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Yes, dogs can eat rice cakes as long as they are free from harmful flavorings and fed in moderation. Rice cakes are made up of puffed rice grains, which is a grain that is certifiably safe for a dog’s consumption.

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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, if rice cake is plain
Nutritional Value Good source of carbohydrates to make dogs feel fuller
Potential Risks Too many carbs can lead to gastrointestinal problems
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Are Rice Cakes Good for Dogs?

Plain rice cakes without any seasoning or additives are simply puffed-up rice, which is good for dogs. Rice is a great source of carbs, protein, and fiber. Many commercial dog food companies add rice to their food to make it more fulfilling – this is generally referred to as “fillers”.

Tip: choose rice cakes made from brown rice – they are more nutritious for dogs and have a low glycemic index.

How Many Rice Cakes Are Good for Dogs?

Dogs need a balanced diet to live a good life. While rice is good for dogs, it is recommended to use rice cakes as a healthy snack on occasion and not as a part of any daily feeding routine. Feeding a diet that consists of too many rice cakes may cause your dog to have nutritional deficiencies and gain weight.

Which Rice Cakes Are Best for Dogs?

While rice cakes made out of white rice can be fed to dogs, the brown rice variety is much more nutritious. It is an excellent source of carbohydrates and fiber that will make your dog feel full and active. Be sure to choose the most plain variation if you intend to make it a doggy snack – look for types with low sugar and sodium.

Why is Too Much Rice Bad for Dogs?

White rice has a high glycemic index. This means it can spike up your dog’s blood sugar level considerably. This means white rice cakes are not suitable for diabetic dogs. Too much white rice is generally unhealthy for dogs and can lead to obesity.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dogs Eating Rice Cakes

  • Dogs can safely eat a small amounts sweet-flavored rice cakes, but it is not recommended since the sweet flavorings are unhealthy for dogs.

  • We highly recommend using rice cakes as an occasional treat rather than a daily snack or meal topper.

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.