What you should know about brown rice for dogs. How to cook it, why it’s better than white rice in homemade dog food and when you have a dog that shouldn’t eat it at all.
Dogs need meat for protein and fat. Unlike us, good fat provides energy for dogs. Humans need carbohydrates for energy - dogs do NOT.
So why serve any grains, especially rice for dogs?
There are benefits for some dogs, and certainly benefits to your pocketbook if you prepare home made food. I'll get to that in a minute. First, here's how to prepare rice for dogs.
Simple but time consuming, you use twice the amount of water as rice. Bring water to a boil; add rice; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Yes, I said 45 minutes and don't buy brown rice that takes less time because it would have to be precooked and the nutrients just aren't going to be there.
Cooked rice will keep in the fridge easily for 3 - 5 days, so you have it ready to mix with the meat and veggies of your choice. (And don't forget the garlic!)
Include brown rice for dogs when making your own dog food if:
The fiber content helps clean out the intestinal tract, carrying with it the accumulated sludge which creates a perfect home for parasites like tapeworms and roundworms in dogs. Without the perfect environment intestinal worms cannot flourish.
(Note there are other natural ways which may be better so don't be shy about clicking on the links to other pages of this website.)
Brown rice is less likely to cause dog allergy symptoms when making
your own dog food versus brown rice in kibble, since it is less processed. It is an excellent source
of the trace mineral manganese, and a good source of the minerals
selenium and magnesium.
One cup of brown rice has:
Note: Dogs are individuals, just like us. Many dogs do better without grains at all. It's always a good idea to do a poop patrol to see what's getting digested. (See dog poop health.) If you see whole rice in your dogs feces, he is not digesting it so there is no point in feeding it. Cooked oats or quinoa are both good grains to try. Quinoa being the healthiest of all grains.
In a nutshell, white rice has no nutrients and has absolutely no place in your dog's diet.
Brown rice is not only better for you, it's better for the environment than white rice. Now at the risk of boring you, I want to explain why one is good and one is not.
Rice goes through a variety of processes before it's ready for cooking. After harvesting, the seeds are run through a rice huller for milling to remove the outer grain husks. After this process, you're left with brown rice. Nice and simple.
To create white rice, there's added steps. The germ and the inner husk (bran) is removed, the grain is then polished, usually using glucose or talc. (Yuck!)
The added steps to make white rice removes the most of the nutrients and fiber. This turns it into what I call a DEAD FOOD.
To make matters worse, synthetic nutrients are added. These man made vitamins and minerals may not be synthesized by the body and therefore treated as a toxin!
The loss of nutrients is broad and substantial. Plain white rice has far less Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and over dozen other nutrients. Added to that, the dietary fiber contained in white rice is around a quarter of brown rice.
Phew, that was a mouthful. Now we're done with that little lecture.
Serving the same food daily over a long period of time can create allergies. It also doesn't give the variety of nutrients your canine needs for real dog health.
It's why so many people are allergic to wheat. Especially highly processed wheat, as in white flour.
White flour (wheat) products abound in every meal. Cereals for
breakfast, bread for sandwiches, meat coatings and pasta for dinner and a
thickening agent hidden in many processed foods.Please don't do this to your dogs.
*If your dog suffers from IBD, contact me for help after reading the linked page. Rice is not the answer for IBD, IBS or Pancreatitis. Those conditions can be cured or at least controlled without drugs and their side effects.
Do NOT serve brown rice for dogs mixed in kibble! Not ever. First, dogs need a minimum of 40% protein which few dog foods provide. In fact I don't serve less than 60%. (Yes I feed raw.)
But here is a sad story I have to share with you. My ex-husband watched me feed the dogs raw meat and bones to our five dogs. I used brown rice with pureed veggies on alternate meals. I did it because feeding 5 dogs over 75 lbs a totally raw diet was impossible for my income at the time.
After we parted ways, he kept two of the dogs and fed them brown rice WITH kibble because he was afraid of touching raw meat. The man lived with me while I created much of this website and yet he didn't remember the protein/carb ratio. He truly believed brown rice for dogs was healthy as a stand alone meal or added to commercial food. Please don't be like him.
My sweet Helen had to be euthanized 18 months after I moved away. She had gone blind and was acting 'funny'. There is no doubt in my mind the overload of carbohydrates from the combination of kibble and brown rice caused diabetes and the resulting blindness. I've never had the heart to tell him.
Please remember brown rice for dogs should only comprise a small amount of their diet and that real dog nutrition cures far more than drugs ever will. There are hundreds of pages on this website to help you for free and I'm working on condensed classes so sign up for my newsletter to get an awesome discount when they're ready.