How Chinese Food Therapy Can Help Your Pet

When most people think of Chinese food therapy, they associate it with humans. But the truth is that this therapy can also be beneficial to dogs. At Animal Wellness Center we believe in using this technique to improve your dog's diet. Many Davis, CA pet owners have come to our animal hospital to ask our vet for help with this. 

Yin and Yang of Chinese Food Therapy

Dogs show symptoms of yin and yang, which shapes their dietary needs. A dog with too much Yin exhibits symptoms that indicate he or she always feels hot. These dogs are often restless during nighttime hours and seek out the coolest place in the house to sleep. But they also tend to suffer from inflamed and itchy skin.

Dogs that show symptoms of yang often struggle to breathe properly. They are generally tired and fatigued and have little desire to eat or to exercise. These dogs tend to seek out warm places to lay. You can help them out by wrapping them in a cozy blanket and snuggling with them to comfort them. 

Based on symptoms of yin and yang, Chinese food therapy dictates what dogs need to eat to help counteract their symptoms. 

Yin and Yang Veterinarian Approved Foods for Dogs

Dogs showing symptoms of yin should be eating meat such as beef, duck, pork, and rabbit. They should also eat several types of fish, including sardines, whitefish, oyster, clams, and cod. 

Vegetables that help with symptoms of yin include peas, black, kidney, and string beans, tomatoes, and asparagus. Fruits that help include pear, raspberry, pineapple, watermelon, apple, and banana. 

Other dog friendly foods that fall into this category include rice, wheat, tofu, cheese, honey, yogurt, and goat's milk. Dogs can even consume hot foods like lamb, venison, trout, mutton, and cayenne. 

Dogs showing symptoms of yang need foods like duck, rabbit, scallop, clam, wheat, and wild rice. Vegetables they need includes eggplant, broccoli, seaweed, cucumber, mushroom, lettuce, tomatoes, and kelp. Fruit they need includes watermelon, apple, pear, kiwi, tangerine, orange, strawberry, and lemon. 

Dog Diet Categories 

There are five categories of diet to follow when using Chinese food therapy. It is best to check with your vet before choosing which diet is right for your dog. The five categories are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.

Dogs who are picky eaters do best with the wood diet. However, dogs with skin allergies do best with the fire diet. A water diet is best for dogs with food allergies, and overweight dogs benefit the most from the earth or metal diet.

Contact Animal Wellness Center 

Animal Wellness Center can provide you with more information on these diets. Pet owners throughout Davis, CA are urged to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian. As a successful animal hospital, we are committed to your pet's health. 


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