What can I feed my dog when I've run out of dog food?

Over the last few days, there has been extensive coverage in the media concerning a shortage of some dog food products in supermarkets, after more than 2.1m people collected a new pet during the nation’s lockdown. [Pet Food Manufacturers' Association, Oct 2020]

If you are struggling to get your hands on your usual dog food, here are some safe alternatives that you can find in your fridge, to ensure your dog receives the food they need.

A few things to consider before providing an emergency meal

Whilst you’ll be able to provide a suitable alternative from your fridge or cupboards to make up a meal for your dog, these suggestions are not nutritionally complete and are not designed to replace their proper diet.

These are emergency meals designed to provide you with enough time to get your dog back to its normal feeding program.

Always make sure your chosen ingredients are low in salt and/or fat as this can cause excessive thirst and stomach problems in dogs. Consider your dog's special dietary needs or allergies and avoid any food that may make them ill.

How to make dog food when you’ve run out

Making a quick meal for your dog can be easy, as long as you have the right ingredients. Here are some things you can feed your pooch from your fridge or cupboard:

  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cooked boneless lean meat (chicken, beef, or turkey)
  • Onion-free gravy for taste
  • Plain boiled rice
  • Plain, unprocessed oatmeal
  • Peanut butter (no xylitol)
  • Peas
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Sweetcorn

Providing a combination of the foods above can help keep your dog happy until you can get their regular food.

Foods to avoid when making a quick meal for your dog

Not all food is dog-friendly so there are some ingredients you will need to avoid to prevent your dog from eating something toxic.

Avoid these foods when prepping your pet’s meal:

  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine, coffee and tea
  • Corn on the cob (the cob can cause a blockage)
  • Cooked bones
  • Grapes, raisins and sultanas
  • Onions, garlic and chives
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Sweets or chocolate
  • Xylitol (an artificial sweetener)

Please remember to be mindful of the quantities you feed your pet and please be considerate of other pet owners needs when buying pet food. Always speak to a vet if you have any concerns about your pet’s needs.

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