Natural Health for Dogs

For so many people, dogs have become a big part of the family. We play with them, snuggle with them, and take them everywhere we go. Dogs bring joy and companionship to our lives. For the most part, dogs are completely dependant on us for food and water. How we feed and water them directly affects their health and longevity.


Common problems dogs experience are skin issues, vomiting, diarrhea, ear problems, worms, and fleas. Let's look at some ways we can help our dogs live long and healthy lives.


Nutrition

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your dog food? Often, even in beef-flavored varieties, chicken is the #1 ingredient. Chicken is also the #1 cause of allergies in dogs.

According to Wag!, these symptoms are common in poultry allergies:

  • Bald patches

  • Chronic ear infections

  • Chronic gas

  • Chronically inflamed feet

  • Coughing

  • Diarrhea

  • Hives

  • Obsessive licking

  • Paw biting

  • Pawing at face

  • Poor growth (puppy and adolescent)

  • Shaking of the head

  • Skin infections

  • Skin rashes

  • Vomiting

  • Wheezing

If your older dog begins to experience these symptoms, you might not consider chicken allergy because you've always fed them the same thing. But, allergies often develop in dogs over the age of three.


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are "hot" dogs and "cold" dogs. Choosing the right food for them can bring balance to their bodies and help them live more comfortable lives.


"Hot" Dogs

Dogs that look for cool places to lay, pant even when at rest, have red eyes, dry skin, excessive thirst, tend to cough, and can't settle down or get comfortable are considered "hot" dogs. Cooling foods can bring relief to your pet. Examples of cooling food are:

  • Rabbit

  • Duck

  • Egg

  • Spinach

  • Broccoli

  • Cucumber

  • Strawberry

  • Brown Rice

  • Fish

  • Oil

  • Honey

  • Barley

When "hot" dogs are given warming foods, problems can occur:

  • Hot spots

  • Itching, licking, and gnawing

  • Hair loss

  • Panting