Cooling Meals for Canines and Cats

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It is important that our pets stay hydrated during these hot summer months. We can do this by giving our dog or cat cooling food, in addition to having plenty of fresh water throughout the day. Cooling down food can also reduce inflammation in pets, said Dr. Ruth Roberts in “5 Cool Foods for Dogs and Cats” on her online site. Roberts suggests the following chilled pet foods: broccoli, pumpkin, celery, turkey, and watermelon. But Turkey is expensive, so we won’t go into that any further. During the summer months, we give our dogs and rescued dogs and cats from Save Animals of Love and Light (Save ALL Inc.) the following fruits and vegetables: 1. Singkamas, or Mexican beets, are inexpensive. You can buy a bunch of Singkamas (around 6-8 pieces) all over the Philippines this summer for just P40 per bunch.

Singkamas, celery and watermelon are not only cool, they are also full of vitamins. Just remove the skin and cut it into pieces that your dog can bite to keep him from choking. For small dogs, we rub the Singkamas. The amount depends on the size of the dog. 2. Watermelon is readily available in the Philippines. Remove skin and seeds. The seeds are poisonous to pets. “Okay, this one is pretty strict for moderate snacking. Watermelon is a great cooling food – even the thought of it is refreshing, ”says Roberts. Don’t give too much as this can lead to loose stools.

Watermelon or pakwan is a very cooling food. Remove the seeds as they are poisonous to dogs and cats. But watermelon, or pakwan, is a very healthy fruit. “Watermelon contains the amino acid L-citrulin, which has been proven to relieve sore muscles (ideal for active pets!). The potassium and magnesium in this fruit can also help detoxify your pet’s body and prevent kidney stones. The natural diuretic properties of this fruit are also good for the kidneys. Make sure you remove all of the seeds before offering this treat to your pet, ”said Roberts. 3. Celery is a healthy treat that pets love because the stem is crispy. Celery is high in fiber. Vitamin K is found in impressive amounts, along with potassium, folic acid, and vitamins A and C. And here’s a fun fact: Celery contains pthalides, an organic compound that can lower stress and blood pressure, “said Roberts. 4. Broccoli is also a healthy, cooling food. “These Brassica vegetables contain a long list of vitamins and nutrients. Broccoli is a great source of fiber, vitamins B and E, and as much vitamin C as an orange. You can also find vitamin K, folic acid, selenium, and potassium in these vegetables. Surprisingly, broccoli also contains a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, ”said Roberts. 5. Pumpkin or kalabasa is full of vitamins. “Here’s another powerful vegetable (though technically it’s a fruit!) For your crockpot. This yellow pumpkin is rich in folic acid, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Vitamins A, C and B6 are also included in this pack. Beats carotene and lutein are also natural as they protect the body from free radicals and improve eye health. High levels of manganese also help your pet maintain healthy bones (not the ones they’re chewing on), ”said Roberts. 6. Salad is very cooling. Just give a sheet or two, depending on the size of the dog. We have romaine lettuce, which is also good for the liver and kidneys. “The list of cooling foods goes on and on and is safe to consume all year round. Many pets have a tendency to “get hot”, so feeding a diet full of cooling foods is a great way to feel balanced and healthy. Remember to always have a healthy rotation and a variety of proteins and vegetables in your pet’s diet, ”said Roberts.

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