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Are there any dangers in mixing horse feed with dog food

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Hi, are there any dangers in mixing horse feed with dog food to help bulk them up? Thanks
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  DrMelJ replied 2 years ago.
Hi there. Thanks for the question. Let me see if I can help. To put it plainly, I really don't think this is a good idea nor one that will work. Whether you are talking about feeding a horse the dog food or the dog the horse feed, it's generally a bad plan. Dogs are omnivores and horses are herbivores with hind gut fermentation. The digestive systems and nutritional requirements are completely different. The dog could get extremely gassy and bloated and sick from eating the highly fibrous and hard to digest (for a dog) various grains. A horse can not readily digest animal proteins. I don't know that it would make them sick but it wouldn't do anything helpful. Stick to dog food for dogs and horse feed for horses. I hope this helps. Best of luck.