Can Dogs Eat Rice? Is Rice Safe For Dogs?

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Can dogs eat rice? You might have wondered this if your dog begs for a bite while you’re preparing a pot of rice as part of your evening meal. If humans can eat rice, can dogs safely eat it too?

The short answer is yes, dogs can eat rice. In fact, in some circumstances, veterinarians have recommended rice as a great food for dogs suffering from common gastrointestinal issues. Although, it is worth noting that white rice is usually recommended over brown rice for dogs.

As always, you must ask your regular vet before sharing any human food with your favorite pooch, including rice. Here’s what you need to know about rice and dogs.

How Is Rice Good For Dogs?

Rice is a food is not or poisonous for dogs. In fact, this carbohydrate is often added to commercial dog foods and prescribed for dogs suffering from a range of stomach issues or diarrhea.

This is because rice is very easy for a dog to digest and is high in starch.

How Can I Safely Give Rice To My Dog?

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First of all, it’s always important to remember that you should limit the amount of human or table foods you feed to your dog. If you do decide to try feeding your dog rice, and your vet says it’s okay, then make sure that you cook it simply in water.

Do not add anything extra to the rice, including salts and spices, oils and butter, or stock. Always make sure the cooked rice has cooled properly before feeding it to your dog.

Be aware that rice is a carbohydrate and should not form the majority of your dog’s diet. You can add rice to your dog’s mealtimes sensibly, but avoid feeding your dog too much rice our you may put your pet on a path to canine obesity.

Finally, most experts recommend feeding white rice to dogs rather than brown rice. The reason for this is that white rice is usually processed in a fashion that makes it easier for dogs to digest.

Does your dog enjoying eating rice? Have you ever fed your dog rice to help with stomach problems? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!