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Is it okay to mix rice and dog food?

Is it okay to mix rice and dog food?

Rice is easy to digest and is basically healthy for dogs. The only concern is that it has a lot of carbohydrates, and too much of that is not good for your dog. Some commercial dog food has a lot of carbs, and adding rice gives them even more carbs, which is not good. A certain level of carbs is good for dogs, just as they are for people, but it is easy to cross that line to have too many. 

Is it ok to mix rice and dog food?

Mixing rice with your dog’s food is fine, and your dog may like it a lot. The only concern is that it may give them too many carbs, which can cause some problems. Many commercial dog foods already contain some rice, so adding more is not a problem to some extent.

Rice is easy to digest and is often given to dogs that have an upset stomach or other intestinal issues. Rice can help dogs that have diarrhea, which helps with loose stools. Sick dogs who are not eating may eat rice. It is easy on their stomachs and provides the nutrients they need.

Rice is also good for older dogs who may have trouble chewing food. It is easy to eat and a good source of carbohydrates. If a dog is unable to eat, or just does not want to eat for a long time, a little rice by itself can be a good thing to get it back on track.

Dogs that are very active can also benefit from the carbohydrates in rice. The carbs are converted to energy that the dog needs. Rice can be good for a very active dog that may need even more protein than his dog food normally has.

There are many other foods that dogs can eat, such as cheese and many fruits and vegetables. Mixing them with dog food can make the food taste better for the dog. Often, dogs get tired of dry food and appreciate it when something is added. If you do it too much though, the dog will come to expect it and won’t eat his dry food plain anymore.

It is important to avoid processed food as much as possible, as well as any additives. Spices can be hard on a dog’s digestive system. Fat can make your dog gain weight and in some cases lead to diabetes. Whatever food you add to a dog’s diet, keep it as natural and pure as possible.

Rice is a great choice to add to your dog’s diet, and mixing it with regular food is a good addition. Moderation is always the best thing though. Be mindful of the fatty content and carbs involved. This type of food can contribute to your dog getting fat, which is not good for the animal.

Can dogs eat rice?

Dogs can definitely eat rice and it is good for them. Keep in mind that spices are not good for dogs, so when you give them rice make sure there is no seasoning added.   Rice is one of the ingredients in many commercial dog foods, so it is a healthy option to add some more.

The only negative about rice is the carbohydrates. Getting too many carbs will make your dog gain weight if it is not very active. The carbs can also lower blood sugar and in some cases lead to diabetes if they get way too many.

In some cases, dogs can be allergic to rice. Food allergies are always possible. If your dog has itchy skin and has some hair loss, a food allergy could be the culprit. If you have any concerns, contact your veterinarian. Most dogs are not allergic, so unless there are some symptoms, there is no reason for concern.

How much rice can dogs eat?

While rice is basically good for dogs, it should not become the only thing they eat. It is a good supplement to dog food, and a good option at other times, but a dog needs balance in its diet just like people do.

A dog could, in theory, eat all the rice it wants and nothing else. It would not make the dog sick, but he might not be as healthy as he would with a balanced diet.

The carbohydrates and calories in rice are a good energy boost, but they also put weight on your dog.  Veterinarians say no more than 10 percent of the calories a dog has per day should come from anything other than regular dog food. Use this percentage for rice as well. It will take a little calculating, but try to make sure no more than 10 percent of their calories are from rice. 

Too much rice will make your dog gain more weight than regular dog food will.  It can also cause problems with blood sugar and can be bad for dogs with diabetes. Taken to the extreme, a lot of rice could push your dog into the diabetes area.

What type of rice can dogs eat?

Brown rice and white rice are the two most popular kinds of rice, and there are several other kinds of rice. Brown rice has more nutrients but is not as easy to digest. It also takes longer to prepare and costs more. White rice is easier to make, faster, and is easier on the dog’s stomach.

White rice is good for a dog that is sick and needs to eat something easy to digest. It is good for diarrhea and pancreatitis. It is good when a dog is on a bland diet for health reasons. 

Brown rice also has these benefits, but it is not quite as good for an upset stomach. Brown rice has more nutrients, which means even more carbohydrates. 

Advantages of brown rice

  • Still has the outer layers, so a good source of fiber
  • A little higher in protein and a little less fat
  • Good supplement for active dogs

Advantages of white rice

  • Easier to digest
  • Better for dogs with an upset stomach
  • A good energy source for older dogs

Wild rice is yet another option for dogs. It is similar to brown rice and is still good for your dog. It is rich in fiber and antioxidants, so it is a good energy source. It is not as good for a sick dog as white rice. Wild rice is great for active dogs that need a lot of energy. It has fewer calories and more protein than brown rice.

There are a lot of different kinds of rice. All of them are good for your dog and in pretty much the same way. Some strains of rice have white or brown options. The same things apply to these strains that do to plain white and brown rice. 

What else can I mix with dog food?

Dogs are omnivores, meaning they eat meat and plant-type foods. Many fruits and vegetables, as well as grains, are good for your dog in moderation. Balance is the key issue when feeding your dog.

There are a few plant-based foods your dog should not eat. Here are some:

  • Chocolate. It is well known that this is toxic to dogs.
  • Onions, garlic, or chives, almost as toxic as chocolate
  • Corn on the cob. The cob can cause intestinal blockage
  • Avocado, somewhat toxic
  • Macadamia nuts are toxic.
  • Grapes or raisins also contain toxins for dogs.

Other than those foods, almost all fruits and vegetables can be eaten by dogs. Raw is better than cooked, and seasoning should also be avoided.  Seasoning can irritate a dog’s stomach and cause diarrhea. More natural foods are better, and as little processing as possible is best.

Here are some other foods you could add to dog food. Keep in mind that your dog may love these additions, and after some time, may not want plain dog food anymore. You could mix these foods with your dog’s regular food, or give them as a snack.

  • Cheese can be a solid addition as it contains protein, vitamins, calcium, and some good fatty acids. Cheese is often used as a treat and can be good to hide pills dogs need. Cheese is high in calories and should be kept in moderation.
  • Raw eggs have a lot of nutritious value with lots of vitamins and other good things. Cooked eggs lose most of those nutrients, so raw is much better.
  • Goat’s milk is the most digestible milk there is. It also offers plenty of probiotics.  It can also help dogs that have digestion issues.
  • Pumpkins are a good source of fiber as well as many vitamins. Use only pure pumpkin though. If you get canned, make sure it is not pumpkin pie mix. If it is not a raw pumpkin, make sure that is the only ingredient.
  • Most fresh fruit and vegetables are great for dogs. They can be in chunks or pureed.  They contain many nutrients and are a good source of fiber. The dog also likes carrots as a snack and are a great option as well.
  • Fermented vegetables are good for dogs with digestive problems.
  • Coconut oil can be added to see if your dog likes it. It will give their coat a more shiny and healthy appearance.
  • Meat scraps. There is some debate over whether meat should be cooked for dogs, but the meat itself is good either way.