Every dog from time to time has some digestive issues. This may include “going off” their food, vomiting or diarrhoea.
Any of those symptoms alone could warrant a trip to the vet. It’s not uncommon though for people to wait things out over 24-48hrs if things don’t look too serious. If you have chosen to see if things calm down – providing simpler food that is easier to digest can be an option while monitoring your dog.
Keeping feeding simple is key
Chicken and rice are one of the most recommended meals you see for this situation. However, it’s not a medical treatment for these symptoms. It can keep things simple for you and your dog and seems to have anecdotal reports of being easier to tolerate at feeding time.
The easy to digest protein in chicken, cooked carbohydrate from rice and soft vegetable fibres provides energy and bulk to the meal. It also feels good to prepare homemade food for your dog in a loving and nurturing way. My thoughts are that this helps reduce anxiety in both owner and pup alike.
Generally, you’ll be feeding this for 24-48hrs at the most. If things are improving, perhaps tapering off this simple food and reintroducing regular feeding progressively from there. This is not a nutritionally complete meal and should not be fed longer than a few days.
Some people use brown rice thinking it’s “healthier”. The processing of white rice removes the outer surface around the rice grain may make it easier to digest. The outer surface of the grain makes it harder to get to what’s inside. You don’t need extra barriers to digestion at this point. White rice is the preferred option for this recipe.
Chicken and rice recipe dog food recipe
Check out the simple recipe for chicken and rice for dogs with a sensitive stomach over at Top Dog Tips. There’s also a short video to explain.
If the situation gets worse, or your dog isn’t eating, please always seek qualified medical advice from your Vet. This recipe is not a medical treatment. It may make your dog more comfortable if you choose to see if things get better while monitoring the situation.