Can Dogs Eat Rice?
YES, dogs can eat rice.
In fact, rice is very good for dogs, especially if they have an upset stomach. Three Little Pitties have a great post about the benefits of brown rice. If you are interested in finding out the difference between brown rice and white rice, and their health benefits, read the aforementioned post in addition to conducting your own research.
There’s many homemade dog foods and even store-bought dog foods that include rice in their mixtures. The good thing about your dog eating rice is that it’s easy on your wallet. Rice doesn’t cost much at all and doesn’t take long to prepare either so it’s beneficial to you too!
The Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Rice
Health benefits of rice can be found in more than forty thousand varieties of this cereal available in the world. The two main categories include whole grain rice and white rice. Whole grain rice is not processed much, therefore it is high in nutritional value, whereas white rice is processed so that the bran or outer covering is removed and it has less nutritional value. The length of each grain can also define Rice. Indian or Chinese cuisines specialize in long grained rice, whereas western countries prefer short or medium sized grains. According to Rice-Trade, rice is extremely nutritious.
As rice is rich in carbohydrates, it acts as fuel for the body and aids in normal functioning of the brain. Eating rice is extremely beneficial for health, just for the fact that it does not contain harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium. It forms an integral part of balanced diet. Rice is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin D, calcium, fiber, iron, thiamine and riboflavin. Rice abounds in resistant starch, which reaches the bowel in undigested form. It aids the growth of useful bacteria for normal bowel movements. As rice is low in sodium, it is considered best food for those suffering from high blood pressure and hypertension. Whole grain rice like brown rice is rich in insoluble fiber that can possibly protect against many types of cancers. Many scientists believe that such insoluble fibers are vital for protecting the body against cancerous cells. The husk part of rice is considered as an effective medicine to treat dysentery. A three-month-old rice plant’s husks is said to contain diuretic properties. Chinese people believe that rice considerably increases appetite; cures stomach ailments and indigestion problems.
Medical experts say that powdered rice can be applied to cure some forms of skin ailments. In Indian subcontinent, ayurvedic practitioners duly prescribe rice water as an effective ointment to cool off inflamed skin surfaces. Brown rice is said to contain high levels of neurotransmitter nutrients that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease to a considerable extent. Rice bran oil is said to have antioxidant properties that promotes cardiovascular strength by reducing cholesterol levels in the body.
Though there are these benefits, you shouldn’t make rice a regular meal for our dog.
How to Feed Your Dog Rice
Some people have stated that rice is a great thing to give your dog when he/she has diarrhea. The insoluble fibre from rice acts like a soft sponge that may be pushed through intestinal tract quickly and easily. Brown rice and whole grains are said to be rich in insoluble fibre. But, it is advisable to drink lots of water for relieving constipated state along with fibrous foods.
If your dog is sick, giving him or her cooked (preferably boiled) meat (chicken) can be a meal that is very good on his or her stomach. If you’d like you can even throw some carrots or peas in there! When all is done, grab a bowl and have the same meal for yourself!
Many dogs’ foods are made with rice. It is a good treat every now and then. A small mixture added to dry food is also good for the dogs. Large amounts of rice can bowel up a dog, so it needs to be given in small amounts.
So, yes, generally dogs can eat rice. According to some dog owners, rice should be safe for puppies as well. One of my friends fed his dog fried rice and the dog hasn’t reacted negatively to it. Whatever rice you feed your dog, juts make sure you cook it!