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Can Dogs Eat Rice? Read Before You Feed!

If you have ever wondered can dogs eat rice, then this post is for you! We will cover how to safely give your dog rice, the benefits, and the risks in this article.

A black chow chow in front of white rice.

Rice is one of the most popular foods across the globe, so you’ve probably wondered if your canine companion can have a taste.

The short answer is yes they can eat cooked white rice, but there are certain considerations to keep in mind. Keep reading to learn more about the safety of rice for dogs and how you can best serve it to your pet.

Is Rice Safe for Dogs to Eat?

Yes, rice is usually very safe for a dog to consume. In fact, sometimes vets recommend pet owners to feed their dogs rice when they’re sick, especially if it’s a case of common gastrointestinal problems.

We’ll discuss this in detail below, but we have to point out that white rice is usually more preferred for dogs compared to the brown variety.

A bowl of white rice.

Is Rice Good For Dogs?

White rice isn’t a nutrient-packed food, but it makes up for it by being a substantial source of carbohydrates that’s also easily digestible. Actually, white rice is often the source of carbohydrates in commercial dog foods.

It also gets prescribed for dogs suffering from gastrointestinal problems such as bloating and diarrhea because of how easily a dog’s digestive system can break it down. Not to mention, white rice is rich in starch, low in fiber, and quick to whip up.

According to Dr. Steve Weinberg (DVM and founder/CEO of 911 Vets), white rice is used as a source of cars in bland diets for dogs after a gastrointestinal issue. For example, rice helps in firming up the stool in diarrhea cases.

A spoon with rice on it.

Brown Rice vs White Rice (And a Few Other Types!)

As we mentioned earlier, brown rice isn’t merely as common to add to a dog’s diet as white rice. When it comes to prescriptions for dogs with gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea, brown rice is never used.

It has to be white rice because it’s a generous source of starch for sick canines. That being said, the glycemic index of white rice is higher compared to brown rice, so it can raise blood sugar levels pretty quickly.

As a result, you need to be very careful when giving your dog white rice if it suffers from health issues such as obesity or diabetes. A little amount every now and then should cause no problems as long as you don’t do it very frequently.

On the other hand, brown rice is processed in a way that makes it difficult to be digested by dogs. That being said, brown rice still has its seed coat intact –which is where most of the nutrients are stored– while this coat is absent in white rice.

Can dogs eat basmati rice?

Yes, basmati rice is ok for dogs under the same precautions as other white rice. It should be free of oils, butter, and seasoning.

Can dogs eat sushi rice?

Yes, dogs can eat sushi rice, but not when it’s made into sticky rice. While nutritionally, sticky rice is fine, the texture is hard for dogs to chew and swallow.

A bowl of brown rice.

How to Feed Dogs Rice

Make sure you boil the rice in water with no other additives. These include butter, oil, seasonings, and spices.

Avoid giving your dog brown rice and keep in mind that white rice is a source of carbs, which shouldn’t be the main bulk of your pet’s diet. Including balanced amounts of protein and fat is also important for maintaining overall health.

How much rice can you give a dog?

How much rice your dog can have will depend on the reasoning for giving them rice. If they are on a bland diet per the vet’s recommendation, then rice will make up a majority of their diet. If you are giving rice as a snack or treat, then it should not make up more than 10% of the dog’s daily calorie needs.

Ways to serve rice to dogs

There are many ways to use rice in your dog’s diet or treats. Here are just a few of Rhubarb’s favorite ways.

A dog sitting next to a metal bowl of chicken and rice on grass.

In Summary

To conclude, dogs can eat cooked white rice that is free of oils and seasoning. We don’t recommend serving brown rice because it can raise their blood sugar quickly. Rice can be a great option for pups with gastrointestinal issues, but always consult a vet if your dog has any health issues.

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