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Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, if you cannot get out tonight they will be fine until tomorrow morning, hungry, but no long term harm done!
You are very welcome, have a good night.
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.
And while 2-3 meals a day is best, ***** ***** are sleeping overnight they won't feel too hungry and should be fine until morning.
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.