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Yes, dogs can safely eat basmati rice if it is cooked and in moderation. Basmati rice is a long-grain rice native to India and is high in carbohydrates. It is used in commercial dog food to provide nutrition and keep dogs full and active. However, due to its high calorie count, basmati rice can lead to multiple health issues if fed in excess to dogs.

Basmati Rice
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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe in moderate amounts.
Nutritional Value Basmati rice is high and fiber and easily digestible, therefore, it is easy on the dog’s digestive system. High in carbohydrates, it gives dogs energy and gives them a needed boost.
Potential Risks When fed in excess, basmati rice can lead to health issues such as obesity, pancreatitis, and diabetes.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Basmati Rice is Safe for Dogs?

The amount of basmati rice you can safely feed your dog depends on several factors such as your dog’s health, size, and age. However, a rule of thumb is to keep the rice within the amount of carbohydrates your dog is currently eating. Exceeding it can lead to health issues.

How to Safely Prepare Basmati Rice for Your Dog?

Basmati rice should always be cooked properly before being served to dogs. This is because uncooked rice can lead to digestive issues. Steaming or boiling basmati rice and adding it to a protein-based meal, such as chicken, is a good idea for a balanced and healthy meal for dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Basmati rice is easily digested and has a high amount of fiber, therefore, a moderate amount of it can be given to your furry friend to alleviate gastrointestinal issues.

  • While giving your dog rice every day is possible, it only provides one essential nutrient. Therefore, it should not replace your furry friend’s regular protein-based meals. Feeding a dog rice mixed with other food for a range of nutrients is the best option.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.