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Yes, dogs can eat chicken and rice as they are both mild and healthy ingredients to add to their diet, as long as they are prepared to be dog-friendly and contain no additional seasoning. Both the ingredients are a rich source of healthy protein and carbohydrates; however, it is important to monitor their intake.

Chicken and 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
Nutritional Value Excellent source of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and omega-6 fatty acids
Potential Risks  Overfeeding can lead to indigestion and kidney damage
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 Chicken and Rice are Safe for Dogs?

Chicken and rice are safe and healthy ingredients; hence, eating a full meal of chicken and rice is beneficial for your pup. However, it’s best to monitor how much you feed them. Overfeeding the two ingredients can lead to serious health problems.

Moreover, always remember that depending on your dog’s weight, 25% to 35% of your pup’s daily diet should come from carbohydrates like rice. When preparing chicken and rice for your canine companion, ensure the amount of grains is lower than that of proteins.

What Happens if My Dog Eats Too Much Chicken and Rice?

Even though rice and chicken are safe ingredients, overfeeding them can lead to serious health issues in your pup. If you suspect your dog has consumed too much chicken and rice, watch out for signs of stomach distress. Increased consumption of chicken can lead to indigestion and vomiting.

Moreover, feeding rice in excess can lead to kidney damage. Increased amounts of rice stimulate uric acid formation, which causes kidney stones or grout in pups, leading to serious kidney damage.

TIP: Chicken and rice is a mild meal and works perfectly when your pup has an upset stomach. Give your canine companion plain boiled chicken and rice with a 2:1 or 3:1 chicken-to-rice ratio to ensure they are safe and healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, plain boiled rice is safe for dogs. However, to avoid feeding rice in excess, pair them with boiled chicken to include added nutrition.

  • The best way to prepare chicken and rice for your pup would be to take the two ingredients in a 2:1 ratio and boil them separately. Then, shred the chicken and mash the rice before mixing them together and serving.

  • Yes, it’s safe to feed chicken and rice daily; however, monitor the amount of the two ingredients to avoid overfeeding.

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.