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Rice is a staple food in much of the world. And this partially explains why we’re often asked if dogs can also eat this cereal grain seed.
You may be surprised to learn that lots of pet foods contain rice as an ingredient. As such, many canines consume it quite frequently without incident.
The thing is though, to save on costs, most commercial dog foods add what can only be considered low-quality grains.
Be selective if you want to feed your dog rice. Done right, it is a good source of carbohydrates.
Your Dog Can Eat Rice, But Go With Quality
And be reasonable by sticking to modest amounts.
Despite low levels of arsenic, premium rice has nutrition to offer. But rice is actually most useful for nursing a sick pup back to health.
FYI: Lentils are an even better option to consider.
Good Quality is Important
There are times you can feed rice though it isn’t exactly a natural fit for carnivorous canines.
Some studies suggest dogs can handle carbohydrate diets almost as well as meat-based protein packed meals.
Again, stick to good quality human-grade. Purchase premium rice to ensure your dog gets that nutritional value.
Human Versus Feed Grade
Premium rice is definitely worth it.
To use industry terms, there’s human-grade rice and then there’s feed-grade. Think of rice feed as filler that lacks all of the nutrients.
To make matters worse, the feed kind often contains preservatives and mystery chemicals.
So all of these factors makes providing your dog with a low quality rice a bad proposition.
Your objective is to not only fill your dog’s stomach, but to do no harm and also provide nourishment.
White, Brown And Wild
You want to eat the good stuff, for both you and your dog.
It can be difficult to know the quality of the rice you are eating. For example, sushi has it but is it the good kind?
Get brown or wild rice instead of the plain white kind. Your dog will get lots of fiber and minerals.
Besides, white rice has more of a negative affect on blood sugar levels than other varieties.
Use Rice For Recoveries
You can nurse a sick dog back to health with a bland diet.
Rice and boiled chicken are good for this purpose. This soothes the stomach when a dog is vulnerable.
Withhold food for a time before feeding. If your dog is ill then white rice is okay.
To be clear:
You may not want extra fiber in such a situation. Your goal here is bland but also something healthy.
The Bottom Line
You can feed your dog some rice, but go with quality. White rice has less nutritional value than other varieties.
Arsenic is not a factor since you won’t be feeding it regularly.
Quality rice contains carbs and nutrition which are both useful for active dogs.