Rice is one of the most popular staples around the world. Most households have rice at home.
But if you have some rice lying around, is it safe to feed your dog? Can dogs eat rice?
We look at that question here so you know how to keep your dog safe and healthy when it comes to rice.
Can Dogs Eat Rice?
Yes, rice is safe for dogs! In fact, if you are looking to make freshly made food for your dog, rice is one of the best ingredients to do that. But there are some things you should know about feeding rice to dogs first.
Not only is it safe to feed to your dogs, but it is also commonly found in commercial dog foods. Some dog owners even use rice as part of a sick dog’s diet. White rice is easier for sick pups to digest, making mealtimes easier for them when they are sick.
However, brown rice is not advised for dogs. Especially those who are having gastrointestinal upset like diarrhea. It is important to note, however, that white rice has a higher glycemic index than brown rice. This means it can cause blood sugar levels to rise.
If given moderately, rice can be good for dogs. You can even add a little rice to your dogs’ meals as long as they are maintaining a healthy weight.
To prepare white rice for your dog, simply boil it in water until it is soft and cooked. Do not add any seasonings or flavorings such as salt. Salt is not good for dogs and can be dangerous if given consistently.
If this is the first time you will feed your dogs rice, it is best to introduce it to them gradually. See first if they like it before you give more. As always, it is best to give your veterinarian a call to see if it is good for your dog’s diet.
Every dog’s diet is different, so a consultation with your vet is a must. Especially for those who have dogs with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol.
One recipe idea for rice is to serve it with boiled chicken or boiled vegetables for your dogs. Just make sure to slice the chicken and vegetables into smaller pieces for easier consumption.
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This article is part of our special series of articles about “What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?”
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