Sometimes when we have an animal who suffers in the heat or who generates excessive internal body heat, is anxious, nervous or hyperactive, an important factor may be diet.

Here are some “cooling” foods based on Chinese medicinal concepts:

  • turkey
  • duck
  • duck eggs
  • seafood
  • crab
  • fish
  • rabbit
  • yoghourt
  • barley
  • wholegrain ricee
  • tofu
  • sesame seeds

In general the best “cooling” meats will be from animals who move slowly, e.g. cows, and not from those with quick nervous movements like chickens.

Among the fruits and vegetables we have:

  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • celery
  • tomato
  • aubergine
  • algae
  • alfalfa
  • cucumber
  • radish
  • watermelon
  • pears
  • banana
  • strawberries
  • kiwi
  • mango
  • mushrooms
  • soya oil
  • sesame oil
  • honey
  • salt &
  • green tea.

Of course, many of these foods will not be attractive to all animals, but it is always good to have options available to try when the need arises.

This information was provided by Mónica García Rodríguez, the holistic vet at the “Anubis” clinic in Marbella (Spain). Years ago she was a great help to my beardie Sasha who suffered enormously from the summer heat.