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Yes, brown rice is safe for dogs to consume and an excellent healthy alternative to white rice. White rice has a high glycemic index, which can spike up a dog’s blood sugar. Brown rice is low in calories and can be added to your dog’s diet safely.

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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 Excellent source of fiber, carbohydrates, and protein for dogs. Eating brown rice keeps their digestive system healthy and increases metabolism.
Potential Risks Eating too much brown rice can lead to digestive distress. This may translate to symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.
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 Brown Rice is Safe for Dogs?

Despite it being a healthier alternative to white rice, brown rice is still a nutritionally dense food. It is rich in carbohydrates. Therefore, it is better to feed your dog brown rice in moderation. Half a cup of brown rice a day divided between meals for smaller breeds is sufficient. Be advised that commercial dog food already adds brown rice to its products to make it balanced nutritionally. Feeding brown rice, in addition to that, may lead to your dog having digestive issues.

What Happens if Your Dog Eats Too Much Brown Rice?

If your dog eats too much brown rice, it can lead to gastrointestinal issues. This can translate into symptoms such as gas, bloating, and stomach discomfort. Eating brown rice in excess can also cause health issues over time, such as obesity. It is essential to avoid overfeeding your dog and ensure that you provide a balanced diet to them.

How to Feed Brown Rice to Dogs?

It is essential to cook brown rice before feeding it to your suggest. We suggest adding boiled rice to whichever protein you normally feed your dog. If you use a commercial dog food brand, we suggest going through the ingredients. If it already contains brown rice, you should probably re-evaluate the portion of brown rice you were feeding your dog.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Brown rice can help if your dog has diarrhea due to its high fiber content. It can help firm up loose stools. It is also easily digestible. Therefore, it does not flare up an already irritated digestive tract.

  • Brown rice is definitely better for your dog than white rice as it is less refined. This lack of processing  means brown rice is lower in calories and does not increase the risk of spiking blood sugar.

  • It is essential to cook brown rice before feeding it to your dog since it eliminates any micro-organisms. It is best to combine brown rice with one more nutritious element since serving brown rice by itself would not be enough for your dog. A chicken broth with brown rice and pieces of chicken is an excellent meal for your dog.

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.