Feeding Your Husky

Huskies are one of several breeds that tend to be picky about food. Some huskies will eat anything and everything; others will turn their nose up and ignore the kibble you just poured in their bowl. Below is some more information about huskies, what to feed them, treats we like, and more.

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At the rescue, the huskies are fed a blend of complete foods. All of the food we get is donated, and we can't afford to be picky! We get lots of different brands - Victor, Diamond Naturals, Taste of the Wild, Purina Pro Plan, to name a few. We mix them all together at feeding time.

Any time you change a dog's food, they can go through gastrointestinal upset. Please be patient and understanding with your new pet!

Huskies are the only breed of dog that can actually change their metabolism. This is a survival tactic from when they were used primarily in the north for pulling sleds incredible distances. They can slow down their metabolism to reduce the number of calories burned, which makes their food last longer. You should still offer your husky food every day, even if they don't eat it all. We recommend putting down food for 15 minutes. If your husky doesn't eat in that time frame, put the food away and try again in the morning.

When adopting any new dog, they can take a few days to get on a regular eating schedule. Stress from moving to a new place and being in a new environment can upset their stomach and make it difficult for them to eat. This might also affect their bowel movements. After about 3 days, this should level out and your new husky should be comfortable enough to eat and potty normally. Please consult a vet if needed.

**Husky Halfway House is not sponsored by nor do we endorse any specific brand of dog food. This page exists only for educational purposes.**

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Food donation from Rescue Bank!

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Click the picture above to calculate your dog's estimated calorie needs

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Phoenix smiling big about his Royal Canin meal!

As always, talk to your vet about what food is best for your dog if you have any questions. Avoid foods with artificial dyes. Read the ingredient label and research before feeding. If your dog is 7 years or older, look into putting your dog on a senior food blend to provide them with adequate nutrition for their age-based needs.

Outside of regular dog food, we have some dog treat & chew recommendations! Please never give your dog rawhide. Rawhide can lead to serious bowel obstruction which could result in your dog needing emergency surgery. Always monitor your dog when giving long-lasting chews to make sure your dog doesn't choke. Remember - treats add calories to your dog's current diet. Avoid overfeeding and obesity. Obese dogs are more prone to health issues such as hip dysplasia, joint inflammation, heart & lung problems, and cancer. Click here to read more about obesity-related health issues in dogs.

Click here to see our Amazon shopping list for dog chews & treats (and maybe buy us a few if you can)!