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Q: feeding rice to dogs

February 8, 2009 | By Hawkman | 18 answers | Expired: 2103 days ago

Hawkman

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.

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Sandy F.
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Feb 09, 2009

I give my dogs plain white or brown rice when we have some leftovers. Why waste food? The dogs like it and it is healthy for them! We do the same with plain pasta!!

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Kimberly H.
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Feb 09, 2009

I agree with most of the above. Bouillon has a high sodium content. But the rice has always been used for animals and their diet for forever. I have always used it in the past for my animals when they have an upset stomach and their bowels are loose. The rice binds them up.!

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justine s.
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Feb 08, 2009

(Organic) brown rice is a healthy grain to feed your dog (as part of a balanced diet: third grain, third veggies and a third lean protein). I think that the boullion might not be a good idea because of the sodium issue. I agree with Annette, you might want to rotate your grains, so that you avoid creating an allergy issue.

If you are going to make your own food there are plenty of great books to steer you in the right direction. i did it for a long time, and the results are wonderful!..

But if you're feeding your dog dry kibble, i wouldn't add rice. Most commercial foods are so high in carbs anyway, you might find that your dog puts on weight very quickly, in addition to it not being that healthy.

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Annette1117
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Feb 08, 2009

CJ sometimes gets organic brown rice with basil, parsley and dill, as part of her whole food diet. I think it's an individual matter, though, because anyone, 2-legged or 4-legged, can be or become allergic to anything. Since rice has been overused as an alternative grain for wheat-sensitive dogs, some dogs are now becoming allergic to rice. I rotate the grains that I give CJ and give a much higher portion of veggies to any grain that's in her meal. About boullion, several posters have already mentioned salt/sodium concerns. I would add to that the likelihood that onions/onion powder could be an ingredient in commercial chicken or beef stock, and onions can cause problems for dogs, ranging from problematic to fatal. So label reading is a must.

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Denise E.
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Feb 08, 2009

I have shetland sheepdogs, a pomeranian mix, and a german shepherd. I stick solely with a high quality dry food and will moisten it with warm water or maybe a little beef broth. I never feed table food as a normal ration.

However, a chicken broth and rice mixture has been a Godsend for me when I've had dogs recuperating for illness or my very elderly babies who just need a more digestible, palatable feed.

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Pia S.
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Feb 08, 2009

I wouldn't feed it as a regular diet, but I will wait to see what sheltervt has to say. However, if you do give it for an upset stomach, make sure you put it in a blender or food processor so the rice can be easily digested.

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Melissa M.
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Feb 08, 2009

Brown rice is perfectly fine for dogs, but what is concerning to me is that you are flavoring the rice with chicken bouillon. Animals, like people, should not have a lot of salt in their food, and bouillon has a very high sodium content. Given that many dry dog foods have a very high salt content, I'm not sure you should be adding anymore sodium. Maybe you should try making the rice with no salt added or low sodium chicken or vegetable stock.

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Phyllis32
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Feb 08, 2009

I make rice with chicken for my dogs occasionally but not everyday. I usually just put a spoonful over their regular food and it lasts several days. I only do it maybe once a month as a treat.

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Jeanerz13
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Feb 08, 2009

As most other posters have said, rice is fine for the dog and vets even recommend it for dogs that are a little sick. In fact, some of the higher quality dog foods include rice near the top of the ingredient list (not the first ingredient of course...that should always be a meat).

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Sarah H.
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Feb 08, 2009

My vet prescribes plain white rice and boiled chicken for my dog when she has an upset stomach, so yes it is safe for dogs to eat. It does not have a lot of nutritional value for your dog, so just use it as a supplement to her regular diet. You could certainly mix some rice in with her dog food or as a treat.

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