Adding rice to dog food

Can I add rice to my dog’s diet? How to provide rice to dogs? Can rice be bad for dogs’ health? To answer these questions, this blog post will talk about rice and how it can be offered to dogs, in addition we will talk a little about natural food for dogs.

Adding rice to dog food

Rice can be added to the dog’s diet. But for that, some care must be taken. First, you should look for a veterinary nutritionist to add the right amount and type of rice to the dog’s diet. Thus avoiding damage to the dog’s health.

Rice is rich in fiber, protein and carbohydrates, rice does not contain all the essential vitamins and minerals for dogs so it cannot be the only food offered to dogs. And the amount of this food must be balanced by a veterinary nutritionist

The dog can eat natural homemade diets prescribed by a veterinarian. These diets may include rice in addition to other foods such as meats, fruits, and vegetables. After recommending the use of rice to feed the dog. It is important to have attention in the rice preparation and the amounts to be offered to the dog.

This can be cooked with plain water or by reusing the water from cooking other foods, such as meats and vegetables, which helps to give the rice more flavor. Seasonings such as onions and garlic should be avoided, as these can be toxic. But in small amounts it is possible to add some seasonings such as salt, parsley, rosemary, basil, and oregano.

Can I feed my dog rice everyday?

Yes, it may be possible to use rice in the dog’s daily diet. However, before starting the introduction of rice every day, tutors should seek help from a veterinary nutritionist.

Because the amount of rice ingested daily can lead to nutritional imbalance in the dog’s diet, which can favor the appearance of some diseases. 

Rice can never be the only source of food for dogs, and it is necessary to meet the dogs need for nutrients and vitamins. Dogs can be supplemented with other types of food and supplements that are prescribed by a veterinarian.

How can rice be included in the dog’s diet?

Rice can be included in the dog’s diet along with industrial foods or in natural foods. It is worth remembering that the veterinarian should be responsible for assessing the dog’s needs and prescribing the best method of feeding the animal.

Industrial foods

Dogs can feed on industrial foods that are manufactured to meet all the dog’s dietary needs when provided in adequate amounts. Each manufacturer has a feed formula and therefore the amounts of food to be offered to dogs also change according to the animals weight.

Along with industrial food, snacks can be offered, and foods such as fruits, vegetables and even rice. However, there is no need to add these types of foods. That’s why they should be done periodically to avoid the dog’s diet being unbalanced.

Natural foods

Another way to feed the dog is through natural diets, diets that the owner can cook at home and provide for his pet. In order to have a balanced diet, you should look for a veterinary nutritionist.

Homemade diets can include grains, vegetables, and meats. In addition, to supply all nutrients to dogs, supplementation with commercial vitamins may be necessary.

Food must be prepared according to the veterinarian’s instructions. The quantities of each food must be respected as prescribed. Avoiding the loss of nutrients and making it as tasty as possible for the dogs.

What happens when a dog has an unbalanced diet?

The excess of nutrients and the lack of them can lead to serious problems in dogs. The main symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Weakness
  • Fur loss
  • Locomotion difficulty
  • Pain in limbs
  • Neurological signs.

Animals with excess nutrients can present an imbalance in the homeostasis of the dog’s physiology. Depending on the nutrient, the dog can have skin diseases, kidney disease, heart disease and even neurological signs.

Already the absence of some nutrients can lead to weakness, weight loss and even difficulties in bone fractures, resulting in pain, litter, and a lot of discomfort for dogs to get around.

When the dog’s diet is unbalanced, a veterinary should be urgently sought for dietary corrections, avoiding damage to the animal’s health. That is why you should not feed an animal with homemade diets without first consulting a veterinarian.


Rice can be added to the dog’s diet. Because rice can bring some health benefits to dogs. Rice should always be cooked, and some seasonings can be added, but exaggeration should be avoided. Excess rice can bring harm to the dog’s health due to the imbalance of the animal’s diet. Therefore, the use of rice must be prescribed by a veterinarian, avoiding the health problems of the dog that can even lead to death when not treated properly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Adding rice to dog food

What spices can I use in dog food?

To make food for dogs a veterinary nutritionist should be consulted. But some spices can be used such as:

  • Oregano;
  • Basil;
  • Thyme;
  • Parsley;
  • Mint;
  • Rosemary;
  • Cilantro.

Can you put salt in dog food?

Yes, but salt should be offered to dogs in small amounts. The sodium present in salt is a very important mineral for the proper functioning of the dog’s organism. If in doubt, consult a veterinarian.

What foods are toxic to dogs?

The most toxic foods for dogs and should not be fed to animals are:

  • Chocolate;
  • Coffee;
  • Garlic;
  • Onion;
  • Star fruit;
  • Others.


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