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
  • Restlessness
  • 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):

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Banana
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry
  • Cranberry
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Yogurt

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?