
pawTree Real Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe (all ages/stages)
Ollie Human Grade Dog Food – TURKEY (All ages/stages)
Pet Plate Fresh Food – TURKEY (all ages/stages)
Merrick Backcountry Freeze-Dried Raw Hero’s Banquet Recipe Dry Dog Food
Instinct Original Grain-Free Recipe with Real Rabbit Freeze-Dried Raw Coated Dry Dog Food
Go! SENSITIVITIES Limited Ingredient Duck Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
Other Foods for a “Dog with too much heat” that you can add into their food dish (in moderation & based on their liking of each):
I look forward to hearing from you on this topic!
- Do you consider your dog to have “too much heat?”
- Have you tried any of these food recipes?