DIY Homecooked Pet Meals: Yinyang Elements

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Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believe that each food has energetic properties that are “cooling” (Yin) or “warming” (Yang). An imbalance in these elements sometimes result in allergic reactions, or outbreaks. The same works for pets. According to this Chinese food energy theory, it is possible to resolve these problems just by changing your pet’s diet.

Intrigued? Here’s some starter tips to changing your pet’s diet that can possibly save you a trip to the vet.

1/ Understand the symptoms

Yinyang imbalances are broadly classified as either “hot” or “cold”. A deficiency will result in some observable symptoms, as suggested by some veterinary doctors. Sometimes, these deficiencies are the cause of general nagging concerns which do not resolve with medication.

DIY Homecooked Pet Meals: Yinyang Elements. Photo Credit: topdognutrition.net

Symptoms of consuming excess “Warming” (Yang) foods. Photo Credit: topdognutrition.net

 

DIY Homecooked Pet Meals: Yinyang Elements. Photo Credit: topdognutrition.net

Symptoms of consuming excess “Cooling” (Yin) foods. Photo Credit: topdognutrition.net

2/ Remember the properties of food you commonly use

Some TCM practitioners advocate a netural diet. A neutral diet also works when you are trying to balance out the effects of hot or cold foods. Generally, green leafy vegetables like bokchoy or spinach are “cooling”. Local supermarket foods such as wintermelon, old cucumbers, figleaf gourd (shark fin melon) and bittergourd are also “cooling”.

DIY Homecooked Pet Meals: Yinyang Elements. Photo Credit: oztheterrier.com

Yin Yang categories of common foods. Photo Credit: oztheterrier.com

3/ External elements

Sometimes, the weather conditions mean that you have to adapt your pet’s diet. As Oz the Terrier suggests, “Yang” foods are more suitable in cold weather as it warms the body and stimulates vital functions. Similarly, more “Yin” foods can be eaten to cool down your “hot” dog in the scorching Singaporean weather.

DIY Homecooked Pet Meals: Yinyang Elements. Photo Credit: readyforpets.com

Dog lovers’ worst nightmare: when your dog becomes an actual hot dog. Photo Credit: readyforpets.com

4/ Be informed

Read related books or stay up to date with the topic through the commentaries on blogs or forums of other pet owners who are more experienced.

DIY Homecooked Pet Meals: Yinyang Elements. Photo Credit: marylandpet.com

Being informed steers you away from judgment errors or making common beginner mistakes. Photo Credit: marylandpet.com

5/ Personalise your diet

Always take into account how every pet is unique. A drastic change in your pet’s diet may be stressful and ineffective as a result. Additionally, changing the diet according to Chinese food energy theory is only a suggested natural means to balancing your diet. It may not necessarily dispel all problems or work miracles. When in doubt, always seek veterinary care, or specialists in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM).

 

 

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