Can Dogs Eat Plain Rice? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

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You may not realize it but there are plenty of commercial dog food products that do contain a bit of rice. It’s fine for dogs to eat plainly-cooked rice as long as it’s in moderation.

Is cooked rice healthy for dogs?

Not on its own but cooked rice can be a good ingredient that goes into a well-balanced diet. You wouldn’t want rice to account for the majority of a dog’s daily calorie intake (and nor would your dog like it) because rice won’t be able to fulfill the dog’s dietary needs.

There are certain instances when rice can be healthy for dogs such as when your dog suffers from digestion issues like constipation. Rice, specifically brown rice, is high in dietary fiber so it can help when dogs are having a hard time with pooping. On the flip side, eating white rice could help dogs that suffer from watery diarrhea.

How much rice can you give dogs?

This depends on factors such as the dog’s size and dietary requirements. Dog food typically contains the correct amount of calories and nutrients a dog needs for optimal health so supplementing it with rice isn’t all that necessary. Those who like to prepare the dog’s meal separately may just want to make sure that the rice doesn’t account for more than 10% of a dog’s daily calorie intake.

Can I mix rice with dog food?

You could but mixing rice with dog food could put your dog’s weight at risk as commercially-produced dog foods tend to already contain the appropriate amount of carbohydrates. There may, however, be special occasions when adding rice to dog food is beneficial such as when your dog is suffering from gastrointestinal issues.

Want to know what else aside from rice dogs can eat in moderation? Visit our human food list to see what is or isn’t safe for pets.


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