FOOD and BOWLS
OPHS Bark House/Foster staff will provide all foods needed for your foster pets. Please follow feeding protocols outlined below and under FEEDING GUIDELINES.
CRITERIA FOR DOGS AND PUPPIES
Recommended brands of DRY dog/puppy food for foster pups include: Science Diet, Purina One, Iams, Pro Plan, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Merrick, Halo, Natural Balance, Nutro, Whole Earth, Eukanuba, Nature’s Recipe, Diamond, Wellness, Fromm, Authority & Kirkland Signature (Costco). Comparable brands based on quality and ingredients are also appropriate.
Please keep the amount of treats given to your foster pet to a minimum. Treats should only be about 1% of their daily diet. Please do not give people food to your foster pets at all. Make sure treats are labeled safe for dogs or puppies of the age they are. Never leave your pet with treats unattended. No rawhide, leather, or bone – type treats are allowed at any time.
BOWLS FOR FOOD AND WATER
Ceramic or stainless steel dishes that don’t tip over easily will work best for your foster pet. Make sure the water and food bowls are shallow enough that a dog/puppy can reach the food and water but not deep enough that a puppy can get inside and drown. Be sure to have enough bowls for the size of your litter, so puppies don’t fight over food or water. For wet food, you can use separate bowls or cut up paper plates into smaller sizes to put food on. We recommend you do not use plastic dishes since they tend to harbor bacteria and are extremely difficult to disinfect.