WHAT DO YOU FEED A LOST DOG?
So you’ve found a lost dog and now you’re wondering what you can feed them while you try to contact the owner. How kind of you! If you’re a dog owner yourself, perhaps you already have some dog treats in your pocket. But if not, should you go out and buy dog food especially? Or do you already have something at home that’s safe to feed a lost dog? See our advice below.
Should I Give Water to a Lost Dog?
First and foremost, yes, do offer the lost dog some water. You have no way of knowing how long a lost dog has been out on its own, but it’s likely to be rather dehydrated. If you don’t have a dog bowl to hand, you can use almost any bowl as a makeshift water bowl for a lost dog. Just make sure the bowl is wide enough to comfortably fit the dog’s muzzle inside without brushing the edges and not too deep. Fill the bowl with cool, fresh water and leave it somewhere easily accessible to the lost dog. If the lost dog is scared and you want to encourage it to drink the water, try placing a few ice cubes in the bowl. Dogs are attracted to the movement created by ice cubes in water which, in turn, tempts them to drink.
What Foods are Safe to Feed a Lost Dog?
If you don’t have any dog food, there’s no need to run to the store. Dog food is generally sold in big bags and can be quite expensive. Instead, here are some foods that are perfectly healthy for a lost dog to eat, that you may already have at home:
- Green beans
- White rice
- Dairy products (e.g. natural yoghurt, milk, cheese) - in small quantities
- Fish (e.g. salmon, shrimp, tuna)
- White meat (e.g. chicken, pork, turkey)
- Green beans
Dogs can also eat most fruits, in moderation of course. The ideal amount of fruit for a dog is 20g for small and medium dogs and 50g for large dogs. These fruits are safe to feed to a lost dog:
- Apples and pears - make sure to remove the pips first!
- Watermelon - remove the rind and seeds
- Melon - remove the rind and seeds
Which Foods are Toxic to a Lost Dog?
Of course, some foods are toxic or dangerous for dogs and should be avoided at all costs. Never give any of these foods to a lost dog:
- Cold meats
- Chicken or rabbit bones (these are too small and could get stuck in the dog’s throat)
- Macadamia nuts
- Coffee or any form of caffeine
- Raisins and grapes
- Citrus fruits
- Onions, garlic, and chives
Tomatoes, leeks, spinach, cabbage, and legumes (peas, lentils, etc.) should only be given in moderation as these can cause digestive disorders. And you don’t want a lost dog with an upset stomach in your house!