Can Dogs Eat Rice? Good or Harmful

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Can Dogs Eat Rice? Good or Harmful

Can Dogs Eat Rice? The answer is yes. In fact, rice is known to help your dog if It suffers from diarrhea. Rice is able to absorb excess fluid in the dog’s bowels making the droppings firmer. Rice is also high in carbohydrates and protein, both of which are great for restoring energy and strength. However, let’s take a closer look at the real benefits and precautions if you decide to feed your dog rice.

Can Dogs Eat Rice? Let’s find out the benefits


If your dog has an upset stomach and Its droppings are less solid, a little cooked rice mixed with Its dog food may help. In fact, rice will be able to absorb excess fluids in your dog’s intestines, it is also rich in fiber, so your dog will benefit from compaction of excrement from these too.

Brown rice contains slightly higher amounts of fiber due to the rice bran being still attached. (It’s the one that gives it its brown color). Although white rice contains fiber, the bran has been removed and therefore the number of fibers is less.

Another reason you may need to increase your dog’s fiber intake is if your vet has suggested making It lose weight. A high-fiber diet helps control weight change, as high-fiber foods help keep your dog full for longer. This essentially means that It will eat less.

Other benefits of feeding your dog rice are the high levels of natural carbohydrates it contains. If you have a dog who gets a lot of exercise, carbohydrates will help create the energy It needs to be active. Carbohydrates are an easy source of energy, as the body turns them into sugars, which are easily accessible and burn quickly.

Any precautions regarding rice and dogs

One issue to consider when feeding your dog rice is the flavorings that are added. If you are scraping rice from the bottom of your plate into its bowl, are you sure your meal didn’t contain other ingredients that are bad for dogs? For example, if you’re talking about leftovers from a Chinese takeaway restaurant, it could be that the rice was cooked with garlic and onions – two ingredients that are highly toxic to dogs.

The rice will have been cooked in oil, again not the best dog ingredient. And if sweet and sour sources or other flavorings rich in vitamin E and preservatives had tarnished the rice, your poor dog will have stomach problems in no time.

The potential allergies of rice given to the dog

Although rice allergies in dogs are far from common, there have been a few reported cases. To make sure your dog doesn’t have this allergy, you should only feed your dog a small amount of rice the first time you try it. A good rule of thumb is to always introduce new foods into the dog’s diet slowly, whether it’s a change of food brand or product, or as in this case, food intended for humans.

Symptoms of rice allergies in dogs include itchy skin, hair loss, and ear infections.

If you notice any of these symptoms after your dog has eaten any type of rice, take It to the vet as soon as possible. Again, such allergies are rare, so they pose no significant threat.

can dogs eat yellow rice?

If the yellow rice has any seasonings, then no. Plain cooked white or brown rice is best for dogs. Brown rice has more fiber and can be good for constipation or for dogs needing to lose weight. White rice and boiled chicken can be good for dogs who are sick and in need of a bland diet.

If the yellow color in the rice is yellow Turmeric, then yellow turmeric is an anti-inflammatory that is good for dogs with arthritis.

Final Thoughts

Rice can be a good meal for dogs, and one with a high fiber content would be even better. Don’t give too much though, moderation and balance are the key to a good dog diet. If this is the first time you feed your dog rice, give it in small quantities and check for allergic reactions.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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