Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs: Chinese Medicine
Like proteins, fruits and vegetables are also categorized by Chinese medicine into one of the three categories: warming, neutral, and cooling. As we showed last week, there are some fruits and vegetables that are commonly used in commercial pet food recipes. Today we will look at the Chinese medicinal properties of these and other fruits and vegetables.
Cooling Fruits and Vegetables
Cooling foods are thought to clear toxins and help to dissipate the body’s internal heat. These are recommended for dogs that are dealing with inflammatory conditions, like arthritis, obesity and cancers, in order to minimize internal heating (inflammation).
The cooling fruits and vegetables include some of those commonly used in commercial dog food recipes.
Cooling fruits and vegetables include green peas, spinach, apple, strawberry, alfalfa, kelp and broccoli.
Neutral Fruits and Vegetables
Neutral foods are just that: neutral. They can be used in most any case and without having a direct impact on a specific body condition, and are believed to be suitable for virtually any type of body.
Fruits and vegetables that are considered to be neutral in Chinese medicine include: carrots, most berries, potatoes, cauliflower, and pineapple.
Warming Fruits and Vegetables
Warming foods are thought to raise the energy of organs, improve circulation, and to generally raise the temperature of the body.
Some of the warming fruits and vegetables include sweet potato, squash, pumpkin, cherries, and mango. According to Holistic Veterinarian Dr. Patrick Mahaney, although warming, most of these are worth including in a diet due to their high levels of nutrients and anti-oxidants
Fruits and vegetables can also be used as healthy snacks or as an adjunct to commercially available foods. Carrots, apples, berries, and broccoli are great examples of foods that can be used as an alternative to those highly processed treats, and each of these can be a welcome addition to the food bowl as well, adding sweetness and a ton of nutrition. These foods can be served raw, steamed, or even pureed, depending on your dog’s taste preferences.