Most dog owners know the age old trick of giving their dog rice and boiled chicken when they have an upset stomach or diarrhea, but can you feed your dog rice and boiled chicken everyday as part of their diet?
Can I feed my dog rice everyday?
You can feed your dog rice every day provided you carefully monitor the amount of rice compared to your dog’s body weight. Brown rice has a higher nutritional value than white, however, it can be more expensive.
Rice is a common ingredient in commercial dog food as a source of carbohydrate, but the important factor here is the quantity of rice. Most bags of dried dog kibble contain less than 40% rice, so when you consider one portion from that bag, your dog is actually consuming very little rice.
Brown vs White Rice
White rice is the most common variety used in commercial dog foods. It starts off as brown rice (sometimes labeled whole grain) but is milled, removing the layers of germ and bran. This strips a lot of nutritional value from the grains. The cooking process strips most of the remaining nutrients, so what you end up with is also all starch.
Brown rice has a lower glycemic index, which means it takes longer to digest and therefore, has a lesser effect on blood sugar levels. On a regular diet, brown rice is much better than white rice.
How much rice can I feed my dog?
How much rice you feed your dog depends on his weight and whether you are adding it to his normal diet or replacing his normal diet.
Let’s say you want to mix rice into your dog’s daily food portions. Large breed dogs should not be fed more than ¼ cup or 46g per day. You can adjust this if your dog is smaller by ensuring you feed less.
If your dog is sick and your vet has advised a bland diet of chicken and rice, you must use plain chicken with the skin and bones removed and the rice must be white. Although it has less nutritional quality than brown rice, it is much easier to digest and will not cause any further digestive distress. The ideal ratio per portion is 2/3 rice to 1/3 chicken.
This table is a rough guide based on body weight.
|YOUR DOG’S WEIGHT||CHICKEN AND RICE PER DAY|
|10 pounds||¾ cup or 130g|
|20 pounds||1½ cups or 263g|
|30 pounds||2¼ cups or 394g|
|40 pounds||3 cups or 525g|
|50 pounds||3¾ cups or 657g|
|60 pounds||4½ cups or 788g|
|70 pounds||5¼ cups or 919g|
|80 pounds||6 cups or 1050g|
As with any change to a dog’s diet, you should always check with your veterinarian. Your dog’s medical history may mean that a daily portion of rice is not suitable or it may be that your vet recommends a different daily serving amount.
Can I feed my dog boiled chicken everyday?
Feeding the best diet possible is a wish for all dog owners. We want to give them healthy and tasty food that they will enjoy without being concerned about artificial ingredients or nasty chemicals. One of the most common ingredients in commercial dog food is chicken, but can you feed your dog boiled chicken every day?
The answer to this question is yes and no. The important factor here is including other foods that have the nutritional content that chicken does not.
As a staple food, chicken is great for dogs. It is a great source of protein and carries very little fat compared to red meat like beef and lamb. Let’s take a look at the other benefits of feeding your dog chicken:
- Low glycaemic index (easy to digest, low blood sugar impact)
- Helps build lean muscle
- Omega 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat
- Glucosamine and amino acids to support bone health
You cannot feed boiled chicken only as your dog will have some nutritional deficiencies. Foods with calcium, fiber, carbohydrates and various vitamins should also be included in your dog’s daily diet.
If your dog is sick or recovering from surgery, your vet may recommend a temporary diet of boiled chicken and rice as this is gentle on the stomach.
Additional foods to feed your dog with boiled chicken
Sweet potato provides anti-oxidants to support the immune system, lots of minerals such as iron, potassium and selenium, calcium for bone health and fiber which aids digestion.
Brown rice is a great carbohydrate alternative to sweet potato, with lots of the same vitamins, minerals, calcium and fatty acids. You can feed white rice, but it has far less nutritional value.
A small portion of vegetables is key to a dog’s diet as they contain prebiotics which feed the beneficial bacteria in your dog’s gut. This keeps the digestive tract healthy, while also providing a boost to the immune system.
Good veggies to give include leafy greens such as spinach and kale, green beans, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus. You should also include a few different fruits. Healthy options include apples, bananas, blueberries, watermelon and pear.
Fruits and veggies should make up roughly 10% of your dog’s diet. Never feed your dog garlic, onion or citrus fruits like lemon and lime.
How much boiled chicken can I feed my dog?
The chicken should make up between one-third and one-half of your dog’s diet, along with a carbohydrate source, fruits and vegetables.
For this example, we will assume you normally feed your dog one cup of dog food. If you want to feed the boiled chicken with his normal diet, you should feed 2/3 cup of his dog food and 1/3 cup of boiled chicken.
If you are looking to replace the commercial dog food with boiled chicken, you should feed ¼ cup of chicken, ¼ cup of fruits and vegetables and the remaining ½ cup with your carbohydrate such as sweet potato or rice.
You will need to adjust your measurements if your dog has more than 1 cup of food at mealtimes. Speak to your veterinarian who can advise you based on your dog’s weight and overall health.