What Can You Feed Your Dog if You Are Out of Dog Food?

You’ve run out of dog food and, for one reason or another, cannot go to the store at the moment and buy more. I’m sure you have a perfectly reasonable explanation for this, but does your dog care? No! Your dog still expects food. Now you’re wondering what you can feed your dog. Well, don’t worry! In addition to their own food, dogs can eat quite a variety of “people’s food”.

In this article, I offer suggestions about what to feed your dog when you run out of dog food. However, before we get to that, let’s make sure you know what not to give your dog.

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Also, as dogs cannot tolerate much salt, snack foods such as potato chips and pretzels are out of the question.

What to Feed Your Dog When You Are Out of Dog Food

Baked chicken with pumpkin and rice

Baked chicken with pumpkin and rice — an easy and healthy homemade dog meal, perfect for when you are out of dog food and don’t know what to feed your canine friend.

Your dog probably expects something full of protein, so the best option is to cook him or her some meat. Cooked chicken, for example, is a good choice. Just don’t give your dog chicken bones, as these can be dangerous. To add fiber, boil rice and mix it with the cooked chicken. You can even add vegetables — such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, pumpkin or green beans — to the mix to make it a more vitamin-rich dish.

If you don’t have chicken, you can use beef or pork. Make sure to thoroughly cook the meat before giving it to your dog, as eating raw or undercooked meat puts your dog at serious risk of contracting trichinosis.

If you don’t have meat on hand, you can feed your dog oatmeal, eggs, or salmon. Cook these items first, though, as none of these foods are safe for  your dog if they’re uncooked.

To stay healthy, dogs need protein. If you’re out of dog food, it’s okay to feed your dog oatmeal, but go to the store and get something more protein-rich as soon as possible.

If you don’t have on hand any of the “people foods” I’ve listed in this article, don’t worry. You can still feed a variety of other foods to your dog. Determine whether or not a particular food is safe for dogs to eat by looking either on this website or on the Pet Poison Helpline’s website.

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