Should My Dog Eat Rice?

August 4, 2014

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Dogs are known to be omnivores, which means they eat practically anything. They like both meats and non-meats, including fruits and vegetables and even grains.

Some veterinarians suggest dogs should eat foods that contain rice as an ingredient, while others say rice should be added as a supplement to the basic diet, since it is easily digestible.

White rice can be a handy supplement if your pooch has diarrhea, but a rice only diet would not provide enough essential nutrients.

Brown Rice Vs. White Rice

Brown rice will provide more protein and less fat to your dog, however, it is more expensive and it takes much more time to prepare. White rice is cooked instantly and is great for treating an upset stomach or diarrhea. White rice is also easy to chew, so it is an excellent energy source for older dogs when added to their regular diets.

Preparing white rice

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Basically, preparing rice for your dog is pretty much the same as preparing it for yourself:

Boil 1 cup of instant white rice in 4 cups of water for 20 to 30 minutes until the water cooks up.

Fluff the rice with a fork and let it sit.

Wait for it to cool off and when it is cool enough to serve, mix it with regular dog food, other cooked meats, or cooked hamburger for diarrhea.

Attention! Some dogs are allergic

Most dogs aren’t allergic to rice, but some have been known to have an allergic reaction after eating rice, both brown and white. Symptoms are usually itchy skin, hair loss, hot spots and ongoing ear infections. If you notice some of these and you have been feeding your dog rice, stop feeding him rice immediately and take him to your veterinarian for an exam.

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