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My dogs were last fed at noon today and I worked a longer shift than I was supposed to and got home later and didn't have time to get them food. Can they go until the morning to eat? It'll be about 20 hours without food, but they got about 2 cups today.
Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

I'm sure your pups won't be happy but if they are otherwise healthy adult dogs a longer than usual time between feedings, 20 hours in this case, should not be a problem. We routinely have owners food fast their dogs before surgery or for blood draws for 12-24 hours. Healthy, adult dogs have reserves to draw on and should be fine.

Of course make sure that they have plenty of water to maintain hydration.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Should I be worried about them trying to eat anything in the house? I'm concerned when I crate them for bed that they will get hungry and try and eat their blanket or something. Should this be a concern or should they be okay?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
They also have food allergies and environmental allergies so have been on meds, don't know if this makes a difference or not.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

If they aren't normally chewers I would not expect them to try to eat nonfood items.

I don't think food or environmental allergies will affect them not being fed.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Would it be okay if I picked up some patties from like McDonald's or something to hold them over? I know it's not preferable but I feel bad
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

If anything I would make them a bland diet mix of 1/3 boiled, lean hamburger or boiled, white, skinless chicken, all fats and juices drained from the meat, and 2/3 boiled, plain white rice or well cooked pasta.

Fast food hamburgers are too greasy for their stomachs.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Okay I will see if I can get out to the grocery store, if not it will be okay for them to wait?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
It's 12am here so they would only have to wait another 8 hours or so
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Yes, if you cannot get out tonight they will be fine until tomorrow morning, hungry, but no long term harm done!

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Ok thank you!
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

You are very welcome, have a good night.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Is it okay if they drink some water before they go in their crate? How long can they go without water and food? Is 7 hours okay?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Water is fine before they go in their crate, but if they are sleeping and it isn't overly hot where you are they aren't likely to need a drink or miss having water for 8 hours or so.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

And while 2-3 meals a day is best, ***** ***** are sleeping overnight they won't feel too hungry and should be fine until morning.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

I'm signing off for the evening. Your pups should be just fine until you can get food in the morning or make them some homemade bland diet mix to eat.

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