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Recommended Foods for Dogs that have too much "Heat"

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?




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