Ayurveda for dogs

Ayurveda for dogs

Yes! Dogs have Ayurveda constitutions too.

In General:

Vata dogs are high energy and are very alert. They need daily activity, stimulation, fun, and play. They will tend toward anxiety and sensitivity. They are sprinters, can tire easily even with tons of energy and are picky and light eaters. They should have a tall or thin frame and even irregular features in face, feet, and tail. Some examples: Greyhounds, Dalmatian, Poodles, some Terrier breeds.

Pitta dogs are great protectors, smart, and sharp. They can tend to be aggressive or territorial and are athletic and easily trained. They are often service dogs and movie dogs, and agility training is where they thrive. Pitta dogs have well defined muscles and bone features, and they will be competitive in training situations. Some examples: German Shepherd, Doberman, Rottweiler.

Kapha dogs are the ones you love to cuddle and are loyal and attached. They are slow and easy going, strong, and stubborn. These dogs love to lay around and be with people, catching the food crumbs. They can tend toward separation anxiety and excess weight and are good work dogs. Some examples: St. Bernard, Bassett Hound, Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Location, season, age, and constitution should all be taken into account for what sort of food would particularly suit your dog. Ayurveda advice is to not combine raw meat with dry or dehydrated food—it can upset the agni or digestive fire when food is combined in that way. It is best for dogs to eat raw alone. Often you can feed dry food as first meal and raw meat as second meal. They will tend to eat less and need a smaller portion size in the summer and can be fed more in the winter.

Food Considerations

Vata Pitta Kapha
Eating Behavior Quick, fast, sensitive digestion, nervous eater, needs calm to eat, will leave food half eaten or on floor. Needs regular meal times, no touching food bowl, eats with purpose, no sharing bones, etc. Can digest anything. Easily skip meals, will eat, sometimes slowly, motivated by food generally. Follows food.
Season Digestion will change in autumn, winter season. Give meat with good fats. In summer time digestion slows down so give easy to digest meats. Could do 3 meals per day. Winter strongest digestion and will crave heavy meats like rich meats. Can increase portion size. In summer, slow digestion and energy goes down when hot. Needs lots of water in summer. Autumn season digestion is usually strongest and it slowly diminishes into the summer season. Can easily skip a meal in the summer. Eats 25% less in summer. Some dogs do better with 1 meal per day at noon time.
Meats chicken, beef, seafood, duck beef, rabbit, venison, turkey chicken, venison, rabbit
Age Increase fatty meats in older years, give joint supplementation. Watch for constipated stools. Will have good digestion most of the time. Give blood support and liver support. Avoid over feeding. Will love to eat as puppies, doesn’t transfer into adult living. Will age gracefully. Keep blood fatty free with cholesterol busters.

Seasonally, generally, dogs will have lower stamina in the summer and greater strength and stamina in the winter. Take shorter walks and hikes in the summer, during the cooler times of the day. Climb the hills in the winter. Dogs will love sitting under the tree, belly to the cool earth, when hot. They immediately look to cool their vital organs. Monitor their stamina and body heat.

Always follow your vets recommendations. Adapted from Banyan Botanicals article.