Q: feeding rice to dogs
Thank you to everyone who lent the time to give me very helpful advice. I have dropped the boulion from the list of thing I add. I have always mixed half dry food and half rice.
Feb 08, 2009
Cooked brown rice verses cooked white rice. Brown Rice is nutritionally sound because it still retains the rice germ which contains all of the vitamins and minerals. White rice is not nutritionally sound because it creates an imbalance nutritionally when the rice germ is removed leaving only the carbohydrates which is just starch. Brown rice has protein. White rice does not. Brown rice also retains the fiber necessary for proper digestion. White rice does not. This would also create weight gain. Brown rice has flavor. White rice does not. It is said that diabetes is on the rise with animals fed prepared foods containing this filtered product. The fact that white rice is used in these products is possibly a contributing factor because the starch creates a form sugar in the system since it does not contain the other important factors nutritionally for proper digestion and maintenance. It works the same way in humans. Consult your vet and/or look it up on line for more informed information. All nutritionally balanced diets (which should be lifestyles) insist that the elimination of all white flour products (which is wheat minus the wheat germ, protein and fiber); white rice and white sugar (sugar minus the molasses which contains the vitamins and minerals) will bring your body back into a better harmony with itself. The only reason for the removal of these vital elements in our or our animal's foods is for a longer shelf life since there is nothing left of real value to deteriorate. Do some more research and then make your decision.
I personally eat brown rice frequently since I am a vegetarian and I give it to all my animals (and boy do I have animals since I have a farm) when the occasion arises, but not every day. Especially in preparations I make to feed them when they are ill. This includes wildlife and domestic animals in my care, large and small. It is easy to digest. My vet says it is perfectly fine to give them this complete food source. By the way, brown rice and beans make a perfect protein food source. Ask your local healthfood store about this subject, as well. They have a well-spring of information like this. I use to manage a healthfood store in Puerto Rico for two years.
and Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel
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Feb 08, 2009
When my beagle was very sick and wouldn't eat, my vet recommended we feed her rice and chicken. Although this was good for her when she was sick, once she got better we slowly switched her back to normal dry food. Dry food has the nutrients that they need to have a healthy diet. But if you are just doing rice as a treat once in awhile I don't see how that would hurt. Or even mixing a small amount in with the dry food at meal time.
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