What Do Wild Dogs Eat?

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Dogs out in the wild scavenge for food and will eat pretty much anything they come across. Unlike humans, a dog’s body can handle inconsistent feeding schedules and a large variety of foods to ensure they adapt to their hunting lifestyle.

Dogs are highly carnivorous, and while they prefer raw meats and raw bones, they also eat a range of fruits and plants. The meat that wild dogs consume is typically in chunks, and smaller pups often dine on their mother’s regurgitated meals. Some common food sources for wild dogs include chickens, birds and small rodents.

Unfortunately, out in the wild, dogs often lack a balanced diet since the necessary food sources are not readily available. In nature, wild dogs also tend to fast. This allows their digestive system to balance itself out, which prevents illnesses and other health problems.

Feeding Facts

    It is common for dogs, whether wild or domesticated, to eat less during warmer months. When the cold weather kicks in, dog appetites generally increase and they will consume more food.
    It is extremely difficult for most dog’s to digest vegetables. When a dog consumes vegetables in the wild, it is often in the form of digested food found in the prey’s stomach.
    In the wild, dogs do not eat grains. This food source is not a part of their natural diet.
    Foods that are can be fatal to dogs include moldy cheese, onions and chocolate.
    A dog can go several days without eating but needs water almost daily.