Emergency Dog Food Alternatives

If you ever find that you've run out of your regular dog food at any point and are at a loss for what to do - fret not! We've got you covered.

While it may be tempting to give them human food or snacks, most human foods, especially those containing salt, oils and substances harmful to dogs such as chocolate, are best avoided. This is because, some of the food items that we eat, although harmless to us, can often lead to digestive issues and other health problems in dogs. That said, there are some human foods that are deemed safe for your dog as well and we shall elaborate on them further on.

So instead, you could try one of the following nutritious alternatives we've listed and detailed for you below.

What To Feed Your Dog Instead 

When you find you find yourself out of your regular supply of dog food, it's important to know and understand what alternatives you can turn to instead.

There are a few options available, including homemade meals, a raw diet, a safe list of human food and store-bought food items that are suitable & safe for your pooch!

And while you pick one of the alternative meal options below, don't forget to make sure there is always plenty fresh water available for your dog, so that they can stay hydrated throughout the day.

Homemade Dog Food Options

For those who wish to avoid store bought foods or want more control over their pup’s diet, making homemade meals can be a great option. A big plus of this option is that, making homemade dog food allows you complete control over the nutrition levels & quality of ingredients you put in. Moreover, you could tailor the flavors according to individual tastes - something that's not possible through commercially procured diets.

When creating these recipes always ensure there is enough protein from sources like eggs, chicken or beef; carbohydrates (such as rice); vegetables (like carrots & green beans); plus some fats (from oils like olive oil) – all balanced together with essential vitamins & minerals needed to ensure your dog's optimal health!

Also, when preparing dishes at home, there are some key points worth considering:

  • Firstly, use human-grade meats where possible rather than those sourced specifically for pets.
  • Secondly, avoid adding salt, oil, butter, etcetera, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Thirdly ensure correct portion sizes based on breed-size, activity level, age & health status of your dog. You can read more about it here
  • Lastly, research nutritional needs beforehand. That way, an appropriate balance of essential ingredients can be planned and achieved.
  • Boiled chicken breasts / thighs / drumsticks served either plain diced combination slices cubes alongside mashed potatoes peas spinach kale carrot purees depending preference availability budget constraints.
  • Ground beef mince mixed whole grain brown rice variety chopped veggies like courgettes, peppers tomatoes onion celery garlic making tasty casserole style dinner complete balanced diet one pot wonder !

Homemade Dog Food Recipes:

As discussed above, preparing homemade dog food recipes is a great way to provide your pup with nutritious and balanced meals, specific to their dietary needs. It can also be more cost-effective than buying pre-prepared pet foods from the store.

Here are some ideas for easy homemade dog food recipes that you can try at home.

  1. Boiled Chicken & Rice: This is a classic combination - simple yet satisfying!
  • Start by boiling chicken breast in water until cooked through (around 10 minutes). Then add cooked white rice and mix together with vegetables of your choice like carrots or broccoli.
  • Make sure to cook everything on low heat until they’re softened before serving them to your pooch!
  1. Ground Beef Stew: Another great homemade option if you’ve beef and a few vegetables available as follows - potatoes, carrots, celery stalks and onion
  • Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • Add diced potatoes, carrots, celery stalks and onion and sauté all ingredients together for around 5 minutes.
  • Then add enough broth or stock to cover them completely.
  • Simmer covered on low heat until veggies have softened (about 30 minutes).
  • Serve warm, once cooled down.
  1. Salmon & Sweet Potato Mash: This is yet another simple and quick recipe to try out!
  • Cook salmon fillets in a lightly greased pan over medium/high heat, turning it off often so they don't burn.
  • Remove when fully cooked (approximately 8-10 mins).
  • Meanwhile, steam sweet potato cubes separately using either a stove-top pot or a microwaveable container.
  • Mash both ingredients together while still hot then season as desired e.g., garlic powder/dried herbs etc..
  • Allow mixture cool off before adding it to your dog’s bowl!

These homemade dog food recipes are just the tip of iceberg - there many other options available depending on what type of meal you want make for pup, such as turkey burgers patties, steak, stir fry etc.. Experimenting with different flavors will help keep your canine’s cuisine interesting plus ensure that he/she gets a nutritionally well-rounded diet in the absence of their regular dog food meal.

Store Bought Alternatives

If time constraints mean that you're unable to cook up something homemade, then opting for store bought alternatives could work too!

Always remember to check labels carefully before purchasing anything off the store shelves. Look out for brands with natural ingredients that are free from artificial preservatives & fillers too, if possible. These natural, preferable ingredients in store bought products include grains, proteins (such as beef or fish), fruits and vegetables, vitamins & minerals supplements.

It's also important that whatever product you choose instead, also meets the AAFCO (American Association Of Feed Control Officials) standards, ensuring its quality.

Here's an overview of popular types of pet foods on offer:

  • Dry kibble – this is usually made up mainly from cereals such as wheat, corn & barley. It also contains protein sources such as meatmeal which has been dehydrated into pellets or flakes that can easily be digested by dogs .
  • Wet canned food – often containing chunks (or minced) pieces of real meat along with broth base. This type provides more moisture than dry kibbles do which helps keep them well hydrated, especially during summer months when temperatures rise quickly outdoors .
  • Semi-moist treats – convenient snack options made using mostly carbohydrates combined with bits of dried fruit & vegetable matter. They're generally low in calories yet provide enough of an energy boost between meals owing to their high sugar content. Although this may be an option, its something to use as just a stop-gap solution and is to be avoided longer term.

Raw Diet

A raw diet consists mainly of uncooked animal protein sources, along with limited amounts of plant material which provide the essential nutrients needed by a dog’s digestive system. And this can be achieved while still keeping the enzymes that aid digestion intact.

Human Foods That Are Deemed Safe For Dogs

There are certain human foods that are deemed safe and can make up part of a healthy diet for dogs. These include :

  • lean meats such as chicken breast,
  • fish like salmon and tuna (with bones removed),
  • cooked eggs,
  • vegetables like carrots and green beans, potatoes with skin on but no butter added,
  • dairy products such as plain yogurt or cottage cheese,
  • grains including oatmeal without sugar added and
  • fruits like apples and bananas, or even applesauce without added sugars/preservatives .

Key takeaways:
1. Provide a balanced diet of freshly cooked from chose ingredients at home, specifically tailored to your pet's age and breed.
2. Offer safe human foods as such as cooked lean meats, fruits, vegetables or plain yogurt in moderation.
3. Avoid store bought food with preservative.

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