In this research you will know the answer to the query “Can Dogs Eat Long Grain Rice?“.
- What is long-grained rice?
- How is it different from other rice?
- Is long-grain rice good for dogs?
- Do dogs need carbohydrates in their diet?
- Why should I feed my dog long grain rice?
- White long grain vs brown long grain- key differences
- How much long-grain rice shall I feed my dog?
- How shall I prepare long grain rice for my dog?
- Can Dogs Eat Long Grain Rice? (Watch Video)
Rice is my favorite food and I doubt I will ever get tired of eating it.
Dogs are also big fans of it and they love it when I feed them leftovers from the saucepan.
Funny to watch them eat small delicate grains with their big clumsy mouths.
Do they benefit from rice particularly long grain rice?
Discover more by continuing to read.
What is long-grained rice?
The length of long-grain rice is between four and five times as long as its width and its length can triple when cooked.
Some of the most popular types of long-grain rice are basmati and jasmine rice.
Long grain rice also comes in white and brown varieties which I did not know.
How is it different from other rice?
Long grain rice differs from medium or short grain rice apart from its length because if it is cooked properly it becomes dry and its grains are separated.
The starch content of medium and short-grain rice tends to be higher.
Short and medium-grain rice have a wetter texture and are more sticky and the grains stick together more.
Is long-grain rice good for dogs?
To discuss the nutritional differences between short-grain white rice medium-grain white rice and long-grain white rice would really be splitting hairs.
Since white rice is about 80% carbohydrates it contains quite a few calories.
Although it contains no fat it does not contain any dietary fiber either
Its true that long-grain white rice does not raise blood sugar levels as much as short-grain white rice but I’m not sure if thats something to consider when it comes to your dog.
Besides carbohydrates white rice does not contain much else.
Minerals and vitamins are scarce in this food.
That begs the question why bother in the first place?
Do dogs need carbohydrates in their diet?
Carbohydrates are not necessary for a dogs diet as the simple truth is.
This is not only my opinion but it is also the opinion of the experts.
There is an organization in the US that has developed the perfect diet for pets and farmed animals.
AAFCO stands for the American Association for Food and Commercial Operations a name that is a bit of a mouthful for an organization that deals with food.
There are four essential nutrients in a dogs diet: protein fats minerals and vitamins.
Carbohydrates are not mentioned anywhere.
If you wish you can look at specific numbers found on page 4 of this long document.
Although experts believe that dogs do not require carbohydrates in their diets I believe that there is one instance when we should feed our dogs long-grain white rice.
Why should I feed my dog long grain rice?
White rice plays an important role in the diet of a dog when it is used as a home remedy for diarrhea.
This is quite amusing because one of my dogs had a bad case of diarrhea this morning (all brown water) and so they will eat rice later.
Rice is a low-fat low-protein low-vitamin low-mineral food that is mainly carbohydrates contains no fat little protein and contains no vitamins.
Due to its bland one-dimensional nature rice is the perfect ingredient for a stomach in turmoil since it is so easy to digest.
Because of this it is the main ingredient of a bland diet for dogs that have diarrhea.
White long grain vs brown long grain- key differences
In light of my earlier comment it makes sense in this section to look at the differences between white long grain rice and brown long grain rice.
There is nothing brown about white rice other than the bran has been removed.
Brown rice is a healthier choice nutritionally because it has more fiber and fat if the truth is known.
Adding fiber to your dogs diet will help to boost digestion and create firmer stools.
Additionally brown rice has slightly fewer calories than white rice.
The funny thing about brown rice is how much fiber it contains and how beneficial it is to the digestion system of dogs.
As a dog diarrhea home remedy it is not recommended.
A sensitive stomach cannot handle it because it contains a lot of fiber.
I guess that makes sense.
The B vitamins in brown rice are also higher than those in white rice.
Aside from boosting your dogs immune system B vitamins do a lot more.
Now that we have reviewed some of the benefits of long-grain rice lets move on to more practical considerations.
We will start by discussing portion sizes.
How much long-grain rice shall I feed my dog?
In this section I will discuss using white long-grain rice as part of diarrhea treatment.
White rice should be combined with other simple food such as chicken canned pumpkin or cottage cheese.
Rice should make up about 60% of the mix.
How much does each of that cost?
Smaller portions more often are better for dogs with poorly functioning stomachs.
To make sure the stomach is not overwhelmed at any point.
Start off small (a tablespoon or two) and gradually increase the portions to half a cup or more.
How shall I prepare long grain rice for my dog?
The same way you would prepare long grain rice for yourself you would also prepare it for your dog.
Why is it so hard to get one of the simplest foods such as rice right?
Some of us serve up rice that is either too hard or that has already turned to mush.
Donot think it does not matter if its only being fed to a dog because its only being fed to a dog.
Yes it does.
The rice in your dogs bowl could make his diarrhea worse if it is too undercooked.
As someone who has experienced this.
When it comes to cooking perfect rice there are a couple of simple rules.
To begin with white rice should be mixed with water in a 2:1 ratio so use a cup or mug.
Let the rice sit in cold water for a few minutes.
Then use the same mug to measure out twice as much water and pour it into the saucepan with the rice.
Stir the rice immediately to separate the grains then do not touch it again.
Bring the water to a boil then immediately cover the saucepan with a lid and reduce the heat to the lowest setting.
You should leave it alone for ten to twelve minutes.
Let the rice cool off after turning off the gas.
If you want to read more about dog food tips read here: Dog Food Tips and Tricks.